DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is

DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is.

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Even though I am not technically from Newfoundland nor do I live there… my heart still very much belongs to that ruggedly gorgeous province and I do consider Newfoundland home! My Dad was born and raised there, although he left his beloved island to join the Military many years ago he always tried to get us (his family) back there to his home as much as he could. With enough summer visits as a child under my belt and the fact that Mr. Mans and I lived there when he was in the Military, I feel justified in thinking that this stunning place is “home”.  That is the saying after all, “Home is where the heart is” and my heart is truly there.

OldNLHouse | Vinyet Etc. An old Newfoundland home – Leading Tickles

Newfoundland has taken on an even greater meaning for me in the last couple of years, 2 years ago both of my parents passed within 6 months of each other and they are both laid to rest together in Newfoundland. When we were there laying Mom beside Dad that place gave me so much comfort, it touched me and consoled me at a very low time in my life. While I was there my Brother and I explored, I captured some photos that I will treasure forever, it truly was like therapy. If you’d like to have a peek at some of those photos and read my story you can see that here

I sure hope I didn’t bring the mood down… this really is a fun post, I just wanted to give you a good idea why I did this very simple DIY, considering the plethora of vinyl products and the many endless possibilities of things you can make with all of the goodies you can buy from this month’s sponsor: ExpressionsVinyl | VinYetEtc

I’m so happy to be back again for our monthly DIY challenge, this is our 8th one! I can hardly believe how fast time is flying, I’ve had so much fun challenging myself every month. I sure hope you will join me and my 11 bloggy friends for our Instagram challenge? You can challenge yourself right along with us every month it’s simple, you make something with the specified material like we do and at the end of every month we pick a winner and we feature that winner on all 12 of our IG accounts! I love seeing all of the creativity that is being shared, you guys blow me away!

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Here is the VERY easy tutorial to make your own, “home is where the heart is”, map pillow.

Materials you will need:

Silhouette printable heat transfer material (for light coloured fabrics)

Google maps – you may have heard of it… 😉


Ink jet printer


Pillow form (throw pillow size, or any size you’d like)

Canvas (I bought a painters canvas for a past project and had tons of material left I just cut what I needed out of it to make a pillowcase for the pillow form)

I sewed the pillowcase with my trusty yard sale sewing machine ($25), I did not follow a pattern it was a measure as you go type of project, very simple process… I should video my process one day, so easy I may bore you.


DIY steps:

Find your “home” or image, I typed Newfoundland into google maps and did a screen capture once I was happy with the quality and position of the map.

I opened my screen captured image in PicMonkey and edited out all of the town names and any other words I did not want on there.

NL - MapBase

Then I added a heart shape on the exact town my Dad is from (Botwood). I also brightened it and added some filters to make it look like an old map… this process really is up to your own tastes, so play and have some fun.

NL - MapFinal

Once your image is the way you want it to look after editing mirror it within your photo editor.

Mirror map

Place your printable heat transfer sheet into your printer making sure it will be set to print on the blank side (NOT on the grid side) of the sheet, simple as that!

print image

I placed a little boarder around the map, I just cut out any unwanted heat transfer material.

Cut out map

Center your image on the pillowcase and iron over the paper grid (grid side facing up). I ironed the pillowcase on a hard surface for 2 – 3 min, going over and over the entire grid until you are satisfied that your image has adhered to your pillow case.


Let your project cool completely before gently peeling off your grid backing.

Stuff your pillow in your new pillowcase and enjoy!

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I am very affectionately calling this my Newfoundland corner, the vintage banner is from Grand Falls, NL… the photo hanging above the bench is of my Dad’s Uncle George, he lived all of his days in Newfoundland and of course that little pillow… with the heart in the exact spot I love so much! Thank you for joining me for this simple yet meaningful DIY project. xo

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

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From the top left, they are:

Number Subway Art from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Upcycled Faux Geometric Mosaic Tile Serving Tray Using Vinyl from Sustain My Craft Habit

Personalized Shoes from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two

DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Decorated Rain Barrel Using Fun Vibrant Colours from Time With Thea

Child’s Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals from Woman in Real Life

DIY Striped Carafe from Lifeovereasy

Life is a Party Napkins from Life is a Party

Vintage Inspired DIY Office Sign from Heather in Heels

Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels from The DIY Mommy

Custom Artwork Using Vinyl from Love Create Celebrate

DIY felt feather garland – Vin’yet Etc.

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Welcome to July’s 12 months of DIY challenge! In case this is your very first visit here I’ll fill you in on what 12 months of DIY is. Each month I join in with 11 awesome Canadian blogging friends, we DIY something spectacular using one material.

Here is what we’ve done so far.

January – Mason Jars – Farmhouse light

February – Fabric – Blanket with pom poms

March – Wood – wood sliced art

April – Thrift Store – roll n’ go travel bag

May – Mod Podge – beginners art

June – Spray Paint  – secret garden gate from an antique crib

And for July we are using felt!

I wanted to get my craft on for this month’s project, a little bit different than my usual DIY. I’m pretty much obsessed with both feathers and garland… so this project seemed like a great idea and I’m so happy with how this adorable felt feather garland has turned out!

Our sponsor this month, The Kunin Group Eco-fiPlus Premiumfelt has very generously donated the felt you will be seeing in all of our DIY projects! This thick high quality 8 oz felt is made from recycled plastic bottles… that is just awesome! You can see what my very creative friends have made at this end of this feather garland DIY tutorial, now on to how I made this feather garland… using felt.

