Thursday, February 18, 2016


Are your sofa cushions getting a little flat, or need some new life? Did you know that if you steam your foam cushions it will recondition them? When you put your steam iron on foam, you can actually see the cells expand. Furniture quality foam (not craft foam) is organic, not synthetic and it dries out. By steaming your foam, cushions will come back to their original size and shape and it will extend the life of your cushions.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DSC_0428.jpgMaking a Ruffle on your Pillow



  • Ruffler Foot made specifically for your sewing machine. (Not a generic one)
  • Fabric for ruffle: Cut width is twice the finished width plus 1” seam allowance by 2 ½ times the desired finished length.
    To Make:

  • DSC_0525.jpgFold cut ruffle fabric in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and serge or zig zag edges. Trim the starting end to a point.
  • Set your ruffler to setting 1, which will make 1 tiny pleat for each stitch the sewing machine makes.  Adjust the fullness of the ruffle by adjusting the set screw up or down. If needed, the fullness can also be adjusted by the length of the stitch.
  • Always do a gauge before starting your ruffle project. Using your actual ruffle fabric, place two pins 10” apart. Gather, and adjust settings until the pins measure 4” apart. Now you’re ready to make your ruffle!




  • DSC_0532.jpgWhen making a ruffle, place fabric in between the two layers of black teeth.
    Note: A brass stiletto is a helpful tool to use when making ruffle.
  • Start your ruffle like this.
  • DSC_0382.jpgEnd like this, overlapping about 2”. If you have extra ruffle, scrunch up, and sew across the ruffle.
  • Trim of the excess.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Busy Girl's Chicken Marsala

I love to cook, but like most of you, I'm often too busy to prepare a dinner that requires several steps. I have a favorite recipe that I've developed that I call the "Busy Girl's Chicken Marsala". It's cooked in the oven in one dish, and you can add potatoes if you wish. (I do!)


4-6 pieces of skinned chicken

1 lb of Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced

2 medium or 1 large onion, peeled and thickly sliced

2 cans of condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

1/2 Cup of Marsala wine

1 tbs of dried Marjoram

Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: 4 to 6 peeled potatoes

Put all ingredients in casserole dish. (Don't add water to the soup.) Bake at 375 degrees for one hour and 15 minutes.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Here's some tips on how to use the Double Welt Foot.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Keeping My Toes Warm

Hi Everyone,
Day 4 of lent, and I'm keeping up!! I'm off to enjoy the country's oldest Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake. (Will post pictures tomorrow!) It's expected to be a high temp of -6 degrees today, with wind chills in the minus 20's. I want to stay warm to enjoy all the outdoor activities, so here's my tip:
to keep my feet warm, I need to keep them dry. Before I put my socks on, I'm coating my feet with Vaseline. This will keep my feet dry and warm.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Here's a last minute tip for Valentines Day. From my book "Pillow Talk" (available as a download), you can use the Heart's Delight pillow pattern to make this placemat & napkin.  With the Proportional Scale, you can scale the heart pattern up to 18" wide make the napkin in the pocket, and the heart pocket was made by scaling down the pattern to 5-1/2". Micro Welt on the edge finishes it off. This is also available as a webinar! Have a great Valentine'as Day!