DIY Gift Ideas She Will Love and Block Party

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

Rose Cork Coasters | Appreciation Letter Tutorial | Post-it Note Gift

Circular Bag Tutorial | Lemon Hand Soap | Wooden Bead Key Chain 

Embroidered Bookmark | Painted China Ware | DIY Jewelry Hanger

Fingerprint Bookmarks | Ombre Earrings | Lemon Candles

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!

Easiest Way to Make Perfect 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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Graduation Gifts and Block Party!

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.

DIY-Graduation

Graduation Cupcakes

Free Printable Graduation Card

Book Cushions

May the Odds Keychain

Happy Day Art

Free Printable Graduation Card

Treat Bag Toppers

Graduation Subway Art

Pretzel Pops

Photo Wheel

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20+ Easter Foods and Treats and 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!
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25 DIY Easter Eggs and Block Party

You'll love these 25 new and classic ideas for decorating DIY Easter Eggs. DIY Easter Eggs decorating and recipes
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DIY Elsa and Anna Sister Shirts with Cricut

I'm pretty obsessed with these DIY Frozen Elsa and Anna sister shirts. No surprise since it's the perfect wearable costume. DIY Frozen Sister Elsa and Anna shirt tutorial My sister gave the girls a trip to Disneyland for Christmas and the one thing she wanted for their trip were Elsa and Anna shirts. Sure I could have just grabbed some blank shirts and vinyl-ized them but I can't resist a good costume-y project so I tried to make versions of shirts that had elements of the characters' outfits.

Frozen Elsa and Anna Shirt Tutorials

I was so giddy about how these turned out plus I love how they can wear these to school. Their trip was back in February  but I've got both of the girls wearing these multiple times since and you know there isn't a better compliment you can give someone who makes you clothes than wearing them alot :).

What You Need

i'm-her-elsa-anna-downloada

What to do
  1. Sew the shirts according to the pattern directions. I opted for hemming the Anna sleeve and bottom hems with the my favorite method instead of the bands but that's a personal preference and doesn't really change the look.
  2. For Elsa when adding the sleeve band instead of folding the band piece in half and sewing, fold it in half, cut it and then fold in half to find the center (for the finger loop) cut it at an angle. Cut a small piece of elastic and pin it between the two layers of the cuff. Then resew the angled side. Sew the short edges together and now you can add the cuff like normal.
  3. Use the free design and cut out vinyl with the Cricut. And iron onto the shirts.If you don't already know how to use iron-on vinyl see this post.
  4. For Anna, use gold thread and sew a decorative stitch across the sleeve seams.
  5. For Elsa hand sew the sequins along the top.

I'm her anna shirt tutorial

You don't have to do the detailing if you don't have fun stitches on your sewing machine but I absolutely adore how it turned out with the gold metallic thread.

Frozen Elsa Shirt Tutorial

This was one of my first times sewing sequins and it was pretty easy I just kind of took stitches and tied knots every 3-4 pieces since if one stitch pops I don't want ALL the pieces falling off.

DIY Elsa and Anna Frozen shirts

I just love how these are regular shirts but how the hood totally is a nod to Anna's cape and the sequins is like all of Elsa's sparkles!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Awesome Outdoors Projects and Block Party

Welcome to this week's linky party! As the weather begins to warm up above the equator, it's time to think about spending more time OUTSIDE! I've gathered up a bunch of fun ideas that'll make time outside more comfortable and more fun! Outdoor-DIY-Projects perfect for spring and summer

Braided Edge Fleece Blankets

How to Build a Fire Pit

5 Minute Hot Packs

30 Minute Backyard Makeover

Bottle Bird Feeder

Pallet Swing

Monogrammed Garden Flag

Tin Can Oil Lamp

Tips for Painting Outdoor Planters

DIY Outdoor Bar

Industrial Beverage Cart

Cedar Cube Landscape Lights

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Awesome Animal Crafts Recipes and Kid Ideas and Block Party

Let's have some fun with animals. How fun are all these animal crafts, recipes, and kid ideas!?

DIY ANIMAL CRAFTS RECIPES KIDS

From spring chicks and caterpillars to cosy polar bear and sheep there are some awesome animal projects that will be sure to supply hours of fun for the little ones.

bath toys they'll play with for hours | Fantastic Beasts suitcase | caterpillar catapult 

caterpillar egg carton craft | chick toilet roll craft | Monkey cupcakes

DIY puff paint (Butterflies) | Hot Cocoa Polar Bears | bunny mask

crochet cat | Bunny Candy Pouches | Cork Butterfly Craft

sheep cupcake | Bear Hood Tutorial Chick and bunny handprints

Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I am so excited Spring has finally arrived! And when I think of Spring I think animals. Here are a few other fun projects for you to check out!

