Black Friday Weekend Sale 2013

Before I get into the sale portion of this, I’d like to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.  I hope you’re able to spend some time with loved ones, enjoy some great food and reflect on what you’re thankful for in your life.  One of the things I’m grateful for is the fact that all of you choose to spend some of your time here with me.  Thank you!

Once the dinner has been put away and demoted to leftovers and the annual viewing of whatever movie your family is into is over, some of you are probably going to move to the shopping portion of the weekend.  I’m not going to brave the crowds out in the real world this year, but I do intend to do some browsing online.  If your plan is similar to mine, I have some deals in my own shops to pass along to you.  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a special additional discount code, just for my newsletter and blog readers!

Etsy:

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All of my ready-to-ship Etsy items will be marked down 15% except the Christmas section, which will be 25% off.

Zibbet:

CraftyStaci Zibbet Shop

All items in my Zibbet shop will be marked down 15% except my Ninja Monkey Bags, which will be 25% off. 

Now for that additional discount I mentioned…

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For your cut and paste ease, that coupon code is HOLIDAYS2013.  This coupon will expire at 1 am Pacific time on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.  This is the only discount available on my custom Etsy items, which will not otherwise be on sale.

I’ll be available all weekend so if you have any questions, feel free to email me at craftystaci (at) gmail (dot) com or through either shop directly.  Happy shopping!

Holiday Delivery Schedule

For in-stock delivery before Dec. 25:

order by Dec. 19, 2013 within the United States and Dec. 1 to international and military addresses.

For custom delivery before Dec. 25:

order by Dec. 9, 2013 within the United States and Nov. 18 to international and military addresses.

Zippered Christmas Countdown Banner

I mentioned recently that I have a short attention span when it comes to counting down to Christmas.  One year, I put together packages of activities and treats for the kids using the letters of the alphabet to help my son in his struggle to memorize them.   Another time I bought stockings, embroidered numbers on them and hung them all over the house with stuff inside.  More recently we’ve been using small filled gloves to mark each day.  The one I just made tops them all.  I might actually hang on to this one for a few years.

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This was an ambitious project for me, especially at this busy time of year.  I mean, making 24 of anything takes a while.  But it’s all thanks to the Totally Tutorials exchange program for hooking me up with K & C Supplies on Etsy.  I was allowed to choose zippers and buttons from her shop to work with, and it was so much fun!  I’m definitely going back to order buttons for some of my Etsy items.

How do you make this fun banner?  You’ll need this pattern, fabric for the fronts and facings, fabric for the backs (the same or different), fusible interfacing, 24 three-inch zippers, 24 buttons, 24 one and a half inch wooden disks, bakers twine and paper printed with numbers.

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Cut a front and back for each pocket from the fabric.  I used a basic muslin for the back since I knew it wouldn’t be seen.  Cut a facing for each pocket as well.  You’ll also need one interfacing for each.  Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the front.  Draw a rectangle onto the interfacing as shown on the pattern.  Mark the button placement.

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Center the facing over the rectangle with the right sides of both fabrics together. 

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Stitch over all four sides of the rectangle.  Make a cut through the center, ending about 1/4” from each ends.  From that point, clip into each corner, being careful not to cut the stitching.

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Turn the facing through the opening.  I find it easier if I iron each side toward the center first.

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Then push it through to the other side.

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Press it flat, then center a zipper underneath and pin in place.

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Stitch around the opening close to the zipper.  Using a zipper foot on your machine will allow you to get closer to the zipper and give it a neater look.

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Stitch a button over the mark you made for it.

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Unzip the zipper.  Pin the back to the front with right sides together.  Stitch all the way around.

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Turn right side out through the zipper.  Press.

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Cut a 5 inch piece of 5/8 inch wide ribbon for each pocket.  Pin to the top back of the pocket and stitch close to the upper and lower edges to create a casing.

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Repeat all of that 23 more times. Winking smile

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I got very lucky when it came to the numbers.  I found paper printed with them and they’re the perfect size.  If you have a hard time finding something like this, another option would be to paint them on. 

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Cut out the numbers and glue or decoupage them to the wood disks.

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Cut a 4 inch length of baker’s twine, make a loop and glue the ends of the back of the disk.

