It feels incredible to write that sentence — celebrating a decade of DIY with Ugly Duckling House! On April 1, 2010, I started the Ugly Duckling House. Why I picked April Fool's Day, I couldn't say; but I can tell you that this journey has ... Read More about Ten Years of Ugly Duckling House!
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Inspired by a close family friend's love for peacocks, I created this peacock head cross stitch pattern that would work well as a colorful feature piece! Every month, I'm sharing new cross stitch patterns created by me. Animals have been a fun ... Read More about Peacock on Yellow | Free Cross Stitch Pattern
Every now and then, we check in on Charlie and Stella, their adjustment to life together, and I make note of their cute stories. This time, I have been trying to record video of their shenanigans, too! When Stella and K moved in, I knew it ... Read More about Pupdate: Charlie and Stella 2020 (+ Video!)
Every month, I'm sharing new cross stitch patterns created by me! For this month's feature, I created "balloons on a bike" — an adorable feminine pattern using a purple, teal, and yellow color palette. You would think with an extra day in ... Read More about Balloons on a Bike | Free Cross Stitch Pattern
Use this simple method to make wall-mounted wooden clamps that can hold a large quilt, tapestry, or decorative blanket securely in place with these step-by-step instructions. When I got the chance to tour the 2020 HGTV Dream Home last month, ... Read More about DIY Modern Quilt, Blanket, & Textile Hanger
How I turned trash destined for the wood chipper into wood slab treasure thanks to a tolerant neighbor and a portable sawmill. I've been meaning to post about this since late last fall. But, as with most crazy stories, this one should be worth ... Read More about Stealing My Neighbor’s Tree: Portable Wood Milling!