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Children's Art Gallery

Children’s Art Gallery

Children's Art GalleryYour child brings home an amazing work of art, so of course you need to hang it up — put it on display for everyone to ooooh and ahhhh at, and to show everyone how proud you are of your little Picasso (and it gives your little ones all the feels). So on the fridge it goes…. but really, your little artiste deserves so much more! So why not create a gallery just for the kiddos?

This is a super simple project for even the not-so-handy, and of course you can personalize or change it up however you want — I’m just giving you the basic idea to get started if you want to make your own.

I chose a wall in the kids’ playroom to do this, where I had the space and where the pieces of art would fit right in with the “decor.”

I found a banner that was double sided, with some funky colors and patterns on one side, and a chalkboard surface on the other.Β It came with some great twine, but you can always find your own in any color. Children's Art Gallery

You could also make your own bunting using scrapbook paper, use or not use the chalk feature, purchase or print letters on your own, etc. The sky is the limit on this one. Children's Art GalleryI wrote “A”, “R”, and “T” out on the three of the pennants, and strung the twine through the holes. (If you’re using scrapbook paper, you’ll need a hole punch).Children's Art Gallery

To hang up the banner I just used push pins. πŸ™‚pushpins

For the artwork hangers, I found a bag of these cool chalkboard clothespins and decided to take the extra pennants from the banner I wasn’t using and cut out a shape to stick them to. clothespins3

I used my good old standby, the sticky dots. Children's Art Gallery

On the back of that stack I used a mounting square and stuck it to the wall. They come off easily, and leave no marks. πŸ˜‰ wallmounts3

Cute, right?Children's Art Gallery

My son’s Montessori school does the most beautiful art projects and he is always SO excited to bring a new one home and hang it up in the gallery. When it’s time to retire one, I take a picture of it with my phone and upload it to artkive — this great app that lets you create hardcover books of your kid’s artwork!

The Stickel Art Gallery… featuring the works of Logan G. Stickel.

Children's Art Gallery

Do you have an art gallery or wall for your kiddo’s masterpieces? I would love for you to share them with me!

Until next time!

xoxo, D

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Pillow Cover Tutorial

Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

I have all of this beautiful fabric from Zazzle to play with now (read about it, here!), so my creative juices are definitely bubbling! I think it’s the months and months and months of not having any free time or willpower (or sanity) to make things that has my creative brain screaming for some activity. Oh, babies.Pillow Cover Tutorial - Close Up

I really like the cotton twill fabric — it’s perfect for totes, clutches, curtains, pillows and other home decor items. But seriously, PILLOWS! I do love me some pillows, as they are the quickest and easiest way to change up your decor and bring a fresh new look into your room. Want some color? A pillow here, a pillow there and POW! Whole new house.

Thus, my Stickelberry friends, I present to you, the easiest way to make a removable (and washable) cover for a pillow! This is an easy project, perfect for beginners!

Pillow Cover Tutorial - SuppliesSupply List

  • Pillow (mine is 18×18)
  • Fabric — This tutorial uses one long piece, 19×44. Adjust as necessary to your pillow size, allowing an extra inch on the short side and double the length + (plus) 8-10 inches. (You can purchase the fabric I used, here!)
  • Thread – will show on the back so coordinate the color if you want
  • Scissors & Pins

A few notes before you start…

*I like a loose cover on my pillows so I can smash them — if you like a tighter fit, simply up your seam allowance on all sides and cut off the excess. You can also go back and round the corners if you don’t like them pointy.

**If you DO plan on washing your covers eventually, then DO pre-wash your fabric, please! Otherwise you may not be able to shove that pillow back in again.

1. Start by laying your fabric out, right side down, and placing your pillow in the center. I’ve folded one edge to the middle so you can see..if you fold both sides over the pillow, they will overlap significantly since you added 8-10 inches to the length. This is a good thing. Pillow Cover Tutorial

2. After centering your pillow on the fabric, you’re going to fold the left edge in an inch

Fold Edge

Fold edge in one inch

3. Then fold again and pin.

Fold again and pin

Fold again and pin

4. Repeat on the right side, fold in an inch, fold again and pin.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Fold Edge Twice and Pin

Fold other edge in twice and pin

5. Take the fabric to the machine and sew down each edge, back-stitching a few times at the top and bottom. Use whatever seam allowance you’d like as long as you’re locking in the fold.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sew down folded edge

Sew down the folded edge

6. Doesn’t that look nice? Now Go do it on the other side, too.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sewn Edge

Pretty Pretty Sewn Edge

7. After both edges are sewn, lay out your fabric again, but this time right-side up.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Pleace Pillow on Fabric right side up

Lay fabric down, right side up and center pillow again

8. Fold both edges over so they overlap and the fabric is as tight as you want it around the pillow, and pin at the top and bottom.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Fold Over

Fold edges over pillow, they should overlap

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Pin at Overlap

Pin at overlap on both of the raw edges

9. Slide the pillow out and re-pin to include the bottom layer of fabric that was under the pillow.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Slide Pillow Out, Re-Pin

Slide pillow out and re-pin both edge to include bottom layer of fabric

10. Back to the machine! Start at the top and sew all the way down to the bottom, pausing for some back-stitching where the overlap is along the way. I’ve placed my hand where the overlap is — be sure to sew all of the layers together.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sew Down Raw Edge

Sew all the way down raw edges, back-stitching where the overlap is to reinforce it

11. Repeat on the other side, remember to back-stitch where the overlap is to reinforce.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sew 2nd Raw Edge

Sew down the other side as well

12. Inside-Out Envelope!

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Inside Out

Sewing Complete!

