Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pottery Barn Knock Off: Butterfly Cafe Pillow


Butterfly Cafe Lumbar Pillow Cover, 16 x 26"
Pottery Barn Butterfly Cafe Pillows

Em and I were talking the other day about Pottery Barn and future blog post ideas and,  I said "have you seen that butterfly on the cover?"  She said "OMG I am going to make that."  "I said no...I was going to make that."  Instead of our weekly cuss out!  I said lets see who can make it better!!  Thus you have our 1st of many sisterly competitions.  We work the same pretty much so we both started with our old favorite...the overhead projector. 





















We each made transpearancies from the magazine and penciled in our butterfly designs on drop cloth.



We both began painting our dark color with acrylic paints.  I (Amy) used a a dark brown and Em used black. 


We then began shading in with yellows and blue.

We sewed the back of the pillow on and made it so it could be removed.  We heat set the paint so that it could be washed.



Here is where the FUN begins.  What is at STAKE?  Bragging rights and something else that we can say

that we are better at!!  Did I mention that Emily and I are very competitive!!   
Please join in the fun and comment on which pillow you like better.  #1 or #2.



















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75 comments:

  1. I know this isn't what you want to hear probably but they are both so gorgeous and truthfully they look quite similar. I wish I could paint like that!! Marvelous!!

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  2. tough call! I THINK I like number one because it has more contrast with the darker edges and lighter blue. It's more subtle. (though if i was gonna take one home, i would have to ask my hubby which one because i truly love them both!)

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  3. Both are excellently executed! If you twisted my arm, however, I'd have to take the more muted pillow ~ only because I like the more subtle colors of the spectrum. So, I choose #1 ~ sorry to the #2 artist!

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  4. These are GORGEOUS, I am very impressed. I love them both. 1 is more subtle in color, 2 more vibrant. I guess I would pick 1. But they are AMAZING!!!!! Ellen

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  5. WOW, Ya'll did a super fabulous job! This pillow is on my list to try and reproduce. ..I can't choose a fave..they both look awesome!

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  6. Oh these are SO lovely, I can decide which one is better. I love the muted tones of 1 as well as the more vibrant colors of 2. I suppose it would depend on which room in my house they would adorn!

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  7. Love the soft color of #1! What a great project.

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  8. I like the brighter colors of #2

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  9. Ack! although I like the 1st one for it's softer colors, I have to go with #2 for it's extra bit of detail!

    Good job ladies! now mail one up to Canada for me won't you?!

    no???...you're keeping them??...hrm...carry on then ;)

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  10. Wow these are both amazing! What a clever move with the overhead projector - A+ on both versions:)

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  11. hmmm...though decision. I'm thinking, I like #2 just a smidge better.

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  12. I can't tell the difference! Was this a 'trick' question :)? i think maybe # ! is a wee bit darker & richer in colour.

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  13. I love both! But, I actually like the brighter colors of #2 - especially the more "yellowness"

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  14. Hmmm...tough call, they're both absolutely lovely! Great work! Visiting from icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh my! How long did this take you ladies?! They look awesome but I don't think I'd have the patience to finish. I vote #1 because I like the more subtle colors but really they are both awesome.

    I'm featuring these on Flaunt it Friday features, stop by and grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like. Thanks for linking up!

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  16. I love them both. I did a sharp intake of breath when I saw these on the cover, too. Are you willing to help a sister out and share your transparencies?

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  17. oh my - you guys are fabulous artists!!! It is really hard to choose a favorite - but if I was forced, I would say #2 - simply because the colors are slightly brighter, and I am always drawn to bright colors. But they truly are both fabulous - not easy to choose - just subtle nuances. Awesome job!!!

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  18. OM GOSSSSHHHHHH!! they are amazing.....I have been wanting to tackle this pillow for a while!!! You both did an amazing job...#2's body of the butterfly is gorgeous, but the overall look for #1 replicate's PB closer..MY VOTE #1
    GREAT JOB YOU TWO!
    www.lifewithoutwhiteout.blogspot.com

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  19. I've put together a round up of PB inspired projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
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  20. I have to say #2 - I like the brighter colors and the moth-like textures. But #1 is better than I think I could ever do!! Think you out to take each other out to lunch!!!!!!

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  21. You gals are so funny and SO CREATIVE!!! I love them both! :D Sorry I know that doesn't help but these are amazing!!

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  22. I LOVE #1 more, simply due to the brown!! IT totally should be in my house!! Lol The colors are perfect!! #2 is FABULOUS TOO!! You twisted my arm, I'll take them both!! Lol ;)

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  23. Helen Stevens helens14@aol.comMarch 23, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Hi, I like number one the best. The color are less of a contrast. Although there are certainly things to like about number two - the colors of the body.

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  24. They both look absolutely fabulous! I don't know if I can really pick one. But if I must- I'll say 1.
    Thanks for linking this up too!

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  25. Seriously, these are beautiful. Number two is my fave. Can you, please, tell us what magazine your pictures came out of? My m-i-l *loves* butterflies. I try to give her unusual butterfly gifts :)
    Thank you!!

