Thursday, 30 June 2016

Free pattern: Preschool art smock

Free pattern: Preschool art smock Free pattern: Preschool art smock

Art is messy, espeically when made by young hands.  But don’t let that stop you from letting them do their art!  Christina from The DIY Mommy shares a free pattern to make an art smock … Read More...



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Project: Summer Slider Card

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Don’t you want to head on down the lazy river with this cute little girl? This fun summer slider card was made with stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. Swim on over to their blog where Stephanie Klauck has … Read More...



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Tutorial: Sew an awesome rope tote

Tutorial: Sew an awesome rope tote Tutorial: Sew an awesome rope tote

You can sew an amazing rope tote like this one on your sewing machine!  Petro from Creative Homemaking shares a tutorial showing how to do it.  It would make an awesome pool bag or … Read More...



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Do You Know How to Knit Backwards?

how to knit backwardsKnitting backwards sounds like a cool trick, but it’s more than that. It can actually be quite useful when working entrelac or short rows or even just narrow rows of knitting where you don’t want to have to take the … Read More...



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Stitch Up Some Star-Spangled Fun

star spangled happiness cross sitthc chartAmericans are celebrating their independence with a long weekend this weekend, and it’s a perfect time to start a new cross-stitch project in red, white and blue.

This Star-Spangled Happiness Chart from Stitching the Night Away is a great choice … Read More...



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Coconut Lime Popsicles

photo credit: The Charming Detroiter

photo credit: The Charming Detroiter

“Put the lime in the coconut….” Sorry! The geek in me always starts singing that song every time I see or hear lime and coconut in the same sentence. Those two flavors do pair well … Read More...



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Tutorial: No-sew American flag table runner

Tutorial: No-sew American flag table runner Tutorial: No-sew American flag table runner

Amy from The Idea Room shows how you can make this American flag table runner – with no sewing required.  The design looks like a stitched flag, but it’s made with paint and stencil. … Read More...



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Summertime Punch

photo credit: Velvet and Hail

photo credit: Velvet and Hail

Berries and watermelon are my two favorite fruit items to eat during the summer months. Sometimes, we get more watermelon than we handle and I feel awful having to waste it. Luckily, Velvet and Hail … Read More...



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Make a Box Worth Keeping

DIY Popsicle Favor Boxes, tutorial via Oh Happy Day

Organization is well and good, but packing things up in plastic baggies or plastic containers from your favorite big box store isn’t the way to go. You need to make your own magic with some sweet handmade boxes. None of these boxes are big enough to hold your winter boots, but they will definitely help you organize all of your most treasured little things – jewelry, rocks, mementos from your kiddos.

So whether you’re looking for a popsicle theme or a camera box full of inspiration, we’ve got something for you. Origami boxes are included too – they’ve got to be the fastest way to make a pretty box. Plus, they’re perfect for gift giving!

DIY Wood Centerpiece, tutorial via Tell Love and Party

Wood Centerpiece
Tutorial via Tell Love and Party

Here’s a wood project for those of us who don’t want to pull out the power tools. Hot glue and paint make this project fast and beautiful.

DIY Matchbook Camera, tutorial via Magical Daydream

Matchbook Camera
Tutorial via Magical Daydream

This sweet little camera is filled with photo prompt ideas. The perfect “Mom, I’m Bored” antidote for summer vacation!

DIY Origami Boxes, tutorial via Gathering Beauty

Origami Boxes
Tutorial via Gathering Beauty

Step by step instructions make these boxes easy to understand, and with so many scrapbook paper options out there, your designs choices are practically endless.

DIY Matchbox Suitcases, tutorial via Craftster

Matchbox Suitcases
Tutorial via Craftster

These detailed boxes are pretty much adorable. They would be perfect for dollhouses – and sitting as a surprise outside my daughter’s fairy door!

DIY Accordion Box Organizers, tutorial via Crafting Geek

Accordion Box Organizers
Tutorial via Crafting Geek

Make these organizers as short or long as you want with the quick folding instructions. They’re in Spanish, but the video makes it pretty clear what you need to do!

