Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Spotlight: Jill from Sew A Fine Seam

 Hi, everyone!  Myself and (Kris) Junk Chic Cottage wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been
 done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.
Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 

I 'met' Jill from Sew a Fine Seam shortly after I started blogging.  She's always been so sweet and supportive of my blog, and I love her blog and her style.  (And as fellow Ohioans hopefully we'll meet in person someday :)  But what I especially admire is her talent as a seamstress-this girl can SEW!!  
If you haven't yet met her, I'm happy to introduce you to Jill.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know her a little better, then hop over to Kris's blog to read more about Lynn from Shabby Story!

 It's always fun when blog friends want to feature you!  So of course I said 
yes when Susan asked me to share about myself on her blog.  I love Susan
 and her blog, she is one of the sweetest bloggers around and her style 
is great - I'm always wanting to go shop her house :) 
My name is Jill Flory and I sew.  A lot.  Thus the name 'Sew a Fine Seam' for my blog.  But sewing isn't all I do!  I design a lot of the stuff I make, I paint furniture, I decorate my home, I dream, I home school my girls, I'm doing my best to add 'photographer' to my resume, and I try to keep up with all the things that go along with being a wife and Mother.

 I married my wonderful hubby 16 years ago this September.  We met on December 28th, 1996.  28 days later Travis asked me to marry him.  We announced it to our families and friends in March, my sister's wedding was in May, and ours in September.  Whirlwind year, and I've never regretted it!  And by now I totally get what people mean when they say marriage only gets better as you get older.  You truly become one in heart, soul, and spirit as the years go by.  By the Grace of God we are closer each day and more in love all the time.  It's not always easy but it is so worth the effort!  ( side note - we purchased wedding rings only about 3 years ago!  We grew up in a church denomination that did not allow jewelry.  When we chose to leave that fellowship, wedding rings was on my list of wants.  I love the symbolism of the ring, and the witness that we are committed to each other.)

 We were blessed with 3 girls - Emma, Larke, and Becca.  In my early blogging days I affectionately called them 'Big Sister', 'Middle Sister', and 'Little Sister'.  'Big Sister's' blog name changed to 'The Teenager' when she turned 13 and now I generally just refer to them by their given names.  Larke turns 10 in just a few days and is planning an owl themed birthday party.

 I started blogging 5 years ago as a hobby.  A year and a half ago I moved to Wordpress and my blog began to morph into a DIY blog.  We have been DIYer's since the very beginning 16 years ago.  We have been working on remodeling and updating our home ever since Travis purchased it in May before we were married in September.  It's still a work in progress - do you ever really get done??

I started taking piano lessons a year ago - in my spare time :D

 My newest passion is photography.  Well, it's not really new, I've always liked using a camera, but in the past year it's gone to a whole new level.  I purchased a dslr, learned to shoot in manual, began the editing learning curve, and a whole new world opened up!  I've been privileged to help shoot some weddings and I'm loving it!  I'm headed to VA in a couple weeks to help with another one!

 Wedding sewing is one of my favorites.  I have lost count of the number of bridesmaid and flower girl dresses I have made or altered.  The first bridal gown I helped with was for my husband's niece.  I have made 2 bridal gowns on my own and have one to make for a December wedding.  I love making them!

 Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint is fast becoming my favorite.  This dresser was my first big project using it.  I used it on a couple smaller projects before this and have since used it on a bed.

 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the other paint I use.  I have used this a LOT and love the ease of use, the 'no-prep' feature, the smoothness when sanded, and the low VOC which allows me to paint inside the house whenever the mood strikes.  MMSMP has all these features too but does have to be mixed up as it comes in a powder form.

 I love white.  In my decor and outside in my flowers.  My home continues to have more and more white and neutrals added to it.

 I love to go garage sale-ing, thrifting, flea marketing, anywhere I can find cool stuff for good prices!

 I contribute to the digital magazine, Celebrating Everyday Life' and I'm enjoying the opportunity and the challenge.

Most of all I love my Lord, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit - Three in One.  I want my life and everything I do to praise Him and shine the light of His Love to everyone around me.
                  Thanks again Susan, for asking me to share with your readers!  God bless!

Jill, thank you so much for sharing some of your personal life with us!  Your girls are just beautiful!  Please visit Jill at Sew a Fine Seam, and also visit Kris to read more about Lynn from Shabby Story.
Have a wonderful day!


  1. So fun to learn more about bloggers we read. I'm off now to comment on Jill's post and then over to Kris's to read hers.


  2. I really enjoyed this spotlight, Susan! I'll definitely be visiting Jill soon.

  3. beautiful girls! off to jill's blog--tfs, susan!

  4. Jill is super talented!! Love her sweet spirit!
    Mary Alice

  5. It was fun learning more about Jill. I enjoy visiting her blog. Thanks.

  6. Jill is truly an inspiration and one of the sweetest and most genuine bloggers out there!

  7. This was fun to read more about Jill. I enjoy reading her blog. She is one busy gal! She is so talented with her sewing and I love seeing the projects she works on.

  8. There are so many talented gals in this junking blog land !
    So nice to read about them !!!!!
    Thank you for sharing !

  9. Thanks for sharing Jill! I won one of her scarfs several months back. I love it and am complimented each time I wear it. She is one talented girl!

  10. Susan,
    This is so sweet about Jill. I loved all her pictures and learning more about her. Jill I love the sweet pictures of your girls. Tooo cute. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Susan,
    This is so sweet about Jill. I loved all her pictures and learning more about her. Jill I love the sweet pictures of your girls. Tooo cute. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Susan, I think this feature by you and Kris is a great idea and I enjoyed discovering Jill on your blog today. I'm off now to check our her blog.

  13. Thanks again Susan! Hope your weekend is going great!

  14. I love Jill's blog, she is so sweet and talented. It's great to learn more about her. She's a rising star in the blog world! :)


  15. Jill is one talented lady and I loved "getting to know her" better through this post...Jill, I love your photography and your beautiful "works of art" in your painting and sewing...Thanks Susan and Kris for another great story!!!

  16. Fun getting to know another blogger. She is so very talented and her three girls are precious! I have got to try MMS paint. I have only used AS. I really enjoyed her photos!

  17. Great interview, maybe someday I will get lucky for a feature in the new house, yeah right LOL! What a talent and a great blog. I just love this series you two are doing. I get to learn about new blogs that I may have never seen. I get to hear more about blogs I follow. She has beautiful children and a wonderful story. Thanks again for the enjoyment.


  18. What a talented lady and so ambitious to be taking on piano lessons along with everything else and being a full time mom. Jill's photos are gorgeous and her daughters are adorable.

  19. Great Idea with Kris! Going now to check out Jill's blog. She is a inspirational blogger with lots of talent. Can't wait to read about her!


  20. Went over and started following her. Thanks for the share. I'd love to be featured on your blog someday!



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