Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tutorial - How to Alter T-Shirts into a Maternity Top

http://kellyjdesigns.blogspot.com/2014/09/diy-maternity-clothes-t-shirt-upcycle-2.html
Upcycle two t-shirts into a maternity top

Tutorial at Just Another Project Blog

"In Monday's post I showed you how to make a little more room in a t-shirt for a growing baby bump.  This is another T-shirt upcycle that is a little more fitted.  It combines the top part of a smaller T-shirt with the bottom part of a larger T-shirt with gathers in the front and ties in the back.  For this upcycling project you will need two T-shirts, one in your size and one a couple sizes larger.  I used a size small and a size extra-large, both which I got clearanced for $3 each".... Read more

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake

http://whatsmummyupto.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/recipe-pumpkin-cheesecake.html
Pumpkin cheesecake for an autumn flavored dessert

Tutorial at What's Mummy Up To Blog

"Pumpkin and halloween-themed posts are really heating up in blog-land at the moment.  Have you seen them?  And the other day when I was perusing my Facebook feed, the most delicious-looking link popped up for a Pumpkin Cheesecake.  I was hooked with one glance at the cheese-cakey goodness.  We love cheesecake.  But I was a little deflated when I realised it was a recipe with lots of ingredients I'd either never heard of, or just simply aren't available in my local supermarket.  Things like "cool-whip" and "pumpkin-pie spices", and "canned pumpkin".  Yep, we don't have those.  But the thought of pumpkin cheese-cake, and the fact that our last pumpkin from our bumper pumpkin crop was sitting patiently on my counter just waiting to be turned into one got the better of me, and I decided to give it a go".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Hot and Cold Pillowcase

http://craftystaci.com/2014/09/08/hot-and-cold-pillowcase/
Pillowcase with a cold side and a hot side, perfect for transitional fall weather

Tutorial at Crafty Staci Blog

"I love Oregon, but I find this time of year a little frustrating.  Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about fall, like apples, pumpkins and boots.  Oh, the boots.  But the inconsistency in the temperature drives me a little nuts.  One minute I’m freezing, the next I’m roasting.  When you live here, you learn to dress in layers.  But nighttime is a little harder to solve.  This project was made to help a friend in the hospital who wanted something soft by his face, but I think I’ve found an easy solution to my freezer/oven problem.  This is a basic pillowcase, but the secret is using woven cotton fabric on one side and super-soft Minky, or other soft fleece, on the other.  If you’re too warm, flip it to the cotton side for instant cooling.  If you’re trying to warm up, the fleece is the side you want".... Read more

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tutorial - Makeover a Table with Faux Silver Leaf

http://www.deliciousanddiy.com/2014/09/04/diy-faux-silver-leaf-table/
Refashion with foil, paint, and imagination

Tutorial at Delicious And DIY Blog

"About twenty years ago this table had silver legs and the tabletop was this brown tinted glass. Not at all cute. I spray painted the legs about 5 years ago since they were all rusty and basically ugly. So a good coat of black spray paint helped a little bit. But I kept the tinted table top. Not that I am a fan of Tinted glasses its just that I had no idea what I should do with it.  Last year I spray painted the top part with Silver Spray Paint thinking it would make the situation a little better".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Raspberry Biscuits

http://theseamanmom.com/raspberry-biscuits-recipe/
Pair one with a cup of tea, coffee, or milk

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"I found this super cute raspberry biscuits recipe I really wanted to make only because it looked so interesting. As it’s always a battle to make my girls eat fruit and veggies, I also wanted another way to sneak in some fruit.  The original recipe doesn’t use fresh fruit but powdered (yucky if you ask me) but I always prefer to go the healthier way so I picked the fresh fruit version. It was a challenge though as it seems it’s much easier and cheaper today to make fake, unnatural, unhealthy food.  I also wanted to see how these raspberry biscuits recipe will turn if I reduced the amount of sugar and butter as these are notorious healthy lifestyle enemies".... Read more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Mosaic Jello

http://thewomanonthehill.blogspot.com/2012/12/squares-in-my-jello.html
Post includes many variations on this recipe

Tutorial at The Woman on the Hill Blog

"(Drum roll please) Gelatina de cuadritos, that's the name! Basically, it's fun jello made with a bunch of little squares that live happily inside a yummy white jello.  Typical in Mexican gatherings of many sorts, they are even sold in diposable plastic cups, ready to go.  While verifying some facts for this post, I learned that it is also prepared in other countries, but it's generally called "mosaique jello."  Whatever the name, it's delicious and super pretty! When we were planning the Christmas party for kids in church, I thought this would be the ideal way of making a jello - it was one of the requests for dessert, so it just had to be made in a special way".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Plan a Fun Treasure Hunt

http://joyfuldaisy.com/plan-fun-treasure-hunt/
Fun activity for little cost and a few hours planning

Tutorial at Joyful Daisy Blog

"Even though this treasure chest filled with candy is a fun find for most kids, the real treasure is in the hunt!  From picture clues to word scrambles and anagrams, the kids enjoyed hours of fun during our latest treasure hunt.  Now our lively youthful group varied in ages from 5-15 which worked great with the oldest helping the youngest.  However, don’t leave the fun just to the kids because my parents have lots of fond memories of adult treasure hunts which they called road rallies! So to relive the fun, I am excited to share our clues and happy treasure hunters in the midst of their hunt, as well as, share the simple steps to create your own treasure hunt for the young or young at heart".... Read more

