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A couple years ago I saw one of these fabric covers for a tissue box in a gift shop and immediately went home and created my own pattern. This is my most requested free pattern so I hope you will give one a try for the holidays. There is no stopping me now because I make them for every holiday and since I make most of my own bed coverings and window treatments I can make them to match my…

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Don't you love getting something made just for you! Every year I make everyone some sort of fabric re-usable bag and place inside a handmade gift or two along with a few seasonal favorites like peppermint lip balm and sugar cookie hand lotion. For today's post I gathered together just a "few~of~my~favorite~things" some involve simple sewing and others no-sewing at all! I hope you become inspired to pick one or two to make your holiday gift giving homemade this year.…

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In my dreams my home is new but has lots of the charm of an older home. A new home doesn't requires the maintenance that comes with an older home with cracked sidewalks and settling cracks tracing the walls and the constant vigilance of leaking pipes and broken seals on windows. Not to say that older homes aren't wonderful but just not for me. I want a home that is energy efficient with updated appliances and smooth unrepaired walls and…

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With only a couple weeks to Thanksgiving and eight weeks until Christmas it's time for those who have decided that this is the time to sell, either through necessity or simply because the timing is right for you, to begin thinking about how your house will look during the holidays. Even though everyone is telling you, do not put your home up for sale during the holidays take heart and look on the bright side – there is less competition and…

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I love to sew and I especially love quilting! I wish I had more time to quilt but it is labor intensive and time consuming so for now it’s limited to gifts for new babies, since they are mini and their quilts are a lot less work. A new friend who had never been to my house before stopped over recently commented that she loved all the ways I have added quilts into so many rooms in my home without…

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Quick and Easy Pillow Cover Tutorial ~Using Cloth Napkins and No Zippers! Difficulty *1 (out of 5) Talent needed: Sewing a straight line. Materials: Four Cloth napkins 96" of 1" to 2" wide coordinating ribbon (8 pieces each 12" - four for each pillow slip) Don't you hate storing “stuff” especially holiday décor and pillows take up so much room when all that is really needed is the cover because underneath all pillows are alike, although they may be different…

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Our refrigerator is old. Like 12 years old and since it works perfectly I don’t see the need to replace it. But it looks awful inside. The shelves are glass and they have gotten scratched over time and no matter how much time and effort I put into cleaning them they will never again look new. Then there is the miscellaneous stains and spills that happen and no one notices until they require a blow torch to remove them. I…

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  You know the popular show on HGTV with Chip and Joanna Gaines who take absolutely awful, run down houses in and around Waco, Texas and make them into absolutely beautiful homes. Well since we can’t all move to Waco, buy a run-down house and have them work their magic, I thought I would break down some of the elements that make JoAnna's designs so aesthetically pleasing. While the style is truly eclectic it is still calming and pleasing, making…

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Reclaimed, reused, re-purposed and refurbished are the new buzz words in decorating. I was at an event in Scottsdale called Junk in the Trunk and was blown away by the number of reclaimed items especially windows for sale. I love that they are not ending up in a landfill and that people can be so amazing and creative in the ways to make them into so many things! First off ~ I know I promised the pot by the front…

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I love fall and even though we live in Arizona, my heart and soul remain in the Midwest where I lived for most of my life! September may no longer bring slightly cooler days and the beginning of the change of color on the trees, my internal clock, however, says it is time to make some changes to the décor. I am not ready for the Halloween décor, but pumpkins and mums are a welcome change. The last couple years…

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