The Coziest Spot in the House (& a discount for you)

We have had a spectacular fall here in Minnesota, but we know that those cold days of winter are not far away. I’m looking forward to snowy days in front of the fireplace with a novel and a hot drink. I decided to make things really cozy by sewing up a whole bunch of faux fur throw pillows.
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Seriously, doesn’t that look like the perfect spot to ride out a snowstorm?! These pillows were a cinch to make too since I didn’t bother with with zippers or anything. You can read my tips on sewing pillows with faux fur here. I got all my faux fur at Joann Fabric. It is really reasonably priced and they currently have some wonderful plush versions with coloring that is so realistic.

I want to talk to you guys a little bit about pillow inserts. I make almost all the throw pillows for our house. It is a fun way to change things up seasonally without spending a lot. The thing is I am picky about my pillow inserts and I’ve been a little unsatisfied with the ones at the craft store. I find they are typically not stuffed enough or go flat really fast and are cheaply made. (I can’t tell you how often I’ve had one with an unsewn seam.)  Plus, the range of sizes tends to be limited. So, I was excited when Pillowcubes asked me to try their inserts. They offer five kinds of fillings and seventy-four sizes and shapes from 5″ x 5″ all the way up to 40″ x 40″. All their pillows are made in the USA. (They even have inserts made for outdoor use, great for dressing up the patio.)
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I wanted something that will still work on the couch, but was big enough to use as floor pillow, so I ordered a 24″ x 24″ Two feet doesn’t sound that big, but next to my regular couch pillows it looks huge. I decided to try the eco-friendly pillow which uses a plastic fiber fill made from recycled plastic bottles and covered in an unbleached cotton. This was a well sewn, tightly stuffed pillow which felt a lot better made than the typical inserts I buy.
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I’ve got to tell you guys, I love this new big pillow (though I am tempted to order a 40″ x 40″ now too). It’s great to find a new source for a supply that I use all the time.

Pillowcubes is offering a 10% discount for readers of Just Crafty Enough. Just enter the code JustCraftyEnough10 when you check out. You can get an even bigger discount if you order inserts in bulk which is great if you make pillows to sell or as gifts.

* Disclaimer: I was given a pillow insert by Pillowcubes to try, but all opinions of the site and the insert are my own.

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Piping Tutorials

I have been doing a series of pillows this year. While I am proud of the ones that I have created, I have learned a lot. In an effort to take things a step further, I did a little research. I found a few videos that are so informative that I wanted to share them with you.

First the “One Step Piping Application” video. This one is so amazing. Peg Baker is showing us how to make piping and apply it to a pillow all with one seam. AND she does it with no pins. It is just a sight to behold.

Next is an impressive series on how to lay out a pillow that features both piping and a zipper. I have made these before with some success, but each time I think “there must be an easier way”.  In this set, Ms. Baker would certainly make you believe there IS an easier way! She makes it look like a breeze!

(I am not sure what kind of turbo drive iron this woman has, but I would swear that it irons the shirts AND washes the dishes at her house! My WORD! She holds her iron over the fabric and hits her shot of steam, and the iron almost has a recoil on it! It’s that powerful!)

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There is some great stuff in this one, including the notches that she adds. Those would be very helpful.

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Are you kidding me? In this installment Ms. Baker just inserts the zipper without any pins. Just lickity split “start here,” “use a zipper foot” and BOOM your zipper is in! That is some of the most impressive sewing I have ever watched.

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Here we watch the master finish off the corners to perfection.

I am excited to try some of these tricks and see how much easier my project becomes!

I have been doing a lot of research this past year. I teach sewing at the middle school. The kids are so EAGER, but they also have a broad range of skill, from just above pre-school level to adult level. Their fine motor skills are one piece of the puzzle.  Another piece is their patience and their ability to follow a set of steps. The last piece is their own attention to detail. These tutorials taught me so much personally, but ironically, very few of the tips and tricks here will be applicable to working with kids. The girls have some trouble cutting and controlling the scissors, so notching the fabric could prove to be lethal.  We will have to stick to chalk and disappearing ink. And setting a zipper with no pins is not going to work for a 10 year old. It’s interesting to reflect on the skills in this way.

