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Learn to Embroider – May 19 – NYC

Learn to Embroider – May 19 – NYC

Do you walk through boutiques adoring the hand embroidered items but balking at the prices? Have you thought, “I can do that!” Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 3 to 6 pm when I teach The Sewing Studio’s Feature Workshop of the Month: Hand Crewel [Read More]

Tuesday Tip: Tracing Wheel

Tuesday Tip: Tracing Wheel

Manning that Tracing Wheel When using your tracing wheel, be sure that the crook in the arm is facing down. Place your forefinger in this crook and wheel on! You will get the best pressure and better marks by doing so. [Read More]

Mystery Project The MacKay Way!

Mystery Project The MacKay Way!

What are we Making? Mystery Sewing projects are fun, whether it’s with children or adults. Watching their faces as they construct something while having no idea what it will be is an adventure! I adore my niece and nephew but see them all to infrequently, something [Read More]

Surprise Surprise Surprise!

Surprise Surprise Surprise!

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? A few photos from the weekend away to Massachusetts. It was AC’s Birthday earlier this month but her clan of pals decided to throw a slightly belated birthday bash… at her house…without her knowing. Did we [Read More]

Hip Hip Hooray Holidays

Hip Hip Hooray Holidays

Hip Hip Hooray Holidays The holidays have come and gone. This brings a sigh of relief and reminds me that birthdays are right around the corner! What to start working on…the list is always long! The MacKay Way has been involved in this home renovation (the DUST!) and thus [Read More]

Bavarian Apple Torte

Bavarian Apple Torte

Over the summer the aunt of a dear friend passed away. We had enjoyed delicious meals at Aunt Mary’s house and were so sad that she had passed. Our friend, Fran,  gave me a good portion of her cookbook library, of which I have barely been able to scratch the surface [Read More]

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

We have a family tradition that has been in effect since I was a child. On Christmas day each person finds an envelope in the Christmas tree with $25 in it to be used for buying books at a local book store the day after Christmas. As children it allowed our parents to have [Read More]

Losing the Draft

Losing the Draft

I take this moment to thank my neighbors for their patience with us as we continue to work on the house. We have made sure the loud work has been done during proper hours, although sometimes large trucks have reduced the side road down to one lane as they unload. I know the [Read More]

Lucky, Lucky!

Lucky, Lucky!

The renovation continues… It’s been going on long enough that I’m not sure I believe people when they say it will, eventually, end. In hopes to aid in my sanity I’ve been organizing and collecting fabrics intended for quilts and pillows for the [Read More]

2 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back

2 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back

Progress comes in waves when renovating. Work is done. Sections are finished…and then things happen. This week was supposed to be the time we’ve been waiting for… INSULATION! This was to come after the electrical rough for the 3rd floor (we’ve successfully [Read More]

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Our FAVORITE Brownies!

Our FAVORITE Brownies!

I bet I’ve tried 25 brownie recipes over the years… but this one…this one takes the cake…er brownie! They [Read More]

Holiday Treat: Lemon Coconut Bars

Holiday Treat: Lemon Coconut Bars

When I got the call that I’d be doing a full 26 minutes on the TV show Robin’s Nest, and it would be [Read More]

Giving a Cat an Inhaler and other Normal Things

Giving a Cat an Inhaler and other Normal Things

Things around The MacKay Way are never dull. I can’t ever recall having an “I’m Bored” moment, [Read More]

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

After three weeks on the road it was so nice to come home and stroll through the gardens to collect some things for [Read More]

The Staple Dress

The Staple Dress

September has rolled in with a BANG! So much to do in the weeks ahead that my lists have lists!!! As I started my [Read More]

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