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Colleen Guest Lecture

I was asked to guest lecture in September for a Textiles Interior Design class at a small university.  It was an out-of-the-box type of endeavor for me. Despite having majored in broadcasting, I don’t enjoy public speaking. My comfort is small groups or one-on-one with clients. However, I welcomed the opportunity. Speaking about something you love to do, to those that are eager for knowledge, makes you feel really good. ...

Drapes on one big wall of windows

This was my final drapery installation for 2015, and it was a whopper – drapes to span an impressive 192 inches. It all began with a call from Judy …” Colleen do you remember when you helped me with drapes in….” I love getting a call from a client from years past, it is such a confirmation for me that the work I did in the past was satisfactory, even ...

Living room, valances at Riverwind Project

Closing out 2015 with the completion of the Riverwind project felt great. This was a project collaboration which began two years ago. Interior designer and friend, Patti Dudley brought me in to help on window coverings, some of the furniture re-upholstery, and fabric recommendations for the living room, resident’s rooms, and the dining room. A Word about Fabric Selection and the Riverwind Project So many clients come into a project ...

Beautiful black and white drapes selected for fabrics for home decor

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait When it comes to home design we are all so anxious to have that item once we have made a decision. It may take us weeks to select a new chair, but once we do we want it NOW! Well, my clients are just like me, and once they commit to fabric or a design they too want it, and soon. However, sometimes ...

Miking Cushions, Pottery Barn set restored for years of use and enjoyment

Making Cushions, Cushions, and more Cushions In a four month period Sew What Sew Anything was busy making cushions. we re-covered, or made brand new, 33 cushions for clients. It all started with the re-making of six cushions for a Pottery Barn wicker sectional. The client loved the sectional but it had become very uncomfortable to sit on. The problem was the cushion foam which had broken down. This breakdown ...

Dual action shades Customer Problem Solved

A Customer Problem Solved or How I Sold a Twofer I love to get this type of phone call: “I’m not sure if they make this product but…” and the caller goes on to describe to me what the problem is that they are having with their home. It was early April when I received that type of phone call. “Hello Colleen…I met you at the MSU Home and Garden ...

window treatment with grommets, finished with the help of the big green maching

The Saga of the The Big Green Machine People often avoid situations that require them to learn something new, my big fear was window treatments with grommets. Well, that was the case for me not too long ago. There is this client that I have been working with over the past four years. In that time I have added window treatments or blinds to almost every room in her home. ...

Sew What Sew Anything Owner working on Home and Garden Show booth

Wondering about getting a booth at the Home and Garden Show? Sometimes I feel like it is a roll of the dice to get the word out to the community about your business. This is especially true for small businesses like mine. Each year I evaluate possible marketing ideas and try to figure out which way to spend my time and marketing dollars. I had been contemplating the spring MSU ...

Upholstery receiving blog banner with title

Every project has a story.  This story of an old chair reupholstered comes by way of my workroom assistant, Lisa. It is a great example of the decision-making that goes into reupholstering an old family favorite. Often my clients are trying to decide on whether a re-upholstery project makes good dollars and “sense.”  It is easy to counsel a client on the cost of reconditioning and reupholstering a particular piece ...

Work room with two sewing machines

Here is one of the most common questions asked about window coverings: What are my alternatives for vertical blinds? Many of us have a great big door-wall in our home that opens up to a deck or patio. It may be great for setting up for the summer barbecue, but the big windows are a beast to cover effectively. For want of information on a better alternative many have chosen ...