5 Free Tools That Will Make This Year More Productive and Pleasant

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Sometimes you just need a fresh new start. It’s a new year! For me it’s also a new semester at school, and I recently started a new job. As Lucy Maude Montgomery once wrote: “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it!” So many fresh starts. And so many new directions to be pulled. To celebrate, […]

How to Find Cottage Charm in an Old Closet

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My dream home is a cozy little cottage. Instead I live in a 1980’s ranch. Happily, my beloved is very handy, and humors me when I have visions of charming nooks. As you are aware by now, I’m really awful about taking before pictures. In this case, though, even without an image of the very […]

5 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever This Winter

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When I was growing up in the wild winter wonderland that is Wyoming, cabin fever was something you came to expect about this time of year. We became less and less enamored by the snow and cold and longed for the sunshine to peek through the clouds for an hour or two just to reassure […]

Fresh Peanut Butter in Under 10 Minutes

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It was my sister who first introduced me to freshly ground peanut butter many years ago.  I loved the fresh flavor and the texture, but  I didn’t love using the grinding machine at the supermarket.  I ended up just buying whatever was on sale, trying really hard not to glance the list of ingredients so […]

Sweet Feet – Yo Yo Baby Socks

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It’s hard to think of anything cuter than little tiny baby feet, so I can truly say that these embellished socks are one of my favorite projects.  Even better, they are quick and easy to make, especially if you have a jar of fabric yo yos in your supplies! For each pair of socks you will […]

Distressing Buttons in Three Easy Steps

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Have I mentioned that I love buttons?  And ink? Today we’ll explore what happens when two of my favorite things collide. I have a few go-to solutions for projects that need the special touch of a vintage button.  I’ve purchased some magnificent vintage buttons from Etsy shops in the past, and they are some of […]

How to Make Simple Fabric Yo Yos for a Delightfully Vintage Look

Fabric yo yos can make any project feel cozy and vintage.  They are unmistakably handcrafted, and while very simple to make, manage to be impressive.  In the 30s and 40s women sewed them together in quilt-like patterns to make beautiful bedspreads and pillow covers – and even mantle scarves and doilies.  They could be cut […]