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Making the World Cuter: September 2010

A blog where one woman is on a mission to make the world cuter, one kid, cupcake or crafty thing at a time.


Making the World Cuter with Super QT on the HIll

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th-October 12th: This post was contributed by Tania, blogger at Super QT on the Hill.

Hello Cuter Makers, readers and followers! I'm so exited to be guest posting here in Making the World Cutter Today, just to help out a little bit with the Maternity Leave, LOL.

Let me introduce myself.

I'm Tania from Super QT on the Hill, I'm feel so honored to be here today. I'm a mom of two awesome boys, 5 years and 1 year, who are my pride, joy, inspiration and source of craziness. I got married in 2003, to a handsome 6' 5'' tall, blond men, Love him to the eternity and back, who is my best friend and support me in all my daily challenges.

I have a little web store name it The Super QT Store, where you can find all the QT's and trendy items for baby's.

I love crafting in all ways! And sharing it to the world in my blog.

You can find many things, like these great how to and tutorials:
E-Z Iron on Applique.



Today I'm sharing how to do a Wood Sign to hang "my support".

I wash my bras in a special bag for delicate, and after, I hang them on any place in the Laundry Room. I was tired of that disorder, so I decided to take action on the situation; then I came up with this cute and functional wood sign to hang "my support"

1 wood plaque, mine is 12 x 16 in.
Acrylic Paint
Vinyl letters, I did my own with my Cricut machine!
Fabric Applique, I bought this at Jo-Ann's in clearance, but you can make your own too.
Clothes pins
Hot glue
Modge Podge
Sponge brush
Hanging hardware
Jute cord
1.- First, first, first than anything else, put on the hanging hardware. Paint with the color of you choice the wood plaque. Let it dry completely.

2.- Glue the applique, the jute cord, (simulating a hanging rope for the clothes), clothes pins, and the vinyl letters; in that order. I did use 5 pins for this project.

3.- With the Modge Podge affix the applique and the vinyl letters, then apply a final coat and let dry well.

I did hang mine directly in my Laundry Room, for immediate use, LOL.

Thank you Tiff for having me as guest poster, it was great helping you out.

If you Cuter Makers, have the chance to swing by my blog at:

I will love to have you as my dear follower.

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Woo-Hoo Wednesday-Red Ted Art

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th till October 12th: The following is contributed by Maggy at Red Ted Art.

Firstly, I would like to thank Tiffany for the opportunity of this Guest Post and wish her all the best for her maternity leave and the new baby! Very exciting times!!!! Fingers crossed for you that all goes super smoothly!

Over at Red Ted Art, my son (Red Ted (2)) and I (Maggy (old)) do lots of arts and crafts. Sometimes Pip Squeak (0) joins us. Today, however we are getting crafty in the kitchen. Red Ted loves to help in the kitchen and we have found this perfect muffin recipe which is great for little helpers. It takes less than 10min to prep and taste scrummy!

You start with a small pot of yoghurt (125ml) and use that as your measuring device.

  1. 1 small pot of yoghurt (we usually use strawberry or raspberry flavoured)
  2. 3/4 pot sunflower oil
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 pot sugar
  5. 3 pots self raising flour (or normal flour with a teaspoon of baking powder)
  6. 1 pot frozen fruit (you can use fresh fruit or choc chips too, but I always have some frozen blueberries or raspberries on hand, so that we can make these whenever we “need” to)

Reheat the oven at 180C. Mix the ingredients in the above order. Stirring after every pot.added.

Fill into 12 small – medium sized muffin tins.

Bake for approx 25min – though I check that they are golden.

Remove, let cool on rack.


We have also enjoyed making Rainbow Cookies (speaking of which, we must make some more), as well as Alphabet Cookies. Why not hop over and take a peak?! Or check out some of our craft activities!

Maggy x

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Toot Toot Tuesday with The Life of Jennifer Dawn

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th-October 12th: This post was contributed by Jennifer Dawn the blogger at The life of Jennifer Dawn.

Hello, I'm Jennifer Dawn! I'm so excited to be a guest
Cuter. I'm a huge fan of Tiffany's blog, so this is an
honor. Let me start out by telling you just a little bit about
myself. I'm a wife, teacher, and mother to an incredible toddler
named Lydia Grace.
I blog over at The Life of JenniferDawn.
It is my little corner of the world where I share
snapshots of my life and my family, an assortment of crafts and sewing projects, recipes, of course, tales from mommydom.

Today I want to share with you a previously
posted tutorial that appeared on my blog back in January. I alsowant to show you a newer version of this idea and give one away.
Read on to see how to win one of these cute creations.

It's a Baby Food Jar Pin Cushion!Tutorial


fabric scrap

baby food jar with a lid (any size
ill do)
pillow stuffing




glue gun

1. Draw a circle on a sheet of paper to make your pattern. You can use a
compass to help you with this step. Make the circle 5-6 inches in
diameter. Pin the pattern onto scrap fabric and cut out your fabric
2. Thread a needle and tie a knot in the end of
the thread. It doesn't matter what color thread you use because it will
not show in the end product.
3. Sew around the
fabric circle. Do not tie the thread off yet.4. With the wrong
side of the fabric facing down, put pillow stuffing in the center of the
fabric circle. Pull on the thread in order to pull the outside of the
circle around the stuffing. Secure the center of the pin cushion by
continuing to make a few stitches and knotting the thread.

