Over 20 Lemon Recipes DIY Crafts and Block Party

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Fandom Subscription Boxes for Harry Potter Fans

Looking for an amazing gift for a Harry Potter fan? Fandom subscription boxes are pretty much the best thing next to Owl Mail.

CrateJoy Fandom Subscription Boxes review

CrateJoy has a wealth of of amazing boxes perfect for Potterheads, book nerds, and all kinds of geek lovers. Every month my family members and I anxiously await the arrival our subscription boxes. Yup we each have our own! Teddy and I have our own respective bookish boxes (mine’s a YA fandom one and Teddy’s is a picture book one) and the husband has one full of snacks. My sister and the nieces have their own collection of boxes delivered too. Needless to say that we are BIG fans of happy mail.

Amazing fandom subscription boxes for harry potter fans

I’ve talked about some of my favorite bookish boxes before, but to celebrate Fandom month and of course Harry Potter’s birthday I thought it would be fun to share some more. These make amazing gifts and many offer single boxes and short subscriptions for those looking for less of a commitment, but really there’s just something magical about having a happy little surprise to open up every month!

Accio! Box

Accio! Box awesome Harry Potter subscription box for adults

I have to admit I’ve thought about subscribing to Accio! Box many many times. I’m so excited to finally have one in my hands. These boxes are specially curated for adult Harry Potter fans and when you sign up you tell them your Hogwarts House along with your T-shirt size. The Gryffindor print that came in this box is dreamy, the wooden light switch is so cool, and this month there was a pillowcase instead of a shirt how cool is that. Bed pillowcase not throw pillow which I think is even cooler. I have a feeling like a new box might be in my future.

Fizzy Fairy Apothecary Box

fizzy fairy fandom box a monthly subscription box with bathbombs and a geeky theme

There are few things better to me than sitting in a cozy bath with a great book. The Fizzy Fairy Apothecary Box is an monthly apothecary box with a fandom theme. Fun right? The one pictured above is based on The Last Unicorn. Freaking amazing I know. The bath bombs are huge and gorgeous but I think my favorite part of it is that there are 6 full sized fizzers in each box! And I love that even if you are not into the particular fandom of the month you can still really enjoy the box.

Shelflove Crate

Shelflove Crate bookish subscription box

Love to read but don’t know what to read next? Shelflove Crate makes things easy for you. Every month you get a newly released YA fantasy or sci-fi selection complete with an amazing assortment of goodies that fit the book theme taking you on an amazing literary journey. That thing in the cup is a mirror with a quote from one of my favorite book series. Ahhh love it soooo much! This one is jammed packed full of goodies I can’t wait to read the book and see how they relate!

Once Upon a Book Club

Once Upon a Book Club suprise presents that match up to a book as you read

If you’re someone who loves to just dive into a story (or know someone like that) Once Upon a Book Club box is perfect for literary immersion. Aside from the cutest packaging ever, this monthly subscription box sends you a book a long with themed wrapped presents. Each gift corresponds to a page number in the box and you’re supposed to wait to open the appropriate gift for when you get to that page in the box. SO fun right!? I know what I’m reading next! I’ll be sure to share what’s in each pack on my Instagram once I get through the story. As a fun bonus you can snag this one for 10% off if you use the code “CRATEJOY”.

Bookified

Bookified Monthly Harry Potter letters

I have always said I want more. More stories, more of the Wizarding world, just more. That’s exactly what you get with these monthly letters from Bookified. Each month you receive a letter that fills in the gaps of the Harry Potter stories we all love. This one from James Potter (Harry’s father) is addressed to Sirius and talks all about baby Harry right before the events of the Wizarding War. I’d be lying if I said that my heart didn’t melt just a little bit. This is such a unique idea and would make for a crazy fun gift for die-hard Harry Potter fans. Bonus points that it comes in a simple envelope too.

These five are just a taste of the fun Fandom options that CrateJoy has to offer. I’ve had subscriptions to four of their other bookish boxes that I adored and I’ve scrolled their catalogue and can’t wait to check out even more! If you’re looking for an amazing gift for a book lover or geek I’m telling you happy mail in the form of a subscription box will be a hit.
hands down the best gift for a harry potter fan or book lover

Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes or have you thought about doing so? I’d love to hear about others I should check out!

