Plastic Canvas Note & Pen Holder

Plastic Canvas Note & Pen Holder | PC Blog Hop

Plastic Canvas Blog HopOne of my favorite bloggers recently put a call out to the blogger-verse asking for participants for her annual Plastic Canvas Blog Hop. I’ve never worked with plastic canvas before (GASP!), and you know I love me a challenge, so I jumped on board. Also, the opportunity to be involved in a blog hop with a bunch of wonderfully crafty and talented peoples like Diane at Craftypod made my heart skip a beat. Seriously. She’s rad. And super witty – she makes me chuckle daily with her Tweets and photos of her fluffy cat.

So, like I said, this is my first foray into the world of plastic canvas. Now, I admit, I had a preconceived notion that all you could make with plastic canvas were tissue box covers in pastel colors….something like Grandma would make, right? No. There is a whole world of unique and cool things to make out there! (Really, there is – check this out)

I came up with my idea for the note and pen holder out of need – I wanted something cute to hold some packaging supplies. But then I realized that my super creative niece was turning 10 soon, so I decided to make it a gift for her. This required some funky color and bling in order to meet her standards.

I hit up Michaels for my supplies.Plastic Canvas Supplies

I grabbed two sheets of PC (just in case I failed miserably and had to start over), two different colors of worsted wool yarn, two of the blingy “yarn” types that they have right next to the PC, and a package of plastic canvas needles. More later on those yarn types….

 

Not knowing exactly how to start, I did some good old Googling and found this video tutorial on how to get started, including how to thread the needle and start stitching. This was most helpful, especially when it comes to changing your thread.

I practiced for a bit, then I drew up a plan for my project and cut out my pieces like so:

Measure Twice Cut Once

Measure Twice Cut Once

I then lined them up on my desk so it made sense:

All Lined Up

Then I started stitching each piece, one by one. I didn’t do any fancy stitching, I kept it pretty basic. One thing I DO have to say is that this part of the process is SO RELAXING! I could sit on the couch or on the bed and do this all day (which was great since I’m still supposed to stay off my feet until the baby gets here). Here’s a closeup of one of the pieces in progress, and as you can see I’m totally vegging on the couch. Like my laces?

Crafty Couch Potato

Crafty Couch Potato

Back to the yarn types…. the worsted wool was the best and easiest to work with. Those other two, not so much. They charge you a pretty penny for them too. The one with the silver wasn’t THAT bad to work with, but the other shiny black yarn… BLEGH! Lesson learned. In the future I will stick with the normal stuff.

Yarn Matters

Yarn Matters

I didn’t want to make it too basic so I did mix up the yarn and stitching a little bit..Side View

I left the bottom piece alone since I figured it would be covered by paper..

Where's my paper?

Where’s my paper?

The hardest part, and where the relaxation ended for me, was joining the pieces together. Unfortunately I didn’t capture this process on camera, but you basically do a whip-stitch around the two edges. Here’s another video tutorial showing how to do it (isn’t YouTube wonderful?).

Whip-stitch the pieces together

Whip-stitch the pieces together

Again, this is where the yarn matters! Pulling that shiny black stuff through the holes where yarn already resided was very difficult and a few times it tore apart said shiny black stuff. I had little flecks of shiny black stuff all over me by the time I was done. Hmpf.

But in the end it was pretty. :)

Shiny Black Stuff

Shiny Black Stuff

I made some note cards and note paper for my niece, found a flashy pink pen and gave her some washi tape and and eraser to go with the set.

For Miss Casey

For Miss Casey

The bow always makes a difference on a gift!

Nothing says a gift like a well placed bow

Nothing says a gift like a well placed bow

I don’t think she reads my blog, but if she does, she knows what she’s getting for her birthday. Well, a small part of it anyway, because I always SPOIL her! Finished

I tucked in the pen and washi tape under the bow, and laid the eraser flat so I can wrap it in cellophane for her birthday…I think she will dig it!

Ready to Wrap

Ready to Wrap

This was a fun project – now that my eyes are open to the PC world, I can start thinking up some other fun ideas to make. Don’t you LOVE learning a new craft?!

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Toddler Easter Ideas - Teacher Gifts, Thomas the Train Basket, Candy-Free Plastic Eggs

A Very Toddler Easter

Logan’s Easter Basket, Gifts for Teachers, and Candy-Free Easter Eggs for his Class!

Thomas hat on, playing with his Thomas trains...

Thomas hat on, playing with his Thomas trains…

I can’t believe Easter is already here. It’s scary to me because it means I’m less than 2 weeks away from Baby Day. Yikes! We are ready. I think. As much as we can be, I guess… Easter will be a great way to celebrate spring and new life, and a fun way to kick off a new adventure for our son Logan.

