I don’t think I’d ever heard of a brooch bouquet until Sierra broached the subject with me (see how I did that).  But of course Pinterest came through for me and about 8 months prior to her wedding I began collecting brooches from antique shops,,, etc. A bridesmaid also ordered a bag of knockoffs from China, which were a great help.

This is a very personal project…especially if you use vintage brooches with a story.  For me, it was something special I could provide for my “surrogate daughter” whom I’ve mentored for some 12 years.

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25+ years ago my mom handed me a muslin bag full of vintage quilt squares, saying that I was more likely to do something with them than she was.  I  had good intentions;  over the years I researched “Grandma’s Fan” quilts, which was the pattern, and I ordered books on quilting.  But still the bag sat.

Finally in the fall of 2013 I signed up for a beginners quilting class and made my first quilt.  Amazingly, it was very easy and was pretty much completed in the 6 class sessions (okay, plus a little homework).  (Read it here)

So I clearly caught the quilting bug and was off and running.  For my next project, I decided to open that muslin bag and surprise my mom for her April birthday. There were plenty of squares for a queen-sized quilt and they’d been hand-stitched by my great-grandmother Irene back in the 1930s or 1940s out of feed sack cotton; she owned a bakery so acquired quite a few flour sacks!

Once I laid it out, I opted to highlight the white squares with a darker, navy border, which had a somewhat modern look that I knew my mom would like.

Did I mention it was QUEEN sized?!  I had no idea what I was getting into….I learned a lot about quilting on this beast….and quilted it on my own “domestic” Brother sewing machine.  Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly a labor of love for my mom.  Every stitch I thought about how surprised she’d be and how much I loved giving it to her.  And trust me….there were a LOT of stitches…like 5 spools of thread worth!

You know by now I enjoy painting and finding the beauty in icky old pieces of furniture.  I hunt through Goodwill stores and other thrift stores, hunting for the $10 prize that just needs some attention to be brought back to its original beauty…or a better version!

Here’s my latest…sorry I always forget to take “before” pics, but trust me when I say this was one tired piece of furniture, with wet stains, chunks of wood missing, marker marks, etc.  and a $13 price tag.  I chalk-painted and waxed bottom and sanded/stained the top.

Look at her now!

How many chairs like this have you seen at garage sales, Goodwill, etc.?  I think this came from a yard sale and cost less than $10. It is solid wood and has a nice figure, tho.

www.kathimoore.comWell, with just a little paint, a friend who fixed the seat for me, and some fabric I already had from Crimson Tate, suddenly it is a very cute side piece.  Just because I had more fabric that happened to coordinate, I made the pillow, too.  I frequently buy fabric that I just LIKE, so when I’m bored I can make a pillow or two or cover a bulletin board or some little project like that. I know…its a disease!

Don’t you think this is much cuter now?  (and…its for sale if you like…but not the cat!) IMG_1821

photo by Tom Lavin

About a year ago I was asked to serve as volunteer marketing director for the Indianapolis Just Give Me Jesus organizing committee.  The committee has been hard at work arranging for Anne Graham Lotz to come to town to present her Just Give Me Jesus 2-day revival.

Well, I had no idea what I was getting into at that time;  lots of time committed to meetings and phone calls and planning.  Since that time I’ve put together a marketing and a public relations plan and implemented it, purchasing billboards and radio and newspaper and online ads throughout central Indiana and some beyond and arranging for numerous interviews as well.

And it is finally upon us!  The excitement has built to a fever-pitch, with literally hundreds of volunteers trained and ready to act as ushers, counselors, prayer warriors and more.  Local ministers are participating, churches are sending groups, and more.  12,000 women are expected to descend upon the Indiana Convention Center to hear Anne‘s message as she and Babbie Mason,Sheila Bailey and Fernando Ortega fan the flames to renew the passion of faith and the love for God in believers’ hearts.  The media has finally taken an interest, with newspaper articles, radio interviews, television interviews and more and I am so honored to be a part of this huge public mission.

Please consider joining us April 5-6, 2013 and if you can’t, you can get a similar message in one of Anne’s books.  She is a beautiful woman with a very important message for us all!  You will be stirred in worship, inspired in prayer and will hear God speak personally to you with a fresh touch from Heaven.

I had just finished sewing valances for someone, so needed a new project.  So, of course we went to Goodwill to scope out the furniture area. Found a cute little table with drawer for just $6.00!  Rickety, but solid wood, so the perfect candidate.

I also happened to have a FREE quart of paint from Ace, who was giving them out last weekend in any color of your choosing.  I chose green…like Granny Smith apple green! (unsolicited endorsement;  that new Clark & Kensington paint they carry is super thick and comes in great colors)

Forgetting to shoot a ‘before’ pic, I did get one early on…but I absolutely love how it turned out!  $6. table, free paint…and a $4. drawer knob 🙂  Chalk painted, distressed, waxed and buffed!



I have my cell phone & Kindle recharger right at the bedroom door for two reasons; one, I won’t forget it as I walk out the door and two, the nightstand is already too crowded!

Its all been on the floor…ick.  So, I found a little table we were no longer using and of course, chalk painted it!

Much better, don’t you think?

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