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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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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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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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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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DIY Summer T-Shirt Series: Draw Something Nautical On It

Even if you’re landlocked this summer and won’t be anywhere near the sea, you can still rock the nautical look with this cute hand-drawn, life preserver T-shirt. All you need is a white T-shirt, a blue fine line permanent marker, a … Continue reading

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You Really Can Make a Maxi Dress in Fifteen Minutes or Less

I know, I know, it does sounds too good to be true, but you really can make a fun, summer maxi dress in fifteen minutes or less when you start with a t shirt and add some knit fabric to the … Continue reading

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DIY: Easy Cropped Denim Jacket

Time froze for me the other day while at my beautiful niece Melanie’s house in St. Paul. The kids playing hockey in the driveway, listening to the Belmont Stakes on the tv in the garage, cold Leinenkugel in my hand and it suddenly occurs to … Continue reading

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Get Rodeo Ready with this DIY Western Inspired Upcycled Belt Bracelet

Every June, my sleepy little community comes alive when the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show comes to town. 4-H and FFA kids finally get to show their animals after walking them around town for months, the carnival arrives, the parade winds down Main Street … Continue reading

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I’ve got a secret to tell you……

 Today I’ve been having fun putting the finishing touches onto tomorrow’s live web seminar for BurdaStyle. Blogging has been such a healthy part of my life for the last few years. When I started my little sewing blog, I never dreamed … Continue reading

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