While She Naps with Abby Glassenberg

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I’m just popping by to share something really fun! Last week I had the chance to chat with Abby Glassenberg on her podcast, While She Naps. You can read more about it here and listen to the podcast on here or on iTunes. And while you are at it, check her out on Instagram. We talked Boho Embroidery, Etsy, Instagram and lots of other great stuff!

I’ll see you back here next Sunday for my Stitch Along post!

In the meantime, have a great week and happy stitching!

Secret Tool Stash

I have a secret tool stash. There, my secret is out. Just don’t tell my husband, because he doesn’t know about them. Well, he kind of does, but he doesn’t know where I stash them.

I move things around a lot, hang things and then change my mind and hang them again. I staple fabric to things, then change my mind, pull out staples and re-staple different fabric. I do a lot of this hanging, re-hanging, stapling and re-stapling when he is at work. I can only do this when I have my tools and the aforementioned husband might not be the best at putting tools back where they belong. Hence, my secret tool stash.

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I have a very old chair (and extremely comfortable) chair in my studio that I recovered once when I bought it about 4 years ago. I decided on a whim that it needed freshening and after a quick trip to JoAnn, I had a yard of navy fabric that screamed “new chair cover!”

This was one of the easier chair recovers I’ve done. It was simply undoing staples, removing the old fabric and stapling new fabric onto the seat.

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15 minutes later and I had a new seat! And some re-stashed tools, safe until next time.

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Mini Tour of My Studio

My studio is a tiny room in our very old house.  Built in 1904, the house has just two small closets.  One closet is not even the depth of a hanger! That room is where my studio sits in the house.  I am fortunate to have a dedicated studio space…I know some of you may be working with just a desk in the corner of a family room! Over the years, I have condensed and organized and then condensed and organized once again. I am finally left with a room that has some semblance of order and is a good workspace.  Let the mini tour commence!

An entire wall is dedicated to my painted pegboard hoop storage:

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Paints are easily accessible and just plain prettier when stored horizontally in an old sewing machine drawer hung on the wall:

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And finally (for this mini-tour) my favorite stitched collage, featuring girls from fabric by Cori Dantini and Teagan White. This was assembled and free-motion stitched on my machine. One of the few pieces that I haven’t stitched by hand!

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Stay tuned for more mini-tours to come!