Make A Stunning Shibori Print Shoulder Bag

Shibori prints are all the rage right now, this easy to make shoulder bag will be the envy of all your friends!

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Shibori Print Should Bag

This Shibori fabric jumped out at me in a fabric store recently. We were on vacation in Colorado and I was spending my free time looking for project inspiration. This beautiful cotton comes from Moda Fabrics, and I must say I am addicted to it! Shibori is a traditional Indian method of folding fabric and dying with indigo dyes. It is stunning in it’s simplicity!

I knew I wanted to make something unique with this fabric, and I finally settled on this adorable shoulder bag. I plan to keep my knitting in it to take to knitting engagements or bring it along in the car in hopes that I may have a bit of free time to knit between appointments. You could just as easily use this draw string bag for a purse, for your gym clothes or to take the beach. I did not add pockets to my version, but you could if you desire.

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Shibori Shoulder Bag Features

The bag features a quilted body, drawstring top, adjustable cotton cording closure, and colorful two tone design. The shoulder straps can be adjusted for any size by sewing additional strips of fabric together.

I have a confession to make, I haven’t actually sewed it yet. I have a sketch, my fabric and a plan. I am sewing the entire project today on FB Live! You won’t want to miss it, 2pm Central time you can watch on my FB page here.

This unique design is not difficult to make and is rather deceiving in it’s simplicity. The link below contains the complete supply list and sewing directions. The pattern (contains affiliate links) is absolutely free for you to download for your personal use.


My blogger friend Emily over at Life Sew Savory is in the middle of a major move right now, and she asked me to share this live sewing tutorial on her Facebook page. This Facebook live guest post video will explain the entire sewing process from start to finish much better than I could in writing! Be sure to check out Emily’s page and her weekly sewing show for more inspiration!

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Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen Pantry Decor: How to maximize space and storage on a budget.  Here’s how to get the most of the pantry you’ve got!

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The Kitchen Pantry is finally done! I am so glad to be able to share this project with you!

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Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen pantry’s are hard to come by these days. Many homes have larger kitchens and the old fashioned pantry harder to find. We happen to be in an old house with a smaller kitchen that has less storage. However, our pantry is HUGE.

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This is what our kitchen looks like. We recently repainted and I love the new aqua color. As you can see we don’t have a ton of cabinet space, but we do have a nice big walk in pantry. Actually, we have two of them.

The first pantry, is a pass through to the other one. It is a very awkward layout, and when we purchased the house we had big ideas of remodeling the entire kitchen. Alas, I don’t think we will ever get around to it. It is a much larger project than we could have anticipated.

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The Walk Through Pantry

This part of the kitchen pantry is what we call the “walk through” pantry. It’s a relatively small space that we use for extra storage off the kitchen. The wall at the back is the actual pantry area. Note: The wall will be removed soon for even more space.

See that green floor? I can’t wait to get rid of it! More on that later.

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These open shelves are mainly used for our Isagenix products, vitamins, shakes and so forth. You can read more about that post here. I have plans for my hubby to build a nice barn door and more shelves for this space. He just doesn’t know it yet. Ha!

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The back kitchen pantry

Around the wall in the back end of the pantry we have more shelves. It’s a bit of a hike from the kitchen to get there, but it’s worth it. We have floor to ceiling shelves for all of our large cooking pans and bulk food storage that doesn’t fit into the few cabinets in the kitchen. In my dreams we would have a wine bar and sink back here.

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The Stenciled Pantry Wall

The stencil is Augusta Tile stencil from The Cutting Edge Stencils. I love the subtle pattern the aqua blue paint makes with the light background color. Our shelves were exactly 12″ apart so it was easy to stencil the wall behind the shelves without having to remove them. I used a foam brush with the stencil for a clean look. Last summer I used the same Augusta Tile stencil for a rustic sign that I made. Read that post here.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with large glass Jars|Designers Sweet Spot| I will have more on how I organized this space soon! The pantry was not this clean when I started!

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The other pantry wall has large wooden shelves that hold my cookbooks, wooden bowls, extra plates, etc. Many of these items I use for staging my food photos, and it’s nice to have a place to keep them nearby so I can grab them when needed.

