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Pasta La Vista Baby! It's National Pasta Day

There are few things I like as much as cross stitch these days, but eating Pasta is one of them.  That is why I was so fired up to work on my latest piece, celebrating my favorite holiday: National Pasta Day.

Penne for your thoughts? How are YOU celebrating #NationalPastaDay?
Pasta la vista mock up
I’m partnering with Olive Garden, hands down the best place to celebrate National Pasta day!  My family loves the Olive Garden.  My husband always tries to beat the never ending pasta bowl (not possible) while my kids are bread stitch aficionados. I am ALL ABOUT the soup and salad.

Fall Door Decor From Dollar Store Bowls


Leaf door decor dollar store
These are metallic acrylic (plastic) bowls or candy dishes.  I thought they were really cool, especially when they catch the light, and so I thought they would be the perfect front door decor! Dollar Store Leaf Bowls
Instead of creating wreath out of them, I thought they would look good as a swag, similar to my scroll saw candy corn that I loved to much.

15 Witchy Cross Stitch Patterns

15 witchy cross stitch
15 Witchy Cross Stitch Patterns

I love that witches can be scary and creepy or they can be funny and cutesy.  Witches are the perfect motif for Halloween. Check out these 15 counted cross stitch patterns all based on witches.. great for Halloween or all year long!

Kid's Self-Serve School Lunch Sandwich Station

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boar’s Head. All opinions are 100% mine.
School lunch sandwich stationSchool lunch sandwich station for kids
I’ve always been a huge fan of letting my kids make their own school lunches.  I think it teaches them independence, and gives them a little more control about what they are bringing to school to eat.

When they were younger the kids would select a lot of ‘grab and go’ type foods, more like a collection of snacks than an actual lunch, but now that they are older, they are interested in bringing more ‘lunch like’ meals in their lunchboxes.

So I recently set up a sandwich making station to make it easier for them to find everything they need (and not tear up my fridge or kitchen drawers looking for everything.)
School lunch sandwich station

How to Transfer Embroidery Designs with A Cricut

Harry Potter Icons Tote Bag (SVG file)

Harry potter svg file icon collageA SVG file featuring all the iconic images from Harry Potter books and movies in the shape of a heart.  She used it on a tote bag, but it could be also be split up and used for countless things!  Recently my daughter was invited to a Harry Potter themed sleep over birthday and wanted a fun bag to bring her stuff. I’ve been working on a cross stitch design featuring all the Harry Potter icons and knew it would be easy to convert the original file into an SVG and that is exactly what I did!
Diy harry potter tote
I love how it turned out, and any individual element would be cute, but combined into a heart is perfection.
A SVG file featuring all the iconic images from Harry Potter books and movies in the shape of a heart.  She used it on a tote bag, but it could be also be split up and used for countless things!

15 Modern Fall Cross Stitch Patterns

15 modern fall autumn cross stitch designsGot cross stitch?  Grab your pumpkin spiced latte and a your embroidery hoop and get inspired by these amazing MODERN FALL crossstitch designs!  Great for autumn or anytime!
 I know cross stitchers never really need an excuse to find new patterns, but IF they did, than the beautiful changes of seasons would be the perfect one! With fall right on the horizon, pumpkin spice lattes are showing up everywhere and I’m feeling really excited about sweater and get-to-skip-shaving-my-legs season!

So what better way to celebrate than gathering up 15 beautiful fall inspired cross stitch pieces.  None of these are the traditional farmhouse scene with pumpkins and leaves, but are more modern takes on the Autumn season.  Grab your embroidery hoop and some Aida and get started on one of them right now!

Build Your Own Laundry Room Cabinet Organizers

What is more fun than building projects for your home? Building projects that make your life easier and keep your kids safer!  And today I’m doing just that.

If you have children or pets at home (or even if you just occasionally get pets and kids as guests), it is always best to store detergent (including concentrated laundry packs) in their original containers, up high and preferably out of sight.  That makes a cabinet above your washer or dryer the perfect place.
Laundy room cabinet doors closed
I’ve talked about laundry room safety before on the blog, but today I want to make it even easier on you.

10 Things to Do with Kids At Oakland A's Games

If our family, attending local professional baseball games is a rite of passage.  There is nothing like walking into a ballpark and having the bright green field come into view.  Hearing the crack of the bat as the players warm up or hearing the National Anthem echo through the park is a memory you will never forget.

Our hometown team, the Oakland Athletics (affectionately known as the A’s) is celebrating 50 years in Oakland and we are regulars at the park.

And even if you aren’t a baseball loving family, there is still plenty to do to get the full immersive MLB experience.  From food and entertainment, to games and traditions, the Oakland A’s offer so many options beyond the diamond and even if you are a regular you may not even realize how much else is out there.
Oakland A s Games with kids
So I want to share my top 10 things to do at the Oakland A's game that will keep you (and the kids) busy through the entire game.

How to Make 3D Folded Paper Pumpkin With Your Cricut Scoring Wheel

Cricut scoring wheel 3d PumpkinThree dimensional cardstock pumpkin
It may only be the end of August, but I already have fall on my mind!   So today I am crafting PUMPKINS!   Why? Because if fall had to choose a vegetable mascot, it would be the pumpkin!
Sparkly paper pumpkin
These shimmery and glittery paper pumpkins feature two different types of materials.  Orange foil posterboard as well as copper shimmer paper.  Since the only thing better than pumpkins are GLITTERY pumpkins.

How to Crop An Image In Cricut Design Space

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I wanted to share this quick tutorial today for anyone who is using my print and cut (or just regular cut files) on their Cricut software but only wants to use part of the image. Sometimes you will get a file containing multiple images or motifs and you want to only use certain parts of the file.

Hilarious Shark Week Crafts

Funniest Shark Week CraftsHilarious shark week crafts.  Crochet, cross stitch, sewing and tshirt ideas, perfect for Shark Week..
I don't remember Shark Week as a kid, but in recent years it has taken on a life of its own.  With the meteoric rise in Shark Week's popularity, came a huge increase in the number of shark related crafts making the rounds.

And sure, cute little shark cake toppers and tee shirts are nice, but I wanted to find shark crafts that made me laugh.. and this collection was born.

More than 15 hilarious craft ideas, from crochet to cross stitch.  HTV ideas along with pet costumes and even some unmentionables.. If you love it when your heart races whenever you hear that Jaws music, you are going to love these!
 
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