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Stop Staring and Start Sewing!
Interests: My family (1 wonderful husband and 5 brilliant kids!), sewing, decorating, craft blogs, thrifting, rain, roses, homeschooling, inspiring and encouraging others.
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It's my turn! I'm so happy Abi Long from The Modern Prairie Girl (and Marie Madeline Study) asked me if I'd be part of the blog hop as she introduces her new book Modern Prairie Sewing (published by those great... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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This is the latest craze around here. I can't stop making these bulletin boards. They're cheap, easy and so much cuter than plain cork boards. Here's the one above my new ironing station and it's so convenient and handy when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I finally ditched my old ironing board (gave it to one of my kids actually) and replaced it with something infinitely more practical and sturdy. I do a LOT of ironing with my etsy shop, plus packing, shipping, etc so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I was a little late to the party but apparently I was fashionably late because it's still going on. I jumped into the Nested Churn Dash quilt along and it's been lots of fun. My friend Quiltjane of Want it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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A bunch of designing friends have joined together to help raise money for our dear friend Sandi Henderson and her family as they welcome their beautiful new baby Clara. Please read the post below and go to the site for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I finally splurged on a new machine (the Juki TL-2019Q) and it's the smartest thing I've done in quite awhile. I'll give more details on it in a later post but I'm sure having fun. I made these blocks back... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Here's a quick little tutorial for a pretty little tea towel. I've wanted to share this for awhile but I really hesitated because I couldn't figure out what a tea towel is for. So after I did a little research... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Sarah, we have the mattress, box springs, and two people (sometimes more depending on whether the kids are restless), two cats, and at least one dog in the bed and it doesn't budge an inch. It's more solid than any bed we've ever had. Hope that helps!
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I've been creating a new "ironing station" for my sewing room... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Karry, We left the box spring under the mattresses and it is pretty tall (hubby and I are both around 5' 7" and we wouldn't want it any higher). You could just omit the box spring and have it be an easier height and s till have good support. Or get a cute step stool! Jona
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If you're running short on time, like I was this past weekend, but really want to bring a nice, handmade gift to a baby shower then I've got your solution! This is my go-to gift these days and although it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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My bedroom re-do project has finally tipped into the "mostly finished" category and I couldn't be happier (well, I would be happier if it were in the "done" category but I'll take it...). We finished our headboard and the final... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Thanks Melissa! Right now I'm using the bins on my side for books and blanket storage and my husband is using his side for shoes (he used to keep them under the bed on his side so this work great for him). The dog has tried to go under there but the cats have made it very clear that she is not welcome in their "under-the-bed-club".
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Sorry for the blog gap! We've been incredibly busy around here and tired of being busy too. The winner of the mega box of lemons was Jenny (who has probably worked her way through them already). I loved all the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I know most of the United States are covered with snow and ice right now so I thought, on behalf of it being Valentine's Day and all, that I would box up some fresh sunshine and send it to some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Sorry for the glut of tutorials (not really! I think they're awesome!) but I am still doing a major spruce up here at the house and every little improvement lifts my heart so it's fun to share. I've been making... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Look at these cute boxes! They were plain and boring but I'm determined to start working through my fabric stash this year and this is a great payoff for finally cutting into some of my precious fabric. My daughter uses... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I'm having guests tomorrow. So I'm panicking. I want my guest bath spruced up so I grabbed a couple of cheap, fluffy, white towels at Big Lots (about 3.00 each). A little fabric, a little time, and now they're cute!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I was thrilled when my friend Allison (over here at Within A Quarter Inch) let me know her local quilt shop had been having a contest with my book! At Fran's Sewing Circle (in Wilmington, North Carolina at 5751 Oleander... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I started a project on the 30th of December and we finished it on the 1st of January. I love ringing in the new year with a finished project! Here is a view of our upstairs as it was being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I know I've been sparse this December but that's because I was having fun. I put my little shop on vacation and set up sewing down by the Christmas tree. I made a sweet set of red and white striped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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At least for us it's the mother of all home improvement projects. Until the next one. I started noticing these billy built in projects (named for the BILLY bookcase at IKEA) on Pinterest (follow me here!). Here's one here, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I found a sweet little pattern for a dog coat on the Compulsive Craftiness blog here. Sarah worked up a great pattern for her little dog and was kind enough to share it. Our little Cupcake is a chiweenie (chihuahua/dachshund)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Maybe that's why I love sewing? A few days ago we were sitting around having a regular Norman Rockwell type of family evening with me sewing (finally trying to finish these quilts 2 years later!) and the menfolk tying flies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Stop staring and start sewing!
You're welcome! I hope you get lots of use out of it. :)
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