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Hi, lovely friends!
Some ch-ch-ch-ch-changes are coming for my blog.

There is a whole new layout in the works!

The template that is being used for this blog is one of the original ones designed 
by Blogger, and my html needs to be transposed to fit with a new template.

So, you will not be seeing any posts until the merge has occurred.

I'll see you when the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared!

Hugs and blessings to you all!

Antique Easter Postcards

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!

A few years ago, my daughter and I found an old photograph album 
full of about 200 postcards from 1901 -1910 at the Salvation Army.
I paid $6.00 for the album!!
I scanned some of the Easter ones to share with you.

If there's one you like- 
pretend you found it in your mailbox from me!

The back of my card to you would say:

"I pray that you and your family 
will have a wonderful day,
living in the hope that because Jesus is alive
we too, can truly live.

PS. The weather is beautiful, here in South Carolina!


At the crack of dawn on Sunday, 
the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. 
They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, 
so they walked in. 
But once inside, they couldn't find the body of Jesus.

~Luke 24:1-3


Recovering a Chandelier Shade :: A Pictorial Tutorial

A pictorial tutorial is pictures only, in order, showing how the project was done.
(It's a tutorial for those of you that are visual, like me.)

I made these the other day for Miss A, daughter #2's room.
I made them because I love her, and she is worth it.
I made them because I found a charming fabric, cheap, and HAD to put it somewhere.
I made them because a friend also gave me the chandelier.

I found the chandy shades at the Dollar Tree.

Here goes:



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Dining Room Table Slipcover (yes, I said TABLE!)

I found this beautiful 110-year old Mahogany Duncan Phyfe table at a yard sale.

With the leaf.
With gorgeous pedestal legs.
With brass clawed feet.
For $75.

The only problem was that the top of the table looked 110 years old.
Its past had seen many a card game, homework, project or dinner 
(where someone forgot to use a coaster).
And I loved that about it. People sharing life over a loved table.
A hub of sharing and family togetherness.

I suppose I could refinish the top.
I have neither the time, nor desire to do so.

So enters the slipcover solution for this piece, for now.

Sure, I could have thrown a tablecloth over the top, but I wanted to see
the legs and the apron.

I sewed elastic to the cover to hold it in place.
I suppose if the cover were a tad wider, the elastic wouldn't show at all,
but it is covered when the chairs are pushed in.

No one at any of our gatherings at this table have complained about the elastic showing.
Oh! I need to dust under here.
Why does the camera always show things that my eyes miss?

Farm Vases and white slipcovers from Ikea.
Roses from Aldi.

The Anaglypta wallpaper came from Lowe's. Link HERE.
Anaglypta is an embossed thick wallpaper that you paint after it is hung.
It is super easy to hang and the seams line up beautifully.

Here's how I did it and what I used:

  • cotton muslin fabric (I got mine at a yard sale for 50 cents!) or any texture/color you like
  • cotton Piping cord (I used 3/8" diameter). See HERE.
  • coordinating fabric for welting
  • kraft paper for template (optional)
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • 1" elastic

1. Measure width and length of tabletop. If needed, create a paper template, I just cut my fabric while it was laying on the table. Cut fabric top based on dimensions or template, cutting a pattern larger and leaving the desired (mine was an inch) seam allowance to all edges.
2. Sew welt cording (tutorial below) using strips of the same fabric (or coordinating fabric), enough to go all the way around the table, plus a couple of extra inches. Cover cording with fabric and sew as close to it as possible using a zipper foot along the right side of the fabric. Pin cording to the right side of the top piece of fabric and sew into position.
3. Clip corners. Turn right side out and press.
4. Stitch elastic lengths to underside ends of cover.

If you make one, let me know!

"If you receive a dinner invitation,
you have a moral obligation to be amusing."
~Duchess of Windsor


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