10 Things to DIY for the Kitchen and Block Party

I’ve rounded up 10 simple but wide-ranging projects for the kitchen to make it more warm, charming and productive. We all spend SO much time in the kitchen even if we’re making basic meals – might as well make it a happier place to be!

kitchen diys great things to make for your cooking space

Organized pantries and accessible spices sure do make cooking easier! Cute towels and aprons and reusable tea bags make any kitchen cozier. Cutting boards and casserole carriers that are your own make your kitchen feel more your own! And, well, a shiplap wall for $75 and a little elbow grease? How FUN! Enjoy clicking through to each of these projects for big time inspiration!

Mason Jar Utensil Holders

How to Organize your Pantry

Zippered Casserole Carrier

6 Ways to Create Kitchen Towels

DIY Tea Bags

Test Tube Spice Racks

Child Size Apron

Shiplap Wall

DIY Cutting Boards

Scrappy Dish Towels

I’m Susan from Bite Sized Biggie, hosting this week. I work with a small team of bloggers who share tips, ideas, projects and recipes that make life a little sweeter and more manageable.

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Here are 3 recent posts we’ve shared that I think you’ll love!

DIY Crayon Heart Valentine

How to Respond when they Hate your Gift

An Entire Photography Lesson in One Image

Now let’s look at what YOU have been up to. I can’t wait to see! Link up to the Block Party and be featured on all four blogs!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Crafting Projects and Block Party

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is just a month away??  It’s going to be here before we know it and I’m sure that I will be scrambling to get things down before I know it :).  So to help you stay ahead of the game, here are some great Valentine’s Day crafting projects. 
15+ Valentine's Day Craft Ideas
 
 It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By PollyBite Size Biggie!  Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we’ve been up to some fun things lately.

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Lemony Snicket Quotes DIY Bottle Cap Necklaces

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I love a good quote about reading and Lemony Snicket Quotes are some of the best!

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I’m super excited that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is getting another chance this time on Netflix. I really liked the movie version I thought it was gorgeous and got the wacky quirkiness of the books.

Easiest way to make upcycled bottle Cap necklaces and Lemony Snicket quotes

I read a bunch of the books which I think are lots of fun for your young reader. A lot of silliness and adventure. And there are tons of them. I didn’t get through all of them because I just don’t do middle grade (or this might be younger even, chapter books?) that well and like most book series for this age group the stories are pretty formulaic but they are still fun.

DIY book nerd necklaces. Cute upcycled bottle cap craft tutorial

So I’m excited for the new life and to celebrate I thought I’d pull together some of my favorite book and reading related Lemony Snicket quote because there are tons. And of course I had to make a couple into some bookish necklaces because I can’t pass up a good book quote necklace!

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Print and punch out your images.
  2. Glue image into your bottle cap and allow to dry 1 hour.
  3. Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry at least 3 hours.
  4. Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!

how to make lemony snicket quote necklaces crafting tutorial

I just love how these turned out! In the past we used to do Resin Bottle Cap pins and necklaces but I love that this technique is SO fast, simple and you don’t have to mix a huge batch of resin. You could easily just make one at a time.

DIY Lemony Snicket Quote necklaces with video tutorial

I had such a hard time choosing between all the awesome bookish Lemony Snicket quotes I thought I would share a few of the runners up!

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

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awesome lemony snicket necklace tutorials

I hope you’ll try making your own bottle cap necklaces. They really are super easy and fun! I’m sharing this as a part of a fun blog hop. Check out these other great Lemony Snicket Recipes and Crafts from my friends!

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup-7

The Islanders Onion Soup (Slow Cooker Style) | The Love Nerds

Ideas for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Recipes, DIY, Crafts, etc!

DIY Quote Book Bag | Happiness is Homemade

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DIY Disney Princess Countdown Crafts

Going to Disneyland? These adorable DIY Disney Princess countdown crafts will make the wait bearable.

DIY disney countdown chain. great kid crafting project and disneyland vacation idea

I’m so jealous, my sister gave the nieces a trip to Disneyland as their big gift for Christmas this year. I will for sure be making them new DIY Disney Princess Dresses last trip I made Princess Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White for me!  but to kick the trip prep off they wanted to make a fun craft.

Because the anticipation is just as fun we decided to do some cute Disney Princess countdown calendars. They each picked a different character and we made them live on my FB page. You can watch the replay here.