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Trouble with Crayons

For Valentines day I wanted to make little crayon molds with Jambi for her classmates. I thought it would be a fun craft project to do together. This was also going to be a great recycling victory and I was so pleased about that.

Here is how it started. Every restaurant that ever had a kid darken their doorway has adopted a practice of giving out a kids menu and a pack of four crayons. I would watch at our dinners how many crayons got left on the tables and then were pitched when the table was bussed. The waste was mind blowing (to me anyway). So, I spoke with the manager and asked if they could collect the crayons for me, promising I would be back before the pile got out of hand. Sure enough, he agreed and I got a bag of crayons, and then another, and then another. I was rubbing my hands together like a starving woman in front of a Thanksgiving dinner.  I rescued all these crayons! Wow! The possibilities were ENDLESS! I could make those crayons-dripping-down-canvas pictures.  Or melt them into Lego molds. Or make them into hearts for a little class party. … Oh my, so many choices!

I started WAY out ahead of time, so this was not a “night before” panic situation. The first step was to get the paper off the crayons. We peeled them with our fingernails. That works, but it is not a solution for 200+ crayons.

So I had the brilliant idea to soak them.
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Then I tried to score the paper and get them off that way.
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The results were not better than doing them by hand. Argh. It was not faster and it was not cleaner. It was just a frustrating soggy mess. The cheap crayons had TONS of glue and that was going to stick wet or dry.
Here are some “good” ones.
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And it took a LONG time for them to get like that.
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There were a precious few Crayola crayons in the bunch and look how clean they are.
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They soak well. The paper peels RIGHT off. There is not an excess of glue. The colors are pure and bright. Crayolas all the way!!! But here, I was working with recycled goodness. The point was not to go buy Crayolas. It was more of a challenge-type of project. “How can I use these crayons I have?”

I took the few peeled crayons, broke them up, put them in a mold and into the microwave. Now, I am not sure what compound these crayons are made of, but it is not wax. It might be recycled Barbie dolls. Or old milk cartons. These crayons DO NOT MELT. Two minutes, three minutes, four, five six, didn’t do it. Seven minutes in the microwave on HIGH, and these suckers were not even sweating. Enough.

I tried another project where I heated a baking sheet as hot as I dared to, turned it over on hot pads on the counter, and spread butcher paper over it. Then I gave Jambi a crayon to do a “melting” picture. (It was a VERY supervised project, and I only have one kid, and I could almost touch the cookie sheet without burning myself. Fear not for our safety. But if you have younger kids or lots of kids or kids who do not always remember instructions, I would caution you on this encaustic endeavor.) Guess what happened. Not much, that’s what. It was pretty much the same as regular crayon on paper. Not worth one minute of the hassle.

At this point here, I had tried wet, dry, wet heat, dry heat… I was done. Put a fork in it. I took the rest of the crayons out of the water and dried them on a kitchen towel. Then I bagged them all up, and I took them into the kindergarten class. I let our beloved kindergarten teacher know the provenance of these crayons. She smiled a huge smile at my crafty fails and accepted them for coloring.

The moral of this tale: all crayons are not created equal.

 

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Inspiration File: My Pinterest Love Affair

I am inspired visually. I still love to look at a magazine and daydream about how I am going to make this area or that area just perfect. So when Pinterest came out I grabbed a hold of it and never let go.  I have special boards for projects or rooms that I am working on. I have boards that are specific to a certain craft, like knitting, or  felting.  I have some boards that are for things that I may never do myself, but they are fun to look at like a swimming pool. But the best folder of all is the catch-all folder that houses all the crafts that inspire me. It is my favorite board, and it is the biggest board now. It’s called Crafts I Want To Make.

When it comes to working on things for this site, if I find myself drawing a blank, I can just to to this board and POOF, there is a fire lit under me. The funny thing is, I really think that “someday” I will get to attack ALL of these. Whew. That is kind of a sick admission. At last check there are 196 pins on this board. And at last check there are 365 days in a year. Just a “back of the envelope” equation reveals that I would be on a “one project every 1.8 days. Uhm… not realistic. (And that is not allowing time for ANY original ideas either. I would like to think that I come up with one or two ideas all my own every ONCE in a while.)

So, just to keep hope alive, I will share my very favorites

 The Doll Suitcase By Pretty Prudent.

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Fabric circle cork boards by Christina Crafts
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Patchwork Posse shows this GREAT tutorial about how to embroider your house!

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Bus Stop does not give a tutorial for this, but I think we all get the general idea.
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I love that. And I feel confident that I could make one if I spent about 15 minutes on the floor of my daughter’s room.

The fairy things never get old. This toadstool in a felt egg from 54 Stitches is charming my socks off.
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Moving into a bigger scale, I would SO like to do a big huge table for the back yard. But A. my husband does not know of this passion and B. wood work is way way outside of my comfort zone. I would like to think I could do it. But the truth is, I am not sure it would turn out. I would really want the results to be amazing.

Like this one from Home Evolution

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Or THIS with hair pin legs. (swoon) By Smile and Wave
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Be still my heart.

That’s enough for now. You can see my whole list of dreamy things on my board. Crafts I want to Make.

Do you have a big list like that? Little stuff that you could make tomorrow? Or big things that you wish were in your wheel house, but in reality, they are $500 of new tools (band saw, sewing machine, interchangeable wood knitting needles) away? In truth what holds me back from a lot of this wish-list stuff is the $$$ outlay of tools and materials, only to feel like I might not succeed. Or succeed with only crooked- home made looking results. ?

Oh well, I have the board pinned! I’ll knock them off one at a time!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Unicorn Fail

It’s not often that the word “unicorn” and the word “fail” would be in the same sentence for us. We live in a magical time right now where fairies and unicorns RULE.

We do a lot of homemade projects in our house, but often times, these are more “the fun of doing it” than the end result. So when we go to a kit, we do expect the results to be good if not great. We recently got this kit to make a stained glass type window sun catcher. Let me show you where the word “fail” came in.
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Here is the kit, Makit n’ Bakit. Right there, the name should have been a give away that this was not going to go well.
The kit comes with these little tiny plastic bits in tiny bags and a unicorn frame for them to sit in.
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We started by making a foil tray on a baking sheet. We were both armed with tweezers and I even donned my reading glasses. We got serious. When every single plastic bead was down in the exact right place, and there were NO colors mixed, we carefully set this project in the preheated oven.
And here is how it came out:
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The directions said to heap the little crystals in the middle. It warned that they will melt and shrink a little bit. Oh, we heaped. And yet, in our final product we got something that looks like lace. There are tons of holes, almost as it they evaporated.
Here is their head and our head.
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Why does the example have white instead of clear? And what is the hot pink outline that appears around all the pink areas. That is deceptive.
Here it is coming out of the oven
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It wasn’t that it looked a little different, it just looks NOTHING like the picture. The plastic must have literally jumped when the foil heated or the unicorn body lifted slightly away from the foil and allowed the little bits to roll under and loose their way.
There was a whole lot of extra melted beads all around that were not there when we put the project INTO the oven.
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This does not represent a significant loss financially. However, I would like my time back, thank you. But more than that, this project shattered the illusion that if you use a kit the project will work out well. We would have been better off just going free-form. Or making a shape in a cookie cutter. Or just making cookies!!!! So be warned. If you see this kit at your craft store, run to a different isle.

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Cleaning Tools

I have some new brushes in the house. I love them so much that I wanted to share them with you. I am really excited about them. (Is this super dorky? Maybe.)

First is the Evriholder Cutlery Cleaner
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This tool is quick and easy to use. I drizzle a little dish soap over the mouth of this animal, and then bob the knife blades up and down in the bristles. It is super safe, and it works well on sticky or gooey messes, like honey, or cream cheese, or the dreaded peanut butter.

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This picture is from the manufacturer. Because I have a black sink. (Oh, and also because there are a few things on my counter.) Mine is on the front of the sink, so it is handy, but also, it does not show from across the room.

