Tag Archives: Thrifting

End Waistband “Gaposis” for Good

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. The waistband “gaposis” that happens when I buy jeans to fit my hips. Since my waist is quite a bit smaller than my hips, there always seems to be plenty of room in … Continue reading

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DIY: Resize a Too-Small Shirt and “Dwell in Possibility”

Next time you’re thrift shopping and you come across a nice, but too small shirt, you don’t have to wistfully hang it back on the rack, you can do what American poet, Emily Dickinson said and, “Dwell in Possibility” instead. It’s such … Continue reading

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DIY: New Life for an Ottoman Cushion

 Every once in awhile, I look across the racks of clothes at my local thrift shop and lay my eyes on the perfect piece of furniture to refashion. Especially now that I’m trying to decorate the new studio. This “funky cheeseball” ottoman started out with … Continue reading

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The Secret to Removing that Dreaded Pilling From Your Clothes

What to do when you pull one of your favorite sweaters from the dryer and it’s covered in those nasty little pills? Or maybe you find the sweater of your dreams at the thrift store but those little fuzz balls … Continue reading

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It’s here! It’s finally here!

When I drove up the driveway, there it was, leaned up against the front door in all it’s red, white and blue glory. I instantly knew what it was. Even though it’s arrival was planned, my heart started racing, my eyes … Continue reading

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Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy (And Some Exciting News)

Denim, so rugged and strong. Doilies, so delicate and fragile. Create a delightful dichotomy when combining these two completely different textiles by adding doily sleeves to an ordinary denim vest.  My latest tutorial over at eHow will walk you through the step by step process of … Continue reading

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Back to School Dress Refashion

When that July page get rips off the calendar and August emerges, it can only mean one thing: back to school clothes. YAY! It’s even more fun when you’re a kindergarten teacher like me. I love the cute new clothes … Continue reading

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Summer DIY T-Shirt Series: Embellished Neckline

Well… drop me off at the new studio, crank up some Bonnie Raitt tunes and fill up a Fred Press with some iced seltzer. There’s been some sewing goin’ on! This easy embellished neckline “tops off” the Summer DIY T-Shirt Series. Ha, no pun intended :)Continue reading

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Studio Sneak Peek: Part One

Sheesh-ka-bob! I’ve been having a blast working on the new sewing studio. Let me just sit here a minute or two and catch my breath before I take you back up those thirty two steps for a sneak peek. I don’t know if I … Continue reading

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DIY Summer T-Shirt Series: Add a Lace Doily

Believe it or not, lace doilies actually have a rich history and played a role in everyday life for over a hundred years. But not many homes display these incredibly intricate pieces of art anymore. Why not unearth your grannie’s doilies … Continue reading

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