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And above the entire back pantry, is this huge hole in the ceiling. There used to be a stair case here. The former owners of our home removed the stairs and never repaired the hole. Who does that? This will be our next DIY project, coming soon!

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Blue Painted Vintage Dresser


This Blue Painted Vintage Dresser is an easy DIY project that you can complete in a single weekend. This post is sponsored by Deco Art. I was compensated in some way to write this post, any options given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page.

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Blue Painted Vintage Dresser is a fun DIY project. This dresser had a chippy white finish when I bought it, but I was ready for a new look. This dresser is currently in our guest room, which I also use for my office. I wanted some blue shades to use with my other decor that was blue.

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I chose two beautiful shades of blue from Deco Art who sponsored this post.  By using two colors in layers, it gives the finished piece deep character and old world charm.

This piece was recently featured on the Deco Art Blog.

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Here’s what to do:

Supplies Needed:

•Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Colonial and Serene Blue

•Clear Americana Decor Creme Wax

•American Decor Crackle Medium

•Foam brushes

•Coarse sanding block or putty knife

•Screw driver

•wood filler (if needed)

•decorative glass knobs

Painting Directions

  1. Remove dresser knobs. Lightly sand the surface before painting. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Fill any holes with wood filler.
  2. Use a foam brush to apply Colonial to the entire dresser. (A darker color works best for the first coat to add depth to the paint layers.)
  3. Paint the surface in Serene with a foam brush. (This coat can be light and thin because you are going to be adding more layers.)
  4. Brush Crackle Medium over the entire surface and let it dry completely. Apply the top, and final layer, of Colonial onto the surface. (You can see how the Crackle Medium gives the topcoat an aged appearance.)
  5. Once the paint is dry, distress the entire piece with coarse sandpaper and/or a putty knife. (The easiest places to distress are on curved and raised edges, corners, and around keyholes.) Clean the piece with a clean cloth to remove residue before waxing with Clean Crème Wax. Let dry. Add new knobs.


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How to Hem Jeans

I have a new tutorial for How to Hem Jeans, it’s been one of my most popular sewing posts to date. It’s been featured on several different websites and blogs. Who knew jeans would be such a popular topic?

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I have been blogging for 6 years now. Hard to believe it’s been that long! I have hundreds of posts on this website. I am in the process of refining my brand and developing my future goals. One of the things I am working on is adding video tutorials to some of my old posts.


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You will need your jeans, tailors chalk (or a sharp #2 lead pencil), and a measuring tape or a ruler.

First try on the jeans (after they have been washed and dried), and roll up the hem to the desired length. I know you know how to do this!

Then, take off the jeans, and measure the amount you rolled up. It was 2 1/2″ on these jeans.

Turn the jeans inside out, matching the leg seams and smoothing out the fabric. Because denim is so heavy, you will need to work with one leg at a time. Calculate the amount of fabric to cut off by subtracting 1″ from your orgininal measurement, to compensate for the seam allowance needed for the hem.

I needed to shorten our jeans 2 1/2″, so 2 1/2″-1″= 1 1/2″ for my total.

Measure from the bottom of the pant leg and mark the distance with a piece of tailors chalk or lead pencil. My distance was 4″. Be sure your cutting line is parallel to the bottom of the pant leg.

Keeping the pant leg inside out, put the leg over the arm of the machine, turning back a 1/2″ seam allowance. Conveniently the presser foot is the same width. If you use it as a guide, you will not have to measure and it will save you time. Also, forget the pins. Pins ruin sewing machines, and you will be a much better sewer without them. They do not use pins in professional production because they would completely slow down the process. It’s the difference between sewing like a pro, and sewing like a homemaker. No pins.

Lower the presser foot and begin sewing, but do not start on the thick part of the side seam. Begin either slightly before or after the seam. Most machines will just sew right through the thick seam without a problem if they have a running start. Center your needle in the seam allowance, and continue sewing around the entire pant leg. When you get to the end, over lap the stitching slightly to lock it in place. Trim your threads, and remove the pant leg from the machine.