Logan’s Easter Basket – No Candy!

Logan’s basket this year was pretty easy to come up with. He is obsessed with Thomas the Train (what Toddler isn’t?), and I wanted to get him a few things that will help keep him distracted and occupied — he will be with his Auntie for a couple of days when Baby #2 arrives, and I know she doesn’t have every single episode of Thomas on her DVR like we do. :)

ALSO – we limit Logan’s sugar intake, so candy was out from the get-go. He’ll get some Easter cake and ice cream… that’s almost too much for him, so no need to get any chocolate bunnies or peeps!

Candy Free Easter Basket - Thomas the Train

Candy Free Easter Basket – Thomas the Train

I used a bucket and filled it with the following, most of which I purchased at good old Target!

  • 2 Thomas the Train DVDs
  • 1 Thomas the Train Good Night Book (He’s going to freak out over this one)
  • Thomas board shorts and rash guard shirt for the pool/beach
  • Thomas sunglasses
  • Two pairs of socks (not Thomas – could only find Cars, but they are in the same color scheme)
  • Three Thomas plastic containers filled with stickers
Containers filled with stickers!

Containers filled with stickers!

I know he will be SO excited about this basket! Does your Toddler love Thomas too?

Gifts for Teachers

Logan adores his teachers and the lovely front desk lady that helps me get him in the car every day (I’m not supposed to lift him!). He gives them hugs goodbye everyday and tells me about them when we are at home. SO, I don’t mind spoiling them one bit since they take such wonderful care of my little guy!

For his Eggcellent Teachers

For his Eggcellent Teachers

I put together a little gift for each of them using more finds from Target – gotta love the One Spot dollar bins!

  • Painted tin bucket — used a Sharpie paint pen to write their names on them!
  • Post it Notes
  • Dark Chocolate Bunny
  • Chocolate Eggs
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card

 

Personalized gifts for teacher

Personalized gifts for teacher

I hope his teachers like these – I know they drink coffee, so at least they get a couple of trips to Starbucks!

Candy Free Easter Eggs for the Class

Eggs, Bubbles, Stickers

Eggs, Bubbles, Stickers

Logan’s class will have an Easter Egg hunt this week. The school requested candy free eggs (quite understandably!), so I opted for two toddler favs: Stickers and Bubbles!  Again, got all of this at Target….    hey, they should be paying me for this free publicity!! :)

 

  • Giant Egg of Eggs — comes with 19, perfect for his class
  • Pack of mini Bubbles
  • Sticker Pad with lots of stickers

 

The sticker pad was perfect — I simply cut out a bunch of stickers to put inside of the eggs.

Cut & fill!

Cut & fill!

I placed the stickers inside with the bubbles and put the tops on. Easy Peasy!

Bubbles & Stickers - Toddler Favorites!

Bubbles & Stickers – Toddler Favorites!

All filled up and ready to go.

All filled up

All filled up – note the reflection in the Golden Egg – yep, that’s mah belly!

Best part is I have leftover stickers and bubbles — always good to have on hand (especially in your purse) when you have a toddler!

What other candy-free items could we put in these eggs – any ideas? Do Share!

Hope you all have a great Easter Weekend!

XOXO, D

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Favorite Things Pregnancy

Help for the Pregnant

Ya’ll know I’m pregnant. WAY pregnant. As in less than 3 weeks to go until Baby Day is officially here. It can’t come soon enough. It’s hard to move around these days, with this basketball sticking out of my mid-section, weighing me down, making my back hurt and making it impossible to bend over for even the simplest of tasks. If it drops or spills on the floor, it’s staying there at this point. And forget any shoes that require hands to put them on… I’m living in either flip flops or UGGS depending on the weather.

favoritethings

So I got to thinking about what I’ve learned over the past two pregnancies, and what really works for me. Whether it’s words of advice, products that work for me, or things I just LOVE right now… I thought it might be a good idea to share them with you. Whether you’re pregnant, plant to be, or will never again be, a lot of these are just good to know and good to have for any woman – things that are the best of what I’ve found so far and that bring me happiness or a little relief. :)

So here we go..

A few things in the kitchen…

If you know me well, you know I love my coffee and tea. I did wean myself off of coffee for both pregnancies (not easy!), but I still have my routine and still crave the flavors. It’s relaxing and comforting to have my cup of coffee in the morning and my chai latte in the afternoon.

