I think as I’ve entered the blog world, I have felt this internal pressure to want to post the amazing things.  The room make-over reveals, the furniture makeovers, amazing costumes or original design.  And while those things are fun and amazing and get the wow effect, I never want to belittle the small things that come together and make the …

For his birthday my history-loving son had one main request; a new British Revolutionary costume.  If you will remember, I made one for him at Christmas, but this time, he wanted to rank higher, he wanted to be a general, and have all the decoration that came along with it.  As he studied history books, he became acquainted with what …

As the story goes, a boy worked hard all summer, doing jobs around the yard for his dad. He saved his hard earned money for those three sun-adorned months, and at the start of fall was rewarded by a trip to the store, where he would spend the fruit of his labor. The boy picked out some Star Wars Legos, …

If you’re one who follows other blogs out there, you know I am way behind on getting my fall décor post up.  The funny thing is, I keep reading, ‘it’s not really fall yet, but…’, and here in Alaska, we’re in full blown fall, and mostly likely by the end of the week, the trees will be mostly bare, the ground gold, …

I’ve gotten some questions from friends and readers about reupholstery.  Usually, if one person is asking, there are more in the crowd who have the same question, but for many reasons won’t voice it (I’m usually the latter person).  So I wanted to take a moment to answer some questions if you’re thinking about digging into a very fun way …

I am always on the lookout for French style furniture to makeover.  In particular French chairs or settees.  I have also come to discover, I enjoy reupholstering even more than painting.  I’ve been looking for a pair of French chairs for over two years, but, I’m telling you, in Alaska they are very hard to come by (for $100 a pair or …

The morning the two towers fell, I was in my dorm room. The dorm I lived in was relatively quiet, but as I approached the doors to the lobby, it was apparent something was dramatically different that morning. Girls were sitting in the lobby, the television was broadcasting news. It took a moment for my mind to register the reality of …

When I married my husband eleven years ago, I moved into the house he had been living in for the two years prior.  It was his grandmother’s guest house, and it is our joke, that she furnished and decorated it with all the leftover stuff she no longer liked.  It was like a living museum of the 70s.  A brown furry …

One of my all time favorite things about sewing is making something unique, something special, that no one else has.  Something that has to be thoughtfully and carefully created to be the most perfect gift in the world.  I love giving thoughtful gifts, reading someone, and making that thing that will make them all giddy on the inside (or cry) …

(This is the story of the first chair I painted and reupholstered two years ago.  Because, well, we all have to start somewhere, and why not share with you the beginnings of the process?) Once upon a time there was a chair. It was used, abused, and forsaken. Renters had little respect for anything in the house, including this little …