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How to Apply Antiquing Wax

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let everyone know I'll be listing a few new items in the online shop Thursday night (July 28) at 8:00 pm EST.  You can see the items that are "coming soon" and a few more will be added tomorrow. I am always in a blue & white mood.  I have to work to step away from that color palette, but sometimes it just needs to be done!  I've been feeling a  (read more …)

A & M cross-stitch patterns & Country Cottage magazine

I finally finished my "P" tea towel I started when I was at the beach.  I'll take pictures as soon as I hire the "embroidery hoop ring" out of it!  I've had grand plans to get all sorts of cross-stitching done, but I just haven't had the time.  I hope to get back to it, though!  I had a milk paint workshop today and even mentioned the idea of having a "stitching circle" workshop where I would  (read more …)

yardage for upholstery

When I share upholstery projects here on the blog, I'm often asked about yardage, so I thought I would share how many yards of fabric you need for certain upholstery projects. Before I give those estimates, I'll say that there are ways you can save on yardage.  Every detail added means more fabric.  Piping, pleating, tufting, and ruffles all add yardage, so you can cut those out if you're on a  (read more …)

second landscape dresser | part one

Do you remember our first landscape dresser?  In case you don't (or perhaps you missed it or you're just joining us), here is a refresher... It was a collaboration between Kriste and I.  After working on it, along with the murals and other hand painted landscape elements we used in our booth for the Lucketts Spring Market, I felt inspired to do more.  I even bought a couple of canvases, which  (read more …)

cross-stitch patterns | B & I

Before I get to the cross-stitch patterns, I wanted to share that I actually scheduled some milk paint workshops at the studio!  I get asked about it a lot, so I finally pinned myself down and put some on the calendar. Friday, July 15, 2016, is a Milk Paint 101 Workshop from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.  In the past, my 101 workshops have been learning to use the products on sample boards, but I've mixed  (read more …)

simple pillow tutorial (with piping)

I've shared a few pillow tutorials on my blog over the years, but it's been a while, so I decided to take some pictures as I was making a couple of pillows today. Since I shuffled things around in my family room a few months ago, I've needed (well, wanted) to make a couple of pillows.  I finally got the push I needed when a sweet reader sent me a beautiful antique woven coverlet.  I just about  (read more …)

cross-stitching on linen

I have fallen in love with an old-school craft...cross-stitching. I know it has a reputation for being dated, but that has a lot more to do with the patterns and the cross-stitch kits available than it does the craft itself. So, this renewed interest in needlework came about when I noticed that my favorite antique textiles were those that were monogrammed.  And then I noticed that most of those  (read more …)

soda crate + dress form display

When it comes to creative display ideas, I try to "keep my head down" or "keep my blinders on" to some extent, so that my ideas aren't too heavily influenced by trends or other creatives. But, sometimes I feel a little stuck in a rut and I need to cruise for some fresh inspiration. It's definitely a fine tightrope to walk! As I was getting ready for Lucketts, though, I needed some fresh  (read more …)