Mom, BurdaStyle is on the Phone for You!!!!!


This has definitely been a year of firsts for me.

Just when things start to get comfortable, I’m thrust into a whole new realm. A whole new opportunity comes my way.

Last Thursday, Alicyn Stensaas, the eMedia Production Coordinator for contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a live Web Seminar for them.




BurdaStyle wants ME to do a live Web Seminar for them?

Oh my gosh,


So here I am, pinching myself and announcing my first ever live Web Seminar.

I hope you’ll join me on Monday, March 31 at 11:00 am EST for

 Refashion: Inspiration and Projects to Revamp and Recycle Your Wardrobe

I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to present with BurdaStyle and I truly hope you’ll come along with me. There will be loads of new inspiration and it promises to be lots of fun for both of us. For me, planning this web seminar is like planning a party. It’ll be like we are next door neighbors hanging out for awhile. It’ll be like we’re going thrift shopping together. I’d be so delighted if you would join me.

I seriously can’t wait!

Please head over to BurdaStyle to get more information and sign up.

Hope to see you there!


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Simple Alteration: Big Change for a Denim Coat


Pretty sure I’m not alone in this.

Getting things big enough for my hips usually means too big in the waist. What to do? Sometimes too big not only means too wide but it also means too long.

I love the look of a long denim coat and when I found this one at Goodwill, I thought it would be perfect. I kept putting it on in the morning to wear that day, but something just wasn’t right. It wasn’t huge, it just felt awkward. So back in the closet it would go. No wonder someone donated it. The fit was fine in the hips, and the front but not in the back. So finally one Saturday morning, I grabbed my scissors and decided it was time to get rid of the bulk.

With just a few simple alterations I had the denim coat of my dreams.


To see the entire step by step process, click here.

You guys really are the best subscribers in the world. Not only are your comments food for my soul, but you caused the editors at eHow to really stand up and take notice of my tutorials. When they first contacted me to create content for their site, I was asked to publish once a month for them. But now, thanks to you and your nice comments, they have given me the privilege of creating content for them once a week.

YAY! Thanks to you, miracles really do happen!

For more refashion inspiration:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

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Winners Announced

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The winner of this cute sweater beret is:

Tara Crawford Leininger


And the winner of the Craft Schmaft Hot Air Balloon Kit is:

LeeAnn Curtis

Thank you both so much for your nice comments over at eHow on my tutorials!

You can send your mailing information to me at

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Today is National Wear Your Cardigan Day

Not really, I just made that up.

But it is true that Mr. Rogers began putting on his iconic cardigan forty six years ago today, when his television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, debuted on February 19, 1968.


So, in honor of Fred Rogers, I have taken it upon myself to unofficially declare this day, February 19th,

“National Wear Your Cardigan Day”!

There are just some people in this world that deserve to have their own national holiday and I think Mr. Rogers is one of them.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” became an important part of several generations of American childhood memories all because Mr. Rogers dedicated his life to making this world a better place for children.

I, for one, would love to have had Mr. Rogers for my neighbor. Apparently, he was the same off screen as he was on the screen. A man of tremendous faith and integrity, people loved him wherever he went.  I read a wonderful article highlighting the 15 Reasons Mr. Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever. From gaining the love of a gorilla to single handedly saving Public Television in 1969, Fred Rogers proved to be a man anyone would be proud to call their neighbor.

 So let’s wear our cardigans today in honor of Mr. Rogers’ life long commitment to the children of America.

And let’s wear our cardigans today to pay tribute to all those people that lovingly work with our children day in and day out. There are so many unsung heroes out there quietly protecting, nurturing and enhancing childhood. They really don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve.

Do you know someone that has made a big difference in your child’s life? Do you know someone who has devoted their life to children? Do you know someone who deserves to receive the “First Ever Mr. Rogers’ Cardigan Award”? If so, tell us about them and nominate them in the comment section.

This cardigan refashion tutorial is for you, Fred!

 I loved the design on this sweater, but pullovers just don’t do much for me. This was the perfect candidate to become a much more versatile cardigan.


All you need is some coordinating fabric, a pair of sharp scissors, a measuring tape, a button, an elastic hairband, and of course your trusty sewing machine.


And you can give your old pullover sweater a new life as a cardigan.


To see the entire step by step tutorial click here. I’d love to know what you think about this one.

Happy National Wear Your Cardigan Day!

For more refashion inspiration:


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Sweater Scarf Winner

Congratulations to Debbie Phipps Murri!

You are the winner of the Sweater Scarf.


Email me at to let me know where to send it.

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DIY: Upcycled Sweater Beret

Every once in awhile, someone crosses my path and I just know I’m going to like this person forever.

Happened to me a couple of years ago when Elizabeth came into our school as a student teacher. What a natural. So wise beyond her years, great sense of humor, positive energy, and has her own fun style. :) Luckily, we were able to hire her before anyone else found out about this gem of an educator. Last year, I marveled at her grace as she balanced the demands of being a new teacher in the classroom while simultaneously planning her beautiful wedding.  This year, I feel so honored to get to work with someone as intelligent, poised, and creative as Elizabeth.

