Creating a Personalized Wedding Card

This afternoon, a dear young couple we’e known for a while, are getting married! Heather and Joaquin! Woot! Woot! Having asked the appropriate probing questions, it sounded like money would make the best gift. So, rather than just going to the card shop and dropping a check inside, I wanted to make it a little…

Getting My 4th On! (No & Low Cost Party Decorations!)

Hello sweet friends!, As I mentioned last week, I wanted to turn our old barn red picnic table into a color that resembled drift wood. At the Haven conference, I saw how they had used Annie Sloan Old White and Paris Gray, to create this look. Once we got it on the back patio, I…

Party Like It’s the 4th of July!

Hello dear friend, Before you take another sip of coffee, I hope you’ll head right on over to Conspicuous Style, where Stacy has graciously allowed me to give her “the day off”! I’m talking about my plans for the upcoming 4th of July, when we’ll be hosting a neighborhood barbecue. Maybe I’ll inspire you to…

Making Pillows with Vintage Fabric

Hello there! What a day! I was so excited about yesterday’s monogrammed pillow creation, that I got to thinking about all the different fabric options that I could use to make soft, feminine, dare I say “shabby chic” pillow covers. I think I’ve unleashed a sleeping giant! Watch out! As I was combing the treasures…

Monogrammed Pillow Tutorial

Oh my gosh! Wait ’til you see this! Last week, when I was going to mass produce beautiful custom painted tea towels, that turned into a craft-disaster, the project went bust and I was left with 13 plain, white cotton (Wall Mart flour sack) tea towels. Well…drum roll please…tonight I turned two of those $1…

Let the Party Preparations Begin!

Hello, hello!, I just asked my friend, Stacy, at Conspicuous Style, if I could guest post on her beautiful blog. I suggested that I could write about decorating for a 4th of July party and she said “Yes!”. Whoa! Now I have to figure out how to decorate for a 4th of July party! I…

This and That

Hello there, You know, I just love to laugh at myself! And I’ve had a few chances to do that this week. And it’s only Wednesday afternoon! Case in point…this week I decided that I was going to make pasta, like we did in Italy, at our cooking class. It sounded like a really great…

Sharing Crafts With a Friend

Good day! Friday afternoon, I met with the Paper Craft Fairy, aka my dear friend, Debbie, to try out pinwheel making, following the excellent tutorial found at The Lovely Cupboard. According to me, everyone should have a craft buddy. It could be anything artsie, whether it’s paper, oils, fabric or beads. It’s all good! Any…

Dressing Up a Plain Pillow, Jacket, Scarf…

Hello my dear, In between customers today, at Veranda, I made these crazy fabric flowers. I made a prototype out of some scrap material and think they’d look especially cute in some bolder, summer fabrics. My first effort turned out larger than I’d like. I started with pieces of fabric, cut in airplane propeller shapes.…

Note to My Dog + New & Improved Dog Bed

Dear Wonder Dog, It’s me, your mom. Remember me? Do you really have to chew up the beautiful bed covers I sew for you? Was it the Velcro closure that you didn’t care for? Or the mix of fabrics? Please! Do tell! I’d love to spend my time creating something more exotic than a dog…

How to Add “Poof” to a Cushion

Hello again! Thanks so much for stopping by! On a recent buying trip, I found this cute little foot stool, that someone had carefully recovered! The only trouble was, that it was missing its “poof”! There’s a simple fix, for poof-less foot stools or chair seats, covered in fabric. As you can see, in the…