Union Jack Inspired Breadbox Makeover

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Bread Box Makeover – using milk paint, metallic paint, and a union jack.

Linen and Leather ~ Project Challenge

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Project Challenge #3

Here we are again! 6 bloggers, 6 projects, 1 theme. This month’s theme is Linen and/or Leather. And yes, this category is one I suggested. Bet that makes you really surprised :D

I’m rather excited about what I came up with to incorporate both textiles. And the other projects look so fun and wonderful too! Make sure to check out the other 5.

Fridays Unfolded

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Fridays Unfolded – here’s my favs from last week – link your posts up below.

And come back tomorrow for this month’s PROJECT CHALLENGE reveal! We are adding a link-up with this one! The category this month was Linen and/or Leather so any project you have that includes either or both of those you can come link up!

Industrial Light Update

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Our bathroom is getting a makeover.

It’s high time. I cannot believe how fast walls need repainted and repairs need made. We installed the bathroom in the main floor in our home several years ago. From bare studs, gutted walls, we added insulation, framed in a wall between the new bathroom and laundry area, basically built a new bathroom from the ground up. From the floor up anyway.

And now it’s time for some repairs and updates already.

When someone tells you that what you build today you will rebuild all over again in 30 years or less, believe them! When you own a home the work on it is never ending.

Anyway, today I’m sharing my Industrial light update. I am really really liking it!

Upcycling a Plain Burlap Wreath for Spring

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Who doesn’t love a good sale? I especially love after-christmas-sales, but I don’t tend to brave the crowds the day after Christmas. I wait a day or two (or 5 or 9) and see what might happen to be left over, missed by the mad rush to get the best goods. Sometimes I find treasures, sometimes not.

This past after-christmas-season, I was at Lowe’s and they still had several large burlap wreaths left, marked 70% off. I got this large beauty for $5.

I stashed it in my workroom to create something fun, and this is what I came up with.
Upcycling a Plain Burlap Wreath for Spring

DIY German Glass Glitter Bunny Garland

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I’m excited to share this simple, but fun and bling-y little project with you.

I love glitter – but not just any glitter. I love German Glass Glitter.

This particular GGG is from Miss Mustard Seed, but I have a new glitter to share with you very soon – and I will be selling this one myself! It’s pretty amazing and I’m excited to have it to share with you in the very near future.

Black, White, and Gold Slip Covered Chair – Best of DIY

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DIY projects.

I’ve done them for years and years. Before it was called DIY, and before DIY was a blogging niche, and before it was the ‘in’ thing to do!

Today I get to share with you a #BestofDIY project – along with 24 other bloggers – we’ve teamed up to bring you our best and to link together so you can click through to see them all.

Fridays Unfolded

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Fridays Unfolded – here’s my favs from last week – link your posts up below!

DIY Easter Egg Pennant Banner

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Pennant banners are one of the easiest things to sew and making them for Easter is a fun craft project.

I’ve got a DIY Easter Egg Pennant Banner tutorial to share with you today!

Fridays Unfolded Link Party

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I’m late with Fridays Unfolded today – my blog was down for maintenance for awhile last night and today was a busy day and I’m just now getting time to get this together.

Spring is finally arriving – so nice to feel some warmer temps, even thought he wind is still chilly.

Here are some favs from last weeks party. Not as many as normal since I’m running behind!

how to make a pillow with an envelope closure

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A pillow is one of the easiest and fastest sewing projects, and is great for beginners. My nine year old recently agreed to learn to use the sewing machine and her first project was a pillow. She likes to sew by hand but has been a bit afraid of the machine up until now. Might have something to do with the fact that the machine is almost as big as she is? :D I need to dig out my old machine for her – it’s smaller and much less intimidating for a beginner.

Anyway, I decided it was time to share a tutorial on how to make a pillow with an envelope closure. It’s so easy and fast and I assure you if you can sew a straight line with a machine you can make a pillow. And if you can’t sew a straight line with a sewing machine then you probably just need a guideline added to show you where to line up your fabric ;)

Fridays Unfolded

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I know it seems I say this every week but how do the days go by so fast? It seems I’m forever dashing breathlessly from one to the next, putting out the fires of each day that have to be addressed before the grow to such leaping proportions they devour me whole! Whew! I think I’m just getting old :D

Anyway. It’s time for Fridays Unfolded so here are some favs from last weeks party.

Best Biscuits Ever

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I’ve always had issues with making biscuits. They never turned out quite like I wanted them. Not fluffy enough. Not light and tall and delicious.

My hubby can make some pretty delicious biscuits but I never could get them right. I think his secret was the cold butter. He’d spend the time it took to cut that cold, hard butter into the dry ingredients and then take the even more time it took to gently mix the liquids in and not over mix.

I tend to excel more at things I can throw together quickly and don’t have to be extremely careful with. When it involves taking a lot of time, moving slowly, and being patient, I don’t do so well :D

Project Challenge#2 Thrifted Skirt turned Handbag

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know February is the short month of the year, but did it blow by in a blink or an eye or what? I hope as it heads on out it takes this bitter cold with it. And the snow. The snow can go anytime now. To be replaced with green grass. Please. If I ask nice maybe it will happen.

It’s time for Project Challenge #2! Remember last month? I told you I was joining up with some other great bloggers in a monthly project challenge. Each month the project is made with a different item. This month the category is

$5 or less thrifted, craigslist, or roadside find.

Fridays Unfolded

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I’m late today. So Fridays Unfolded is late. I’m sorry. I was gone all day yesterday – a friends birthday outing and then a date night with my hubby because all three of our girls were gone for the night. And when that happens you grab the opportunity and go with it – regardless of what else needs doing :D

Today I spent helping my Mom sort and sift through things at my Grandma’s.

And now I’m home, bundled up in layers, with my UGG boots on my feet, furnace pumping hot air through the house, and I’m hoping to get this blog post finished and hit the ‘publish’ button before I fall asleep. Getting out and about in this frigid weather wears me out in a hurry!

Here are some favs from last weeks party.

NOT Just Another Pillow Maker

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3 years ago I was toying with the idea of a business – a business where I could make things to sell and perhaps have a bit of spending cash, and help pay the grocery bill. And for the braces we were putting on our oldest and knew we would have to put on our other two as well.

I had some leftover items from my very first pop-up shop event, so I opened an etsy shop and loaded it up.

I wasn’t sure what all I wanted to offer in my shop on a regular basis.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies

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“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.

The LORD who made you and help you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one.

For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields.

And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessings on your children.

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TINbox™

TINbox

Today I have something really fun to share with you!

A friend of mine has this cool new business called TINbox™.

Fridays Unfolded

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It’s frigid here today. -2°F this morning. The sun has been shining though and the temp is up to 7° now. Downright balmy I tell ya :D

Thankfully it’s only 40 days till April. By April the cold days are numbered and Spring really is on the horizon. And we can start outdoor projects again – YAY!

This week I shared that my daughter turned Sweet 16, How-to on Rewiring a Vintage Lamp, and a Flower Shaped Ottoman I slipcovered – tutorial included.

And now it’s your turn. What unfolded for you this week?

A Flower Shaped Ottoman – Slip Covered

Flower Shaped Slip Covered Ottoman

Maybe it won’t seem exactly flower shaped but I couldn’t think what other shape to call it – it certainly isn’t square or round or rectangle :D So a flower shaped ottoman it is – and I made not one, but 2 slipcovers for it.

Rewiring a Vintage Lamp

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I have a thing for lamps. All cool lighting really. Somehow I’m drawn to it. I see lamps at thrift stores or garage sales and think how cool they could be fixed up.

I tend to buy them and then not know for sure what to do with them, or just not get around to doing anything and then they stack up. Please tell me I’m not the only one that does stuff like that?

Sweet 16

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16 years ago today I was lying in a hospital bed, contentedly holding and gazing at my tiny, new daughter. Miss Emma Kate graced us with her appearance after putting her mother through more than 27 hours of labor. Funny how a mama completely forgets how exhausted she is and the pain she’s just been through when that baby is placed on her chest and those tiny eyes search out mama’s eyes and the cries calm just from mama’s presence

A Wholesale Biz I Never Saw Coming

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I’ve hinted at it here, I’ve shared a few pics. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen my pillows here and there more than on the blog. But mainly I’ve just been so busy and so in-a-state-of-amazement that this his happening that I’ve not shared with you the details of the direction my business has taken.

I still find it a bit surprising that I’m actually a business woman. And entrepreneur.

(I may finally feel comfortable with the label entrepreneur when I can actually spell it right without having to spellcheck it :D )

So. I now have a wholesale biz I never saw coming. Seriously. Wholesale was never even on my radar. I started out trying to sell my handmade items and added vintage finds to that. I had an etsy shop and I went to a few pop-up shop events. (more details on the way the it all evolved coming soon)

And somehow along the way something amazing happened. Other shops loved my stuff. And they wanted to carry it in their shops.

And a wholsale biz was born, a wholesale biz I never saw coming.

Fridays Unfolded

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This week has flown by! Time to see what has unfolded for everyone this week. I didn’t post much – life and family took up my time. I showed you my living room with its Valentines decor, and that’s all you got :D I do have a post in the works that just didn’t get to the ‘publish’ stage about how I rewired some vintage lamps. It will arrive on the blog next week. And tomorrow you can look for a post about a shop that is carrying my pillows – it’s a great shop and the owner has become a great friend of mine. So make sure you come back.

And now – TADA! Tis time for Fridays Unfolded

Mail Delivery and Some Tidbits of Memories

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I love mail delivery time. I always have. I remember as a little girl, running down our lane to check the mail. I’d see the mail man come and I would race to get to the box first. We knew our mailman, he went to our church, and we thought that was pretty cool. Sometimes if he had a package too big to fit in the box at the end of the lane, he’d drive up and honk the horn, and someone would run out and get the package from him.

Glorious Day

handmade felt heart made by my nine year old

Ah what a glorious day we had today! The sun shone, the snow/ice was melting, and THE AIR DIDN’T HURT MY FACE! Still needed a coat and boots but 45° is so much more pleasant for winter weather than the cold stuff we’ve been having.

A LOVE-ly Living Room

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Our living room gets lived in. Our house isn’t all that big so there aren’t a lot of options when it comes to where to hang out and do stuff. Our living room is where the tv is, where the girls spread out all their drawing stuff, where school work gets done, relaxing happens (on occasion), it’s where I blog, and the list goes on. It really is a true living room.

The past week it’s been a LOVE-ly living room – meaning it’s got a bit of Valentine’s decor blinging it out a bit.

Fridays Unfolded

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Thank you so much to all of you who prayed for my daughter, and left comments letting me know you were thinking of us. It is such a blessing to have the support of friends! I’d mentioned here on the blog and on fb that my two younger girls went to Kansas with their grandparents. The last weekend there were there my youngest got sick. It started on Friday in the wee hours of the morning. 900 miles away from mama. She would facetime me on her iPod and it was really hard on this Mom to not just hop in the car and head west to get her. But 900 miles is a long trip and surely it would be a 24 hour thing, right?

Reminder and a Request

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Reminder to enter the giveaway that’s happening this week! Enter on the rafflecopter on this post. And a request – please pray for my 9-year-old. She’s been sick since early Friday morning.

Understated Valentine’s Day Decor

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Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Do you go over-the-top with hearts and cupids and pink and red? Opt for some understated Valentine’s Day decor that just hints at the season? Skip it completely and call it a ‘hallmark holiday’?

I don’t go all out, and if the few things I have that are Valentine’s day decor don’t make an appearance at all I don’t stress over it. I don’t have a lot of decor that is strictly Valentine’s Day decor. And what I do have is pretty understated. However it’s not hard to go over-the-top with it if you want to host a party some year for Valentine’s. A trip to the Dollar store will easily meet the needs for all things red, pink, and heart-shaped!

$400 CASH Giveaway!

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Good Morning and Happy Monday Peeps!

Today my girls head back East. My baby 9-year-old has been sick the past couple days – really sick. She’s been facetiming me with her iPod and it’s been hard on this Mama to see her sick and have her 900 miles away. I’m praying she travels ok and can’t wait to have both girls back home!
Today I have something really fun to share – it’s a CASH giveaway! How cool is that?! I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you this and I’m pretty pumped to be able to offer you this $400 CASH Giveaway.

Son of the Blessing

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For this weekends Sunday post I’m introducing you to a friend of mine and letting her share with you. She blogs at Towngirl and she’s one of my best friends. She has 3 boys and a tiny daughter who is just adorable. Her boys are turning into amazing young men, and she’s sharing today about what they decided to do for their oldest as he becomes a man. I think you will be blessed by this!

Project Challenge #1- Paint and Stencils

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Today I’m bringing you a really fun project that I’ve been really excited about and could hardly wait to share with you. I’m teaming up with 5 other bloggers for a monthly project challenge – which means I have a deadline and the project must get done. This months challenge was to use paint and/or stain in some way.

Fridays Unfolded

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Fridays Unfolded – what’s unfolded for you this week? My 2 younger girls are still in Kansas. I’ve gotten a text from my 9-year-old a couple times but they are having so much fun and have so many things to do they aren’t too worried about communicating with Mom :D I am missing them and will be ready for them to get back home early next week. I shared a post from the past – the Makeover of a Draft Dodger, and a cool vintage find – an Old Cash Register.

NCR – An Old Relic of a Machine

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The first mechanical cash register was invented in 1879 by James Ritty. In 1884, the company and patents were bought by John and Frank Patterson and the firm was renamed the National Cash Register Company. The first machines were expensive – $50 – which at the end of the 1800’s was a lot of money! The company owners were convinced though, that once shopkeepers learned how much the machines would help business they would buy them. One big selling point they pushed was the security – the cash register was hard to steal.

Draft Dodger Makeover

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It’s cold outside. It snowed again this weekend so we are covered in a blanket of white and the cold is deep enough to keep the snow around. The sun shone today and everything is so bright when the sun shines on newly fallen snow.

The past couple of winters we’ve finally had a warm house due to finally having a furnace installed and most of the house insulated well. But for the first 15 years of our life here it wasn’t always so warm in here. I used blankets at doorways to keep the cold out, ran the dryer a lot, baked cookies to keep the oven going, and called my husband at work a lot complaining that it was COLD in here and he really should do something about it. It’s a wonder the man still loves me :D

To Be Content

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“…for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” -Philippians 4:11

That’s a quote from the Bible peeps – written by Paul while he was in prison – not me declaring that I have figured out how to be content!

Fridays Unfolded

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Hey Hey! Friday’s Unfolded agAAAaainnn! Man but the weeks do fly by so fast. My 2 youngest are in Kansas, Travis and I are enjoying some good conversations with our Teenager now that she’s the only child in the house for a bit. I found a cool stack of free pallets that I hauled home this week. I shared some pics of my girls and some Mud Huts this week on the blog. I also shared how I made the stencil and stenciled my Mom’s kitchen soffit.

And I had fun going through the links from last weeks Fridays Unfolded party :D

Mud Hut Creations

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Are you ready for summer yet? You know I am! I’m never ready for cold weather – I really should live in a climate that is warm year round. I don’t, though, so I make the best of it. (most of the time)

Today I’m reminiscing a little – I posted yesterday that my 9 and 11 year old girls are on their way to Kansas with their Grandparents. And it made me think back to our last trip to Kansas. We went last summer – seems like a long time ago already. They had a lot of rain before we got there so the creek beside my sister’s house was up and flowing over the dirt road. All the kids, from the youngest to the teenagers played in the water – and the mud. They made some pretty cool Mud Hut Creations and I want to share them with you.

Girls. Sisters. Friends.

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Girls. Sisters. Friends.

Daughters of mine – these three keep life from ever being dull or boring.

They keep me from becoming too self-centered and complacent. They frustrate the living daylights out of me sometimes (on a daily basis) they make me lose my temper (only occasionally) they make me want to climb the walls and pull my hair out.

How to Stencil Words on a Wall

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Stenciling on a wall isn’t hard – it just takes some time and patience. If you use a roll of paper or stencil film it would be easier as you could cut your stencil all in one long piece. But I don’t have a roll of paper or film this long, and honestly, I haven’t been able to make my (affiliate link) silhouette work right with a roll and no cutting mat. It’s supposed to but I can’t get it to pull properly without the cutting mat. Also the rolls of (affiliate link) stencil film I sometimes use cost enough I don’t use them for a project this big or that I will use only once.

In Christ Alone

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In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

Friday’s Unfolded!

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Oh wow, peeps it’s time for Friday’s Unfolded already! I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been cold here – really cold. Like, make-me-think-I-moved-to-Siberia cold. I simply bump the thermostat to 72° and dress warm :D And boots, scarf, hat, and gloves are a must along with the winter coat when I have to get out. I’m dealing with it ok, but I am ready for Spring whenever it wants to show up! 75 days till April!Oh wow, peeps it’s time for Friday’s Unfolded already! I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been cold here – really cold. Like, make-me-think-I-moved-to-Siberia cold. I simply bump the thermostat to 72° and dress warm :D And boots, scarf, hat, and gloves are a must along with the winter coat when I have to get out. I’m dealing with it ok, but I am ready for Spring whenever it wants to show up! 75 days till April!

Giveaway – Don’t Forget to Enter!

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Don’t forget to go enter the giveaway I have going on now! Enter using rafflecopter – simple and easy – find the post here.

Yes, You CAN Paint a Piano!

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I haven’t found anything yet that I positively would not paint. So I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear me say, ‘Yes, you CAN paint a piano!’

A piano may seem like a huge, daunting task. And if you take the whole thing apart and paint each piece and put it all back together, then, yes I would think that a huge, daunting task.

But if you just want the piano to have a better look, and it isn’t an expensive heirloom piece, it really isn’t that huge or daunting a task to paint a piano.

The Nesting Place and Nate Berkus

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If you don’t know yet, I’ve become quite the football fan this year. Most Sundays find me watching every game I can. I do wish I could choose which game, but we haven’t signed up for cable tv so I am stuck with what the stations air here. I spent yesterday watching first the Packers and then the COLTS win in the playoffs. The countdown is on to the Super Bowl!

And after the games were over I decided to get my giveaway put together for you. I’ve had this in the plan for awhile but like a lot of things lately, I kept putting it off for one reason or another. But it all came together finally, and though it would have been fun to do this giveaway for Christmas, or New Year’s it’s here now and I hope you like it!

Friday’s Unfolded

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Friday’s Unfolded time again! We took a break over Christmas and New Year’s so it’s been awhile but it’s a New Year and time for some New Sharing! And time to link up those New projects and decor and whatever ‘unfolded’ for you recently!

A Chandelier and a Cow Hide Rug

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How’s that for a fashion statement? A Chandelier and a Cow Hide Rug. Can those two items really co-exist in the same decor scheme?

If you know me well at all, you know my answer.

OF COURSE! They co-exist quite nicely :D

DIY Valentine Toy Tea Bags

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Today I’m bringing you a fun project for Valentines! It’s really easy and quick to do and the little girls in your life will love it.

DIY Valentine Toy Tea Bags

Hometalk – DIY Roman Shades

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Hometalk recently asked me to round up a few DIY roman shade ideas from the Hometalk site and put them all together on a clipboard. I was thrilled to do it – Roman Shades are a really great way to dress your windows. They are classic, traditional, and not in-your-face if you don’t want the window treatments to overpower the room, yet you want the privacy of window coverings. You can use fabrics from simple linen or cotton to heavier, decor fabric, corduroy, or even burlap to create any look you prefer.

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

I pray you are blessed this year with whatever God deems best for your journey through life!

Decorating for Friends

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Christmas is past once again and the New Year is upon us! I’m looking forward to 2015 – 15 is my favorite number so somehow I feel like this just might be a great year for me :) I wanted to find time to set up a fun tablescape for New Years but it didn’t happen. Sew a Fine Seam is back at work – I’ve been picking up new wholesale clients for my pillow business and I have over 80 pillows to get made by the end of January. And counting – I’ll take more if I get them!

Before we move on to the New Year I’m sharing one more Christmas decor post. I decorated a friend’s home this year and I didn’t share the pics yet. I love decorating for friends! It’s fun to go into a different home than my own and take someone else’s stuff and see what I can put together to make it beautiful and cozy. I forgot to take my real camera with me so you will have to put up with my iPhone pics but I think you’ll find the beauty in my friend’s home and perhaps some inspiration for next year’s decor.

Top Posts of 2014 Link Party

Top Posts of 2014 Linky Party

Are you ready to link up your top post from 2014? Did you do a round-up of your top 10 (or any other number)? Link it up here! Or if you didn’t do a round-up you can just link up your best performing post of 2014.

Visit some of the other bloggers who linked up too – that’s what a link party is all about!

10 Most Viewed Posts in 2014

10 most viewed posts of 2014

Today I am sharing the top 10 most viewed posts in 2014. I’m humbled and honored that so many people have clicked through to my blog and viewed/read my posts. Thanks to all of you for a great year!

I’m teaming up with a group of bloggers too – for a grand blog hop where you can go from blog to blog to see all our Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2014.

There is so much goodness out there in blogland, so many great projects and tutorials, so much beautiful decor, inspiration, encouragement, and fun. I hope you have a bit of time to spend visiting the other blogs I’ve linked to at the end of the post.

Worship the Babe

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Today we celebrate. We celebrate with gifts and tinsel and good food and the camaraderie of family. We give gifts to the poor. We send cards and packages to our troops overseas. We attend Christmas eve services. We worship. Worship the Babe. This time of year was chosen centuries ago – as early as 354 A.D. It’s my personal opinion that Jesus wasn’t born in December, but I love the tradition that a large part of the world sets aside a day just for Him. Whatever your traditions, however you choose to celebrate, I invite you to join me in worshiping the Babe in a manger.

Are You Ready For Christmas?

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Are you ready for Christmas? Shopping done? Food made? Gifts wrapped? How about the state of your heart? Are you ready to reflect on the birth of our Savior?Are you ready for Christmas? Shopping done? Food made? Gifts wrapped? How about the state of your heart? Are you ready to reflect on the birth of our Savior?

Keeping it Real with the Christmas Decor Frenzy

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All over blogland the frenzy of Christmas projects and decor has been keeping us steeped in glitter and pinecones and ornaments and all things Holiday related. It’s fun to see everyone’s homes wearing their Christmas best. The trees have been amazing this year and the housewalks have been plentiful and decked to the hilt.

Today I’m going to share a few photos with you that are bit different. As I was shooting my ‘beauty shots’ of my living room on the only sunny day we’ve had in weeks, I stopped and looked around. And I just had to snap a few not-so-pretty shots to share.

Here’s to keeping it real with the Christmas Decor Frenzy!

Friday’s Unfolded

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It’s time for Friday’s Unfolded!

What has unfolded for you this week?

Come link up at the end of the post!

Here’s a few of my favorites from last week.

Styling a 12ft Mantel for Christmas

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Styling a mantel sounds easy for someone who loves to decorate. And usually it is – it’s a fun place to have as a focal point. Especially at Christmas! But styling a 12ft mantel for Christmas can be a daunting task! It can look overwhelming – even for someone who loves to decorate and wanted the 12ft mantle in the first place so she’d have lots of space to display things.

Now technically this isn’t even a mantel, it’s a shelf. But since I don’t have a mantel, and in the blog world styling a mantel is a big deal, I sometimes call my shelf a mantel just cause it sounds better and everyone gets the idea of what I’m doing better. Mantel – shelf – whatever :D

God’s Got This

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God’s Got This. He has SO got this! It doesn’t matter what it is – He’s got it. IF. IF I will let him!

Lately I’ve said this little phrase to a couple friends at a couple different times. ‘God’s Got This’. Meaning, don’t worry, don’t stress, don’t be discouraged, God’s Got This. It’s all under control, it will all work out.God’s Got This. He has SO got this! It doesn’t matter what it is – He’s got it. IF. IF I will let him!

Lately I’ve said this little phrase to a couple friends at a couple different times. ‘God’s Got This’. Meaning, don’t worry, don’t stress, don’t be discouraged, God’s Got This. It’s all under control, it will all work out.

Christmas Home Blog Tour

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I recently joined a fb group of bloggers and some of us are joining up and having a Christmas Home Blog Tour. I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of my Christmas decor here and linking you to all the other homes in the tour so you can enjoy them all!

Friday’s Unfolded

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It’s time for Friday’s Unfolded! What has unfolded for you this week? Come link up at the end of the post! Here’s a few of my favorites from last week. The Charm of Home shared this cute dollar store snowflake door hanging. Woods of Bell Trees shows us how to make these fun coasters for […]

Christmas Details

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Today lets look at a few details of my Christmas decor a bit closer. I love the whole picture of my decorated rooms but sometimes I like to take a closer look at some of the Christmas details. We will start in the living room at our Christmas tree. You can see details of the trees ornaments in my earlier post.

O Christmas Tree

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Such pleasure do you bring me!
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Such pleasure do you bring me!

Our Christmas tree is just an inexpensive 7ft tree from Wal-mart purchased a couple years ago. I’d love to have one from Balsam Hill some year. For now this works and I think it’s lovely. I love the lights and the warm cozy glow it gives my living room. I may just leave it up till the evenings start to lengthen again next spring :)

Easy Burlap Upcycle

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I purchased a small live plant at Trader Joes to use on my dining room table for a centerpiece. Something small and easy to move when I need to use the table for projects, sewing, painting, or even DINING! :D I loved the plant but the container it was in wasn’t my favorite. So I did an easy burlap upcycle to make it more my style.

Circle of Life

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My thoughts are trending a bit to the melancholy side today. And I’m contemplating the Circle of Life. And the brevity of life. Just a vapor and then it’s gone.

Christmas House Tour

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I almost nixed my plans for a Christmas House Tour. There are so many house tours out there that are so much more beautiful than mine. It’s easy to fall into feeling like it’s not worth posting because mine will never measure up. And the weather was NOT cooperating this year. We’ve had almost no sunshine lately and not even cloudy days that were still bright enough to make indoor photography look good. And I’ve been so busy making pillows to get shipped out I really haven’t had time to do all the stuff I wanted to my house. Like paint the walls and the piano and the kitchen cupboards … and on and on. But then I decided that I was being silly and I needed to just share anyway. If nothing else I can share with you all that you can create a cozy space that you love to live in even if it doesn’t measure up to the bigger, better homes out there.

So. Welcome to our humble abode – all decked out for Christmas.

Friday’s Unfolded

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It’s time for Friday’s Unfolded! We took a break last week for Thanksgiving so the features are from two weeks ago.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving – we fixed a turkey dinner here and my parents came over to enjoy it with us. We spent the afternoon watching football. Never knew I’d become such a fan. We are Colts fans here – thanks to my brother who became a football fan and claimed the Colts as his team years ago. We have some deviation from the Colts now that Peyton is a Bronco. And we like a few other teams too but the Colts is ‘our team’.

I’m still cranking out pillow orders, they are selling like hotcakes and it’s all I can do to keep up! Thanks to a couple friends who have come on-board and helped me sew we are making it happen. About ready to close up shop for Christmas though so if you have something you want for a gift you need to contact me now!

My house is decorated and I finally got a few photos during a rare appearance of the sun yesterday. I’ll be posting some Christmas posts very soon.

And now it is time for Friday’s Unfolded! What has unfolded for you this week? Come link up at the end of the post!

Tips on Wrapping Packages

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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String,

These are a few of my favorite things!

A few tips on how to package packages simply and festively for the holidays

Melting Crystallized Honey

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Honey is so yummy. Sweet and golden it is a wonderful item to have in your home to use for medicinal purposes – providing it is raw local honey.
We like to keep some around for helping combat allergies, and it tastes really good on freshly baked biscuits! But what do you do when the smooth, golden deliciousness turns to crystallized sugar? It’s not very good on biscuits anymore and it gets harder the longer it sits on the shelf. What to do? I’m going to show you today how the process I use for Melting Crystallized Honey.

How to make a Pouffe

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Remember my pouffes? The ones I made last year? You can find pouffes I made that feature the Union Jack here and here.
The spelling of pouffe is pouffe not pouf – if you look up the definition of pouf you will find that it means the large pile of hair on top of a woman’s head. Remember the 80’s?? Yeah, a pouf is big hair. And pouffe is:

pouffe

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noun
a cushioned footstool or low seat with no back.
And yes, I know that lots of places, including Target, sell items like this and spell it pouf. But I’m being stubborn and sticking to the proper spelling.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

I am thankful for so many things. My family, friends, my warm home, the wonderful meal we are having, so many more things.