While it’s super easy to find decaf coffee, finding decaf tea? Not so much. I’m a Starbucks Non-Fat-No-Water-Chai-Latte girl, and guess what — Starbucks doesn’t have decaf Chai. ARGH! So, imagine my elation when I was strolling down the coffee aisle at my local Albertsons and found this bad boy:

Oh yes, I was a happy camper. I didn’t even know it existed! This now lives in my fridge and an immediate trip to the store is required when I run out. You just add some milk and pop it in the microwave for a quick and yummy latte. You can pour it over ice too!

Another grocery item or two I can’t live without… Fiber. My system already runs a little…. well, SLOW, so when I am pregnant it is a hundred times worse. It took me a while to figure out the right way to manage it, but once I figured out the formula, I’ve been much more comfortable… Here is my recipe for keeping things going in mah belly:

Fiber Love

All-Bran Buds + Grape Nuts, Benefiber, and Smoothies with my Vitamix. I eat cereal every morning for breakfast with fruit (bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc.) The All-Bran buds are the trick – there is a massive amount of fiber in those babies. They don’t taste bad either and there is very little sugar in them compared to every other cereal on the shelf. I like to mix them with the Grape Nuts to give me some more crunch! I also supplement with Benefiber for a little bit extra umph – I just put it in my coffee in the morning. Just don’t over do it – or you’ll be using one of the other products listed below more often than you’ll want to! And last but certainly not least – smoothies and shakes I make in my Vitamix. Can’t live without it and you can’t beat the nutritional value of a freshly blended smoothie — sometimes I add in protein powder since baby needs protein!

AND DON’T FORGET THE WATER! Drink more than you have ever before. I keep my water bottle filled and at my side at all times.

A few things in the bathroom….

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes  — these are the BEST. I wear a decent amount of eye makeup, including a nice thick crayon liner and mascara, and these babies take it ALL off! They don’t irritate my eyes at all, they aren’t greasy, they are just perfect. And easy and quick – which is just what I want when I’m exhausted from all this baby making. They say you don’t even need to wash your face after using them but I do – I still want my face squeaky clean after a long day. But even just as eye makeup removers, I am in love with these. Best place to get them? Costco – You get a big box of refills plus two travel size packs for what it would cost you to buy 2 at a normal store.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil -  If you’re pregnant, get this and use it everyday. Don’t question it, just do it. Your belly will itch and this will make it feel soooo much better. It smells like coca butter, which I find lovely, and so far I’ve been lucky to have avoided any stretch marks. I can’t say it’s because of this stuff, but it certainly can’t hurt! If you’re not pregnant – it’s a great moisturizer and helps diminish the appearance of scars, aging, etc. Love this stuff.

For your purse…

Gas-X - Just trust me. Keep them in your purse. Especially if you’re pregnant.

Johnson’s Hand & Face Wipes - I originally got these for Logan, to clean his hands and face after eating and after playtime, but I find myself using them all the time too. I like them better than WetWipes – they aren’t as… WET (I find them slimy), they are softer, and they have a much more lovely scent!

Elastic Hair Ties – LOVE THESE! They are much more comfortable to wrap around your hair than anything else, and they are so cute! You can find them in any color and with or without sparkle. You can even make your own (hmmm…future tutorial?), and they look great on your wrist too, which is why I love them. I always, ALWAYS have hair ties on my wrist (to the point where I feel vulnerable without them now) because my hair tends to get a little unruly. I like to have the option to throw it up in a pony tail or bun if it’s driving me crazy, or when I’m having a pregnancy induced hot flash. These do just the trick and you can get them just about everywhere now.

Exercise – If you can. I say if you can because I could during most of my first pregnancy and I couldn’t during my second because of some medical issues. Let me tell you – the difference is incredible! Not just the weight gain, but my overall feeling of health and well-being, my energy levels, the aches and pains… it’s a whole heck of a lot worse. Can’t get to the gym? WALK! Or do a video workout. My favorite is Lindsay Brin’s Moms Into Fitness Pregnancy Fitness DVD – there is a DVD for each trimester and a KILLER postnatal bootcamp video that I swear by. It slimmed me right back down to pre-baby weight and shape after my first pregnancy, and I kept doing it for maintenance long after I had Logan – it’s a GREAT workout!

Some Pregnancy Specific Tips:

Sleep. Whenever you can. Trust me, you won’t for a while, and you’ll never get to “sleep in” again, so DO take advantage.

Pillows, Pillows, Pillows. Stock up if you only have 1 on your bed – I have a Snoogle but even that doesn’t quite cut it for me. My hips start to hurt! I sleep with 4 pillows surrounding me for support.

Get Ready. Before Baby comes – get everything done. Get the car seat installed, get everything built, wash all the baby clothes, stock up on diapers, wipes, etc. And Fill up the fridge and pantry with easy eats. You won’t have time to do anything for a couple of weeks – you will be housebound, especially if you have a c-section. Protein bars were a staple for me right after I had Logan – quick and easy and nutritious.

