Etsy Pillows & Some Transparency

10.11.2011


I have been stalking certain pillows on Etsy for some time now. I've watched said pillows from afar, saved pictures of them to glance at during the day, and wistfully planned where I'd put them if they were mine. Finally, I saved my splurge money to make the purchase. They came in the mail last week, and I feel that my slip-covered couch now has a reason to exist: just to hold these pillows. 
 It is a running joke in our house that I buy throw pillows for my throw pillows. Maybe someone else can relate to trying to explain another pillow purchase to the male in the house...

ME: Hey babe, I'm gonna' use my splurge money to get some pillows for the living room.
MISTER:  Oh. Really? More throw pillows? Will I be allowed to use these?
                                      ***CRICKETS*** 
ME: If by "use" you mean look at and do not lay on, then yes.
MISTER: Oh good. Just what we need. More fluffy props that confuse me! (Pause) Hey, I'm going to the store to buy some food that we don't eat but keep around just to look nice.
(Sarcasm is seeping out of his pores as he shakes his head and hides a grin. Even though he thinks I'm slightly neurotic for caring about pillows and collecting so many, he would never deny me something that brings such joy to my heart.) 

Disclaimer: I really do have throw pillows that we use, but somehow he forgets this.
Grey trellis pillow covers from Zzz Boutique. Yellow Ikat pillow covers from Debo's Designs.  Pillow forms purchased at my local fabric shop. (The green pillow is one I got from Target a few months ago.)


On a serious note, I feel that I need to be honest for a minute. Sometimes I read blogs, and it seems like the authors' lives are so perfect. They appear to have no problems or stress, and I start comparing myself to them and wishing for such a seemingly "perfect" life. I'm sure many of the bloggers that I read really DO have it altogether, but I know this isn't the case for everyone. What we put on our blogs is only a tiny portion of our real lives. As my little blog grows I want to be very careful not to paint the picture of perfection. My life is far from the edited and cropped version of reality that blogging sometimes presents.  


I'm dealing with a family situation now that breaks my heart. It leaves me questioning, praying, and wondering how things will ever work out. I can't count the hours of sleep I've lost over the last several years worrying about how things will ever be resolved. Many days it clouds my thoughts, and I have to fight to feel even slightly optimistic. Blogging about things I love is a little window of relief for me in the midst of what I deal with. I'm trying to find hope and peace that one day things will be as they should be. A new pillow or the perfect quiche can't fix life's major issues, but they can provide a much needed distraction in times of prolonged stress. 
Speaking of pillows again, anyone want to share the actual number of throw pillows in their house? Don't be ashamed. What's your real number? I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours.

19 comments:

  1. Love love love your pillows! I am in need of new pillows. I think I need ones for each season, sounds reasonable right?

    I hope things get better for you. I will keep you in my prayers :)

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  2. I hope things get better for you.

    As far as throw pillows, I have a bin on covers. One of my reader suggested I take a picture of all of them. I think I'd be a little disgusted with myself though. I can think of over 20 off the top of my head.

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  3. I'm looking at five pillows currently on my couch. My husband thinks the same as yours. They'll never understand. Thanks for being transparent. I, too, have been dealing with an "issue" all year and pillows, etc. is my outlet as well. Hang in there, girl. God's still in control.

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  4. I'm a pillow addict too! Our sectional couch had 6 before my husband started laying all over them (hair gel and all!) and we have a few more scattered around on beds.

    I'm sorry your life is hard right now. Be assured that this blogger doesn't live in a fairy tale and we have all have our own issues... probably even the girls who impulse buy $400 dresses and decorate with Hermes blankets.

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  5. I love those pillows! I have a ton of throw pillows but my confession is that half of them still don't have pillow cases! I have all this lovely fabric I've purchased and still haven't made them. There are naked pillows everywhere.

    I hope everything starts to look up for you. I'm sorry that you are having a rough time right now. I know my life is far from perfect but making stuff and decorating is sometimes the only thing that keeps me smiling. Hugs.

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  6. love the new pillows! I just counted and I got 35. Yes, my name is Megan and I have a pillow addiction. I will seek help one day, just not now! The painting above your couch is so serene and really stands out with the color below.

    On another note, sorry to hear you are going through a rough time. I hope you get some resolve and peace soon. Hugs your way from your fellow pillow lover.

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  7. So sorry about your heavy heart. I hope you can find a support group to reach out to...not that we mind. Your home's darling, and your husband sounds like a sweetie! men may complain about our pillows but most are proud of the home we make for them/ourselves!
    Best,
    Barbara

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  8. It is so true... I read a lot of blogs and it does seem like everyone has it together! I certainly have stress and chaos and I think about sharing it but then I have my mom in the back of my head warning me not to share so much personal stuff {she is like the only person in the world not on facebook because she thinks no one needs to know about any of that stuff}.

    On the pillow note.... I have way too many pillows! I think I make new pillow every 3 months or so! And I think the same conversation happens at my house every time!

    Love it!

    Tiffany

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  9. Ladies-I'm so glad I'm not the only one! I've counted, and my number is...24 (currently in use. This doesn't include "retired pillows" in the attic.) Megan, you've got me beat. If you find a pillow hoarders support group, please do tell the rest of us. Your comments all made me laugh!

    Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I appreciate it more than you know.

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  10. Between living and family rooms I currently have 14 but these get moved around..and in the bedrooms and basement/playroom at least another 10 and I have a collection of pillow covers. It's like having a thing for bags and shoes.

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  11. Looks amazing! Love the combo! I just bought some fabric to make some pillows too...hope they look as good as yours. And yes I am a hoarder of pillows too.

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  12. Love the pillows! When I saw this post it made me realize a change of pillows would really freshen up my family room. I bought 6 of them at Pottery Barn on a whim. Of course they weren't the same size as the ones I had on my couch, so now I have 6 pillow fills I am trying to think of where I can use them so I can buy more pillows!

    I don't know why I never thought of changing out my pillows in my family room, I think it was because they were custom made and not cheap, so I felt I should keep them there for 5 years. Thanks for giving me the push to do it!

    I too have the back and forth of what to share and what not to share on my blog. So sometimes I just don't blog {like the last two weeks}. But the funny thing is, it does make the person so much more real when they do share things that are personal. No one's life is what it seems, we all have our crosses to bear no matter who you are, and where to draw the line on what to share is hard, so I feel ya! Everything does get better, it just seems like it won't when you are in the thick of it.

    Gonna try that soup! Looks so yummy, I pinned it :)

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  13. Thanks Stephanie! Glad you got "the push" you needed. West Elm has a bunch of cute pillow covers on sale right now if you haven't seen them yet.

    I'm working on being honest but not revealing too much. Blogging is a whole new world to me:)

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  14. Hello Heather!

    First off, Love the Pillows! Secondly, I was wondering where you got that darling painting above your couch? I like it's colors!

    Thanks,
    Christina
    kaleidoscope-living.blogspot.com/

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  15. Thanks Christina! I actually painted it myself. It's just oil paints. I did it over a piece of stock art that I hated.

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  16. Thank you for taking the time to read, Deepak:)

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  17. great pillows - and the art above it. where is that from?

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  18. thanks! I painted the piece and will actually be opening up an Etsy store soon with similar pieces for sale.

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