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Fabric from Zazzle

Fabric Happiness from Zazzle

Zazzle Fabric by Stickelberry

New Stickelberry Designs on New Fabric from Zazzle

If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been getting some happy mail lately. Nothing makes this gal happier than getting fabric delivered to my front door! And if it’s my own design, even better.

So imagine my excitement when I discovered that my beloved Zazzle is now offering custom printed fabric! I had to get on that, and fast. I normally print my designs with another vendor, but I have always been happy with Zazzle’s products, and wanted to check out the fabric for myself. PLUS – Zazzle always has THE BEST sales!

 

I’ve been feeling the corals and grays lately, so I came up with this collection of designs and ordered some swatches and a couple of yards to test them out.Zazzle Fabric by Stickelberry

I also worked on something special in blue that I’ll be sharing with you later.

Zazzle Fabric by Stickelberry

New Blue Squared Design – I have big plans for it!

The quality of the fabric I ordered is great, and they all came individually wrapped with labels on the packaging indicating the type of fabric and how it should be treated. So lovely!  And how beautiful are these swatches all serged up and everything?!

Zazzle Fabric Swatches

The swatches are SERGED!

The linen is especially impressive..

Linen Zazzle Fabric

Lovely Linen – Look at that texture!

The texture of the poplin is lovely as well! Polyester Poplin from Zazzle

Polyester Poplin

I couldn’t wait to dive in so I already made a pillow using the twill!

Zazzle Fabric Pillow by Stickelberry

Pretty Pillow made with my new Zazzle Custom Designed Fabric!

I will totally be posting the tutorial for this envelope pillow cover shortly, so stay tuned! And as I mentioned, I have something special planned for the mysterious fabric in blue, which btw I have pre-washed and I haven’t noticed any fading – it still looks beautiful!

Zazzle Combed Cotton

Blue Squared Combed Cotton

Zazzle has the following 7 fabric choices:

  • Combed Cotton
  • Pima Cotton
  • Cotton Twill
  • Polyester Poplin
  • Polyester Weave
  • Ivory Linen
  • Natural Linen

I made the pillow using the cotton twill, and plan to make some bags out of it as well!

So, DO go check out the fabric on Zazzle – – there are loads of beautiful prints to choose from, or you can design your own (so fun!). Also, if you like my prints, you can find them here in my Zazzle Shop. They can be ordered in any of the fabric options that Zazzle offers!
Shop Custom Fabric on Zazzle
*I am a Zazzle Affiliate – Items purchased via these links will result in this Mama earning a wee bit of commission, and thus help me to keep on keepin’ on as a SAHM. But I wouldn’t post about it if I didn’t stand by it 100%!

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Best Buys for Baby

Oh Baby! Best Buys for a New Arrival

Our littlest, Vaughn, just turned 10 months old.

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A whole 10 months have gone by since he showed up and turned our whole just-figured-it-out-after-the-first-child world upside down. I’m not going to lie, it has been challenging going from one child to two – I mean we really had NO idea how hard it would be!

BUT, Vaughn has been such a blessing and in some ways, handling him has been so much easier because I actually knew what I was doing this time. With Logan, we had no idea — we couldn’t believe they let us take him home! But we figured it out, and now, after two little dudes, we have mastered the art of baby care-taking. :o)

BoysAndTrainsI thought it would be helpful for any new or soon-to-be Moms out there to see what I have used and loved during the baby stages of both my babes.

These are my favorite products and I swear by them! So whether you’re looking to add to your stash or create a registry or buy some gifts for someone you know that is about to enter the wonderful world of parenthood… these are winners. ALL of these can be purchased at my favorite store and best friend, Target.

 

Stroller & Car SeatLogan_Britax

One of the biggest purchases, the stroller is essential for parents on the go. The most important features to me were that it should be lightweight, easy to fold, rugged so I can go on trails, and it should recline and have a nice sun shade.

Britax_VaughnI found it all in the Britax B-Agile! Super light weight, and I could fold and lift it into the car with ONE HAND – meaning I could have a baby on my hip and still get it done. Winner Winner! It has survived amazingly well through both kids so far and we still use it regularly. The greatest part was that it easily allowed for the Britax B-Safe car seat/carrier to snap in when the boys were under 6 months. Vaughn is still in this car seat today.

Britax B-Agile & B-Safe Travel SystemBritax

 

 

 

 

Baby Monitor Vaughn_Monitor

We had a different monitor with Logan that has since been discontinued, but now that we have Vaughn, I can’t imagine having anything other than the Motorola. We have TWO cameras, one in each boys’ room, so I can spy watch over both of my angels (it can toggle back and forth automatically for you, or you can do it manually). The sound and video quality are amazing, and you can even connect it to wifi to check in remotely. Also it acts as an intercom so I can totally yell encourage the toddler to stop playing and go to sleep….. IMG_9209 I’ve also used it to watch my husband read to Logan in his room because it is just the sweetest thing ever :o)

Motorola Video Baby Monitor

 

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Vaughn_Ergo360Baby Carrier

I had the regular Ergo with Logan but man oh man do I wish the 360 had come out back then. SO MUCH BETTER! Neither boy enjoyed facing inward, but since the 360 has the facing out option, I use it with Vaughn everyday – and I have peace of mind knowing he is sitting on his behind rather than crushing his boy parts and messing up his hips. It’s easy to put on and very adjustable for all shapes and sizes!

