the chairs with the ticking skirts

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, buying & selling antiques, Sewing

Sewing slipcovers is not my very favorite thing to do, so I saved these until the very end.  I kept looking at them, debating if I should just upholster them, which would be much faster or if I should push through and sew the slipcovers.  I had a vision for them from the very beginning…ticking slipcovers with ties and ruffled … Read More

Sailrite Sewing Machine Giveaway

Marian ParsonsSewing, upholstery

I have a really, really awesome giveaway today…just so you know. But, let me start from the beginning.  A couple of years ago, I was upholstering a channel back chair and I found the end of my rope with my $150 run-of-the-mill sewing machine.  Don’t get me wrong.  That inexpensive machine has served me so well (and it still does), … Read More

wing chair drop cloth slipcovers

Marian ParsonsMy House, Secret Weapons, Sewing

I try not to get too engrossed in my blog analytics and all of the numbers, but it’s interesting sometimes to check them out…see what’s popular and what is most often pinned.  One trend I’ve noticed is that my readers loved my drop cloth projects.  I still get questions about which ones I use and how I bleached them.  Well, I … Read More

guest room curtains…check

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Guest Room, Sewing

I tend to get a little bit aimless around the holidays.  Those aimless times are when it’s hard to be your own boss.  I have long lists of things I want and need to do, but I don’t have anything pressing.  (Actually, I need to finish my Christmas shopping and that’s getting pretty pressing…)  When I start to feel aimless, … Read More

ottoman slipcover tutorial

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, Sewing, Tutorials

My blog was eerily quiet for a couple of days until I realized there was an error with the comments plugin!  Well, it’s back up a running, so you can talk to me again. Before the Chapel Market, I made a slipcover for an ottoman I found at a second-hand shop and promised a tutorial.  The pictures were soon buried … Read More

grain sack tree skirt

Marian ParsonsHoliday, Sewing

I intended to make a tutorial on how to make the grain sack tree skirt under our family room tree and it started out that way, but things went south about 1/3 of the way through.  It may surprise you (or not) to know that I don’t usually have a plan when I make something.  Not a detailed plan, anyway.  I … Read More

a slip turned into a slip

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, Sewing

I found a pretty antique petticoat a few months ago at an antique store and decided it would make a pretty pillow cover.  I would turn a slip into a pillow slip!  Two, actually. Since the ruffle was only on one side, I made it like a slip-on pillow case instead of a traditional decorative bolster cover.  It worked out … Read More

slipcovered ottoman

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Sewing

Last Friday I was working in the studio on some last minute pieces for the Chapel Market.  I usually leave the sewing projects until everything else is done, mainly because it’s not my favorite thing to do.  I’m just dragging my feet.  I finally pulled out the old ottoman that was waiting for a slipcover and started working on it. … Read More