Pack your slippers in your hospital bag, along with a robe and some extra pajamas so you don’t have to wear the hospital gowns the whole time you’re there. If you have a c-section, they will make you walk the halls, so best to cover up! :)

Take Offers for Help! Your friends and family want to help you after baby arrives? Let them! You can’t do everything on your own and you will be exhausted. Let them cook for you or take them up on their offer to help you clean or do laundry. You’ll want to do it on your own, but you should use any baby naptimes to nap yourself because like I said, you won’t be getting any sleep for a while.

ONE LAST THING — This book is a lifesaver and you will get your baby sleeping through the night by two months if you follow it. We did and Logan was sleeping through the night in his crib by two months. He’s now 27 months old and still sleeps from 8pm to 7am every night.

That’s all for now – I know this post isn’t crafty, but it falls into my Ramblings category :) Hope you got at least one tip out of it!

Do you have any pregnancy tips? Please do share in the comments!!!

XOXO, D

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Customize Anything

Customize Anything!

So, I have a secret. No, it’s not THAT juicy, but maybe it will make you say “ooooooooohhh!!!”

It’s a company that I use to customize just about everything, that I absolutely love, and I want to share it with YOU because I think you might think it is awesome, too.

Now, I know a lot of the photo sites have products you can slap your pictures on, but this is different. Way different. Those other sites make you use their templates and more often than not you’re stuck with some lame graphics… or the pictures don’t quite fit in the space you’ve been given, etc. Not to mention, the product offering is limited – you can only gift so many personalized mugs and mousepads to the grandparents, right?

Shop & Create On ZazzleWell my dearies, let me introduce you to my friend and gift giving ally, ZAZZLE! Yes, Zazzle, maker of all things custom, and one of my happy places. We are talking about the ability to create just about anything using your OWN graphics and photos. The abundance of products is astounding – clothing, accessories, cards & stationary, tech accessories, office products, canvas prints & posters, home decor items….. I mean, you can even create SKATEBOARDS!

AND they sell products that designers create too, in case you’re not that crafty but looking for something unique. I even have a little store on Zazzle with a few designs…I haven’t put that much effort into it, but I plan to because I actually sold something!

I originally found Zazzle through a friend as a referral for my business cards. If you’ve ever ordered from my shop you’ve seen it – it’s a cute mini card with a lovely pearlescent sheen on one side.

Stickelberry Business Cards

Stickelberry Business Cards I made on Zazzle.com

Can you see the pearly loveliness?

Mini Business Card Dispenser

Mini Business Card Dispenser – comes free with the cards!

The best part about the mini cards is they come in these super cute card dispensers – you can be like, “want a card? (POP) Here ya go!”

Card Dispenser Close Up

Want a card? POP! Here ya go!

I also use Zazzle for my discount cards that I include in my orders (hey looky there, you get a discount if you’re paying attention)…

Discount Cards

Discount cards I made on Zazzle.com, and a discount for you!

..and for my stickers that I use for packaging. Lovely aren’t they? Very high quality! And also on sale RIGHT NOW.

Custom Stickers

Custom Stickelberry stickers I made on Zazzle.com

I’ve made countless gifts with zazzle including the mugs and the mousepads. I gave out Christmas ornaments last year to the grandparents that I made on Zazzle, and I even designed a baby T-shirt (T-Shirts are on sale now!)  for a surfer friend, adding her newborn to the San Clemente Surf Team.

BabyShirt1

babyshirt2

 

This notebook is one of my favorites, featuring my little man at 6 months old..this is a great idea for Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts!

Custom Logan Notebook

Custom Logan Notebook

So seriously – go check it out. And right now there are some GREAT deals going on too. I’m about to hit up the 30% Off Canvas Prints sale for the nursery!

Personalized Graduation Invites & AnnouncementsShop Monogram Gifts & More

**Yes, Zazzle is a sponsor, but I chose them to be a sponsor, because I love and adore them. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own. If you click on the links above, not only will you get a great discount and some amazing products, but I will be compensated too!
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EasterPrintable1

Free Easter Printable

Free Easter Printable, Just for Subscribers!

Confession time: I still have my St. Patrick’s Day decor on my mantle (GASP!). Seriously, I’ve been slacking again – but I’m TIRED! This baby is wearing me out, it’s like he’s doing an Ironman in there, constantly rolling, kicking, punching, hiccuping… I’m lucky my ribs are still intact.

