When’s the last time YOU checked out Pier 1?

This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

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A few weeks ago, I was given a Pier 1 gift card to spend. And if there’s one thing I do well, it’s spend. Seriously…just ask BC. Or my mom. Or the ladies that helped me at Pier 1. Let’s just say I *might* have spent 3 times more than my gift card…plus $15. Oops.

And that was with my trusty assistant in tow.

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Think of the damage I would have done if I’d been kid free!

We headed inside and were greeted by a host of helpful employees. One of them asked if I was a photographer on account of the fact that I was wearing my camera around my neck. Aside from one tiny little problem with that scenario (that my pictures sucketh), an actual photographer would have made sure that her battery didn’t die approximately 45 seconds after that.

Random fact: Pier 1 smells GOOD. Go in and sniff stuff if nothing else!

One thing I LOVED, but did not buy (for a whole host of reasons known as “my children”), was their new Tastings Party™ Collection. I think a tasting party would make for some fabulous holiday entertaining. Can’t decide what to make? MAKE IT ALL…only tiny!

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Cute, right? Those wine glasses are under 6” tall.

Are you more casual in your holiday entertaining? I bought a 3 tiered basket for chips that I can pair with a festive bowl of dippy goodness for any occasion.

In addition to a few things I plan on gifting, I picked up the following to do a little holiday decorating:

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(Those houndstooth placemats are on clearance for $1.88)

What’d I do with them?

All the placemats became pillows.

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I already had the aqua linen and the white cotton, so the total cost of each snowflake pillow was the $2.95 for the placemat. I cut 18” squares and stitched down the center of each snowflake “point”. I made envelope backs so that I can store the covers flat and reuse my pillow forms all year long.

And the wreath and glittery trees were just the push I needed to finish a project that’s been on my to do list since, oh, May?

Bye bye awkward hole above my fireplace!

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(The shutters were an $8 thrift store find that benefited greatly from a coat of Key Lime spray paint and some Ralph Lauren Tobacco glaze.)

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In addition to being a great place to pick up some gifts and decor, Pier 1 is doing something awesome this holiday season. For every new person that “likes” Pier 1 on Facebook, they’ll donate $1 to Toys for Tots…up to $100,000! You can also drop your Toys for Tots donation off at any Pier 1 location or make a donation at the register.

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Thanks Pier 1. I’ll be back soon!

(I totally already have been.)

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Comments

  1. Jax @ AlyandAsh says:

    Wow! You found a way to make great stuff even better! I love your pillows and fireplace display! AMAZING!

  2. I love those pillows a LOT!

  3. The pillows are beautiful! You have inspired me to try that. Thanks…..Adele

  4. I don't know if you've seen this but I think it may look good on your mantle.
    http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-subway-art-banner.html
    Who knows though. You've got way more style than I do. Seriously.

  5. Jennifer DeDonato says:

    your pillows look great…and I love that green on the shutters.

  6. snippetsandyarns says:

    I love those shutters over your fireplace. That's a great idea!

    ~ Meagan

  7. Oh those snowflake pillows make me happy :)
    I think I will be trying to find them tomorrow!!

  8. The Sewing Dork says:

    ooh, you lucky girl! Your taste is fabulous – I am in love with what you did with they pillows and snowflakes… ditto the green shutters.

  9. I loved your pillows so much I made a trip to Pier 1 yesterday and bought 2 red snowflakes. I plan to make them this week! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I love those pillows :) I used to have a Pier 1 down the road in our old apartment, and they have the most fun Christmas stuff… thanks for sharing!

  11. I love your pillows!!!! So cute!!! I'm totally copying that idea! :)

  12. hearttreehome says:

    Love it! Very crafty and thrifty!

  13. Michelle @ Sweet Something Design says:

    I bought the same hounds tooth placemats! I died over the price! The snowflake looks fantastic, great projects!

  14. Loooove your pillows! Clearly I'm going to have to get over to Pier 1. Oh, and maybe get a sewing machine…

  15. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Those pillows are great!

  16. Debbie Mendes says:

    This is such a fun idea! This would be great idea to use the fall leaves that they also have! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    I love those pillows. And that color green on your shutters is fantastic. The houndstooth looks like it matches it too. Great ideas.

  18. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    Love, love those pillows!

  19. [email protected] says:

    Great job on the pillow and I LOVE the shutters with that wreath…so cute!! :)

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