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Craft Show Headband Stand 

I’ve been on such an embroidering kick lately! Over the past few months, I’ve amassed quite the collection of embroidered headbands and it was time I did something about my sad way of displaying them at craft shows (I was using a kiddie inner tube!).

I wasn’t planning on writing a tutorial on how I made the headband stand, but since I didn’t really see any tutorials out there when I was making mine, I figured I should share- hopefully it’ll help even one person.  Since I wasn’t planning on blogging this, I don’t really have any ‘good’ photos – these are just quick snapshots from my cell phone.  But the project is fairly straightforward, so it should be good.

To start, I went to the hardware store and bought the 4 inch PVC pipe that has the holes in it. I asked the employee to cut it down to me – I got two pieces cut to 24 inches and one cut to 18 inches, but you can do whatever works for you.

You will also need some sort of wooden plaque to use as the base, batting (I grabbed some fleece from the remnant bin- works the same and it ended up being cheaper), a hot glue gun, dowels – the same size as the holes in the PVC pipe, scissors, a few nails and some cute fabric to cover your stands in.  Totally optional, but 4 inch wooden circles can be used to cover the ends of the pipe when you’re done to give it a nice finish, and you might want some spray paint to paint the wood. 

Here is the basis for how these are going to be assembled – the dowels are going to go into the PVC pipe, and then nailed into the wooden base.   I measured the distance between the holes, marked it out on my wooden plaque and drilled some starter holes in both the plaque and the dowels so I wouldn’t split them when I was nailing them together. 

Here are both of my stands, assembled and painted.  You’ll notice that the dowels are different widths apart – because of the way the holes fell once the PVC pieces were cut down, the distance was different – make sure you measure each one individually! 

While the base is drying, cover the pipe with your batting (or fleece), and then [not pictured] cover with your fabric.

Using an exacto knife or scissors, cut holes through your fabric where the dowels of the stand will go. Then use a liberal amount of hot glue to secure the dowels from the stand into the holes in the PVC pipe. 

Finish off by adding the wooden circles to the end (you can cover them with fabric if you’d like, or just leave them plain), and allow the glue to dry thoroughly. 

I wish I had a better picture of it all done, but on the right side of the table you’ll see my 3 level headband stand covered in headbands! I already think its time to make a fourth one.

Go Fund Me

Shameless plug for our Go Fund Me campaign – keep reading to learn more, and if you like what you’ve been seeing on my blog and my Etsy shop, consider making a donation- no donation is too small – even $1 will help us get closer to our goal!

This one time… at band camp…
Two crafty chicks met. They both had a love of sewing and were destined for bigger things.

Fast forward 16 years later; still crafting, still friends, and now both miltary wives on the move every few years looking for that dream job…

Instead of just talking about dreaming big, we thought, ‘why not just go into an online business together?’  The idea seemed perfect because it meant we could have a job no matter where the military sends us in the world.

We both recently jumped into the world of embroidery and loved it, yet were dissapointed because we couldn’t find just the right designs and ideas.  We started talking and realized that between the two of us, we had numerous artistic ideas for embroidery designs in our head, but no way of getting them from paper to reality.

Both having a talent and schooling in the creative arts, the idea of going into embroidery design sounded exciting and goes right along with our passion for embroidery.

As anyone knows, starting a business in today’s economy can be a financial hardship, so we are asking for help starting up our own design business called “Down The Shore Designs”.  The name is a throwback to where we met 16 years ago, and our home, the Jersey Shore.  The money will go toward purchasing digitizing software and supplies so that we can begin creating and selling embroidery designs to others.

We are excited about our new business venture!  Thanks for reading our story and helping our dreams come true.

Thank you!
Dana and Carissa

If you wish to donate to our fund, please visit our Go Fund Me Page

Busy Books / Quiet Book

I haven’t had a chance to share some of the new items in my Etsy shop in awhile, but my new busy books are just too big not to share!  I was asked by a few people to design a felt embroidered busy book / quiet book for toddlers and children, and this is what I came up with!

