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24 July, 2012

Cowgirl Up! Christmas in July...Vintage Christmas Card Pillow...and Cowgirl Up! Link Party!

 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!

Vintage Christmas Card Pillow 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.

Winter Song Birds - a Vintage Christmas Card Illustration 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)

berry pillowI 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

berries 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.

Vintage Christmas Card Pillow 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?

020Last 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.)

IMG_4378And 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?

015Our 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?

Christmas in JulyBe sure to come back tomorrow as our Christmas in July Party continues to see more Christmas ideas and inspiration!

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
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls
And this week, we also have 4 guest hosts:
Debbie @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

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. 

You can also find me partying here:
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase PartyThrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday,  Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday,  Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,  The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday,  Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures,  DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer,  The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays,  No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays,  My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday,  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday,  2805 for Potpourri Friday,  At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday,  Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday and  Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Love this party!...and so love your beautiful Christmas creations...your mantel is gorgeous...So many creative ideas as always Debbie!! Thanks for hosting!! So much fun!

  2. Debbie, you are the perfect guest hostess for this party. I always admire your wonderfully creative projects that you dream up throughout the year. I like the burlap theme and can't wait to see what this year's project will be. ;-)
    Merry Christmas in July! ~ Sarah

  3. That's really pretty, Debbie! I love how you did the holly and berries out of felt as embellishment. It really brings out the holly and berries in the image.

  4. I think this is going to be a great party! Your burlap Christmas card pillow is fantastic!

  5. Oh your pillow is fantastic. Love the pic of Christmas past too. Thanks for hosting. Hugs, Marty

  6. Hi Debbie! Oh, you know you're amazing, don't you? The pillow is wonderful. Thanks for help host the fun Christmas party.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Debbie,
    Thank you for hosting this Christmas in July party, dear friend! So~o~o glad you posted the link to your NOEL Christmas stockings from last year!!! I'm inspired to make Christmas stockings for our Farmhouse chairs!!! A special thank you to your Staff...Baby Kitty is such a handsome fellow!

  8. Hi Debbie, I just linked up for the first time ever here at your gorgeous blog. What a fun idea. And a popular idea too, since I'm already #68 and it's only 9:30 in the morning here in sunny California. Haha.
    Thanks for hosting!
    Leslie from Gwen Moss blog

  9. Debbie, you and me girl lovin our burlap! I made burlap pillows a couple Christmas's ago and this darling one of yours would go right along with them. I love and collect old postcards. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I also love your sweater pillow. I have made a few of the burlap rosettes and they are just cute on everything. Thanks for the fun party!

  10. hi Debbie
    i posted your BUTTON on the sidebar of my blog.
    this is a great link party

  11. Thanks Debbie, Anita, Linsey, and all the others for hosting such a fun party this week. The Christmas inspiration is really getting me in the Christmas spirit! Your little pillow is darling!

  12. Your pillow turned out great! Of course my eye was drawn to the gorgeous burlap runner on your side bar too-enjoy:@)

  13. Debbie I love that pillow as I do all your touches of Christmas! I just gave you a shout out on my blog. Thanks again for all your inspiration, Gail

  14. Debbie I think you are the pillow Queen! This one is another winner! I think the birds, red and burlap theme would be wonderful! This has been fun seeing all the Christmas in July posts!! Hugs, Linda

  15. Love, love, LOVE the sheetmusic with the mercury glass!! Thanks for hosting! I linked and added you to my new page "shares". :D ~Amber of

  16. I love this project and think that it would make wonderful gifts for special friends.

    Yesterday I was working on a pillow cover and couldn't remember what sizes to cut the back pieces. The link you provided for how to make the pillow helped me out. Thanks a bunch!

  17. I am so in love with that pillow Debbie! I want to give it a try but I don't have a laser printer, just a regular one.
    Do you think it would work?
    I love all of your mantels too, you have that amazing gift for decorating.
    Hugs and Merry Christmas in July!

  18. Thanks, Cindy! Actually, it won't work with a laser printer...just an ink jet, so that's perfect! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  19. Deb you are having a great and creative party, what a wonderful turn out with so many clever participants, Merry Christmas In July! xo Kathysue

  20. Your pillow is fabulous! I haven't made my beach ones yet! Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  21. Debbie, I love your pillow. The graphic is darling! And I'm always happy to see Baby Kitty in the mix!

  22. I love this vintage pillow! And holy crap, have I been lving under a rock? I didn't know there was a huge Christmas in July party going on in blogland... wow!

  23. Debbie, OMGosh, that is the cutest pillow with the vintage postcard transfer! It looks sooo good with your red sweater pillow behind it. LOVE it! Sorry I'm late commenting. I know...Christmas is coming. Maybe I'll be ready for it when the December one gets here.

  24. Your project feels perfect for getting a jump start on the holidays! Give yourself a huge pat on the back. Well done!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie