Floral Scarf

It’s Spring! Buds are breaking and leaves are unfurling. Wrap yourself in this lightweight velvet rayon scarf. Hand painted in a cheerful floral.

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Upgrade Your White Linen Blouse





Please join me for the white linen blouse redo and more!

Sometimes investing in the latest trend can be costly, but an hour or so with some trim and a sewing machine can give a dated top a second chance.


This blouse is too short, boxy and most of all wrinkled! Let’s get to work.




These supplies are helpful as well as a sewing machine, iron and ironing board. Ironing your garment first will ensure you get a more accurate measurement.


Before the transformation.


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So many choices.


When making your decisions on what trim to add take the final length you want your garment to be into consideration. If your fabric is knit you may want to purchase a trim that stretches as well.



This linen shirt has a rise at each side seam. It is much easier to add trim onto a straight hem so in this case we need to cut off the front and the back of the shirt to make it straight. Since the blouse is already too short I chose a long fringe to add on.


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I am using a cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter, but if you don’t have these items you can use a measuring tape, marking pencil and a good pair of scissors.


I am trying to preserve as much length as possible. I made the same cut on the sleeves.


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After cutting, it is always nice to finish off the raw edges. I used a serger but you can also use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

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The next step is to pin your fringe to your garment. Pin it above the stitch that you used on the raw edge. Leave a bit of trim left over at the end because when you sew it on the garment sometimes the bottom fabric will stretch. It’s a real bummer if you run short on trim and have to start over. I am not turning this fringe to the inside because the ends will be covered with a second trim.


At this point I like to try things on to make sure the top is going to hang properly.


Don’t be afraid to mix things up with a new fringe and a vintage inspired lace trim. Choose a thread color that will blend and not be noticeable.

Sew your fringe on. I find it more fun at the end if I have kept my garment clean by cutting all the extra sewing threads as I go.


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After you sew the fringe on you are ready to add the second trim. Pin it on top of the existing trim placing it slightly higher so when you sew it on you are only sewing through the lace and the linen. Be sure to leave enough at each end to turn it to the inside for a finished look.

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Do the same thing to the sleeves. I like to finish the little tabs of lace on the inside with a whipstitch. You can also put a little fray check on the raw edge, but always test your fabric first to make sure it will not discolor. When you are finished you can iron your garment again just keep the heat away from the fringe.




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Search your closet! If you are like me, you may have something in there you haven’t worn in a while that could use a little embellishment.


Have fun!

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Marrakesh Express

Hand painted velvet scarf in jade and dusty rose brings to mind the fabulous textiles in a Moroccan Market. One of a kind and light enough for an early spring day.

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Morning Run


It is the perfect morning for a run. Not too hot and not too cold. The sun is out and although there is a slight breeze the wind is keeping mostly to herself. A few warm up stretches and I am off. It doesn’t take long to hit my stride, to feel my heart picking up its pace and blood warming my insides. It is my best stress reliever, my confidence builder, clear head maker and all around feel good thing to do.

What are you thankful for today?

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Hello and Welcome


Hello, and welcome to Creative and Thankful. Please come in and have a look around.

My hope for you as you click through the pages of my blog is that you will find:

 Original ideas for your wardrobe and home

New crafts and projects to try

And photos and reflections that help inspire the days of your life

With Thanks!