Pictured at the top of this post: Popsicle Favor Boxes, tutorial via Oh Happy Day.



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Lemon Berry Trifle

photo credit: Strawberry Blonde Kitchen

photo credit: Strawberry Blonde Kitchen

What a beautiful dessert to show off those lovely berries of the summer. This dessert is so easy to make and yet works for a backyard barbecue or an elegant party. It’s all in how … Read More...



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Free Pattern – Ocean and Sailboat Key Holder

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The photograph doesn’t do this pattern any justice. It’s adorable and of course it’s totally practical. You can grab the free pattern over at Aokcorral.com. This would make a cute hair band holder for my daughter whose bedroom is … Read More...



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Where to find swimwear fabric & supplies online

 

Where to find swimwear fabric & supplies online Where to find swimwear fabric & supplies online

The hardest part of sewing swimwear is just sourcing your supplies.  You can probably buy some of it locally, but you’ll probably need to check online sources to find everything you … Read More...



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Two fun recycled material summertime party games

Circus Party2I am definitely making these for my next summertime party. OK actually I am going to make the first one probably halfway through the first party after my guests have had their first beer. I will have a handful of … Read More...



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4th of July Dessert Hacks

photo credit: Fruetcake

photo credit: Fruetcake

It is almost the 4th of July and You want to bake and cook spectacular items for the holiday barbecue, picnic or potluck, but don’t have the time. This seems to happen to me a lot. I’ve … Read More...



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Tutorial: Frayed edge picnic blanket

Tutorial: Frayed edge picnic blanket Tutorial: Frayed edge picnic blanket

The frayed edges of this picnic blanket gives it an aged and timeless charm.  Roxanne from PenSeb & Rox shows how you can make one.  She used  an old tablecloth and some denim from her … Read More...



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Baked Banana Bread Donuts

photo credit: The Whinery

photo credit: The Whinery

Classic banana bread meets the donut shape. A great breakfast or even snack to enjoy with your coffee, tea or milk. We don’t have donuts often, but they are fun to enjoy on occasion. Elsa Brobbery … Read More...



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DIY Pinata T-shirt

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What a fun alternative to a traditional Pinata. Pop this shirt on someone fit and fast and let the kids chase them down.  I know a few dads who would love to be the live bait for this game. You … Read More...



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If You Can Crochet A Granny Square You Can Make This Top

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If you are looking for an Easy project then this is the one to try. This pattern shows you how to use 2 oversized Granny squares and a few extra rows of stitches to make this adorable lace mess top.  … Read More...



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25 Patriotic Crafts to Celebrate the 4th!

Decorate your home with one or more of these fun patriotic crafts just in time for the 4th of July! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage rounded up this great collection of Americana crafts to make this summer for your … Read More...



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Freebie: Vintage Fourth of July Image

Freebie: Vintage Fourth of July Image

Celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July in the USA with this beautiful vintage firecracker woman image. It’s free to download from The Graphics Fairy, click here.

-Heather… Read More...



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Healthy Cinnamon Roll Overnight Dessert Oats

photo credit: Dessert with Benefits

photo credit: Dessert with Benefits

As much as I would love to eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast everyday, it isn’t feasible or healthy. Now I can have the flavors, but healthier and will give me the energy boost I need … Read More...



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Inspiration for Travel Memory Keeping

It’s the travel season, and if you want to have a plan of attack for all your current and previous travel photos, check out this post from Carrie Owens.

She’s a photographer and sometimes scrapbooker, and she is embarking on … Read More...



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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Tutorial: Easy fringe neck detail for t-shirts and dresses

Tutorial: Easy fringe neck detail for t-shirts and dresses Tutorial: Easy fringe neck detail for t-shirts and dresses

Oh, I am loving the fringe on these 4th of July dresses!  Shauna from Shwin & Shwin shares a tutorial showing how to add that detail to a dress or t-shirt.  … Read More...



