EASY Marbled Lollipop Cookies Recipe

Have you ever made cookie pops with lollipops? They are so easy and fun and I thought I’d take them up a notch by making them with easy marbled sugar cookie dough.

Made these this weekend. So easy and the sugar cookie recipe is DELICIOUS. Easy flower cookie pops

I’m excited to be sharing this as  part of a National Craft Month celebration hosted by 100 Directions. I really can’t resist Fun Food I think it’s because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

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I really can’t resist Fun Food I think it’s because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

These are the cutest and so easy. Great lollipop cookies perfect for parties and more. Great recipe and tutorial.

This cookie dough recipe is one of my favorites it tastes great and cuts out shapes wonderfully. When you add the suckers they give the cookies a fun little stained glass window effect and of course you have the built in handle!

Works great! Super fun sugar cookie lollipops. Made these for a birthday party and they were great

World’s Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Food Coloring (I like this gel kind)
  • Lollipops (I’ve used Trader Joe’s suckers as well as these mini ones)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a small mixing bow.
  2. Cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract together with a mixer in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. If wanting to dye the dough separate out into groups. Add a food coloring until you reach your desired color. I do it in the mixer starting with the lighter color but if you’re doing very different colors it might be worth wiping down or even washing the bowl and paddle in between since sometimes small bits of food coloring isn’t obvious.
  5. Divide into at least 2 balls. If you’re coloring them you’re probably good this is just so you can work with a smaller amount of dough at a time.
  6. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours.
  7. Roll out dough as thin as you can and layer the second color on top. It’s okay if it doesn’t come up in a nice sheet it will still look fun. Roll into a long tube. Cut arosss to make discs. Press down with a rolling pin and roll a until it’s barely bigger than your cookie cutter. My discs were about 1 inch thick. And then you want to make it about 1/4 an inch thick before you are ready to cut.
  8. Cut in desired shapes.
  9. To make the pops lay a lollipop on top of your cookie, no need to press just lay it where you want.
  10. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes.

It's a keeper these are so yummy and easy. DIY flower cookie lollipop recipe and tutorial

I love how the hard candy melts and makes kind of a glass center in the cookie. The kids think these are the coolest too!

Made these lollipop cookies for the kiddo's class and they all loved them. The cookie recipe is delicious and really easy to make

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Holiday Handkerchief Scarf for Christmas Wonderful

Holiday handkerchief scarf 10 minute tutorial

Today I’m super excited to be hanging out at Design Dazzle for the Christmas Wonderful series. I’m sharing how to make this super cute and FAST Holiday handkerchief scarf. It’s the perfect fast sewing project for making something festive for the littles and unlike my normal holiday go-to skirt, it works for the man folk too ;)

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Hop over and see how you can make your own fun Christmas scarf in just 10 minutes! P.S. I love Teddy’s face it’s clearly says “fine I’ll stand here but this lollipop is barely enough to keep me here”

10 minute christmas scarf sewing tutorial

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Pockets of Plenty for Riley Blake

5 fun and different pocket ideas to spruce up basic kid tees

Teddy has been in desperate need for some long sleeve shirts but the ones in the stores just seemed meh. Certainly not worth paying for. So I whipped up a bunch the other day using some of my favorite Riley Blake fabrics and I just love how they turned out. Hop over to the Riley Blake blog and see 5 ways to spruce up basic shirts with pockets as well as Teddy’s crazy excited expression over finding a moon (his current obsession) on his new “kerkle” AKA circle shirt!

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Babylock Sewing Machine + 100$ of Fabric GIVEAWAY

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Hey gang today I’m hangout out at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Decorate series. I am sharing a Circular Gift Card Pouch, these are quick to whip up for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas. And as a part of that awesomeness I get to share a fabulous giveaway with you!

Easy DIY circular pouch tutorial

This is one is sew AMAZING! She is a gem and her name is Rachel.