Disney Princess Countdown Chain Ideas

Cinderella Countdown Ring and
Princess Jasmine Countdown Ring*

Disney Vacation idea mickey mouse countdown calendar

Mickey Mouse Countdown Ring

Disney Princess Countdown chain. Great kids craft for Disneyland trips

For even more Disney Characters Countdown Chains my friend Tiffany has tons of options! Shes’ got the classics like Goofy and Donald Duck, Finding Dori, and more!

Fun right? Let me know if anyone knows where that princess picture is from. It’s all over pinterest but as an uploaded image and no link :(

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How to make princess sleeves, bustles, corsets and more. Great Princess dress tutorials - Rae Gun Ramblings

Everything you need to know about how to make princess dresses!

Grown ups can get in on the fun of dressing up at Disneyland too. A fun and comfy Snow White Shirt Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings

Turn a regular tank top into an adorable snow white shirt!

DIY DIsney Princess Costumes. Tutorials at Rae Gun Ramblings

Full Princess Jasmine outfit tutorial and a peek at my Belle dress.

 

Fun Food Recipes Crafts and Block Party

Happy New Year! I thought we’d celebrate with a lot of fun food ideas.

Fun food crafts recipes and more

Whether you’re looking for a DIY food inspired project for the kids or an unusual snack here’s some good ones!

Lollipop Cookies | 3D Food Printing | Gold Fish Nuggets | Orange Felt Food

Toucan Treat | Felt Sandwich | S’mores Cookies | Princess Leia Cupcakes

Fajita Cups | Caramel Cashew Clusters | Polar Bear Marshmallows | Crispy Crack Pretzel Snacks

Loom Knit Hat (looks like Ice Cream to me) | Felt Food | Tortilla Snowflakes | Pinwheel Cookies

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Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I’ve been sick most of the last few weeks but I’m finally on the mend so I am all the more excited for the New Year. I’m just ready to get going you know?

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Here are my 10 MOST POPULAR posts of 2016 did you catch them all?

Peanut butter cake mix cookies recipe

And if you love Peanut butter and Chocolate I’m obsessed with these easy cake mix cookies.

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Most Popular Sewing Tutorials and Easy Recipes

As each year comes to a close I love looking back to see what parenting tips, sewing tutorials and easy recipes resonated most over the last year.

These are tried and true the most popular and most pinned sewing tutorials, easy recipes and awesome mom hacks

Here are my top 10 recipes, crafts, book geek posts, and mom hacks that I shared in 2016. These were the posts that garnered the most visits and pins that I wrote in 2016.

This guacamole recipe is so good I've made it the last 3 weekends! Perfect party food or game day dip.

World’s Best Guacamole Recipe

I have actually been making this guacamole recipe for AGES. It’s my friend Jana’s fabulous recipe. It’s full of freshness and delicious avocado flavor with one little trick that makes it really special!

Crazy huge collection of unique and original Harry Potter craft tutorials, recipes, book lists and more. So many magical projects.

50 Magical Harry Potter Projects

I’m thrilled to see that this year’s Happy Harry Potter series round up made the list. After all the annual series is my favorite two weeks of the whole blogging year since I convinces loads of friends to share tutorials, recipes, party ideas, book lists and any number of other awesome Harry Potter happiness. This year was filled with so many fantastic Harry Potter projects!

Just used this great sewing tutorial. Perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to sew reversible placemats FAST. Easy great home decor project. Will make more.

15 Minute Reversible Placements Tutorial

This simple home decor tutorial is actually a project that my nieces (ages 7 and 8 at the time) did. It’s THAT easy. I think the versitile-ness and speed of this project is really what made it a winner. That and the fact that it’s totally functional, we use our placemats ALL THE TIME.

Such an interesting idea for bra fittings. Great for after breastfeeding and weight loss.

Secret Trick to Bra Shopping After Nursing (or really whenever)

I am so happy I discovered this non-traditional bra shopping method. I really do love these bras and when you add in the complication of changing size after nursing and the crazy life of toddler-momhood I really don’t plan on going back to traditional bra shopping ummm ever!

Yes! Why don't people tell you about this. Makes sewing so many things WAY easier. from Rae Gun Ramblings

Must Have Sewing Tool You Didn’t Know You Needed

I love this gadget so so much. I had no idea that this inexpensive sewing tool existed until just a few years ago. You’ll see why I call it my magic wand. I seriously use it in almost all my sewing projects and it really makes for fast and easy work out of some of the most tedious and annoying sewing tasks!

