Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whatever Goes Wednesday #232


Welcome to this crazy day of linky love and blog exploration! I love to see what is new out there in blog land. Get started clicking away to view everyone's creations!

Please stick around and click on at few a links before leaving. Don't be a link-and-run blogger!

OUR SPONSOR - Burlap Fabric for Weddings and Special Events has so many awesome burlap items. You can purchase burlap by the yard, pre-cut banners, burlap ribbon, pre-made bags, and way more! They seriously offer so many things. You've got to go check them out!

A GIVEAWAY has been generous enough to offer a $40 credit to one lucky Someday Crafts reader. Go here to enter the giveaway. But hurry, today is the last day that it's open!



 Some nights you just can't cook. That's ok. But it doesn't mean having to resort to pricey takeout. Here's how a flexible Meal Plan works for your schedule.
Are you as tired of cooking dinner as I am? There's not only dinner prep and cooking, but then clean-up. Then the baby usually wants to eat about the time we sit down to eat, so I either feed him and my food gets cold, or feed him and try desperately to eat one-handed. Dinner time is no fun - and Letters from Sunnybrook has some great tips about meal planning and cooking ahead. Fabulous, especially for the busy school year ahead!

Don't forget to check out the Giveaway Directory tomorrow! It amazes me how few people enter giveaways. This is your chance at free stuff! FYI, this link is only open for two days. If you are going to do a giveaway and want to feature it here, make sure you link it up sometime on Thursday or Friday.


School is out at the end of the week here, which means it's summertime! The Summer Cateogorically Crafting Party is open. Come join up your ideas and projects to help us all survive the summer!

I know it's early, but since different parts of the US (and the world) go back to school at different times, the Back to School Categorically Crafting Party is now open. Let's get prepared!

You know what to do. Enter your project (up to 4 links), tip, idea, recipe, whatever. Visit others. Leave comments. PLEASE NO ETSY SHOPS! Come back again in the next few days as more projects are added throughout the week. Let the fun begin! Because blogging is not my full-time job, I will not be able to visit every link. I apologize for that because I know you all work so hard and take the time to link up here and I appreciate it! Also, we'll be highlighting our favorites throughout the week, so be sure to check back periodically! :)

No-Sew Burlap Birthday Banner

I'm back (finally) with the birthday banner that I made to go with the birthday wreath from last week. It's hard to find time to craft with a little one in the house. If you'll remember, sent me some products to use and review, plus they're offering a $40 credit to one lucky reader!

The supplies from really made this a quick, easy project. The banner pieces come pre-cut and strung together in sets of 5. But they're super easy to string together if you need them longer (like I did with the word "birthday"). It's also easy to move them along the string. They're a smaller woven burlap fabric and have a vinly coated backing to help them stay stiff and not fray. They have not only this swallow tail shaped banner, plus the typical triangle pennant banner. Also, don't be fooled by the picture - these are actually pretty large pieces, about 8"x10".
8" x 10" Swallow Tail Burlap Banner - 5 pack
So to make this banner, here's what you'll need:
- Glue Gun
- Ruler
- Sharpie
- Burlap Ribbon from (I used Jungle Green, Chartreuse, Orange, and Red)
- Letter printed to size (mine ended up being about 4.5" tall)
- Scissors
To start, I measured the space that the letters were going to go, and printed out the letters in that size. I used the same font as the Looped Burlap Ribbon Birthday Wreath, AR Bonnie.
Next, I cut out pieces of the burlap ribbon to fit across the top. Once they were cut, I started gluing them on. I glued at each end and in the middle. This was sufficient for almost all the pieces. Occasionally I had to add another dab of glue if the ribbon was really lifting off the banner piece.
When you're gluing, be sure to press carefully. The hot glue will squeeze up between the weave in the burlap and you could burn yourself. I did most of the pressing with my fingernail instead of the padding of my finger.
After the burlap ribbon pieces were all glued on the banner pieces, I pulled out the letters to start tracing. The letters were dark enough that I could see through the banner enough to trace the outline. In the picture below, you can see the "A" behind the banner, to the right of the "H" that I traced.
 After tracing the outline, I just filled it in with the Sharpie. Be aware that rubbing it over the burlap will start to weaken/ruin the tip of the Sharpie. I could tell this was happened towards the end of the outlining because the edge wasn't as sharp as it was in the beginning. This wasn't a big deal for me, since I was using an older, thicker Sharpie anyway.

After all the letters were outlined and filled in, I was basically done. I didn't have to do much with the "happy" part except scoot the letters closer together and cut off the excess string. The "birthday" part was a little trickier. I had "birth" and "day" that needed to be strung together. I figured out placement for "birth" and "day" on the strings, cut off a large amount of excess, and then tied a tiny square knot at the ends to join them together. The knot didn't easily go through the opening at the top. But I used the tip of my scissors to help open the end of it, and then the knot easily went through. I don't have a picture of that process, so I hope my explanation made sense.
Then it was just a matter of hanging up the banner. Because of the wall that I used, it was hard to get any kind of angle except straight on.

Here's the Looped Burlap Ribbon Birthday Wreath that coordinates with the banner. Cute together, right?

And there you have it. No-sew, super easy birthday d├ęcor! Don't forget to enter the giveaway from for the $40 credit to their store. They have so many cool things to offer!

(Please note that provided me with the products of my choice to the create the project(s) of my choice in return for writing a post with my honest opinion. They're also providing a giveaway for $40 for one Someday Crafts reader.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hawaiian Tiki Pole Cake Pops

When I saw these cake pops from Hoopla Palooza, I just had to share them. Aren't they hilarious? Perfect for a summer or Hawaiian-themed get together.

Umbrella Stand/Side Table

This little umbrella stand from Mom in Music City is perfect for your deck or porch. It's not huge like the patio tables, but it's still big enough to hold a few drinks or plates.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sweet Almond Butter and Oatmeal Moisturizing Soap

Sweet Almond Butter and Oatmeal Soap ~ Melt & Pour Recipe on

This soap from Day2Day Supermom looks and sounds so yummy! I love finding and using natural products. Besides the melt and pour soap, everything in here came from her own kitchen. No weird chemicals that you can't pronounce or that will make you break out in a rash.

Wood Quote Sign

Wood Quote Sign on Diane's Vintage Zest!

I love the quote that Vintage Zest used on this wood sign. I also love the yellow and grey/black together. So sweet.
See the Wood Quote Sign.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Faux Brick Walkway

This walkway from Dragonfly Treasures looks so cool! I love the look, but have no where near enough patience or focus to do something like this. It's pretty dang awesome though!

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