Next are the Munchkin Brushes.
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I bought my first set to get into the plastic straws on my daughter’s drinking cups. And since then I have gone on to get another set. One set stays in the kitchen, but the other brushes have gone to do chores around the house. I have cleaned the lint out of my sewing machine. I have used it to get the little tiny places in the dash board of the car cleared out. And I have used it to get the tricky spot between the gears and blades of the can opener. Anywhere that gunk can build up, they are ready to scrub is away.

There you have it.

Happy Spring Cleaning to you.
(We were not sponsored in any way to write these reviews.)

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Holiday Entertaining and Gift Giving with Martha Stewart Home Office

I’m always looking for new and different items to use in crafting and decorating, so I was intrigued when asked if I wanted to try some of the Martha Stewart Home Office products from Avery*** in my holiday projects and gifts. Hmmm…office supplies. Ok, I’m up for the challenge. Actually, it really wasn’t much of a challenge once I saw what I had to work with.

The first thing that really caught my eye was the chalkboard decals and tags in lots of different shapes and sizes.
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I love the idea of using the decals to mark glasses for a party. Just put the decals on your glasses ahead of time and then have chalk out so guests can tag their own glass. The decals remove easily without leaving any adhesive behind which means you can use your real glasses. So much classier than plastic cups and a sharpie. I think the border on these decals looks perfect in a cocktail set up.
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I cut up a larger decal and used the smaller pieces to make these reusable reindeer place markers for the table. (See the bottom of this post for details on how I made these.)
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I also like the tag version of these, especially for food gifts. I hate putting stickers on canning jars and bottles of home brew, it is so hard to get them off to reuse the containers. These are now completely reusable right down to the tags. I was worried that the chalkboard wouldn’t erase cleanly, but a soft cloth brought them right back to looking like new. There are even easily removable stickers made for items that go in the fridge or freezer that will stay on even with condensation or washing, perfect for marking a dish at a holiday potluck.

In certain circles of my family, making fabric gift bags has caught on. They are easy to make, great for wrapping strange shaped items and reusable. Plus we all know how much buying new wrapping paper costs every year. They can be made from any fabric, but I like to use dishcloths and even placemats.
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I made this bag with two placemats that I got for cheap at Ikea last year. All it took was sewing up three sides and adding some eyelets across the top for a ribbon to run through. You could do buttonholes or just a drawstring tunnel instead of eyelets as well. And what I’m a putting in the bag? How about a really high-end looking bound journal and calendar? The journal is great for the entertainer as it has lots of tips for the Martha Stewart folks at the back.
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Or a really pretty tablet case and matching wristlet bag. I don’t know about you, but I always like something new to dress up my electronics and this is such a nice pattern.

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We always have a problem with the regular to/from stickers not sticking to the fabric bags, come Christmas morning there are always a few gifts that need to be peeked into to figure out who they are for. Now I have two solutions for that. The Martha Stewart name tags are made to stick securely to fabric. The shape and silver border give them a fancy enough look to use on gifts. Then there are the chalkboard tags again. These are great because they can stay right on the bag and even the tag can be used again next year.

Even basic things like address and shipping labels have been dressed up for the holidays.
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I love all the different designs and that you can match the address and return labels. But really, I’ll be using these are my to/froms on paper wrapped packages this year. It is the one thing we never have enough of at wrapping time.

Finally, I am thinking of the new year and my constant resolution to get more organized.
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This set will be staying with me to help me organize my ideas for projects throughout the year. I like the fact that you can write on the tabs of the dividers and erase them later. That means I can use it to rotate projects or just change my mind about how I am using it without buying new dividers. You can tell I like to be able to reuse stuff!

Reusable Reindeer Place Markers

Supplies:

  • 1″ wooden ball with a flat bottom, available at craft stores
  • tacky glue
  • white glitter
  • wooden reindeer cutout, I got mine at Michael’s and have seen similar on Etsy
  • Martha Stewart chalkboard decals

Tools:

  • ruler
  • scissors

1. Coat the round sides of the wooden ball with glue. Cover in white glitter. Let dry
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2. Use a ruler to measure a square the size to fit on your reindeer from the chalkboard decal. Cut out at stick on the reindeer.
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3. Put a dot of glue on the glitter ball and set the front of the reindeer on it, so it will stand up. You may need to use a glass or something to support the reindeer until it dries.
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Write names on the decal with chalk.

