How to Sew a Professional Finish – Better Than Store-Bought!

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Granted, I buy table-cloths on clearance.  They always are finished around the edges in the same way, no matter where I purchase them.  I should qualify that…anywhere in my  realm of shopping. If you shop at exclusive, high-end stores, there might be better table-cloth edging quality there. 😉 A friend recently asked me to sew […]

How to Add Vintage-y Texture to Your Dresser

Papered Drawer Sides

Did you have a happy Valentine’s Day?  We took a Valentine detour yesterday.  Today, let’s give this refurbished dresser some texture and detailing. The design on the paintable wall paper drew my attention right away.  (Click picture for ordering details.) The minute I saw the vintage detail, I knew exactly where I wanted it for […]

Dresser DIY Sneak Peek on Facebook Live Video

Kitchen With New Dresser DIY

It was mid January when my dresser idea struck.  That was before I wrote the post about How to Dress a Dresser. I didn’t mention a word to you about my plan because I was still dragging the lovely boot around.  I wasn’t sure my idea would actually happen.  You’ll soon read how we got […]

Easiest DIY: Painting Canning Jars

Chalk Painted Canning Jars

Have you seen the painted canning jars on Pinterest?  Have you painted some?  Have you wanted to? Enough questions!  I’ve wanted to paint canning jars since the first time I saw one on Pinterest.  After detailing my canning jars with keys two weeks ago, I decided to change their look.  Burlap and keys aren’t permanently […]

Trash to Treasure Chest – The Before and After

Trash to Treasure Chest

People leave the most remarkable things at the street for trash pick-up! I was following PAM (Painter Artist Mom) along a street a couple of months ago.  She stopped suddenly, got out of her car, and came to my car window. I wondered what was going on… PAM asked if I wanted the chest that […]

How to Transform a Candle Holder With an Old Black Slip

Old Black Slip DIY

You’ve seen this biscuit jar filled with lemons used many times before, usually as a pillar candle holder. The lid was broken years ago by a child who was prone to such things.  (But, all forgiven of course.) With Halloween quickly approaching, a transformation was in store for this biscuit jar.  It involves an old […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #51 – How to Wake Up to the Loveliest Sound of Rain

Garden Mister

It’s true.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of the loveliest light misty rain.  Have you ever heard  misty rain?  I didn’t think so.  I’ll explain as we move through today’s pictures of what’s barely  blooming here in The Land of Making Do.  Hah! Did you notice my lack of What’s Blooming Wednesday […]

How to Make FALL PILLOWS from Thrift Store Shirts

Fall Pillows from Thrifted Shirts and Sweaters

If you were around the last two years, you saw fall home decor made from thrift store sweaters.  Click the images below for posts you’d like to review.     This includes front-button shirts, too. Several years ago, I pulled HH’s pin-point dress shirt from the stack that was headed for donation.  I made a […]

How to Make Butterfly Pleats

Making Butterfly Pleats

If you read my Magnolias on Pink and Gold tablescape post, you saw this fabric used as a table-cloth before starting this project for my friend’s grand-daughter’s bedroom. I hope to get pictures of the treatments after they are hung in the room.  I can’t guarantee that, though. This special friend wanted a set of […]

Curtain Header Buckram Strips in 3 Simple Steps

Two-Finger Euro Pleats

I don’t know about you, but I’ve suddenly realized that it’s nearly impossible to purchase four-inch buckram by the yard.  A couple of years ago, I ran across a partial roll on clearance at Wal-Mart for pennies per yard.  I bought all on the roll and wondered why such a thing would be on deep […]

Easy Iron Cleaning 101 – The Pressing News

Easy Iron Cleaning 101 @

It’s called a soleplate.  That’s right.  It’s the part that gets dirty over time from using spray starch or other pressing products. And sometimes… You press over what you think is fabric…but the material gives you a surprise all its own. Remember these former cushions?  They were brand new in October when I found the […]