Lucky for us, she agreed to take a little time out from her busy day to model this upcycled sweater beret for us. Isn’t she adorable!!!



This is a super quick and easy project that can be made in under an hour. Even Elizabeth could do this!

All you need is a sweater that has seen better days, some pins, a sharp pair of scissors and a tape measure.


Go here to see the rest of the tutorial. I feel honored that it was published on the front page of eHow today, thanks to Elizabeth’s cute face. :)

As usual, pin it and leave a comment to have your name entered to win this cute beret. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Enjoy your weekend!


For more refashion inspiration:


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Denim Basket Winner


You know, there are a few projects that come along that make me happy in every way. This denim basket is one of them.

Not only do I like the way the basket turned out, but I’m actually quite fond of each and every photo in the slide show. I love the colors and the composition. Please don’t think I’m bragging, it’s just that all my photos are results of long hours and hard work.

You see, I’m not a photographer, I’m a seamstress. Photography just doesn’t come naturally for me and I’ve never taken a photography class. So when the planets align and the photography gods decide to bestow their goodness on me, it really “rolls my socks up and down” (to quote my ruggedly handsome husband that was born a hundred years too late). :)

Thanks to all of you who took the time to scroll through all the photos in the basket tutorial, make a comment and pin it. It really makes all the hours of editing to get things just right worth it when I know you appreciate what I’m doing. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it here.

So let’s get to the news you’ve been patiently waiting for…..

The lucky winner of the basket is………..

Drumroll please……………..

Linda Warren Wheeler!

Congratulations Linda, please send your address to bhunting@eoni so I can get it in the mail to you ASAP.

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DIY: Ruffled Heart Shirt Just in Time For Valentine’s Day


For those of you lucky enough to have a little girl in your life this Valentine’s Day, I’ve put together a ruffled heart shirt tutorial for you. All you need are several thrift shop t-shirts, a sewing machine, scissors and a free afternoon.

Once again, I’d love to know what you think of the tutorial, so to thank you for checking out my tutorial, leaving a comment and pinning it to one of your Pinterest boards, your name will be entered into a drawing to win this beautiful Hot Air Balloon Kit from Craft Smaft. The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 22, 2014.


Isn’t it great!

Craft Schmaft patterns are developed by the beautiful and talented Claire Waring.


Check out more of her fun patterns here.

Hope you have a Happy Heart Day!!!


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DIY: Upcycled Sweater Scarf Tutorial and Giveaway

I woke up this morning to a beautiful winter wonderland. The air absolutely still, every branch veiled in white, a smooth carpet of snow replacing the brown mud of yesterday. And to top it all off, it’s SATURDAY and those big goose feathers are still floating down!!!

I personally love snow but I know many of you out there have been shoveling for months now. In honor of all of you hearty souls who have to endure long, cold winters, I’ve created a quick and easy sweater scarf tutorial so you can still look great while staying warm.


All you have to do is choose an old thrift shop sweater with a pattern or color you like. This was a wonderful sweater in it’s day, but it was all stretched out now and just didn’t flatter me as a pullover. Perfect candidate for a sweater scarf.


Then head over here to see the rest of the tutorial. 

And to thank you once again for checking it out, I’ll be giving this sweater scarf away to one of you on Saturday, February 15, 2014. All you have to do to enter is click here, leave a comment and pin the tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards. If you don’t have a Facebook account or a Pinterest board, go ahead and leave a comment here and I’ll enter your name into the drawing also.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and get a chance to make one. The possibilities are endless and they are so easy to make that even my sister, Jan and my friend, Karin could make one. :)

Stay warm,


PS. There is still time to enter to win this upcycled denim basket. The winner of the basket will be announced next Saturday, February 8, 2014.


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DIY: Upcycled No Sew Denim Basket (And Another Give Away)

I have to say, this latest slide show tutorial I did for eHow has got to be one of my favorites! Not only do I love the basket, but I’m thrilled with the images, too. Everything about this makes me happy!

I can’t wait for you to see this one!

Mary Dacuma, the Content Manager for eHow, gave me the the challenge to create a slide show tutorial for a refashioned denim basket for Easter. I told her I was up to the task, collected all of Steve’s old Carharts, and started snipping away to create this no sew basket tutorial that could be used, not only for Easter, but all year round.


I hope you’ll head over to eHow and check out the rest of this quick and easy basket tutorial slide show. I worked so hard on making the pictures beautiful for you and if you like what you see while scrolling through the slide show, it would mean the world to me if you’d make a comment there and then pin the tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards. To thank you for taking the time to comment and pin, your name will be entered into a drawing to win this denim basket. The lucky winner will be announced on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has been so supportive in my latest adventure. I wish I had the words to express how lucky I am to have you all in my corner cheering me on! None of this would be possible without all of you.

Now enough of me talking, I can’t wait to hear what you think about this project.

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