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One lucky winner will receive this beautiful…
Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) and $100 Worth of Fabric from Riley Blake Designs.
Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, and she’s here to help you. This computerized sewing machine is equipped with 50 stitches and push-button features to make every project easier. The value is $799. Click here for more details.
Riley Blake Designs colorful fabrics include cottons, flannels, sparkle cottons, organic cotton, knits, dreamy, and laminates in a range of designer and basic prints. You will love this beautiful fabric.
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20 Awesome DIY Halloween Crafts, Recipes, and Costume Tutorials

Lots of fabulous DIY crafts, food, recipes, costume tutorials and more perfect for Halloween

Halloween is once of my all time favorite Halloweens and I’m super excited to be joining in again with See Vanessa Craft‘s 30 Crafty Days of Halloween. It’s one of my favorite series of the year!

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This year I’m sharing this easy and tasty recipe for personal Halloween Oreo Cheesecakes. Hop over to See Vanessa Craft to get the full recipe.

Cute and delicious mini oreo cheesecakes for Halloween recipe

And for extra fun I decided to round up some of my favorite Halloween projects I have shared over the years!

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Book and Outfit Tutorial

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Have you heard of the Sew Many Books Series from NapTime Creations? It’s all about making kid clothing inspired by our favorite kid books. When Emily asked me I hadn’t started reading much to Teddy and as much as I’m a Young Adult reading fiend I am a total newbie when it comes to baby and little guy books. If you have any favorite baby books I’d love you to leave the titles in the comments! But we do have a copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and really how could I resist making my Teddy a bear outfit?

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I love all of Eric Carle’s books. We have a few and the art and color and lessons are top notch. If you haven’t read Brown Bear it’s all about animals and colors? Each page asks a different colored animal what they see so it’s great for teaching about both animals and colors.

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The vest was so easy I made myself a pattern by using one of Teddy’s onesies as a basic block. You can do this too and that way you can make whatever size you want from baby all the way to adult. I used this same technique to make my husband’s Quidditch Player Jersey last year for Halloween.

How to Make a Hooded Bear Vest Pattern

How to make a Bear Hooded Vest Pattern (baby to adult) - Rae Gun Ramblings

  1. Take a shirt that fits and fold it in half. Trace the trunk portion. This will be your main pattern piece. Cut one on the fold to make your back piece.
  2. Draw a straight line to make a V to form the front pieces. Cut out two (one left one right).
  3. Cut out ears I just free handed it. You want 4 out of the fabric and 2 out of interfacing.
  4. Cut 2 hood pieces. You can trace it off of an existing hood or free hand it, just hold a paper test up to the head it’s supposed to cover to make sure it’s big enough before cutting it out of the fabric.
  5. Cut 2 2 inch strips the length of the fabric.

How to Add Bear Ears to Any Hood

How to make and add Bear ears to any hood in 15 minutes - Rae Gun Ramblings

You can put bear ears on any pre-existing hood or if you are making the hooded vest start by sewing your hood pieces right sides together.

  1. Make the ears by putting the 2 ear pieces right sides together then 1 interfacing piece on the back.
  2. Sew around the curve leaving the straight edge.
  3. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8 inch.
  4. Turn right side out and iron.
  5. Make a small pleat in each ear and sew across the fold.
  6. Put your hood on your head and mark where you want the ears to go.
  7. Make slits where the ears should go. Slide the ears in and pin.
  8. Sew across the slit making sure to close up the hole while sewing the ears.
  9. Trim any excess that is hanging through the inside.

How to Sew a Hooded Bear Vest

Step by Step directions on how to make your own pattern for a hooded teddy bear vest and sew it - Rae Gun Ramblings

For Teddy’s vest 1/2 yard of knit fabric was more than enough.

  1. Start by making your bear ears and hood as described above and set aside.
  2. Sew the front pieces to the back pieces at the shoulder.
  3. Line up the center back of the hood to the center back of the bodice, pin and sew the hood to the neck line of the bodice.
  4. Iron the long strips in half lengthwise.
  5. Sew the raw edges of the strip along the front/hood edge.
  6. Do the same along the armhole.
  7. Sew down the side seams.
  8. Fold the edge in of the remaining long strip and sew along the bottom edge of the vest to finish.