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Loop the twine around the button on the front of each pocket to hang.  String twine, rope, yarn, cord or ribbon through the casings on the back of the pockets.  The great thing about these is that you can string all of them together or just a few so they can be hung separately.  You could even hang them individually throughout the house!

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You can slip the number inside the pocket as you count down each day.

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Of course, that’s after you take out the tasty treat!

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My thanks to Totally Tutorials and K & C Supplies!

Friday Favorites–Menorahs

Hanukkah starts pretty early this year, so the crafting window is quickly closing.  I’m not Jewish, but many people who are important to me are, so while there’s still a little time left I’d like to visit what I know would be one of my favorite aspects of the holiday:  the menorah.

Friday Favorites - 10 Menorahs - Crafty Staci

This Candle Stand from Lowe’s looks like it would be pretty easy to make, providing you have the right tools laying around.

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While I don’t have experience with menorahs, I have lots of experience with little kids and they like to play with stuff.  That goes double for pretty holiday stuff.  Baby’s First Hanukkah Menorah from StoryBlox on Etsy would be a great gift for a new kidlet.

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This simple menorah from Make: Craft is great for someone who doesn’t want to have to store it after Hanukkah is over, since it can be spread out and used throughout the house.

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This Electric Tea Light Menorah from Dollar Store Crafts looks really easy to make, and as the blog name suggests, inexpensive as well.

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I love all the candles, but this Edible Menorah from Cook Kosher is pretty tempting.

Cook Kosher Edible Menorah

I loved making those black construction and tissue paper crafts in grade school and, as Upper West Side Mom shows, it’s the perfect way to make a pretty menorah.

Upper West Side Mom Stained Glass Menorah

I know kids need to learn how to be safe around candles, but there was a point when my boy would have burned down most of Oregon, so this popsicle stick menorah from BabbaCo would be a good solution.  I can’t be the only one with a danger kid.

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This Glittery Menorah from Creative Jewish Mom looks fun to make and is satisfyingly beautiful for those little crafters.

Lowe’s estimates the cost of this Mantel Top Menorah at $125, but I feel like with a little careful shopping it could be done for less. 

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I love this Lego minifigure Menorah from Bible Belt Balabusta so much.

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Happy Hanukkah!

Friday Favorites–Christmas Countdowns

I seem to have a short attention span when it comes to the method we use in our house to count down to Christmas.  I’ve been through many over the years, never using the same one in exactly the same way for more than a couple of years.  I’m working on yet another, but this might be my favorite yet.  I’ll show it to you soon, but the only hint I’ll give right now is that it involves zippers.  In the meantime, I’ll share a few others I’ve found.  I might need to hang onto some of these for when I get that wandering eye again.

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So many Christmas countdowns are meant for kids, so I think it’s great that The Dating Divas have come up with one to share with your spouse.

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From My Feathered Nest made this clever countdown with beads that you move from one side to the other as the days pass.

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Tell your kids they get to pop a balloon every day until Christmas AND there’s something inside and they’ll be all over this idea from The Gunny Sack.

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The idea behind this calendar from CutesyCraftsBoutique on Etsy is that you add a piece to the scene at the top each day until its complete on Christmas.

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This quick and easy idea from For My Love Of could hold any kind of ornaments or treats.

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This idea from Better Homes and Gardens is so sweet.  Each day you turn the number around to reveal a photo of a family member!

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This advent clock from Michele Made Me is a unique take on a countdown.

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This cone-shaped countdown from Spoonful would be easy to make and is great if you don’t have somewhere to hang a calendar.

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This ornament boxes from Burlap and Denim look pretty waiting in the vase and can be moved right to the tree as they’re opened.

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I don’t need to say anything about this quilt from Trillium Designs.  So cute!

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I’ve got to get back to work on my calendar!

Friday Favorites–Hot Cocoa Bars

Last year I made hot cocoa bars for my husband’s work party and a family gathering at Christmas time.  They were really fun to put together, and were a hit at both events.  However, I managed to not get a single decent photo to show you.  No worries though, we’ll be doing it again this year.  In the meantime, other cocoa cooks have some great ideas, inspiration…and photos.

