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Making a Sewing Machine Table

We found this Singer sewing machine base at an antique mall in Vestavia, Alabama several years ago. We love old things. We used it on our patio porch for several years. We used a rough (not polished) piece of granite as its countertop. Because Neal and I have moved around so much for my career, … Continue reading “Making a Sewing Machine Table”

How to Sew a Burlap Valance with a Ribbon Accent

Valances give color to a room without blocking the natural light. I like being able to make my own valances because I can select the fabric and create my own design. As you know from reading my other blog posts, I LOVE burlap because of its texture and it goes with everything. I also added … Continue reading “How to Sew a Burlap Valance with a Ribbon Accent”

How to Make a Needle Book with an Embroidered Cover

This post shows how to make a needlebook by embroidering the cover and assembling the needlebook. This blog post shows how to freehand embroider flowers, a bee, dragonfly, ladybug, butterfly, basket, and heart. These step-by-step instructions show how to sew the needlebook together using fabric and felt. Making this needlebook combines embroidery and sewing.

Camper Makeover

We purchase a used 2012 Passport Express Super Lite travel trailer by Keystone in January 2017 from Camping World in Anniston, Alabama. I am not sure why I have always had an obsession with campers. Perhaps it is the idea of being able to pack up whatever you need in your “house” and hit the … Continue reading “Camper Makeover”

How to Sew Christmas Pillow Slipcovers

This blog post was originally published in December 2018 and was recently updated. I saw this burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make Christmas pillow slipcovers for my front porch bench. ? I like making slipcovers for various seasons rather than having multiple pillows. It is much easier to store the … Continue reading “How to Sew Christmas Pillow Slipcovers”

Milk Can Makeover

This was a milk can that I found in my Dad’s barn after he passed away. He passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him every day, but I have several special items from his house that remind me of him. This milk can was originally covered in rust and I had it sandblasted, … Continue reading “Milk Can Makeover”

Chalk Painting Our Front Porch Bench

I really enjoy the transformational process that occurs when I chalk paint furniture. We purchased this bench from Grandinroad. It is the perfect size for our porch; however, we changed our minds about the color (black) and decided to chalk paint it so it blended better with our porch. Share This:Follow Life with Neal and … Continue reading “Chalk Painting Our Front Porch Bench”

How to Sew Pillow Slipcovers

I had two faded pillows that I made a few years ago for our front porch. I used outdoor fabric; however, they faded over time. I decided to make spring/summer slipcovers for them. (I am eventually going to make slipcovers for every season. So far, I just have Christmas slipcovers and these floral slipcovers.) The … Continue reading “How to Sew Pillow Slipcovers”

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