Teach Kids to Sew

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!

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…

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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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Juki TL2010Q

I Need Your Help on One Quick Thing

Dear Readers, I have a favor to ask. It only takes a minute of your time and won't cost you a dime. (photo source) Have you heard of Massdrop? I wrote about them in a recent newsletter. Basically, someone suggests an idea for something to purchase and creates a Poll. It could basically be anything from electronics to quilting supplies. Things like fabric bundles and the new iWatch are all ...

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Essential Oil Diffusers

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser

Recently, I discussed Important Things to Know About Essential Oils which I hope you will read before continuing with this post. This post is about diffusing Essential Oils and how I took a common diffuser and gave it a little makeover. The DIY Essential Oil Diffuser is less about practical diffusing, and more about making a diffuser blend better with my home's decor. Lets talk about ...

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If you are within 10 years of retirement then Retirement Plans are likely on your mind. I have several tips that will help you plan for imminent retirement. Things like downsizing, vehicle purchases, and retirement income are necessary to your retirement plan.

Warning: Retirement Ahead. Now What?

Warning: Retirement Ahead. Now What? A few months back Mr. SH turned 60 and we have been dwelling on the topic of retirement. Actually, Bestie and I have been agonizing over this topic forever. Questions like: Are we ready? How much will we need? What if we live to be 100 years old? A few years ago Bestie shared with me a getting-ready-for-retirement story that I will never forget. Her ...

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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

Friends, welcome Bestie McBesterson as our On the Road Contributor. She and her husband are homeless and currently live full time in an RV ~  traveling around the country and having all sorts of adventures. I have imposed upon Bestie and asked her to share with us some of the sewing and crafting stores that she encounters around the country. Unique places that you might not know about. Many may ...

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Having the right tool for the job is essential where gardening is concerned. Walk down any garden tool aisle and you will be overwhelmed by some of the choices. I’ve put together a short list of very effective, but lesser know gardening tools that everyone should own. #seasonedhome

Essential Garden Tools You May Not Know Exist

Essential Garden Tools You May Not Know Exist ~ how's that for a title? All that aside, there are several garden tools that I find essential that many people don't know about. When most folks move into their first home they know that there are a few necessary garden tools. Things like a shovel, rake, small spade, hand-held trowel. I'm not talking about common garden tools like hedge ...

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The key to excellent Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan is salting the eggplant slices and then giving it time to let the salt draw out the liquid. The second key: Knowing the difference between a ‘male’ and ‘female’ eggplant. Both of these secrets will make the most heavenly Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan you’ve ever tasted.

Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan

We love Eggplant Parmesan, but used to avoid it because of it's reputation for being loaded with carbs and calories.  And, traditional eggplant parmesan has breaded and fried eggplant making it NOT gluten-free.  The truth is that eggplant is a very healthy food and Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan doesn’t have to be full of calories or gluten.  Baked eggplant slathered with fresh pasta sauce and a ...

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American Flags

Celebrating Memorial Day

Remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our ...

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Gardeners rejoice. You no longer need to have a green thumb because there is now an app for that. I’ve reviewed several gardening apps that provide you with planning, growing, and planting information that will help you plant and grow your garden. I’ve even included one that helps identify different insects. Everything to make your garden beautiful.

Gardening Apps That Make Gardening Easier

There's nothing like technology to make life a little easier. With gardening being so non-technical it's easy to overlook something like Gardening Apps that Make Gardening Easier. Planning a garden can be challenging because there are so many factors that go into planning a successful garden. How big should my garden plot be? Which crops should I choose? When do I plant tomatoes? What is ...

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