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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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

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My new favorite party recipe. This spinach artichoke dip recipe is SO good and easy. Perfect appetizer or snack.

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!
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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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Lots of books for every type of Harry Potter Fan

20 Last Minute Valentines and Block Party

Valentine's Day is like 2 days away and I haven't done a thing, awww!  Anyone else in the same boat?  Luckily for all of us, there are lots of great last minute valentines out there.  Here are 20 plus ideas that will make making homemade valentines a cinch!
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Reversible Kids Book Bag Tutorial and Bookroo Review

sponsored-affiliate-disclosure No more juggling awkward sized kid books with this easy kids book bag tutorial and learn about my newest book mail favorite, Bookroo.

children's book bag tutorial with free pattern. Big enough tote for picture books. Easy sewing project.

We're book fanatics in my house. It's not just me and all my YA Lit either. My kiddo has just as many books as I do, maybe more. We have books shelves (or at least designated spots for books) in every single room.

How to find unique Children's books

I don't think I need to convince you guys about how valuable it is to read to our little ones but here are a few of my favorites perks. From problem solving to random facts about the world, to the beginnings of reading, when we read to our kids they learn. There is a special bonding that happens when you read together. There is almost always cuddling just since it's the natural position to sharing a book and the reading time is focused in a way that little other activities are in our hyper connected world. And with the mesh of those two reading somehow opens up amazing conversations. Books and kids are just a good mix.

Read to me please. Toddler sized library book bag and bookroo subscription review. Fun gift idea.

We love our time at the library and sometimes bring home books but when the kids are so little and let's face it germy I honestly prefer to own our own. So I'm thrilled to be partnering with Bookroo a monthly book subscription. Every month we will be getting some happy book mail. I know that I love my Owlcrate so I'm crazy excited that Teddy will have his own bookish box! I think this would make just the perfect gift for just about any kid. More info and how to get 20% off a Bookroo subscription below.

Unique Gift Idea for Toddlers and Older Children. Great birthday present or Christmas gift.

Have you ever noticed that picture books can be so large and not fit in your standard book bag? Umm yeah. So I thought it would be fun to make a book bag specifically to tote Teddy's reads in. My design is nice and wide, perfect for lugging those over-sized books around plus I've got a little slot for your library card. Fun right?

reversible toddler book bag sewing tutorial and free pattern

What You Need
  • 1/2 Yard Outer Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Fabric
  • Iron-On Vinyl (optional)
  • Reading Design (optional, just right click and save from this post)

 
What to do
  1. Cut Outer into two pieces each 16 inches wide x 17 tall. Make sure your fabric faces the right direction if it's a directional print.
  2. Repeat with the Inner Fabric.
  3. Cut two strips fabric 6 inches wide by 17 tall. If you're using quilting cottons that are 44 inches wide this should be the remaining fabric after you cut the outer and inner pieces. This can be out of either fabric this will be your strap fabric.
  4. With right sides together sew the sides and bottom edges of the outer fabric together. Repeat with the lining fabric.
  5. Turn the outer fabric right sides out.
  6. Sew the card holder on sewing down the sides and bottom edge. To keep the vinyl from sticking to the pressor foot place a piece of wrapping tissue paper in between the vinyl and the foot while you sew. When you are done just pull it off.
  7. Tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric and iron down the top edge of both 1 inch. Set aside.
  8. Sew the two pieces of the strap together along the short edge making sure that your pattern will face the right direction when the strap is attached.
  9. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and sew down. Turn right sides out and iron.
  10. Tuck the ends into the side seams of the bag and sew all around the top edge making sure to catch the lining, outer fabric and the strap.
  11. If you want to add some vinyl do that now. See this iron-on vinyl tutorial if you've never tried that before.

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

So so cute right!?

children are made readers on the laps of their parents emilie huchwald quote and great book bag tutorial with kids book box review

And if you're curious about Bookroo they are letting me offer 20% for you to try it out! They have a board book and picture book option and so far I'm super impressed. Like I said we have A LOT of books and we don't have the ones from this month's box!

What's in a bookroo box. Fun gift idea for toddlers and kids. Monthly children's books.

