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Stop Staring and Start Sewing!
Improving the world one stitch at a time...
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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I received an email from Holly at Chairish.com asking if I'd like to take part in their latest design board challenge and I said "Yes!". Chairish is an online store where you can both buy and sell beautiful items for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I'm in the process of decorating some new shelves and really wanted a pop of turquoise in a couple of spots. I'm also trying to add meaningful items as I spruce things up so these state canvases were the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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We've been going hot and heavy on the home improvement front and are finally putting the finishing touches on some rooms. The dining room is the most recent room to get the final seal of approval from me and that's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Teri, You're welcome! I use glue every day when I'm sewing! It's become one of my best tools and I load up on glue sticks when they're on sale.
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Fredaf, Wonderful! Let me know how it goes for you!
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Helen, honestly I have my iron set on high and press the living daylights out of the coil and I've never had it melt. My iron is an 1800 watt iron so it's almost the hottest iron out there. If you're worried about it melting try ironing it from the side first and pressing it so it "unfolds" from the zipper tape. Good luck and let me know how it works for you!
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Liz, it definitely sounds like that's the problem. Next time make sure you press the coils open really well and then get your needle as close to the coil as possible when sewing. Let me know if that works for you! Good luck!
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I've been sewing like crazy and stocking my stores with all sorts of goodies. I realized I haven't had a sale in my Hipster Haberdasher store for a year and I have so many new things available now! So until... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Yes! I've used it to do my quilting because the space is perfect for it. It worked out great and my machine stayed put the whole time.
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Mary, I didn't paint them. I knew I'd be covering it with a cutting board and other stuff (I may make the other end into an ironing surface), so it didn't matter to me. I think a nice, easy to wipe, coat of paint would be a great idea though.
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I get a lot of questions about how I made my big cutting table and it's so simple you'll be amazed. It's got a big work surface (80" x 60"), oodles of storage, and it goes together quick and easy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Make an easy table square with self binding, or napkins too (anything square!). Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Michele, I really like the ones at JoAnn (with a 50% off coupon!). I actually like mine to stay kind of firm and square but those down ones with the karate chop do look more "high-end" (and they have a good squishy-ness to them). I once found a good down/feather pillow at IKEA in the AS IS section for around 6.00 so that's a great place to look too. :)
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I had a customer request a pillow insert that is 24" x 16" and it's a bit of an oddball size so I don't have one in stock. I looked into it and they're at least 17.00 on average and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Dee, it's never been an issue. I use glue sticks and regular liquid glue in my sewing and I've never had needle problems. The heat setting process dries the glue enough that it's not gummy. Plus it's invisible when it dries and washes out.
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Make a pillow cover with a seriously invisible zipper (and no pins required!). Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I made beautiful slipcovers for my Craigslist parsons chairs.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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The nutshell: 1. I've started a new business and I want you to "like" my facebook page. 2. I'm having a drawing next week from all my facebook "likers" and the winner gets a big box of lemons fresh off... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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After years of wishing and hoping (and a little bit of nagging) I finally have a beautiful nativity scene for my front yard and I love it. I did a lot of searching through clipart sites until I found the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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We have lived in this house for 11 years and up until about a month ago I've never had a shower curtain in my master bathroom (and it's been this depressing brown color for 10 years). I put up with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Hi! I used Tear Away stabilizer so I just removed it after I was done zig -zagging the edges. It's great stuff!
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Yes! I love it! it's so solid and it's easy to make my bed without a footboard there to work around. My daughter just got married and decided to do the same thing for their bed frame (it gives them a lot more storage space and they're in a studio apartment so they need it). Jona Giammalva
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We've had an incredibly busy season here in our family. Last month we had a wedding! Our pretty little Peety grew up and found the man of her dreams. He asked. We said yes. She wanted to wear my vintage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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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!