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Monday, April 27, 2015

Creating Covered Buttons and Other Delights with Vintage Fabric Scraps

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am now smack dab in the middle of finals week in school.

Last week as I rearranged my office/sewing area I found myself looking at some wee bits of leftover fabric from the aprons I had recently made. I just couldn’t bear to toss the cheerful scraps into the bin.

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They are quite easy to make. I myself have a large collection of vintage metal button covers but you can also find them at Joann’s and other fabric shops. You simply cut a small circle of fabric out, place the button in the center, work the fabric over the metal “teeth” and then snap the back cover in place.

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The buttons can be used on all sorts of projects like aprons, pillows, bunting and of course clothing.

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One of my favorite blogs, The Linen Garden,  uses scraps likes nobody’s business.

I adore the paving ribbon she creates to wrap around packages and jars.

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I’m off to hit the books. Have a wonderful week.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Illustrated Faith

Are you ready to fall down a beautiful rabbit hole?

If so check out the website Illustrated Faith.

I have to say I was raised to have a healthy respect for the bible. You didn’t throw it around, step on it or drop it in any mud puddles. The good book was held in high esteem. I still remember the first time I witnessed, as a teenager, a bible in which the owner had underlined phrases, highlighted entire paragraphs, and wrote extensive notes in the sidebars.

I was shocked!

But then in my mid 20’s I was attending a church in which the minister proclaimed:

Those that have a clean bible often lead a dirty life.

While those with a dirty bible (writings as described above) usually lead a clean life.

So I began making small notes here and there in one of my many bibles.

But nothing like this:


or even this:

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Of course then I went to Pinterest where I found even more inspiration from other bloggers.

You don’t necessarily have to be an artist. There are all sorts of stencils that can be used…

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…To create beauty.

I am totally captivated by studying a verse intently and making it truly your own through artwork.

It’s really not unlike the amazing Book of Kells that I once talked about HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.


A favorite verse of mine:

“He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.” ~ Exodus 35:35

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bit of Bliss~ Blue and White

Oh my heart! My heart is so full! I am still feeling tremendously blessed from the swift apron sellout that occurred Monday. I have been sneaking in bits of sewing for another collection to be released soon. I am also planning a few one of kind bridal editions for June. #swoony


Is anyone else excited about the new film “Far From The Madding Crowd” to be released May 1st? I can’t wait! You can see the trailer HERE. The star of the film, Carey Mulligan, is also on the cover of Vogue this month. I may have to steal the Fashionista’s copy.

We are back to working out in the garden again. I just love getting to the pretty parts don’t you?

Historic Royal Palaces trowel and fork from Home Goods. They have a crown emblem~ squeal!) Ikea watering can ~thanks Ceekay! Rake head found in trash pile.


May you find your own bits of bliss,


Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Room Challenge…It’s Week WHAT???!!!

It’s week 4 dear friends and this time the ORC is kicking my behind!

It doesn’t matter that our exterior drainage problem has finally been resolved and I can begin cleaning the mud out of my carpets.

It makes no difference that I conquered a major ant infestation.

No one is really interested in the two lengthy compare/contrast art history papers I wrote, the 9 lectures I attended, or the test I aced.

There were also the 6 aprons that were sewn and shipped out earlier this week.

But none of that counts because it didn’t happen in the living room I am making over.


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But let’s talk about what was accomplished in the living room.

I spent 8 hours EIGHT HOURS removing 8 million nails, tacks and dusty upholstery from the antique chairs I found at Round Top. Whoever did the upholstery 100 years ago did a fine job. I did take a few photos of the process but a child of mine erased the images. #let the beatings begin

They were painted with antique white chalk paint, gilded and sealed with clear wax.

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I am keeping the original support system of springs, burlap and some kind of dried moss. It’s actually quite comfortable for being 100 years old. You couldn’t say that about foam.

The chairs are headed to the upholsterers today.

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The mantle also received a paint job. It obviously still needs to be reinstalled. #cant wait

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This next week will have me scrambling to finish the curtains, pillows and other accessorizing.

I think I can, I think I can.



Monday, April 20, 2015

You Like Me! You Really Like Me!

Wow! You guys I am just so humbled and very grateful. You have cleaned the shop out!

But don’t despair, I currently have five aprons cut/laid out that need to be sewn. School is particularly brutal right now but I hope to have another collection of five by next Monday.

Remember, I have boxes and boxes of treasures waiting to be transformed. Good things come to those who wait.

The American Heart Association will be so grateful for your support.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,