This is the full set (with even more pages that are shown!) – this is the basic set plus some of the add on pages, which can be purchased here 1DSC_3534

This is the basic book, which can be purchased here. Keep reading to see what each page is all about!1DSC_3556

The basic book comes with the front cover (that features a pocket on the back to store loose pieces) as well as two rings that open up to easily add more pages.1DSC_3562 1DSC_3543

The next page has an embroidered tic tac toe board, as well as 12 tic tac toe pieces for a game on the go! 1DSC_3549

The drawing page comes with a clear dry erase pocket that fits 3×5 index cards – simply slide in a card and play a variety of games – hangman, the dot game, draw a face, or anything else you can think of!1DSC_3551 1DSC_3553 1DSC_3554

The shoelace page helps little hands learn how to independently tie their shoes!1DSC_3547

The clock page features an appliquéd clock face, embroidered numbers and two hands that can move independent from each other to practice telling time.DSC_3563

This page features allover dry erase plastic with embroidered lines behind it to practice writing your alphabet, spelling words, letter writing, etc.1DSC_3550 1DSC_3552

Besides the basic book, I also offer several add on pages. One of my favorites is the dress a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head!1DSC_3537

The Mr. Potato Head comes with everything pictured below.1DSC_3538

The Mrs. Potato Head comes with everything pictured below1DSC_3540

Both the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head pages come with a pocket on the back to store their pieces.1DSC_3557

To go along with my Non Paper Dolls, I made a doll page, with the doll appliquéd right to the page!1DSC_3545

Dress him or her up with any of my outfits (sold separately)1DSC_3544
The baking page is another one of my favorites – an oven with a clear pocket is appliquéd to the page and comes with 9 cookies. Each cookie has a different number of chips embroidered on to them so your child can practice counting, sequencing and more!DSC_3559 DSC_3561


And the last page is this train buttoning page – the wheels of the train are removable and attach with buttons so your little one can practice buttoning and unbuttoning all on their own!1DSC_3548


I have more pages in the works, so keep checking my Etsy shop to see when they’re listed!  Have an idea for a page? Leave me a message in the comments!

Handmade Photographer Gifts

With the holidays coming up, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of all the handmade photographer gifts out there – that way it’s easy for you to share this list with your family and friends (and spouses!) as a big ole ‘hint hint’ :)

If you are a handmade artisan and would like me to include your item in this list, please leave me a link in the comments and I’d be happy to add you!

I’m going to start with my favorite hand stamped Photograp(her) necklace

Another version of the Photograp(her) Necklace

Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are becoming more and more popular – here’s the perfect version for the photographer in your life. It features a camera, film and the phrase “Merry Click-mas”.  It comes in many colors and styles (both male and female!)

Ugly Christmas Sweater
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This hand-drawn camera (Zentangle – style) can be purchased on many different items: pillows, tote bags, tablet cases, as a sticker, as a print, etc, but my favorite is the Camera Pillow
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The same design can be purchased on many versions of the iPhone and Samsung phones as a Doodled Camera Cell Phone Case
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Which one is your favorite? I already ordered the Ugly Christmas Sweater and have been wearing it everywhere! I got so many compliments on it at my photo shoots last weekend!

Camera Zentangle

A few weeks ago, I did a quick introductory post to my new obsession, Zentangle (read it here). I have been working on my idea for a hand-drawn Camera Zentangle, and it is finally finished!
I love it so much that I digitized it and uploaded it to Redbubble where it is for sale on cell phone and tablet cases as well as decorative pillows. I hope to add more products in the future, but for now, you can see what I have for sale in my shop.

Here’s the drawing itself – I could stare at it for hours!

I cannot wait for us to purchase our first house this summer- this will be the first decorator item I buy for it!

And my mom went and bought a cell phone case immediately– she loves it!
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Welcome to my new little place in the world of blogs!
I am no stranger to blogging, having had a craft blog since 2007 ( Click Here to go to it!), a blog for my classroom to keep parents updated on classroom happenings, a blog for my fiancé and I to document starting our lives together, and, I’ve taken a photo a day every day since January 1st, 2011. Click here to see years 2011 and 2012 and click here to see 2013 and beyond.
So why this new blog? I wanted to start fresh. I want to build a name for myself. Eventually, I’d love to move the items from my Etsy Shop to their own store on my website. I’ve got little bits of myself in all the blogs above, but this blog will be a way to combine all my loves– photography, sewing, creating, etc. I made the jump (after many many many months of deliberation!) to purchase hosting and a domain name, and I’m so excited to be doing this the right way this time.
I know there’s not much now to look at, but I assure you, I’ll be filling up this blog slowly but surely!
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