Sunday, April 23, 2017

10+ Amazing DIY Gifts She'll Love and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Need a gift for that special lady in your life? Whether it's mom, that awesome teacher, neighbor or sis, here are a ton of DIY gifts she will love! unique gifts for mom teacher sister tutorials
Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. Here are some posts that have been super popular on my blog lately!
Yes! Totally agree. I wish I knew all of these when I was pregnant. Great tips for first time moms.
If you know someone Expecting this List of New Moms Tips New Moms Tips is a Must
this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!
The best spinach and artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. Only takes 15 minutes and the recipe is crock pot friendly (but does not require a slow cooker)
Super Yummy Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Monday, April 17, 2017

DIY Graduation Projects and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Graduation season is on the way again! After YEARS and YEARS of effort, it's so fun to celebrate the achievement of graduates, big and small. I've gathered up these ideas to help savor the moment by putting a little of ourselves and our craftiness into the moment.Graduation Cupcakes

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Star Wars Quilt-in-a-Day

You're going to love this simple Star Wars Quilt-in-a-Day Pattern.  Don't feel limited to Star Wars though...this is a great pattern for any theme.  We'll use easy strip-piecing so that you could put this whole quilt together in a day, start to finish.  Thanks to Fairfield World for their continued support of my creativity and for their help bringing you this pattern.  They provided me with batting and have compensated me for this post.  All thoughts, opinions, patterns, ideas, and enthusiasm are 100% my own.

My daughter is a Fan Girl to the core in several fandoms, but one of her newest loves is Star Wars.  She's been asking for a Star Wars quilt for a while, so she was happy to get this one.

But it's also perfect for your favorite Storm Trooper to lounge on while reading a good book.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easy Chocolate Occamy Eggs

You can make your own chocolate occamy eggs in minutes!  This is a super easy and fun surprise for anyone who loves Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Newt has an occamy egg in the beginning of the Fantastic Beasts film that is hatching while he's trying to track down his niffler...and at the end of the film he gives a suitcase full of their solid silver eggshells to his No-Mag friend Jacob so he can start his bakery.  So their silver eggs aren't a huge plot point...but are definitely one of the awesomely fun details that J.K. Rowling is so good at putting in her stories.

And the best part is you don't have to be super crafty to make your own.

All you need is your favorite kind of chocolate eggs that already have a foil wrapping.

Carefully unwrap the egg.  Flatten the foil as much as possible.  It's best to avoid tearing, but even if you tear the wrapper, this will still work.

Re-wrap the egg with the printed foil on the inside and the silver foil on the outside.

And you're done!  I wanted some forever eggs to keep around after Easter is over, so I also painted some craft eggs with silver paint.  I used both paper-mache eggs and wooden eggs.  The wooden ones are my favorite because they look smoother and have more of a "real" egg weight to them.

And what better Easter "Basket" than to fill up a suitcase reminiscent of Newt Scamander's?  You can find out all the details for how I made my Newt Scamander Easter Basket on the Fairfield site.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

20+ Easter Foods and Treats and the Weekly Block Party

It's Easter in a week, so it's time to be completely in "Easter mode".  Let all the festivities begin!  There is still plenty of time to do some fun, festive and creative things for Easter and here are some great ideas for you to do this week!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ella Elephant Shirt Pattern - KOTLC - Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities Fans will be familiar with Sophie Foster's Ella the Elephant.  This free pattern can be used to make Ella's characteristic Hawaiian shirt.

Thanks to Fairfield World for providing me product and compensating me for this post. All ideas, patterns, opinions, and enthusiasm are entirely my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

My oldest daughter was introduced to the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger a year or so ago and they quickly became her favorite books (even surpassing Harry Potter for her.)  She's been sharing them with her friends ever since discovering them and asked for a Keeper of the Lost Cities theme for her recent birthday party.  The Keeper of the Lost Cities books have interesting girl and boy characters and Harry Potter fans looking for a similar (and yet very different) series will love these books.  I can definitely see more Keeper of the Lost Cities projects in our future.

This is the author's rendition of Sophie and Ella.  (Lots of Shannon Messanger's Keeper of the Lost Cities Character Art can be found on her blog here.)
An Ella the Elephant is a great gift for Keeper of the Lost Cities Fan or is a great way to introduce a child to the series.

Regular blog readers will know I can't pass up an opportunity to give encourage reading and give bookish gifts, so I made her and Ella Elephant.  Ella is Sophie's (the main character) stuffed elephant that is one of the only possessions she brings when she has to leave her human family to join the Elvish world to which she really belongs.  Ella is described as a bright blue elephant with a Hawaiian shirt and she shows up in multiple books as a comfort to Sophie, and Sophie has a hard time sleeping without her.

Not being able to find any Ella patterns or Ella ready to buy, we made our own.

Here's what you'll need:


Print out your pattern. (2 each of Ella Elephant KOTLC Shirt Pattern 1 and Ella Elephant KOTLC Shirt Pattern 2) Be sure your print settings are set to ACTUAL size to make sure your shirt fits.

You'll need to print two copies of each piece.  Cut one copy out.  Flip it over, and tape to the second piece at the blue lines.

Fold your fabric and line the pattern up with the RED line lined up with the fold.  Do NOT cut the red line side.  Cut around your pattern.

Cut Structure One Sided Fusible Interfacing to go inside color.  Iron in place to WRONG SIDE of fabric according to manufacturer's instructions.  You should end up with pieces that looks like this.

With RIGHT SIDES together, stitch the two ends of your collar with 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Clip corner.  Turn right side out and iron.

Fold over the raw edges of the sleeves 1/4 inch twice and iron.

Topstitch to hold in place.  You should now have two pieces that look like this.  With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, pin shirt together at sides.

Stitch with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Clip arm pit corner.

Matching centers, sew collar to the neckline of the shirt with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Fold seam allowance under and topstitch so collar will lie flat.

The finished shape of the shirt will seam a bit odd, but it should fit your elephant well.

Hem the bottom of the shirt by folding under 1/4 inch twice and stop stitching.  Repeat with the two front openings of the shirt.

If desired you can embellish with buttons and if you really want to go the extra mile, you could add button holes.  I add a couple of buttons for looks, but didn't bother with button holes.

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