About me

Hi! I'm Shelly - mother of 5 and wife to the best man in the world. We love to play games and watch movies together. I have a passion for crafting in all it's forms - sewing, scrapbooking, bow making, painting, mod podge, you name it and I'll try it. Hope you enjoy our family adventures and crafts!

How I Became Shared Jelly

When my husband and I first got married we used to get messages on our answering machine for "Shared" and "Jelly" instead of Jared and Shelly. The first time we chuckled a little over it and by the fourth or fifth time, we decided the name should stick somewhere. And so, I've been sharing jelly all over the internet since. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Quiet Book #2

I saw this idea on etsy here.    It is a Spot the Dot quiet book.  You use the red dot through the book as it transforms to new things on each page.  The original is done in just black and white, but I made mine in lots of colors.  I didn't have the printed sentences on the bottom, but I added a few pages, too.    My pages are made from some sample swatches of curtain fabrics that my husband got when he was working for a company who does curtains/blinds.  You could easily do it on felt instead.  Anyways, you get the idea.  I made this for my baby girl for Christmas.  Hopefully it will keep her busy at church.

Christmas Gifts - On the Go Tin Buckets

This idea has been growing over the last month or so and here is what it has become.

I made these cute tin buckets for each of the kids.  They are a fun little kit of goodies to take with them on long car trips, or vacations, or for waiting rooms, etc.
I started with these tin buckets that I found at Michaels and added their names in black vinyl.

On the inside of each lid I had some adhesive white board so they can doodle.  Each one (except the baby) will have white board markers to color with.

Then I made some fun magnet games for each of them to play on outside of the lid (or anywhere on the tin for that matter).

Next I made some pouches for a pad of paper and crayons so they can write or draw.

I finished off each tin with a special new small toy.  Overall cost of each tin came out to about $15 each.  Now when we are headed out, I can tell the kids to grab their tins and put a couple of small toys inside to bring along and we'll be all set to be entertained.  The only downside - metal tin buckets are not necessarily very quiet, but they do make really good drums!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Reminder Pillows

I made these fluffy soft pillows to go on my kids beds as a little reminder at the end of the day.
They will be stocking stuffers this year.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all had a great Turkey Day.  Here are some of our goodies we made for Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Quiet Book #1 For my Baby

I've really been wanting to make some good quiet books for my baby girl for Christmas.  I have searched high and low on blogs and internet for ideas.  Here is the first book I made.  Another one will be finished soon.

#1 Button on flowers
#2 A little zipper purse with a cell phone and keys inside.  ( I used ribbon to attach them so they don't get lost)
#3 Tie the bow on the ballet slipper
#4 Open the farm doors and play with the finger puppets.

#5 Apples and an owl to velcro on the tree
#6 A little mini abacus with beads for counting
#7 Ice cream scoops.  Count them as you stack them
#8 Going fishing!  Each fish is attached with a hook and eye.  (the example I saw didn't have each fish on a string, but I hope this minimizes the chance of lost fishies)

Most all of the pages are hand stitched.  It makes it a little easier to add such small details on each page.  I machine sewed on the velcro because in my experience it needs to be really strong to last.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Peacock Feathers

I've been nervous to bridge the gap into using feathers.  I finally got some fun peacock feathers to play with, though.  I made this (although the flash makes it hard to see the white beading in the center).  I attached it to a headband.  My husband said, "It's fine, if you like that sort of thing."  I hope that means it looks okay.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Candy Dish

I actually saw this idea on a craft blog and then we did it for a project at church.  I was excited that I didn't have to go buy the stuff, I just got to put it together.  To make this, you need a flower pot and dish (painted in the color of your choosing), a wooden knob (for the top handle) and a small glass dish.  Embellish it however you like.  Great for any holiday.

Paper Purse

We made these cute little paper purses at a church craft day.  I was so excited to get a pattern. I've seen these little guys before, but always wondered how to do it.  Now I know!
Here is a diagram of where to put all your folds.

I made 4 of these to put goodies in for all my kid's teachers.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Make Your Own Bobby Pins

I bought some bobby pins with glue pads on the end to try out some new ideas.  Most of these are up on my etsy shop if you're interested.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Felt & Fabric Flower Hairbows

I've been experimenting again and decided to freshen up our options.

The first one is made the same as the flowers I made for my Autumn Wreath.

These next two I sewed on my sewing machine and layered up.  I saw some like this online and copied.

 For this last one, I experimented a new way of folding fabric circles.  You start by folding one side in to the center, then fold piece by piece round the edge until you have a hexagon.  I layered it on some toole and put a felt flower and button in the center. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Any Resemblance?

The top one is me and the bottom one is my little A.  She reminds me of me when I was little.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How Do You Sleep?

As a routine, we always peek in and check on the kiddos before we go to bed.  This is how we found our oldest sleeping in his room.
Seriously, how is this even possible?  Now you all believe me when I say that my kids can sleep anywhere, I literally mean ANYWHERE!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Hand" Creations

We've started our "I'm thankful" countdown.  For our "I'm thankful for my hands" creations I let the kids choose between making a tree or a turkey.  We traced and cut out our hands and came up with these beauties.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Chevron Quilt

I finally got around to making a chevron quilt for my son's room.  I knew that I wanted to do this - it was what inspired me to do the zig-zag stripe around his room.

I got the idea from The Crafty Cupboard:

I wish mine turned out as perfect as hers. I found out that finding orange fabric at Joann's is really hard. They have very little to choose from and I used mainly fat quarters and solid colors.  Should have kept to lighter prints, too.  Oh well, it still has the overall effect I wanted.
Just new curtains left for this room makeover to be complete!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Hair Bow Holder

There are a million hairbow holders out there. I went for this one based on it's clean lines.  Plus, it's easy to make:

I made a new hairbow holder for my girls' bows based on my friend Kristin's holder.  I started with some fabric, a canvas and some ribbon.
Pull the fabric over the front. Pull tight and staple in the back.

Then line up the ribbons how you want.  You can criss cross, do straight lines, random, whatever. I chose straight lines, so I measured and marked how far apart I wanted them. Then I stapled them tightly to the back just like the fabric.

That's it!  

Just hang it and you're done.

  Now I need to update my bows.  (Out with the old, in with the new)