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

Follow me on Facebook and be sure to join me as I sew every week on Mondays at 4pm EST and Tuesdays at 1pm EST. See more from the gorgeous By the Sea Fabric line.

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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.

Awesome Paint Projects and Block Party

Give your stuff a makeover with these great paint projects!
 DIY paint projects
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12 Must Make DIY Pouch Tutorials and Block Party

One of my favorite things to sew are pouches here are 12 Must Make DIY Pouch Tutorials.

Lots of awesome DIY pouch tutorials great sewing projects

Lined Zippered Pouch | Scrappy Quilted Bag | Running Phone Pouch Iphone Pouch | Embroidered Zipper Pouch | Color Me Snack Bags Cork Zip Pouch | Simple Clutch | Circular Pouch Dish Towel Bags | Fabric Heart Treat Bags | Reusable Snack Pouch I love how versatile pouches are. These DIY pouch tutorials are and easy to make a great use of scraps. And best of all I don't think anyone can have too many pouches! Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I hope your 2017 has been off to a great start. Here are a few of my favorite posts since last time I was host.

easy diy sewing tutorial for shamrock pillows

St. Patrick's Day Pillows plus how to make Fabric Iron-ons and cut fabric on a Cricut.

Great reading list. Lots of Young Adult Books

Feel like something good to read? Here are some great ones!

DIY Disney Ears super cute and easy for Disneyland trips

These DIY Disney Ears are my new favorite thing to make they are super easy and super cute. You've got to see all the different ones too!

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DIY Scrappy St. Patrick’s Day Pillowcases

These DIY Scrappy St. Patrick's Day Pillowcases are so quick and easy and they make for a super fun festive addition to your green decor.

quick st. patrick's day pillowcase sewing tutorial

Pillowcases are by far my favorite holiday decor. They are so easy but really do change the look of a whole room. These St. Patrick's day ones are extra awesome because they are a fun scrap busting project.

love this sewing tutorial. Easy DIY st. Patrick's day decor

Scrappy Charm Pillowcase

This little green pillowcase is a St. Patrick's Day version of my Love Valentine's Day pillow case I made years ago. I've been meaning to make one forever and I'm so glad I finally did! For the written directions and supply list see the Love Pillow tutorial or watch the video below.  
 

Shamrock and Four Leaf Clover Pillowcase Tutorial

Watch the full instructions in the video above. For a basic pillow case tutorial and how to change the dimensions to fit other sized pillow forms see my envelope pillowcase tutorial.

  1. Iron the heat and bond to your scraps of fabric.
  2. Place your fabric bound to the heat and bond on the cutting mat paper side down. And cut on the Cricut Explore with the card stock setting.
  3. Remove paper backing and arrange on front side of main pillow fabric and iron in place.
  4. Top stitch around each clover.
  5. Cut "lucky" or other phrase out of gold vinyl and iron in place. See this post for more info on using heat transfer vinyl.
  6. Fold the back pieces of the pillow over and pin into place. It should form a square the size of your pillow form (for me 18").
  7. Sew along each side to seal the pillow case. Serge to finish if desired.
  8. Turn right side out and stuff with pillow form.

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This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!

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Great St. Patrick's Day Recipes

How to Sew a Raglan Shirt Tutorial

Whether you're a baby or adult my favorite shirt style is the baseball tee. Today I'm going to show you how to sew a raglan shirt.

How to sew a raglan shirt tutorial and patterns

The way these shirts come together are the exact same whatever size you're making and not only that but I am sharing my absolute favorite patterns for these shirts. Because even though there are plenty of patterns out there in the world these are the ones that I have found fit the best. A DIY pacifier clip that baby can't pull off. Step by step instructions for 15 minute tutorialBest Raglan Shirt Patterns I'll be sewing one of these live on Facebook later today (2/21 at 1pm EST) and then I'll edit the video down so we have a nice step by step video that you can see. But if you want to see it in real time and be able to ask questions or just hang out I'd love you to tune in! how to sew a raglan shirt sewing tutorial for baby through adult sizes What to Do
  1. Cut out fabric
  2. With right sides together sew/serge (I'll say sew from now on but I usually use a serger. If you sew it you need to use a stretch stitch.) the front bodice piece to one of the sleeve pieces matching the front side of the sleeve to the bodice piece. Repeat for the other side.
  3. With right sides together sew the back side of the sleeve pieces to the back bodice piece.
  4. With right sides together sew down the sleeve and side seam. It should now look like a shirt.
  5. Sew the short ends of the neck binding right sides together to make a tube. Iron in half.
  6. Mark the center front and back of the neck hold of the shirt as well as the binding. Pin together and sew together stretching the binding to fit as you go.
  7. Finish the sleeves and hem. Depending on your pattern you could do this with a band similar with how you did it the neck binding in steps 5 and 6 or you can just fold the edges under and Babies through 12 year olds Unisex.
  8. If you want you can top stitch around the collar and bands.