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Put on the cutest baby you can find named Teddy, or whoever you think would be adorable in a Bear Hooded Vest! Easy right!?

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And for the onesie I just did a simple vinyl iron-on (yeah yeah you guys know I”m obsessed!). If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl check out this tutorial for how to use heat transfer vinyl.

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Make sure to check out all the other fun projects in the Sew Many Books series as well as the cool giveaway and sew a long. I had so much fun sewing this book inspired outfit, if you want to do your own make sure you link it up over at Nap Time Creations.

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9 Great Books You’ll Never Guess What They Have in Common and Giveaway

 I want to read these! Full list and descriptions at Rae Gun Ramblings

I went to this talk for aspiring authors, no I’m not an aspiring author but I’m kind of a compulsive learner so I like going to things like that. I know I’m weird. But anyways at the talk the speaker told the writers to always “let them know you’re from Utah”. The reason? We have a disproportional number of fantastic YA authors that come out of Utah and the rest of the world knows it. Whether it’s something in our water or  the inversion (that’s our crazy winter smog layer that settles in every year) we kill it when it comes to great writers.

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So if you haven’t already guessed, what this great group of books all have in common is that they were written by Utah folk. And it just so happens that August is Utah Book Month. Fancy that. I am joining in by sharing my list of my favorite Utah books for Young Adults (and grown adults like me who just like books written for teens). As a special bonus I’m giving away a bunch of these. See the widget at the bottom to enter.

Before we get to the giveaway though let me tell you about these books. I’ve blogged ALL of them before. I enjoyed all of these and a good number of them I recommend All.The.Time. The place they have won in my heart has nothing to do with their Utah-ness they are just awesome stories. But since it’s August it’s fun to point out that yup we do have some writing rock stars here.

 The False Prince – One of my all time favorite series. A great book the crosses Middle Grade and Young Adult. It’s one of the few books that I have no qualms recommending to any one. It reads like fantasy and fairy tale but there’s no magic. There is lots of adventure, great characters (a male point of view but with some solid girls as well), totally unique and fantastic story with royalty, political intrigue and even some pirates.

Transparent – This was one of my favorite books from last year. Kids with powers. Well actually everyone has an ability but they range from kinda lame to kinda awesome. The world is run by mafia style syndicates and the main character is invisible. Lots of action, great friendships, fun ideas, and a unique story. I just finished the sequel Blindsided and really liked that too!

Blackout – This one is actually set in Utah kind of a plus for today’s post. More kids with posts (can you tell I kinda LOVE kids with powers stories?). But there’s also a virus that plays a part. Quarantines, terrorism, government intervention, and complicated connections. Lots of adventure and lots of fun.

Matched – Remember that time I recreated the dress from the cover of this book and wore it out in public? How about the time I went to a book club with teens and one blurted out oh YOU were the one who wore that dress. Yeah I love the concept behind Matched. Ally has a great way of making you think in her books. The short of it is that the society pics your partner via a complex matching system when you’re a teen but of course there’s so much more. If you like a good solid dystopian love story this is for you.

The Maze Runner – So the movie comes out soon and it looks GREAT. This is one of those stories where it starts right in the middle and you don’t really know what’s going on (and neither do the characters). There’s a group of boys and they wake up without memories in a strange place with a big maze. It’s always been boys until now a girl shows up and not just that but she can speak into the mind of one of the boys. Oh and there’s zombie type creatures to. But nothing is really how it appears.

Entwined – If you like fairy tale retellings run and pick this book up. Something about this one stole my heart. This is based on the story of the 12 Dancing Princesses. If you love romance, magic, and royalty this is a really good one.

