After getting bombarded by the snow bomb cyclone last week, a blizzard that left fourteen inches, bitter wind, and frigid air in its wake, temperatures hovered near zero—and felt much frostier, thanks to that bitter wind's chill. The snow itself was manageable, as we've gotten far more than that many times before, but the cold… Continue reading Winter Blues Patchwork Pillow
When experimenting with website templates and designs for Thread & Pen a few months ago, I knew I wanted a certain look. Something clean and simple so photos and projects popped off the page, but not so clean and simple that the site felt sterile. I eventually chose the template I did because I liked… Continue reading Gather Round Place Mats by Sharon Holland
Have you ever had cutter's remorse? Perhaps after holding onto a pretty fabric bundle for years, just waiting for the right project to come along, and finally making that first irreversible slice? I was a bit worried I'd experience such a feeling this week, when I finally—finally!—cut into a layer cake I'd bought forever ago.… Continue reading Pillow Pop & La Fete de Noel—Finally!
I love making quilts. I enjoy the entire process, from selecting patterns and fabric, to piecing squares and triangles, to wrapping up those big creative gifts in pretty binding bows. But the process is long! And sometimes I just want to make something fun, fast—and different. That's why I'm SO happy to have found this:… Continue reading Happy Hoops from Simple Sewing
Many years ago, HomeGoods opened in our area. Already familiar with the company, my mom and several other female family members were thrilled. Curious, hubby and I stopped in one day, took a quick spin, and promptly left without buying anything. The store, which was (and always is) crazy crowded with both people and products,… Continue reading One Tablecloth, Five Projects
It's happening. The temperature's dropping. Leaves are turning. Slippers are replacing flip-flops as my home footwear of choice. Slowly but surely, fall's settling across the North Fork. After those long, hot, hazy days of summer, it's finally time to bust out the boots and sweaters, fill our mugs with homemade apple cider--and decorate! As I… Continue reading Quilted Little Leaves Tutorial
I was away last week for a very fun project (the details of which I hope to share soon!), so didn't have a ton of sewing time. But luckily, I didn't need a ton of time to whip up a super-cute something—and you don't either! I made this adorable flannel-and-faux-leather pillow yesterday morning. Including cutting,… Continue reading Super Snappy Repurposed Pillow Tutorial