Staging for Art Show

Saturday is the big day – the Sigma Holiday House arts & crafts show! I’ve only done one other show, which was a few years ago, so I decided to set up a trial run in my dinning room.

Just the Right Size

For the past few months I’ve been using my enclosed summer porch as a display area.  Since the weather had been so cold and the space isn’t ideal, I moved the dining table into the living room and moved in my display. Sorry family! You’ll get your space back next week.


Using a tape measure and blue painter’s tape I marked off my allotted space: a wopping 10′ X 5′. I am so glad I measured exactly because I estimated when on the summer porch and I was off a bit. It’s amazing how much a few inches can make.

Adding Inventory

After setting up my walls, moving the table a few times and adjusting the angles I finally came up with a good display arrangement. I even have room for Miss Woodwire, my homemade dress form. My daughter, Nora thought of the appropriate name for her.


My Artfully Sew Store displayed in my dining room.


Miss Woodwire is looking cute in her new display.


Taking pictures will help me set up quickly. Speaking of which, I’d better
pack it up. Set up is tomorrow!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean


Upcycled, Repurposed Jean/Broom Skirt

Take one pair of outdated shorts;


 and one extremely long broom skirt;



add a little dyed lace;


Voila – a new re-purposed article of clothing is born!



Sorry for the post and run, but I will share the process later.


Artfully sewing,


Angela Jean

My shorts are too short.

Now that I’m over 40, *ahem* my shorts are too short. No, I didn’t grow taller, mind you. I just had 3 kids who blessed my legs with varicose veins. They add the wrong kind of color to my legs and resemble raw bratwurst, especially in the early summer. No one wants to see that!

Those of you who follow me on Pinterest probably have a clue what I’m thinking because of my recent pins.

I’m going to combine these shorts:


With this skirt:


Yes, I know I can’t use the leg excuse on this skirt, but it has always been too long for this shorty as well as too tight in the waist.

My plan is to combine the two into a folksy skirt for me and to make the top of the skirt that’s too tight for me into a cute skirt for my 10 year old daughter, Nora.

My goal is to finish it by Saturday night.

Gotta get to work!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

Quick Tea Cosy out of a Mug Rug

Wisconsin is cold in the winter, but this is ridiculous. My thermometer read -15 degrees this past week and the wind chill made it feel like -49 degrees! I don’t remember it ever being this cold. Ever.

Light bulb!

So when I made tea this morning, I wanted it to stay hot. Really hot. I have been meaning to make a tea cosy for my teapot, but hadn’t gotten around to it.

Quick Tea Cosy out of a Mug Rug

For my birthday my mom had made me some mug rugs. They are very nice for breakfast tea and muffins. The backside is made from a soft flannel which makes it insulated. I figured I could spare one for a re-purposed project. I headed to my sewing machine to make a tea cosy before my tea cooled off.


Impromptu Project

Quick Tea Cosy out of a Mug Rug

I had some hair elastics I keep on hand for various projects. I grabbed four of them, one for each corner.



I attached them securely with a zig zag stitch and trimmed the loose threads.

5 Minutes later…

Quick Tea Cosy out of a Mug Rug

Quick Tea Cosy out of a Mug Rug

With my tea pot in the middle, I looped the elastics around the top of the cover.

3e0fd-quickcosy09And, voila! A Quicky Tea Cosy!

And my tea wasn’t even cooled off yet.

This project took me like 5 minutes. So quick. And I re-purposed a really cute thing I will use day after day.

If you don’t have a mug rug, how about a pot holder or thick towel? Keep thinking and adapting to your own style.


 Now my tea will stay warm, even in the sub-zero weather.

Do you have a good re-purposed idea?  Post it below!