Don’t forget about the giveaway!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

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This year’s Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including:

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DIY Expecto Patronum Bath Bombs

Love Harry Potter and a relaxing bath? Well these DIY Expecto Patronum bath bomb are just what the doctor ordered!

how to make Harry Potter bath bombs DIY tutorial

I’m a Lush addict but the price tag on the fancy bath fizzles umm no thanks. So I finally decided to make my own and of course I couldn’t do just any old bath bombs I had to do Harry Potter ones. I made three versions in all but these first ones are supposed to represent the Expecto Patronum spell.

DIY Expecto Patronum Harry Potter Bath Bombs

In the books and movies this charm is used for protection. Your patronus  appears in an animal form and can help fight off various dangers. A witch or wizard doesn’t get to pick their patronus it just is.

Harry Potter Surprise Bath Bombs Patronus

So when you place this star covered bath bomb in the tub it glitters and fizzes with power and reveals a hidden animal bead signifying your patronus. FUN right!?

How to Make a Harry Potter Patronus Bath Bombs

1). Combine Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp water
  • 2tsp essential oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted

2). Combine Dry Ingredients

Note: I combined the colorings after I mixed the other ingredients but I think it would work better to add it to the wet ingredients but I was noncommittal on colors before ;)

3). SLOWLY add the wet ingredients to the dry. Drop by drop. And mix. Mixing with hands works better. Divide up and color as desired

how to make galaxy bath bombs

4). Place a small amount of edible stars into one half of the bath bomb mold.

5). Fill mold. Press to pack down and fill more so it’s mounding over the top. Place a small animal figurine, bead or other “patronus” onto the mound. Just make sure the patronus is big enough if won’t go down the drain.

6). Fill the other half of the mold so it is packed and overflowing. Smoosh together and twist so that the excess presses out through the center. Press time. If you have extra molds let it sit in the mold to dry for a few minutes or until fully dry. If you don’t have extras then carefully remove the bath bomb and repeat the steps until you use up your mixture. I find that when I take time to color and change the designs by my very last bath bomb it’s dry and has a hard time holding but the rest until then do great.

How to make expecto patronum bath bombs fun harry potter craft

Are you loving this year’s Happy Harry Potter series as much as I am? Don’t forget about the giveaway!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn’t loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series!
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This year’s Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including:

Want More? See hundreds of Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more!

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Happy Harry Potter 2017 Kick Off Giveaway

It’s time once again for my most favorite two weeks of the year: my Happy Harry Potter series! This is the time where I convince my wizard loving friends to get geeky and create brand new Harry Potter tutorials, party ideas, book lists, recipes and more.

Harry Potter gift ideas. Great Christmas and birthday presents for Harry Potter fans

We have an amazing line up this year but before we get to all the new DIY Harry Potter ideas I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you. This is full of must have gift ideas for Harry Potter fans of all ages! To enter scroll to the bottom of this post and remember to check in every day since we’ll have new ways to enter added through the next two weeks!

We’re starting off with a $50 Amazon Gift card because well there’s so much amazing HP stuff out there these days that I want you to be able to pick! Whether you are waiting for the Illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban, or maybe you want your very own Harry Potter bathing suit, or just a Potter trivia to play while on the go there is something fun for everyone.
Harry Potter swag fun Make Love Not Horcruxes bag and Hogwarts House necklaces

Next I’m giving away one of my Make Love Not Horcruxes Totes and a Hogwarts Tie Necklace. For the necklace you can pick which Hogwarts House you want and I’ll make sure to make one in the colors that corresponds to your house!

cratejoy fandom subscription boxes make amazingly thoughtful presents

On Wednesday I’ll be sharing one of my favorite gift ideas for Harry Potter fans: fandom subscription boxes! Because what is better than a monthly surprise on your doorstep. Whether it’s book related or full on Harry Potter focused CrateJoy subscription boxes have LOADS of fun option that would delight Potter fans. I’ll be unboxing a bunch of them live on my Facebook page and picking some of the contents to send to the giveaway winner!

alohomora harry potter printable

I firmly believe every Harry Potter fan needs some nod towards the magic in their homes. What better way to do that than with some Wizarding art? Here are four amazing Harry Potter Printables to chose from and the lucky winner doesn’t even have to choose how about that for fun.

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by jamie Harrington

Did you know there is a whole craft book just for Potterheads? Jamie Harrington’s The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is fun and perfect for tweens to do on their own or pick a craft as a family and bond over crafty magical love. This is one of my favorite gifts for new Potter lovers because it’s so fun, not sized and kind of unique!

