Sunday, July 27, 2014

16 Summer Boredom Busters and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

I don't know about you, but we're getting to that point in the summer where the novelty of being out of school is starting to wear off.  The kids are beginning to complain more and more that they're bored, so I put together a collection of 16 Boredom Busters to keep your kids engaged and help save your sanity until school starts up again.
 
Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  
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I've been playing along with Marissa at Raegun Ramblings during her Happy Harry Potter Series and have posted several fun projects and giveaways, both Potter-themed and otherwise.  Check out my blog for these recent activities:
DIY Accio Books Book ToteHarry Potter Inspired Deathly Hallows Gryffindor Quilt - Harry Potter Inspired Hufflepuff Golden Snitch Quilt - Paper Airplanes and Rockets Quilt
It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Hufflepuff Golden Snitch Quilt - Harry Potter Inspired

I was excited to receive this custom order for a Hufflepuff quilt.
Not only because it's fun to create things for the other Hogwarts houses, but also because the customer wanted a Golden Snitch on the back instead of the Deathly Hallows symbol.  
I'd had a hard time deciding between a Deathly Hallows symbol or golden snitch on the first quilt, so I was happy to try the snitch out.  

Happy Harry Potter Styling Giveaway

Oh my cuteness! You've got to see the cute baby pictures that Debra from Housewife Eclectic and Joyous Moments Photography teamed up with Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings to take some of the world's cutest baby pictures.  Every baby should be so lucky as to have a Harry Potter photo shoot.

And they used a wand, scarf and Hogwarts Acceptance Letter from my Pieces by Polly Shop.  I've started selling the 3-Piece Gift Sets here or the scarves and letters are also sold separately.  So in celebration of such a brilliant photo shoot, Marissa and I have teamed up with a little giveaway, so you can do your own Harry Potter photo shoot (and get a jump start on your Halloween costumes.)


The winner will receive:
  • One Rae Gun Harry Potter outfit. Your choice size, Hogwarts house colors and style. Either the Harry Potter girly swing top set or the Hogwarts Tie onesie set (this can be done with or without ruffles on the bum)
  • One 3 Piece Gift Set from Pieces by Polly. This includes one Wand, a Scarf to the Hogwarts house of choice, one personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, School Packing List, and Hogwarts Express Ticket
  • Make Love Not Horcruxes bag to carry all your photoprops (or favorite books) to your photo shoot!
Enter using the rafflecopter below.
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And don't forget to join the ongoing Happy Harry Potter celebration going on over at RaeGun Ramblings for a whole two weeks in honor of Harry's birthday coming up.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deathly Hallows Gryffindor Quilt - Harry Potter Inspired

I decided it was high time that I combine two of what have become the recent main themes on my blog and combine quilting and Harry Potter...so I give you the Harry Potter inspired Gryffindor and Deathly Hallows Quilt.
I wanted something that would be simple to sew together.
 
Something that would not be cheesy or cartoony.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Accio Books - Book Tote Tutorial - Happy Harry Potter Celebration


I'm super excited to be part of Happy Harry Potter - Wizarding Wonderfulness over at Raegun Ramblings today!  The celebration will be going on for the next two weeks in honor of Harry Potter's birthday coming up on July 31st.  And there's an awesome giveaway toward the bottom of this post, so be sure to scroll all the way down and check it out.

http://www.raegunramblings.com/category/harry-potter/hhp2014-harry-potter

Harry Potter themed fun has been an ongoing theme on my blog for a couple years now, and I've got some fun stuff planned here as well.

Today, I've got a pattern for an Accio Books bag for you...perfect to carrying your favorite Harry Potter books around...

...and a trip with Hermione to the library.

And if you don't feel up to making your own, I now offer Accio Books bags for sale in my Etsy Shop here.

To pull this off, all you need are a few basic supplies:  Some freezer paper, metallic fabric paint, razor blade or scalple, plain tote bag, and an iron.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Paper Airplanes and Rockets Modern TrianglesQuilt - Using fabric from Children at Play by Sarah Jane Studios


I finished up this Children at Play Boy Quilt a couple months ago, but just haven't gotten a chance to blog about it until now.  This quilt is available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

Children at Play by Sarah Jane Studios is one of my favorite fabric lines ever...especially the prints with boys doing brainy things like playing with rockets and paper airplanes.  Unfortunately, they're getting pretty hard to find.  So about a year and a half ago I tracked down as many of the boy prints as I could, and I started a twin sized Children at Play quilt for Anson.  That quilt is still not finished...but cutting it out gave me all these yummy left-over triangles.

I used some of the bolder colored "After School" triangles a while back to make this quilt with white triangles thrown in.  (See more details about Modern Rocket Launch Triangle Quilt in bold colors here.  This quilt available to purchase in my shop here.)

I love contrast, though, so I didn't want to use the white prints with white background triangles.  I saved all the white prints and less bold "Over the Fence" colored triangles to use in this quilt.  The solid triangles are Kona Cotton in Celery.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

16 DIY Jewelry Tutorials and The Weekly Block Party Link-Up

16 Fabulous DIY Jewelry tutorials - Rae Gun Ramblings
Ombre Clay Necklace | Paper Necklace | Shattered Mirror Necklace | Painted Wood Bead Necklace | Book Page Bracelet | Scrabble Tile Necklace | Rainbow Bracelet | Rhinestone Earring | Chevron Necklace | Stud Earrings | Cluster Necklace | Dog Tag Necklace | Washer Necklace | Polka Dot Necklace | Tear Drop Earrings | Neon Stacking Bracelet  

It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly I hope you are all have a fantastic week.   \
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It's me Marissa and I'm your host this week. I hope you like all the DIY Jewelry Tutorials that I rounded up from the last few months of Block Parties. Seriously I want to make them all! SO much cuteness.
Two weeks of awesome Harry Potter DIYs, recipes, book reviews and giveaways - Rae Gun Ramblings
I've been busy planning a HUGE Harry Potter blog series that starts tomorrow. I hope you'll stop by and send your favorite Harry Potter loving friend to my blog for great tutorials, recipes, book reviews, and giveaways. Tomorrow I'll kick it off with a giant giveaway including all kinds of Potter awesomeness and a 50$ AMAZON gift card. Hope to see you there! Now let's see what you've been up to! Be sure to read over the guidelines…
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