How to Re-line a Winter Coat – finishing

Finishing this project, here is where it gets tricky.  There are a lot of steps and it might seem daunting, but just go slowly, taking each thing in its turn, and you'll be done before you know it.   First, pin the lining to the facing of the coat right sides together. To do this, …

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How to Re-line a Winter Coat

This winter I decided to finally do something about the ratty lining in my good winter coat.  This coat is 100% wool, very well made, fits me really well with my short stature, but the lining is toast after many years of use.  It is worn thin in areas, pulled apart at seams, has a tear …

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Delicious Ways with Leftover Turkey

Are you tired of turkey yet?  Sometimes I freeze big portions of turkey to use later, and most years I'll boil the bones for soup, or turkey and dumplings.  I thought today would be a great day to show you some recipes to make the leftovers taste like a fresh meal with different flavors.  Starting …

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Thrifting Scores for November

Checking out my favorite thrift store, the Blue Ridge Humane Society store, I found these beautiful Japanese rice bowls at one of my recent visits.  I loved the designs on the side.  It is so much fun to find six of a pretty plate or bowl so I can use them on the big table.  …

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving Day is here, and for me it is the best day of the year.  Today is a day of fun, watching the Macy's parade on TV in my jammies, while a Breakfast Casserole bakes in the oven filling the air with a savory aroma of sausage, cheese, onions and eggs.  I do wish that …

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A Quilt of Valor Story

Working on Quilts of Valor is so rewarding.  The red, white and blue patterns are as varied as the quilters who make them.  A few months ago, I made one as part of a Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage event, a double nine patch. I sent it off to the local QOV chapter and …

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

I love Thanksgiving, it is my favorite day of the year!  We usually don't have company on the day, but we enjoy extending the holiday through the weekend before getting to the December frenzy.  On Saturday, we are having a small dinner party of six, so of course that means a pretty table.  I set …

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A Day at the Races

Last weekend we made a quick trip to Florida for the Daytona Historic Races, giving us a chance to visit our friends there too.  We all went to the track together for the Saturday races, arriving as this group of racers was on the track.  Mustangs and Porsches raced alongside other cars of similar vintage.  …

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Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project Update

The support for this quilt drive continues, and it seems to be building.  Even if you do not sew or quilt, there is a way for you to contribute, and I'll get to that in a minute.  Just to define the scope of our efforts, the latest reports are that over 4500 homes have been …

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Thanksgiving Projects and Ideas

Every year at this time, I go through the some past posts that have relevance to the season.  There are so many fun things to do for Thanksgiving and the Autumn season, that I have not run out of ideas yet.  But, new readers may not have seen these ideas from past years, so here …

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