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Good morning, from my coffee cup and me.  This is the same coffee cup that, less than three minutes after this picture was taken, dribbled coffee down the front of my new white shirt.  I’ve spritzed it with OxyClean and am crossing my fingers. Note to self: next time you sew a white shirt, don’t […]

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Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Midafternoon snack, anyone? This recipe combines the ease of microwave popcorn, with the wholesome ingredients of stovetop popcorn. The kernels pop up fluffy and crunchy, with just a hint of buttery flavor.  I love to make this in the evenings, when I’m trying to avoid eating anything too calorie-laden, or in the afternoon, when I […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful

My Underwood typewriter circa 1905.  It no longer works, but it is the most often photographed (and heaviest!) piece of home decor we own. Mechanical pencils. Afternoons that are warm enough to spend on the front steps, eating pretzels and drinking root beer with the boys, after the school bus comes. Buttons: making them, hosting […]

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Summer Blouse, take two (well, actually, three)

Remember my first try at the Weekend Sewing Summer Blouse?  I like it ok, but it sort of reminds me of scrubs.  Not sure why.  Anyway, I futzed around with the pattern this weekend, adding an inch here and removing an inch there, sewing up a sleeveless version, and rejecting it because it fit awfully […]

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The Big Button Challenge

How many ways can you use a handcrafted button? As you can see, I’ve come up with a few ways over the last couple of years.  Now it’s your turn – and there’s a prize involved.  Interested? I have invited a diverse group of five people with talent in knitting, crocheting, sewing, and general craftiness […]

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Mother Nature’s sense of humor

Happy First Day of Spring!  We awoke to this.  Hardly spring-like.  It was all gone by 10am, but still… Snow?  Really?  That Mother Nature is such a kidder, eh? I’m gearing up for a challenging weekend around here.  I stopped being feverish and miserable from my flu a few weeks ago, but I still haven’t […]

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More weekend sewing

I made the Weekend Sewing shirt today, using a thrifted sheet.  And I am fairly sure I chose poorly, when it came to size.  It came out entirely too wide, and the sleeves were too long.  Strangely, though, I thought the shirt itself could have used another few inches of length. I was really not […]

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