Love One Another { A Valentine Pillow }

valentine pillow

Valentine Pillow

 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
I am so eager to share the new Valentine’s pillow  that I made!  Not only do I love it’s simplicity, but the message behind it has been weighing on my heart for some time now. 

If you want to skip on down to the craft…that is ok!

Next week will be one year since my Dad has passed and I am feeling a dozen emotions all at once! These last twelve months I have felt like I was anywhere from six years old to in my fifties! At the end of some days I would think about all I had done that day… potty training my toddler, homework with my second grader, meeting with attorneys, closing two businesses while running my own, blogging, and at the same time feeling like I just wanted my daddy.  All of those things can really make a girl’s head spin! 

By far, the most difficult thing I had to deal with was the realization that I couldn’t fix this and I am such a fixer and family peacemaker!  I couldn’t take anyone’s pain away, I couldn’t bring him back, and I just couldn’t make peace out of this.  Whatever pretend control I thought I had was thrown out the window on a daily basis!   

 In God’s wonderful way and in His own timing, I began to hear… just love one another
Don’t fix … just love!
Duh!  It was just a quiet whisper at first, but then that verse just kept popping into my head!  I’m learning how to let go of the fixin’, but it is slow work for this old gal!  This pillow will sit out as a great reminder of what we are called to do.
Now…. back to the craft!  
This was such an easy pillow to make and I just love how it turned out!  I cut out fabric to make a 16×16 pillow with an envelope closure (Creative Maven has a great tutorial if you are looking for one).  Then I created a stencil on my Cricut.  I cut it out on freezer paper and ironed it on my pillow front and got to painting!  I used acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium to paint on the pillow.  
I love using freezer paper stenciling, you don’t even have to paint in the lines!  After the paint dried I lifted off the freezer paper, ironed, and sewed my pillow together.  That’s all!  Super easy! 
Thanks for listening today!  Y’all are the best! 
*Trish

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Comments

  1. So sweet!

  2. I adore this!! Great job as always! :)

  3. Aw so lovely!! Great reminder that just loving takes care of a lot problems!!

  4. Love, love, love your pillow! Great look AND a great message!

  5. This is so adorable! And such a sweet little message. :)

  6. What a super cute painting and I love that you used your Crcuit to make the stencil! I love my Cricut!

  7. Ahhh! Love this,Trish! It’s just perfect!
    P.S. Don’t forget I’m just around the way if you need anything…

  8. Very Cute Pillow…saw you on 36th Avenue

  9. I know how stressful it is on a family when closing an estate. Your lovely pillow is a wonderful reminder of what really matters! ~ Maureen

  10. I love your pillow! That is what V-Day should be all about. Thanks for linking up to Feature Yourself Friday. I linked up this project: http://thepetitesewist.blogspot.com/2012/01/roses-are-red-apron-tutorial.html

  11. I’m sure it’s been difficult for you but it will get easier. The pillow is darling and a nice reminder that we should focus on the things that are truly important. Thanks for sharing.
    Holly

  12. This is perfect! Very sweet!

  13. You sound just like me. My mom passed away Sept. ’09 and like you I am a fixer. I have taken over the role as mother and grandmother. I have finally realized I can’t do it all. I know I can’t take her place but I feel like it is what I am supposed to do. Hang in there. I won’t tell you it will get easier – but tolerable. Hugs

  14. You sound just like me. My mom passed away Sept. ’09 and like you I am a fixer. I have taken over the role as mother and grandmother. I have finally realized I can’t do it all. I know I can’t take her place but I feel like it is what I am supposed to do. Hang in there. I won’t tell you it will get easier – but tolerable. Hugs

  15. I really like this pillow. It would be perfect all year long to remind each other to love. Thanks for sharing. I’m a new follower!

    http://sisterswhat.blogspot.com/2012/01/heart-shaped-hand-warmer.html

  16. This is adorable! You could totally leave this pillow out all year, I would!! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!

