A Little Fluffing ~ A Great Seat Cushion

A little fluffing done here and there about the house,

that’s about all I can do these days, trying to recuperate from “The Shingles”.

There should be a horror film, titled, “The Shingles” as it is truly “horror-a-ble”.

I am not one to sit . . . I get fidgety.

I was sitting on the sofa, looking around to see what I could do

that would not take much energy or movement . . . the key word being movement

and not get the attention of the resident Hall Monitor.

Ah ha! The light bulb moment.

Monogrammed Grain Sack/Settee - Housepitality Designs

On the vintage settee is a grain sack pillow that

used to belong to my friend Martha, my friend that moved away to the Lone Star State.

Oh yes, I bought the quilt on the back of the settee from Martha too.

As you can see, I used the grain sack pillow as a pillow. 🙂

Monogrammed Grain Sack/Settee - Housepitality Designs

Previously, I was contemplating having my friend Linda make me a cushion for the settee.

But the light bulb moment negated that idea.

Monogrammed Grain Sack/Settee - Housepitality Designs

Hello!….there was the cushion staring me right in the face.

The face, one of the parts of my body that does not hurt . . . good thing,

not being able to talk would not be so wonderful. 🙂

Monogrammed Grain Sack - Housepitality Designs

The vintage grain sack pillow really fit perfectly on the seat of the settee

as if it were made for it. Martha, don’t you just love it!

Vintage Grain Sack/Settee - Housepitality Designs

The vintage French Wine/Picnic basket that I purchased in France sits beside the vintage settee

that I purchased at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta a few years ago.

Vintage Settee/French Wine Basket - Housepitality Designs

I am so happy that I had that “light bulb moment” and was able to make this settee

look even better with that grain sack pillow as a seat cushion.

Vintage Settee/Grain Sack - Housepitality Designs

Did you see the post-it that says, “do not sit on me” 🙂

Vintage Settee/Vintage Grain Sack/French Picnic Basket - Housepitality Designs 

It was so great to create something wonderful with very little effort,

because I have a resident Hall Monitor and if he catches me doing too much and not resting,

I just may get a detention! But I have a note from the doctor!

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Funny when an idea will just come to you like that. Happens to me all the time and that is why I change things all the time. Sometimes I wish I could turn my brain off! That grain sack looks perfect there. You better watch out for that hall monitor!!!

  2. It looks great and it’s the perfect size! Nice! I do hope you are better. I don’t do well with forced inactivity either. Sending healing prayers your way.
    Gentle hug,

  3. I love it! That is the perfect solution and looks fabulous! Look out for that hall monitor, they are around every corner:):) Hope you feel better soon. XO

  4. Gorgeous! I love the blue and white touches. Have a wonderful week!

  5. What a great idea….I love it!!!!
    I hope you feel better soon….

  6. Shirley burt says

    What did you do with the quilt??? Love the settee.

  7. Linda Schmidt says

    What great timing for a light bulb moment, a little something to brighten
    your day. I pray your pain is lessening and other light bulb moments come your way soon. So enjoy your blog.

  8. That was a combination meant to be! I can’t believe how perfectly that pillow fit as a seat cushion. That whole area looks lovely. Please take care of yourself. Be patient with your recovery. There are many healing thoughts and prayers coming your way, Shirley. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  9. Great idea! Looks awesome, thanks for the post!

  10. It looks custom made for the space! Wonderful! Hope you are soon over those nasty shingles.

  11. That grain sack is the perfect pillow! Feel better soon!

  12. Love the fabric and the fit is perfect for the seat. A quiet project with tons of wow.

  13. Shirley, I know it felt good to just get up and feel like you accomplished something…and you did! It was a great light bulb moment! Hoping each day is a better one!

  14. Them hall monitors can be pretty darn pesky sometimes:D I do love your grainsack pillow…it’s beautiful! Question: The mirror that hangs on the wall with the sconces on each side; is that trim down the center blue? It looks blue in the picture, and it;s awesome looking!! Glad your feeling a smidgen better:)

  15. Sherry Myers says

    I am so very sorry you are not feeling well. My mother and also a friend of mine have had shingles. I know they are horrible. I pray you will be on the mend asap! I love your light bulb design, Shirley. And if that hall monitor gives you too much trouble, send him to the principal! (Me) ?

  16. Looks good.Hope you get to feeling better real soon.Thank you for doing a post of more of your wonderful decorating even with the shingles.lol

  17. Oh Shirley, your attitude is amazing! You are lucky to have a hall monitor though, and I do love your effortless makeover! Sometimes we just don’t see what’s right in front of us. Be a good girl and rest up!

  18. Wendy Howell says

    I do you hope you feel better soon, shingles are so nasty. Your cushion looks like it was made for that seat!! I couldn’t help but notice your gorgeous stair raining. Everything is put together beautifully.

  19. I’m so sorry to hear you have shingles. We got a vaccination for it about 7 years ago, but then my cousin came down with shingles and she had gotten the vaccination a few years back. I hope you feel better sooner, rather than later.

  20. So sorry that you have the shingles. I got my shot last year so I wouldn’t get it. If you do get it, they say it’s not as bad. So rest up as it is painful.

    The pillow looks like it was made for the bench. Just relax and have a pad and pencil and when you get ideas, write them down and then you can execute them when you are better.

    Sending Get Well wishes to you.

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my cousin.


  21. I love it when an idea comes to me like that. It does look perfect! I know it’s hard to do nothing and I’d struggle with it too but if resting helps you get over it more quickly then that’s the way to go.

  22. Nice idea, but take it easy until you feel better… Lor

  23. What serendipity Shirley! I love your grain sack pillow as a cushion! Once again I have French Wine/Picnic basket 🙂

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