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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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Let it Grow! 10 Fun Garden Ideas and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

This is my kid's last week of school, I know some of you have been out for weeks, but we're just waiting to actually get our summer started over here! We just planted our first garden at this house and will be sharing our fun garden beds soon. Now we are working on completely overhauling our front yard. I've been scouring the web for some fun garden ideas and you guys did not disappoint in last week's block party!

Let it Grow! 10 Fun Garden Ideas

Let it Grow! 10 Fun Gardening Ideas. Love the Cactus succulent garden. so cute!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

12 Summer Boredom Busters and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

So sorry for the late start to the party this weeks folks...I was out of town...

For most everyone, school is out for the summer!!  We still have one week left but the weather makes it feel like summer!  I know we all could use some more ideas on things to make and do this summer! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Letters for Lacy - YOU get a Hogwarts Letter - LACY gets Hearing Aids

Calling all awesome people! Here's an easy way you to send a Hogwarts Letter to someone in your life who would LOVE one and have 100% of your purchase price donated so a really deserving mom can get the hearing aids she needs.  YOU can help me make a difference in a family's life.

Meet Lacy.  She is a daughter, a wife, a sister, and a mother to two incredible boys.  Lacy also has Ehlors Danlos syndrome which causes ALL of her joints to be extremely loose. Recently her two boys have also been diagnosed with the genetic disorder, and Lacy's disease has recently made hearing very difficult.  BUT the good news is HEARING AIDS CAN HELP her hear her boys again.  You can read more about Lacy on the Go Fund Me page her friend Meggan has set up and you can donate directly there.

We're SO close to getting Lacy the hearing aids she needs, I wanted to do something extra to help her.  So for the next week I'll donate 100% of my profit on any shop sales when you mention Lacy when you make a purchase.  (Or if you forget to mention her, you can send me a message or email.)

I'm calling it Letters for Lacy because Hogwarts Letters are my top selling item and 100% of the purchase price will be donated for letters ordered.  For the other cool Hogwarts goodies I sell, I'll donate the complete profit minus my cost for supplies which is 50-80% for most items.  I'm not making any money on this...just trying to provide a way that YOU can get awesome stuff and LACY can get her hearing aids.

And if that's not enough, for even more chances to get your hands on some awesome stuff, You Are Loved Designs is organizing awesome giveaways that you can enter by donating.  Go to You Are Loved Designs Facebook page for more info.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

12 Gifts Dad will LOVE and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  It's time to start breaking out the Summer Decor and we're already gearing up for Father's Day at our house.  Here are some ideas to inspire:
 DIY Leather OttomanBBQ Rub | Father's Day Printable CardsDad Sign | Father's Day Printable Bottle Tags | DIY Father's Day Pop-Up Card | Leather Key Chain | Handprint Tie | Custom Telescope CoverHoney Sandlewood Soap Pucks | Framed Fishing Gift  | Ice-Cream Sundae Gift Idea 

It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly!

Polly here from Pieces by Polly.
We still have two weeks of school left, so we've been busier than ever with end of year recitals and baseball games.  I have managed to get a few projects done though.
Easy Pocket Pillows | Custom Telescope Cover - Father's Day Gift | Perfectly Plump Pillow Corners | DIY Rocking Chair Makeover
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Custom Telescope Cover - Father's Day Gift

Father's Day gifts can be hard, because the best gifts for dad's cater to their particular interests and hobbies.  In our family, that means gifts to support dad's astronomy hobby.  (Note:  I work for Fairfield on an ongoing basis and they provide me with free products, but I was NOT compensated for this post.  All opinions and ideas are 100% my own.)

Eric's interest in astronomy has been growing for several years and now he's acquired almost as many telescopes as I have sewing machines (not all our own though.  He has a couple on loan.)  He's a high school science teacher, so he runs an astronomy club and has been sharing his love of astronomy with friends and neighbors too.

It's been fun to see our kids get hooked on the heavens.

One of them came with a cover for the lense, but not a cover for the whole telescope.  Of course we don't leave it outside, but best for the telescope to have something to protect it from dust, moisture, and extreme temperatures.

So I put my quilting skills to good use and made him a cover.

I didn't do a full tutorial because I made several measuring errors and it got put together piece-meal each telescope is different, so yours will have different measurements.

Here's what you'll want to include if you decide to make your own.

  • Cool astronomy fabric
  • 1 layer of your favorite batting (I used Nature-Fil™ Bamboo Blend Batting 36″ X 45″)
  • 1 layer Shield Liner Fabric
  • 1 layer Solarize Liner Fabric
  • (At the time I made this there were the best materials.  Fairfield has since come out with Aluminor which can take the place of the everything except the cute fabric...although it looks cool enough, you could actually just make one with aluminor which includes the shield liner, solarize, and a filler all in one.)

And if you're thinking of making your own, you'll want to measure the distance around your telescope at the widest point and add a few inches...we'll call this your diameter.  You'll basically be making a small quilt with this width and the other dimension the depth of your telescope and then sewing it into a circle.  Bind the lower edge of your cover the way you would for a quilt.  For the circle at the top, you'll need to cut a piece with the same diameter (distance around) that we just used, and add a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.  Sew the main cover piece to your top circle with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Sew your cover closed along the side.

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