Outdoor Firepit Seating

DIY Stone Fire Pit
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  A couple of years ago I shared with you this post about how we built our own Outdoor Fire Pit. I mentioned in the post that we were trying to think of something “clever” for seating around the fire pit. We live in the South and in the hot summer months you don’t want… 

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Seersucker & Leather Fold Over Clutch at Tatertots & Jello

Seersucker & Leather Clutch by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com
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Hello everyone!! I’m excited to announce that you can find me over at Tatertots & Jello as one of their newest contributors! My first project goes up today,  I’m sharing a tutorial for this Fold Over Seersucker & Leather clutch. It’s made from one of my favorite summertime fabrics, seersucker. Nothing quite says summer in… 

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DIY Hair Ties, a Gift Idea & Giveaway

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards
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This post is sponsored by Hairbow Supplies Etc, but the work, opinions and ideas are 100% mine.  As I say this, I might date myself… but I remember when my oldest daughter was a baby, trying to find supplies to make GIANT (and I mean giant) hairbows for her.  The supplies were hard to find,… 

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Pretty Preppy Bracelets

DIY Ribbon Bracelets
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This post first appeared on 30 Handmade Days //  Labor Day is over and so is summer. So for my last official act of summer, I am sharing an idea for these fun Pretty Preppy Bracelets.   Today I’m going to be showing you how to make these fun preppy summer bracelets!  They are super… 

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Patchwork Twirl Skirt Tutorial

Patchwork Twirl Skirt Tutorial
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  Summer is winding down here and we are enjoying absolutely beautiful weather this August, which is almost unheard of in Kentucky.  I figured there was still time for a few fun summer sewing projects before fall.  I created this quick and easy Patchwork Twirl Skirt for my daughter and thought I’d share the tutorial… 

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DIY Painted Seashell Accessories

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A few weeks ago Kim from Everything Etsy asked me to share a fun craft idea for Summer!  I thought that it was about time I did a craft with my kids, so I came up with this idea of painted seashell crafts. We then made them into hair accessories!  My daughter and I sat… 

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Farm Fresh Peach Pie

Farm Fresh Peach Pie Recipe
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  Growing up I was lucky to have 5 peach trees in my backyard that every summer delivered the most delicious and juicy peaches. My mom, being an amazing cook treated us all summer long to fresh peach pie and ice cream.  It was not until I grew up and moved away that I realized… 

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DIY Lace Sleeved T-shirt

DIY lace trim tee
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Hi there! A last week,  I shared a tutorial for this lace trimmed t-shirt over at Today’s Creative Blog.  I thought today that I’d share with you a few more of the outakes from the photo shoot with my daughter and talk a bit more about the project!   When we were in NYC in… 

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25 Summer DIY Projects

25 Summer DIY Projects
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I’ve mentioned before that I adore Summer!  This week is the 4th of July and in order to have a little R&R with my family, I’m taking the week off of blogging.  Just so you won’t miss me too much, here are 25 summer DIY projects from the Polka Dot Chair!  From sewing, to scrapbooking… 

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DIY Photo Album

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  //Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post. This is a compensated post, I received complimentary product in exchange for this post. // I like to keep a stack of mini travel photo albums on our coffee table in my living room.  I try to make a little scrapbook for each trip that we take…. 

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Beach Bound Straw Tote Tutorial

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    Hi! I’ve got a brand new free sewing pattern for you guys!  It’s this Beach Bound Straw Tote Pattern that I wrote for Bernina and WeAllSew.com. You can find the full tutorial for download in PDF form over at WeAllSew! Go check it out and let me know what you think! If you’re… 

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Caesar Salad Steak Wraps Recipe

Caesar Salad Steak Wraps
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Summer is upon us and it seems like we are running around as crazy as ever.  I don’t want  to spend gobs of time in the kitchen making a big meal.  With that in mind,  I thought that today I’d share with you one of my favorite dinners.  I’ve been making these for a few… 

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Fun Fabric Luggage Tags

Fabric Luggage Tags
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Are you or someone you know traveling this summer?  Want your bag to stand out in the luggage pick up at the airport?  Why not make some fun and unique luggage tags?   (You can find the pattern for the bag in the photo here) I actually shared the free printable for these luggage tags a… 

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Summer Dress Patterns for Girls

Summer Dress Sewing Patterns for Girls
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    Memorial Day is coming up and with it brings the official start of summer!  Here are seven free Summer Dress patterns that you can find here on the Polka Dot Chair Blog. Happy Summer and Happy Sewing! 1- Summer Dress made from two t-shirts 2- Maxi Dress made from a t-shirt 3- Tiered… 

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