Sunday, November 27, 2016

9 Beautiful DIY Gift Ideas and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Now that Thanksgiving has wrapped up, it's time to get serious about making holiday gifts! Handmade and DIY gifts are my favorite to give AND to receive.
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Isn't it so fun to think about what sort of personalized gifts to give? There are so many ways to make gifts special and save money, too. I've rounded up some favorites here:

Since this is my first time hosting the block party, I should introduce myself! I'm Susan from Bite Sized Biggie. I work a team of bloggers who share tips, ideas, projects and recipes that make life a little sweeter and more manageable. susan-from-bite-sized-biggie

We share so much GREAT stuff that we make and find that it's hard to choose favorites, but these are 3 of my all-time favorite posts:3-favorites-bite-sized-biggie

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

20+ DIY Christmas Decorations and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

I know that it's not Thanksgiving yet, but it's time to at least start thinking about Christmas decorations, especially if you are thinking about making them!  Here are some great DIY decor ideas that you can make this holiday season. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

How to Make Newt Scamander's Magical Case

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out yesterday, and we went to see it, with our very own  Newt's Magical Case in hand.  My husband got stopped carrying it into the theater, and then when he opened it up to show the lady...several of them got loose...for real...he fumbled the case a bit and some of them fell out.  Thanks to Fairfield World for helping out with several of the supplies and compensating me for this post.  And thanks to Shannon Fabrics for providing the Cuddle fabric.  All thoughts, ideas, opinions, and enthusiasm are 100% my own.  This post contains affiliate links to help support my blog and bring you other fun projects.


Being as Harry Potter crazy at our house as we are, our whole family has been looking forward to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out, so I used some of that pent up enthusiasm to make our own magical case.  Of course it needed a Muggle-Worthy setting that would only show clothes, and another option for (almost) safely holding all sorts of fantastic beasts.  I can't absolutely promise that one won't escape by accident.  (I've gotten lots of questions from friends about child appropriateness of the movie now that I've seen it...this cute guy in the picture will be playing with his magical beasts at HOME and will not be seeing the movie in the theater.)

Not knowing exactly what beasts would make an appearance in the movie, I did my best to find realistic looking figures that were as close to possible as creatures from the Harry Potter series.  These were ordered from Safari Ltd.  They all look amazing...but none of these specific creatures show up in the movie.  It seems that they made a deliberate decision to only include beasts of Rowling's own invention in this movie, so unless you're crafting your own creatures, you may need to stick to some of these more traditional ones.  I used:

Sunday, November 13, 2016

35+ Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Whether you're hosting the whole Thanksgiving Dinner this year or you've been assigned to bring a side dish or dessert, you're sure to find something to fit everyone's taste.  There's everything from traditional to unique, and vegan to bacon wrapped chicken.  


 It's time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly| Bite Size Biggie!  Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we've been up to some fun things lately.
Polly here from Pieces by Polly.  
http://www.piecesbypolly.com/

I have to admit...I haven't posted any new projects on my blog since the last time I hosted because I've been SO busy designing and creating some new items for my Harry Potter Themed Etsy Shop so that it's well stocked for Christmas.  You can check them out here in my Pieces by Polly Shop on Etsy. 
You can also find me hanging out here:

Before we move onto the party, I wanted to share some bitter-sweet news.  Tiffany from Making the World Cuter has decided to no longer host the weekly Block Party with us.  We'll miss her!  She could never be replaced, but we're excited to announce that Susan from Bite Size Biggie is joining the team to help us out in hosting.  Look forward to her introducing herself more in the couple weeks.

And while I've got your attention...We also wanted to let you know that we would LOVE if in addition to all of your fresh new projects you link-up every week, you also wanted to link up any oldie-but-goodie projects that fit each weeks link-up theme.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

20+ Christmas Ornaments the Whole Family Can Help Make and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

DIY Christmas Ornaments are one of my all time favorite things. I love inspecting a tree and seeing a variety of treasures that tell the story and history of a family. Great list of Christmas ornament tutorials. Tons of DIY christmas ornaments that would be great for kid activities too.
Mini Collage Upcycled Lid Ornament | Popsicle Stick Ornament | Metal Marker Gift Tags (would be fun to hang these as ornaments) | Harry Potter Potions Ornament Bottle Brush Jar Ornaments | Beach Themed Ornament | Scroll Saw Ornament | Toddler Ornament Gemstone Ornament | Pearler Bead Ornaments | Christmas Star Ornament | Reindeer Ornament snowman ornament | Hole Punch Ornament | Wood Glitter Ornament | mason jar lid ornament Rustic Wood Ornament | Scented Clay Ornament | Snow Globe Ornament | Glass Glitter Ornament Chalkboard Ornament | Foam Ornaments | Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament | Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament | Money Ornament One of my favorite parts about handmade Christmas ornaments is that everyone in the family can join in on the fun. Here are a collection of over 20 awesome DIY Christmas Ornament tutorials perfect for the whole family.