5. Cut off any excess
thread. This is what your pin cushion should look like.

6. Using a hot glue gun,
secure the pin cushion onto the top of the jar's lid.7. Using the hot glue gun
again, glue ribbon around the edge of the baby food jar. This gives the
pin cushion a nice finished look.The jar of the pin cushion
can be used to store buttons or other items you like to keep handy while
sewing.Alternative idea: You can
also use large baby food jars to make mini sewing kits. Store some of
your sewing essentials inside the jar. Toss these sewing kits into your
purse or a drawer in order to have on hand when you need to quickly sew a
button or fix a hem.

Here is the newest version...

It's a Flower Baby Food Jar Pin Cushion!

1. Start out by making five fabric
yo-yos. Cut out five circles that are about 3 1/2 inches in
diameter. Stitch around the outside. Pull the string taunt to gather
the fabric at the middle and sew a few stitches at the center to secure
the yo-yo.

2. Cut out a sixth circle from
matching fabric in order to create the center of the flower. Stitch
around the outside like before. Fill the center with stuffing.
Pull the thread taunt to bring the fabric up around the stuffing and make
stitches in the center to secure it.

3. Use ribbon and hot
glue to cover the outside edge of the baby food jar lid.

4. Glue the fabric yo-yos around the
top of the lid and glue the cushion piece to the very center of the

There you have it...

It's a great way to repurpose baby food

Want to win one?

Just visit me at The Life of Jennifer Dawn.
Leave a comment somewhere on the blog. Each
person can earn one entry. I will draw a winner at 8 pm on September
30. The winner will be able to pick which pin cushion they would
like to have mailed to them.
Don't forget to tell me that you are
visiting from Makingthe World Cuter in your comment.

Tiffany for having me on your blog!

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Making the World Cuter Monday {Sept 27}

Link up the cuteness!

You know what to do....

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Thanks! :)



Making the World Cuter with And Baby Makes Five

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th-October 12th: This post was contributed by
Colleen at And Baby Makes Five
If you're beginning to think ahead to Christmas crafts, sweet seasonal handmades, and inexpensive Yuletide fun ... this is your lucky day!

I have long enjoyed this lovely little recipe, especially at Christmastime. It's simple, versatile, and both kid and budget-friendly. From ornaments to bowl fillers, hostess gifts to kid-friendly snow day fun, you just can't go wrong with ornamental gingerbread. With a few basic supplies, a measure of creativity, and a little bit of patience, you too can create a wealth of ornamental goodness for pennies ... just in time for Christmas.

Ornamental Gingerbread Recipe

3 T shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. each: ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg

Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Mix dry ingredients together. Stir them into sugar mixture and gradually add water. Dough will be very stiff. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat oven to 350º. Cut dough into three pieces. Roll one piece at a time (between two pieces of waxed paper) to a thickness of about 1/4 ". Cut out desired shapes and patterns. {*** If you are planning to hang these ornaments, poke holes in the shapes now with a straw or toothpick.***} Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and harden for several hours or overnight.

Finished ornaments can be painted, sealed, or dipped in melted wax. The possibilities are endless.

If you're looking for more inexpensive and inspirational Christmastime crafty fun, please stop by And Baby Makes Five and make yourself at home. Any time.

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Making the World Cuter with Lamb Around

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th-October 12th: This post was contributed by Lamb, the Blogger at Lamb Around

Lamb Around

Greetings from Lamb at LambAround! I'm thrilled to be here with you all today and am so happy to be able to help Tiffany while she is on her bloggy maternity leave. No babies here, unless you count my two dogs (and I doubt that you will). Ooh, I guess you could maybe count my husband (aka, the Sexy Nerd). He's messy and he turns into a mega-grouch if kept up past his bedtime. If you'd like to know more about us, please click here. If you like stories about weddings-gone-wrong, I promise you won't be disappointed. Our male wedding officiant, Captain Howie, showed up late, wearing a skirt, and tried to make me climb a tree branch over a fishpond while in my wedding gown!

But if that's not your thing and you just want a recipe, (really??) here is a tasty one:

What do these ingredients (minus one kitchen pig and a stack of background junk mail) combine to make?

Reading the title to this post is, of course, cheating, you cheater.

Ooey Gooey Rum Cake! Mine is topped with marshmallow creme, which is my obsession of the past few days. This cake is quick, easy, and fat free*!

*The accuracy of this claim has not been verified by LambAround. Until proven otherwise, just go with it! Never mind what that box of Devil's Food Cake mix says in that silly nutritional information column. The folks at Jiffy are crazy!

Yum, yum, yum...and perhaps even a little dirty looking

1. Combine the Jiffy cake mix, pudding mix, 1/4C rum, 1/2C water, and 2Tbs ground flax seeds.

2. Pour into a greased pan, (I used a loaf pan, but I suppose other pans would work just as well)

3. Bake at 350F for approximately 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out only slightly gooey. As this is an egg-free cake, I see no reason at all to wait for it to be thoroughly cooked before digging into it. Patience has no place in my kitchen!

