Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Magic Parade Quilt - Sarah Jane Studios Magic Blog Tour

I've been a huge fan of Sarah Jane ever since I discovered her Children at Play collection early in my blogging days.  I've lost count of how many quilts I've made with Sarah Jane fabrics over the years, but it's at least 10.  So when I was invited to participate in the Magic by Sarah Jane blog tour, I jumped at the chance.  Michael Miller fabrics provided some of the fabrics for these quilts.  Fairfield World provided the batting and compensated me for writing the post. All thoughts, ideas, opinions, and enthusiasm are 100% my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

And with as much as we love Harry Potter and his magical world at our house, I was SOOO excited when I heard Sarah was coming out with a magic themed fabric line.

I love how Sarah Jane captures the imaginative and magical essence of childhood.  These fabrics would be perfect for any child, but especially those with a bit of magic deep inside.

I love that these prints are so much for care-free and whimsical than Harry Potter, and are so well suited the smallest lovers of magic, still too innocent for the Harry Potter stories...but I just couldn't resist adding a little Harry Potter magic to the backs...

Monday, September 26, 2016

25 Pumpkin Recipes and Crafts and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Sorry folks for the late start to this weeks party.  I've been gone for almost a week helping family move and got a bit behind.  I hope you're all ready for some pumpkin fun now that we've officially moved into autumn.  You'll love this pumpkin round-up put together by Kaysi.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

15 Fabulous Fall Ideas and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

I'm not sure what it is about fall, but I always want to decorate more for fall than any other season (okay...except for Christmas).  I'm loving so many of these ideas y'all shared in the last couple weeks.  Now that the kids are back-in-school and settled into their routines, it's time to try out some of these fabulous ideas.
Polly here from Pieces by Polly.  

I've been on a pillow making binge lately, making lots of pillows to go with the reading corner we made for my daughter's teacher.
I'm also hosting an I-Spy Square Swap this week.  There are still a few spots open if anyone is interested.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I-Spy Swap #7 - Open NOW

I've been getting a lot of questions about doing another I-Spy Swap, so I thought I'd host another one before things get too crazy with the holidays.  Sign-Up are now OPEN.  Please read all rules before signing up and see link at the bottom of this post to sign up.

As always I learn a bit each time we do a swap, so there are a few minor changes this time around with how you sign up, so PLEASE read the entire post before signing up...even if you'd participated in one of my swaps before.

There will be three simultaneous swaps to make more spots available (60 total...20 in each swap.)

Mail 200 I-Spy squares to me by October 3.  

Get 200 I-Spy squares back, all different, by October 17. 
PLEASE be sure you can meet the deadlines BEFORE you sign up! 


  • 1. By joining with 1 swap spot you are committing to buying and cutting 1/4 yard of 10 different I-Spy fabrics and mailing them to me within 2-weeks.  PLEASE don't sign up if you can't keep this commitment.
  • 2. For each spot you sign up for, you will need to cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different novelty print 100% Cotton Quilt fabrics (NO flannel or textured fabric!). A 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This is NOTHING when you think about all the different squares you will be getting back!  If you sign up for two spots, you'll be put into two different swaps, but your fabrics must be DIFFERENT for each swap spot.
  • 3. In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores. But, please, pick FUN ones! If you love it, the other swappers will love it too! In the past we have used the Pieces by Polly I-Spy Swap flickr group to share pictures, but I would like to move to using Instagram instead.  If you do not have an Instagram account, you can email me your pictures and I will post them for you.  Please tag all pictures as hashtag #ispyswap7 and tag me @piecesbypolly so everyone can find your pics and drool over your chocies. 
  • 4. Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.) 
  • 5. NO "licensed" prints: No Disney, Dora, L.A. Lakers, etc. 
  • 6. Please be sure you are purchasing HIGH QUALITY QUILTING COTTONS. Pretty much anything you purchase a quilt shop will be high quality. Chain stores (Joanns, Hobby Lobby, etc) have a mix of high quality fabrics mixed in with low quality fabrics, so you really need to make sure you're buying the good stuff (thick, soft, not see through, etc.) Please, Please, Please check out your local quilt shop first.  (And PLEASE steer clear of Wal-Mart...I know they have some cute fabrics, but the fabric itself is notoriously low quality.  We want our quilts to last!)
  • 7. Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Nobody wants only half of an object in their square -- cut them well! (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)
  • 8. This is a double swap. You can sign up for a maximum of 2 regular swap spots if you want...but the fabrics for each swap need to be different. (If you have participated in previous swaps, it's okay if you use prints you've used before.)
  • 9. If you end up one or two squares short of one of your fabrics, it's okay to trade in another fun fabric to replace them. Just make sure you're not putting in duplicates.
  • 10.  PLEASE, PLEASE be sure to sort your squares into 20 stacks that have 1 of each of your 10 fabrics.  You can stack them all up together once they're sorted with a piece of scratch paper between them or even just turning them a bit, so it's clear where the new stack starts.  It's actually easier for me if you do NOT each little stack in baggies, but it can be helpful to put your whole large stack in a ziploc bag before mailing.
  • 11. Cut your squares well.  There really is no substitute for using a rotary cutting mat, ruler, and blade.  If you don't have one, find someone you can borrow one from, so that all of your squares will be 4"
  • 12. If an emergency comes up and you're not able to follow-through with your commitment, please let me know ASAP so someone on the waiting list has time to take your place. You will receive a full refund.
  • 13. Once all the spots are full, I'll send you my mailing address for where you send your squares. 
PLEASE BE SERIOUS AND BE SURE YOU CAN MEET THE DEADLINES BEFORE signing up.  I want to make sure everyone gets their squares back in a timely manner.

