Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Wrap it up! Under my tree this holiday season…

Hello, my name is Danielle, and I hoard wrapping paper.Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I bet you thought I was going to say FABRIC! Well, that too, but I really love wrapping paper almost as much. All things paper, really. The colors, the designs, the way you can make something that is blah look so beautiful with something as simple as paper…

You know how much I love gifting and wrapping presents, so Christmas presents (see what I did there?) a wonderful opportunity for me to get my creative on every year. This year in particular is going to be sweet because of the greatest find ever — wrapping paper on ZAZZLE!

Oh yeah – my favorite customization shoppe has an enormous collection of designs, some you can even personalize before you order! And we are talking all kinds of color here, not just your everyday normal red and green (though they have that too!). The quality is great, it’s very easy to fold. You can get rolls in different sizes, and you can select a matte or glossy option (I myself am a matte girl).

Save Before you ShopAlways go to the Deals Page FIRST and grab a discount code!

Here are some of my favorites — I went with some non-traditional color schemes and designs.

I’m really loving all things Navy right now, especially with white and gold…. Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

This is one of my designs! It also comes in red and teal…I love how large the print is and the Navy is just gorgeous. Navy Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Don’t you love that faux gold herringbone print as well? You can find that one here. Navy, White and Gold Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I love red, black and white for a wintry color scheme as well. I found these two prints and went gaga over them. Black, White and Red Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

The chalkboard printed tree is so cute! I added a felt red ribbon and a chalkboard clothespin to hold my tag. Chalkboard Tree Print

And this large format print is just SO COOL!Large Print White, Red and Black Wrapping Paper


These cute little tree round tags I found at the craft store go perfect with it! deerhead


Let’s not forget our best friends, the dogs in our life. Or the dog lovers, they’d like this wrapping paper, too! Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas A little twine and a chalkboard tag to make it even more adorable.. Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas

So be UNIQUE this Christmas!

Don’t get stuck wrapping your gifts using the same paper as everyone else!


Check out the entire holiday collection of wrapping paper available on Zazzle, or even better, try to CREATE YOUR OWN! Make a collage of family pictures to wrap family gifts with, or make one roll with just pictures of each child and wrap their gifts in them…

So many opportunities for cuteness, people!

Happy Wrapping!
Up to 65% off on Zazzle.com

*** Affiliate Disclosure: I am a Zazzle affiliate and receive a few pennies if you purchase through my links. But I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t LOVE it, people! XOXO, -D

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DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

If you’ve been following me for a while, you KNOW I can’t pass up pretty fabric… even if it’s not really meant to be sewing fabric. But, pretty colors and patterns and textures are abundant these days in so many basic items that us creatives find inspiration everywhere, right? Yep.

So here we go with another gorgeous Target find!

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

These napkins have the most gorgeous print ever and I couldn’t pass them up. I recently got around to using ONE of them to make a super cute clutch that I gifted to my son’s awesome teacher, and I’m giddy to think that I still have THREE napkins left to play with — YAY!

Oh and by the way, whilst visiting my store the other day I noticed that they now have the matching placemats too…so you could also make a clutch like this one here!


  • 2 Cloth napkins – mine are about 19.5″ square
  • Interfacing – I used a stiff one, cut to 9×19″
  • Ribbon or bias tape – mine was cut to 29″ but it depends on how you want to use it. If you want the decorative detail like mine that runs up and down the whole clutch, cut it to 29″ — if you just want it to tie off the button, cut it to 13″
  • A great button – in my opinion, the bigger the better!
  • Pins, thread, scissors…
  1. Fold napkin in half, insert your ribbon or bias-tape in between the two layers and pin it closed. I put the open end of the bias-tape facing out, and left a long 10″ tail. I did this just for appearance, there is no value other than it’s a cute detail. You can leave this part out if you want and just sew the two edges of the napkin together without the ribbon/bias-tape, but you’ll need to shorter piece of ribbon for the closure.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fold napkin in half, insert ribbon/bias-tape if using, and pin closed

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fabric sandwich – napkin edge, bias-tape, napkin edge

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Leave a long tail – mine was 10″

  2. Sew down the length of the pinned edge, going back and forth a few times at each end to tie off the thread. Be sure you’re catching the ribbon/bias-tape in your stitch if you’re using it, and continue to sew all the way down it’s length or it will open up on you.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    If using bias-tape sew all the way down the length of the tail

  3. Open your new tube of a napkin and lay it out so that the seam you just made is in the center — you can press the fabric to keep it steady.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Open the new napkin tube and shift it to lay flat with the seam in the center

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Seam in center of new napkin tube

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    I just love this detail!

  4. Insert your interfacing! It should fit nicely in between the two layers of fabric. Go press again, following the instructions of the interfacing (or not, whatever – you’re going to sew it in place and it’s just for structure).

