DIY Chalky Finish Bench Makeover

How to paint furniture using Chalky Finish paint. A colorful DIY makeover for an entryway bench!

Have you ever wondered how to paint furniture?  If so, you may love today’s project, a DIY Chalky Finish Bench Makeover. If you like this post you may also like this Jewelry Box Makeover or this Painted Mirror Project. This post is sponsored by DecoArt, all opinions and hair-brained ideas are 100% mine…. all mine…   Several… 

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Pocket Pillow Sewing Pattern

Sewing Pattern for an "On the Go Reading Pillow" a cute pocket pillow for kids

Today I’m going to share with you one of my very favorite sewing tutorials of all time. The tutorial for this On The Go Pocket Reading Pillow first appeared on this blog way back in  2011, way before many of you were readers.  I’m reposting it for you today so that those of you that… 

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DIY Embellished Dish Towel

DIY Embellished Dish Towel tutorial by Melissa of polkadotchair.com

This Embellished Dish Towel tutorial first appeared on Flamingo Toes as a part of their Scrap Busting Series. Make sure you pop on over there to check out all of the other great scrap busting projects that were shared. I’m really excited to be here with you today sharing a tutorial for an embellished dish towel…. 

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Free Printable: Pause and Just Be Happy (plus, a Giveaway!)

Free Printable Quote from polkadotchair.com

I’m a mom to 3 kids, 2 of them are twins.  I wasn’t one of those people who was afraid or panicked when I found out we were having twins, I was ecstatic.  We had been going through fertility treatments for a couple of years and even lost a pregnancy, so the news that two… 

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How to sew a Pillow Cover with an Invisible Zipper

How to sew a pillow cover with an Invisible Zipper- a free sewing tutorial

  On Friday I shared a simple way to dress up a pillow by a adding customizable pillow wrap. Today I’m going to show you how to sew the pillow cover for the pillows.  This pillow cover has an invisible zipper which not only gives it a professional finish,  it also makes it easy to swap… 

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How to make Pillow Wraps – Kentucky Derby Craft Ideas

How to use ribbon and burlap to make Pillow Wraps

I have a set of pillows on my couch that I love to swap out each season. I’ve got a set for Christmas, Halloween and the 4th of July.  With Derby coming up I decided it was high time that I made a new set of pillows for the occasion.  I’ve used my Derby Style… 

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Kids Journal Ideas & Free Printable

DIY Summer Journal and Free "Adventure is Out There" Printable on polkadotchair.com

Today I’ve got another “10 minute Tuesday” project for you.  Many of you may recall that last year I wrote an article on how I encourage my kids to keep journals during the summer. I then shared with you a quick DIY project, how to cover a simple composition notebook with an old map to make a… 

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How to Sew: Easter Napkins

How to Sew Easter Napkins, a free sewing pattern.

There has been a lot of “behind the scenes” busy-ness here lately.  One of the projects I have been working on was these Easter Napkins for BERNINA’s WeAllSew.com blog. The napkins are made from linen and quilting cotton fabric and feature an adorable little bunny rabbit appliquéd to the front. They are self binding so you can… 

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Easter Basket Liner Pattern

How to sew a custom Easter Basket Liner

This post is sponsored by ShabbyFabrics.com.  All work and opinions are 100% mine. Today I’m going to share with you how to make this custom Easter Basket Liner.  There are always so many cute Easter baskets in the stores during the Spring, but many of them don’t have a fabric liner.  I love the look of… 

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DIY Coke® Can Succulent Planter

DIY Coke Can Succulent Planter- a clever way to recycle those cute mini coke cans

Today it was 77 degrees and sunny outside. Two weeks ago it was 5 degrees and there was a foot of snow on the ground.  Am I allowed to think that Spring may have finally decided to make an appearance? The presence of 4 or 5 days with temperatures above 60 degrees has led me to believe… 

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Derby Style Fabric is Now Available

Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs- Cute Fabric for your next sewing project

  Last Friday I got home from running errands to find a very nice surprise waiting for me.  My Derby Style fabric yardage had arrived! If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that it was hitting stores last week. I was so excited to share the good news with everyone yet fighting back… 

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Gold Leaf Sign for Thanksgiving

DIY Gold Leaf Stenciled Wood sign

  This week marks round 4 of the Cricut Design Team Star contest. For this month, our team was tasked with creating a Holiday Home Decor project.  Our teams theme for this month “Gold”.  When we were assigned a holiday project I first thought about making something for Christmas, but I think that Thanksgiving gets overlooked… 

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Autumn Paper Leaf Craft Ideas

Use die cut paper leaves to create an Autumn wreath

  It seems like forever since I’ve sat down and worked on a paper crafting project. I love working with paper almost as much as I love working with fabric. Last week I sat down and designed a few craft projects for Autumn and I have to say that it felt really good to be working… 

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