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Tutorial: Magical tooth fairy pillow

Tutorial: Magical tooth fairy pillow Tutorial: Magical tooth fairy pillow

Cheryl from Sew Can Do shows how you can make a magical tooth fairy pillow.  The pillow itself is a simple tooth shape with a pocket on the back.  She used an embroidery machine to … Read More...



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Grape Ape Popsicles

photo credit: Natural Comfort Kitchen

photo credit: Natural Comfort Kitchen

When I think of Grape Ape, I think of the cartoon. Apparently, there is a drink called the Grape Ape. Probably a good thing I didn’t know about that in my college days. Bring back … Read More...



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4th of July Rice Krispie Treat Shot Glasses

4th of July rice krispies treat shot glasses photo credit: The Watering Mouth

Create these fun shot glasses for your drinks or the kids glasses of milk this 4th of July holiday evening. You and the kids can create these shot glasses together and they can use them … Read More...



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Tutorial: Sewing sweater knits

Tutorial: Sewing sweater knits Tutorial: Sewing sweater knits

Make a sweater in a day, without knitting or crocheting a stitch?  Yes, you can do it with sweater knit fabric and a sewing machine.  Sweater knit fabric is quite different from woven fabrics – and … Read More...



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Water Colored Painted Ice Cream Cone

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With all the fun ice cream flavors, you can’t serve it in a boring cone. I’m always looking for way for kids to play with their food, especially during the summer time. Nicole at Tikkido shows how you can water … Read More...



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Tutorial: Cute apron with a flounce hem

Tutorial: Cute apron with a flounce hem Tutorial: Cute apron with a flounce hem

Amber from Crazy Little Projects shows how you can sew a cute apron with a flounce ruffle at the  hem.  Her instructions give the dimensions to cut to make an adult size, but … Read More...



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Winner- Make Your Own Zoo: 35 projects for kids using everyday cardboard packaging. Turn your recycling into a zoo!

Congrats go out to Barb M. of  Williamstown, VT as she is the winner of Make Your Own Zoo: 35 projects for kids using everyday cardboard packaging. Turn your recycling into a zoo!Read More...



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Red, white and blue Solo cup wreath

IMG_4941If you have a stash of plastic cups on hand for your 4th of July parting why not grab a few and make a wreath to decorate your front door. If they aren’t red, white, and blue I bet a … Read More...



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Sonic Chili Cheese Dogs

photo credit: Pixelated Provisions

photo credit: Pixelated Provisions

I’m not talking Sonic the restaurant here, this recipe is based off of Sonic the Hedgehog. Every once in a blue moon, I want a chili dog and sometimes with lots of cheese. Victoria at Pixelated … Read More...



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Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars

Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars Recipe

I was never a fan of meringue until my mid-thirties. My Grandma would make beautiful pies with a towering heap of baked meringue, but most of my childhood I stayed as far away from it as possible, disappointed it wasn’t whipped cream.

When I started making meringue myself, however, I fell in love with it in all forms. Here is a fancy-yet-not-too-fancy version of it: a thick layer baked on top of chocolate chip cookie dough. Each bite is pure bliss.

Ingredients

Chocolate Chip Cookie Base
Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars Recipe
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Meringue Topping
  • 5 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

For the Cookie Base
Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars Recipe
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan and line with parchment paper along the bottom and up the long sides of the pan, leaving a little bit of overhang. Grease the parchment paper as well.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat together the melted butter and sugars on medium until combined. On low, mix in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy, and the slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Gently press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, evening out the surface. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the dough, and then press them lightly into the dough. Bake for 15 minutes, until the dough is cooked but still very soft. Let cool on a wire rack while making the meringue.
  5. Turn up the oven temperature to 400F.