Bookroo is all about finding the hidden gems to include in their boxes so there's less chance you'll have them already. They have a panel of 12 families (with a total of 22 kids) that rate the books for all kinds of things including re-readability. It's no wonder they find such fun titles! I'm so excited for Teddy to open the box every month. They are giving me a special deal to share, 20% off their 1 month or 3 months subscriptions!

get 20% off bookroo children's book monthly subscription box

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Do you have any favorite kiddo books? Or maybe a book that has received a lot of reading time in your home? I'd love you to tell me about it in the comments!

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

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This sweet little moon shirt is actually inspired by Eric Carle's Papa Please Get the Moon for Me book. An all time favorite read in our family!

great board books for baby showers or first birthday parties

These board books are still some of our most read books in our house!

DIY Disney Ears Crafting Tutorial

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Know anyone heading to Disney any time soon? Well get them ready in style with these darling DIY Disney Ears. SO easy and cute for Disneyland vacations. DIY Disney Ears Tutorial R2D2 Star Wards Princesses. If you're not the crafty type I have linked a bunch of places where you can go ahead and get the ears already made but guys this is really an super duper easy crafting project that even the uncrafty can do!   I made a bunch of them live on Facebook. I'll be editing it down to put here but for now you can catch the replay here. What You Need
  • Printable Mouse Ears Template
  • Headband
  • Cardboard
  • Batting (or fluffed up cotton balls)
  • Fabric for Ears
  • Fabric or Ribbon for bows
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments depending on your character (ex. feathers, jewels, fork, scrapbook paper)
What to Do
  1. Print out free Disney Ears Template. Cut out 2 insert circles out of cardboard.
  2. Lay next to your headband and cut out any of the circle that goes BELOW the headband. Mark left and right.
  3. Cut 4 fabric circles (from template) out of the fabric. These should be two sets of mirror images.
  4. With right sides together sew or glue two pieces of ear fabric together leaving an opening big enough to insert the cardboard.
  5. Insert cardboard.
  6. Stuff with batting or fluffed up cotton balls.
  7. Glue or sew the bottom edge closed folding under to tuck in any raw edges. Repeat for the other ear.
  8. Add any ear embellishments
  9. Sew or tie bow.
  10. Glue ears and bow to the headband.

How to make DIY Disney ears. Star Wars Mouse Ears, Princesses, Villains and more.

But for now here is some inspiration.

Adorable R2D2 Mickey Mouse Ears. Star Wars

Love Star Wars? So do my nieces. I'll be making T some cute R2D2 Mouse Ears!

chewbacca ears so so cute fun star wars mickey mouse ears

Oh and these Chewbacca ears I might have to make them for my sister since we found out grown ups can't wear costumes to Disneyland so she can't wear the Ariel Dress I made her.

maleficient ears great for disneyland trips

Speaking of my sister she requested some Maleficent ears. I think I'll do something like these fun ones above but maybe add in feathers! Help me decide during the live video.

Ariel Little Mermaid Mouse Ears Headband I wanna be where the people are (Disneyland).... But really how stinking cute are these Little Mermaid Ariel Mouse Ears?

cinderella ears adorable mouse hear headband for Disney vacations

My other niece requested Cinderella ears for her Mouse ears headband. I have a feeling that Teddy is going to be super jealous!

Monster's Inc. Sulley Ears love these for Disneyland and Disneyworld

And even though I won't be going to Disneyland with my sister and nieces this year I'm really tempted to make myself a pair of these awesome Sulley from Monster's Inc. Mouse Ears. Crazy cute right!?

DIY Disney Ears super cute and easy for Disneyland trips

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Comic Con Cosplay Etiquette 101

Comic Cons are some of the best people watching there is but there are some things that you should know before Photographing and Taking Video of Cosplayers.

cosplay etiquette how to take pictures at comic con

If you are a costume enthusiast like me you might find yourself giddy to be surrounded by all the amazing cosplay creativity that comes with con life. I'm not going to lie my absolute favorite parts of conventions is the cosplay. Whether it's the variety of Salt Lake Comic Con or the video game focus of PAX I just adore seeing all the amazing DIY costumes. While most cosplayers are flattered by the attention that their costumes bring, there are few things to keep in mind so that, in the midst of your excitement over seeing your favorite character from that obscure-but-awesome fandom come to life, you don't accidentally cross any lines.

