Tips for Shopping at Ikea

Shopping at Ikea can be difficult unless you have a plan. I spent months planning and shopping at Ikea for my new home. I made great decisions and had very few returns. The key to a good Ikea shopping experience is having a plan.

A few months ago a friend asked me for some advice about shopping at Ikea. Since I have practically furnished my entire house with Ikea purchases I felt like I had some good advice to share. Later I saw a Facebook post about her Ikea experience. I’m not sure I had prepared her well enough. In…

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Have you heard about Slow Sewing? Taking the time to sew a little something by hand. It’s about pausing with a needle and thread and taking and reflecting on your project. Slow Sewing is about creating with your hands.

The Life-Changing Magic of Slow Sewing

What is the Life-Changing Magic of Slow Sewing? Recently, I read this book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It's a best seller and lots of folks are getting into the KonMari Method of decluttering. Just search "konmari" on Pinterest and you'll understand. For me, I'm not really changed by the book. I keep a fairly tidy home and have brutally decluttered with our ...

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Want an easy DIY Sewing Project made from fat quarters. All you need are a few fat quarters and the ability to sew a straight stitch. sewing | DIY

Things to Make with Fat Quarters + A Giveaway

Fat quarters have to be the most versatile fabrics around. You don't need to be an expert quilter to have fun with fat quarters either. Purses, scarves, plushies, you name it ~ fat quarters are perfect for all sorts of sewing. Below I'm sharing some of my favorite fat quarter projects, plus a few that I've found around the web. And, Fat Quarter Shop is giving away one Fun Happy Home Fat ...

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What do you look for in a Sewing Store? It goes beyond just having a few bolts of fabric on display. It’s more about a feeling than a look. Discover some of the best sewing stores across the country as we travel and visit them one by one. #seasonedhome sewing | fabric | travel

Searching for the Best Sewing Stores: Durango

Friends, Bestie is back with another post as she shop hops around the USA in her RV. This time she's in Durango, Colorado. Hope you enjoy Searching for the Best Sewing Stores: Durango. Take it away, Bestie! Hi Seasoned Homemaker readers, thanks so much for having me back again and thank you so much for the kind comments from my first post. For those who did not see my first post, I am ...

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Want an easy DIY Sewing Project. Learn how to sew simple DIY Zippered Box Pouch. All you need are a few fat quarters and the ability to sew a straight stitch. sewing | DIY

DIY Zippered Box Pouch Tutorial

Who doesn't love a Zippered Box Pouch. They have so many practical uses, especially with back-to-school being right around the corner. Before writing this tutorial I was looking for a box pouch tutorial because I wanted something small to carry around a few hand sewing supplies. Every tutorial I found had exposed seams in the lining. This was never going to work for me because those seams ...

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Want an easy DIY Sewing Project. Learn how to sew simple cloth napkins with mitered corners. Also included are easy steps to add pom pom trim to your dinner napkins. All you need are a few fat quarters and the ability to sew a straight stitch.

DIY Pom Pom Napkins with Mitered Corners

I have a confession. I really love cloth napkins; and, when company comes, I like to pull them out {if I can remember}. They are practical, eco-friendly, and can be totally beautiful. I also think they make a great hostess gift for dinner parties. When Fat Quarter Shop sent me this gorgeous fat quarter bundle called Fun Happy Home by Sew Caroline I knew it would be perfect for a set of DIY ...

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Unwind with What You Love

Happy 4th of July! I don't know about where you live, but here in Central Texas it is stinkin' hot. And, because of all the rain: Snakes (as in a rattlesnake on my neighbor's front porch!) I literally open my door very carefully. In the meantime, I'm not going anywhere and this makes it the perfect time to stay inside and learn something new. And, Craftsy is going to help you (and me) out ...

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Did you know that getting good rest can significantly improve your health? A good night’s sleep is the starting point for resisting germs and viruses, easing stress, and losing weight. My Bedtime Linen Spray is a starting point to getting the rest you need.

Bedtime Linen Spray

Did you know that getting good rest can significantly improve your health? A good night’s sleep is the starting point for resisting germs and viruses, easing stress, and losing weight. And, my Bedtime Linen Spray will help you get the rest you need. I hear from people all the time how they have difficulty sleeping. Usually, the next thing they mention is how they and their family are constantly ...

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Looking for the perfect guide to teach your child to sew? Start with the absolute basics of stitching ~ hand sewing ~ then gradually move on to skills and techniques that allow kids to learn to sew safely and confidently. Teaching sewing can be fun. Teaching kids sewing ~ even more fun!

Teach Kids to Sew

For a while I it has been one of my goals to teach kids to sew. Occasionally, I will pick up books on the subject and file it away. Somehow, life gets in the way and I have not quite gotten around to creating a course. I am talking with a small quilt shop about doing some teaching in the future ~ possibly that will include kids, too. For now, I got nuthin' All is not lost. Since I don't ...

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This table runner came about because of a painting I received as a gift. I love the modern geometric design in the painting and was inspired to create this modern quilted table runner. quilting | modern quilts

Modern Quilted Table Runner

This blog post is about so much more than a Modern Quilted Table Runner. Back up a bit....As my parents age, my sisters and I have had to make hard decisions regarding our aging parents. And I mean hard. We basically kidnapped my parents and forced them to move into a senior apartment near one of my sisters. (We're really not cruel people. My mother fell, bled everywhere, and then my Dad stuck ...

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Do you have a 4th of July Parade in your community? Here are some Simple Decorations for 4th of July Bikes, Scooters, & Wagons. Celebrate the 4th of July with fun and whimsey.

4th of July Bikes, Scooters, & Wagons

Do you have a 4th of July Parade in your community? You don't have to spend a ton of time or money to make bikes, scooters, or wagons festive and parade-worthy. Here are some Simple Decorations for 4th of July Bikes, Scooters, & Wagons. Celebrate the 4th of July with fun and whimsey. They are easy to make and use inexpensive craft items. 1. DIY Handlebar Ribbon Tubes for Bikes or ...

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