How to Sew a Dress

Knock-off recipe for The Great Harvest's famous cinnaburst bread - Rae GUn Ramblings

Cinnaburst Bread

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How to Sew a Dress Video Tutorial

I sewed this dress in about 2 hours. It's true and I'm going to show you how I did it. DIY tutorial for how to sew a dress When I first saw this amazing By the Sea fabric from Riley Blake I was all swoon. I have a thing for waves and marine life fabrics but most that I've found are overly cutesy. I just adored these prints and knew I needed to make a new dress. I used the Sea Main Blue fabric and the Navy Arrow Fabric

How to sew a dress great sewing tutorial

I sewed it live on Facebook in two 1 hour sessions plus a little 15 minute finish I didn't record and the time it took for me to cut the fabric out. Not too shabby right? For now you can watch the replays in their entirety (you can skip around) but I'll be editing them down so that they are not real time and easy to quickly see the steps. Part 1 (click here if the video doesn't load it's finicky)
Part 2 (click here if the video doesn't load it's finicky)
Feel free to pin this post so you can come back once it's updated. I had hopes of doing this before but being sick most of last week threw a wrench into things.

make a flexible dress from woven fabric

Just like when you're cooking when you know the basic steps and order to sewing you can pretty much wing anything. For dress making (with lined bodice) the order usually goes like this:
  1. Any details on the bodice. For this one sewing that contrasts panel would be where I'd start. and then the darts.
  2. Sew the shoulders together. With right sides together sew the front pieces to the back at the shoulders.
  3. Repeat with lining fabric.
  4. Pin bodice piece to bodice lining piece and sew around the neck.
  5. Sew the bodice piece to the lining piece along the armhole.
  6. Turn right side out by reaching through the front bodice piece through the shoulder seam and grabbing the back bodice piece. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Open up the fabric and pin the right sides of the fabric together and the lining together to sew down the side seam (if you are doing an elastic back like I did I wait to do this step since it's easy to have the fabric flat).
  8. Sew the back together by matching up the right sides of the fabric together and the right sides of the lining to each other. (See my elastic back tutorial if you want to add that feature and then do step 7).
  9. Sew the skirt by sewing the side seams of the skirt.
  10. Finish the top and bottom edges on a serger.
  11. Gather the skirt. This is hands down my favorite technique for gathering skirts.
  12. Pin the bodice to the skirt with right sides together. Stat by matching up side seams and then the center front and center back of the skirt and bodice.
  13. Sew together. Finish with a serger or zig zag stitch.
  14. Hem the skirt.
  15. Make a sash if desired. See this sash tutorial if you don't already know how to do that.

DIY beside the sea dress tutorial

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Recipes and Block Party

St. Patrick's Day is this week, what has happened to March??  How is it already time for another holiday!  And of course I haven't done anything for it, but I'm sure on March 16th I'll be doing something, haha! There is still plenty of time to do something for the holiday and here are 30 plus ideas to get your motivation going!
 
30+ St. Patrick's Day Foods and Crafts
 
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Macy’s Fashion Place Live Cooking

This post is sponsored by Macy’s Culinary Council through Everywhere Agency.

Two of our favorite things are eating and strolling the Mall.

Macy's Cooking

I was so excited to turn the corner of our favorite mall last week to find that Macy's is moving in. If you're free and want to hang out this Friday, March 10 at 6 pm is the grand opening of the new Macy's at Fashion Place in Murray, UT. And what's even more fun is that Cake Boss: Next Great Baker winner Dana Herbert will be doing a live cooking demo.

Sweet Savory Union

Fun right!? He'll be showing how to make 3 dishes and sharing samples. There will even be a meet and greet and book signing for those who purchase $35 worth of goodies from the home department*! This is a FREE even but make sure to RSVP for the to secure your spot! Plus, you’ll get a free $10 Macy's gift card at the event**. I'm super excited I've always wanted to check out a cooking demo. I think Teddy my little chef will LOVE it! It would be so fun to see you there. *Purchase must be made at Macy’s Fashion Place on 3/10/17. **Gift card valid 3/10-3/17/17 only. One per customer, while supplies last and time permits. Gift card and book distributed on 3/10/17.