Materials you will need 

Two different coloured felt sheets – (I used 2 – 12″ x 17″ white and 2 – 12″ x 17″grey felt sheets to make all of the feathers)

Sharp (comfortable) scissors

Glue gun and glue sticks

Twine or string of your choice (I used bakers twine from ikea) and embroidery thread

Hand drawn feather template(s) – (I used 4 different shaped feathers)

DIY Steps

1 Draw an outline/template of any feather shape(s) that you may like on to white paper, I used some shapes that I saw on line as a guide. (In total I used 4 different shapes)

2 Cut the template feathers out of the paper, use that as a guide to cut your felt into rectangular pieces.

3 Lay your template onto the felt rectangles and cut the feather shapes out of the felt. I alternated the 4 shapes for a total of 32 grey feathers and repeated that for a total of 32 white feathers. It’s a lot of cutting, make sure to use comfy scissors.

4 Group all of your like feathers together, keeping the grey and the white in separate piles, but group same shapes together.

5 Take one group at a time, leave the grey feathers whole and cut the white feathers down the center.

6 Run a thin line of hot glue down each side of the grey feather and stick one half of the white on either side. Repeat until all of your grey feathers have white halves glued on.

**Attach the individual feathers on to your selected twine… I used embroidery thread attached to each feather and wrapped that around the bakers twine and secured that with a dot of hot glue. I wanted the feathers to move in the wind.**


There you have it, so easy…

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I love that it can hang anywhere… in my studio.

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Or in a gorgeous back yard…

So much fun!

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY felt project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!


From the top left, they are:

No Sew Felt Sewing Needle Storage Case from Time With Thea

DIY Felt Succulents from Brooklyn Berry Designs

DIY Felt Feather Garland from Vin’yet Etc.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies from Life is a Party

DIY Felt Basket from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Felt Fruit Mobile from Woman in Real Life

DIY Felt Notebook Covers from Lifeovereasy

Felt Flamingo Bag from PMQ for Two

DIY Felt Coasters from Fresh Crush

DIY Nautical Throw Pillows with Felt Fabric from Sustain My Craft Habit

Floral Felt Tic-Tac-Toe Game from The DIY Mommy

Felt Wall Organizer from Love Create Celebrate

I sure hope you’ve gathered some inspiration from all of these awesome projects made with felt!? I most definitely will use this material again, thanks once again, The Kunin Group Eco-fiPlus Premiumfelt I really enjoyed using your quality felt product!

Peace and blue skies,


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by, The Kunin Group Eco-fiPlus Premiumfelt. As always, all of the opinions here are my very own and I only recommend companies that I love and use myself.

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 1/3

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Happy Birthday Munk! Munker, is the nickname we gave to our baby boy Michael, “baby” is a relative term today because he’s 6′-4″ and not much of a baby any more! :’) Our “baby” just turned 23 on March 20th – I can’t even believe it! Time is a bitter sweet thing… As a young […]

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DIY ~ influenced by…

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Since I’ve been blogging (a month and a bit), I’ve been extremely influenced by the creativity out there… inspired enough to do my own version of what they did, call it copying, doing a knock-off or I’ve even heard the term slagging… regardless, I felt inspired enough to get off my butt and try some […]

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Tin Barn Market

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“Create. Re-purpose. Re-invent. LOVE again.” This concept isn’t new, it isn’t something we haven’t heard before… so what makes this shop “blog-worthy”? The two very inspirational women that own this shop are what make this “blog-worthy”!!! Oh don’t get me wrong, the “market” is full of different, eclectic hand picked items that make any kindred […]

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Confessions of a Newbie…

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It’s been one month exactly since I became a blogger! Happy anniversary to us! Over 3 1/2 months since I’ve felt this way… So why am I feeling so blah? Why the heck am I waking up in the middle of the night with self doubt! I have nothing to stress about, my family is […]

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DIY clock

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My love of re-purposing and antiques, added to that a slight obsession with clocks, (alright “slight” may be an understatement) a full blown fixation is more like it! This DIY is gonna be awesome! 😀 A clock made out of an antique stovepipe collar…what? Yep, I’ve seen these pipe surrounds used many different ways. Some […]

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My Catch # 4

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Metropolis Living, my 4th and final stop on what I am touting as my dream day! In my last post I said I was saving the best until last… What I mean by that is, while all of the places were awesome & amazing, for me personally this place was the cherry on top of […]

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Our first DIY


Hi There… This is our very first DIY post and it’s kind of terrifying. SO many good blogs out there, how do we make this one our very own? Jump in both feet, be yourself… The only way we know how. This post is dedicated to a very good friend of ours, Dwight. He has […]

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My Catch #3

Jaws Antiques

My 3rd stop of the day was just down the street, no moving of the car! Awesome!!! Jaws Antiques… Interesting name! I had read some reviews on this place and was excited to get some deals… The contrast from my last stop to this place was evident right away! It was packed with everything from […]

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My Catch #2


Driving into the heart of the city I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done city driving, I’m good to go, right? Well there is a lot of negativity out there ref Toronto driving, I must admit I was a little anxious… I am happy to report though that not one bad thing happened, […]

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My Catch #1

The salvage-shop

Hey there, as some of you may know I had a pretty huge adventure on Saturday! While Bud was at the car show in Toronto (boring), I went hunting! And yes my eyes were WAY bigger than my budget (of course-I wanted everything) and even the amount of time in the day wasn’t enough! It’s […]

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Happy Hunting!

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“Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”. Okay maybe not wabbits per say, but goodies… I’ll be cruzin’ vintage, antique and loveliness this coming weekend! This is my first hunting trip, I’ll be hitting up 8 stores in the Toronto area! My eyes may be way bigger than my pocket book, or my comfortable shoes […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Crop kiss

This is our first post, thought I would launch the site with a Valentine tribute to my Mr. Mans… June 17th, 1989, our wedding day… Keep in mind this was the 80’s and poofy was the style! 😉 Kissing my husband for the first time! Our first dance as husband and wife! xo Awwww, so […]

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