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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Be It Ever So Humble....

I'm talkin' burlap! The stuff was still in the bag I purchased several months ago. I meant to use it, but now can't remember how. Even though it's messy to work with, I adore it...especially after it gets soft from use. Oh wait! Maybe it was to make a scarecrow face for the garden? Anyone have a scarecrow?? Here are some neat things you can make with humble burlap. Burlap drapes;  Burlap Ottoman - online;  Burlap lamp shade - Pottery Barn; Burlap Chair - Restoration Hardware; Burlap Placemat - craft; Burlap Jacket - Elderberry Designs Online; Burlap Table Cover - Pottery Barn; Burlap Potpourri - Southern Living; Burlap Sofa and finally where it began...I think Juan Scarecrow-Valdez and I will go get a burlap sack-full of coffee.

47 comments:

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I've been seeing burlap all over the place lately. So cool to see someideas of what to with it. I'm not sure about the drapes though...

I bought a fish bowl two years ago and still cant recall what I was going to do with it. Hope you remember what burlap fantasy you were having.

Jojo said...

It's so funny how trendy it has become and I'm fully convinced this has something to do with baby boomers and our many years in Bible School craft time. Growing up our house always had things like a burlap table runner, burlap covered pencil holder, burlap placemats, etc. I'm with you, I love it.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Janean,

I have a couple of meters waiting for me to do something with.
Love all the photos you have shared today.

have a lovely week, dear friend
Hugs
Carolyn

sissie said...

Of course I love burlap, especially making burlap pillows and runners. I am so in love with that mercury glass lamp with the burlap shade. I might try and make a shade!

It is messy, but the results are so much fun.

hugs
Sissie

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Janean,
I have never used it in decorating, although I love it when I see the other girls use it! I will take those coffee beans, tho! Hope things are going well.
Love ya,
Robin

Our really empty nest said...

Ijust purchased a couple of yards of a lite and a dark tan burlap and i am going to use as a cuff at the top of christmas stockings, now I will have to go buy more, and try somthing else, love it! Sue

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

I was using burlap when burlap wasn't cool. Not in my house though, for my classroom bulletin boards. Never had to change out the background all year. It's neutral and durable. Not sure where I'd use it in my house but I like seeing everyone's creations. Can't wait to see yours.

Michelle May said...

I'm loving the look of burlap. I think lampshades are my favorite.
xx, shell

Kelli said...

I love burlap! When I decorated my little guy's nursery a few years ago (can't believe my baby is EIGHT!) it had a farmyard theme. I chose to use burlap for the window treatment, sort of like I'd used an old feed sack. I made a valance and tiers, edging them with a blanket stitch done in red yarn, then hung them from a child-size rake and hoe. It turned out so cute! :) I love the way it's been used in these pics for a more sophisticated look. It really is versatile!

katie said...

Love burlap.
I especially love that jacket/coat,the round tablecloth. I would love that and the horse.
Great post.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Janean!

Something so simple looks so chic on a sofa or chair with some stenciled pillows doesn't it? Have fun making your scarecrow!!

Hugs, Sherry

Dolores said...

I love the color and simplicity of burlap. All your pictures are great!!!
Hugs,

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Hi Janean,

One of my favorite fabrics! All of the examples are gorgeous but I am especially smitten with the lamp shade I just love the glow. Time to get out the burlap and get to work!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Hi Janean,

One of my favorite fabrics! All of the examples are gorgeous but I am especially smitten with the lamp shade I just love the glow. Time to get out the burlap and get to work!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Oklahoma Granny said...

Fall always makes me think of burlap.

Kerrie said...

What a neat post! I love burlap!

~ Regan said...

Oh my! What a terrific post you have here! I know my heart beat a little faster! Lol
I really love that lampshade, I bet its gorgeous at night with the lights on...

cindy said...

haha! your pummpkin looks a little chubby.

Have a question for you....how do you get so many folloowers? Do you hop alot or just have the knack for writikng?

kpaints said...

Who would have thought...burlap drapes! Love the little bags. I just tore apart some old upholstrey, so I have some fun burlap to play with as well. Where to start?

Farm Girl said...

I love burlap!! My family does not.
I made what I thought a lovely lamp shade out of burlap. My son walked in and I said, " How do you like the lampshade?" He was quiet for a moment, and said, " Well, Mom, if I were in a home less person's box, I would say that lampshade looks great." The rest of the family echoed the sentiment. I went shopping the next day. :) The rest of my burlap in under the sink in my laundry room. I am glad you like burlap.

Pondside said...

I love the burlap lampshade, but am not sure I'd like to sit on a burlap-covered settee!

It's me said...

I love the look of burlap..it is very hot on this moment......!!...

How are you darling??? nice to hear from you......hugs and love from me.....

