About

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I’m a busy mom, wife, grandma and teacher who loves to create. I think refashioning and sewing is ridiculously fun.  Through this blog, I hope to connect with those of you out there that love sewing as much as I do and possibly inspire a few of you to give it a try.

Thanks to the responses of nice people like you, this blog has brought opportunities to me that I never dreamed possible. Last April, Stash books accepted my book proposal and I have my first book coming out in September 2014.

I. Can’t. Wait!

I was also contacted by eHow last fall and they hired me to be a “Sewing Expert” and post to their site weekly. I have to pinch myself every once in awhile because I’m having so much fun!

As if that wasn’t great enough, BurdaStyle.com has asked me to create webinars, on-line sewing classes and sew alongs for them. So amazing!

It just keeps getting better and better!

Here are seven weird things you might not know about me:

1. I should never be allowed to have BBQ potato chips in the house! These crunchy little morsels of tasty goodness are like crack to me. As a matter of fact I’m dipping some in cottage cheese right now. Weird, huh?

2. I absolutely LOVE vintage campers. Here’s a picture of my 1966 Barth travel trailer parked in one of my favorite places in the world. But I’ll blog more about this in a future post.

3.  I’m a Project Runway Fan. Need I say more?

4. The Polar Bear Club has my name on it’s roster. One winter, while on a winter camp out in Northern Minnesota, I was crazy enough to first bake in a sauna, then run straight to a hole cut in a frozen lake and jump in! I. Thought. I. Was. Gonna. Die!

5. In my early twenties, I lived in an oil field camp. Yep, I was Oil Field Trash. My husband was a driller for Anderson Meyer in Wyoming and Utah so before we had kids, I traveled around with him. Fun times!

My hubby is the handsome one on the left! Oh Yah!!! :)

6. I literally cried tears of joy the Christmas I was eight when I opened my stuffed Snoopy because he was soooooooo cute. I still have him, I still get a little emotional when I hug him, and I want to be buried with him.

7. I’m a Kindergarten teacher. I’ve been a teacher for 24 years and have enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. When I grow up, I want to work in publishing. Magazines have always been my guilty pleasure and I’ve secretly wanted to set up photo shoots or be a graphic designer for one, but since I’ve lived in remote areas my whole adult life, I never thought it would be possible. Hmmmm….maybe dreams do come true…….

152 Responses to About

  1. Sallyhp says:

    Can’t wait to follow you!

    • I thought I had something on there to click to follow, but I guess not. Do you have any advice? Plus, I’d like to link your blog into mine, Sara, if that would be OK. I’m just figuring that out too. This is so much fun! Thanks for checking my blog out.

    • Mary Esselman says:

      When I saw refashion on pinterest…..I knew it was for me. Poverty forced me to do this for my family … long before it was fashionable. I get a kick out of the refashioned mittens from sweaters…..sold for up to $50 at some craft shows (no kidding). I did this when my children were small. My mother, grandmother, and great-aunts re-fashioned for many years during the depression. So (sew :)) I am looking forward to all of the innovative and fashionable ideas. I recently took all of my old nursing scrubs and made summer tops for me and summer dresses for my grand-daughter. They are soft, worn, and wrinkle proof. LOVE THEM! I am thinking infinity scarfs out of the scrubs too… now that I see this blog.

      I have a question! I need to purchase a new sewing machine. I don’t need to take out a new mortgage…just want a good sturdy/standard machine. I grew up using a sears/Kenmore at home and a simplicity in home-EC (do they even offer home-EC in school anymore…..loved it). I don’t need a machine to embroider a million different things and I would prefer non-computer. I DO NEED the machine to mend heavy fabric. I make my own slip covers and am constantly mending denim/cotton duck (my husband is an avid hunter/wood splitter/outdoors-man). I had a White….but it only lasted two years. Do you have to purchase a serger separately? I have never used one and would like to take a class. I could go on-and-on.

