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Unraveling the Mysteries of Vintage Dresses

Unraveling the Mysteries of Vintage Dresses

Vintage fashion and styles have always held a fascination for me.   Looking through old catalogs and magazines and seeing the beautiful clothing that women wore years ago is one of my favorite rainy day pastimes and I love sewing and recreating those fashions for myself. […]

This ain’t your grandma’s washboard… Well okay, maybe it is.

This ain’t your grandma’s washboard… Well okay, maybe it is.

Many items once used in the home have been replaced with the invention of better, more useful devices. Grinding food with a manual food grinder has given way to the electric food processor.  Cassette tapes and tape players take up an awful lot of space, especially when […]

Inspiring & Stylish Easter Table Decor

Inspiring & Stylish Easter Table Decor

Easter is on April 21st this year.  It has always been one of my favorite holidays for many reasons, and I love the traditions that go along with it. My family will enjoy a meal of baked ham, Austrian potato salad, green beans, rolls and […]

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Sometimes, you just need a little something sweet. These little shortbread cookies fit the bill perfectly. They are simple to make and are so tasty too! If you don’t have Lavender on hand, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil or even Oregano would be a fine substitute. The […]

Decorating on a Budget

Decorating on a Budget

My grandmother was a wiz at making beautiful flower arrangements.  She would forage for items in her yard (sometimes the neighbor’s yard) and effortlessly make a vase of branches and weeds look like something that came from a high-end florist.  People loved receiving one of […]

A whole new world opens up for you when you can sew!

A whole new world opens up for you when you can sew!

Sewing is a skill that I wish everyone had in their back pocket.  When you know how to sew, the possibilities are almost endless.  For instance, when you can sew- you’re no longer limited to the curtains available for sale at your local store; don’t […]

Easy, Free Decorating Hack

Easy, Free Decorating Hack

You know all of those books you have around the house?  Yeah, the ones you rarely read.  Well, don’t just let them sit on your shelves taking up space and collecting dust, use those babies for home decorating! I love using books to give height, […]

Sandwiching a Quilt

Sandwiching a Quilt

There is nothing like a handmade quilt. Especially if it was made just for you! My great grandmother was a beautiful quilter and made quilts for almost everyone in our family. We are lucky to still have several of the quilts she made for us […]

Vanilla Bean Cantaloupe Jam

Vanilla Bean Cantaloupe Jam

Are your gardens starting to produce? I love this time of year when all of the hard work that goes into planting a garden starts paying off and we are rewarded with an abundance of vegetables, herbs, and fruits.Eating produce fresh from your garden is […]