3-Step DIY – Covering Outdoor Cushions

Covering Porch Cushions

When I published my Sunflower Yellow Farmhouse Porch, some of you requested a tutorial for covering your cushions with new fabric.  Once you get everything cut out, it doesn’t seem to take that long. With four rockers and two metal chairs, I set up an assembly-line type of situation. Step 1: The Cut-Out Cut away […]

Heart Rag Wreath DIY

Heart Rag Wreath DIY

In yesterday’s tablescape post (Lavender and Lace), you saw this lavender heart rag wreath. These have been all around Pinterest for a while now.  So, it’s nothing new and unique.  But, my process for making it just might be. The thing is…you have to cut lots and lots of little 6-inch strips of fabric or […]

Curtain Fabric Calculator Phone App – Queen Tested and Approved

Curtain Fabric Calculator Phone App - Queen Tested and Approved

I was thinking of running ads on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for a reputable expert to design my new app idea.  Don’t you know how much a phone app to calculate our decorator fabric yardage would be so helpful? I was going to be the star who thought it all up and hired a developer […]

Gathered Bed Skirt DIY

Gathered Bed Skirt DIY

The bedroom I’m redecorating is turning into something rather unexpected.  The four-poster bed from my MIL set the mood for some dressed up decor. While I work on the finishing touches, I wanted to share a tutorial for making a gathered bed skirt. For the base, I use an old bed sheet.  The flat sheet […]

Corded Table Topper DIY

Corded Table Topper

I’m a push-over when it comes to fabric.  I guess maybe you knew that already.  Last week, I shared how I made a Tailored Table Skirt from a remnant and also one from a table-cloth.  I love adding toppers for color and versatility because you can change them easily. This table topper piece was a […]

Bird Box DIY – No Artistry Required

Painted Box Technique

What can you do with a wooden box when you aren’t an artistic painter? The bird scene on this box might look like it was artistically painted, but it wasn’t…it’s an illusion. PAM (Painter Artist Mom) has the painting artistry gene in our family.  With a little help from our friends – paint, wax, stencil, […]

Organize Your 2016 Plan: Schedule Without Stress!

DIY Your 2016 Calendar for a Life Without Stress

In yesterday’s post, I covered the first step for your 2016 plan – setting priorities.  For the second step, we talked about five points to write out as a way of getting clarity for commitments you’ll set for 2016 (thanks to Michael Hyatt at Today, we’ll cover how to plan through  the process – […]

Your 2016 Plan? Prioritize First

2016 Calendar

Did you have a merry Christmas weekend?  We had storms, rain, tornadoes, and hot, humid weather – and more today.  Heat is typical here at Christmas, but tornadoes are not! What was first on your list the day after Christmas?  Did you immediately think of the new year ahead?  Are you making new year’s resolutions?  […]

Fresh for Christmas – Why Not?

Everyday Living Christmas Arrangement

I’ve come across a couple of fresh outdoor arrangements to share with you this week.  I am very intrigued by it all.  Do you make fresh arrangements for your Christmas outdoor decorations? Just look at this fresh arrangement that Butch Richardson (at Everyday Living) makes at their home (his and Pam’s) every year on their […]

Santa’s Beard Table Runners

Santa's Beard Table Runners

I’ve been so excited about decorating for Christmas this year! I made two different sizes of table runners with fringe for Christmas tablescapes.  After finishing, I realized the fringe resembles Santa’s beard.  Remember how I made fringe recently with My Own Fringemaker?  That’s what I used to make this “Santa’s Beard” fringe. Here’s how I […]

Quick 6-Fold Napkin Fleur-De-Lis

Double Place Mats

Am I the only person left in America who never decorated a table using the fleur-de-lis napkin fold before yesterday’s post (De-Stressed Thanksgiving Dining)? Just in case I’m not alone in that, I decided to give a step-by-step tutorial for the fleur-de-lis inside a goblet. Fold #1: Fold the napkin once, corner to corner. Fold […]