Full Disclosure

Mirriam-Webster definition:

bur * lap  noun

1:  a coarse, heavy, plain-woven fabric usually of jute or hemp used for bagging and wrapping and in furniture and linoleum manufacture

2:  a lightweight material resembling burlap used in interior decoration or for clothing

Blogworld definition:

bur * lap  noun

1:  fabric of the gods

I actually think I understated it a bit.

Burlap is a wonder fabric.

You can paint on it….like my sister does.

If painting’s not your thing, you can make labels that go on buckets from transfer paper…

(total aside here….I think a tutorial on this has been done at least 500,000 times….but please, if you have any questions about this, just e-mail me)

Not up for painting or transferring….why not create:

* favor bags

* seat covers

* ribbon pillows

* letters (as in the alphabet)

* flowers

* banners

Or you could just use burlap to….

….wish someone special a Merry Christmas!

P.S.  For the purposes of full disclosure, I think it is important to reveal that I was not compensated by burlap in anyway for this overwhelming endorsement of its versatility and general fabulousness.

28 thoughts on “Full Disclosure

  1. Oh gosh… I have things to do today, places to go… I can’t be tempted to stay home and recreate all the loveliness I see here!! I have never done the transfer on burlap so I need to find out how and I LOVE that PILLOW… where did you find it??

  2. I want….nay….NEED a pillow like that…and I am pretty sure you made it. 🙂

    I don’t know how to do the transfer, either,so, yep….ya gotta show us how…:)
    Merry Christmas

  3. Burlap is totally fun! My mother, who grew up on a farm, can’t believe I have a vintage French grain sack hanging in my home. But I love it!

    Burlap SHOULD compensate you for this post!

  4. This is great! I’m in the midst of a love affair with burlap myself. I got a tree skirt and table runner for the holidays this year and I think I’ll be working more burlap into our home!

  5. I am a huge burlap lover! I love how it looks, how little it costs, how many great things you can make from it, even how it smells! Ha! The only thing I don’t like about it is the mess it makes. But….it’s soooo worth it for the finished product. I love that pillow that your sister painted! I also like the label on your sap bucket. Cute, cute, cute! I think burlap looks best used in a soft color scheme too. Thanks for all the links for the crafts too.

  6. Love these burlap projects! Every time I try to use it in our house, it becomes painfully clear that my husband doesn’t “get” the blogworld’s burlap love. I get lots of: “EWWW. Why does it feel so GROSS? Why are you using THIS?!” Then I just tell him it was really cheap, and he’s instantly content.

  7. Very funny. Especially the compensation part. So many great ideas! Oh your pillows look like they’ve been washed a lot and are SOFT! Beautiful! I’ve seen a lot of burlap in the Christmas trees this year.

  8. Kari,
    you are “seriously” funny! I like the blog definition of Burlap the best! So many things to do with it and so much burlap to do it with! Now, if I could just sew……..
    That pillow on the chair is gorgeous!
    Merry Christmas

  9. -giggles- Oh my gracious, I am sooooooooooo glad you made it clear, that you are not compensated by BURLAP, for such glowing endorsement. ,-)

    I’ve seen others, be happpppppy-over-burlap too. Since I’m not really crafty, I’ve never tried… Oh well….. Maybe some day…. 🙂

    Again, your home is soooooooooooooooooo prettttttty! Have I said this before? Well, I will say it again, and again, and again!!! 🙂 It’s a joy to stop by here.

    “Did you ever wonder about the Victorian version of sugarplums dancing around every one’s head in “A Visit From St. Nicholas”? Sugarplums were exotic sweetmeats, a combination of fruit and nuts, traditionally available only during the holidays.”
    ~~”Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions”

  10. Life is so amazing! I never thought that I would see burlap used in a beautiful home like yours. My memories of burlap are not nearly so elegant. I remember using these bags as “rugs” to be pulled around the yard with a giggling child atop. Burlap bags, filled with grain, were also wonderful places to sit and watch my grandfather choose long, beautiful ears of corn to be taken to mill and be ground into corn meal.
    Now these seats were not a place to sit for a long time or a place to wiggle and squirm (I was always dressed in a little short dress). After sitting on unwashed and unsoftened burlap for a short period there was definite need for some type of soothing cream (Cloverine or Zemo) to the legs and backside. Glad your pillow fabric looks washed and softened. I”m sure that your children are thankful.
    LOOOOOOOOOOOVING your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. I agree with all Alice the comment before mine. I too am from that back ground and how wonderful it was. Glad to see burlap has gain so much attention it is truly woven many wonderful thing in your post.

  12. oh these projects are so amazing — i love them both!!! thank you soooo much for sharing — i know they are going to be on my new years list for sure! sending holiday hugs to you and yours : )

  13. You take creativity to new heights! Burlap, drop cloths, whatever… you leave us all humbled. Your readers can’t get enough. Looking forward to more of your inimitable style.

    Christmas blessings~


  14. All these pictures and talk of burlap makes me reminesce of my days of being an Army wife back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Needing to cover some big windows in our Army quarters in Fort Lee, Virginia on a budget, I decided to make my own curtains. The very cheapest fabric I could find was – you guessed it – burlap! It was only 49 cents a yard! I don’t remember how many yards I needed but it was LOTS! I used that pinch pleat tape at the top with the hooks that pulled the fabric together into perfect pleats. The burlap draperies looked great (at least, I thought so!) for the entire four years of our stay at Fort Lee. When we moved, I took them down and they kind of fell apart, probably from the sun exposure. They served their purpose though. So, burlap has place in my memory bank. It’s fun to see it so popular now. Maybe that one Army wife who looked at my curtains with disdain back then wouldn’t be sneering NOW!! LOL!

  15. Your house is so beautiful…including the burlap. Love the creamy color on the brick, the black cabinet, love,love your pantry…I think I am gushing….sorry! Hope your holidays are bright!
    Blessings, Audrey

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