To sign up, you'll purchase a spot through my Etsy shop.  This is NOT a money maker for me.  I'm just charging what it will cost me for postage, envelopes, and Etsy fees, and for most people it will end up being less expensive in the long run for you.  (Etsy listing fees get added into the mix, but postage is cheaper via Etsy, so it pretty much breaks even.)  I'm charging $1.00 cents to cover the Etsy Listing and money processing fees, plus your postage and the price of your return envelope is included in the cost.  The price I have listed covers First Class Shipping in a padded envelope for a single swap spot (total of $5.50) and Priority Shipping in a Flat Rate Padded envelope for a double spot (total of $7.25).  Since I get postage cheaper purchasing it online, overall this will cost you about the same and printing the shipping labels will be less of a headache for me (I hope!).  International swappers are also welcome, although you will need to get your fabrics in the mail as soon as possible so they will get here in time.  International postage varies...and unfortunately is pretty expensive since USPS raised international rates dramatically earlier this year.

To sign-up, please go to my Etsy Shop here to purchase your spot and sign-up.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

20+ Awesome Apple Recipes, Crafts, and Kid Activities and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Living in Central Washington Farm Country, apples are a BIG deal around here this time of year.  Everyday, we drive past apple orchards full to bursting and waiting to be picked.  Marissa did a great job putting together this weeks round-up!

Apple season is here. Celebrate with over 20 Awesome Apple Crafts and Recipes.
Lots of great apple recipes, crafts and kid activities
These fun apple creations will make your taste buds happy and feed you and your little ones' crafty hearts Mini Apple Pies | Apple Sauce Pouch Wrappers | Apple Stamped Tea Towel | Stuffed Apple Cinnamon Sticks | Apple Candy Pouches Apple Kids Music Shaker Craft | Apple Coffee Cake |Back to School Pudding Packs|Felt Apple Slices | Baked Apple Recipe Caramel Apple Eggrolls | Apple Embroidery Hoop| Apple Cinnamon Raisins Bread Pudding| Caramel Apple Fudge | Apple in Apple Pies Caramel Apple Muffins | Apple Basket Sugar Cookies | Cinnamon Apple Donut | Apple Cheesecake Bars
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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today as this week’s host. Here are a few of my favorite projects since I hosted last time!
Awesome recipes, books, and crafts
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Friday, September 9, 2016

DIY Astronaut Boots with Aluminor - Silver Moon Boots

Need some cool silver moon boots to go with your astronaut costume?  We've got you covered.  These are easy to make. Note: This post contains affiliate links.

Our boys have an outerspace themed room and my youngest says he wants to be an astronaut when he grows up...so when we saw astronaut costumes as Costco we couldn't resist.  (This is a similar astronaut costume on Amazon.) The costume didn't come with any kind of footwear though, so we thought we'd make our own Astronaut boots.

All you need is some Aluminor ™ cushioned material, some old snow boots, and a glue gun and in less than half an hour, you'll have your own cool silver moon boots.

You can get my full tutorial with step-by-step photos on the Fairfield World site here.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Monster Pillows - Halloween Pillows - at See Vanessa Craft

I'm excited to be taking part in #30CraftyDaysOfHalloween over at See Vanessa Craft.  I decided to use these fun Furry Monster Pillows  as my contribution.  They're SO fast and easy.

I'd only planned to make a couple of pillows, but when my kids saw them, they each insisted that they needed their own.

The faux fur from Shannon Fabrics was so much fun to work with and comes in so many fun colors and textures.  (I used Golden Wolf FurPurple Monkey Shag FurOrange Candy Shag Fur, and Embossed Chevron Cuddle® in Jade, all from Shannon Fabrics.)  Then adding a little Poly-Fil® from Fairfield World and giant animal eyes and you're all set.

Get all the details and step-by-step photos over at See Vanessa Craft.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

20 Easy Go-To Meals and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Now that school is back in session and things start to get back in routine.   Our schedules start to get crazy and dinner time is always rushed, so I found 20+ recipes that are easy and would make great go to recipe.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2016

DIY Classroom Reading Corner with Cuddle® Fabric and Fairfield World

Every elementary school classroom needs somewhere comfortable to curl up with a good book.  Of all the reading areas we've helped with (and there have been a lot), this DIY Reading Corner is definitely my favorite.  HUGE thanks to Fairfield World for donating all the "insides" supplies for this project and another HUGE thanks to Shannon Fabrics for donating all of colorful chevron cuddle fabrics.  Both companies jumped into action when I requested materials and we got this project finished just in time for the first day of school.  Fairfield World has compensated me for writing this post, but all ideas, opinions, and enthusiasm are 100% my own.  This post also contains affiliate links.

My daughter's first grade teacher last year was brand-new to our school, and this year, she got to move in to a larger room with space for a reading corner.  She wanted a really large bench with lots of pillows for relaxing.  She's decorated her room with bright bulletin boards surrounded with chevron trim, so we decided to keep with that theme for the reading corner too.
We used mostly solid Embossed Chevron Cuddle® for the larger pillows and then made some smaller accent pillows using the Easiest Ever Cuddle® Pillow Instructions on Shannon Fabrics blog.

We also knew that it was a MUST that the reading bench cover and pillow covers come off for easy washing.  I NEVER donate any fabric goods to the school that can't be washed.