Handmade Halloween Ideas

It's Time for a Block Party! Link up at one of these great blogs and be seen on all four! Making the World Cuter, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Rae Gun Ramblings and Keeping it Simple

By now, you know that we have teamed up to bring you one FANTASTIC link party!Today I am hosting this great party!  I’m Kaysi from Keeping it Simple.


I absolutely love to do crafts with my kids or make things that my kids will enjoy and play with.  Here are a few of my most popular Halloween crafts:

Spooktacular 2x4s * Halloween Cans Game * Halloween and Fall Candy Pouches

Here are some of our best DIY costumes:

Jessie Costume* Princess Dress * Lego Family * Mario and Luigi 

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week!  There were some amazing ideas, I loved going through them!!  Here are some fun Halloween kid crafts!

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Summer Trend: Easy Maxi Skirt Tutorial

20 Minute Maxi Skirt Tutorial at Rae Gun RamblingsI feel like everywhere I turn lately I see maxi skirts. At the farmer’s market, on strangers at the Cheesecake Factory, on my friends, and even on celebrities. I love the trend. For one I’m all about comfortable cute clothes and maxi skirts are just that. Also maxi skirts look cute on all different body types, short, tall, tiny, poofy. But as much as I’ve admired the trend and even tried cute skirts on at the store I couldn’t bring myself to pay for one. For goodness sakes they are 2 seams and and waist band!

maxi skirt tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

I am very excited to be joining in on Sew Country Chick Justine’s Sewing the Trends series since it gave me the push to finally draft a maxi skirt pattern and whip one up. So today I have a quick and easy maxi skirt tutorial to share. And let me say I’m addicted. These skirts are crazy easy fast to make too.

Maxi Skirt Pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

I started by borrowing one of my friend’s maxi skirts and I traced it on kiddo roll paper. I pinned along the edges then connected the dots and straightened them up with rulers.

Free Maxi Skirt Pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

If you don’t have a maxi skirt to take the pattern off of this is how my pattern turned out. It fits me great I wear a size M to L on most bottoms (usually L). You want to use very stretchy fabric so it will probably fit most small, medium, and larges or you could easily add or take away a few inches to adjust the size. I’m 5’5′ and this length is great for me.

quick maxi skirt tutorial at rae gun ramblings

  1. Once you have a pattern. Start by cutting out your fabric. When you cut out your fabric make sure that your pattern pieces are laying the correct direction with relation to the stretch of your fabric. I may have had to cut the waistband out twice because I wasn’t paying attention. Think of how it will stretch when it is on you. On my fancy drawing the pattern pieces should stretch left to right the way they are positioned. Cut 2 of each pieces on the fold
  2. With right sides together sew/serge the side seams of the skirt. With right sides together sew/serge the side of the band pieces together. You should have two tube-ish shapes (one for the band one for the skirt).
  3. Fold the band so the seams are on the inside. Pin to the INSIDE of the skirt raw edges together. Sew/serge around the top to attach the band to the skirt. Flip the band out over the right side of the skirt.
  4. Do a happy dance because you just made an awesome maxi skirt. Make 10 more!

20 min maxi skirt tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Thanks so much to Justine for having me be a part of this fun series. Make sure to hop over to Sew Country Chick and check out the other awesome posts in these series.

sewing the trends

Mon. June 17 Bethany from Lil’ Bit & Nan

Tues. Jun 18 Marie from A Stitching Odyssey

Wed, June 19 Shannon from Little Kids Grow

Thurs. June 20Melissa from I Still Love You

Fri. June 21Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings

Mon.June 24 Abby from Sew Much Ado

Tues. June 25  Stacey from  Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts!

Wed. June 26 Mercedes from Aventuras de Costuras

Thurs. June 27 Mie from Sewing Like Mad

Fri. June 28 Alida from Alida Makes

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And if you are visiting for the first time or missed my announcement earlier this week I’d love to invite you to join in on the new Sew Our Stash challenge that Bev from Flamingo Toes and I are having. Read more about it here.

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Summer Kid Activities

kid summer activities at Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY FlubberKid Painted DressesDIY Kaleidoscope
Rainbow Bubble Snacks  ●  Pinecone Animals ●  Rock Tic Tac Toe

I spent the day hanging out with my nieces and some friends and their kiddos. It was a blast. So to celebrate Summer here are some of my favorite Summer Kid activities.