I had some down time today so I thought I had better catch up with everyone else and get to work EasterPrintable2on my Easter mantle. It’s likely it will stay an Easter mantle for at least two months because I don’t have any hopes of re-decorating once the baby arrives! I started putting together a new printable to frame and had a lot of fun putting it together. Have I mentioned I have a slight obsession with fonts? I have almost too many to choose from but I can’t stop myself from gathering more. I featured a few new fonts that I found on Pinterest (Check out my Font board!) in the new printable.

SBEasterPrintableSo, without further adieu, just in time for Easter Month, if you’re a subscriber to the Stickelberry newsletter, a new printable will be in your inbox shortly! Wait – are you not a subscriber? Well you’re missing out! Sign up over there in the upper right of your screen and you’ll get a separate email from me with the printable in it – AND, you’ll never miss a post or other freebie again!

That’s it for now – see you guys soon!

XOXO, D

 

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IKEA Poang Chair Cover

IKEA Poang Chair Slipcover

The IKEA Poang Chair is a very popular staple in many budget savvy homes — but it only comes in a few colors and patterns, white being the only one that would work in the baby’s room. We all know white won’t last long, and I wanted a chair that would POP, so I decided to attempt to make a cover for the Poang cushion that would do the baby’s room some justice. 

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Plain, Boring Ikea Poang Chair

Plain, Boring Ikea Poang Chair

You know these chairs – you’ve seen them, and you may even own one! We opted for one of these guys over a rocker (saving us hundreds of dollars) when we were decorating Logan’s room, and it turned out to be a great purchase. Logan is 2 now, and we still use the chair every night for story time, and he likes to climb up and sit and read by himself as well. We decided to save our pennies again and go with the same chair for the nursery, but with an added twist!

There were a few ways that I could have tackled this project, but I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible (8.5 months pregnant and all). I decided to forgo zippers, but since I wanted it to be removable – knowing full well that spit-up WILL make it onto the beautiful fabric – I made it a giant slipcover, much like a normal pillow cover. I also wanted it to stick to the chair like the normal cushion does using velcro, so I added that to the back of the slipcover as well.

Fabric, Velcro, Pins & Thread - That's all you need!

Fabric, Velcro, Pins & Thread – That’s all you need!

I found this fantastic duck canvas at Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite sources for fabric (40% off coupon – can’t beat that!). I couldn’t get a piece of fabric long enough to cover the cushion with one whole piece (if you can, do it, it will be easier!), so I had to use two pieces (one long, one short), but really the hardest part of the whole project was just shoving the cushion into the cover. :)

I followed the same method for creating the ottoman cover - the tutorial for that is here.

Here is the tutorial for you DIY-ers — hope it is clear, if not please feel free to contact me with any questions!

DIY IKEA POANG CHAIR SLIPCOVER TUTORIAL

What you need in addition to the chair cushion (mine measured 24″x64″ with the head flap unfolded – make sure to measure yours):

  • Fabric – As I mentioned above, I couldn’t get one long piece, but if you can, do it (you’ll need 4 yards but you’ll have some leftover from the sides for pillows or whatnot).

My pieces: Long piece = 26″x108″ (3yd), Short piece = “26×31″

  • Velcro – I used the Sew-Ology brand from Hobby Lobby. One package was enough for both my Chair cushion and my Ottoman cushion. You will only need one side (the fuzzy side). The color doesn’t matter since it will be on the back side of the cushion.
  • Pins & Thread – the thread will not be seen so you can use any color.

And now the fun begins!

1. Lay out your long piece of fabric, right side up, and lay your cushion on top of it so that the head/top of the cushion is about 1 inch from the top of the fabric, and centered across the width.

Lay out fabric, place cushion on top, fold bottom up over cushion

Lay out fabric, place cushion on top, fold bottom up over cushion

2. Fold bottom of fabric up over the cushion, and fold back the the edge over twice – then pin in place.

Fold twice and pin

Fold twice and pin

3. Also use a pin to mark your fold at the bottom of each side of the cushion so you don’t lose it.

Mark your fold with a pin on each side of the bottom of the cushion

Mark your fold with a pin on each side of the bottom of the cushion

4. Now take your short piece and lay it on top of the cushion top, right side down, and line it up with the bottom piece. Pin in place at the top only.

Pin short piece to top of bottom piece, right side facing

Pin short piece to top of bottom piece, right side facing

5. Take the bottom of the short piece, fold over twice and pin, just as you did for the long piece. Also mark where the velcro should go using a pin — mine sat 21″ down from the top of the cushion with the flap unfolded.

Fold and pin edge, and mark where velcro will go using pin

Fold and pin edge, and also mark where velcro will go using a pin

6. Cut your velcro – the easiest way is to take your piece of fuzzy velcro and put it right on on the cushion’s velcro, and then cut at the end so you have the same length. Fold the short piece of fabric back and using your marker pin as a guide, pin the velcro on to the fabric.

