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Back to School with Zazzle

Back in the Season

Back to School with ZazzleWell, that year went by fast.

Here we are, back in the season, scooping up all of the clothes, gear and supplies for our offspring to head back in to the classroom to grow and learn all the things.

You know the last thing your kid wants is the same “_______” as someone else, so wouldn’t it be great to surprise them with some personalized coolness and unique duds that no one else will have? Zazzle can make this happen for us, friends!

AND you can get 30% off right now through Sunday 8/21 using code ZBIGDEALFORU at checkout!

 

The Backpack

Back to School with ZazzleFirst off, I LOVE these bags from Zazzle – they are lightweight, easy to clean and large enough to hold plenty.

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I totally dig these for my littles AND for myself, because hello – these are awesome for the beach, park, gym, wherever. They would make a great sports bag too!

Check out my newest backpack designs here, or peruse the amazing Zazzle gallery of other unique backpack designs. They even have popular Game, Movie and Comic characters for the little fans out there.

The Lunchbox

Next on my list for my dudes was a new lunchbox. Again, I wanted something totally unique for them and I hit the jackpot with these Yubo lunchboxes. Back to School with ZazzleThey are totally customize-able and come in hundreds of designs! Back to School with Zazzle Back to School with Zazzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I like the most about these is the fact that the faceplates COME OFF – so if you want a new design, you can just order new plates instead of a whole new lunchbox. Think about the possibilities — different plates for different seasons, or each new school year, etc. They come in other colors besides blue, too! Back to School with ZazzleIt’s all washable, AND it COMES WITH the containers AND the icepack! Back to School with ZazzleSo there you go — everything you need to pack your child’s lunch (or yours for that matter, I may indeed make one for myself). You can find my designs here, or checkout all the cool lunchboxes that Zazzle has to offer here.

Shirts

Let’s talk clothes. Shirts in particular. Kids love shirts with words. Funny sayings, things that express who they are and what they are into… I happen to know a lot of kids that are in to sports. Like, REALLY in to sports. ALL THEY DO is eat, sleep, and play their sports. Back to School with ZazzleEnough said. Check out my collection of back to school shirts here (more to come, I’m adding new designs daily!), or peruse the entire gallery of SO MANY awesome and unique shirts on Zazzle.

Supplies

Have I mentioned that I love all things paper. I love love LOVE notebooks in particular – anything I can write or doodle in makes me SO happy. Back to School with ZazzleGet your child writing with these custom notebooks and journals! Great for taking notes, journaling, keeping scores… you name it.  Check out my favorites here or view the entire collection that Zazzle has to offer!

Back to School with ZazzleIf you have an avid list maker, artist or poet on your hands, these pocket journals are THE BEST! You can customize the outside and choose what type of paper is on the inside: blank, lined, grid or checklist.

I love the idea of customized binders – nowadays the older kids need one for every subject so why not provide them with super cool subject binders. Back to School with Zazzle

You can put any text on them, so you could put their name or initials, the class the binder is for, etc., and they come in 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ sizes. You can find my designs here, or the entire gallery here. You can get popular characters like Superman, Batman and all of your favorite Disney friends!

Tech

Don’t forget phone and tablet cases – there are so many beautiful and customize-able designs available on Zazzle! Here is my newest design from my Back to School shop — you can get them with a shiny or matte finish, available in 3 colors.  You can find this and the rest of my cases here, or check out the rest that Zazzle has to offer here for iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, iPad and Kindle!Back to School with Zazzle

So, my friends – go shop with confidence knowing that your kids will have the good stuff this year. Be sure to check out my Check Mate collection, featuring all of my latest checkered goodies inspired by my little dudes.

Get 30% off right now through Sunday 8/21 using code ZBIGDEALFORU at checkout!

Want to see ALL of the Back to School goodies available on Zazzle? Check them out here:
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Happy Shopping!

Outtakes….. :o)

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Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Because you needed another placemat tutorial. You were desperately looking for something else to make from all those gorgeous placemats you couldn’t pass up in the Target aisle. I got your back, friend.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagThis is EASY! Perfect for beginners for a quick project, easy enough to do the day of giving, too (guilty!). Why present a wine gift to the host/hostess in a boring gift bag when you can MAKE one that is wayyyyyy cooler?

