How to Sew French Seams

What is a French Seam, you ask? Here is How to Sew French Seams.

Bonjour, mon ami! Want to learn how to give your sewing projects a professional finish without needing a serger? It’s like music to my ears. Kathy from Merriment Design is a master of French seams and is going to share her knowledge with you. For those of you who are not familiar with French seams, they are an easy way to tuck in those pesky raw edges to keep them from fraying. I’ll let her tell you more, take it away Kathy…



How to Sew PANTS!

Wondering How to Sew Pants? Here’s a tutorial using something you already have as a pattern… pants!

See we make boy stuff! I can’t believe we’ve never posted any pants. It kind of makes me feel bad for boys, all never being able to wear dresses. Or I guess it makes me feel bad for moms of boys, HA kidding! Boys are great, you’re so lucky, yadda yadda 😉

Anyhoo, I made these for Scarlet with a flat front, but that’s not required, this is just your basic how-to-make-pants beginner tutorial. You can totally do this. You can even make some pajama pants for dad if you have enough fabric. Flannel lounge pants would be so comfy. Easy Peasy.

Get the full How to Sew Baby & Toddler Pants Tutorial after the jump…



Watercolor Bubble Art

Who’s ready to make some Watercolor Bubble Art?

If there’s any blog I’ve been crushing on pretty consistently it’s Cakies. Rubyellen’s fashionable family, including 4 adorable daughters, always has my heart melting. I’d like to visit the colorful hotels they frequent, prance around the house in the flower paper crowns they make, and decorate my house with the cutest and easiest bunting ever, like they do. She is always coming up with fun art projects and tutorials to keep kids busy like this Watercolor Bubble Art… So much Inspiration!



Paint Watercolor Autumn Botanicals Video Tutorial

Here is my How to Paint Watercolor Autumn Botanicals Video Tutorial!

How to Watercolor Paint Autumn Botanicals Tutorial

I’ve seen a lot of people trying my original How to Watercolor Paint Pumpkins tutorial lately so I thought it would be fun to give everyone a new festive fall painting project.

This painting of Autumn Botanicals was one that I recently taught at a painting workshop for Amy Locurto’s Amy’s Circle Conference and now you can follow along from home.  (more…)


My Pomegranate Tattoo Step-by-Step

Since it is almost November, and beautiful juicy red pomegranates are starting to appear, I was inspired to share the story of Jaime’s pomegranate tattoo, My Pomegranate Tattoo Step-by-Step, for your future tattoo inspiration.

My Pomegranate Tattoo

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Recently I took a trip to beautiful Portland, OR to visit my dear friend Alice and her family. Our kids all played and husbands rode bikes and beards were seen and local craft microbrews were drank. Alice’s husband Lewie is a world class tattoo artist at Atlas Tattoo parlour in Portland. He gave me my Scarlet tattoo a few years back. I knew I wanted another while I was in town.

Why a Pomegranate Tattoo?

I decided on a pomegranate because we had a pomegranate tree at the house I grew up in, before my parent’s got divorced when I was very young. With my recent life upheaval, finding out I was adopted, memorializing these memories of that house with a tattoo felt right to me. Also, the pomegranate is a symbol of prosperity and ambition, and I think they are beautiful. I realize tattoos aren’t for everyone, but if you are curious about the process, I took pictures along the way and you can see how I got my pomegranate tattoo after the jump…


Record Bowls

26Have you been wondering how to make Vinyl Record Bowls? Here’s a tutorial for making bowls from Vinyl Records.

The DIY vinyl record bowl is a definite oldie-but-goodie craft project. I made some for Erin’s 80’s Prom Night Birthday Party so I thought why not share the details in case you hadn’t heard. These make great inexpensive party decor, take like 10 minutes to make, and cost 10 cents each, or the price of an old record.
Learn how to make a record bowl after the jump…


A Cup of Coffee Cake (in Under Five Minutes)

Are you ready to make A Cup of Coffee Cake (in Under Five Minutes) in the microwave!

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I don’t love chocolate or chocolate chips. BLASPHEMY I KNOW! It just doesn’t do it for me, what can I say? I do, however, love me some cinammon. And some crumbles. And some crumb-topping, if you will. Can I get a what what? Is anyone with me? Who is craving a microwave oven coffee cake? A coffee cake mug cake is where it’s at.
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So, I don’t always feel like making a giant coffee cake and eating it for three days straight until it’s gone. No, wait, that’s a lie. I do want to do that, but it’s really for the best if I can just make a single-serve microwave coffee cake. Reduces temptation, right? It’s just one of our single-serving dessert in a cup microwave dessert recipes.
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So I messed around with ingredients, a measuring spoon, and a microwave, to see if I could create a crumbly, cinnamony mug coffee cake that could be made in a microwave in about five minutes at 11 p.m. while i watched The Notebook for the 5,000th time (hey girl, don’t even try to pretend you don’t love Ryan Gosling, I won’t hear it).

I think I’ve come up with a decent substitute for coffee cake, considering the small amount of time and effort that goes into it. Give it a try and tell me if you disagree.

Image of Mug Coffee CakeGet my five minute microwave coffee cake recipe below…

And while you’re at it, check out Jaime’s Lazy Late Night Cooking Corner for more microwaveable treats like, 2-Minute French Toast in a Cup, Single Serve Cinnamon Roll, Rice Krispy Treat, Blueberry Cobbler, and Strawberry Shortcake for Two.




80’s PROM NIGHT PARTY with PHOTOS !!! You’ve come too the right place!

Hello, Everyone knows I advocate for costumes.  Maybe one day I’ll share amazing photos from the infamous White Trash party, where we ate spam casserole and twinkie surprise, or the Bad Wedding BBQ we threw Jacinda, where we all wore old bridesmaid dresses and re-gifted useless household implements.  But today, right here, right now, it’s all about last weekend’s 80’s Prom Night in celebration of Erin’s 30th birthday (she was born in 1980, get it?). It might be the funnest party I’ve ever attended.

If you’re in need of a party theme that makes everyone dress up and dance, you’re in luck.  Get the little details that make for a perfect 80’s Prom Night (and more pictures!) after the jump…