Posts filed under: Create

Bringing back the bomber jacket – sort of

Purses. Aren’t they great? No matter what you eat or how you feel, they always fit. And sewing them yourself is especially rewarding because when you carry or wear it, it’s like being a walking billboard for your own art. Last year I made a few purses out of men’s suit jackets. In preparation for......
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Upcycled wool sweater for Florida

It’s been a little while since I wrote and shared a crafting post – if you are a regular reader you know I spent five days in New York City which spurred quite a few posts. I needed to to a break from sharing those stories and get back to creating. I found this beautiful,......
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Learning from failure – what re-styling continues to teach me

My brain is filled with visions of artsy, custom-restyled clothing made from cheap thrift store finds. Too bad the brain doesn’t always communicate effectively with my hands as I am working on a project. But there is always something to learn, even in failures. This blue blouse started out as a size 3X nightshirt from......
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Crafty Daymaker

Less than 1% of the projects I pin on Pinterest actually come to fruition. I think that is pretty typical for pinners. One project I tackled turned out to be a pure joy to giveaway. Yes, I said giveaway. Sure, we crafters give lots of thing away, but this one is really special. It focuses......
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World Quilt Florida – Wow!

In early January, my husband and I drove over to Orlando to attend the World Quilt Florida show put on by Mancuso Show Management. Not too many other men are interested in a quilting event, however, my husband is an artist and photographer and has been toying with creating a photograph quilt. This seemed like......
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Reverse appliqué upcycled dress

In a previous post about my yearlong challenge in 2015 to not buy any new clothes, I showed pictures of this upcycled reverse applique dress.  I had so much fun making this dress, and I am so proud of it that I thought I would expand on the post and give a little explanation of......
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Sale shopping just isn’t the same

My Pinterest board is titled Teaching Myself to Sew and reflects my theme of 2015. At the beginning of last year I challenged myself to not buy any new clothes from a retail store. My only purchases were from thrift stores. The goal was to force myself to learn how to sew new clothes or......
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Making Plans and Goals for the big 5-0

I’m a little more than a month away from my fiftieth birthday. Wow. Nothing like half a century of life to get you thinking about the next half. And yes, I plan to live to 100. As a matter of fact, I plan to ride 100 miles on my 100th birthday. It’s good to have......
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Altered Playing card journal

  So, I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest (again, shocking, I know). They had taken a deck of playing cards and made an art journal and the title was “52 things I love about you”. Fifty-two cards in a deck…get it? As I embarked on my second RAGBRAI, I knew I would have to......
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Shade Tobacco Sticks – art in the making

About the sticks: This item ( the rack) was crafted from Shade Tobacco sticks that were rescued from a tobacco barn in rural north Florida. The sticks were used to hang tobacco leaves in the rafters of the barns during the curing process. Each stick is about 50 inches long, an inch and half wide......
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