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Mother’s Day Gifts DIY Guide

We’re just a little over a week out from Mother’s Day. I hope you all have fun plans.  In case like me you still need to come up with a few gift ideas here are some darling gifts you can make for mom. Whether it’s a necklace featuring the kiddos fingerprints or beautified kitchen gear each of these project are easy and relatively fast.

Let’s see what you’ve been creating, cooking, eating, wearing, reading, all of it! (Also feel free to link up any Mother’s Day gift ideas no mater how old or whether you’ve already link it up here before)
 

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Spring Break Survival Craft Ideas

Bacon Blue Cheese GnocchiMoss Wreath Graceling (one of my favs) ● Fabric Flowers

My nieces are on Spring break and the weather here in Utah is just about perfect. It’s sunny with a little breeze ahh it’s wonderful. So to celebrate here are some of my favorite features perfect for spring!  If you’ve been featured feel free to grab a button.
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St. Patrick’s Day Banners Desserts and More

Oh how I love St. Patrick’s Day a good banner and some sweet treats. So how about a little of each?

I may had a minor freak out about how it’s already March and how this year just seems to be flying by. Holy moley. Luckily St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays so that helps ease the pain. Here are some of my favorite St. Patti’s Day creations that you guys have linked up and that I’ve pinned to my St. Patrick’s Day board.

Get in the mood for St. Patti’s with even more great projects:

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

This is a foolproof way to cooking DELICIOUS corned beef (in the crock pot).

How to make a quick and easy rainbow dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

So fast and so easy my nieces LOVED this rainbow dress!

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6 Must Make Valentine’s Day Projects

I have been blown away by all the Valentine’s Day goodness you guys have all been sharing over the last few week I’ve been pinning up a storm. Here are just a few of my favorites. I am so excited to see what you have for me this week. If you’ve been featured I’d love you to grab a button.

 

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7 Ways to Get Organized

Ways to get organized with out spending a lot of money
I hope you had a fantastic Holiday. I have spent the last week or so just relazing and it  has been wonderful. I know this time of year makes many of us want to get organized. Here are a bunch of my favorite ways to get organized from the link parties and pinterest.

Do you have some quick and easy organizing ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments I need to get my whole house in order!

How to get organized. Perfect for home offices and craft room organization

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What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party: Christmas Craft Features

Sorry for the delay I got sucked into a cookie chat on twitter :) Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas projects I’ve done through the years and that you guys have shared in the link parties. Thanks for linking up and partying with me :) If you’ve been featured I’d love you to grab a button.

Also if you are a reader I wanted to let you know about the giveaway I’ve got going on for just 1 more day. It for Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi which has been getting a ton of hype. If you like dystopian stories like The Hunger Games and Matched you might want to check it out. Enter to win Under the Never Sky here the widget is at the very bottom of the post.

Let’s see what you’ve been creating, cooking, eating, wearing, reading, all of it!
 

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Best of 2011: My Top Five (+1)

Earlier this week I shared my most popular post from 2011. And while this next set of post may not have been the most pinned or favorited on craftgawker, they’re special to me so I’d like to share them again. I made a Mockingjay shirt after falling in love with the Hunger Games series. I’ve always loved reading but I think this year I just really let myself fall back in love with reading fiction (particularly YA fiction) as my goodreads account proves.

I can’t decide. Do I like the time I made my husband aka the best uncle in the world dress up like a Butterfly or a Unicorn. Yup the naughties’ birthday parties (and invites) as always were a blast.

I was surprised at Christmas last year with a trip from the musicmaker to Florida to go on a fun cruise and experience the magic of Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I know it’s been a while since I’ve had a full out post devoted to my addition but fear not my Potter obsession remains strong.

I also shared my all time favorite customer appreciation picture to date. I always love receiving each and every one of them so please keep them coming but this one is just such a cool idea and the little guy is so stinking darling.


The hubby also started a great new band called Dani Lion with a friend of ours who has an amazing voice, they’re kind of Fiest meets Gorillaz meets She and Him. They played around with a green screen one day and made this super fun music video. I just love their music so it makes me so so happy (you can hear the whole album and stream or download it for free here)

And this one is just one an aunt would love. Nothing flashy, no fancy sewing or crafting or cooking involved but this year I discovered and shared this old picture of the nieces on their first trip to the aquarium. L could barely talk and she said clear as day “mermaid?” in a totally inquisitive voice like she was wondering if there was a mermaid in there. They’re growing up too fast!

Any ways 2011 was pretty dandy. I hope you all have something fun planned for New Years Eve and I’ll see you in 2012!