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Setting Up My New Sewing Room

Readers, My sewing room, occupying the largest bedroom in Jack’s and my new home in Columbus, Ohio, is about 90 percent set up now.  It was fairly easy to plan the layout, and fun, as well. From my little desk I merely have to turn around to bask in the morning...

Button Storage Problems Solved!

Readers, The bags I’d ordered last week in the hopes that they’d solve my button-storage quandaries arrived yesterday from Paper Mart. As I wrote recently, I had stored my many vintage buttons in Ziploc snack bags. True, the bags were portable and fairly...

Before and After: The Alcove

Readers, I now present to you my sewing library, properly stored and accessible, befitting the sewing space of a former librarian. When Daniel installed the shelves this past week I just couldn’t believe how nice they looked and how practical and roomy they...

Make or Buy?

Readers, Being a largely from-scratch cook and baker (I have made my own crackers–not worth it–and bagels–worth it) I bring a DIY approach to food preparation. But when is it worth making something and when is it worth buying readymade in the pursuit...