Tag Archives: upcycling

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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DIY: Back to School Pencil Pouch and a Giveaway

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what … 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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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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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: Painted Starfish Scarf

 The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of Minnesota’s most spectacular landscapes, especially when paired with three of the state’s most beautiful women ever, a first massage, hikes, lots of laughter, colorful food, and heart to heart talks late into the night. Spending time … 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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