These are spot on! Why didn't anyone tell me these things with my first baby? Helpful things to know as a first time mom (or dad).

10 More Things No One Tells First Time Moms and Dads

My Tips that No One Tells First Time Moms post has been one of my most popular posts since I wrote it. I’ve been meaning to write a follow up for ages now and it seems like people like this one just as much. It’s funny how there are these HUGE things people just forget to tell you when you head down the mommy (or daddy) road. No worries I wrote them down so I don’t have to rely on my mom brain to remember ;)

I want to sew all of them. So many great sewing patterns for women. Great DIY fashion

Awesome Must Sew Patterns for Women

I love a good sewing pattern and with m Sew Our Stash series it’s fun to round up some great sources and inspiration. This post has 12  fabulous and flattering sewing patterns for women. I can’t wait to finish making them all!

I do this all the time now. Easy way to make sizing flexible for growing kids, weight and weight fluctuating adults. I made some dresses before I was pregnant that I was able to wear through my pregnancy great idea for maternity sewing. Easy tutorial for inserting an elastic panel into any dress pattern.

Elastic Back Panel Tutorial

I have been doing this little elastic back panel trick to my dresses (and the dresses I make for the nieces) for years. It makes even garments made from woven (non-stretchy) fabric have some wiggle room plus it gives an extra level of comfort while allowing the same tailored fit. It’s so easy I’m sure you’ll love using this little trick instead of zippers and buttons.

So many great shirts for Harry Potter fans. Adult and baby shirts great for gifts.

11 Must Have Harry Potter Shirts

I love a good geeky shirt and even more so if it’s a geeky Harry Potter shirt. Here are some of my favorite Harry Potter tops for every member of the family. These are perfect for just your normal geeky fun or wearing to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

This is a keeper. Made it tonight and it's SO good. One pot zucchini noodle (zoodle) creamy pesto shrimp recipe. Fast so it's perfect for healthy light weekday dinners and tastes great.

20 Minute Creamy Shrimp and Pesto Zoodles

And last but not least let’s not forget to eat our veggies! My go to zoodle (zucchini noodles) recipe is a combo of crazy fast and easy and delicious. The creamy flavor is comfort food in a healthy package. I am NOT a health food eater so if I say it’s tasty it is. If you haven’t tried zoodles yet you should and this is a super yummy way to have them!

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Ways to Get Cozy and Block Party

I hope this week finds you warm and comfy! As Christmas fades it feels like we don’t have SO many things to do and we can relax and get a little cozy for a bit, doesn’t it?

Ways to get cozy. Tutorials, recipes and diys
I’ve rounded up some favorite ways to unwind and enjoy a little downtime. With warm drinks, hot baths, hearty snacks and soft sweaters – we’ll have more cozy than we could ever need! Fresh bread and a warm blanket? Heaven!

Mommy & Me Knits

5 Ways to De-Stress and Relax

Cheesy Hot Spinach Dip

Amazing French Bread

Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Braided Fleece Blanket

Lavender Bath Melts

Winterberry Pinwheel Quilt

Cinnamon Cappuccino

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20+ Neighbor and Teacher Gift Ideas and Block Party

There is one week until Christmas and it’s crunch time!  If you’re like me at all, you’re probably scrambling to figure out if your are going to do neighbor and teacher gifts.  Well if you are, here are 20+ ideas that will please anyone!
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Holiday Traditions and Block Party

We’re always on the hunt for a new tradition or two to add to our Christmas fun.  Here are some you’ll want to do every year:
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Beside your new links this week, we’d LOVE for your to link up any older Christmas Traditions blog posts you may have.

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Loads of AWESOME Scarf Tutorials

There’s just something great about a super cozy scarf.

DIY Scarf tutorials for the whole family. Lots free sewing patterns for cowls, scars and other neck warmers.

Here are a bunch of great scarf tutorials. From cowls to hooded scarves, handkerchief scarves for babies to infinity scarves for adults there’s something for everyone in the family. The best part is that scarves are super fast projects so all of these come together crazy fast and are perfect for those new to sewing!

As I add more scarves to my blog this post will automatically update so feel free to pin it and come back to see what is new. When you hover over the image you will be able to see the title of each post or just click the image to be taken to the scarf tutorial!

I’ll be adding some of my favorite scarf tutorials from my friends and other creative folk too so make sure you save this and check back in for updates.