my favorite raglan shirt pattern

This is how you would sew a raglan whether you are doing short sleeves, long sleeves, cap sleeves, kid shirts, adult shirts, slouch style, traditional baseball, or even a dress. Love this Gilmore Girls shirt and great sewing pattern for slouchy sweatshirt. Read Like Rory tutorial You also might like:

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Super delicious and easy spinach artichoke

12 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes and Block Party

Welcome to this week's linky party! I've already started gathering ideas for a fun family meal on March 17 - and these St. Patrick's Day recipes are colorful, delicious and will cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages!
12 Delicious St. Patrick's Day Recipes
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Books to Read in a Garden (or in a Garden Skirt)

I think I was born in the wrong era. I would love so much for my days to be filled with reading in a beautiful flower garden.

books to read in a garden or in a cute garden skirt

Instead I'm go go go with a bazillion things always fighting for my time and attention. And as much as I'd love to don a stuffy dress and lounge in the sun with my current read, a stretchy Cents of Style Floral Skirt is a little more realistic for me. The print is so vibrant it's almost as good as sitting right in a rose garden, almost.

cute comfy knit floral pencil skirt great for momlife

I thought it would be fun to pretend that I did have that garden reading life and share a bunch of books to read in a garden (or in a garden skirt) as the case might be! I've read a lot of great books recently and any of these would be perfect for a little garden escape. There's a little bit of everything here.

Cute floral skirt and great reading list

Click on the book titles to read the official description of of each!

  • A Study in Charlotte - YA Detective - You guys this follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, descendants of THE Holmes and Watson. The college aged counter parts are hilarious, Charlotte has the same vices as her ancestors and the detective tale pulled me right in and was so entertaining. The second book just came out and I can't wait to read it although the first book totally stands on it's own. I hope there are many many of these.
  • Flawed - YA Dystopian - I LOVED this book. It took me back to the good old dystopian days with a feel of Delirium and Divergent (but without those awful endings). In this world you have to be perfect. If you make a lapse in moral judgement you're branded (yup with an iron branded) and labeled as flawed and you are subjected to different rules. That means there is no learning from mistakes, at least not publicly. Just read this it was GOOOD.
  • Frost Like Night (book 3 of the Snow Like Ashes series) - Fantasy - If you want to get wrapped up in a completely different world I adored Frost Like Night, the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I did love the whole trilogy which takes place in a world that is divided up into seasons each season is a different realm. There is a crazy amount of action and fighting and magic tied into the different seasons.
  • The Problem With Forever - Contemporary - Confession I'm not quite done with this but it has already grabbed me so hard I didn't want to leave it off. Mallory hasn't seen Rider in years despite growing up together on the same bad side of the foster system. It's been 4 years since that awful night and so many things have changed. This has everything a teen book should, cute boys, great drama, mean girls, parental issues, awesome friends, and some real conflict. I can't wait to finish it.
  • The Diabolical - YA Sci-Fi - Nemesis was created to be a protector and now she finds herself having to pose as her charge in order to save her life. While undercover though nemesis finds herself in the middle of a twisted political scheme. This was a great dose of Sci-fi, great villains, and relationships. There's something about it that reminds me of Levana and the Lunars from Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles while being totally different and it's own story.
  • Anne of Green Gables  - Can you believe I haven't read this before? I was totally smitten this is a PERFECT book to escape into for a light entertaining read. I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous. Full of spunk and character Anne isn't your typical girl but she tries her best to be good. Love her silly conundrums and sweet heart.
  • The Serpent King - YA Contemporary - While this book isn't all rainbows and sunbeams there's something about it that really grabbed me. The story follows a group of small town friends with some heavy struggles. Things from not fitting in to living in the shadow of some pretty awful parents the kids are great friends.
  • The Chemist - Ex- Spy Story - This is way more The Host Stephanie Meyer that Twilight Stephanie Meyer and it was good. It was full of adventure with some really fun characters who find themselves running from their former employers. It's full of fantastic actions, great characters and even some great romance. Plus it's a solid standalone so perfect for a weekend binge reading session or to take along on a trip!
  • A Torch Against the Night (book # 3 of Ember in the Ashes) - Dystopian/Light Fantasy - Fans of Hunger Games you'll love this finished series. Obviously start with book one, but these books have been my favorites that I have read over the last year. Such an interesting unique story about kids trained to become ruthless militia tied in with some crazy fantasy and lots of intense action. The characters are amazing and the story is so fun I loved these.

Great reading list. Lots of Young Adult Books

This weekend Cents of Style has a ton of gorgeous and comfy floral skirts like this one on sale. They are all so pretty Just use the code is FLORALSTORY and it will make each skirt $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 2/17 through 2/19. I love this navy one the fabric is so pretty and comfy and the rose print on it is absolutely stunning in person. And then you too can pretend you're reading in a beautiful flower garden instead of in between stolen moments of the daily grind!   You also might like:

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