June 15, 2010

Making a Graffiti Memory Pillow

I just got back back to Orlando after a vacation to see family in Minnesota.  I grew up in Minnesota then moved to Florida 20 years ago.  The whole time I was home it was cloudy, cold (compared to Orlando) and rainy.  Lets just say it is not the Sunshine State, but the people are bright and sunny!

I went to my niece Stephanie's high school graduation party.  Besides the much loved gift of $$$$ I made her a memory pillow.  Now, with teenagers you never know what they will like, but it was a huge hit with my niece and her friends.  Since she lives out of state I had no idea what her favorite things were!  So, I went to Facebook and there it was.....Her favorite show, food, restaurants, movie star, sport, etc.  
Bingo!  Anything we want to know about someone we can find!

I was thinking of other occasions you could give a Graffiti Memory Pillow.  This could be filled with the names of friends, family members, classmates, pets, sports teammates?

Going off to college
Summer Camp
A long hospitalization
Moving away
Kindergarden, grade school, middle school graduation

I embroidered this onto the pillow, but not everyone has an embroidery sewing machine.  You could easily type it all out and copy it onto fabric.

Are you interested in a tutorial on how to copy onto fabric next week?


Karen said...

What a fabulous pillow!!! When my daughter finished school at 16 she got all her friends to sign some white cotton fabric which I embroidered for her and stitched onto a cusion X

Kelli said...

One of the many many reasons I love FB!

~Kelli @ Smidgens

Lady Ren said...

that is such a thoughtful gift.

Diann said...

How fun! A wonderful idea!

Sailing Simply said...

Very cute! Excellent idea!

sissie said...

What a great idea for a teen. Love it.



Hi Carol,
I should have given you my phone number and see if we could have gotten together while you were up here..I sure can see a teen loving the pillow.
Yup...the 10.00 bags in the "old" days were 3.00 and it happens around the last few hours of the sale on the last day.
Thanks for the info about Gloss-off...I'll be looking for it. Sanding is a pain!!!
Deb :)

Gina said...

What a fun & creative pillow! It's such a thoughtful gift too.

Kat said...

What a great pillow, Carol. And welcome back!

Linda said...

What a thoughtful gift! We have had a very rainy June here in Minnesota~ and May was abnormally HOT!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Carol, this is such a thoughtful and meaningful gift! I would love a tutorial on how to copy onto fabric....I have always wanted to learn how to do this.

Thank you so much for coming by my Blog for a visit!


Elyse said...


thank you so much for following my blog! so glad your comment lead me to yours.

what a fantastic idea for a present and extra kudos to you for doing a little research on facebook. how fun!


Pasta said...

Hello! In my booth I do sell more painted and antiques...Sheryl buys my painted and I buy her pillows and hatboxes, she puts her booth on 50% off alot and marks her stuff higher to offset it. It is tricky, I cannot sell my decorated stuff super fast, but usually I sell it after awhile. Every day my hands are white during the summer.LOL. By the way your booth is super cute and so is the pillow.

Debbie said...

Carol that is a really super gift you gave your niece...she will long have spent the money, but will forever have this cool pillow made by her coolest Aunt ever....thanks for sharing your awesome ideas....Debbie

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Carol...Love your blog..Thanks for leaving your comment about Dads..It was sorta hard writing that one & my Mother's Day Tribute in May. I was going to follow you but saw I already do. Hope you can be a follower of mine,if your not already:
Have a great week..Barb

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great idea. I bet she loved it and it will last longer than the money.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such a great idea for a gift for a young girl! And smart you for thinking of FB!

THanks for stopping by my blog ~ sorry the link to Karla wasn't working. I've fixed it now. You should really check out her blog ~ it's full of beautiful creative items, her sweet grandkid and puppies!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I have a 20 year old daughter and she would love getting this cool pillow as a gift...love this idea! Hope you have a FUN and sunny weekend:)