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  26. Well, I hate to take sides, and they're both fab, but I think I have a slight preference for #2.
    So glad you added your link to my party!

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  27. #2, what kind of material were you painting on? and how do you heat seal this?

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  28. I love both of them. Number 2 gets my vote because the colors are a bit darker.

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  29. #1 Both are cute though. Would love for you to come by and link up at our party today.

    rhinestonebeagle.blogspot.com

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  30. Amazing! Your pillows turned out so perfectly.

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  31. Wow these are soooo gorgeous! I can't believe how spot on they are, actually I like yours better than PB! Hope to see you at my linky party going on now :)

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  32. # 1 is my vote. Sorry # 2=(. Both are so pretty though =)!!

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  33. I came by from Tatertots... I love both pillows and will def have to do it myself! I like pillow #2 because the colors pop more! Both are gorgeous tho!

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  34. WOW! Those pillows ROCK & you both are super talented! I want them both! {Ha!} XOXO

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  35. Wow! You are AMAZING! I can't believe you painted those. I'm like open mouthed and speechless! I would love to have you share this at my VIP party today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-8.html

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  36. Thanks so much for linking up! Hope to see you again next Friday =)

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  37. Found you on Mad Skills link party. These are cute! I think I like the more subtle colors of #1 a little better, but both did such a great job.
    Jess
    littlecountrycorner.blogspot.com

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  38. They are both perfect. Impossible to judge.

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  39. "AH-MAZING" sharing it on my CraftOManiac FB page. WELL DONE! winks- jen

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  40. Crafting with a sister is so special. How do I pick just one pillow? I love them both!
    I'm going to try this idea.

    Thanks, Dee
    Your new follower

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  41. Both are amazing. When I first looked, I thought the same artist had made both. I like the brighter colors just a tiny bit more in #2, though. Again, both are stunning.

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  42. Oh, my gosh. They're both beautiful, but if you twisted my arm and MADE me pick, I'd say number 2, but I have to find out first if number one has a gun. Just askin'.
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  43. What a great project and both the pillows are beautiful! Thank you both for joining my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  44. Fantastic! I love them both equally! Thanks for linking to the party :D

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  45. I would love for you to link up at my Make it for Less Monday's at http://simplycadence.blogspot.com
    These pillows are so pretty! I just love them!

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  46. They are both better that PB. I like the darker colors or 2. They are great. My 90 year old mother loves butterflies. I think I will make one for her.

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  47. Your pillows are beautiful!!!! Can't choose between them because I love them both. Great job ~ amazing knock off ~ Very impressive. Newest follower.
    Cindy

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  48. I love that PB pillow. Such a great idea to use the projector. Both are great and so spot on, but #2 gets me with the darker yellow.

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  49. Well, they're about the same but if I have to pick... #1. I like the subtle color more than the, what seems on my screen, bright colors. Awesome job on both. I saw these in the PB mag too and loved them.

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  50. okay pillow #1 or pillow #2? BOTH!! Pillow number 1 for our bedroom and pillow number 2 for our living room!! or both for my niece! Okay so now I have to track down a overhead projector as the lady in Goodwill took it as I was trying to move stuff in my cart to make space for it...

    LOVE both the pillows!!! I know... I'm no help! ha ha!

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  51. Sincerely, not enough of a difference to choose. Eeny, meeny, miney, moe!

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  52. I just voted for you ladies at the Knock it off contest!! Good luck...these pillows are BOTH beautiful!!!

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  53. They are both excellent! Great knock-offs. I prefer the brighter colors of #2 ... sorry #1.

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  54. Oh, now I KNOW I need an overhead projector! They are both beautiful. I am drawn to #2 because the colors are a bit brighter, but #1 would probably go better in my house. So I say it's a draw!

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  55. You did an amazing job! I am a bit late on this discussion, but I would have to pick #2.

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  56. Wow, I think this looks better than the original, so creative! I am having a PILLOW FIGHT on my blog {contest for charity} and would love it if you would consider joining us! Link below!

    Carlee
    http://www.ladybirdln.com/2011/05/pillow-fight-for-causepart-1.html

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  57. you girls ROCK! they are both to die for but...I love the brightness of #2

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  58. Yours are better than the original....love the colors in #2...lyndaoflakeland.blogspot.com

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  59. They are BOTH very pretty, but I like #2 the best!

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  60. ok both of these are pretty pillows but i find it stupid that u dont include the butterfly template for others who might want to partake in this.. quite frankly i feel like with this kind of thing posted on your page with no template you will loose readers... =_=

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  61. I love both pillows and you can tell that both of sisters are very talented :) awesome job to both !!! would love to do this with dragonflies.....hummmm you have given me inspiration girls :)

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  62. They are amazing, both so beautiful. You are so talented. But if I have to choose, I am attracted to the brighter colors of #2.

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  63. I love both of them! Much better than Pottery Barn. ; )

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  65. Oh, please don't make me choose! Both are Perfect in my book!! NOW, can you teach me how to paint like that????

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