Friday, May 20, 2011

Love is a wonderful thing

My dear daughter made me this sweet cushion, for my birthday and it looks wonderful on my old rocking chair.
Thanks to all my lovely friends for the birthday wishes, your kindness and love, you shared. I appreciate each and every one, and made my day very special.
I saw this great idea on my friend Julia's blog the other day you can visit her here. She has a lovely blog and always has something beautiful to share, so go and visit her and see for yourself.

It was so much fun and this is how mine turned out and I will be doing this again.
Natural Dyeing with avocado skins.
Boil the avocado skins in an old saucepan for about 15 minutes and then add the fabrics, lace broderie anglaise or what ever you want to dye.
Then boil for about 25 minutes.
Isn't the soft pink colour beautiful and a delicate shade. Maybe you might give this a try if you want something pink and the beauty of this is there are no strong chemicals.
I got the pretty CD monogram when I was in France and will make something from it.
How lucky I was, finding my initials, so had to buy this.

Sending out wonderful wishes for a beautiful weekend to you all.


  1. What a beautiful pillow from you sweet daughter, Carolyn. These are the things that mean so much - so very priceless. I hope you had a wonderful Birthday...and may the coming year be full of beautiful and wonderful memories to reflect on next year.

  2. Julia is so talented!! I have heard of dying fabric with another vegetable but now I can't remember which one. It wasn't a beet . . .

    How lucky that you found the pretty monogram and in France!!


  3. So very lovely pillow from your daughter!!! she is so sweet and made it beautiful!!
    And thanks for the avocado skin tip, this is really gorgeous really, I will certainly try it!!!
    hugs dear Carolyn

  4. So glad you had a wonderful birthday my sweet friend..your daughter is so talented...I adore that sweet pillow.

    Hugs for a wonderful weekend. xoxo

  5. Coloring with avocado sounds exiting. It was a lovely shade of pink. And so nice cushion your daughter made for you, that kind of gift warms a mother´s heart.
    Have a nice weekend
    Hugs from

  6. Dear Carolyn, wishing you a wonderful weekend as well - at the end of mine i will be waking up in ...Paris!

  7. what a beautiful gift from your daughter!

    And what a lovely colour from the avocado skins!

  8. So pretty !!..happy

  9. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!! I think this is wonderful because you can get the most beautiful hue without all the chemicals...what a fun idea. Dearest, isn't it wonderful to have an afterglow of delight from the love of friends???? I so love your gift to me....I must send you something as soon as this crazy school schedule of mine is OVER!!!! I am OFF to school today to finish up some important grading for a deadline I have to meet by next FRIDAY!!!! Much love to you and keep on celebrating the are in my thoughts!!! Anita

  10. Hello my dear!!!

    YEAHHHH...wonderful idea!

    Wonderful pincushion...and wonderful daughter! ;D

    Kisses a lot my dear, have a great week-end! NI

  11. Hi dear Carolyn,
    A wonderful sweet gift from your daughter- --and the colored piece looks beautiful- I have tryed that once also ,it is really a lovely tone.
    Week-end hugs-

  12. What a sweet pillow your daughter has made for you, dear Carolyn.
    The chest of drawers behind your rocking chair is fabulous! Did you paint it yourself?
    I'm glad you had such fun too, dyeing with the avocado skins. They make really lovely shades of pink, don't they? Have fun creating with your dyed pieces :-)!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs to you,

  13. What a beautiful cushion your daughter made! And the dyeing idea with the avocado skins is fantastic. I'll have to try it out sometime - I love that soft pink shade. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  14. A wonderful gift from you daughter. I must try the natural dyeing and you certainly were lucky to find your initials already done. It was meant to be...

  15. What a gorgeous pillow, Carolyn! She's so sweet and talented. Glad you had a wonderful birthday and hoping that you have a lovely weekend! :)

  16. LOVE the pillow your daughter made! ~Mandy

  17. Hi Carolyn,
    What a sweet pillow she made for you! Don't you just love anything with hearts? I do. The pink color from the avocado is fab. Who knew you could get pink from a green avocado? What a great idea.

    Enjoy your birthday week!

  18. Wishing you a belated "Happy Birthday dear Carolyn!!
    Sorry I missed it.
    I adore monogrammed linen and I'm looking for sheets and pillow cases.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  19. Caroline, I am so jealous, because I wish I could make a pillow like that for my mother! I can't! :( Well I should learn then! In the meantime, my poems will just have to do....

