A New Gig and A-Line Skirt Tutorial

2-DSCF4376You may have noticed I have been a bit scarce lately, but I had a good reason. I have added a new gig to my writer resume. I am now a contributing writer for LoveToKnow.com.

I’ve been in the trial process for about a month, learning the ins and outs of their system, working with great editors and contributing tutorials with printable patterns.

Printable patterns are a new aspect to my designing. Most publishers I have written for are not set up to create printable PDF patterns for their readers. This has made designing quite a challenge, but I adapted and it became my norm. My norm has now changed. LTK has a wonderful image specialist who has made my sketches and chicken scratches look so tidy and professional. I am thrilled that many of the designs I have created can now finally be published because the missing piece (a pattern) can now be printed by the reader.

I have wanted to announce this new opportunity since I began the trial, but I really wanted to make sure I didn’t blow the trial so I decided to wait. I finished my last trial article this last week and shortly thereafter received the fabulous news that I had passed.

So…without further ado, here is one of my LTK trial articles.

1-DSCF4380A-Line Skirt Pattern

This skirt has an elastic waistband and can be stitched up very quickly. It will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.


Beginning a New Adventure

Hello! And welcome to my new adventure! Since my children are all completely grown (last one is almost there), I have decided to raise another baby. Ahem!…I really should knock on wood or something after that statement. Let me clarify. I do not want to change diapers or revisit the terrible twos (or the terrible teens for that matter). So…what I mean is…this is the official birth of Restyled Junk.

Hopefully it will be a place to share and inspire creative ideas using castoffs and secondhand junk. Everything is fair game and I am up for the challenge. I have been designing and writing about my trash to treasure transformations for several years, but never for a blog. I enjoy so many great craft blogs and the fabulous ideas and camaraderie that’s shared is amazing. I have always wanted to join the various weekly craft parties, but I didn’t have a blog to link to…until now! I really want to play a more active role in this wonderfully creative blog world, so I would love it if you joined me.