Category Archives: Sewing

DIY Reupholstering an Ottoman: It’s Usually Something

One do-it-yourself (DIY) project I haven’t tackled since college (and that college chair was, well, pretty ugly by the time I was done) is reupholstering. I saw a sweet (but beat up) ottoman at Goodwill. I paid $5 for it and brought … Continue reading

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Sewing: A Life-Changing Way to Create Practical Beauty

I think that the single greatest gift my Mom nurtured in me was my interest in sewing. My desire to make my own clothes, to create practical beauty, if you will.  The year she sent me to sewing school (was I even in … Continue reading

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Hand-Crafted Felt Christmas Stockings for Gift Cards

Now that our kids are young adults, they and their cousins often request gift cards and/or cash as their Christmas gifts. Now that’s super easy, right? But I wanted to add a little personal touch to their gifts this year. So … Continue reading

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Halloween: Quilting to Celebrate the Holiday

A number of years ago I started this Halloween-themed quilt. I like quilting. This quilt was easy to piece. And I had machine quilted more than half of it before I got distracted and never finished it. I discovered the quilt the other … Continue reading

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Sewing with My Mom: Quilts, Chair Covers and Valences Coming Right Up!

My Mom lives in Arizona, land of sunshine, heat and cactus. I like to visit her pretty home in Sun City; she lives in a 3-bedroom ranch that she has transformed into what I think  of as “quilting central.” Mom … Continue reading

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Thrift Shopping: Dirty Little Secret or Brag Worthy?

Curb cruising and thrifting (okay, and dumpster jumping in the old days) is part of who I am. I’ve rescued worn down and cast-off furniture and home accessories from curbs all over the tri-state (okay, and beyond) area. I love … Continue reading

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Skinnier Jeans for a Thinner Me

On Friday, I weighed in at Weight Watchers (WW); I lost 1.8 pounds last week, bringing my total lost to more than 20 pounds so far.  It feels like a miracle, but it’s not. A miracle, I mean. WW works. … Continue reading

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Chores: Hand-Sewn Clothing Repairs

Do you fix your clothing when it rips? Do you resew a seam? Sew a button back in place? Fix a zipper? Do you take pay someone else to make those repairs? Or like my daughter Tory, do you figure … Continue reading

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Broken Zipper: It Isn’t the End of the World, Unless Those Jeans Fit Perfectly

My daughter Tory showed me her favorite pair of jeans; the zipper was broken and she was really sad that she’d have to toss the jeans because “they fit perfectly.” I’ve sewed since I’m about 11 years old; I haven’t … Continue reading

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