Find yourself a lovely placemat. The one I chose has a lining on the back, but don’t fret if yours doesn’t — it isn’t necessary. Just be sure to read the notes below.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagFold your placemat in half lengthwise so the right sides are facing together.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagMeasure in 3-6 inches, start there and sew back and forth a few times, then sew down the length, turn and sew down the short end, and sew back and forth again.

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It should look like this when you’re done!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

***Now take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the seam you just made on the short end. NOTE: I did this because the existing seam was too thick with the lining. If your placemat isn’t lined, you won’t need to do this. I also forgot to take a picture. Woops. But you can see it in the next one.

Now, take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the long seam you just made, just down at the bottom where it meets the short sewn end. This will just make it easier to put in the gusset on the bottom of the bag.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGrab the bottom of the bag and squeeze it! Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Squeeze from the folded side so the bottom pops out and use your fingers to fold over the corners toward the center. They will go in about an inch or so.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGet your needle & thread ready, and hand stitch those corners down.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDoesn’t have to be fancy. Clearly. They won’t see this so feel free to just wing it.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDo both sides so it looks like this!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagTurn the bag right-side out. Isn’t she pretty?

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDepending on the kind of ribbon you have, you may need to seal it so it doesn’t fray. Ever hear of this stuff?

Fray Check is AWESOME – I use it all the time. Perfect for ribbon ends & sealing off small bits that you don’t want to fray.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagInsert bottle, tie a bow…

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagVOILA!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

A thoughtful handmade gift to go with your pal’s favorite vino.

Enjoy! Hope your pal share’s her wine with you… :o)

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Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetos! Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure TutorialI call these guys Magnetos (comic lovers, chuckle with me now!). Magnetic closures are a great way to add a professional touch to your clutches, wallets, and bags.

Don’t be intimidated by their forged metal-ness, these babies are easy to install.

Let me show you!

 

 

 

In these photos I am installing them on my favorite placemat clutches. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I open them up, insert interfacing, and while they are still open, I install the magnetos. So it’s important to note, you need to add these guys before you sew up the seams on whatever you’re working on. Also, it’s good to have something stiff for them to hold onto if your project allows for it — the interfacing should be on the thicker side. Otherwise the magnetos will droop and weigh the fabric down. If you’re making a slouchy type of bag, that is totally fine.

First, figure out where you want them. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

For example, If there is folding to be done, do the fold and mark where you want the closure on both sides. If you’re putting them on a bag, mark on both sides where you want it.

  • The easiest way is to put the magnets together and place it on one side where you want it and mark with pencil or marker, then pretend you’re closing your project so that it touches the fabric where it will close when you’re done, and press hard with your hands to make an indent with the tabs.
  • If I made a mark, I take the tabs of the magneto and press it into the fabric to create an indent on either side of my mark. Either way, you’re using those tab indents as a guide.

I then use an exacto knife to poke holes where the indents are and lengthen them just a bit so they are small slits. You could use your seam ripper point for this, but I find the exacto knife gives me a much cleaner cut. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I use the knife to continue poking through the interfacing (in this case, I used stiffened felt!).

Now just take the tabs and stick them through your slits in the fabric…. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

…and through the slits in the interfacing .Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Add one of the flat pieces to the back, and press the pointy tabs outwards with your thumbs to hold the back piece in place.Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Use those thumb muscles! You may need to press them into your table if they are really strong. Magnetic Closure TutorialDo the same exact thing with the other side of the magneto on your other mark, and then finish sewing up your project. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

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Inside of finished clutch

Voila!

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Like I said, they seem intimidating, but once you try them you’ll find they are super easy and just require a little advanced planning. Sometimes we just want to hurry up and sew, but these are a really nice touch!

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Want to make a placemat clutch? Get the tutorial here!

Go forth and put magnets on everything! :o)

Share your your projects with me!  Did you use one of my tutorials or fabrics? Tag me @stickelberry on Instagram or Facebook, and use #stickelberryfriends

 

 

 

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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

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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!

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— 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!

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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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