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higgledy-piggledy garden wall

When I moved into our home nearly 19 years ago, I was eager to create a lush garden, but like most new homeowners with a single income and a 7-month-old baby, money was TIGHT! I quickly became queen of the free plants. I was happy to take in anyone’s unwanted plants as they thinned out their gardens. Irises, daylilies, hostas, and liriope/lily turf where widely available to me at what time. I had long been an avid Saturday morning PBS fan. This Old House and The Victory Garden taught me everything I knew about gardening. Of course, my friend Martha taught me a lot too. So I took my garden hose and arranged it in an attractive curve and laid out my first garden bed in my front yard. I took all that free liriope and divided it up into little chunks and used it to plant a sweeping border, separating the garden from the yard. Darn it, hindsight is 20/20. The liriope that I was given wasn’t the beautiful little plants that behave, nnnoooo, …

And the winner is…

Ariane T is our winner of the Ink and Arrow Fabric giveaway. She will win over 3 yards of Camp S’mores fabric, and I’m through in a few bits of trim too! Come back later for a tour of my Shasta lovingly called Sew Junie and see how I guessed her up with all these great projects! And, don’t forget to check your local quilt shops for this fun fabric, it’s in stores now!  

Camp S’more Series: Camping Stool

I love a good staple project, they are satisfying because they are so quick to do. I’m aways on the lookout for foot and camping stools at flea markets and vintage fairs like the Country Living Fair. In fact, I’ve shown many audiences at those events how easy it is to recover these stools at those fairs during my oilcloth days! I picked up these up from a local vintage vendor a few years ago. I found a ton of vintage camping stools for sale on Etsy. I even found this stool that is exactly like my pair. Buying local is best, this way you can skip shipping and check the camping stool for studiness. Camping Stool Redo Supplies: 1/3 yard of Fireflies and Bug Jar fabric 1/3 yard of canvas, home decor denim (I used a scrap of fabric from my stash.) Scissors Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat Diagonal cutting pliers Staple gun with 1/4″ staples Step 1: Measure the old canvas that makes up the seat of the stool and jot …