  Rae Gun guest posting picture 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!
  Great tutorials and sewing projects
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

15 Creative Pie Ideas and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Pie is without a doubt my favorite food of the Thanksgiving holidays.  I always make sure there is enough for plenty of left-overs and I'm ready to move beyond Halloween!  (Stay safe tomorrow everyone!)

You don't have to be American to be thankful for pie though, am I right? There are so many variations of pie out there, that I thought I would round up 15 creative pie ideas that might be a little different than your traditional desserts you serve on Turkey Day! 15 Creative Pie Ideas

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Strawberry Kiss Shopkins Costume and Trick-or-Treat Bag


After much deliberation this year, Rebecca finally decided she wanted to dress up as a Shopkin for Halloween, and she fell in love with this Shopkin Strawberry Kiss Costume from Oriental Trading Company.  (Disclaimer:  Oriental Trading Company and Fairfield World provided me with free products to try and Fairfield World compensated me for this post.  However all thoughts, ideas, opinions, and enthusiasm are 100% my own.)  Besides Strawberry Kiss they also offer a Cupcake Queen costume.   Oriental Trading Company is definitely Halloween Headquarters with LOTS of other fun Halloween Costumes to choose from.

The Strawberry Kiss costume is wonderful on it's own, but we added a green T-shirt and red polka dot leggings underneath for added warm and comfort for wearing to school.  We also needed to make a few of our own accessories, including this super early Trick-or-Treating bag.  The sparkly red polka dots in the dress immediately made me think of the red metallic Oly-Fun­™ and the bag only took about 20 minutes to make.  I've sided the bag to hold plenty of Halloween goodies to make your child happy...but small enough to fill up without TOO much trick-or-treating.  You can size up or down according to your needs.


Here's what you'll need to make your own:
1/2 Yard Metallic Red Oly-Fun ™
Scissors or Rotary Cutter and ruler
Sewing machine, thread, and related supplies.
Scraps of white, yellow and green oly-fun for the embellishiments (or purchase an Oly-Fun Variety Pack.)
Low-Temp Glue Gun and Glue
Double sided tape OR pins

Instructions:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

14 Halloween DIY Costumes You'll Love and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up


Little House on the Prairie CostumeRacoon Mask and Costume | Minecraft Trunk-or-TreatWhere's Waldo Family Costume | Last Minute Ninja Costumes |  Easy DIY Star Wars Family Costumes | Bird CostumeDIY My Little Pony Fluttershy Equestria Costume | Easy Hawkeye Costume | Bob Ross Tree and Squirrel Costume  |  Baby Kristoff Costume (Frozen)Sharknado Costume | Lego Man Costume | DIY Olaf Costume

Halloween is right around the corner, so we've got some fun Halloween costume inspiration for you.  If your kids are anything like mine, Halloween costume plans is just about all they can talk or think about...and changing those plans.  

It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly!  Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we've been up to some fun things lately.
Polly here from Pieces by Polly.  
http://www.piecesbypolly.com/

Since the last time I hosted, you could say I've been living in a fantasy world (with the exception of the astronaut costume.)  Here's a peek at what I've been doing since the last time I hosted.
I'm also hosting an I-Spy Square Swap this week.  There are still a few spots open if anyone is interested.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rey Costume in 10 Minutes - Last Minute Star Wars Costume


This Rey Skywalker costume is SO easy to put together.  You'll be done in less than 10 minutes with some Oly-Fun™ craft material and a few wardrobe staples, and NO sewing involved.  With Star Wars The Force Awakens so popular this year, this costume is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  And a big thanks to Fairfield World for supporting my blog by providing me with materials and compensating me for this post.  All thoughts, ideas, opinions, and enthusiasm are all my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Need a Jedi costume to go with your Rey Costume?  You can find my instructions for how to make one in under 30 minutes on the Fairfield site here.  Jedi Costume with Oly-Fun in Under 30 minutes.



Now accessories often make-or-break the costume, so you'll want to check out how to make Rey's staff here.  (It will take a bit more than 10 minutes because you'll need to let the spray paint dry.)
Here's what you'll need to make a child's Rey Costume: