How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

This post was sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page.

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I have admired this Dresden Plate design for quite some time. My friend and I first spotted it at the huge Quilt Expo a couple of years ago. The design template and directions are an easy to use kit from Nancy’s Notions. I was very excited to have a chance to work with Nancy’s Notions on this project, since they are located in my home town here in Wisconsin.

The Dresden Plate kit comes with a plastic template and instruction booklet. You can make any one of a dozen or so different styles by adding different fabrics and sewing variations. I decided to make a pillow version with some patriotic inspired fabrics. The original Dresden Plate design is for a table top decoration, but I decided I would get more use out of a pillow than a table topper. I also decided that larger was better in this case, I used the full size of the template for this project.

Dresden Plate Pillow Supplies:

•3 coordinating cotton fabrics of patriotic design, about 1/2 yard of each red and white strip, blue chambray and navy blue with stars

•Matching Thread, heavy duty

•Poly-fiberfill stuffing, or an old bed pillow

•Quilting Ruler, Cutting Mat and rotary cutter

•Sewing machine


•Spray Starch

•Iron on patch in a dark color

•Sewing needle and thread

•Fabric pen or marker

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The red and white Yoyo in the center of this pillow gives it a fun dash of Patriotic color. I can see myself taking the pillow along with my favorite blanket to those summer concerts in the park or to see the fireworks!

Here’s the entire process in a quick video!


  1. Iron each fabric to remove wrinkles, matching selvedges and raw edges. Spray with spray starch as you iron to keep the fabric crisp. The starch helps keep the bias cuts from stretching while you are cutting and sewing.
  2. Place the fabric fold edge close to you on a large cutting mat. Measure a 12″ inch strip and cut with a quilting ruler and rotary cutter. Cut 2 strips from each of two fabrics for the pillow top.
  3. Line up the fabric strips on the horizontal. Place the template on the strip, mark the fabric with a fabric pen and cut out with the rotary cutter. This goes faster if you layer your fabric strips. Cut a total of 6 chambray blue and 6 navy blue pieces. For dark printed fabrics it’s easier to mark and cut on the wrong side so you can see your cutting lines.
  4. Cut a 7″ circle in contrasting red and white stripe fabric. (I used a plate to draw my circle).
  5. Lay out the Dresden Plate pieces on the table to view the finished look before sewing.
  6. Sew the pieces together with a stitch length of 2.5 on your sewing machine.
  7. Press seams. Cut a 3″ circle of the iron on patch material and fuse it to the center of the design with the iron. The patch should cover the hole completely. You can also cut a fabric piece for this, but I decided that using a fusible patch was easiest.
  8. Hand stitch a 1/4″ turned seam on the edge of the red and white fabric circle. Using the thread tails, pull up the threads to gather the edges and create the Yoyo circle. Tie off threads and clip ends. Slip stitch in place over the iron on patch.
  9. Place pillow top right side up on red and white contrasting fabric, cut around all edges to make the back of the pillow.
  10. Pin pillow front and back together with WRONG sides together. Stitch around outside edge with a blanket stitch or zigzag stitch. (I like the home spun look this gives the pillow.) Leave a 6-8″ opening to insert the stuffing.
  11. Stuff the pillow with poly fiberfill stuffing. If you are using an old bed pillow, cut away the pillow casing. Pull apart used fiberfill and fluff. Then insert the used fiberfill into the new pillow. Be sure to stuff all the “petal edges” around the pillow.
  12. Slip the opening back under the sewing machine foot and sew closed with the same stitch as before.

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The back of the pillow is also red and white stripe. I forgot to take photos of that. Oh, well. More tomorrow! Thanks to Nancy’s Notions for sponsoring this post!

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Wrought Iron Chairs, Easy Update

These wrought iron chairs are in my garden. In the mornings I sit outside in them, drink my coffee and dream of flamingoes. This post is sponsored by Decor Art. I was compensated in some way for writing this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

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These Wrought Iron Chairs came to me from a friend. I loved their unique shape and character. Classic design like this never goes out of style. The cushions needed a new look and I decided to update the look of the entire chair to match them.

The chairs were in good condition overall, I was anxious to give them more color and a more modern look. The first step was to remove the fabric seat cushions, they were held on with just a few screws. Then the chairs were ready for painting.

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Americana Decor® Curb Appeal™Paint — Harbor Blue — ADCA15

•Small roller

•Paint Brush

•2 yards of indoor/outdoor flamingo fabric (JoAnn Fabrics)

•staple gun


1. I used a small roller to apply the paint. The product I used was American Decor Curb Appeal Paint in Harbor Blue. The roller worked the best to cover the narrow surface area, then I touched up any additional bare spots with a small paint brush. The chairs really only needed one coat, but I gave it two coats for extra durability.

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2. I couldn’t find a vintage table that I liked to go with the chairs, so I purchased a new cafe table instead. The table legs and parts were painted black right out of the box, and I decided to cover them with the same Harbor Blue paint to match the chairs.

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3. To cover the seats, I purchased 1 yard of 58″ wide indoor/outdoor fabric. I placed the seat cushions upside down on the wrong side of the fabric, then trimmed the fabric to 4″ around the cushion to have plenty of extra for stapling.

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4. Using a regular staple gun, the fabric was wrapped around the cushion and stapled in place. It’s easiest to work with opposite sides to get a snug fit. By pulling the fabric snugly over top and bottom edges, they were stapled in place on the wrong side. It was easy to repeat the process on right and left sides. The corners required a bit of fabric folding to fit tightly around them. Extra fabric was trimmed 1″ away from the staples.

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5. The seat cushions were screwed back on to the chairs as before. I did have to recover one seat twice because the pattern in the fabric was upside down. Be sure to check the placement of your fabric before you staple! It was easy to remove the staples and reposition it. The Harbor Blue color looks amazing with the colors in the fabric. Just love those pink flamingos!

This was an easy project to finish in just one weekend. The chairs are now out in the garden and I sit outside and enjoy them every day!

Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!
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Tip: By painting mismatched furniture pieces the same color, they look like they always belonged together. Look for classic styled pieces that are well constructed.

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How to Pair Wine with Food

Wine is a great choice for entertaining, here are some tips on pairing the perfect wine with everyday foods. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a commission at no additional charge to you. Any opinions given are completely my own.How to Pair Wine with Food|Designers Sweet Spot|

Choosing the Perfect Wine

We are occasional wine drinkers. I find that having a bottle or two in the pantry is an easy way to be prepared for last minute guests and dinner parties. It’s also a treat to share a glass with my husband on Saturday night after the kids are asleep. It’s called BALANCE.


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Years ago we visited the California wine country. It was so beautiful, I would highly recommend it if you haven’t been there. We visited a boutique winery, small but known for it’s incredible red wines. I had never been to a winery before, but I was hooked after that first experience. After the tour and the tasting, we signed up for their monthly wine club. For several years we had incredible wines delivered to our door every month. It was as if we were on vacation each time we drank that wine. We loved it. Unfortunately, this winery is now out of business, and we haven’t been in a wine club since.

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The Wine Club Solution

Although we occasionally purchase grocery store wine, we never seem to have the right wine for the food we are serving. If we have red wine in the house, I’ll be making chicken. Or if we have white wine, our menu includes spaghetti. Usually we end up running to the store to find what we need because we don’t have it.

I dream of having a small wine cellar some day. I like the idea of having wine for any meal or occasion on hand. This photo above is not a small cellar, but it is stunning is it not? Wow!

We recently became a distributor for the Direct Cellars Wine Club and we couldn’t be happier! We are getting 4 bottles of premium boutique wine (2 red and 2 white) shipped to us each month. The cellar will be slowly growing! I will be sharing more specific details soon!

Here’s how it works: With this Direct Cellars Wine Club we will get our monthly wine shipments for FREE when 3 other people sign up for the Wine Club membership. Isn’t that amazing?


Who doesn’t love free wine??? You can be a club member and enjoy big discounts on your wine or become a distributor and earn larger commissions PLUS get get discounts on wines you purchase. DID I MENTION YOU CAN EARN FREE WINE? Right now, you can even get an additional free 3 day vacation for signing up!

You can read more about it through my affiliate link here.


Here are some ideas for what to serve with your FREE WINE.

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How to Choose Your Wines

There are a few basic rules to remember when choosing wines. First, red wine is usually served with red meat.


White wines are usually served with seafood, or poultry.


The temperature of the wine is also a factor in the flavor. Red wines are served room temperature, uncorked for a few minutes before serving so it can “breathe”.

White wines are served cool and crisp. Chill in the refrigerator or in an ice bucket before serving.

Now for the foods: The wine and cheese chart above is a great resource. I printed it for my kitchen so I can have it on hand. Cheeses bring out the flavor of the wine so they make a great combination. For cheese tray directions, read my How to Make a Cheese Tray Post.

Wine, cheese and FRUIT are wonderful together. Fruit balances the cheese and brings out the fruity flavor of the wine. Frozen fruits are a delightful addition to chill your white wine in the glass when serving.

