a little insta-recap ♥

it's been a while!
it's like Christmas came early for me ... my little shop has been soooo busy!
do you follow me on instagram?! i'm @raisinguprubies there
here's a picture heavy, but quick recap of the past couple months!

a lazy susan, spray paint & milk glass = new craft room table organization 

golden grahams, mini marshmallows & chocolate chips = smores in a cup = awesome

resting, doing crafts & this view = it's sunday 

this girl, that girl & first day of school = growing up too fast

no fear, such love, fully experienced = first john four eighteen

usa stitch the states pattern & these needleminders = go get both now and start this project!

happy stamps & pretty packages = #happymail (lots of #happymail)

apples, caramel, chocolate & toffee bits = apple nachos

new mexico, colorado & north dakota = progress 

this man & me = 15 years blessed

pretty things & pretty things = well... pretty things

basements, baskets, stuff = now i can find junk i'm looking for

thrift stores & needlepoints = new bathroom wall hanging 

cameras, mugs, garlands = should be in my etsy shop already but i'm behind

caramel frap, arm party & retail therapy = turned this girls morning around

oh happy day garlands, craft room, me = best job ever

strings, tags, ribbons, papers = lots of Christmas wrapping kits

apple jack, rainbow dash, pinkie pie = this girl's obsession ♥

state hoops, fabric tape & garlands = shop re-stock

donuts & sprinkles = #eatallthethings

mantles, chalkboards, cupcake paper flowers = happy home

i prayed & He answered = freed from all my fears 

autumn colored stack of fabric & favorite pumpkin sign = fall scrappy bunting needs to be made

said fall scrappy bunting

october & kansas = whatever craft weekend again!

old churches, lots of stuff & me = rummage sale heaven

this wreath = make it here

twine, dresses, washi tape = brown paper packages tied up with string 
(you're welcome)

friends, food, crafts = happy place

sprinkles & donuts. again. = i might have a problem

cleaning caddy, this amazing lady & monday mornings = bathroom day

clean windows, clean floor, new curtains = still bathroom day

needlepoints, crocheted happy rainbow king size spreads, and other stuff = huge instagram sale soon

sheets, linens, aprons = i was lost in that section for a couple hours

banana chocolate chip bread & these tags = sweets for a sweet friend

this sweater, those colors & these necklaces = fall is really here

much love ♥

a little shop update ♥ stitch the states US map pattern

summer's officially over here.
but some happy news!
that pattern i talked about a bunch of weeks ago??
that giant US map pattern??
i finally finished it and it's listed 
as in as soon as you purchase it, you download it, you print it and you start! 
yay no waiting!

i've had a few questions about the pattern and some how-to's once it's downloaded ...

this pattern is only for the outline of the map and each individual state just like the picture, and it's to be made as you would make a counted cross-stitch. the actual stitch you are using is called a back stitch 
... it's really simple.

i recommend making it on 14 count Aida cross-stitch material, that can be purchased at most craft stores. you can make it on smaller or larger count fabrics, but i cannot tell you what the dimensions would be (smaller count would actually make the finished piece bigger - larger count would make it smaller, think opposite) the finished piece on 14 count fabric is approx. 14" wide x 10" high and fits nicely into a large oval quilting hoop (that can be found in the quilting section at joanns)

as fas as how to "fill in" the states, that's completely up to you... get creative!!
i filled them in using a simple straight stitch all the way across from one end to the other over & over until i got to the bottom of each state, that's it. 

or you could could fill them in with just regular cross-stitch

the floss i used is called variegated pearl cottom floss by DMC that i also found at Joanns.
the DMC website has a color chart and a really cool video on how this specific floss is made in France, it's pretty cool ... but that has nothing to do with the pattern :)
just sayin. if you're bored. an wanna watch it.

the pattern is also very large so it's easier to see.
it's spread out over 9 pages of counted cross stitch graph paper. once printed all nine pieces can be pieced together to get an idea of the layout... the arrows on the pattern make it easy to keep stitching when moving onto the next page while working on your canvas.

i think that's it!
if you think of any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below 
and i'll answer them as best i can! 

find me (@raisinguprubies) on instagram and you can keep up with my progress too!
and be sure to share your ig photos with me by using the #stitchingthestates hashtag!
hurry get started now! can't wait to see all your work!

little basket of lunch packing supplies ♥

we have just a few weeks of summer hoorah left here
but i'm seeing so many littles on social media that are headed back to school already ... so i thought i'd share a few pictures of a little basket i keep in our snack drawer, that is full of fun things i use to pack lunch for the girls during the school year.

grab a basket, raid your cupboards & craft stash (since most of this stuff you might already have)
grab a basket, bin or container and fill it up with the following goodies to keep handy in the kitchen where you or your kiddos usually pack lunch

when i make wraps or tortillas in wax paper i use washi tape to keep it tightly rolled

ya know all those birthday party napkins you always have left over and are hanging around somewhere in a drawer? use them in your kids lunches! sometimes i find some fun ones at yard sales (still in the package) and add those to the stash

cupcake molds from the craft store are great for grapes, carrots and berries
or even goldfish or little pieces of candy

this picture is from my instagram feed ... this was the lunch i made my girls for valentines day ♥
just to give you an idea of how i used the molds

 find a little tin or container to store lunch box notes in ...
i find these metal recipe boxes at thrift stores all the time

i have a small laminator that i use to laminate the jokes once they're print & cut
 ... they survive the sticky applesauce and leaky juice boxes that way
... keeping them around for a while longer

i have a whole board on pinterest just for lunch ideas & links to free printable lunch box jokes
go get some! ... and here's another picture from instagram of my laminator

and of course a variety of containers (especially heart ones) are great for packing pretty much anything you can think of ... these were from target last year

at the beginning of  the last school year i purchased some re-usable snack & sandwich bags from one of my favortie handmade shops ... and Shannon (who is the hustlemama) is super sweet & hard-working!
she's always coming up with new products and everyone i know who has ordered eco-friendly goods from her, has been so pleased. even my mother-in-law couldn't resist after she saw mine! 

i just got a few new things from her shop ... 
washable lunch napkins (in rainbow colors. or course.)

washable sandwich wraps 

which of course my littlest little was over the moon about

Shannon has offered my readers a 15% discount on any purchase
just use the coupon code RUBIES when you place your order

she said this almost makes her want to start school right away. 

happy nutella sandwiches with sprinkles 
(lots of sprinkles)

what do you guys do to make your kiddos lunches extra special? do tell ♥

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