**Welcome to Crafty Texas Girls! From July 21-28, I will be joining 7 other bloggers in hosting "Christmas in July". For those 8 days, I will host 7 different guest bloggers who will share a new Christmas-themed project with you right here on Crafty Texas Girls. I hope you enjoy the "Christmas in July event" and find some great inspiration for your holiday decor. - Samantha**
Woo hoo! There’s a whole lot of partying going on tonight! First, we are on Day Four of the Christmas in July Party and it’s my turn to host! This is Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict and I am so excited because I have a fun and easy Christmas project for you! And…it is also time for Week 25 of the Cowgirl Up! Link Party! That’s a whole lot of inspiration all in one place!
First, I’d like to show you my Christmas project…a vintage Christmas card pillow! In case you are new to my blog, I should explain that I could almost rename it Confessions of a Pillow Addict! And this one is super easy and fun to make.
I started with a vintage Christmas postcard and added a craft scissors border from Picmonkey. Next, I printed it on iron-on transfer paper and applied it to a scrap of linen, following the directions on the package. I have already flipped it for you to make it easy! (postcard credit Royce Bair/ The Stock Solution)
I left the raveled edges of the linen to give it a more vintage look and stitched it to a burlap pillow cover that I made. I used an envelope closure (tutorial here) for the back of the pillow because I have a storage problem for my many pillows and need to be able to change the covers! lol
Finally, I used the glue gun to add a few felt holly leaves and red pom pom berries to finish it off and add some interest and texture. You can find a pattern for a holly leaf shape here.
And here’s another look at the finished project! I really like the way it turned out! And it was practically free since I had almost everything on hand…including the down pillow form from Goodwill for under $3.00! Woo hoo! Behind it, there’s a pillow I made from a Goodwill sweater last winter topped by a burlap flower (flower tutorial here.) Sooo…now I am thinking…what will my theme be this Christmas?
Last year I used some old drapery panels to create a French ticking, mercury glass and burlap themed Christmas. (Click here to have a closer look.)
And the year before I used vintage sheet music, mercury glass and burlap in my Christmas decorations. (You can get a closer look at these decorations here.) Hmmm…are you seeing a pattern here?
Our co-host Baby Kitty is pointing out that I seem to be using burlap every Christmas! And it looks like I’m already headed that way again! This year maybe holly, birds and...what else...burlap? lol What about you? Are you thinking about Christmas yet? Do you have a theme in your decorations?
Be sure to come back tomorrow as our Christmas in July Party continues to see more Christmas ideas and inspiration!
Feel free to check out all of the blogs! Here are the links: Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog Korrie @ Red Hen House Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch Debbie @ Confessions of a Plate Addict Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls Missy @ Lookie What I Did Linsey @ The Farmhouse Porch Pamela @ From My Porch to Yours
And now...on to the Cowgirl Up! Link Party ! And…the party will have a little different twist this week!
Welcome to Week 25 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, this week 8 Blogs
Because of the Christmas in July event this week, we won't be including any features from last week. We hope you will join the fun as Cowgirl Up is on 8 blogs this week, woo hoo!!
And since we are all celebrating Christmas in July this week, we encourage you to link up your favorite Christmas projects as well…current or past!
Now about the party...
You link up on my blog and this week your link will show up on EIGHT blogs.
More exposure, less time.
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials,
ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.
Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.
Doesn't get any easier than that!
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls
And this week, we also have 4 guest hosts:
The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!
You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs. Awesome!
* Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
* Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.