Creating is Healing

A sweet friend who is a great inspiration told me today that “creating is healing,” and I know she is right.

My mind has been overflowing with emotions of every type lately and designing & creating helps me focus keeps me calm.  Fixes things.

I’m asked constantly how I have time to create.  I make time because it is important to me.

Sometimes it just takes a half hour, even on the busiest of days when there is laundry to do, kids take here and there, appointments and phone calls to make.  If I can spend 30 minutes finishing up a project, getting a design down on paper, it makes all the difference. Some women shop, have a glass of wine or do yoga to recharge, I’m happy just stitching up a pillow! (Maybe a moscato next to my sewing machine…..)

I delivered lots of new work to a sale I’ve been a part of for the past few years and love so much.  “Homegirl” Gina Bishop has a stunning sale on her beautiful property in Hudson, Ohio.

Besserina for Homegirl 2014

I have two events this fall that I am so excited about.  It will make this summer a busy one, but since keeping busy creating is what’s keeping me sane…what the heck!

Besserina Pillow Collage

Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio is in September and I cannot wait.  I love the energy there and meeting so many talented makers & customers!

Best of all, October brings A Day in the Country! I have been dreaming of starting a show like this for years and my aunt and I decided to jump in head first and just make it happen!   A Handmade & Vintage Market at our favorite county fairgrounds with some of the most talented makers & fun vintage vendors we know! I am so excited to offer creative workshops & demonstrations to our guests and an amazing bluegrass band will be playing live music! We still have openings for vendors so if you are local to NE Ohio or would like to make the trip here we would love to have you!

seeking vendors print postcard

I made a few of these Farm Tub Ottomans for Country Living the last time I was there and they found homes pretty quickly! I’m so excited to offer them again.  My patient husband has been kind enough to help me with the dirty work of making it strong and durable. I’ve been on the hunt for vintage tubs everywhere!  I’ll have a couple available at Homegirl, and a bunch made up for the shows in the fall as well.

ottoman collage

Layering Curtains

After sharing how I made slipcovers,  some of you asked about my curtains in this photo…


The outer panels are made of off white muslin.  They are 50″ wide with a wide ruffle sewn into the inside hem.  The center panel is my Anthropologie inspired Ruffled Curtain.  You can find the tutorial here.

anthropologie curtains tutorial

I still love these curtains so much!

My first attempt at slipcovers {success!}




                                                       We’ve had this couch and chair for years.  They are a dark floral tapestry, quite dated, but comfortable.                                                                                                            I’ve always kept a slipcover on them, but they just never looked right, because I could never find one that fit properly since they were so oversized.                          The cover would hike up in the back, or tear a bit at the seams when I’d put it back on after washing.                                                                                                               We tossed around the idea of purchasing an Ikea Ektorp this year,  but on a whim I decided to make custom slipcovers for our existing set.  It was a huge job.         I had never made slipcovers before, and I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on fabric.  I ended up purchasing cotton canvas drop cloths, used for painting.  They were around $20 each and I used 4 of them to cover the chair and couch.  I washed them before using, so they would soften up and to make sure they wouldn’t shrink with future washings.

Before I could start, I needed to fix the cushions.  The cushions in the back were actually permanently attached to the back of the sofa.  They were also ripped and stuffing was puffing out.  One of my kids took a pair of scissors to the arm of the chair so some suturing needed done there too.  I used a seam ripper to detach the back cushions, shoved 2 new pillows into each one to add some extra fluff, and stitched them back up.

 I also needed to cover the entire back where the cushions were attached.

Then I just started cutting fabric to fit each section and pinning them on.





The most difficult places were those that had 3 pieces of fabric coming together in a corner.

I would just pin a few sections at a time, take it to the sewing machine and stitch, then fit it…over and over again!


And here is what it looks like on a normal day, when the girls are playing.


What I’ve been working on {July 2013}


What a busy summer this has been.

June has come and gone… July has been full of rain, picnics, weddings, softball, more rain, list making and squeezing in as much designing, sewing and thrifting as I can.

Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on this month.

Some will be listed in the shop soon and most is in the early stages of construction for Country Living Columbus.


I am loving these leather necklaces!

Hand cut, stamped and stained.

 Leather Badge and Patriotic Necklaces

Leather Necklaces Besserina

Leather Necklaces OHIO Besserina


Knitting #Besserina

Quilting: Besserina Style.  Which translates as, “No math, no endless strips of fabric to be cut and measured and perfectly sewn.  Lots of freeform cutting and hand stitching.” Result: Fun, Unique, Authentic.

Quilting Besserina Style

Cut feathers from Anna Maria Horner’s new line of fabric – I love the colors.

fabric feathers

Sewing Besserina

Lots and lots of circles cut from scraps for my rings.

Fabric Circles for Jewelry @Besserina




What have you been working on lately?