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Mompreneurs: Sweet Stella’s

13 Jan

A long time ago, before the earth … scratch that, before the baby was born, I was busy trying to create birth announcements for my little one.  It helped that I had a friend who was also pregnant and looking for birth announcements of her own.  Well, this little hobby turned into an obsession, and eventually into a business idea.  How did I get this business idea?  One person: Shannon at Sweet Stella’s.  She is an amazingly supportive friend and a great mommy, and now, she’s ventured out on her own to create Sweet Stella’s.  Sweet Stella’s is a place for creative, handmade gifts such as ornaments, piggy banks and tooth fairy boxes.  Shannon is venturing further and stepping her toes into decor and party accessories.  I had the opportunity the other day to chat with Shannon about Sweet Stella’s and what it means to her.

1.  Why did you start Sweet Stella’s?
I started Sweet Stella’s primarily for a creative outlet for my overactive imagination…and a desire to not return to work once my maternity leave is over. It has grown by leaps and bouds…starting with one painted glass ornament into a full kids line and our new party line.
2.  What inspires you?
Ooooh…very good question! I find inspiration in the simplest of places. My kiddo’s super-cute shoes, patterned paper, old Gothic architecture…and in conversation with amazing people. Just tonight, I sat with an amazing woman for three hours chatting and dreaming – and I have ideas that will take me well into next year! You don’t have to look too hard to find inspiration, and if you are looknig too hard, you just might miss the simplest ones!
3.  What is your favourite product?
My favourtie product, by far, are the Personal Piggy’s. Each one is different and I love the challenge that some parents give when they describe their kiddos to me. Every pig has a story, and a home, which makes making them such a delight.
4.  Do you have advice for other mompreneurs?
I’ve been asked this time and again over the past few months, and the number one piece of advice that I have is never let anyone tell you what you can’t. If you listen to every can’t, you’re going to believe that you can’t. Tell yourself that you absolutely, without a doubt, CAN and then do it.
Shannon from Sweet Stella’s can be found on twitter, on her blog, on her website and even on Facebook!
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Tutorial # 4: Paper Ornaments

15 Nov

Mastered glass ornaments yet?  Try paper ornaments.  Still pretty simple to make, but a little fussier to put together.  They look great in the end.

Materials:

-Patterned paper
-Ribbon
-Paper Trimmer
-Hole Punch (I used my Cropadile)
-Scissors

Step 1:  Cut 20 strips of paper 4 1/2″ x 1/2″.  This is approximate.  I used leftovers so they were almost 5 inches.  As long as it’s consistent, it should be fine.

Step 2:  Gather all the strips of paper into one pile and hole punch both ends.  I was able to get through all 20 sheets with my Cropadile, but you might need to split it into batches depending on your hole punch.

Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 12″ long.  Tie a knot in one end of your ribbon and thread the other end through all 20 strips of paper (make sure the knot is big enough so it won’t slip through the hole in the paper).  It’s easiest if you line all the strips up and use a needle to line all the holes up.  Then thread the ribbon through the hole in the other end of the paper.

Step 5:  After threading the ribbon through both sides of the paper, tie a knot approximately 2″ from the bottom (you could make it less and the ornament would be fatter, more and it would be thinner).  Tie a loop in the ribbon for hanging.

Step 6:  Fan out all the paper to fill in the sides of the ornament.  This is the fiddly part and they don’t always like to stay where you put them, but it’s not hard to fix.  Enjoy!  You can even mix it up by using two different patterned papers and alternating the designs.

Tutorial #3: Ornaments. Glitter without the mess!

15 Nov

Love the look of glittery ornaments but hate the mess they make every time you pull them out?  I made some easy hand-made glittery ornaments that took no time at all.  Only 3 easy steps!  Just learn from my mistake and have paper towel handy and put newspaper down before you begin.  The process of making them can be a bit messy!

Materials:

-Glass Ball Ornaments (on sale NOW at Michael’s for $5!)
-Glue
-Glitter
-2 Containers of some sort (use a cup, the square dish wasn’t so hot)

Step 1: Squirt some glue in your container and add a little water so it is runny enough to pour.  Mix thoroughly so there are no lumps (you might not want to use your kitchen spoon like I did, try a popsicle stick instead).

Step 2:  Take the cap off the ornament and pour some glue inside.  Swirl the glue around so the entire inside of the ornament is coated.  Poor out the excess back into the container.

Step 3:  Pour some glitter into the ornament and swirl around until the inside of the ornament is thoroughly covered in glitter.  Pour out the excess.  Do this over the second container so you can catch the glitter and put it back in the jar.  Voila!  You’re done!  See, told you it was easy!

First Tutorial: Glass Christmas Ornaments

10 Nov

I spent this afternoon making some beautiful ornaments in between rocking and nursing baby boy.  This is an easy beginner project that looks great and takes next to no time to complete.   Here’s how to start:

Materials:

-glass ornaments
-several sheets of double sided paper
-paper trimmer
-measuring tape
-scissors
-Terrifically Tacky Tape

Step 1:

Measure the circumference of your ornament.  This is how long you will need to make the paper strips.  Mine was 9 1/2 inches around.

Step 2:

Cut double sided paper into 3/8″ strips.  Cut to be slightly larger than the circumference of your ornament.  I cut mine to be 3/8″ x 9 3/4″.

Then adhere strips of Terrifically Tacky Tape.  Be careful when you stick the tape to the paper, it really is “terrifically tacky”.  Be sure to alternate which side of the paper you stick the tape to.  You want 3 of one design, and 3 of the other.

Step 3:

Remove cap of ornament.  Adhere strip of paper around the very centre of the ornament.  Carefully peel back some of the backing of the tape and inch your way along, making sure to keep the paper straight.

Adhere first design in 3rds around the ball.  Then adhere the reverse design in the gaps.

Step 4:

Put cap back on the ornament and enjoy!  Feel free to play around with patterns and designs.  Have fun!