Tag Archive: sewing

Inspiration: Politico Pillows and Changes in General

Hello readers, I first want to chat a bit about some changes I’m making on the blog.  I have been working diligently on my fiction writing and I am finding it hard to… Continue reading

Crafty April: Refillable Cheesecloth Sachets

This craft project is a twist on my earlier post Crafty April: Cheesecloth Potpourri Sachets. I had a bit of cheesecloth left over from the other sachets I made for the silent auction… Continue reading

Crafty April: Cheesecloth Potpourri Sachets

Here are some homemade sachets that I hand-sewed this weekend using cheesecloth, colored embroidery floss, and embellishments like buttons, beads, and fabric flowers. I folded a long strip of cheesecloth to make the… Continue reading

Place Mat Table Runner, Part I

I was so pleased with look of my exotic elephant table linens today that I dashed back to the store to purchase the matching runner for everyday use … but someone had bought… Continue reading

Place Mat Inspiration

Today, I ran across a place mat by David Stark in the March 2012 issue of House Beautiful. It’s called Shop Placemat and according to the magazine, it was apparently inspired by the… Continue reading

Monogrammed Ornament/Door Hanger

I was initially going to use this idea to make personalized Christmas ornaments last month, but time got away from me.  These felt letters can be hung on doorknobs, hooks, bedposts, and memo… Continue reading

DIY Monogrammed Hats

Several years ago, I made three monogrammed hats for some friends as a Christmas gift.  They were affordable, practical, and adorable! For about $12 per person, I created wonderfully personalized winter wear and… Continue reading

Elf Hats

I made these little elf hats to dress a sculpture in my living room for Christmastime.  See Dress Your Decor — For Halloween! for the Halloween hats I made earlier this year, and… Continue reading

An Afternoon in the Past

Since the Christmas holiday is just weeks away, I thought I would spend some of the day today going through the clutter around my home in preparation for the onslaught of family, friends,… Continue reading

DIY Kitchen Towel Napkins

My collection of table linens is rather pithy, especially for someone who enjoys entertaining as much as I do.  It is no wonder that I bought up these red, cream, and yellow kitchen… Continue reading

Creating Costumes!

Leaf Toss Pillows

These are some toss pillows I made today with a fall motif.  Rain makes me feel like sewing…I’m not sure why. I used fluffy, almost duvet-like, place mats (about $5 for a set… Continue reading

The Agony and Ecstasy of Homemade Halloween Costumes

When I was growing up, I don’t think I ever had a store-bought Halloween costume.  Instead, I would brainstorm with ma mère and we would work on the costume together, sometimes happily, and… Continue reading

Dress Your Decor — For Halloween!

As you have probably guessed, I am a big proponent of using materials you already own to achieve fun and interesting new creations.  I especially like all the freakish, googly-eyed, glittery, and frightful… Continue reading

Pumpkins for Place Cards and Pin Cushions, Oh My!

Welcome Fall! I have to say that I am thrilled it is September on so many levels: the weather has finally cooled down to reasonable temperatures, rain has returned, and my favorite season… Continue reading

Place Card Primer: Felt Badges

I was fiddling around today with my piles of felt, and this idea for travel-inspired place card holders popped into my head. They are like étiquettes à bagages for your dinner table! ◊… Continue reading