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Custom Christmas Gifts from Zazzle

A Very Custom Christmas with Zazzle

I love gifting — it’s really my favorite part of the Holiday season. Finding the perfect gifts, wrapping them with all the cuteness… bring it on! Customized gifts are the best gifts ever because they have that personalized touch. They are fun to create, and nothing beats the reaction of someone who has just been given a gift made especially for them. The thoughtfulness of a customized gift is always appreciated!

This, my friends, is why I love Zazzle so much.

So I’ve picked out a few of my favorites this year to share with you, in hopes that you can find some inspiration for your holiday gift-giving.

I love the stamped jewelry trend, and Zazzle makes it so easy to order. This gorgeous circle pendant I had made for my sister — the initials c & t are for Casey and Trevor, her two kids. Custom Christmas Gifts from ZazzleI just love the rustic but still chic look of it. Custom Christmas Gifts from Zazzle

And my goodness, can you say packaging love?! I’m a sucker for natural wrappings. Custom Christmas Gifts from ZazzleYou can find this necklace available to be customized here.

Another favorite of mine are prints on wood. These are soooo cool. Custom Christmas Gifts from Zazzle They come in various sizes, and come with a cool little stand so you can put in on a shelf instead of hanging it. Custom Christmas Gifts from Zazzle

I chose a picture of my boys walking down the sidewalk and added a lovely brother quote. Custom Christmas Gifts from Zazzle

These look great in color, sepia tone or black and white. Such a fun and unique gift! You can create your own wood print here.

I wanted to find a good family gift — or a gift for the kids — and I found one that suits both with this custom puzzle! My boys both love doing puzzles and we do them together ALL THE TIME. Custom Christmas Gifts from Zazzle

I decided to use a brother picture from this year’s school pictures so that it would be fun for the boys to work on it together. Custom Christmas Gifts from ZazzleHere is Logan trying to figure it out! You can create your own puzzle here.

Last, but certainly not least, a gift for the fur-baby or your favorite fur-lover. Custom Christmas Gifts with Zazzle

These dog bone ornaments are SO CUTE! Custom Christmas Gifts from ZazzleYou can choose the color of the writing and customize the name — I can’t wait to give this to Akino’s Mommy & Daddy for Christmas! Custom Christmas Gifts from ZazzleYou can create your own dog name ornament here.

So there you have it – some of my favorites for this season! Be sure to check the coupon page before shopping, as there is ALWAYS a good deal happening at Zazzle!

XOXO, D
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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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Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Infinity ScarfWhy buy a scarf when you can make one yourself in about 15 minutes? It is really that easy. You can use any type of fabric you like, make it as long or loopy as you like and add whatever embellishments you like. Sew much fun.

This tutorial is for an infinity scarf – you know, the circle ones you wear like a necklace? And this method creates a nice, finished tube — no exposed ends. In my example, the fabric I used measured 18×28″ and makes one loop, perfect for a simple accessory. If you want it to hang low, add length. If you want to wrap it around a few times and make a big, bold scarfy statement, add even more length (double or triple or quadruple!).

infinityfancyA Note on Fabric: Knits work best for scarves since they are stretchy and drape nicely. You can also use fancy fabrics, chiffon, etc., but they will not stretch so be mindful of that (you do need to get it over your head, you know). Regular cotton can work as well, but it is stiff (also does not stretch), and gives your scarf a totally different look. So if you want it to hang nicely, go with a knit or something lightweight and drapey. Is that a word? 🙂

The fabric I used in the tutorial is Modern Jersey from Spoonflower — it’s one of my designs, and I used only a fat quarter! They are generous with this fabric given that their fat quarter for it is 18×28″…bonus! It’s a lovely weight as well – thick, but very soft and stretchy – I absolutely love it.

A Note on Needles: If you are going to use a knit fabric, CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE. Yes, there are different needles for different types of fabric. You may not think you need to use a different needle, or you may be afraid to try to change it, but it is worth it! Trust me. It takes only a second and makes a world of difference. Just refer to your manual for instructions and make sure the flat side of the needle faces the back when you shove it in. If you need some ball point knit needles, here you go!