 

 

Ergo 360Ergo360

 

 

 

Baby SlingVaughn_Sling

Even if you get a carrier I HIGHLY recommend having a sling as well! They are especially useful in the very early months, and if you’re just hopping out of the car for a minute or running a quick errand, or need your arms free around the house or whatever, the sling is the quickest way to grab baby and go. For me, it was a lifesaver when I started taking Logan back and forth to school. I had to get out of the car (and bring Vaughn with me) twice a day for just a couple of minutes. The car seat carrier is HEAVY once the baby is over BalboaBabySling10 pounds so the sling worked perfectly. You can totally use your Ergo, but it takes a few minutes to get baby situated and strapped in, so the sling saves time!

Balboa Baby Sling

 

Baby Care

BoonGrassI have two of these now – one for baby bottles and nipples and all that, and the other for Logan’s plastic straw cups. They look cool and allow everything to dry quickly — I will totally use them for my wine glasses once we have moved beyond the bottles and suppy cups!

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

 

 

wetbags

You’ll need these for all stages. Trust me. Wet or poopy clothes (because blow-outs WILL happen), or perfect for bathing suits too!

Wet Bags

 

 

 

BloomingBabyBathThis is just genius and oh so cute. We were SO hesitant to give the boys baths when they were first born. It was terrifying — these little tiny guys all cold and vulnerable — you’re afraid you will break them! But you don’t. This bath really helps — bathing them in the sink is the easiest!

Blooming Baby Bath

 

babyganicsI cannot say enough about this line of products. I absolutely love everything and believe me, we have almost all of it. The Hand/Face/Baby wipes are GREAT for all ages for cleaning up (they are so messy!), the bodywash and shampoo are awesome, and I love love love the sunblock. It’s organic AND affordable — often those two are hard to come by in one shot! 😉

Babyganics!

 

Best Baby Buys

Oh so lovely, cozy, and absorbent. Can’t ask for anything more in your bibs, burp bloths and blankets. Logan still uses his swaddling blankets in his crib and he’s THREE. The burp cloths have a snap so you can also use them as a bib. PERFECT!adenanaisburpie

Aden + Anais

 

 

 

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Boys_Crib

Do NOT overlook Target when shopping for the Nursery! We actually found BOTH boys’ cribs at Target and saved SO much money. The quality of both are perfect and both are convertible into Toddler beds, which will save us money down the road.

They have adorable bedding sets and crib sheets too!

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So there you have it. I’m sure as the boys grow older I will compile more lists of must-haves and favorites, but for now, these are the things I love and can’t live without.

What are your favorites? I’ve got a 3 year old and a 10 month old — always looking for new great products!




*I am a Target Affiliate – Items purchased via these links will result in this Mama earning a wee bit of commission, and thus help me to keep on keepin’ on as a SAHM. 🙂

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Christmas in February?

Don’t put away those Christmas decorations just yet….

I wasn’t going to share my Valentine’s Day mantle this year, because honestly it hasn’t changed much from last year. I’ve been pretty busy… and lazy at the same time (it’s totally possible), so it hasn’t been a priority.

HOWEVER – I had what I thought was a brilliant idea and I decided to play around and give it a try.

The other day I started thinking about the decorations I use throughout the year and how I often re-purpose the generic things if they are the right color. Take red, for example – red is a primary color for several holidays, so it helps to have some red staples, like vases, dishes, frames, etc., that you can use throughout the year in your holiday decor.mantle_main

 

Some things that you might think are specific to just one holiday might be used for other holidays as well if you get creative about it.  I wanted to pull out the red tinsel and my red Christmas ball ornaments from my storage bins in the garage, but they were too high up and Hubbo was out of town. Bummer!

But then I noticed my giant yard candy canes hanging in the garage right in front of me, and at arms reach, too. Hmmmmm… I thought it might be a bit of a stretch, but then I realized that candy canes are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day, too! Yes! Seriously! Because, did you know, if you face two of them together, they make, like, the perfect HEART!?!? mantle_side

Yeah, they totally do. Aren’t I a genius?

No, I’m not, I totally stole the idea from my neighbor who did this on her lawn at Christmas time… but she doesn’t have them up now!  🙂

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You would be surprised at how many things can be used to decorate throughout the year, even if they seem like they are specific to one holiday. Patience Brewster makes the most adorable and unique ornaments and decorations that are great for Christmas, but they are just so dang cute, you could use them year round. In fact I wish I had these little guys right here for my Valentine’s Day mantle – they are perfect!

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So don’t be afraid to think outside of your holiday box or plastic storage bin – start mixing it up!

In the meantime, I’m going to save my pennies for this guy for St. Pattie’s Day!

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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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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! 🙂

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 🙂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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