Fold back top piece and pin the velcro on to the fabric

Fold back top piece and pin the velcro on to the fabric

7. (Not pictured) Carefully pull the cushion out, and pin up the bottom half of the cover on the sides to hold it in place. (Don’t pin the top because you’ll need to sew on the velcro first).

8. Take the beast of fabric to your sewing machine! First you will sew on the velcro to get that out of the way. I stitched down one side and back up the other.

First, sew the velcro on

First, sew the velcro on

9. Next, tackle the folded edges – one running stitch from top to bottom will do fine; it doesn’t have to be perfect, remember this will be on the back side. Just make sure it is sturdy and reinforce at the start and stop of the seam so it will have the strength to withstand the shoving it is about to experience.

Sew down the folded edges.

Sew down the folded edges.

View of front side of folded edge after sewing

View of front side of folded edge after sewing

10. After sewing down both of the folded edges, focus back on the top of the cover, where the short piece is pinned to the long piece. Sew those pieces together. I used about a 1/4-1/2″ seam allowance on all of the subsequent sewing.

Sew short piece to long piece where pinned

Sew short piece to long piece where pinned (this picture was an after thought)

11. Then sew down the sides of the short piece. When you get to your folded edge, sew right over it, and reinforce with a few back-stitches – this needs to be very sturdy.

Sew down sides of short edge right through ot the end of the folded edge and back up it

Sew down sides of short edge right through to the end of the folded edge and back up it

12. Now turn the fabric beast around and sew down your pinned sides of the bottom/long piece, starting with the first pin that you marked your fold with.

Sew down the remaining sides at the bottom of the cover

Sew down the remaining sides at the bottom of the cover

13. When you get to the folded edge of the top of the cover, sew right over it! You want them to overlap. Keep sewing down until you get through to the bottom of the cover’s folded edge, and sew back up it – again, reinforcing with back-stitches to make it sturdy.

Sew down past the first folded edge underneath and through to the second folded edge so they overlap

Sew down past the first folded edge underneath and through to the second folded edge so they overlap

14. As an after thought I decided to sew off the corners (like rounding but without the hassle of making it round). Then I trimmed them with my pinking shears — you can trim the whole cover if you like, but I didn’t find it necessary

Sew off the corners if you desire

Sew off the corners if you desire

Trim with pinking shears

Trim with pinking shears

15. You’re done sewing! Now turn the cover right side out and lay it out for stuffing. You can press it now if you like, but it WILL get wrinkled during the stuffing process.

Ready to be stuffed

Ready to be stuffed

16. Start shoving the cushion in, LONG SIDE FIRST! I made the mistake of trying to do the top/short side first and found the bottom wouldn’t bend enough to let me get it in. Make sure the cushion is facing the right direction as well — so that the back side is up and the velcro is facing you when you shove it in there.

Shove it in!

Shove it in!

17. With some effort, you will get the top piece in, I promise. The folded edges will overlap nicely and you’ll have a lovely covered cushion, ready for it’s throne. Now is when you may want to take an iron to it and lightly press out some of your hard earned wrinkles.

Pretty stuffed cushion cover

Pretty stuffed cushion cover

18. Set the cushion on it’s throne and fold the flap over – it deserves a break after you tortured it for the last 5 minutes.

Resting nicely on its throne

Resting nicely on its throne

I actually did the ottoman first to make sure I really liked the fabric enough to have it cover both. You can find the tutorial for that here — it’s the same method, just in smaller form and using one piece of fabric instead of two!

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your comments, and if make one, send me pictures please! :)

XOXO, D

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IKEA Poang Ottoman Slipcover

Here is the tutorial for covering the Ikea Poang Chair Ottoman cushion. I used the same method as I did for the chair cushion, but obviously on a smaller scale, and with only 1 piece of fabric.

Ottoman Cushion Cover

Ottoman Cushion Cover

Looking for the Chair Slipcover tutorial? It’s right here!

What You’ll Need (in addition to the Ottoman cushion):

Fabric, Velcro, Pins & Thread - That's all you need!

Fabric, Velcro, Pins & Thread – That’s all you need!

  • Fabric – My cushion measured 23″x22″ – be sure to measure yours. I used one long piece of fabric, cut to 24″ x 52″. You could also sew two pieces together.
  • Pins, Velcro, Thread – none of which have to “match” since they won’t be visible on the front.

Let’s Do This!

