Cut Out and Keep Sewing Super Star


When the lovely Scottish Cat Morley, founder of Cut Out and Keep, asked if I’d like to be a Sewing Superstar on her amazing site, I didn’t have to think about it very long.


Cat and her fiance, Tom Waddington, have millions of visitors to their site each month, and have developed a wonderful community for crafters, sewers, and cooks to share and learn from each other.

Last week, she published seven of my refashion tutorials, one each day. We would both be honored if you would head over there and check out The Renegade Seamstress page.

 If you enjoy listening to stories of how people have grown their blogs into successful enterprises as much as I do, you might even like watching the Cut Out + Keep story that Google turned into a video. (Even though it is a plug for AdSense, to me, the minute long video was well worth the watch.)

Seeing as I’m of Scottish descent, it was fun to watch the video, get to know her a bit, and hear Cat’s accent. I’d love to visit Scotland someday to meet her in person. 

Speaking of Scotland, if I’m ever lucky enough to travel there, the first thing on my agenda will be to head on over to my castle for a photo shoot!

“You have a castle in Scotland?” I can hear you asking.

Well, sort of.

You see, my maiden name is Crichton. Pronounced like Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park. (Oh, so fun to name drop) And I am a direct descendent of Lord William Crichton, who was Chancellor of Scotland (1439-1443 & 1448-1454). This was his castle and even though it changed hands throughout the ages, it’s still called the Crichton Castle, so I’m going with it. 🙂 Crichton Castle Stables



Perfect spot for a refashion photo shoot, don’t you think?!!!??!

Well, I hope you all have been enjoying your holidays and here’s to a successful and prosperous 2014 for all of you!



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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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23 Responses to Cut Out and Keep Sewing Super Star

  1. Susan Luke says:

    Congratulations, Beth! What great exposure for you! I have Scottish ancestry also, not sure if I have a castile, though! But, my husband keeps talking about building our next house with castle-like features, maybe I will have a castle someday! Have a great day!

  2. Susan says:

    You should definitely have Scotland on your list. Been four times and would gladly return. Wonderful country.

  3. Look at you Beth! Steadily on the move. It’s neat to hear a little about your ancestry. I’m participating in a sewing series called “Roots – Sewing your heritage”. It would be cool to see a creation you’ve made for one of your sweet grandchildren inspired by your heritage. Not even sure you have time with all of the goodness going on in your life now, but I thought I would put it out there. If you need more info, you can find it below.

  4. Bonnie H says:

    Click on the link in blue in the first part of the email above and check out her sweater purse and boot socks:)

  5. Wow! A castle!! Does that mean we have to call you Lady Renegade now??!!

  6. Holly says:

    We ARE going to Scotland this August. My father was born & raised in Paisley, so my husband, niece & I are going to introduce more Scottish into our lives. I’ll look to see where Crichton Castle is & see if we can do some more pics for you.

  7. Congrats! Seems like every time I visit your blog you’re hitting a new milestone or being featured somewhere new. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings you!

    Wishing you all the best in 2014!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  8. Jo H. says:

    Congratulations on the newest venture, Beth, and Happy New Year!

    And, I love “your” castle!

  9. Anny says:

    Congratulations! I enjoyed your interview. When I sew I watch Real Housewives, then watch Joel Osteen to feel better! 🙂 You are very versatile and I have nominated you as such:

  10. CraftyStaci says:

    Congratulations! Isn’t Cat a sweetheart? I had to laugh when I read this – I just found out about a month ago that my family has a castle in Ireland! I hope you get to visit yours someday! 🙂

  11. Wow! I was just stopping by to thank you and let you know how much you’ve inspired me. I have pulled my sewing machine down from the hall closet (it’s been up there 4 years!), dusted it off, and plan to begin teaching my 9-yr. old daughter! You are awesome!!

    I also mentioned you in a post and wanted to share the link…

    Congrats on everything great that is happening for you!!! You deserve it because you are a true inspiration.

    • I read your wonderful post (love your writing style) and it made me smile to read that you channeled your inner Renegade Seamstress. I love everything about that. Number one, that you refashioned your old boots. Number two, that you were such a good example for your daughter. And number three, that you thought of me while you were doing it. 🙂
      Thanks so much for your encouragement!
      Have a wonderful New Year!!!

  12. Congrats on being featured. What an amazing site…it’s no surprise they want to feature an amazing seamstress.

  13. Wow! Congratulations! You are too amazing, and a castle in your name?!?! I think Lady Renegade is fitting. 😉

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