    XOXO!
    Marni

  17. So cute!

  18. Great minds think alike… I just made a burlap banner because of the same verse! I love your pillow. Thanks for the great tutorial. Maybe I’ll try this next week.

  19. Love it!

  20. Very cute. :)

  21. I love this project……I’d like to invite you to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party
    going on now-Sunday night……Have a wonderful weekend!

  22. This is a gorgeous pillow! I love that you can use it for Valentine’s and also leave it up year round too.

  23. Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks….Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Beautiful pillow and a beautiful story. “Don’t fix… just love!” – such a great thing for us fixers to remember! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Great post and beautiful pillow. I struggle with things I can’t control or “fix” too…I’m so sorry for your loss. Blessings and hugs. Thanks for sharing this at Shine on Fridays.

  26. Very Very cute. I want to find the time to make one.

  27. Such a sweet pillow to go with a sweet post! Thanks so much for linking up to my Valentine Link Party!

  28. Oh, I adore this!!! :) I just found your blog over at Shabby Love and I am your newest follower! I can’t wait to read more! Have a wonderful day!
    Crystal
    Homemaker in Heels

  29. So cute for Valentine’s Day or year round! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Visiting from: http://www.toddlindsey.com/

  30. You have such a cute blog. I found you on the link party. I am your newest follower. :) If you would like to check out my blog that would be awesome and follow me back..I would love to feature you on my blog sometime, you have way cute stuff..

    -Brooke
    for-the-luv-of.blogspot.com

  31. Beautiful and so meaningful and timeless. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at my place!

  32. That is one of my favorite scriptures. I love it and the pillow turned out lovely. Great job!

  33. Such a sweet pillow w/ a great message! I love it…I recently bought some freezer paper, can’t wait to try it out! Visiting via Made the Scene Monday

  34. I love everything about this post. My dad died just over four years ago, and I know that the first year was incredibly hard. I love that you really listened to God’s voice and made yourself a little reminder.

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Home

  35. I don’t think one ever get over losing their parents. Both of mine are gone, my Mom passed over 17 years ago. I can honestly say you never not missed them. I have never found a friend that was what my Mom was to me. I so miss her every day. But I love the verse, just love them, so simple yet so true. I do love you pillow with the big red heart. Thanks for showing us how. Thanks for sharing you creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best Par.tay!

  36. What a great reminder. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad…my dad just found out he’s pretty sick, it’s a rough time. Remembering to LOVE is all we can do.
    You should join me for Handmade 52! http://www.raisingoranges.blogspot.com –Katie

  37. This idea and your blog are so cute! I would LOVE for you to link this up to my link party!
    Thanks!

    - Kathryn
    http://www.destinationcraft.blogspot.com/2012/01/destination-cutesy-monday_30.html

  38. This is a beautiful pillow! Very nice work and I love the message! -Erin from YAY!DIY

  39. I am officially a freezer paper addict, it’s so useful for so many things!! Gorgeous work on the pillow. I love the bold design. :)

    Adrianne
    http://www.happyhourprojects.com

  40. AWESOME!! Can’t wait to try this!!

    Thanks so much for linkin up to my Sunday, FUNday party! Featuring your fab idea on my networks! Feel free to grab a featured button and get your brag on! Hope you link up in the future! XO

    The Foley Fam Blog

  41. So stinkin’ cute!! Love this pillow! Would be delighted for you to link to my brand new party: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/01/mop-it-up-mondays-party-1.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi
    your newest follower ; )

  42. What a beautiful pillow -and the sentiment is perfect!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  43. Very nice…love the sentiment!

  44. Nice! I love the use of the heart for this. We’re so glad you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We loved having you!! Please come back next Saturday and share more of your great recipes! -The Sisters

  45. Most ‘lovely and meaningful’ pillow…pinning this

  46. Adorable! I love the aesthetic!

  47. I love the look of the finished pillow, plus I’ve been researching fabric painting techniques and mixing acrylic paint with fabric medium is something I’m yet to try. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I found this post through the Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training.

