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double-welting tutorial

Well, it only took six months, but I finally finished the "deconstructed chair"!  If you think I always plow through my to-do list and nothing languishes, well, the fact this took me six months should make you feel better.  There are times when I drag my feet, lack motivation, or I'm simply not in the mood.  And upholstery is something I really need to be in the mood for. So, for those who  (read more …)

farmhouse-style dog bed cover

Earlier this week, I took some time to design and make a dog bed cover for a freelance project.  I've been doing a lot of desk work lately and not a lot of making, so it was nice to get on the floor, cut & stitch, and see flat fabric take some shape. I used an old tablecloth and some mattress ticking, both from my stash, to make the cover that fit over a standard size inexpensive dog bed.  I  (read more …)

DIY window valance

Good evening from New York!  I spent the better part of the day driving through the rolling hills and small towns of PA and NY and even got to stop in at an antique store and eat dinner at an amazing restaurant, so I can't complain. Anyway, earlier this week I worked on a valance for the dormer window in Calvin's room and I thought I would share how to make this simple window treatment... (I'm  (read more …)

30 day watercolor challenge

Hang in there with me while I experience my own personal renaissance!   I am just having such a wonderful time allowing my creativity to spill into other mediums.  This seems to be what happens to me... Music and theatre were always my creative outlet when I was younger, but when I finished college and decided not to pursue a career in performing, I needed a new outlet.  So, I started working on  (read more …)

creating with confidence

I have been watching a lot of video tutorials on painting, sketching, trying to improve my knowledge and skills.  In one that I watched, a famous water color artist (I'm new to this world, so I don't know who he is) said something like, "The thing that most paintings lack is confidence." That comment reached into my creative soul and touched a nerve.   Like he was speaking to me.   It wasn't  (read more …)

artwork for Calvin’s room

I remember a conversation I had with Jeanne Oliver a few years ago.  We were talking about art and the classes she offers through her website.  At the time, she was offering a painting class that was based on copying the work of masters.  I remember not knowing quite how to feel about that...a class that is encouraging a student of art to copy the work of someone else.  Isn't that a no-no? Well,  (read more …)

watercolor herbs

When I get into something, I get into it.  I don't mess around.  If I get into a TV show, I will binge watch.  And, yes, sometimes I get impatient and read the synopsis for episodes ahead of where I am, so the suspense won't be so intense and I can go to sleep at a reasonable hour.  This is one reason why I don't read very often, although I love reading.  I just get engrossed and  (read more …)

how tidy are your drawers?

Some of you have noticed and commented on the fact that I paint pieces while the drawers are still inside their recesses/cubbies.  (Drawer holes?)  And yes, I do leave the drawers in when I paint and I wanted to share the method to my madness. The habit of leaving the drawers in started due to a lack of space.  When I worked out of my house, every square foot needed to be used strategically and I  (read more …)