Tag Archives: My Muse Mary


Crossroads Embroidery: Back Stitch

Welcome to the fourth video in the Crossroads Embroidery Series. During the remaining videos in this series, we will be learning some basic embroidery stitches and I will be sharing a FREE embroidery design with each tutorial. Last time, we learned the Cross Stitch and today I’m excited to teach you the Back Stitch. In […]


Vintage Notions Monthly Club

Last year I launched my new Vintage Notions Monthly magazine. This magazine allowed me to share more of the material that inspired my book Vintage Notions. It brings to life more of Mary Brooks Picken’s writing and wisdom as well as the lessons the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Mary & her students […]

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Vintage Notions Monthly!

It’s here – Vintage Notions Monthly! Thank you again for being a part of the launch! we am extremely excited to offer my Vintage Notions Monthly magazine to you. Here is the launch special you’ve been waiting for! Vintage Notions Monthly (print versions): Buy both Issues 1 & 2 for limited time and receive Issue […]


New Fabric Line! Vintage Made Modern

Recently in my Quilt Market recap post I gave you a sneak peek of my new line with RJR Fabrics, the Vintage Made Modern Centennial Celebration. Today I want to share with you the story behind the collection. In 2010 I published my book Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion, and […]


Live Your Life and Forget Your Age

WHEN ARE WE OLD? I remember when I was a little girl, I used to think that anyone my mom’s age or older was old. This included my school teacher, the mailman, baseball players, sales clerks, etc.  I now have an 12 year old daughter and I am sure she sees me as old! But […]


Needle Minded New Yorker Gift Ideas

While preparing for Christmas, I came across a series called the Needle-Minded New Yorker written by my muse Mary Brooks Picken in Home Arts Needlecraft.  Mary, of course, has some great ideas for those hard-to-buy-for family members including baby and Grandma and Grandpa. Well, maybe not so great. I have never thought about cross-stitching a […]

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