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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image. […]

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Embroidery Inspiration + Free Pattern!

Today I want to share with you a post I wrote for Coats and Clarks blog, Sewing Secrets. Be sure to hop over to Sewing Secrets and check out my  other posts! These days you see embroidery everywhere. From Paris to Peoria embroidered garments, bags and accessories are adding a lush, bohemian vibe to fashion. […]

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Quick Holiday Gift Idea

I know we haven’t hit Thanksgiving yet, but for all of us crafters it is never too early to start thinking about and making our holiday gifts. I love the simple idea of using a vintage image to decorate a jar that you can fill with anything festive: candy, cookies, or hot chocolate mix. Use […]

Free Image Friday! My Own Needlebook

I’m glad those kids are excited about sewing, but it seems dangerous to let them fight over a giant sharp needle! Anyway, Happy Free Image Friday, I hope you enjoy this vintage needlebook. Happy Free Image Friday! To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size […]

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Kitchen Couture for the Holidays

I know I am not the only one who will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen over the next few months. Although I will often whip up nightly dinners without an apron, when I start baking or cooking large meals (like Thanksgiving dinner) I need to protect my clothes from my mess. […]

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Thanksgiving Gratitude + FREE Ornament pattern!

  The month of November heralds the beginning of the Holiday Season. It is both exhilarating and exhausting! It is a time of making memories and participating in traditions. For me, it is important to take a moment to take stock of my life and to be grateful for all I have; my family, my […]

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Free Image Friday! Hat Shopping

I so wish that women wore hats these days. They are so chic and the candy colors are fabulous – as is the woman’s bow-ed dress! To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer […]

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Vintage Made Modern: Timeless Toys

There is something special about creating a stuffed toy. You make something with a distinct personality that will enrich someone’s life.  Also, making a stuffed toy requires different sewing skills than we normally use while sewing a quilt or garment. This makes a fun challenge for a sewer looking to learn new techniques. While it […]

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Recycled Style: Stitch a Shopper

Paper or plastic? Neither! If you thought the bring-your-own-bag trend at grocery stores was a recent movement, you may be surprised to learn that some shoppers were loading their own tree-hugging totes as early as 1944. That’s when Mary Brooks Picken published an article in Better Homes and Gardens called Five Paper Saving Carry-Alls, in […]

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Free Image Friday: Polka Dot Shoe

Happy Free Image Friday! Let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with a good black pump – especially if it has polka dots! To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a […]