No Zipper Pillow Covers

No Zipper Pillow Covers

Do your throw pillows need a refresh? Have those cushions on your front porch faded so much that you can’t see the pattern anymore. Don’t chuck them, just slipcover them. Have you ever had a pillow sham on your bed? Most of them just overlap in the back. That is what I am going to show you. No zipper! It is so simple that you could make one in 15-20 minutes. 


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Wedding Dress Dilemma

Wedding Dress Dilemma

What do you do with your old wedding dress? Like many brides, I had mine cleaned and preserved. It is sealed in a box for the day one of my girls may possibly want it. Yes, it probably will have yellowed but I just couldn’t part with it all those years ago. But that created a problem. I had this giant box that just kept getting moved from place to place. If I would have stored it in the attic, it probably would not have liked the intense heat. It took up too much space in the closets, so what to do? The answer was to “hide it in plain sight” by camouflaging the box and putting it on display.

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Home-Spun Patriotism

Home-Spun Patriotism

It’s Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. It is also a day to show our patriotism by hanging flags outside our homes and decorating with the red, white, and blue. To help you get a festive look, here are a couple of home-spun ideas for your door that don’t take much time or money, that is if you happen to have some scraps on hand.

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No One Will Notice On A Trotting Horse

No One Will Notice On A Trotting Horse

I know that this blog is about home and hospitality. But I am going to stretch that a little to include an aspect of parenting which causes anxiety and distress for some but energizes and brings out the theatrical in others: the school project. There is no need to be intimidated. You are not building something that needs to last, in my case, longer than two hours. Hot glue, paper clips, duct tape, and staples are your friends. It is not going in your home. You are not offering it as a product to sell. So, for all you perfectionists out there, just remember what a friend told me in college as we were working on costumes for The Music Man: “No one will notice on a trotting horse.”

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Simple Steps for Stretching Canvases

Simple Steps for Stretching Canvases

Are there things in your world that are just too mysterious to tackle? I am not talking about the supernatural. I am talking about crafty things and DIY. One of the main purposes of my blog is to empower people and to take the fear out of projects. One said project is canvas stretching. You may ask, “Why in the world would I need to know how to do that?” Well, the fact is that the technique you use to do this job is the same you would use framing textile artwork, making a padded bulletin board, or upholstering seat cushions or headboards.

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The Bed That Keeps-On Giving

The Bed That Keeps-On Giving

In the previous posts you learned about the bench, sign, leg extenders, and cake stands, all using old bed parts. Believe it or not, there was still a little more good material to work with, namely, the straight sections at the bottoms of the bedposts. They had giant mortises in them plus were chewed up.  But there was beauty there so I decided to embrace the imperfect. 

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