      • Hi Mary,
        Sounds like this is right up your alley! I loved hearing about your creations and I’d love to see them sometime.
        I just use a basic Singer machine for my refashions. I don’t have a Serger, although I’d love to have one someday. It would need to be purchased separately.
        Happy sewing!
        Beth

    • Heidi C. says:

      Okay just found you last night I am psyched! Your ideas are wonderful. I am a first grade teacher in Maine. Love to be creative too, but have felt the winter blahs bad this year. I am going to go thrifting today and make something tonight! Thanks so much, Heidi

  2. Cheryl Sypher says:

    I just love all of this ….. I have been missing out on all this good stuff !

  3. gailmurton says:

    Okay, Bethleen. The only thing I think people may question….seriously—SHE’S a grandma?!

  4. You have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! :) Here is the link: http://letitbelovely.com/2012/02/15/sunshine-award/

  5. You SO do not look like a grandmother! Loving your blog…~~Bliss

  6. Deann Campbell says:

    Love all your wonderful upcycling ideas. I live in the Tri Cities, Washington. You make me want to be more creative!! Keep on blogging!!

  7. missmarys says:

    Beth,
    I’d like you to be a guest blogger if at all possible on my blog. You are SO unique and I have a diverse group of people following my blog. I like the re-innovation you do on clothing. Lord knows I have plenty of stuff in my closets that could go under the ripper.

    My blog does a lot. It’s not a cookie cutter blog. Lately I’m on an inspirational kick. You are inspiring.

    Visit missmarys.wordpress.com and see what I mean.

    Mary Fioretti, Algonquin, IL

    • Hi Mary,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m not sure what a guest blogger does. What did you have in mind?
      Beth

    • Sure Mary, I’m flattered you’d like me to be a guest blogger. What do I do?
      Beth

      • missmarys says:

        Well, the reconstruction of your sweater was pretty cool. Do you have a summer thing you’re planning? If so You would send me the text and pics, you’d also put the same thing up on your blog. I would then paste and add the pics as well as direct them to your blog.

        I did that for a young couple that I encouraged to start blogging – they do DIY things on their mid-century home. Their adventures are cute.

        FYI, I use to be a School Board Member and president. I <3 teachers.

        • OK, that sounds good. You’re also welcome to use something that I already posted if you’d like.
          I’m so glad you heart teachers! I work with some of the most dedicated, hard working people on the planet.

  8. Thanks for visting WeddingDressBlue. Refashioning is a fairly new hobby/practice of mine. It is nice to see the work of someone with a lot more practice.

  9. Thanks for visiting dettamodablog.com Us mama’s gotta support eachothers ventures :) (Can’t say that i’m a grandma yet but with 5 adult children my day is coming) I’m in,ove with all of your how-to’s. Fabulous!

  10. Hi there! I just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I think your blog is awesome! You can check out what it’s about at: http://lostdododesigns.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/the-versatile-blogger-award/.

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  13. Yordie Sands says:

    You have a lovely life and a handsome hubby too! Hugs Beth.

  14. bannisto says:

    Thank you so much for liking my blog. I like yours very much too! Your pictures are lovely… I need to up my game on photography!

    I am planning my wedding and I love some of the things your daughter did…

    Rachel

  15. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have a great day!!! Love, Buster, Heather, & Brooke

  16. Bonnie says:

    Wow, what a cute blog! I LOVE your refashion creations – so creative and fun! So glad you popped in to visit me so I could find you. ;)

  17. amysworlds says:

    Hi!
    Thanks for the like on my post love from America, looking forward to seeing what you’re upto, the diy basket looks like a perfect sue for some of my fabric scraps!
    Regards
    Amy

  18. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello there,
    Wow, I like your blog design. It’s wonderful! Keep blogging and spreading the joy to the rest of the world, my lovely friend! :-)

    Subhan Zein

  19. msminnesota says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I live in MN and have never done the Polar Bear Plunge….you’re one brave woman!