You can purchase all the Martha Stewart Home Office products at Staples. Plus you can get a coupon for 25% off though 11/23. Also come back on Wednesday when we’ll be giving some of these lovely products away!

*** I was given a selection of the Martha Stewart Home Office products to try and review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.

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Yarn Inspiration

Look what I found on Etsy.
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That makes me swoon.
This is Erica Heftmann’s site, Color Shift Yarn
Couldn’t you just go right off a high dive for THAT?!?
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Or THAT! Triple flip off the 3 meter for that!
Go see some of the other colors. Delicious.
Prepare yourself. It is sock yarn, to be knit on small needles. But, I would put these in a vase and look at them like a bouquet.

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Cheap Crafty Find

This weekend I was at Home Depot looking at paint colors for the new loft and stumbled on this set.
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$9.98 for 24 bottles of acrylic paint?! That would cost $36 at a craft store. And here I was just this week lamenting about how I didn’t have a very good selection of paint colors. I’d never heard of Bella paint, but it is made by Rust-0leum, so it isn’t just some no name. This was such a good deal I had to share it with all of you. Now what should I paint….

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Organizing My Craft Room With Help From Martha

If you’ve followed this site for a while you know I have a problem keeping my craft room neat and organized, I even made fixing this one of my crafty resolutions for 2013. Ok, I’m going to embarrass myself now and give you all a peek into why this has become such an issue.
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My craft room is a little room under the eaves in our attic and the only work space I have is this long table. The problem is the table is covered with all the bits and bobs from past projects as well as glue, scissors and other supplies. It’s gotten to the point where I’m not doing as many projects as I’d like because finding the space and tools to do them has become a pain.

When Avery and BlogHer offered me the opportunity to try out the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager it was just the inspiration I needed to get my craft room together. I started off by cleaning everything off my work space. I threw away everything that was too small to use in another project or that I just didn’t need anymore. (You crafters know how hard it is to throw any scrap away because it might come in handy later, but I forced myself to be brutal.) Then I hung the Wall Manager above my cleaned off table.
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Because my craft room is under the eaves, the wall space is a little odd with slanted sides. The nice thing about this Wall Manager organization system is it comes in 12″ x 12″ pieces which can be moved around to use the space to the best advantage. For my slanted wall, I was able to create a sort of stair step effect and use five elements (actually, I even have room for one more). With a large square single piece, like a bulletin board, I’ve been really restricted in size because of that slant. The pieces were very easy to hang thanks to their wall mounts. The wall mounts all have a built in bubble level to help get them straight. Wall safe adhesive on the back of the mounts holds them in place while you nail them in, no holding with one hand while trying to nail with the other. Guidelines at the corners help line up multiple wall mounts.
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The boards all use the same wall mount, so you can play with which piece goes where after the mounts are hung. This is important if you are like me and aren’t sure what you want where at first. Once the Wall Manager was hung, it was time for the fun of filling it up. I used a bulletin board, dry erase magnetic board, dry erase calendar and two accessory boards. IMG_7218
There are lots of pieces available to use on the accessory boards from drawers to clips to caddies to shelves. I love how stable they are and that they could support things like all my glue bottles easily. This is such a great way to get all this stuff off my work surface. I think I may need to get one or two more of the accessory boards. I can see getting a whole board full of drawers just to store beads… oh the ideas.
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And here is the final result of my big clean up.
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What a breath of fresh air that is! By getting all this stuff off the table it gives me much more room to lay out fabric and work on large projects. I feel like everything has a place now and I’m inspired to keep it that way. The white looks great in my office and keeps it feeling open. (The Wall Manager also comes in black which I think might be a great solution for my husband’s office to display all his Lego Minifigs.)

**5/1/13 The contest is now closed.

The Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager is available exclusively at Staples and Staples.com, and we have a $100 Staples gift certificate to give away to help you get started getting your spaces organized. To be entered for a chance to win, tell us how and where would you use the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager products?
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***Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was provided with the Wall Manager, accessories, gift certificate to give away and payment for this post. I was not told what to write and all the views are my own.

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