The Goose Girl – So Shannon Hale, you’ve probably heard of Austenland (turned movie) and maybe The Princess Academy super sweet story but my favorite of the books of hers that I’ve read are The Books of Bayern. And The Goose Girl is book 1 in the series. This is also a retelling but if you’re like me you may not have heard the original story before. This is another great series full of strong female characters, sweet romance, royal, and lessons of perseverance and acceptance.

Partials –  While Dan Wells may not currently reside in Utah (is he still in Germany?) I insist we still claim him as our own. The Partials are like humans but improved and the humans are on the verge of extinction and failing to reproduce. If you like great sci-fi with both medical and technological angels as well as a solid dystopian story like The Hunger Games or Divergent you’ll want to check this one out.

Everneath – A modernized story of Persephone. There’s the underworld, a band, and a couple cute boys. While it has aspects of paranormal it reads a lot like a contemporary story and is just easy fun. I really liked this take on Greek mythology although I’ve only finished the first book though.

So there you go 9 great books all born in my great state. And as an extra bonus I’m giving away three of my favorites: Transparent, Blackout, and The False Prince. All three of these books would be great for boys, girls, young and old. Enter with the widget below!

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And don’t forget to checkout all the other awesome posts during Utah Book Month by visiting Utah Book Month Blog or following along on twitter. If you’re new here so glad to have you I hope you take some time to peek around. If you’re a Harry Potter fan (and how can you not be) I just finished up a HUGE Harry Potter series I’d love you to check out all the awesome posts.

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SONP: No More High-Low Dress Tutorial

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I’m so excited to be joining in on Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!‘s Summer of No Pants again this year. If you don’t know about SONP, Marigold challenges us to wear skirts and dresses. The series is full of fun tutorials, inspiration, tips, and more.

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The first year I shared an easy upcycled tank top dress and last year I made a 30 minute 1 yard of fabric skirt. This time I’m sharing and easy way to play with the high-lo skirt fashion trend even if you don’t think it’s totally for you.

Tweak any dress to get the high-low feel at Rae Gun Ramblings

I started with this high-low dress that I got for a great deal from H&M. Unfortunately I never wore it. Every time I put it on it felt weird. Just a little too high-low if you know what I mean. So I decided to add a bit of length to the front. The result is a dress that has the high-lo feel because of the difference in fabric but is something I feel more than comfortable wearing.

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Even if you don’t have a high-low dress to start with you can easily trim the hem of any basic knit dress to be shorter in the front and then add a contrasting ruffle.

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  1. Start with a high-low dress (or skirt) or cut a regular skirt so it goes up in the front.
  2. Next measure the distance from the back of the skirt to the front. Make your ruffle 1 inch wider than that. Measure the front of the skirt and make your ruffle 1.5 X longer than that measurement.
  3. Finish the edge of your ruffle (I did a simple rolled hem).
  4. Then finish the top edge and gather.
  5. Pin the ruffle to the underside of your skirt front angling the bottom hem up like pictured above.
  6. Stitch down.
  7. I serged off the extra ruffle. If you do this be extra careful not to catch any of the dress in the serger. Alternatively you can just tack the extra ruffle up with a few hand stitches.

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I really like how it turned out. You can use the same method to lengthen any basic dress you just would have a ruffle all the way around.

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I had a few little photobombers. They are totally the worst photobombers EVER! But cute right? Don’t forget to stop by and check out all the other Summer of No Pants projects over at Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

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Bellatrix Lestrange Dress

Good Morning, House of RaeGun!
It’s Kat from Sew Chibi here with my chibi Bellatrix Lestrange!
I was pretty stoked to be a part of this series!  Harry Potter is much loved in our household!
Last year New Year’s I took a couple of pictures on Instagram and made jokes about how my Sephira, with her wild hair, sometimes looks very Bellatrix-y!
When I started brainstorming I quickly fell upon the idea of Bellatrix.  And even though I had already overloaded myself with projects for July, I was compelled to be a part of this tour!