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Insert interfacing

  5. Sew along the bottom edge, sewing the tube shut, catching the interfacing in your stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along bottom edge, making sure to catch the interfacing

  6. Sew along the top as well — BUT if you’re using a short piece of ribbon or bias-tape, this is where you’ll insert it in the center of the edge and sew it in place. If you did it like mine, it will already be there and you’ll need to either sew over the top of it or sew up to the sides of it depending on your preference.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along the top edge – add ribbon if you haven’t already

  7. Now fold your clutch. Place it face down (ribbon/bias-tape detail down) and fold up from the bottom to where you like it, pin in place, and then fold the top down. You can play with it a bit to get the right spot. Once you have it, PRESS!

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Lay detail face down,Fold and pin the bottom half up

  8. Take the clutch back to the machine, lift up the top flap and sew up the bottom side edges just to where the pocket fabric ends. Be sure to go back and forth a few times to ecure and close the stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew up the bottom side edges

  9. Now hand-sew your button on the bottom portion of the clutch. Tie a knot in your bias-tape or ribbon, or seal it with some fray check.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew on button, knot the tail

  10. Ta Daaaaaaa! DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch
  11. ***I later went back and added some decorative stitching in another color thread just for fun, but didn’t get a good picture of it (of course) — you can kind of see it here, I did it on the top and bottom edges. DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

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Labrador Love Collection

Labrador Love

Jaeger aka Pooh BearHappy National Dog Day!! You may or may not know, I am not only mother to two crazy boys, but also to this guy — this big, beautiful and completely blind boy named Jaeger (Jaeger der Wunderhund Von Stickel, to be exact).

I have a huge place in my heart for all things furry, especially big slobbery dogs. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say I am more fond of them than people… which is why I am SO excited to try to do my part to help these guys out.


Labdrador Rescuers The Labrador Rescuers of San Diego is an amazing charity that helps foster, rehabilitate and relocate Labrador Retrievers to find their forever home. They are amazing! I’ve teamed up with them to donate a portion of the proceeds from my new collection, Labrador Love, to help support their efforts.

I have all kinds of goodies available that are super cute and will help you show your love for your fur-baby, while also supporting a fantastic cause for our four-legged friends. We all have at least one crazy dog lady friend, there are lots of great gifts for her, too!

Here are a few of my favorite items that are available, but do check out the Entire Collection Here. Be sure to check out the Zazzle Offers page to see if there is a coupon code for one of the items you might be purchasing first!

Lab Lover Tote Bag

Lab Lover Tote Bag Labrador Wine Tote

Labrador Wine Tote — also available with the full Lab Lover logo. Labrador Love Dog Bowl

Labrador Love Acrylic dog food or water bowl! Lab Lover T Shirt

Lab Lover T-Shirt — available in several styles. Sweatshirts, hoodies, baby and toddler shirts also available!

And many more goodies, like leashes and collars, coffee mugs, blankets, etc., available in the shop — go Check it Out and support Labrador Rescuers today!


— D & Jaeger :o)

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Be Cool for School with Zazzle

Be Cool for School with Zazzle

Be Cool for School with ZazzleIt’s that time of year when everyone scrambles to get their supplies and clothes and hair-dos just right for going back to school. I love it! Even though I’m not in school anymore (HA! Been a LONG time), I still honor the annual tradition of buying new clothes in the fall — much to my husband’s delight, as you can imagine. :)

But now that I have my own kiddos and nephews and nieces, I get to relive the Back to School traditions through them — and you KNOW I have to make sure they have all the cool stuff, right? Right.

That’s where Zazzle comes in to play. So much cool stuff. And the best part is a lot of it can be completely customized and personalized, so your little one will never mistake someone else’s lunchbox for his own, and your eldest won’t lose his gym bag amongst the piles of others in the locker room.

zazzle back to schoolAnd the clothes — who knew Zazzle had such a cool collection of duds for the school set to dress and impress! Here are a few products I wanted to share with you so that your kids can be cool for school, too – just click on the image to get to my Back to School favorites!

Be sure to take advantage of the SALES by going to Zazzle’s offer page and grabbing yourself a coupon code before you shop!

I love the idea of personalized Binders and Notebooks — they are cool AND you know their yours, right? Since everyone shows up with the same ones from the same local stores, your kids should stand out with their own unique supplies!

Cool Dude Binder

This binder can be customized with any text, so you can put a name on it, or a subject and have different ones for each class… AND you can pick from several colors!


I also made one with a girly font – because I’m just girly like that and I think there are others like me out there..

Chalkboard Notebook

Same with this notebook – it’s a good size for taking notes and can be customized in the same manner with any name or subject! You can find the less girly one here.

And now for some #rad and #awesome back to school shirts!

hashtag rad shirt hashtag awesome shirt

These dudes are ROCKING their Zazzle shirts – are they not totally #rad and #awesome?

hashtag rad shirt

The 3/4 sleeve raglan is my favorite shirt for fall, and comes in a variety of sleeve colors.

hashtag awesome shirt

Boys especially love their T-Shirts and this one in particular will go over well with all the dudes out there. It comes in a variety of colors as well.

sports gym bag

Sports are always in style – and your kids will be too, with these custom gym bags I designed featuring a variety of sports balls, and an athletic font that can be customized with any name. The bag comes in several colors!

