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Meet Tommy the Tomato

Meet Tommy the Tomato

It's National Sewing Month, a perfect time to celebrate the tomato pincushion. I can only imagine the percentage of needle and thread enthusiasts in America that have a tomato in their home. I have a few!!It's always fun to hear stories of an heirloom tomato, LOL, not...

I love to learn! Do you? Courses launching soon!

I love to learn! Do you? Courses launching soon!

A Thimbleful of Knowledge is the theme for the September chapter of Vintage Notions. Mary Brooks Picken’s advice that appreciation is the key to knowledge is something I have embraced wholeheartedly with my new venture into online teaching! Learning brings me joy, and...

A is For Applique

A is For Applique

Applique is one of my favorite textile techniques to collect. From  butterflies to Sun Bonnet Sues, there are so many charming designs. Each with unique fabrics assembled into a puzzle of various pieces and prints. In my Vintage Made Modern Facebook Group live last...

Textile Treasures & Upcycled Fashion!

Textile Treasures & Upcycled Fashion!

What fun it can be to discover delightful fabric, notions, and handmade textiles. Petoskey, Michigan offers one of my favorite shows in a great venue near the shores of gorgeous Lake Michigan! I have attended the show many times over the years and met fellow vintage...

Easy DIY Inspiration for Easter

Easy DIY Inspiration for Easter

I had so much fun sharing Easter treasures from my collection last week! Watch this video to see vintage eggs and postcard art to craft for gifts or decor. See handmade bunnies with pearl button eyes and ideas for creating cards and tags with holiday printable art I...

Amelia Earhart’s Sewing Box!

Amelia Earhart’s Sewing Box!

Did you know Amelia Earhart always took her sewing box with her on long flights? I didn't either until I read this the article, What Women Can Do for Aviation in the May 1930 issue of NEEDLECRAFT, the Magazine of Home Arts. Upon further research, I recently learned...

Nelly Don: A Kansas City Entrepreneur

Nelly Don: A Kansas City Entrepreneur

With the International Quilt Market trade show coming to Kansas City next week, I've been immersing myself in Kansas City history as much as possible lately so that I can share fun places for visitors to see while they're here! I'm sharing all my pictures and...

A Vintage Christmas – Spool Ornaments

A Vintage Christmas – Spool Ornaments

Spool crafts are not a new thing, but they're the very essence of Vintage Made Modern. They're just as much fun to craft with today as they were a hundred years ago! The best thing about them is that they're at the heart of being a maker - using what we have on...

Vintage Made Modern – Fabriflair!

Vintage Made Modern – Fabriflair!

Fabriflair™ is a new brand I created for Indygo Junction. It falls into my focus of products that are "Vintage Made Modern”. Here a little bit of the story behind the brand. This is the inspiration that started the process- a vintage star made with feed...

A Quilted Jacket with a Story to Tell

A Quilted Jacket with a Story to Tell

Recently I had the honor of chatting with Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast on Creative Talk Network. You can listen to Episode 323 here. We had a good time chatting about how I came up with our Fabriflair™ kits, and our new line of...

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