Christmas Pillow – and a ketchup chair

Christmas cheer continues to explode at our house, and there is glitter, ribbon and ornaments everywhere.

I knew it was getting bad when the Mr. asked if we could just do a 10 minute clean up, so we could actually wade thru the living room without causing ourselves bodily harm.  

Merry and Bright pillow


This made me realize just how far we have come as grown ups… 

The Mr. used to be a slob (ok I think every guy was in college), but it wasn’t entirely his fault.  He lived in a decrepit old house with 8 guys in college.  

 8 guys, 1 bathroom…with a wooden toilet seat…that was cracked in half.  Imagine the worst public bathroom you have ever been to in your life, it was just a smidge worse than that.

Needless to say it was disgusting and I would avoid using the bathroom at all costs when I was over.  It was so gross they actually had a porta-john delivered to the house for 2nd semester – true story.

I walked into the living room one day of this college boy palace and innocently sat down on a chair only to hear “no, wait don’t sit there!!” just a millisecond too late… 

Merry and Bright pillow

“What??? What’s wrong with this chair?”

“That’s the ketchup chair.”


“Well, someone spilled a bottle of ketchup on that chair.”

What, when?”

“I dunno, like a few weeks ago.”

“Let me get this straight, this huge pile of ketchup has been sitting on this couch for a few weeks?  A leather couch that you could just take 2 seconds to wipe off? And now it’s all solidified and weird, not to mention all over me?”

“Well… yeah?”

Merry and Bright pillow

I stood up, my rear now covered in ketchup and just marveled at the weird creature that is a college boy…

This has nothing to do with my cute pillow I painted, but I just realized we are probably real live grown ups now since we don’t own a ketchup chair…or an old keg end table to match…

Merry and Bright pillow

PS – To make my Christmas pillow I just sewed a quick square and used some craft paint to paint on my words.  I was inspired by a cute gift bag I saw at Target.  You might not be able to find them anymore cuz I bought them all  :)

PSS Did you catch the sneak peek of my tree?  So excited to share it with you all next week when I show you all my holiday home tour.  I’m participating in a fun home tour blog hop with some of my favorite bloggers, so there will be lots of holiday decorating inspiration for you!



  1. Love the story of the ketchup chair, and the pillow is darling!

  2. Love the pillow Kel! Funny memory from college days!

  3. Funny story. Love the pillow! Hope you will link it up to my party that opens at 8pm EST tonight.

  4. Adorable pillow! Hilarious ketchup story….:)

  5. Oh how pretty – crisp and fresh – cant wait to see in all its surrounding beauty!

  6. Hahahaha!! This reminds me so much of a few of the guys I dated in college! Love your cute pillow too :)

  7. Love the funny story! Just had a flash back of the many hilarious things I did in College. It sucks to get old! Love your pretty pillow. Is it made with burlap?

  8. What a funny story and I agree kind of gross. Boys are gross in college. I love the pillow!!


  9. Can you share the name of the font you used? And it looks like you outlined the lettering first. What may I ask did you use?

  10. Ewww! It’s hard to get ketchup out of clothes!!! I can see a peep of that tree of yours – can’t wait for reveal :-D

  11. LOVE the pillow! College guys are something else aren’t they? :)


  12. Love your pillow!

  13. you make painting look so easy :) I love this!

  14. How adorable! I have an extra pillow laying around so I know what I’m doing this weekend! :-)

  15. Cute pillow! The story is oh so true of college boys : )

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Is your white couch fabric or leather?


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