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tutorial - Make Pumpkin Decorations with Pallets

http://littlehouseoffour.blogspot.com/2014/08/pallet-pumpkins.html

Cute, easy to make, and the materials are free

Tutorial at Little House of Four Blog

"Fall is just around the corner and that means it's almost time for all the fall festivals and activities.  Some of my fondest memories with my kids are playing in the leaves and going to the local pumpkin patch for a hay ride and pumpkin picking.  With pumpkins on my mind and pallets in the yard I decided to combine the two and make pallet pumpkins.  I started by cutting the boards apart with a circular saw. Once I had the boards cut from the pallet I started cutting them into smaller pieces".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Coconut Shell Box

http://radhika-hobbycrafts.blogspot.in/2014/07/coconut-shell-box.html
Use for storing small treasures

Tutorial at Radhika Hobbycrafts Blog

"Here is the tutorial of making the box. Supplies you need are one coconut shell (coconut shell i used is little big than normal one), m-seal,kundans, 3d outliners, black color, 2 plastic lids one large and one small, sand paper, 1st smooth the coconut shell with sand paper then attach the plastic lids to the shells large one for the bottom  stand and small one for the top as lid with M-seal".... Read more

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Raglan Sleeve Dress

http://whatsmummyupto.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/tutorial-or-two-winter-dresses-from.html
Two dress designs from one raglan-sleeve top pattern

Tutorial at What's Mummy Up To Blog

"One of my favourite things to do in my effort to become more creative with my sewing is to find a good base pattern, then play around with it to make it into something else.  That's what I'd like to share today.  Here's a couple of really quick tutorials I've made, using a basic Raglan-sleeve top pattern to make 2 different style winter dresses for my girls.  I used this Raglan top pattern that I found for free on Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom.  If you haven't seen this blog, check it out.  Jamie is one of my faves!  I first used this pattern when I made this Disco Diva top for Bethany, and it's a great pattern, and the sizing is really good too.  I'm pretty sure any raglan-sleeve top pattern would be fine for this project if you already have one you like, or if you're feeling brave you could always try drafting your own".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Welsh Cakes

http://cocojude.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/recipe-for-welsh-cakes/
A family recipe for a favorite treat

Tutorial at Cocojude Blog

"Welsh cakes are something my family obsess about.  When I was little, my sister and I used to make them with my gran, taking it in turns to do the rolling out and sitting on a stool to cook them on the stove.   At the start of each university term, I went with a huge box of welsh cakes which I shared with my friends, who then also got addicted to them.  My husband is obsessed with them, as are his work colleagues.  I have just started a new job and I’m planning to take this stash of welsh cakes into work on St Davids day to make a meeting more exciting. I have never cooked welsh cakes on anything other than a cast iron bake stone".... Read more

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Travel Tissue Cover

http://theinspiredwren.blogspot.com/2014/09/tutorial-pocket-tissue-pack-cover.html
Tutorial includes how to personalize these as wedding favors

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"This month's tutorial is a quick one as I play catch up from a Summer's-full back-log. But it's one I needed. As we head back to school and into fall, I foresee many sniffles and runny noses. I'll stash a pack of pocket tissues in my bag and another in my coat pocket, so I whipped up these quick, self-binding pocket tissue packet covers from my scrap stash to make me smile every time I have to reach for one. And you can, too".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Hand Bound Mini Album

http://www.one-o.it/diy-hand-binded-photo-album/#.VA7NyBaK2M0
Decorate the cover any way you desire

Tutorial at One O Blog

"So on Monday Irene showed you a cute way to exhibit your summer pics with small magnets, today we’re again showcaseing photos but in a more traditional way, via an album. The craftycool (word of the day) thing is that we’re going to make the album totally from scratch, completely hand binded, just like old books used to be made (and new ones, but only for premium publications.  To make a DIY hand binded photo album you’ll need".... Read more

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Painted Wooden Tops

http://vickismithartwithkids.blogspot.com/2014/09/painted-wooden-tops.html
Children and adults alike enjoy this simple craft idea

Tutorial at Vicki Smith Art with Kids

"I painted wooden tops with children at summer art camp. I had a few left over and couldn't resist painting some myself. I started by painting them with acrylic paint, using contrasting colors on the top and bottom. Thank goodness for all the bright colors of nail polish. I went out and picked up a couple of very inexpensive bottles and decorated the tops with dots and wiggly stripes".... Read more

Tutorial - Mom Approved Baby Bib

http://so-sew-easy.com/perfect-baby-burp-cloth-pattern/
Free PDF pattern available with tutorial

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"I’m just so excited to be sewing for my 3 friends who are all expecting.  Gives me a chance to knock out lots of small projects from time to time, and take a break from some of the larger projects, pattern designing and fitting issues that clothes sewing gives me.  I was pestering one of the moms-to-be – what can I sew you, what do you really need, or don’t have enough of, or really used a lot first time round.  Wait a minute she said and came back with – a rag.  Er, what is that and what did you use it for?  Apparently it’s a burp cloth".... Read more