Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sewing for the Man Cave (or, Material Girls, July Edition)



I actually managed this project start to finish at July's Material Girls last Sunday. That never happens, I assure you. I made a pillow for DH's Man Cave, which is a sea of beige (yuck).

I started with a vintage-style souvenir tea towel that's been aging in my stash for so long that I'm not sure where it came from. Possibly some store on the Santa Fe Plaza, Albuquerque Old Town, or even someplace on the internet. It's a mystery at this point, but I do know it's not "real" vintage.



The back side is some Southwest style quilting fabric I bought with the idea of decorating our home office. I gave DH the choice of several Southwest fabrics before heading out and this is the one he liked the best. 

This was so easy I almost hesitate to even post it as a project, but I suppose the results are the main thing. DH loves his new pillow, although he prefers the back side to the "feature" side. Oh well! He likes it and that's all that matters. 

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I've had some questions about the fountain, so I thought I'd add a little more information  It came from a previously unknown internet vendor called Hayneedle.com, which is where the wooden bench came from as well. 

It has a solar power source. Unfortunately, it only runs when the sun is shining as the solar panel can't store power for later. Kind of a bummer, but DH believes he can rig up a battery for evening use. I also think there are probably better solar panels out there somewhere that have storage capability. Whatever the limitations, it's better than having to hire someone to run electric into the side yard, and it runs like a champ from about 10:30 am to 5:00-6:00 pm when it's sunny, which is most days in New Mexico.

5 comments:

SewingLibrarian said...

Thanks for the fountain information! Your pillow is cute! I make pillow covers for my DD's room. She likes to change up what she has in there quite often, and it's an easy and inexpensive way to change her room.

shams said...

I'm glad you posted it as it's really cute! I'm making some throw pillows for DD1's dorm room, and I plan to post those. ;)

Patricia said...

The pillow is great, very masculine! Great minds think alike: I made a quilt as a throw for my HB's den, from similar colour/design fabrics sourced from a nice quiltshop in Taos a few years ago. The colours remind me of Santa Fe and lovely New Mexico. Glad you showed us - it brings back memories :)

city said...

thanks for sharing.

RhondaBuss said...

I LOVE your pillow and what a great accent it will be.