*For an alternate version of this recipe (with even more marshmallowy goodness!) please click here :)

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Making the World Cuter with Twelve Crafts till Christmas

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th-October 12th: This post was contributed by Elizabeth at Twelve Crafts till Christmas.

Howdy! This is Elizabeth, over at twelve crafts till Christmas. In January I started working toward the super crazy goal of making ALL my girls' Christmas gifts for this coming Christmas. My little blog is mostly about this journey, but I throw in a few tutorials for other gifts as well. Mostly, I hope to inspire every person who reads my blog to make at least one homemade Christmas gift.

I'll get to the tutorial in a minute, but first here's the story behind the craft. I am really good at misplacing things . . . keys, papers, socks, the TV remote, my children. (Well, that's not true. I've never misplaced my children, but it's not for lack of trying.) If I had a tally for the most often misplaced item it would without a doubt be pens, pencils, highlighters, any sort of writing utensil. (My husband would agree overwhelmingly with this!) For me, the most frustrating moment to lose a pen is when I'm reading a book and need to underline a quote or passage that I'm going to want to reference later. This has been an annoying problem since college when I spent large amounts of time looking for pens and highlighters so that I could study.

This gift idea is the perfect solution to my problem. It's a cross between a page-holder/bookmark and a pen-holder. Check it out and make one for an avid reader, college student, friend or co-worker in your life who is always looking for a pen.

The best part about this project is that it uses supplies you probably already have on hand:

  • 2 - 11 x 3.5 inch rectangles of fabric (You may want to vary the length depending on the size of book you are hoping to use this for. These measurements will work for a book from 7 to 10 inches in length.)

  • 1 - 4 x 2 inch rectangle in a contrasting color

  • 1 button or 2 if you want to try to make this for very different sized books

  • 1 - 23 inch strip of thin elastic

1) Take 4 x 2 piece and fold in 1/8 inch so that wrong sides are touching on both long sides and one short side. Iron. Double fold remaining short side and iron.

2) Sew the edge of the double folded side.

3) Sew three sides of small piece on the top 11 x 3.5 piece leaving the double fold side open at the top. This is the pen holder.

4) Sew button on below pen holder.

5) Fold the elastic and sandwich it in between the two 11 x 3.5 right sides together. Sew around outside edge leaving an inch or two open to turn.

6) Clip corners and trim edges.

7) Turn so that right sides are facing out.

8) Fold in opening and sew around edge closing open as you go.

9) Grab a good book, your favorite pen and start reading.

Stop over at twelve crafts for more homemade gift inspiration and . . .

craft on!

Thanks Tiffany for letting me hang out here while you are on maternity leave!

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Making the World Cuter with Crystal's Craft Spot

I am on Maternity Leave from September 4th-October 12th: This post was contributed by Crystal at Crystal's Craft Spot.

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be guest blogging for Tiffany today. I love her blog and find her projects so inspiring.

I am Crystal from Crystal's Craft Spot. Its my little spot to share my current craft projects, tutorials, recipes, and ideas I want to use in the future. Every Wednesday I host a new Craft Challenge and every Friday is Feature Friday where you can link up any of your projects you've been working on. I hope you'll come join me.

Here are some of my favorite projects you will find on my blog: Family Motto, Easy Wall Art, fabric high chair, and Pink Desk Makeover

Okay now for the fun part. I had a really hard time coming up with a project I wanted to share with you.

I had a brilliant idea (or so I thought it was). I was going to make a candy corn pillow. After two tries it just wasn't pretty and not what I had envisioned BUT this fun pillow came to me instead. So instead of an actually candy corn pillow I now have a pretty pillow inspired by candy corns...I love it so much more.

Want to make one?

Cut out 4 4"x4" squares from orange and yellow fabric. I then Cut out 8 4"x4" squares from white. Arrange in the pattern you want.

Start with your first row and pin your first two fabric right sides together and sew. Add the next piece of fabric and continue until you have all 4 pieces sewn together.

It should look like this when your done. Continue with each row.

Now you're going to pin your first and second row right sides together and sew.

Continue until you have all four rows sewn together. It should look like this.

For the back:

Cut out 1 15"x4" pieces from your yellow and orange fabric. Pin the long sides right sides together and sew.

Cut your white fabric 15"x7.5". Pin to your yellow and orange fabric piece with right sides together and sew.

You now have your front and back pieces done.

Pin them right sides together and sew around. I curved the corners and make sure you leave an opening to pull through.

Clip the corners if you curved them and pull it through. Stuff it and sew the opening closed with a needle and thread.

Now enjoy a little bit of fall with your candy corn "inspired" pillow. My little one loves it and wouldn't let go when I wanted to take a picture.

The front

the back (may be my favorite)

and the best part is its even soft.

Come by Crystal's Craft Spot anytime for more crafts and tutorial. Thanks again for letting me stop by. Its been a lot of fun!

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