  20. thegirlwiththespiralnotebook says:

    Thank you very much for the like! Your blog is fantastic-I love anything crafty and creative. I also enjoy watching Project Runway…some of the themes (like going to a pet shop for creating an outfit) are totally crazy, but that’s what makes it a great show!

    • I’m always so sad when Project Runway is over. I just can’t seem to get enough of it. I love shows where you get to watch someone’s creative process. Always amazes me with what they design!
      Enjoy your day!
      Beth

  21. loosygoosey says:

    I love your blog first and foremost. Your husband is certainly a good looking fellow; that’s an awesome picture and would great blown up in black and white!
    I love that you are a kindergarten teacher, my daughter is in kindergarten this year. It’s such an amazing age, and we need more heartfelt, sincere teachers and need to appreciate the one’s that still teach. Godd luck and happy, happy blogging; it’s such a great outlet!
    Janis

    • Hi Janis,
      I’m one lucky gal to be able to spend the day with some of the sweetest five year olds on the planet! We just had some chickens hatch in our incubator yesterday. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the expressions of wonder on their faces when they see that.
      Thanks for the visit and the words of encouragement!
      Enjoy your day!
      Beth

  22. loosygoosey says:

    I meant good luck-oops

  23. That’s so funny, cuz I read it that way!

  24. Liz says:

    Thanks for stopping by foodforfun and liking the evolving cookie:-) Love what you’re doing with your site. You do good work!

  25. Melissa says:

    You are sooooo cool! I just spent the last hour looking at all your projects and then making my husband look at them, too (he was most impressed by your blue and white striped cardigan transformation). Anyway, keep it up. :)

  26. Wow, thanks for checking out my blog! I went over to yours and I love the lino print of your feet. Now THAT’S something cool!
    I’m quite curious though…..what is fossicking?
    Beth

  27. thanks for visiting my blog. It looks as if occupational health and safety was a big thing back in that handsome husband era. Not!

  28. askirtaweek says:

    Love your blog. Thanks for visiting mine!

  29. #1….I’ve got to get me some asparagus to try that recipe!
    #2….You know how much I love your blog and I finally have the chance to pass on an award to you! I’m passing the Kreativ Blogger Award your way and am so glad to do so. Here’s the link with the info: http://finefrugality.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/kreativ-blogger-award/
    Thanks for all you do!

  30. ideallyyourssewing says:

    Amazing blog! Looking forward to following you!

  31. I came to check out your blog today. I really, really like your site. Great organization and wonderful sewing tutorials. Makes me want to go home and sew! You liked my posts about our kitchen remodel – Granite for Christmas & Under cabinet lighting. Thanks so much! I’m just starting out and all the “likes” are encouraging.
    You sure are an inspiration. A Grandma! Seriously!
    I too, dream of working for a magazine someday. Editor of Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design or Do It Yourself is my dream job. In a way, you already have a magazine – it’s online! :)
    Have a great day!
    Adrienne

    • Thanks so much Adrienne!
      I’ve been enjoying your posts, too. I think this blogging thing is ridiculously fun! You are right, this is like having our own little magazines.
      I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
      Cheers,
      Beth

  32. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…please find the link here: http://finefrugality.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ Thanks for all that you do!

  33. Started following your blog! Just got a quick look over and can’t wait to go home and hear about all your adventures and creations, love the pictures you have ~ can’t wait to read the stories that go with them!

  34. Hello! I have nominated your blog for not one, not two, not even three, but 4 awards!! Enjoy!

    http://diaryofamadcrafter.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/awards-all-over-the-place/

  35. Nice site! I’m especially drawn to your refashions—a definite inspiration! Thanks for liking our blogpost! :D

  36. Hi, I nominated your blog for a couple of awards today. Stop by when you have a chance and pickup your badges!

  37. Hey there – Its Jim and Mary from Old World Garden – we have been trying to reach you to send you your farm basket from our giveaway – if you can – please contact us @ jcompetti@owgarden.com. Thanks and love your blog!