Amazing Doctor Who weeping angel cosplay and comic con photo etiquette

  1. Always ask before taking pictures or videos. Most cosplayers are more than willing to pose for a picture, but make sure you ask permission before clicking that shutter.
  2. Respect the person in the costume. While it might be normal to throw an arm around your friends in photos, don't assume that's okay when posing for pictures with cosplayers. Sometimes the contact might damage their costume and, more than that, they are strangers - you've got to ask before touching strangers. If you want to put your arm around their shoulders or waist, ask first. Under no circumstance is it appropriate to try to touch a cosplayer inappropriately. Make sure to stay away from private areas. If their costume has patches of exposed skin, be extra considerate. And finally, if they don't say yes, that means no.
  3. Don't touch the costumes or props. Sometimes in the excitement over the awesomeness of a costume it might be easy to forget that there is someone in that thing. If the costume is oh-so-amazing and you're oh-so-curious about how something feels, do not try to sneak a touch. Oftentimes, costumes are more delicate than they look and some people just do not want to be touched even if it's through layers of gear. Politely ask if it's okay and respect their answer.
  4. Consider your timing. Cons are long and everyone - including cosplayers - needs to take breaks to eat and run to the bathroom. If they are sitting down for a bite, heading for the restroom, or talking on the phone, be patient and, if possible, wait for them to finish and ask them politely if they have time for a picture.
  5. Watch the flow of traffic. There will be a lot of people so when you do take a photo (after asking permission), step to the side so you're not smack in the middle of everyone else's way or blocking an emergency exit.
  6. Don't jump into someone else's picture. No one wants to show their friends pictures of themselves, that awesome cosplayer and that jerk of a stranger that forced himself into the shot. It takes time to get a good picture and there will often be a line of people wanting to get a picture with popular cosplayers. Don't just butt in. Wait your turn.
  7. Be nice. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. If you don't like the character that the cosplayer is dressed up as, you don't need to announce it. Skip any hateful talk, even if you think it's a playful joke. Hearing hateful comments (even if it's addressed to the character) can get old fast. Please don't criticize their costume, how it looks on them, how accurate it is or how it's made. Everyone comes with different abilities and experience and, in the end, this is about having fun.
  8. Don't go all crazy. Control your excitement.You are a stranger and even though you might interpret your own behavior as appreciation or excitement, screaming and running up to someone you don't know might just make the person terrified.
  9. Be extra mindful of kids. When kids are involved, keep all of the above tips in mind - times 10. Whether it's kids in cosplay or just nearby, be careful not to come on too aggressively in a way that might scare them. Of course, do not touch them. Kids in costume can be super cute, but always ask permission from their parents or the adult that is with them before taking their picture.
  10. Report inappropriate behavior. Finally, if you see a cosplayer being harassed or endangered, please report it.

basic cosplay etiquette how and when to take pictures properly at comic cons

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16 Projects to Brighten Your Day and Block Party

Looking for something to brighten up things up or add a little pick-me-up to your day? Well here are a bunch of fun ideas. Fabulous crafting tutorials and recipes to brighten your day

I'm growing tired of the cold Winter over here in Salt Lake so I picked some great projects to brighten life up a bit!

Rainbow Princess Dress | DIY Astronaut Boots | Dog Collar Slip Cover | Angry Birds Yard Game

Scrabble Coasters | Monster Quilt | Hard Lotion Bars | Five Rubber Ducky Games

Crochet Fox | Cinnamon Chip Biscotti | Summer Sausage Skewers | Bunt Pan Wreath

Rainbow Cauliflower Pizza

Raspberry Poke Cake | Hulk Cake Pops | Fabric Strip Rag QuiltRainbow Cauliflower Pizza

Rae Gun guest posting picture Marissa 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.

we love this and make it all the time so fast great for weeknight meals butter chicken indian curry recipe

This Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe is so good and easy we made it twice last week haha.

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Want to read more this year? See all the books I read and loved in 2016.

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Now let’s see what YOU have been up to. Link up to the Block Party and be featured on all four blogs!

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