Elegant Burlap & Posh Pumpkins

 I love burlap! I remember the first time I ever used that rough woven, organic, textural, homespun stuff. It was a long long time ago. I was an Indian Princess and the home made costume was of burlap, fringed at the bottom of course, as only the best Indian Princess dresses were. Fast forward to when my boys were just tykes, I used burlap to make Christmas ornaments for our annual church bazaar. We built a whole playground from hundreds of sold Christmas ornaments. I've made footstools out of large ice cream containers begged from the local ice cream stores and covered them with burlap. Ten years ago, I made tabbed burlap curtains for Bobby G's man cave. The texture and weave and color looked fabulous, and still do, with his worn old leather sofa. vintage fishing poles and trophy bass.

Enter blogging and wonderful bloggers and a whole new world opened up of the awesomeness of burlap.  And who knew all the amazing things that could be created with old farm feed burlap sacks?  Just last summer, I used it on the dining tables at our son's  outdoor wedding party.  Combined with vintage lace runners on hay bales, white hydrangeas and roses,  and simple white candles, the effect was stunning, casual yet elegant.  Pair it with naturals like brick, stone, ironstone, cotton, linen, wood, concrete or metal......it works with it all and adds another dimension to a room of creams and whites.  

With just a hint of coolness and autumn in the air recently, my creative side has been itching to get going, and recently I created some new items for the shop, getting ready for our Blue Moon sale this weekend.   This time I used a vanilla burlap, a more refined rustic to the brown burlap.....so French farmhouse and Nordic.  Combined with some vintage elements,  they have a bit of fun and the expected.

 an antique key and faded numbers add unmistakable charm

 an old tin keyhole and some serious fringe shout "look at me"

 the lighter side of burlap

and switching gears from the rustic to the posh, I had so much fun creating.........

The Elegant Pumpkin
creamy divine velvet united with elements from the garden

Not yet ready to launch for my website but getting there, I have also been creating some fun edgy neck adornments. Over time, I have added these to my antique mall booth and they have been a hit.  Collecting vintage bijoux from all my hunts, combined with vintage metals, hand made paper beads, old time pieces, and nuggets of the unexpected, I am on a quest to liberate the wearer from the mundane. 
So......that's what I have been up to. Now I'm cleaning up my mess and taking a few days of down time.  We are heading to the ocean.  There's to be a very special wedding seaside.  Where else can you go barefoot to a formal occasion?  I can't wait!  xoxo

Helpful Hints:
1.  use a wooden chopstick after turning a thick fabric pillow to push the corners out....be gentle.

2. don't fringe burlap over your computer keyboard.....bad idea! :) 
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Mary Palumbo Collings said...

As always, lovely eye candy.... Ciao for now

One bolt short of a toolbox said...



Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I might have to try a velvet pumpkin too! Too cute!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh my, that pumpkin is so elegant and beautiful! You were way ahead of the rest of us on the burlap.

NanaDiana said...

I love that velvet pumpkin, Lynn! Your sweet necklaces are just darling and so are the pillows- xo Diana

Chenille Cottage said...

Love your fancy pumpkin!
Cute as can be.

fiona anderson said...

Everything is gorgeous, but I'm particularly drawn to your vanilla burlap pillows, just lovely.
That fabric is great and I adore the little details and the fraying !

SImple and Serene Living said...

The pillows are extra yummy :)

Faded Charm said...

Oh, I love your little twt on the pillows and the pumpkin is lovely also. I tried making some burlap ones last year without much success...maybe I'll try again:-)


Bohemian said...

Loving your Velvet and Burlap Creations... those are the Fabrics I will be Creating Fall Elements with this Season as well.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Lynn Stevens said...

Beautiful, burlap and fall just seem so right together.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Who knew so many pretty things can be made with good old fashioned "toile de jute?" == I am impressed. Thank you for visiting my blog today! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Amy Kinser said...

Love that little fringed pillow! I so love burlap myself.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I just realised I lost you off my reader and have you back on an RSS feed. ~ Maureen

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What pretty burlap pillows, Lynn, and I love the velvet posh pumpkin. I've never seen that light-colored burlap before, and I really like it a lot. These are beautiful ideas--thank you for sharing them with us,and good luck on your website launch!


Lovely pillows!

Jen said...

I love, love, love Burlap! We used it when decorating for our daughter's engagement party last spring. I love how it can be both formal and casual depending on what elements you use it with. Your pillows are just gorgeous!

Have a wonderful trip and enjoy the seaside weeding!

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Hello Lynn!
I love those wonderful pillows and that velvet pumpkin...oh! so sweet, I just want to tighten it!
Thank you for your visit and your sweet comment.
I "must" visit you again, I want to see your son's wedding party and your ideas for it.
Besos from Argentina! Silvina

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

HI! I just found your blog through French Country Cottage's link party and I love it! What cute and creative items you've been making! Yes, burplap is wonderful, isn't it? I could just imagine the wedding scene as you described it - gorgeous! You mentioned Virginia in your profile - are you from there? I live in Leesburg, Virginia. I am now following and looking forward to reading more posts and admiring more pics! Feel free to visit me at pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com. Haqve a wonderful time at the beach - wish I was there! Hugs, Leena

Kelly said...

I love these, especially that velvet pumpkin! Super lush! And I bet that wedding party with the burlap and lace was stunning!

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn - those pillow are just gorgeous! ( loving the pumpkin too )
Definitely your newest follower - would love you to come by and follow back when you have the time

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

All gorgoeus Lynn. Can't go past burlap for a rustic shabby look. Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! It has been a long absence, but things have been a bit hard: father 95, mother almost 91 doing radiotherapy, wife broke right elbow and I’m consuming some much needed holidays to take care of all this...

Fabulous, as always...

As far as Blogtrotter Two is concerned, it seems nobody is interested in St. Kitts, so maybe I should try something else. Anyhow, enjoy and have a great week or better a vacation, if still available!!!

lisaroy said...

Love the vanilla burlap pillows! and that velvet pumpkin is divine! :)

~Kristin~ said...

Lynn~ Thank you so much for your sweet comment recently!
I too, love burlap.
Your pumpkins are darling!
And I am so ready for Fall...how about you?
Have a beautiful week!
Love, Kristin

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Everything is so charming~ just love your burlap and pumpkins!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

thistlewoodfarm said...


I LOVE that necklace....it is calling my name! Seriously. Are you selling them and where can I buy one?

You are the best (and the wedding was beautiful)!


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