13. Turn your pocket of goodness right side out, use your poker of choice to poke out the corners (I totally use chopsticks).

Pillow Cover Tutorial - turn right side out

Turn your happy little cover right side out!

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sewing Complete

Happy pillow cover!

14. Press

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Press

Press the cover – get the wrinkles out

15. Shove your pillow in!

Pillow Cover Tutorial

Happy pillow in the happy pillow cover!

That’s it — pretty easy right?

Pillow Cover Tutorial

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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. πŸ™‚ 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.

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  • 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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DIY Nursery Mobile

DIY Paper Nursery Mobile

An affordable and easy project for baby’s room!

What would Baby #2’s room be without some crafty goodness from Mama? Due in early May, I have less than 10 weeks to go, so the pressure is ON! I have to get his room ready for him so it’s nice and cute and Stickelberry-like.

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I made a mobile for Logan’s room the last time I was pregnant following this tutorial here that I found in Parents magazine, and while it did turn out cute, I found the process very awkward and had to re-do it several times to get it to hang right. Even still to this day the center hoop is off center and the whole thing is just slightly imbalanced. That bugs. The strands also fell off several times (thank goodness I didn’t hang it above the crib), so I ultimately re-attached each one using thick sticky dots. Here is a picture of Logan’s mobile – his room theme is Sock Monkeys!

So, I decided to come up with my own plan… for Baby #2’s room, the theme is a little more contemporary and simple, so I wanted a simplified mobile. Fewer stands, fewer circles…

Simplified Mobile

Simplified Mobile

I hit my local Michaels for the supplies and decided that instead of using the embroidery hoops, I would use a squared wooden dowel — well, two dowels, criss-crossed (I cut a long one in half).

Squared Wooden Dowel..err...Stick?

Squared Wooden Dowel..err…Stick?

I picked out the paper I wanted to use in my nursery room’s colors (White, Grey, Navy, Orange), and some jump rings and went home and got to work. Since I do have a decent selection of craft tools and had made one of these mobiles before, I already had some of the other basic supplies: 2″ hole punch, keychain ring, thin wire, exacto knife, thread, mini pliers.

Supplies

Supplies

Of course I had to throw in some bling — I just adore the silver glittered checkerboard card stock I found in the scrapbook paper aisle! The Navy has a nice sheen to it too – it’s quite beautiful.

Paper and Card stock in Baby's Color Scheme

Paper and Card stock in Baby’s Color Scheme

I started typing up a summary of how I made this ting, but it was a little wordy…. so it’s better to explain with pictures! πŸ™‚

I hope baby likes it!

DIY: Paper Mobile Tutorial

Supplies:IMG_6691

  • Scrapbook Paper or Card stock — I used 1 12×12 piece for each color except the orange scrapbook paper and the silver glittery card stock. I used 2 pieces for those because they are not double sided. Depending on the colors/paper you choose, plan accordingly as you’ll need to punch out extra circles and glue them to the backs of the ones that aren’t double sided.IMG_6731
  • Jump Rings — found in the jewelry aisle. Mine are 9mm and came in a package of 85 pieces. I have many leftover but I couldn’t find a smaller package.
  • 1 Key Chain Ring — also in the jewelry aisle. I had a pack of them from other projects.
  • Tape Runner– I used my favorite one, Elmers! You could also use regular glue, sticky dots or your other paper adhesive of choice.
  • 36″ Squared wooden dowel/stick — these come in a variety of sizes. Choose one that suits your style!IMG_6694
  • Thin Wire, Thread, Yarn, Shoelace… whatever you want to use to attached the dowels together, attach the strands to the dowels, and to hang from the center. This isn’t an exact science – be creative and use what works for you!
  • Tools — 2″ hole punch, Exacto knife, pliers, hole punch (mine is 1/8″); again you don’t have to use the EXACT same tools as I do!

I measured the dowel and marked the halfway point (18″), then measured and marked where I wanted to hang the strands (every 3″), marking an ‘x’ where the two dowels would cross each other.

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Measure out where you will cut the dowel, where the two pieces will cross, and where you will hang the strands

I used the exacto knife to cut the dowel (the wood is very thin and pliable).

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Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

I then used the exacto knife to notch out the center of the dowels where they would cross so they fit together like a puzzle piece.

IMG_6698IMG_6700I made a groove at each marking for the strands as well so that the wire I used to secure them would sit nicely and not move.

IMG_6696Next, I put the dowels together and used a piece of the wire to secure the two pieces …my piece was about 8″.IMG_6701

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Now on to the fun part — punching circles!