    Thank you for sharing about boiling the avocado skins, omg, i had no idea you could do that!

  20. Hi Carolyn, happy belated birthday. The pillow your daughter made is so very pretty and you found the perfect spot for it. Have a terrific tomorrow as I think your day is already done. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  21. Pink, how interesting?? I had no idea! I love to dye certain items!

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  22. What a beautiful birthday present and a great memory :) I'm looking forward to your photos from Laduree in St. Germaine! Happy Sunday!

    Kristin xo

  23. Dear Carolyn,
    The pillow is a wonderful gift to be treasured. You know I love the monograms- and wow! A Parisian scrap of fabric with my own initials would be great for sure! Enjoy making something pretty with it.
    Hugs hugs,
    Monica xo

  24. Good morning sweet friend!

    Oh yes, I am very excited to see the different VIEWS OF PARIS from all the blogs that are participating next Saturday! ENJOY composing your post and ahhhh....let's strutt down the streets of Paris dearest in our comfortable but stylish shoes and GO FROM LATIN QUARTER to the EIFFEL TOWER! husband and I did what many tourists do; we walked that distance not knowing how far it was at night AFTER the most beautiful 14 juillet celebration at the base of the Eiffel Tower. We kept wondering when we would arrive at our hotel in the Latin Quarter! Needless to say when we finally got there, we were EXHAUSTED!

    Have a great Sunday! Anita

  25. I've never heard of coloring with avocado skins, Carolyn! You're's a lovely soft color.

    Sweet of your loving daughter to give you that adorable pillow! I hope you had a wonderful birthday AND that you are having a great weekend! Aren't blogging friends the BEST??

    Lots of Hugs,

  26. Olá, amiga!

    Passei para uma visitinha!...
    Belo trabalho, criativo e muito romântico... amei!!!
    Nunca imaginei um tingimento com cascas de abacate...
    Meus parabéns atrasados... muita luz, paz, saúde e felicidades também.

    Boa semana!

    °º✿ Brasil
    º° ✿✿♥ ♫° ·.

  27. I'm off to buy avo's! Thanks for the tip Carolyn. Your pillow is marvelous, what a lovely daughter you have.
    Have a wonderful week.

    Pat xx

  28. Happy belated Birthday Carolyn!
    How special the cushion your daughter made you!
    The weekend should be over in Nz whilst I'm typing, have a great week then!

  29. Happy belated Birthday Carolyn!
    How special the cushion your daughter made you!
    The weekend should be over in Nz whilst I'm typing, have a great week then!

  30. Beautiful post, darling!


  31. Lucky or serendipity? Regardless, it's perfect, and I had no idea you could use avocado skins for dyeing?
    Most importantly though, Happy Belated Birthday!!

  32. so sweet!!!!!!

    kiss Marina :)

  33. Dear Carolyn
    You have a very sweet daughter! What a beautiful cushion!!! So Very nice the pretty monogram!
    I wish you a happy new week. Hugs Yvonne

  34. Love is a wonderful thing .... oh yes.......... and Live is wonderful too, daer Carolyn!

    What a beautiful day, I found your Blog this morning! :O)))
    Hope you are well and we talk soon again my friend!

    Wishing you a wonderful week,
    Claudia from germany

  35. Beautiful pillow!!!! Awwwww, that is so sweet and it looks very inviting on your rocker.

    What luck! Avocados are on sale this week! :)

  36. Happy Birthday Caroline is an honor to give my deepest heart felicitacions of the beautiful and the rocking chair cushion that is exposed with so much love makes me relax in his rocking kisses seagull in flight as always I hope you whenever you want on my blogs

  37. Dear Carolyn
    I love your pillow! So wonderful!
    And happy birthday to you!
    Sorry I´m late!!!

  38. It's so beautiful! Such a sweet gift.
    Groetjes uit Holland!

  39. love that pillow!you have a very talented daughter ! and that beautiful heatr says it all, doesn,t it?!
    lovely post!
    take care,

  40. Carolyn, that pillow is just darling! such a wonderful gift from your daughter! :))

  41. Hi Carolyn!!!! love is a wonderful thing!!! I agree your beautiful pillow!!!! your Daughter is so talented!!!

  42. Carolyn, that cover is just darling! what a sweet gift from your daughter...lucky you!

  43. Ooooooooo that's so cool! What a lovely pillow from your daughter! An extra special mom you are!
    xx, shell

  44. Beautiful! I like white embroidery.


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