 

 I don’t normally root for bad guys, and I may never forgive her for what she did to Sirius, but I can’t help but love anything Helena Bonham Carter does.
So I had to make a dress of course.  And it had to be very wearable, well, because, it just had to!  One of my favorite things to do is to take characters from various geeky things and make them into handmade, everyday wearables.
I decided to go with a simple black jersey knit and black swirl stretch lace mini skater dress.
The pattern is by Kitschy Coo and I feel like I don’t make enough of these!!  I made it in a 18/2T size for my 3 year old and it fits just perfect!

And even though some kiddos may not gravitate to dark colors, my little one is a lover of all colors.  I did take a little insurance and did a big sell on the dress to her.
“Mommy’s going to make you a black dress and it’s going to be so soft!”
“Black!  Black’s my favorite color!” [which she says for every color]
Misson accomplished.
It was surprisingly easier and faster than I expected since I was dealing with two layers and one of them was slippery, err, slythery lace.
 I didn’t want to make just a dress, so I fashioned a wand to look like Bellatrix’s crooked wand.  I used fashion wire (that I always keep on hand) and a mixture of mahogany and black FIMO clay that I wrapped and molded around the wire, making grooves to mimic wood.  I baked it for a little longer that recommended (although I should have gone even longer I think) and finished it by using various coats of black, mahogany stain, and a little gold acrylic paint.
I love the way it looks, as does my chibi Bellatrix!
 Thanks so much Marissa for being so awesomesauce as to do a Harry Potter sewing series!  It’s always fun to get geeky with others!
Stop by and visit me at Sew Chibi sometimes if you’re into wacky handmades!

HUGE Craft Stash Giveaway over 400$ Worth of Goodies

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38 AWESOME bloggers have all joined forces to give you the GREAT craft Stash GIVEAWAY! Each blogger has picked one of their favorite crafting tools to give to ONE lucky winner (AND IT COULD BE YOU!!!!) WE have everything from washi tape, to chalk paint, to baker’s twine, to sharpies! Everything a crafter’s heart could desire!!!!
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Here’s what you will get (your mailman is going to hate you!!!) Click on the links to see up close and personal what their favorite craft item is (if you get an error just click the home button!!!)

1st Column:

a glue gun and glue sticks from a girl and a glue gun–crayons from Thirty handmade days –fun markers and pens from delia creates–glitter glue from eighteen 25— fabric paint from One Krieger Chick–Pick three colors of paper straws from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke–Fun ribbons and trims from Sweet Charli–mystery bundle of fabric from sugar bee crafts–embroidery set from Flamingo Toes

2nd column:

bakers twine from Over the big moon–sheets of vinyl from A glimpse inside–mini instagram album from Making the world cuter–Martha Stewart fringe scissors from Dolen Diaries–decorative scotch tape from Bombshell Bling–bias tape from Melly Sews—-circle punch from My Sister’s suitcase–glitter pack from R &R workshop–iron on heat transfer from design, dining and diapers–glitter tape from SNAP

3rd column:

acrylic paint, wood tags, jumbo pins from Lolly Jane–metallic painter markers from A little tipsy–random fun craft supplies from Craft-o-Maniac–rainbow washi from pretty providence–Paper to Petal handmade flower book from kiki & company–manila tags and doiles from Smashed peas and carrots–Craft Paint and foam bushes from Simply Designing— superhero beads from twin dragonfly designs–Rit Dye from The Creative mom

4th column:

Americana chalk paint and varnish from the Crafting Sparrow–styrofoam from Mad in Crafts–Duck brand prize pack from The Country chic cottage–scrapbook paper and sharpie from Simple Simon and Co– patterned treat bags from Girl Loves Glam–Paper trimmer from Ucreate–Washi Tape from Keeping it Simple–Craft odds and ends from Made to be Momma–Americana Chalk paint and varnish from I should be mopping the floor — cute embroidery scissors from Rae Gun ramblings

You can enter to win here. There is just a basic entry (Just click enter!) Then loads of other ways to up your odds!!!
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good luck and happy crafting!!!