  38. I have been following you for a while, now. I think your blog is terrific and would seriously love to feature you. Please, if you are interested send me an email…Thanks.
    SlaveToMyNeedles@comcast.net
    ~Louise

  39. Catie Carey says:

    Hi!
    I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! If you would like to participate details are here: http://getcareydaway.com/2012/07/04/one-lovely-blog-award/

  40. jmquilts says:

    I’m so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours! You are creative and cute and sound like you are fun to be around. I can’t wait to see your next projects.

  41. Halloo!!! My sisters and I have nominated you for 3 lovely awards! Congratulations and God bless! http://themthreepees.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/thankyouverymuch/

  42. Hi! I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! Read about it here: http://christinadesignsart.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/versatile-blogger-award/

  43. Look at you go with the awards! I just nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award as well. You can see the post here: http://finefrugality.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/my-procrastinated-gratitude/ Thanks for a great blog!

  44. Good morning;
    I am happy to inform you that I have nominated you on my blog @ http://www.slave2myneedles.wordpress.com for the One Lovely Blog Award.

    ~Louise

  45. Good morning! I know that some of you have already seen the post, but I want to “officially” let each of you know that you were nominated by your blogging friends for the “Good Neighbor Award!” Congratulations! :) Best, Katherine http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/good-neighbor-award-winners-2/

  46. Heidi says:

    What a joy to read your blog! I love sewing, am a Grandma, teacher, vintage trailer lover and love being a mom. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  47. Lynda Morgan says:

    I am so glad to have found you and all your repurposing or as I call it upcycling. I live in a 5th Wheel RV so love your cute little camping trailer. I am not sure about you being a grandmother but if you say so lol. You look like a college girl! I am rather a crafty diva myself and would love to show some of my creations sometimes. Excited to be here……

  48. Hi, Beth! Can you email me when you have a moment at k_scraper@hotmail.com? I have an invitation for you! :)

  49. fiammisday says:

    Lovely blog!!! Kisses from Florence!!!

    • Grazie! Penso che sia così divertente per incontrare persone da tutto il mondo. Il tuo blog si presenta come un sacco di divertimento, troppo! Grazie per la visita, spero che potremo diventare amici del blog!
      Beth

  50. shawnfrommn says:

    Hi Beth, I have to tell you I absolutely love your blog. I am a relatively new sewer and your blog has been inspirational to me. Many of your posts make me feel like you live near to Minnesota. I live in the Alexandria, Minnesota area. I have been searching high and low for a sewing group in our area but am still searching. I would love to meet up with you – if you live near by. I would love to hear from you! My email address is msstoen@runestone.net

  51. Genny asher says:

    Beth
    I enjoy your blog more than others of this sort . I am new to refashioning and have a few questions. 1) I fail as often as I succeed. Is this a natural progression? 2) what brand of sewing machine do you use? Genny.asher@yahoo.com

    • Hi Genny!
      Thanks for your encouragement! As far as failing, yes, many things I try don’t work out. But each time I fail, I learn something new, so in that respect it’s a win. :) I use a pretty basic Singer sewing machine.
      Have fun refashioning and I’d love to see what you do sometime!
      Happy New Year!
      Beth

  52. Hi Beth – I’m sure you have way more followers than this little award requires but I’m spreading some Valentine’s day blogging love and you were on my list. ;) Enjoy. http://wp.me/p1qcrl-1yK

  53. At Margareta's Haus says:

    I think your blog is Super Sweet so I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger award. Click on the link for instructions. Congratulations!!!! http://atmargaretashaus.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/super-sweet-blogging-award-2/

  54. Elizabeth - Lili & Mum's says:
  55. nanacathy2 says:

    Hi, I find your blog so useful and interesting that I have nominated you for a Liebster award. Here.http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com