For the Meringue
Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars Recipe
  1. Put about 1-inch of water in a medium saucepan and bring it to a gentle boil.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the egg whites, brown sugar, and salt together.
  3. Put the bowl over the saucepan, being careful not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Stir with a rubber spatula until the sugar is completely melted (this will take several minutes) and reaches a temperature of 160F. Brush the sides down with the spatula occasionally to make sure all the sugar has melted and no grains are clinging to the sides. Feel the egg mixture between your fingers to check for graininess.
  4. Once the mixture is completely smooth, move the bowl to the stand mixer and beat with the whip attachment on medium-high speed. Beat it until light, fluffy, glossy, and the bowl feels just about room temperature. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Use immediately.

To Assemble
Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars Recipe
  1. Using a rubber spatula, mound the meringue onto the center of the cookie base and spread it evenly to the edges. Place a sheet of parchment paper the same size as the pan over the top of the meringue, lightly pressing it into the top. Turn down the oven temperature to 350F and bake the bars for 10 minutes. Remove the parchment paper from the top, and bake about 5 minutes longer, until the meringue is lightly golden.
  2. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Use the parchment paper to help lift the bars out of the pan (you may have to run a thin knife around the edge of the pan as well) and cut into squares.
  3. If you have a kitchen torch, you can add some extra color to the top of the bars right after you remove them from the oven (just be careful not to burn the parchment paper!). These squares are best eaten the day they are made.
Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars Recipe

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Meringue Girls by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman.



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Patriotic Pops

photo credit: Petite Party Studio

photo credit: Petite Party Studio

Here is a healthier way to enjoy the red, white, and blue popsicles. To this day, the kids still enjoy the rocket pops with their patriotic colors, but as parents we want them to eat … Read More...



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Printable Building Challenge Cards Take Blocks to Another Level

printable building challenge cardsMost kids I know like to build with blocks, but you can turn that basic play into a lesson in science and engineering with these awesome printable building challenge cards from PickleBums.

The idea is to set out a challenge … Read More...



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Tutorial: Pool tote bag

Tutorial: Pool tote bag Tutorial: Pool tote bag

Holly from Bits of Everything shows how you can make a pool bag to carry your towels and sunscreen and other pool necessities.  The bag has a roomy inside, and also pockets all the way around … Read More...



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Knitty Enters Fall with a New Look

Knitty First Fall 2016 is liveYeah, I know, it’s not really fall, but the First Fall issue of Knitty was just released, and it’s big news because the online knitting magazine now has a responsive layout, meaning it automatically resizes whether you’re looking at the … Read More...



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Spicy Potato Hash with Jalapenos and garlic

photo credit: Savory Tooth

photo credit: Savory Tooth

What to do with the leftover potatoes from dinner? Make this spicy potato hash for breakfast. Julia at Savory Tooth creates this for her dinner meals. I’m good with breakfast for dinner too. This would be … Read More...



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A Lisa Frank Adult Coloring Book Is Coming! 

Exciting news: Lisa Frank has designed an adult coloring book!

Let’s all gear up in our overalls, grab our gel pens and pretend like it is the 90’s again, okay? As a child of the 90’s I am ridiculously excited … Read More...



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Technique: Floral Cards with Alcohol Inks

Technique: Floral Cards with Alcohol Inks

Hop on over to the Ranger Ink site for a cool project tutorial from Tim Holtz. He’ll show you how to get amazing results using his brand new YUPO cardstock, it’s a “paper” that’s made just for mixed media techniques … Read More...



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Make a lap quilt from men’s shirts

MensShirtsQuiltThreadingMyWayTutorialMinimal fabric commitment, yup. Pam of Threading My Way shares on her blog how she made this lap quilt from worn men’s shirts. I’m with her, when you pull batting, binding and backing fabric from your stash, it’s free, making … Read More...



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DIY Double Pocket Page for Scrapbooks & Planners

Make a double-sided pocket page for your planner or scrapbook by following this tutorial at Simple Stories.

This clever construction by Leah uses patterned paper for the base, and two 4×6 cards to form the pockets.

A really great way … Read More...



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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Graduation Caps Toppers and Clay

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Today my daughter graduated high school so of course I had a grad related polymer clay tutorial picked for the event.

Well, sort of clay. Like a lot of clever ideas for clay, this one uses fondant but would work … Read More...



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