Dry Erase Letter Practice Board

For the little little ones, I created this letter practice wipe-off board for hours and hours of quiet time fun. My little one loves to practice his writing, and marvels at the concept of a dry erase board. Hey – he’s only 3!


I ADORE these lunch boxes – there are so many cute designs available, and I love the little containers inside. Perfect for little ones and big ones alike!

chalkboard hashtag ipad case

Technology is just a fact of life these days — and kids are surpassing their parents’ knowledge at a very young age! Keep their tablets protected with a super cool case like this one here! With the chalkboard background, it’s ready for school — you can keep the #myipad text or change it to whatever you want, even your name!

Don’t miss the sales! Check Zazzle’s offer page and get yourself some coupon codes before you shop — not only will you Be Cool for School, you’ll save some pennies too! 

Be Cool for School with Zazzle


*** I am a Zazzle affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any purchases made via this website.. but hey, I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t love it!


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Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

When you really get into sewing, you start to see fabric everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere. I don’t get rid of clothes anymore if the fabric is sew-worthy, as evidenced by my upcycle/recycle/refashion posts! But now I can’t even go through the grocery store without eyeing the tiny section of kitchen towels that are in the baking aisle.

And Target? FUHGHETTABOUDIT. Towels, kitchen towels, napkins, shower curtains, sheets, placemats, table runners…. there is fabric everywhere, and lots of super cute prints, too!

Guess how this tutorial came about? Yep. Walking by the kitchen linen aisle and spotted this GORGEOUS placemat.

Placemat Clutch

I mean seriously, it is so beautiful and has such great texture.

Placemat Clutch

I ended up buying two – one in this coral color and another in a lovely mustard for a later project!

So anyway, this placemat happens to be lined (bonus!) which made my mind start shouting ideas at me in a tourette-like fashion: BAG! Pillow. Coasters. CLUTCH!  Ah, yes, I think a clutch is perfect.

I wanted to make a very stiff, structured clutch – not the floppy kind (I feel like stuff would fall out of a floppy clutch, but you can skip this step if you want a floppy one for yourself), so in lieu of interfacing I used stiffened felt.

Placemat Clutch - Stiffened Felt

WHAT, you say? Stiffened felt. I love this stuff and I use it all the time! The placemat is 14×19 and a sheet of the stiffened felt is 12×18 so it fits perfectly inside. You can get it at your local craft store, or by all means, use some interfacing that is stiff if you want more structure to your clutch.

You’ll also need some velcro. There are several kinds of velcro, and truth be told I would have preferred sew-on velcro instead of the kind with the sticky back (gums up the needle!) but you use what you have on hand sometimes… so if you’re going to get supplies, get sew-on velcro instead of sticky! :)

Placemat Clutch - Velcro

So now the fun begins. Slice open one of the short ends of the placemat…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Stuff the felt inside…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Push it all the way in, there will be a little room on all sides.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and sew that baby back up! Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom to seal off the thread. You won’t sew through the felt since it is shorter than the placemat.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now isn’t that lovely? Hold up the placemat and shake it around a bit so the felt makes it back to the center.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next you’re going to fold your very stiff placemat into a clutch. Get ready, you’ll need some muscle.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

You can fold it to where you want it, what looks good or feels comfortable to you, but if you’re a stickler for measurements (I am NOT), I measured for you and folded up to leave 4.5 inches on the top flap, as you can see pictured here:

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I put pins to mark my place and went back to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, I started at the pin and went straight down to the bottom. Since the placemat is lined and you have the felt in there, your machine and needle will basically tell you where to sew and give you your seam allowance – it’s about 1/4 -1/2 inch. Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom again, to secure your thread.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This fabric hides your thread & seam so nicely!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now go sew up the other side, too..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and check your work out — you now have a lovely pocket!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next step: use your muscles to fold that top down. Press it really well, it’s going to want to pop back up on you. I set my laptop on mine for a while just to tell it who is boss.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This is where the velcro comes in. AGAIN – I want to reiterate that sew-on velcro is much preferred over the sticky-back velcro I am using here. Trust me. I went through 2 needles!

Pick your spot where you want the velcro placed and pin it in place.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I joined the velcro once pinned and folded the top of my clutch over to get my spot for the second piece on the main body of the clutch like this..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!Placemat Clutch - Make it!… and then secured the second piece of velcro.

Break out your needle and thread and sew those puppies on!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Be sure to go through the placemat and the felt or interfacing if you used it — you’ll want it to be secure and not to pull away from the structure of the clutch. I used a contrasting thread, I thought it would be cute!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Since I used the sticky-back velcro, I had to use all my power to push the needle through. But the end result was worth the sore thumb muscles!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Once you’ve sewn both pieces of velcro on..

Placemat Clutch - Make It!You’re done!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Isn’t she pretty? Dramatic, but still so very classy!

Placemat Clutch - Finished! Makes a great gift, too – and they will be SUPER impressed when you tell them you made it yourself! 😉

Happy Sewing!

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch




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