Here are some serving ideas:

Strawberries with Proscecco

Raspberries with Rose

Peaches and Chardonnay

Blackberries with Riesling

Mangos with Moscato

Blueberries with Sauvignon Blanc

Pineapple with Pinot Grigio

Cherries with White Zinfandel

Wines to Serve with Common Foods

Hamburgers: Try Shiraz, Zinfandel or Pinot Noir

Fried Chicken: White wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling or Chenin Blanc

Spaghetti: Reds such as Merlot, Chianti or Valpolicella

Baked Light Flavored Fish (such as sea bass, flounder, sole, or cod): Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc

Sliced Cold Cuts: White Zinfandel, Riesling, Rosé,

Steak or Lamb: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel,
Syrah, Merlot

Desserts: Moscato, Late Harvest, Vouvray,

With a little organization and a Direct Cellars Wine Club membership you can be ready for entertaining, or when you and your hubby have a few minutes to share a bottle. Sign up with my affiliate link to start earning your FREE WINE!


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Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet have always been a favorite at our house. We make them occasionally in large quantities for the entire family. They are great for breakfast, snacks, or even with ice-cream!

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Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles

We love anything chocolate. This month the Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Chocolate and I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of my favorite waffles. These waffles are great for anyone with food issues because they are so basic. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It’s a win, win, win! There are lots of delicious recipes this month in the Recipe Challenge, so be sure to check them all out!

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I like my waffles best made with coconut oil for a rich flavor.  Serve them with hot maple syrup, fresh strawberries and even whip cream (if you can eat it!) on the side.

Here’s how to make a perfect batch!


Guilt Free Chocolate Waffle Recipe

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles


  • 2 cups gluten free baking mix
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Whip cream


  1. •Preheat waffle iron.
  2. •Combine the baking mix, cocoa, salt and baking powder in medium sized bowl.
  3. •Separate eggs. Combine egg yokes with coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  4. •Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine.
  5. •Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form in blender. Fold into batter.
  6. •Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil or butter. Pour in mixture, bake until done.
  7. •Makes 8 chocolate waffles. Waffles may be frozen and reheated in the toaster or served with ice cream.


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Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank. This post is sponsored by Dayspring. I was compensated to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas


Wedding Season is here!

Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago!

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gifts for under $40

The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable!

You can order one here.

The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand.

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Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard to choose which one is the best!

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The cards can be given with a gift, or with money. What a lovely wedding day token! You could even frame one of these cards as a gift! The box of 12 cards costs just $6.99.

Order your wedding cards here.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

My favorite item, was this lovely tray. It just spoke to me. This bible verse is referenced at just about EVERY wedding. What a lovely memento of their special day to have this verse on a tray! The tray would be wonderful for serving drinks or entertaining, on a coffee table, or sitting on a shelf. Neutral colors are great for any type of decor! This tray is just $36.99 on Dayspring.

Get your wedding tray here.

Here are some more popular gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

Wedding Gifts Under $40.00

1. Wooden “love” sign, as described above from Dayspring.

2. Wedding card with cash enclosed. Many couples use cash for downpayment on apartments or for their honeymoon. Cash is always appreciated!

3. Hotel Gift Cards: Great idea for giving a night or weekend away to the happy couple. Perhaps they could even use it on their honeymoon for an extended stay!

4. Crystal Bowls: Probably not as popular as they once were, but glass bowls are lovely for any occasion. We still use those that we got for our wedding so many years ago. They are great for serving salad, pudding, fruit, vegetables and more. I even keep my receipts in a crystal bowl until I file them.

5. Silverware: Most people don’t give real silver anymore because of the price. However, you can find vintage sets quite reasonably. Pickup a set from your local thrift store, pawn shop or antique mall. Polish and it will look like new! It’s not hard to find additional pieces online if you need a larger set.

6. Picnic basket: We love the picnic basket we received as a wedding gift. During the summer we make frequent trips to the park or beach with it in tow. The basket is complete with stainless silverware, non-breakable plates, plastic wine glasses, cork screw, table cloth and napkins, small cutting board and cheese knife. Include a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable gift!

7. Personalized Frame: Every couple wants to frame photos from their special day. I love these Mr. and Mrs. frames from Dayspring.

8. Keepsake Linens: Good quality linens cost a fortune. A set of quality 100 % cotton or bamboo sheets is a lovely gift any couple will adore. Look for deep pocket sheets that have a thread count of at least 500 for the softest hand. Not sure what size to get? Get the King Size, even if they have a queen bed it will be a generous fit. Pillow case sets start for as little as $20.00, often you can find complete sets at discount stores.

9. Bar Ware: A basic set of glass goblets can be used for wine, cocktails or water glasses. Opt for a set for a set of 6 for entertaining. Bonus if two of the glasses are engraved Mr. and Mrs!

10. Family Treasures: This is the perfect opportunity for passing on those family heirlooms that you don’t use anymore. Think silver, crystal, small appliances, wool rugs vintage quilts or furniture items. Most couples will have to make large purchases during their first years together, this can save them money. Also, an heirloom piece makes a new house feel more welcome like home.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

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