Category Archives: Tutorial

Holey Socks

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to complete the many unfinished projects in my sewing room. For some time whenever I came across a sock with a hole in it I tossed in in a to-be-mended box. From the … Continue reading

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Upcycled T-Shirt

I stopped by a church in the closing hour of their rummage sale. All merchandise was drastically marked down in price. This tee-shirt with a bird graphic was just 50¢. As you probably know by now I like pretty much … Continue reading

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Cake Decorating Lesson- Borders

A few weeks ago, commenter Lili asked how to do make some of the borders on the cakes I featured. I found some instructions on-line that should be helpful. One of the borders she asked about I couldn’t find … Continue reading


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Tutorial: how to change a doorbell

 Little by little I’m adding personal and decorative touches to my 1978 Rambler. Over the years, the house has been occupied by at least two families, even so, in a lot of areas it retains that generic builder’s grade look.  White … Continue reading

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What Martha taught me

or “you learn something new everyday” I was reading a back issue of Martha Stewart Living; in the Ask Martha column she answered a question about cleaning doormats. She said you should vacuum both sides, even if you have rubber-backed mats. … Continue reading

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Hand Crafter Padded Hangers

 I have hangers to match every garment I make. I usually purchase my wood hangers 4/$ at Dollar-a-rama sales but happily I picked up 11 for 98¢ at St. Vincent de Paul. Around the same time, at Goodwill,  I came across  2 … Continue reading

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Lamp Rewire Tutorial

This is my father. (I don’t have very many family pictures, so this 1980ish one is the most recent I have.) He was an electrician by trade. Early in life I learned basic wiring skills from him. So when I … Continue reading

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Sweater Repair

Last Thursday I showed you the Land’s End sweater I bought at Value Village for $8. The one that Land’s Endsells for $79.99. I guess I was dazzled and overcome with excitement when I found it. I DID look it over … Continue reading

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