  48. This is darling. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna

  49. This is absolutely perfect. And I love the inspiration you shared… Love is a powerful thing, isn’t it? Great reminder! Thanks for sharing–always love your amazing projects!

  50. This project is awesome! So beautiful, and such a great message. It would be super cool if would come by today to enter my giveaway for a $50 Lowe’s gift card and to link up to my very first party! http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/imagine-the-impossibilities-link-party-1/
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

  51. I have to make one now. I love this! so simple to make too!
    I am having a Valentine’s Day Linky Carnival and I would love for you to link this up:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day-countdown-linky-party.html

  52. Such a great pillow!!! Thanks so much for linking up :))

  53. I heart it!!! please consider sharing at myHandmade Valentine party:
    http://www.summitstreetjoy.com/2012/01/handmade-valentines-day-crafts-and.html — would love to feature your sweet pillow :)
    xo,
    lauren

  54. That is such a beautiful pillow! Sounds like you gave and got a lot of love from your dad and now you are passing it along! We have had so much fun with the Find Some Love Fest! It’s such a great way to connect with and support our fellow bloggers. We are following you and would love for you to visit our blog.

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings
    http://www.herlatenightcravings.blogspot.com/

  55. I seriously love this pillow! I’m going to feature it tomorrow for my Feature Friday post. I would love if you stopped by and grabbed a “Featured” button!!

    XO! Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

  56. Thanks for linking up at Create and Inspire Party.. featuring this today!

    Thanks,
    Angie from A Little Inspiration

  57. Very Cute!! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation.
    Jill

  58. I’m very sorry to hear about your dad, but what a great way to remember him :)

    I featured you over at Do Something Crafty this week :)

  59. This is great! I would love it if you come by and link this up at From Scratch Friday @ Marriage from Scratch! It’s live already on the blog 

    ~Christina
    http://www.marriagefromscratch.blogspot.com

  60. I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine’s Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays.html

  61. Your pillow is gorgeous!

    Dee

  62. I adore this pillow, and what it represents! Thanks for sharing at Craft Monkey’n Monday! I pinned it & shared it at The Craft Monkey FB Page!

  63. This pillow is so adorable and I love that it has a “message” to it too. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Holly
    504 Main

  64. Had to stop in for another look at this! Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge! Karah

  65. Oh my goodness…so cute!! Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

  66. This is so lovely! I just wanted to stop by and invite you to link up at my Sharing Time Link Party, here: http://heathernow.blogspot.com/search/label/sharing%20time
    Have a great day!
    ~Heather

  67. LOVE this pillow. It’s gorgeous and I featured it on Sew Woodsy today!

  68. So Sorry for The loss of your Dad. It’s amazing thought how God’s love can comfort and soothe us. I love our pillow and your message. God Bless!

  69. I wanted to express my sadness for the loss of your dad. And the message on your pillow is truly a beautiful message to his memory and for us to remember each and every day …

    So very happy that you linked up to our Pillopalooza slumber party!
    :)
    Linda

  70. Beautiful pillow and post, Trish! This week has been 21 years since my mom passed away and this post hit close to home. Thanks for such a great reminder! Hugs to you!

  71. It is beautiful! I need to try freezer paper stenciling. Thanks for the nudge.

  72. THANK YOU! My Daddy passed away a year ago the second week of December….you basically took the words right outta my head! I am making this pillow and it too will be a reminder to me! JUST LOVE!! Our Daddys are feelin PERFECT LOVE right now!! ;) j

  73. I need to give the freezer paper a try – I heart your pillow!
    Hope you are having great memories about your dad as the anniversary approaches.
    Kelly

  74. This pillow is gorgeous (definitely copy-catting!), and the story is even more beautiful. God bless you for sharing it, and may the peace of the Lord be with you always! XO, Barbara at Chase the Star

  75. This is such an adorable project. I would have never guessed that it was painted on. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’m pinning it for later.

  76. I absolutely LOVE this pillow – what a great idea!!!
    XOX

  77. Ahh. I love this pillow! We may need 20 or so of them around the house as reminders. :)
    –Katie

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