Nail Polish Gift idea with free printable gift tags on polkadotchair.com

Nail Polish Gift Ideas

  I have a 13 year-old daughter that likes to paint her nails every day. Well maybe not EVERY day, but it sure seems like it. The smell of nail polish remover can frequently be found wafting down from her room upstairs. It seems like most of her friends love nail polish as much as she… 

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Melissa-Mortenson-Quilt-Market

Visit me at Quilt Market!

  (photo from iPhone) If you will be at Quilt Market in Houston this week I’d love to see you!! I’ll be debuting my new fabric line Derby Style and signing copies of my book, Project Teen. I’ve been busy prepping samples for the booth and have a few things that I can’t wait to share… 

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DIY Gold Leaf Stenciled Wood sign

Gold Leaf Sign for Thanksgiving

  This week marks round 4 of the Cricut Design Team Star contest. For this month, our team was tasked with creating a Holiday Home Decor project.  Our teams theme for this month “Gold”.  When we were assigned a holiday project I first thought about making something for Christmas, but I think that Thanksgiving gets overlooked… 

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Study Pillow sewing patter from Project Teen

Study Pillow

One of my favorite projects from Project Teen is the Study Pillow sewing pattern.  One day I watched as my daughter lugged a pillow, books, pens, iPhone, headphones and some snacks outside so that she could go study. She had the hardest time getting everything out there without dropping it all, and I remember thinking to myself… 

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DIY Witches Hat Halloween Wreath

Halloween Wreath Tutorial

I’m a bit of a nut for all things Halloween (the fun creative, sparkly stuff, not the gory stuff) so I was a bit surprised to discover that I didn’t have a Halloween Wreath for my front door. You’d have thought I would have made one YEARS ago.  So this year I set out to… 

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Free online guide to Pre-Cut Fabrics, and handy sewing reference guide

Guide to PreCut Fabrics and Common Quilting Terms

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine   Do you ever read a sewing or quilting pattern and feel like you… 

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Use die cut paper leaves to create an Autumn wreath

Autumn Paper Leaf Craft Ideas

  It seems like forever since I’ve sat down and worked on a paper crafting project. I love working with paper almost as much as I love working with fabric. Last week I sat down and designed a few craft projects for Autumn and I have to say that it felt really good to be working… 

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Project Teen Book by Melissa Mortenson - 21 Projects to Sew that Teens and Tweens will actually LOVE!

Project Teen Book Tour and Gift Tag Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited, because this week is the “Book Tour” for “Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love“!  I’ve loved sharing with you a little bit about the book and some of my inspiration while writing it, and now I’m excited for you to see what others have to say about the… 

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Easy DIY Trick or Treat Bag with Free Cut File Download

DIY Easy Trick or Treat Bag

This post first appeared on eighteen25 as a part of their Spooktacular September series. If you haven’t already, make sure you hop on over there and check out all of the amazing Spooktacular ideas that were shared!!   We have a fun collection of “Peace, Love and _____” t-shirts at our house. I’ve even designed… 

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DIY Marquee Sign with Numbers!! Would be great for an anniversary, birthday or graduation party!

DIY Marquee Sign

We recently threw an Anniversary party for the office where my husband works.  We were expecting a lot of people and wanted to have party decorations but knew that we needed to keep it simple. I also needed to figure out what would fit with in our budget and what I could get done in the… 

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"Witches Silhouette" A Halloween Pillow Pattern from polkadotchair.com

Witches Silhouette Halloween Pillow Pattern

This month I’m very excited to be participating in the Sew Crazy Challenge with Amber over at Crazy Little Projects. For the challenge I designed this simple Witches Silhouette Halloween pillow. I love decorating with black and white at Halloween and thought that this would be a fun addition to my Ghastly Halloween pillows from… 

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IKEA Raskog Hack, a DIY Rolling Vanity

IKEA Raskog Hack: DIY Rolling Vanity

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from IKEA and the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All crazy stories, opinions and hair brained ideas are 100% mine.   A few weeks ago I shared with you one of the challenges that my family faces in the morning…. last-minute chaos. Most of this chaos is caused by… 

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Free Motion Quilting Patterns, from Craftsy's Small Changes, Big Variety Class

Free Motion Quilting Class Special Offer

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine Today I find myself sharing with you a somewhat imperfect work in progress and not a… 

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Glinda Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY Glinda Costume

Last year my daughter told me that she HAD to be Glinda for Halloween, because one of her good friends was going as Dorothy and they HAD to match. She also told me that if she was going to be Glinda- she needed bubbles..Really bubbles? I’m always up for making fun Halloween costumes but, how was… 

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Mad Scientist Halloween Costume

Mad Scientist Costume

  As much as I love sharing sewing tutorials and ideas with you here, I admit that sometimes I look for ways to avoid sewing (gasp, am I allowed to admit that??). Case in point, Halloween costumes. For example the Mad Scientist costume idea that I’m going to share with you today.  My favorite method for… 

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