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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 …)

indigo dyed napkins

A few of you spotted (and asked about) the blue napkins I used in my table arrangement last week..., this post is all about them. These napkins are actually antique linen napkins from my Oma.  They look quite lovely in the picture below, but they were actually a very yellowy-cream that I never cared for... The color was so off that I never used them.  I always went to prettier white  (read more …)

how to make a ruffled bedskirt (with a no sew option)

I had several questions on how to make the ruffled bedskirt I had on the antique iron bed frame, so I thought I would make a tutorial. Bed skirts are the kind of thing I've always preferred to make myself.  I feel like most store-bought versions are skimpy on fabric and are rarely exactly the right "drop" or length, so I've opted to make my own for years.  Even before I was sewing with any  (read more …)

the cleaning cart turned kitchen cart…

So, I was trolling craigslist one night and ran a search for "industrial" in the general "for sale" category and I spotted two of these industrial cleaning carts for sale... I closed the listing, dismissing it, and kept clicking around, but those carts stuck in my mind.  There was something about the shape of them...  AND they were dirt cheap.  Cheap enough that it was worth the gamble, even  (read more …)

oak buffet reveal & new matte Tough Coat

Unless you follow me on Instagram, you last saw this piece with the top stripped and one coat of paint.  It's in the "ugly stage" - the stage when you want to drop it on the curb and let someone else look at it.  But, that would be a mistake. It may not look like it at this point, but this buffet is almost there. The graining on the top was so beautiful and I didn't want to hide it with paint  (read more …)