1. Lay out your fabric, right side up and place the ottoman cushion on top of it, top side down (velcro facing up).

lay down fabric right side up, lay down cushion in center, top side down

lay down fabric right side up, lay down cushion in center, top side down

2. Fold up one side over the cushion, take edge and fold it back twice and pin.

Fold up one side over cushion, fold over edge twice and pin.

Fold up one side over cushion, fold over edge twice and pin.

3. Repeat with other side, making sue it overlaps the first folded edge.

Repeat on other side, overlapping the first folded edge on top

Repeat on other side, overlapping the first folded edge on top

4. Use pins to mark your folds at each of the four corners.

Mark your folds using pins on the four corners

Mark your folds using pins on the four corners

5. Using another pin, mark where the velcro will be placed. Mine measured 10″ from the edge – measure yours just in case.

Measure & pin to makr where velcro will go

Measure & pin to mark where velcro will go

6. Cut your velcro – the easiest way is to take your piece of fuzzy velcro and put it right on on the cushion’s velcro, and then cut at the end so you have the same length. Then fold back the fabric that covers it, and pin it in place, using the pin you used previously as a guide.

Pin velcro on to right side of fabric

Pin velcro on to right side of fabric

7. Remove cushion and pin the sides of the cover that DO NOT have the velcro on it (half of the cover)

Pin sides of cover that are opposite from the half with the velcro on it

Pin sides of cover that are opposite from the half with the velcro on it

8. Take the cover to the sewing machine! First, flip back the side with the velcro on it and sew it on.

Sew on Velcro

Sew on Velcro

9. Next, sew down the folded edges on each side.

Sew down the folded edges

Sew down the folded edges

Folded Edge Sewn

Folded Edge Sewn

10. Now, sew down the sides of the cover. The folded edges will overlap – that’s what you want!

Sew down the sides, overlapping the folded edges

Sew down the sides, overlapping the folded edges

11. (Not pictured) Sew off the corners if you desire — I didn’t take a picture of it, but you can see what I mean if you review the Chair Cushion tutorial.

12. Done sewing!

Done sewing! Ready to turn

Done sewing! Ready to turn

13. Turn the cover right side out and stuff the cushion in. Make sure the cushion is facing the right way, so the bottom faces up and the velcro faces you as you’re stuffing.

Turn right side out

Turn right side out

Stuff it!

Stuff it!

14. All done! Now you can put it on the Ottoman :)

All done - ready to hod your feet

All done – ready to hold your feet

Here is Jaeger, photo-bombing my cushion picture

Jaeger likes it!

Jaeger likes it!

XOXO, D

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Camouflage Your Unsightly Tech Gear

Easy (And Cute!) Way to Hide Your Tech Gear!

I am 33 weeks pregnant, which means I have less than 2 months until my due date (although between you and me I think probably less!). Hubbo and I have been working on getting Baby #2′s room finished and preparing ourselves mentally for the sleepless nights and zombie-like days ahead.

Unsightly Tech Gear

Unsightly Tech Gear

In order to make room for #2 (sorry, we STILL haven’t picked a name – we probably won’t until wee SEE him!), I had to give up my office/craft/junk room. In that room resides all of our techie stuff — including the cable modem and wireless router. Now, being the geeky girl that I am, I love that stuff, I mean I really do – I totally geeked out when I got to go pick out a new one. However, I don’t think the baby will appreciate the black plastic and green flashing lights. Well, maybe he will, but it is unsightly, especially in an infant’s bedroom!

Unfortunately I have to leave them where they are, so that left me with the challenge of figuring out a way to hide them. This post has the masterpiece (ha) that I came up with: I took a cardboard box, cut it, slapped some pretties on it, and called it a day.

Hiding the unsightly tech gear!

Hiding the unsightly tech gear!

But it’s cute! I will use it as a frame to hold the baby’s announcement card — right now it holds my PERFECT baby shower invite in just the right colors that my thoughtful sister in law picked out. :) The great thing about this is you can make it however you like — you can just make a pretty facade or put a frame on it to hold a picture. Anything is better than the black plastic and blinking lights!

I’ve made the tutorial pretty self explanatory with the pictures, but here is the supply list! Obviously you can customize the “shield” with any type of style/decor that suits the room in which you’re needing to camouflage your tech gear.