  56. Sam.I.Am says:

    Wow!!! Your site is amazing…you are so creative. I am also a sewer and am going to be making some trips to our local thrift shops this week after seeing your redos. And yes…your hubby is “oh yah” !!! :)

  57. dawnhewitt1 says:

    From a fellow sister-sewer, wonderful blog!!! :)

  58. Jody Aubry says:

    Hi! I just Love Pintress. I saw your ruffled tshirt and I thought I send you a note.
    I’m a fun-loving 70’s girl that loves the romantic look of old Gunne sax. Recently I began refurbishing the arm and necklines of frayed Cotton/rayon old fashioned dresses. I just crochet a double chain in a contrasting colour and then attached to neckline and armhole.

    Thanks for your ideas!!! I like them

    Blessings

    jodyB

  59. Julie says:

    You are amazing and inspiring!!! Seriously! I can’t believe all the creative stuff you come up with from frumpy-looking items!!! I have always enjoyed a little thrift store shopping, but I never thought of trying to make something a whole different item. Well, after spending HOURS looking through your refashions, I attended my local store’s half off sale on Memorial Day. I picked up 26 items averaging $2.50 each!!! Some items are fine as-is, and some I have great ideas for. I think I got about a dozen long-sleeve and short-sleeve T’s in several colors! I already turned one into a shrug. It looks great and was so simple!! I will definitely be sending you some pictures soon! Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas . . . I’m going to keep copying!

  60. mtetar says:

    Very inspiring blog. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  61. Logetty says:

    This is i have always been thinking of doing and now I see how. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Loving finding your blog:) Inspirational… I mainly upcycle clothes into bags, but have on occasion been brave enough to try and refashion clothes. Your blog is encouraging to try and reshape clothes more often. You can see my creations at http://vickymyerscreations.wordpress.com/

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  64. Lu Ann Leonard says:

    Love your tutorials!! Have been following the Refashion Runway and am so impressed by everyone’s creations. I used to make clothes all of the time and now mostly quilt, but would love to get into refashioning!! Thanks so much for posting all of the tutorials!! Can’t wait to try some!Do you need to have a serger machine to remake fashions from old knits, t-shirts?

    • Hi Lu Ann,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Refashion Runway!! It was a lot of fun for me, too! I don’t have a serger. I just have a basic machine and mostly use a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. I would love a serger, it would make many things much easier. Maybe someday………Sigh!
      I’d love to see your creations!
      Beth

  65. Lu Ann Leonard says:

    It was so nice of you to reply to my comment. I do have one more question, though. It looks like a lot of the women who do the refashions have a dress form. Do you use one of those or just pin (or have someone) pin the clothes on you. Thank you so much for your insights. I will definitely post a picture if I make something that I am not embarrassed to show. LOL!

    • Hi Lu Ann,
      Yes, I do have a dress form, it does come in handy sometimes, but it’s not the same shape as I am. It has the same measurements just not my exact shape so I still end up putting on and taking off my garments many times throughout the whole process. Maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to get a dress form shaped exactly like me.
      Happy sewing!
      Beth

  66. Nora says:

    Hello Beth…

    Your site is such an inspiration, thanks! I am wanting to purchase a dress form and wondered which one do you use or prefer?

    Nora

    • Nora says:

      P.S. My finger is numb from scrolling through all your blogs!!! But….that’s a good thing!

    • Hi Nora,
      I bought my dress form from Joann’s. Once in awhile they go on sale and that’s when I snagged mine. I will say, however, that even though it is my same measurements, it’s not my same shape. So, it does make some things easier, but i still have to try on and take off my projects several times while refashioning to make sure it has the proper fit. They do make dress forms that are your exact shape and someday I hope to have one. Hope this helps!!
      Beth

      • Anonymous says:

        Beth…

        Do you have a drees form that you ‘dial in’ your own measurements? I see many options online and would like recommendations before placing an order.