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We’ll start our tour with this beautiful blue Winter Warmer Party from Catch my Party.  If this doesn’t make you want a hot cup of cocoa, I don’t know what will.

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The use of wrapping paper as a backdrop makes this hot chocolate bar from Parties for Pennies very affordable, and those peppermint cookie pops are the perfect accent.

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I love the milk jars and chicken wire in this version from Clean and Scentsible.

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Hymns and Verses’ cocoa station has a lovely antique feel to it.

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This hot cocoa bar on Hostess with the Mostess has lots of fun details, including kid-friendly cups with caps.

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Also from Hostess with the Mostess, this party is whimsical enough to bring out the kid in anyone.

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With the chaos of the holidays, sometimes it’s a good idea to let someone else take on some of the work.  Check out this Hot Cocoa Party Collection, personalized just for you, from passforparties on Etsy.

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Sometimes you don’t need an entire bar, just a little cocoa centerpiece will do.  Gluesticks has you covered.

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Hanging strings of mini marshmallows to decorate your hot cocoa bar?  Love!  Thanks to Style Me Pretty.

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You just can’t go wrong with red and snowflakes, proven by this party from Amanda’s Parties to Go.

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Hot cocoa bars are great, not only for ordinary parties, but things like teacher appreciation events or cookie exchanges.  The potential mix-ins and combinations are endless.  When I made mine last year, I used this cinnamon syrup recipe from Food Network, made orange syrup from Foodie Knowledge, made vanilla syrup from Annie Eats and tried this chocolate sauce from AllRecipes.  Now that I’ve started talking about it, I can’t wait to do it again!  Who wants a cup?

Melted Snowman Ornament

When I’m inspired by something, especially when I want to re-pin it or talk about it here, I make a huge effort to find the original source of the project.  It’s often not as obvious as it seems.  Greta Gluegun makes a project and happens to take a better picture than the original, and suddenly that idea is attributed to Greta.  There’s nothing wrong with sharing that great photo, but I like to make sure the person who first had the light bulb go on over their head gets credit.

The cleverness and simplicity of this ornament is what caught my eye.  After some research, I believe the originator of this idea is a blog called Living Life in PA.  This is her adorable ornament.

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As most popular crafts go, many people have created their own take on this little guy, including using salt for the snow and peppercorns for the eyes, nose and buttons.  I haven’t seen one yet I didn’t like.  Of course, I had to try it myself, with my own tweaks to the materials.

I used regular shimmery white glitter for the snow. I liked the peppercorns so I stuck with that for most of them, although I also used some tiny black buttons for some. I went with yarn for the scarf and a little different shape than the usual round bulb to hold it all. The copper wire is for the carrot nose, which I’ll show you in a minute. I also used a little bit of green felt. I guess the jingle bells are there to look pretty, because I didn’t use those at all.

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I started by making the scarf.  I pictured a cute little crocheted version in my head, but given my lack of skills in that area, I braided it instead.  I used six strands, each 10 inches long, and knotted each end, leaving a little for fringe.

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My carrot nose is a little unconventional, but I like it.  To make it, I cut 6 inches of copper wire and cut a tiny green leaf shape from felt.  Bend the wire around the center of the leaf, then twist it tight.

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Start twisting the wire around a pencil or pointy stick.

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Keep twisting to the tip.

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Pull out the stick and bend the leaves up.

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Now it’s just a matter of filling the ornament.  Start with the glitter or salt.  Don’t curse at the glitter like I did…it’s not very festive.

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I found after putting in the first one, the scarf worked better if I twisted it up before I pushed it into the ornament.  I just dropped everything else in.  I also busted up a little stick someone had tracked into the house and threw it in there for arms.

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I left these hanging in my office, and at least three people looked at them and declared how cute they were.  When I asked them what they were, they had no idea.

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When I told my son it was a melted snowman, he said “You mean you made ornaments out of dead snowmen?!?!  Wow mom.”  Ah, nothing like teenage boy humor.

I’d try not to shake these up too much, because everything sinks.  The good news is, with some tapping, it floats back to the top.

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My thanks again to Living Life in PA for the great idea!

Holiday Sale 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving, spent remembering what you’re thankful for.  I’m thankful for my amazing kids, the continued safety of my husband so far from home and to my sister and her family for opening her home to us.  I feel lucky every single day to have the life I do.

