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  I was browsing through my Pinterest looking for a project idea and came across a pin from a couple years back of a doily hanging lamp. I was totally in love with- (I tried to link to it and unfortunately the link no longer works) but I love the shadows it created on the wall. I am in my office late at night writing so I wanted to give it a go and try to make one! But there…

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Running out of time, money and ideas? Most of the items needed to make these projects can be purchased inexpensively with a quick trip to the Dollar Store or Walmart.     Our Best Bites Photos copied onto vellum on Dollar Store Vases Hoosier Homemade Plastic tubes (or even clear plastic Christmas ornaments) and fixings for Hot Cocoa Instructables Chocolate Melting Treats on thrift store or plastic spoons Pizzazzerie Pick a theme color with a plastic drink cup from the…

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So what do you get someone who has everything? How about something that is personalized and filled with family memories. Something that can be added to each year as children grow. These are not just fun for the holiday how cute would it be for a wedding or for a special anniversary and wouldn’t Grandma and Grandpa love one of these or maybe make one and add your child’s school picture each year. They are really easy to make I…

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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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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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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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When I revamped my office I knew I wanted to come up with a replacement for my old cork bulletin boards.  I needed something flexible enough to hang notes, pictures, lists and inspirational sayings and that they could be changed out and moved around easily. I didn't want anything that used push pins because the pins poke holes and tiny holes in anything drives me crazy. For the board in this tutorial I used a ready made frame but the…

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