Hogwarts School Quilt for Harry Potter Fans

And last and definitely the most awesome, the winner will receive a Harry Potter quilt from our vary own Polly. You have probably drooled over her quilt for years, I know I have. She is generously giving away one of her amazing Hogwarts Houses quilts! SO gorgeous. Too bad I can’t enter I’m gonna be crazy jealous of the winner that’s for sure! And if you are a quilter be sure to check out her amazing quilt patterns.

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

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Daddy Superhero Shirt DIY Template

Need something awesome for dad? This DIY Daddy Superhero Shirt with free DIY template is easy and will put a smile on his face.

super hero shirt tutorial

Daddy you are as smart as Iron Man, as strong as Thor, as fast as Flash, and as brave as Batman. You are our favorite Superhero! My friend ask me to make one of these cute shirts. She just sent me a picture so I’m not sure where she found it but they are all over if you’re not a crafty person you can even order one on Etsy. But really they are so easy might as well make your own!

Father's Day shirt DIY

All you need to show that special guy that he’s appreciated this Father’s Day, Birthday, or just because is a plain shirt and some iron-on vinyl. I have a free downloadable printable design that will make this as if you had Flash himself helping you out.

DIY daddy superhero shirt

What You Need

What to Do

  • Download the free Daddy Superhero Design
  • Upload the design into your cutting program.
  • Flip the image so it’s mirrored image and resize so it fits your shirt how you would like.
  • Cut the vinyl by laying the plastic side down on your mat, setting your machine to iron-on vinyl setting, and cutting through the back vinyl side.
  • Remove the negative space and then position on your shirt and iron. If you’re new to heat transfer vinyl read this great iron-on vinyl tutorial for how to use it.

DIY daddy superhero shirt

I’ll be making this live on my Facebook today! I’ll update it with finished pictures when I’m done.

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts and Block Party

Father’s Day is coming up this month!  It’s time to celebrate those awesome dads and here are some great ideas to make for the special man in your life. 
Father's Day Gift Ideas easy craft tutorials and printables
 
 
It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By PollyHousewife Eclectic!  Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we’ve been up to some fun things lately.
 
It’s Kaysi again from Keeping it Simple.
 
Every year I make something for my husband with our kids’ hand prints.  Here are some of the ones that I have done through out the years :).
 
fathers-day-handprint-tie Father's-Day-Shirt-Idea-Fish-Handprint (9)  
 
Now it’s time to get the party started!
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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+ 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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Top Gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts from Scissors to Cricut

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Do you know someone loves to sew? I know sometimes when you don’t share someone’s hobby you don’t know what exactly to get them as a gift. No worries, this sewing girl is happy help you pick the BEST gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts.

So many great gifts that sewing people will love. Great crafty gift guide.

The best part is that if our recipient already has some of these items they will welcome duplicates. As for the big ticket items, it’s really easy for you to know if they already have one or not. I know sometimes that can be tricky when you want to surprise someone.

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Embroidery Scissors

I LOVE embroidery scissors I think they are so useful and they come in loads of different styles and designs. I’m a firm believer that a seamstress can never have too many embroidery scissors. These darling bunny scissors are my favorite for cute factor, I love these gold bird ones because they work so darn well and they just look fancy, and although they aren’t technically embroidery scissors I have a warm place in my heart for nippers (they do the same job). These range in prices but they can be as inexpensive as just a few bucks so they make a fabulous stocking stuffer or gift for someone who just needs a little something (or maybe to add in with a gift card or bigger gift).

Cute easy girlfriend gift idea. Mason Jar pin cushion. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

If you’re feeling creative I have a tutorial for these cute Mason Jar Pin Cushions that my friends love. I actually got my first as a gift from a friend she gave it to me filled with all kinds of cute buttons! You can gift it empty or throw in a few tidbits and treats. All you need is a mason jar, fabric scrap, and some craft glue it’s really a very simple project that will be very appreciated by your sewing friend.

Lots of unexpected gifts for sewing enthusiast like this Cricut Explore Air

Cricut Explore

People don’t normally think of Cricut cutting machines as sewing tools but I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 all the time in my sewing projects. Most people don’t realize that you can actually cut fabric (in addition to paper, vinyl, leather and all kinds of other stuff) on the Cricut. It’s great for making appliques and adding other embellishments to handmade items. I love that I can design my own images and upload them for free and then cut them out to put on my sewing projects. I can’t even count the number of fun Geeky clothing I’ve made that I wouldn’t have been able to find in stores. In addition to actually cutting fabric you can cut iron-on vinyl which is my favvvvvvvoooorite for sprucing up sewing projects. See below for more details on that.