        Thanks ever so much,

        Nora

  67. Heather says:

    Hi! Love your blog and your refashions. I’m wondering where in central OR you are and whether you do work for others. I’m looking for a seamstress who clearly knows how to make things fit (not just adjust hems), and it looks like you know how to do that. :)

  68. Heather says:

    Central OR, Eastern OR…it’s all the same thing, right?! :) Just kidding! I grew up in East Central Illinois, and when I lived on the east coast, people I met from Chicago would say that I was from Southern IL. It wasn’t even close, but for them, 80% of the state was Southern IL. I’m alarmed to now make the same type of generalization! Because I spent my first 8 years in OR in the Willamette Valley, anything east of the Cascades is Eastern OR. I should know better, too, as my dad grew up in north central WA.

    I live in Bend. And because we moved from the rainy side to Bend, I feel like I need to state that my husband and I moved here for a job–not just for the sunshine. :)

    I love what you do with reshaping thrift store finds. I would love to learn to do that, as there are so many things that have cute fabric but not-great shapes. I have basic sewing skills, but not great clothes-making skills. It doesn’t help that following the pattern results in clothing that seldom fits me. I truly need to learn how to fit clothing to myself. You clearly have that skill!

    • Hi Heather,
      We’re about six hours away from you. My husband grew up in Prineville and his sister lives in Redmond. We’re actually going over there this weekend for my niece’s wedding.

      I know what you mean about clothing not fitting well when you use a pattern. That’s exactly why I started refashioning. I just had basic sewing skills when I started all this and I learn so much with every project. I love how I can have clothes that fit me now with very little investment. That’s why I have this blog so I can share what I learn along the way with you and hopefully inspire you to try this yourself. It’s so rewarding and fun!

      Keep in touch!
      Beth

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  70. Hi,hope you are well!
    I am in the midst of setting up a new project. I am calling is Spread Your Wings and Craft and the idea is to create a central blog where craft tutorials can be shared to encourage and help people learn how to sew, knit, crochet, etc. I was wondering if you would mind if I promoted one or two of your tutorials? All this would consist of is using an image, explaining what the tutorial is for and a link back to your original post that readers can click on to take them through to the actual tutorial.
    Happy crafting :D
    xxx

  71. Amy says:

    Hello,
    I stumbled onto your blog-and I looked thru many of the tutorials-I just finished my first skirt! I’m 5’2″ and skirts are always so horribly long on me-I like them though….I bought a lovely skirt at the thrift store that I was going to get rid of-until I saw your blog-I just cut off the top (it’s a handkerchief style and I liked the bottom) -added some wide elastic-and voila! I’m now the proud owner of a lovely right about knee length handkerchief skirt!
    Thanks

  72. Anonymous says:

    What kind of interfacing do you prefer to use for your sweater projects?

  73. Geraldine says:

    What type of fabrics do you usually refashion/work with besides cotton?

  74. Suzanne says:

    Dear Beth, I just happened on to your blog and am so glad I did! You are amazing and I can’t wait to add a few items to my wardrobe from your up cycled projects. I have become a Goodwill “junkie” over the past year and almost never step inside a department store. Your ideas have broadened my search for dresses that are too big, sweaters that are shrunk and felted, and other items that are not quite fashionable the way they are. I started following you today and can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Thanks for sharing all your creativeness!!! Suzanne

    ps – Your daughter’s wedding was beautiful! She was a beaming bride!

  75. Petra says:

    Dear Beth, let me tell you, I love,love,love your book. So i purchased it on Amazon.com and while I am German, I posted the first 5 star review at Amazon.de.

    http://www.amazon.de/review/RV2EXOP0YBICI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00MEWK980

    Hope you enjoy making this book as much as I do ready it. And maybe do one more.

    Thanks from Germany

    Petra

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