TECH GEAR HIDER SUPPLIES:IMG_6931

  • Box – width and height large enough to cover the gadget(s). You can use cereal boxes taped together if you want!
  • Scissors
  • Pretty Paper – I used two 12×12 pieces since that was the size of my box, and a few smaller pieces for the insets/frame portion. It’s just like making a scrapbook page!
  • Clothespin (mine is a mini)
  • Tape runner or other scrapbook glue
  • Foam Sticky Dot
  • Tape

1. Take your box and cut two opposing sides off of it:IMG_6937IMG_6939

 

 

 

 

 

2. Use your tape to reinforce the back of it (depends on the type of box you are using)IMG_6943

3. Flip your box over and cut and glue your scrapbook paper to the sides of the box. My box was 12x12x6 so this was easy for me to do – just had to cut one piece of paper in half for the sides. IMG_6944IMG_6945

4. Glue and place your front scrapbook piece(s) to make it pretty!IMG_6947

5. Use your sticky dots to glue your clothespin to the top center of your “frame”

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6. I decided to cut a circle to cover my clothespin — I used the tape runner to stick the circle to the top of the clothespinIMG_6953

7. Reinforce the front edges with tape, so that the paper doesn’t curl after time. This isn’t necessary if you properly glue the paper down, and a matted tape would look better, but I used what I had! I didn’t want the red of the box showing through between the papersIMG_6957IMG_69598. Add the final touch – in this case it is my shower invite. But I will switch it out with the birth announcement once baby arrives!

Pretty!

Pretty!

And that’s it! It reminds me of elementary school, when we sat at tables and took tests, they put those big shields at our seat so we couldn’t look over at our neighbor’s work. It does the trick and alleviates my hubbo’s concern that anything I made would be a potential fire hazard if it touched the gadgets underneath or covered them on top.

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How do you hide your tech gear? I’ve never had the need to hide it before since it was in the office!

XOXO, D

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Last Minute Irish Mantle

St. Patrick’s Day in the Stickelberry House

Framed and ready for display!

Framed and ready for display!

 

As I mentioned before, St. Patrick’s Day has never been a big “To Do” in my house, but I wanted to at least do a little something for my little man. I shared with you a Free Printable that I created – I’ve framed that and found a few other items to put up on the mantle to make it festive.

Everything came from Michaels – gotta love that store! And right now, all of the St. Patrick’s Day decor is 50% off, so if you’re looking for some last minute items, go there first! This frame was 40% off and I had a coupon for an additional 25% off of all frames. Love my Michaels app with instant coupons!

 

 

I made a simple mini-bunting using scrapbook paper – you know I love my sparkles! I found this great gold piece and a muted polka dotted green piece.. I cut out a few triangles by hand (nothing fancy!).

Pretty Papers... Pretty Ribbon...

Pretty Papers… Pretty Ribbon…

I punched some holes and strung them on a bright glittery green ribbon that I found in the $1 ribbon bin near the door (score!).IMG_7098

I’m often working right next to or even ON my laptop.

Workspace.. or lack thereof

Workspace.. or lack thereof

I found this awesome little chalkboard in the dollar bin too (double score!).

Lucky to Find This Guy for $1

Lucky to Find This Guy for $1

The greenery in the vase is from the St. Patrick’s Day decor section – they are clovers on stems, and they sparkle too!mantle1

…and that’s it. Nothing major, but it gives the house a little bit of cuteness and makes it festive for Monday’s Corned Beef & Cabbage meal. :o )

Our Irish Mantle

Our Irish Mantle

Looking for that Free Printable? Look no further!

St Patricks Day Printable

 

 

 

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St Patricks Day Printable

A Little Bit of Luck & A Free Printable!

Irish Toast

I will be honest with you… St. Patrick’s Day has never really been that big of a deal for me. Maybe because I don’t drink beer? At least in my area, in my circles, St. Patty’s day is about wearing green, going to a bar and getting drunk. But alas, I never went out and binged on green fizzy in my pre-k years. However, one thing that I do ALWAYS do, is cook up a mean corned beef and cabbage meal – because for me, even if I’m not THAT in to the holiday itself, I’m always in to the FOOD!

 

I normally don’t decorate for this holiday either… I think I am even part Irish (that remains a mystery!), but I never felt the need to put green stuff up all over the house. This year, however, I am feeling very crafty and I have a 2 year old son that loves it when the decorations on the fireplace change. Not to mention, right now I am pretty much stuck inside the house most of the time (pregnancy woes), so it does me some good to change things up a bit too — even if it is only temporary.

I did a flyer for a friend’s bar for their St. Patrick’s Day bash and it got me in design mode, so I whipped up something fun for the mantle that I thought you might enjoy too.

Framed and ready for display!

Framed and ready for display!

That’s right folks – another free printable! Woo hoo!

St Patricks Day Printable!

Click for your free download!

In the weeks, months, years to come – in the spirit of the Irish – I say:clover

Wherever You Go and Whatever You Do, May the Luck of the Irish Be there with You! 

After all, we can always use a Little Bit of Luck!

You can find some more wonderful Irish toasts and blessings at Island Ireland!

XOXO, D

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