I feel like a Cricut is something that may not even be on the radar for many sewing girls so it would be a really fun surprise but make sure to send them my way and show them all my Cricut related sewing project so they don’t thing you just got them a ‘scrapbooking’ tool. While it may open up tons of other crafting doors for them too (I don’t really do paper crafting but I use mine for all kinds of stuff) you want them to know it’s perfect for supplementing the hobby they already love!

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Iron-On Vinyl

So like I said above, Iron-on vinyl (also called heat transfer vinyl) is seriously my favorite craft supply ever. You uses it with a cutting machine like the Cricut explore although I guess you technically can cut it out with an exacto knife and a really steady hand but that would be kind of labor intensive and frustrating (not to mention hand cramp inducing). You can see some of my favorite projects above where I’ve used Iron-On vinyl. What makes it great for a sew-er is that it basically gives you the ability to easily and quickly make your own fabric. You can use pre-made designs or even cut your own designs or text and place it anywhere on your fabric or sewing project to customize it to make the perfect fabric. If they already use iron-on vinyl a lot you might consider buying a heat press. I love mine, it’s an investment but I use mine multiple times a week and it makes my projects go much faster and last longer. Want to learn more about this stuff you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.

Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace

Sewing Necklace

Maybe you don’t even want to try and guess what they have in their crazy sewing room or maybe they sew professionally so they can write all their sewing related purchases off and you don’t want to buy them “work stuff”. But what about a fun sewing necklace. Did you even know such a thing existed? They do and the can be such a sweet gift that makes your sewing pal know that you really thought about the gift. I absolutely adore the ones from Charmed Collections like the Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace pictured above but you can find all kinds of fun ones on Etsy too! And if they aren’t much into jewelry there is such a thing as a sewing shirt too which can be lots of fun :)

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Serger

For those who are sewing clothing a serger is a great addition to their sewing room. I LOVE my Juki MO644D I’ve actually personally purchased or helped purchase close to 10 of this model because I use them for work or friends want a machine themselves. I’ve never had problems with them and they sew like a dream. Be careful about getting the very low end ones or buying used from an individual. A serger that doesn’t work right can be a nightmare. If you find a used one with a warranty like from a quilt shop I think you’re safe but otherwise go with something that’s more middle range. Again I can’t recommend the Juki serger enough but I have friend that love their Babylock sergers too!

How to alter kids clothing. Easy tutorial for shortening and hemming sleeves for a professional finished look - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ginghers

If you live with a seamstress than you probably know how protective we are about our scissors. Great sewing scissors are important. If your sew-er doesn’t know the joys of cutting fabric with a good pair of Ginghers than this is the gift they need. They can be kind of pricey so make sure to plan ahead and hit up Joann with a coupon (they usually have one in their app if you don’t get their mailer) or when they are on sale. And if they have a pair any ways they will be thrilled to have a back up. I have two of the dressmaker sizes and I’ve been considering getting a third. They really are wonderful scissors.

Sewing Box

The Sewing Box by the Original Scrap Box is definitely a big ticket item BUT if your sewing loved one has all his or her stuff stashed on the kitchen table this might be for her. I LOVE my sewing box. It’s this cabinet that closes up but you can store your machines in it and it opens up with lots of functional table space so that you can have a full sewing station tucked behind a few cupboard doors. I’m telling you it’s AHmazing. I have a full craft room but it is right next to where my baby sleeps so I can’t sew there at night. I have my sewing box in a different room on a different floor and I’ve actually started to prefer sewing at it even when I’m not trying to be quite. The thing is crazy cool!

10 Minute Gift Card Holder Tutorial-005s

Gift Cards

I know people think gift cards are impersonal but when you love a hobby having “free” money to spend can be super fun. And as much as I love Joann and Hobby Lobby they always have coupons so if it were me I’d suggest giving a gift card to a smaller independent fabric store or quilt shop that carries designer fabrics. I know I personally love drooling over the material at those places but the higher price point has be buying very sparingly. If you’re in Utah some of my favorites include The Cotton Shop (multiple locations), Quilts Etc. (in Sandy), and Harmony (in Provo). And if you’re interested here’s a super fast and easy gift card holder tutorial.

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