Monday, July 18, 2016

DIY Harry Potter Themed Election 2016 Shirts - Happy Harry Potter

I'm usually not one to get too passionate about politics, but some tickets are just so perfect, you have to get excited (or too awful to ignore.)  If you're as disgusted as I am with this election cycle and the candidate options, you'll probably be excited with some rumored third-party tickets that may be entering the race at any time.  (This post contains affiliate links to help support my blog.  I have not be compensated in any way for writing this post and all ideas are 100% my own.)

Who wouldn't love to vote for Harry Potter and Ron Weasley as President and Vice...

Or is that Ginny Potter and Hermione Weasley (that's how my 7-year-old is reading it.)


Or if you're looking for a ticket with progressive minds and creative thinking, you might find yourself supporting Hermione and Luna for a run for the White House.

Yeah, I know all the characters are English...but at this point I'm willing to consider anyone who is not Trump or Clinton, and we're sure you'll like these logos more than the recently retired logo from the Trump campaign.


And you can have your very own shirt to, because I'm sharing the files to make your own as my contribution to the Happy Harry Potter series on Raegun Ramblings.  (Seriously...my favorite blog event of the whole year.)  You'll want to head over to Raegun Ramblings and check out all the cool tutorials each day.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

12 Delightfully Geeky Crafts, DIYs, Recipes, and More and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

It's a good time to be into geeky things! Between Pokemon Go and getting ready for my annual Happy Harry Potter series I'm feeling great in my Geeky element.
Great Geeky crafts, DIYs, recipes and more. From Harry Potter to Pokemon Go and Doctor Who there's something for all nerds.

Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings and I'm so excited to share a bunch of delightfully geeky diys, recipes, crafts and more that you guys have linked up in the last few weeks.
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 I hope you'll swing by my blog in the next couple weeks because I've got over 50 awesome bloggers lined up for some fabulous geeky fun and a bunch of HUGE giveaways. But before that these posts have been super popular on my blog lately!
Great info for first time moms , Harry Potter crafts, and the best hot dip ever
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

National Ice Cream Month Ideas and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? That means that it's pretty much a requirement to eat ice cream at least once a week, if not more! Here are 9 ideas to shake up your national ice cream month celebrations!National Ice Cream Month Ideas

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Hello there! Tiffany here again from Making the World Cuter. July is a crazy month for me this year with all of the travelling and events going on, I don't feel like I have a second to sit down, but when I do I'll be sure to have an ice cream cone in my hand! I'm happy to be hosting this little party though with my girls Marissa, Kaysi and Polly! Now it’s time to show me what you’ve been up to! Link up your posts to the block party for your chance to be featured on all four of our blogs! 🙂
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

16 Refreshing Drinks to Cool Off With

It's HOT!!!  It's not uncommon for us to hit 100 degrees in the summer, so I found 16 different recipes that will help you stay cool this summer!



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Super Easy Doll Puff Quilt

I've had lots of Shannon Cuddle Scraps around for quite a while that have just been begging to be made into something fun, so I decided to put together some fun doll quilts.  And at the last  minute I decided to add some polyfil too make them extra puffy.  I'm SO glad I did.  It just makes them so luscious and soft and fun to play dolls with.  Thanks to Fairfield World for providing materials and compensating me for this post.  Thanks also to Shannon Fabrics for providing me with materials.  All opinions and ideas are 100% mine. Post may contain affiliate links.

Most puff quilts require making lots of tedious separate puff pockets and then sewing them all together, but NOT THIS ONE!!  You will LOVE how simple this is.  You sew the whole thing the way you normally would and then we'll add some extra stuffing when we get to the quilting step.


They're the perfect size to work well with my new Doll Tent Tutorial on the Shannon Fabrics website.

And great for summer time doll picnics.

I love the look so much, I think I'm going to need to make some puff pillows for the real people in our house next.

Be sure to check out all the links at the bottom of this post for additional coordinating doll tutorials and accessories.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time: 1-2 Hours

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dorothy's Flower Garden Quilt

When tragedy strikes, we all have different ways of dealing with it.  For me, one of my first instincts is to make a quilt.  (Remember several years ago when my Granddad died, and I made memory quilts for my nana, mom, and uncle with his old shirts.)  I also love making quilts for friends and family on happy occasions.  I just love the idea that something hand-made by me lives in so many of my friends' and family's homes.

So when I received the news my mom's best friend (and mother to one of my best childhood friends) had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, I knew I wanted to make something for her.  Dorothy has been my mom's best friend ever since I can remember.  They had kids the same ages and every one of my siblings was good friends with at least one of her kids.  She supported my mom during quite a few of our family crises and even years later as an adult, she was there for me and my own family at some important times.

I found the "Friendship is to people what sunshine is to flowers," quote online.  Turns out the original quote was about smiles to humanity...but the friendship idea fit the quilt better.

Layout and Pattern for Dorothy's Flower Garden Quilt

I've had lots of questions about the pattern for Dorothy's Flower Garden quilt, so I thought I'd share the the pattern.  Thanks to Fairfield World for providing the batting and pillow forms for this project and compensating me this post.  Pattern was designed using Electric Quilt 7.  All opinions and ideas are 100% my own.  If you want to know more of the personal story behind Dorothy's Flower Garden, you can see this post.

The paper-pieced flowers which so many people love are not my own pattern.  They are from a pattern called Year of Flowers paper-piecing patterns by Regina Grewe.  Regina's patterns are excellent and I highly recommend them.  Well worth the money.

Besides questions about the flower patterns, I also got a LOT of questions and comments about the background fabric I used for the flower blocks.  It's a Vintage Flower Seed Packet Texty Fabric by Lakehouse Dry Goods.  I got some of mine from Modern Quilter on Etsy and some from Pink Castle Fabrics.

I have a modern quilter's heart, but also love more traditional patterns so I wanted to take the paper-pieced blocks and put them in a more modern setting, so I opted for blocks with the sashing just on two sides and with them rotated different ways.

So the finished setting looks like this...

The great thing about this pattern is that it can work with lots of different projects...block of the month projects, paper piecing favorites, orphan blocks, and more.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

15 Strawberry Recipes and Craft Projects and the Weekly Block Party

There's just something great about a super sweet strawberry. The ones at the grocery store have been calling to me so I rounded up 15 awesome strawberry recipes and projects!
Strawberry Roll Scones | Felt Veggie Garden (they are technically radishes but they could totally pass for strawberries) | Strawberry Poke Cake | DIY Strawberry Jam
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  Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. We are are in full on Summer mode here in UT and to mean you can't do Summer without strawberries. It seems you guys feel the same way because our last few link parties were chocked full of strawberry goodness. I hope you enjoy all the fabulous strawberry features and here are some more great posts to keep your Summer awesome!
Learn all about Facebook Live, nail stamping, sewing pillowcases and strawberry recipes
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