Marina Mott said...

absolutely great ideas!!!

Janean said...

cindy, good question. you'd have to ask the wonderfully supportive women who follow Old Sweetwater.

i know this: i definitely feel like I am the blessed one having them in my life.

i do visit people's blogs when they comment here & i have a few gals i like to *say hey* to from time to time.

hope this answered your Q. :)

Laurie said...

The scarecrow and horse are adorable! The sofa is perfection! And of course the coffee is just the best part of all!!!

myletterstoemily said...

burlap is the new silk. :) i especially
loved the burlap lamp shade. good
luck with your scarecrow.

NanaDiana said...

Burlap or Bust should be the new Slogan for the Season, I think:>) Whoda thought that when I was a kid hauling feed bags around someday I'd LIKE them? lol...NOT ME!

Cindy- I think people that have so many followers are just really genuine and it comes through their blog. I have just a small blog (mostly for family and catch ups) but the blogs that I see that have huge followings usually have a "theme" of some kind. Decorating, design, jewelery, crafting...but most of all they have an honesty that just shines through....and that's all I know about THAT! Hugs- Diana

Karen said...

Don't have any burlap, but do like it's effect. Love the burlap horse!

Mari said...

Beautiful!! I love it in the curtains and as a lamp shade. Wonderful pics.

God bless :D

d. reyné said...

I love burlap too! I try to wash it before I use it in my own home.
It's not as itchy!
blessings,
Donna

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Burlap is such a wonderful neutral color and the texture is divine!! (I do like it to have been washed = softer)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Great post! You know I do not have a piece of burlap in my home and I know it is so popular! Must get me some and get to sewing something!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Tanya said...

A coworker just brought me huge chunks of 2 shades of burlap and I folded them nicely desperately thinking of how to use it. Oh thank you! Wonderful ideas to get my mind a tickin' .... I love the gift bags and the table runner that was stenciled on!
Your reviews and ideas are so awesome!
Blessings,
Tanya

Kathleen said...

I am allergic to burlap, it makes me itch!
I was in the Pottery Barn Outlet when they were putting that tablecloth on a display a few weeks ago,
She was having a terrible time trying to steam the wrinkles out!
I guess it is ok to have wrinkled burlap, sort of like a linen suit!:)

Manuela@TPOH said...

LOVE the burlap horse!

Manuela

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love burlap, too and yes it is messy.

Teri said...

Janean, Your comment made me chuckle! I love the "(except for MY grandson)"! That is something all good grandmas do. =)

I enjoyed your burlap post. I've been wanting to use it in a tablescape sometime, especially at one of our women's brunches at church. The simpleness reminds me of Jesus' humble life that He lived here on earth. I'm so grateful He left His throne to provide reconciliation between us and our Heavenly Father.

Thanks again for visiting.

Teri

On Crooked Creek said...

Janean,
Thank you for your comment to my blog post Come Apart And Rest. . .
I just had to see what you were doing and these burlap ideas are amazing! I bought a chair two vacations ago at Time after Time in Lebanon, Mo for $30 and now I have an idea what to do with it! It looks exactly like the chair on your post! Keep inspiring all of us to get that burlap out and begin a new project for Fall. . .and keep in touch through Blogland!
Fondly,
Pat

Rose H (UK) said...

Love burlap Janean, I think the scarecrow on his horse is brilliant. Love the blog too.
Thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment. I hear the words to 'Second Hand Rose' in my head :o) I thought it's an appropriate name for my blog as I love used items with a history. I used to sell at collector and antique fairs and it was also my stall name.
Hope you visit again.
Best wishes
Rose H

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, my! Look at such a neat variety of burlap things! Many years ago I covered a wall in burlap! Couldn't find wallpaper like it so I used the textured fabric! It stayed up a long time too!

Katherine

Technodoll said...

brrrrrrrrlap... hmmm. As storage bags yes but not for much else, it just doesn't speak to me... Scratchy and slightly smelly and stiff fabric, uggh.

That's probably because I'm a silk and velvet kinda girl ;-)

Now I need a coffee thanks to that last photo, LOL!

Sue said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed my visit here, and I am thinking about a burlap cloth for my library table so especially liked all the pictures. { I will probably order one though}

Debbie said...

OK... you know the lady in the Eddie Murphy movie who claps her hands together and says "Fabulous"?

That's me right now.

Just sayin'.

I love every application of the burlap in this post.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I never got into the burlap thing, as it makes me itch. :D However, I have seen used in many great projects.
Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your weekend.

Heidi said...

What great examples of burlap...who knew!

Deb said...

love the scarecrow..you picked great examples to share...

Kathy said...

Just found you through the Cottage Nest and love everything about your blog, hi new friend!