Now, are you ready for some shopping?

Etsy

In honor of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, all of the ready-to-ship items in my Etsy shop are now discounted 15%.  As a small thank you for reading, you can use the discount code BLOG2012 to get an additional 5% off!  This code also works on the Items You Can Customize section (made to order), which isn’t otherwise on sale.

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This sale will be in effect from now until midnight on Monday, November 26, 2012.

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And, just as a reminder, here’s my holiday delivery deadlines:

  • Custom items shipped internationally must be ordered by November 24, 2012
  • In stock items shipped internationally must be ordered by December 3, 2012
  • Custom items shipped within the U.S. must be ordered by December 6, 2012
  • In stock items shipped within the U.S. must be ordered by December 12, 2012

Silhouette

Congratulations to my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software winner – Joyce!  There was no email for you, Joyce, so I need you to contact me to find out how to claim your prize!

Remember that Silhouette sale I mentioned earlier this week?  Here’s the details!

· When you visit this page: http://silhouetteamerica.com/blackfriday.aspx and use the promo code STACI you will be able to get…

· 1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus 1 copy of Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition (MSRP $349.98) for $229.99

· 1 Silhouette Portrait™ for $179.99

· 40% off at silhouetteamerica.com (Offer only valid at silhouetteamerica.com. Expires November 30, 2012. Rain checks not available. (discount excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait™, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards).

If you’ve been considering one of these electronic cutting machines or anything from their store, this is a great time!

If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to leave them here or email me at craftystaci@gmail.com.  Have a fun and safe shopping weekend!

CraftyStaci Giveaway on Sew, Mama, Sew

If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I’m a sucker for a good giveaway.  It doesn’t cost you a thing to enter and if you happen to win, well, that’s pretty exciting.

That’s why I’ve partnered with Sew, Mama, Sew to offer a giveaway as part of their Handmade Holidays series.  If you haven’t been following so far, check out the categories they’ve already covered on their blog.  They’ve shared some cute DIY projects, tasty treats and fun giveaways.

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Here’s the most exciting part – today is my giveaway!

Visit Sew, Mama, Sew right now to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to my Etsy shop!

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The gift certificate can be used on anything in my shop, including custom items and shipping.  You could also give it as a gift to someone else if you’d like.

You also have until midnight tonight to enter to win the Silhouette Designer Edition software here!

The holiday sale in my Etsy shop will begin at midnight tomorrow night, so check back then for an extra savings code just for my readers.  I’ll also share the details of the Silhouette sale then.  Busy week!

Friday Favorites–Counting Down to Christmas

It’s early, yes.  But just remember, when you find one of these cute methods to countdown to Christmas that you must have you’re going to need time to gather materials and make it.  Doesn’t feel early now, does it?

I have to start with this Slush Recycling Advent Calendar from Rock N Doll.  Now I know what I can do with some of my Starbucks cups!

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This cube-style DIY Advent Calendar from Pippijoe Diary would be fun to pile into a bowl or basket.

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There’s a good chance you have the supplies on hand to make this clothespin countdown from Kirsty Wiseman.

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This Advent Calendar Book from Homework would be handy if you’ll be traveling with little ones close to the holidays.

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I love this puzzle countdown from Milk and Cookies.  It’s assembled as the holiday approaches.

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This matchbox Christmas Advent from Bubbly Funk is a little more complicated than some, but so pretty it’s worth it.

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Technically, this Family Chalkboard and Command Center from 504 Main is not an advent calendar.  But wouldn’t it be cute as one?  You could write different activities or memories on all the spaces while you count down.  After Christmas, it could still serve it’s original command center purpose.  Bonus!

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This Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar from The Duty Chronicles is adorable.  I vote  for hanging it on the bathroom door.  The outside, of course.

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I’ve seen a lot of these takeout boxes in different colors and patterns at the craft store lately, so making this advent calendar from Sarah Bearah shouldn’t be much trouble.

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This last one is my favorite.  You might wonder why, since it isn’t the most decorative or colorful.  But click through and read the story behind this Random Acts of Kindness from TSJ Photography and you’ll understand.  True meaning of Christmas?  Oh, yes.

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