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Tips for a “Sew”preneuer

  Today you can find me over at BERNINA’s We All Sew Blog sharing some things that I’ve learned while trying to build a blog and a business.   I’m talking about some valuable lessons that I’ve learned in 7+ years of blogging along with some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up along the… 

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DIY Leather Trimmed Zippered Pouch by Melissa Mortenson of

Leather Trimmed Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Today I’m excited to be sharing with you an idea for a simple zippered pouch perfect for holiday gift giving. Zip pouches are one of my all time favorite gifts to sew. They sew up quickly and you can easily personalize them to match the style of the recipient.  To add a professional touch to this… 

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DIY Printable Ribbon and Creative Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Gift Wrap Ideas; DIY Printable Ribbon

It looks like we are starting down the home stretch to Christmas. It’s in just 10 days… Not to panic you or anything :).  This week (and a little bit of next) I’ll be sharing some quick Christmas last minute gift ideas then I’ll be signing off until after New Years.  I have been sewing… 

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Candy Cane Stripe Christmas Marquee Letters by

Candy Cane Christmas Marquee Letters

  Marquee letters are all the rage right now and there have been many really great marquee letter tutorials posted online this year.  Even though I know there are a bunch of tutorials online, after seeing all of them I decided that I had to have a set for myself, so I made these Candy Cane Stripe… 

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Bow Pillow Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of

Bow Pillow Sewing Tutorial

I’ve had a fun time the last few months sewing up some samples from my new fabric line Derby Style.  While I still have a lot more ideas than time when it comes to sewing with this new line, I have been able to get a few things done that I’m really excited about. Today… 

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DIY Christmas Card Holder.... no sew!

DIY Christmas Card Holder

In my opinion, one of the very best things about December are the beautiful greeting cards that show up in the mail all month. Living in an era where actual mail is pretty scarce, receiving that kind of personal correspondence is pretty great. I also love that most christmas cards come with family photos. It’s… 

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Sparkle all the way printable nail polish gift tag from

Sparkle All the Way, Nail Polish Gift Idea & Printable

Guess what?? Another nail polish gift idea… I know there have been quite a few of those shared here lately but right now nail polish seems to be a big part of my teenage girls lives, my house always seems to smell like acetone.  My girls are always looking for new nail polish colors, trying out new… 

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DIY Gingerbread Men Garland Craft Kit, makes a great neighbor gift for Christmas!

I need your votes – Cricut Design Space Star

The last few months I’ve been participating in the Cricut Design Space Star challenge.  Each month a group of bloggers takes on a challenge from Cricut to create a project around a specific theme. Then each month 10 of the projects are chosen by Cricut to participate in a “vote off” with 1st place going to… 

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Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on

Holiday Memory Keeping and Celebrating the Good

  I’m curious, how do you feel about the holidays? Are you someone who starts their Christmas shopping in June and just can’t fit enough Christmas trees in your house? Or are the Holidays not your favorite time of the year? I admit to having slightly conflicted feelings about the holidays, Christmas especially. You see… 

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Project Teen Sewing Book "Shop Small" specials

Shop Small Book Special

  ‘Tis the season to be Merry, but it also seems that,  ‘Tis the season to be shopping. I’ve shared a few Holiday specials and deals with you the last few days. I hope that you’ve found them helpful with your holiday gift giving.  I have one more to share with you then we are… 

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Black Friday Sales & Coupon Codes

One of the things that I love about blogging is getting to know like minded people. I love to connect with you my readers,  and I also love to connect with wonderful companies that encourage beauty and creativity.  Today I’m going to share with you some of specials going on for “black friday” with some… 

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10 Reasons I Love my Cricut

10 Reasons I Love my Cricut & Amazing Black Friday Specials

This post contains affiliate links. When I was asked to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star competition last summer I admit that I hesitated. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to add to all of the e-cutting machine blog posts floating around online.  In the end my curiosity got the better of me and… 

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Derby Style Fabric Collection by Melissa Mortenson

Derby Style Fabric

  Hello, Happy Monday Morning to y’all!  Today it’s my turn for the Riley Blake Fabric Designer Blog Hop! If you came here from the previous stop,  Lori Whitlock‘s blog welcome!  I thought that I’d start by introducing myself. My name is Melissa Mortenson, I live in the Louisville Kentucky area with my husband and 2… 

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Inside Vogue Patterns, Tracy Reese Craftsy Class

Dress Inspiration

  This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine Last year I participated in an online sewing competition called Project Sewn.  I… 

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DIY Gingerbread Men Garland Craft Kit, makes a great neighbor gift for Christmas!

DIY Gingerbread Garland Craft Kit

  Disclosure: I was provided a Cricut Machine to make this adorable Christmas Craft :) . Affiliate links are included in this post.    I love coming up with ideas for creative gifts for my friends and neighbors for the Holidays!  We’ve done mason jars, oreo truffles, peppermint bark and candy. This year I thought… 

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