To make your scarf:

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start by laying out your fabric right side up. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin in place. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Take your tube to the sewing machine and simply zigzag stitch all the way down the end of the tube to sew it together.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

The zigzag stitch will allow for stretching the fabric without breaking the threads.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now reach inside to the other end and pull it through. Don’t turn it all the way right side out, just pull it towards you so you can line up the the two tube ends, one inside the other, the right sides of the fabric facing each other.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Pin around the edges to hold them together if you need (most of the time I don’t need to pin, just depends on the fabric).

If your machine has an end that comes off like mine, you’re in luck – this will be super simple. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start to sew the edges together – I always start where the seams line up.  Just turn the fabric as you sew, going all the way around, but STOPPING about 2 inches before the end (or the start, since it is where you started).

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

–> If your machine end doesn’t come off, that’s OK! Just work with the fabric and sew around as far as you can – you’ll have more than a 2″ gap, but that’s perfectly OK.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Reach inside and turn your scarf right side out — it will all come out, don’t worry. You’ll have a nice circle tube with a hole in it.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now you have two options —- hand stitch the hole closed (a ladder stitch would be great here), OR fold the edges in, pin and sew it shut on your machine. I use my machine. Everytime.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

You’ll have a small seam but that part goes underneath and sits on the back of your neck anyway — just turn it around.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

And you’re done. Applaud yourself and wear your new scarf with pride, my crafty friend!

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

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DIY Fabric Tutu

DIY Fabric Tutu

First of all, let me say I can’t take credit for this one, I saw  this pin on Pinterest, and I nearly died. THE CUTENESS!!!!

Now, you know I don’t have a girl, this is an all boy house, but I’ve been dying to make some girly things lately…. and it just so happened that one of my bestie’s daughters was turning 5.

So the timing was just perfect.

I had to do it.

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I followed the tutorial behind that pin from Create Kids Couture

She has it all figured out by age — how much elastic to cut, how many fabric strips and how long they need to be. SO EASY! Kudos and thanks to this gal for figuring it all out for us.

Since my giftee was turning 5, I cut a 20″ piece of knit elastic (3/4″ found here), and I went with  44 3×23 inch strips of these gorgeous batik prints I’ve been hanging on to for a special occasion.

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They were in a fat quarter bundle I purchased years ago, similar to these here. Confession: I bought the Batman shirt first because I’m a total nerd and decided to match the fabric to the shirt. Lucky lucky me, I had these batiks stashed away that matched just perfectly!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

For my own sanity, I used a rotary cutter to cut all 44 strips. You can certainly use some good fabric scissors but it will definitely take much, much longer!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

Notice that I didn’t bother pressing the fabric. I didn’t see the point. I like the super ragged look with the fraying and strings and wrinkles — that’s what makes this tutu so dang cute, right?

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After cutting allllll of my strips, I quickly stitched the elastic together on my machine (going back and forth several times for stability and to lock in my thread). Forgive me, for I failed to photograph this part, but I didn’t even pin it. I Just overlapped the two ends and sewed it with a zigzag. I took the elastic off the machine…

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..and stuck my legs through to have a “base” to work off of, because who has a child’s sized dress form? Not me….. and yes, that’s a piece of washi tape on my shoe!

Following the tutorial’s knotting instructions I began attaching my strips one by one after deciding my pattern/order of prints. legs2

The idea being that you want to keep the front, or right side of the fabric facing outward on the tutu. You will get fuzzy so have a lint roller handy!

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It starts to look really cool once you get several of the strips tied on. legs4

Before you know it, you’re done! I was surprised by the weight of the tutu, but if you think about how much a fat quarter bundle weighs, it makes sense!

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Here is a closeup of the knots – you can see the imperfect fabric cuts, the frays and jagged edges…. I just love it!

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This was a lot of fun and I was able to get the whole tutu done in one afternoon naptime!

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So go forth and do! This is one of the projects that I decided to dive into after reading that book I mentioned in my last post… it really inspired me. Just get out there and create, people!

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