I’ve been juggling my rapidly growing wholesale biz, decorating my home for Christmas, and keeping up with stuff at the store. I’ve been blessed this year and you, my friends, are a part of that blessing – thank you so much for coming by, for leaving me such sweet comments, and supporting me.

Friday’s Unfolded

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It’s time for another weekend! YAY! We’ve had snow and cold here this week and from the sounds of it a lot of you out there are enduring or enjoying the same – whichever way you deal with it :D I’ve been getting ready for our Christmas Open House at the shop and fluffing my own house for Christmas. And making stacks of pillows – again. I’m glad it’s weekend time again! I look forward to Sundays during these crazy busy weeks. I’m enjoying what I’m doing but I also enjoy just resting and do nothing too!

And now it is time for Friday’s Unfolded! What has unfolded for you this week? Come link up at the end of the post!

Cranberry Salad ~ my Grandma’s Recipe

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A turkey dinner just isn’t complete without cranberry salad – and not just any cranberry salad – it has to be my Grandma’s cranberry salad recipe.

Open House at my Shop!

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I spent the day yesterday pricing merchandise and fluffing the shop, getting ready for our Open House. The front windows are all decked out for the holidays now and everything inside is looking pretty and fun. It was a big day, but lots of fun.

Friday’s Unfolded

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Another week has flown by already! You know from my last post that I was in Louisiana for paint training Sunday thru Tuesday. We flew into New Orleans early Sunday morning, spent some time in the French Quarter, drove to Baton Rouge for the night, and attended paint training with Marti Carroll in her shop Bayou Bungalow. Amazing time with some amazing ladies! I’ll share some of my pics soon.

Now it is time for Friday’s Unfolded! What has unfolded for you this week? Come link up at the end of the post!

I’m sharing a few of my fav’s from last weeks party (this is the part I was most excited about! I love featuring great bloggers!)

Happenings

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November is flying by! I’ve started my Christmas decorating – way earlier than normal. Usually all the glitter and fun comes out on Black Friday. But this year I have a store to decorate and an open house to prepare for. If I want my house decorated too I have to start earlier. It feels a bit funny, cause I’m not quite in the Christmas mood yet, but it’s still lovely to have the white lights glowing softly in the living room. It’s not so lovely to have the tall stack of tubs that the Christmas decor is stored in sitting in the way. I’ll get it finished up later this week I hope, and send the empty boxes back to the basement.

minted. – the place to order Christmas cards

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Christmas cards. Those cute little paper things you send out to friends and family every Christmas. You include a picture. Sometimes a amily picutre. Most time just the kids – cause it’s just easier than trying to get a whole family photo. I used to plan weeks in advance what I was going to do for my Christmas cards. Something fun and crafty and cute. And the pics of my kids were always well planned out in advance, coordinating outfits, cute props, photo shoot scheduled early, pics ordered and delivered in time to mail the cards the first of December.

Friday’s Unfolded – Come Link Up!

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Hey Friends, guess what?! Sew a Fine Seam is now part of a weekly Link-up Party called ‘Friday’s Unfolded’! I’m so excited and I hope you’ll join the fun!

A Link Party is Happening Here!

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Good morning friends! Just wanted to give you a heads up this morning that there is something new and exciting happening on the blog. Starting today I am going to be part of a weekly blog party called Friday’s Unfolded. Come back this afternoon at 4pm est to find out all the details and link up your blog posts!

Zucchini Pie

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Tis the Season – for soups and hot drinks – and pies! Pie is such a comfort food in the winter isn’t it? I love pies and really I kinda love making them.

Jewelry in Candles – GIVEAWAY

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How about a giveaway?! If you like candles (and it IS the season for burning candles!) and if you like jewelry, and surprises then you will be delighted with what I’m giving away today! Rafflecoptor is at the bottom of this post.

Metal Cabinet as a Side Table

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This past summer I decided I needed another side table in my living room. I had rearranged and moved the side table to the other side of the room. So I needed something to take its place and to put my lamp on. It didn’t work to move my lamp along with the side table because I needed the lamp beside my favorite chair.

Homemade Soap Review

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Recently a friend asked me if I would like some homemade soap to try out. Of course! I love a good bar of soap, and homemade is great. Especially if it’s homemade that I didn’t have to make :D I’ve used up one bar of soap and am on my second and now I want to share with you what it is, where you can get some, and why you should!

Trim Healthy Mama with a Side of Vitamin D

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Trim Healthy Mama. Vitamin D. Thyroid issues. Essential oils. My journey to being healthy and feeling good.

A Book Giveaway

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Do you like to read? Need some new books to fill your nightstand? How about entering a book giveaway? My sister has a good one up on her blog – head on over to enter!

New Look!

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Woo-Hoo! Sew a Fine Seam has a new look!

A logo, new background for the blog, new biz cards – it’s so exciting! I am in love with my logo!