Here are my best tips and tricks for sewing with denim:

  1. Use a heavy duty needle for denim fabrics. I have broken more sewing machine needles  than I can count by sewing jeans. Denim is by far the heaviest material I ever work with. Recently I noticed you can buy packages of needles just for denim, what a great idea! Pick up a package or two to have on hand when ever you need them.
  2. Always use a new needle for each pair of jeans. Needles get dull very quickly on fabrics like this. It will save you lots of headaches if you use a new, sharp needle each time you sew with denim. It may seem like overkill, but you just have to trust me on this one.
  3. Purchase 100% cotton thread for working on jeans. Thread that is designed for machine quilting works well, it’s strong enough to hold up during sewing on denim. I use black or navy for hemming, you don’t have to match the gold top stitching that most jeans have, in fact I think it looks better if you don’t.
  4. Don’t bother with pressing your jeans. Denim is heavy and hard to work with. After you have hemmed your jeans, wash and dry them as usual. They will look and feel great. The new stitches will blend in with the fabric like they were always there. Besides, pressed jeans are just weird.
  5. Help your friends learn to hem their own jeans, I am sure they will be grateful for your help!

That being said, it’s time for the tutorial! I had fun putting this video together, hope it helps you hem your jeans!



How to Hem Jeans

Lessons from the Arborist

Backyard photo with a Pin Oak tree

Buying a home in an established neighborhood is great because of the mature trees. There are a number of them in the yard and we knew right from the start that they hadn’t been properly maintained in many years.

The various sucker branches growing every which way was our first clue to their lack of maintainence. We decided to call in an arborist for a professional opinion on what to do with the trees. We are so glad we did, little did we know what was growing in our yard!

When we bought the house, we decided to take down a couple of trees in the back yard. Not only were they over grown but they took up the entire space leaving us with a full shade property.
Our lone maple tree would be the first to go (in the back corner of the lot), it was on the property line too close to the neighbors garage and killing all the lawn in its shadows. The biggest problem with this tree, is that is was inhibiting the growth of the other tree in the back yard. We hate the idea of chopping down trees, but with a small yard and awkward location of the tree, it just wasn’t practical to keep it.

The other tree in the back yard which you can see in the photo was some type of maple, however it surprised us the most. It turned out to be a Pin Oak, a rare find in Wisconsin. In addition, this tree is protected by law. We can only trim it at certain times of the year, and removing it is out of the question since it’s a protected species. Who knew? We had no idea. So glad that the arborist really knows his stuff! We will trim the tree in the fall according to law, and hope that it will continue to grow to it’s full potential.cherry blossoms

The other problem was what do with the fruit trees. We have both a cherry and an apple tree in the yard. Unfortunately, they both have been unattended for a long time and reach far, far to close to the neighbors house. They should have been trimmed back long ago, but if we do it now, they should still produce some fruit, we hope! The cherry tree is almost as tall as the house, that’s a long stretch to do some fruit picking! The arborist can reshape the tree so we can still get future growth and fruit from it. Not sure what sort of cherry it is, I sure hope it’s a sweet variety!

North facing apple tree and cherry trees

The apple tree has many dead limbs among it’s blossoms. It also has a “sucker” tree growing up inside it’s trunk. Usually sucker trees are expendable. They grow from the roots of the tree and should be trimmed back to keep the tree growing well. We contemplated cutting it out our selves, but soon thought better of it for fear that it would kill both trees instead. The sucker however, was apparently another apple tree grafted into the middle of the first, so it would produce two different varieties of apples. Apparently this was a popular thing to do in the 1950’s, little did we know!

Unfortunately, the arborist fears the apple tree is already dying, that it’s hollow inside and will not last much longer. It poses a huge liability to us, being between two houses, and we need to remove it. I am dreading cutting it down.

cherry blossoms indoors

The trees are now in full bloom. It breaks my heart to know that we have to trim them, and cut down the apple tree completely. I refused to let the arborist come and trim the trees until we had been able to experience the blossoms at least once. They are so perfect and lovely. I will miss having them outside my living room window.

It was well worth our time and money to hire a professional for this job. Had we tried to do some of this work ourselves, we would have made all sorts of wrong choices. We plan to be here for a long time, so it is worth the investment in hiring a pro. I will post more before and after pics, as he is coming back to begin the trimming this week.

More to come!