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 […]

How to Make Tasty, Healthy Popcorn – Happy National Popcorn Day!

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

Yes, this is the big Travel Case reveal! In the Dinner on the Train Tablescape post the other day, I promised to share what’s inside the travel case.  Are you ready? After reading today’s post title, I’m sure you already know what it is.  Ha! Happy National Popcorn Day! 🙂 Of course, we want popcorn […]

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 […]

Waterfall Panels – A How-To Video

Waterfall Portion of Curtain Panel

During the last four years, people have asked me about the dining room window treatments they see in many of my tablescape pictures.  I made these before I began blogging, so of course I made no pictures as I made these panels.  With no in-process pictures, how can readers understand how to make these? Another […]

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 […]

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 […]

Quick and Easy PINEAPPLE Cutting 101

Pineapple Cutting 101

Pineapple has such a rough coating to remove, doesn’t it?  And, once you get the coating off, the fruit is very slippery!  If you don’t create flat surfaces to cut against, it’s nearly impossible to hang onto. Just as with cutting watermelon (see that video here), I’m sure you have a technique you’ve used for […]

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 […]

Pet Cone Alternative DIY

Pet Cone Alternative DIY

Happy Friday!  I thought maybe a pet DIY and update would be nice for a weekend kick-off – something light to help you if you have a dog. I’d swear (but I try not to), the very day I told you about Our Best Renovation Yet – Winston, that was the day of total jinx.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Step of a Room Redo? The Writing’s on the Wall


What’s the first step you take when redecorating a bedroom?  Usually, new paint is first.  But, I’m all about efficiency and saving time.  If something works, why change it? In this guest room upstairs, the new bedding and window treatment fabrics (you’ll see soon) look fine with the existing color. The color is Livable Green, […]

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 […]

Dinner Napkin Pillow Cover DIY

Joy Pillow Complete

I wrote a blog post for Pillowcubes recently, and it went live on their site yesterday.  You can see the collection of seasonal pillow covers at Pillowcubes here. Today, I have another pillow cover to add to that collection. In case you don’t remember, I ordered the package of 24 dinner napkins last year from […]

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 […]

How to Make a Button Tassel

Completed Tassel

On Friday, I promised to show you this button tassel tutorial today.  To refresh your memory, here’s my pillow with the tassel buttons, one on each side, from my How to Make Your Own Custom Fringe post. The button tassel on this pillow from an antique market inspired my round pillow button tassel. Using Debi […]

Porch Light Fixture DIY

Bug Repel Light Fixture

Porch season might be over for you if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line (wink).  My recent porch changes (Warming Up a Back Porch for Fall and Winter) prepared us for using our porch in these cooler evenings and mornings. I couldn’t wait to share this light DIY with you in case you’re still […]

Burlap Chargers DIY

DIY Aged Burlap Chargers

Remember the green chargers I found on clearance at Michael’s during our beach trip in August?  You saw them for the first time in my Summer to Fall Table of Transition post.  I saved a few to use in their state of green-ness, but I pulled six from the group and gave them a whole […]

Book Print Acorns DIY

Book Print Acorns

Did you enjoy the acorn pillow I shared with you yesterday?  Acorns are so big this year, I have a feeling the craze might blend over into Christmas season – like the Tartan Plaid Craze from last year.  What fun that was! I’ve seen all types of acorns this year.  Have you noticed all the […]

Acorn Pillow DIY

Acorn Pillow DIY

I’m so excited to finally reveal today’s acorn pillow.  I designed the sweater pillow cover for two guest post tutorials over at PillowCubes, my favorite pillow insert source. I love how this little coloring book acorn turned out, and with the family quote and the tassel stem, I can get past the orange color among […]