Quick and Easy Fall Decor

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Autumn is so beautiful, with its brilliantly colored leaves, the bright blue of the sky (when it isn’t raining), the crispness of the air, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot. Bringing a bit of the outdoors in is a great way to to add quick easy fall decor to your home. It doesn’t need to be a lot and it doesn’t need to take long, but it can freshen your space and bring smiles to the faces of your family and all who enter your home.

Best Pie Crust Ever

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Autumn is here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And will be followed shortly by Christmas! Time to be planning some yummy treats for the holidays! Pies are always a favorite so today I want to share the best pie crust ever with you. This recipe was my Grandma’s and I’ve never tasted a better crust. I also find it easy to work with, especially when using pastry flour.

House Tour

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Today I want to share a bit of an updated house tour with you. It is also available as a button in my sidebar now too. I need to update some of the rooms again but here it is for now. It’s rather fun for me to pull all this together and see where we are now, what we’ve updated, and what we still need to finish.

Wedding Photography

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I was privileged to be the photographer at a friends wedding this summer! And I’m finally sharing some pics. Wedding photography is fun, creative, fast-paced, amazing and stimulating. It can also be stressful, sweaty, and hard work. But the first list of adjectives trumps the second in my book. (that might change if I totally messed up though :D) When shooting a wedding you have to think fast, move fast, and a lot of it is a one time chance. If you miss the shot during the processional or ceremony you can’t back up and redo the shot. But to me, that’s part of the fun. I’m not sure I really want to get into being the main, or only, photographer for a lot of weddings but I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the wedding photography I have done.

Fall Flea at Springfield Ohio

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I wasn’t going to do the fall flea this year in Springfield. But just a couple of weeks before a friend asked me if I would share her space there in The Vintage Marketplace. At first I said probably not. My husband was going to be out-of-town and I had our annual fall kids clothing sale the week following the flea.

2015 Day Planner

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This post IS about my 2015 Day Planner. I have a bit of a hang up about finding the perfect thing to use for a calendar. But before I get into the crazy details of my hang-ups I have a fun little tidbit to share!

Imagine my surprise to look at my blog stats today and see a spike of hits on Saturday. I didn’t have a new post up for Saturday. I’ve been very lazy in the blog world lately.

But somewhere, one of my blog posts must have been shared because I had way more traffic than I should have had for being so lazy about getting new content out there. So I did a bit of sleuthing. And discovered ‘Good Housekeeping’ in my list of hits. Whaaaa?

White Ruffled Curtains

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A few weeks ago I made a pair of white ruffled curtains for a client. I bought the fabric at IKEA – have you seen the new fabrics they are carrying? I can hardly hold myself back from rushing straight to the textile section every time I go to IKEA.

Milk Paint, Tomatoes and Tea Parties

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Milk Paint, Tomatoes, and Tea Parties. It’s just a few of the things we’ve had going on around here in the past few days (the days I’ve been pretending I don’t have a blog to update). Along with the milk paint, tomatoes (which we’ve just been eating a lot of, not canning or anything so ambitious) and tea parties (which was attended by several dollys, a teddy bear, and my two daughters) we have had a flea market, a garage sale, pillows, school work, laundry, voice lessons, a ‘field trip’, and a myriad of life in general – all with Dad gone for 3 weeks.

How to Make a Shower Curtain

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Yesterday I showed you the gorgeous shower curtains I made for a client. Shower curtains made with ruffles and lace. Today I’m going to show you how to make a shower curtain for yourself. The fact that this project uses bed sheets makes it so easy and quick you won’t believe how fast it is!

Ruffles and Lace and a Shower Curtain

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A few months ago a client contacted me about making her a shower curtain. She had seen the ruffled shower curtain I made for another client and wondered if I was interested in making another. And she wondered if we could use a fabric a bit finer than the humble drop cloth and if we could incorporate a bit of lace.

Exterior Trim Adds Amazing Curb Appeal

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Curb Appeal. It’s the appeal your home has from the curb. You know, how nice the place looks to those driving or walking by. While our home is in dire need of some new siding to really up the curb appeal, we did do something really great to our front door this summer. I was given some paint in exchange for trying it and sharing my experience with you. And since I was going to paint the front door I decided I’d paint the trim around the door too so the pics would look nicer. Then my hubby decided to replace the trim with something really cool.

Happy Anniversary

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Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband! 17 years today. It seems like yesterday and yet is seems like we’ve been together forever. I can’t imagine my life without him and I love him so very much! I praise God for bringing us together and keeping us together.

Good-bye Summer

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Summer is ending and it’s time to say Good-bye.

This week I felt fall in the air and saw it in the sky. Yes the weather is still hot and muggy but there is a slight change in the air that says Autumn has arrived. it’s subtle this change – a shift in air movement, the tinge of harvest smell, the color of leaves just beginning to pale and change if you look very closely. The sky’s color and mood change ever so slightly. School is in session. Summer has come to a close.

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