Punch Therapy

Punch Therapy

Woops – be careful not to do this πŸ™‚IMG_6737

*ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use scrapbook paper or single-sided card stock, depending on your color scheme or preference, you may want to punch two circles for each one that isn’t double sided — otherwise it will be white. That may or may not matter to you… it did to me so I used a tape runner (Elmer’s is my favorite) to glue two circles together for the orange and silver circles.

 

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Once you have all your circles punched out, play around with your pattern or sequence for your strands. You can have them all the same (important if you’re doing a rainbow or ombre theme!), but I decided to have one dowel with one pattern, and the other with a different pattern, so it was mixed up a little.

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And now for some more fun… punching holes!

More Punch Therapy

More Punch Therapy

My hole punch is 1/8″ – you can use whatever size you like, but make sure not to go too far in to the circle, otherwise your jump ring won’t have enough room. I went in about 1/8″ from each end of the circle. IMG_6730Have I mentioned I LOVE anything that glitters?

So pretty...

So pretty…

*CRAFT BONUS: Confetti!IMG_6727

Now comes the labor intensive part. Attaching the jump rings. It isn’t difficult, it just takes time. You can use pliers if you need to, but I found it was quicker and easier to just use my fingers – I found the jump rings pretty easy to bend and put that together.

IMG_6735Link up all of your strands – be sure to put one at the very top of each strand, and no need to put one at the bottom!

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All linked up

Now, to attach the strands to the mobile – cut a piece of wire for each strand. I cut mine about 1/2″ in length.

IMG_6739Next, simply loop the wire through the top jump ring, and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove that you carved for it earlier. Repeat for each strand.

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Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel

Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove

Almost finished! This part I forgot to take a picture of (sorry!) but you can see how it is put together in the next picture…

IMG_6780Take the keychain ring and connect it to the crossed wire in the center of the two dowels. Then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring, so you have the dowels hanging from the two rings. Take your string or ribbon or fishing line or shoelace (whatever you’re using) and loop it through the jump ring. This will allow your mobile to spin nicely and keep it from turning lopsided.

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Connect keychain ring to crossed wire, then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring and loop your hanging material of choice through it

I tied my string in a knot and hung it from one of these bad boys..IMG_6764And here it is, hanging in the nursery (to be revealed later!)

Finished!

Finished!

That’s it! Not too bad, right? Definitely worth the effort for a super cute homemade mobile for your little one..

XOXO, D

 

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Teacher Gifts & A Darling Doily Valentine

Wooo-eeee! It’s Day 3 of Love Week!

As promised, I have a quick and easy idea for a teacher gift that you can give for any holiday, really. Just change up the colors and theme and you can use it for anything! I’ve also included an idea for an easy doily valentine — I used mine to decorate the gift bag that I put the teacher gift in!

For the teacher gift I made these cute little personalized glass jars for Logan’s teachers. I found the jars themselves at Michaels – my go to craft stop since it’s the closest crafty supply store in my area. I grabbed a Sharpie Paint pen and some window decals and went to work… seriously, it couldn’t be any easier.

Supplies - Jars, Sharpie Paint pen & Window Decals

Supplies – Jars, Sharpie Paint pen & Window Decals

I went with window decals instead of stickers because they are REMOVABLE! What if his teachers don’t care for the super sweet pink and red hearts? I wouldn’t want them to be stuck with them…so the decals are perfect. And again – switch them out for any holiday or theme, you can find them in the stores (even the grocery) year round.

I drew a little heart and put the teacher’s name on the front, and stuck the decals on all sides of the jars.

Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts

Logan has two teachers for his class so I made two jars…

IMG_6794The paint pen takes little time to dry and is supposed to be water and abrasive resistant. I figure these jars won’t get too scratched up, anyway.

Now for the filling — a little cellophane and some Hershey Kisses, of course!

Kisses for You!

Kisses for You!

Aren’t they cute?

Cuteness!

Cuteness!

Now for the wrapping…I got some plain red kraft paper bags to put the jars in, but I wanted to dress them up on the outside, so I decided to make a Valentine for each teacher’s bag.

This is an easy way to make a Valentine using a paper doily (you know I love my doilies!)

Scrapbook paper & a Doily

Scrapbook paper & a Doily

I cut the sparkly scrapbook paper into a heart to fit inside the border of the doily, and use scrapbook sticky tape to stick them together. I then cut a small rectangle out of plain white cardstock and stamped it with my XOXO stamp…

XOXO

XOXO

…and wrote a little love note to Logan’s teachers. Kisses since the jars are filled with kisses… get it? πŸ™‚

I used my sticky dots to stick the cardstock to the hearts and the hearts to the bags… the sticky dots give it that great 3D effect.

Stuck on You

Stuck on You

Now for some over-the-top fabulousness — TISSUE!

Vavoom!

Vavoom!

Another shot of both gifts:

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Two Hearts are better than One!

Like I said – pretty simple, and a great idea to use year round. Those Sharpie Paint pens are great – I see more projects in the future with those!

Hope you enjoyed this idea – tomorrow I will reveal my mantle. I didn’t go over the top, but it’s festive and required little effort, which I’m sure everyone can appreciate!

XOXO, D

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