Elegant Week Results

So this is where I would normally post one of my favorite links from yesterdays “I’m Crafty” party.  But this week I was a totally space cadet and forgot to open it so you could link up!  Oh man, sometimes I wonder how I even make it through the day without burning the house down. Sorry about that! So instead I have two quick things to say before the results.

First – Thank you, thank you to all who answered the survey I put up yesterday!  Your suggestions are tremendously helpful.  There were two main issues that were brought up and I had already been working on figuring out how to fix those (and discovered a new poll system that I think will work much better – you’ll see it in play during the upcoming auditions).  It’s nice to know we’re on teh same page :) .  I did think of a few more questions I wanted to ask after it was too late to add them to the survey, so you may be seeing them on Facebook and Twitter soon.

Second – Oh. My. Goodness you guys!  Do you know babble.com?  I’m sure you do.  Well, So You Think You’re Crafty was named one of their Top 50 Mom Craft Blogs of 2013!

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I am so honored that this here little blog made the list.  I do try to make this an inspiring place for everyone that visits, But I know that all the recognition is due to the amazing crafters that have participated who work there hearts out every week to put together the best projects they can.  So thank you Babble, but also THANK YOU CRAFTERS for all you do.

Ok.  Now that that’s all out of the way we can get to the real fun.  The Elegant Week Results.

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And here is the crafter/project match-up:

#1 - Elegant Sparkling Centerpiece - Kim @ Maiden D’Shade
#2 - Eclectic Art Laptop Bag – Catherine @ CathGrace
#3 – Downton Abbey Inspired Knotted Pearls – Valerie @ Occasionally Crafty
#4 – Elegant Bathroom Re-do – Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique

This was one of the tightest races yet; only 14 votes between first and last!

But in the end it was Catherine and her Elegant Art Laptop Bag that pulled ahead.

Elegant Art Laptop Bag

Who would have thought to make a bag out of a painted art canvas? Totally awesome idea, Catherine!

But we have to say goodbye to Valerie this week.

Knotted Pearls - Valerie

I think her Knotted Pearls were a fun idea.  They’d be great for one of the many Downton Abbey inspired costume parties that will be happening, what with the Downton Mania everyone seems to have (I haven’t started watching because I know I’ll forget that I’m a grown up with responsibilities and a family until I’m caught up.  It’s better that I just don’t go there :) ).

Make sure you go check out Valeries blog, Occasionally Crafty, so see all the other great stuff she and her sister have worked up!  You won’t be disappointed :)

And check back Monday for some fantastic projects using RIT Dye!

I need your help!

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Thanks!
Missy

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I’m Crafty Party! #34

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty!” party!  Were you inspired to be crafty this week?

The “I’m Crafty” linky party is where you can link up any project you’ve made because I know you all don’t just think you’re crafty, you are crafty! It doesn’t even have to be a new project!

 A few things to remember:
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Only link up 2 posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything you want!
  • Grab this handy dandy button (or a text link it you like to keep things simple) and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation :)
  • Join me on Twitter & Facebook.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.
  • Grab button for the I'm Crafty Party



Interview with Christy from Inklings & Yarns

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1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.

It all started with a vast collection of craft supplies. I quit my job
and moved to Northern California with my husband a little over three
years ago. At the time, my scrapbooking supply collection took up
about 2 bookshelves in our small office. Over the course of our first
year of marriage, my hobbies expanded beyond scrapbooking and the
supplies expanded to take over most of the room. I started my blog
first as a means of forcing myself to use all my pretty supplies,
second as an excuse to show off all the things I made, and third to
validate my need to pick up even more hobbies and more supplies.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I don’t actually remember a time when I didn’t love to craft. I grew
up with a very creative and talented mom and I always wanted to help
her make stuff. So she taught me to knit and cross stitch; looking
back I realize she chose two of the least-messy crafts imaginable,
likely to distract me from more fascinating things like glue guns and
paint. Well played, Mom. I didn’t get into the inky stuff until I’d
moved out on my own.

3.How often do you craft?

Not quite daily, but almost. Between teaching and blogging, I keep a
pretty loaded to-do list, so I’m rarely lacking in projects.
Inspiration and time are another story. Some days I get just as much
pleasure out of re-organizing my markers as I do actually coloring
with them.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

All over the place. Sometimes there’s a particular product I just
really want to work with, sometimes I see a picture I want to
recreate, sometimes I have an idea for a fun tradition to start with
the baby, so off I go. Pinterest is a great place to look when I’m
short on ideas, and I have a list of blogs that I read regularly just
to oggle other people’s gorgeous work.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I don’t even know. The obvious answer is Copics, or glitter, or Copics
AND glitter. But all that discounts how very much I love sewing, and
stamping, and crocheting, and…

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Bad television, bad books, and bad music.

7.What makes you smile?

Babytalk conversations with my daughter.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

I can lose an entire day in a good book, and I don’t feel guilty about
it, either.

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Red Baron Toy Plane Tutorial

I picked up an old wooden toy plane at a thrift store. It was $2. I walked around the store carrying it the entire time, debating on whether to buy it or not. I decided not to, and put it back. A day or two later, I went back for it. Not surprisingly it was still there. I mean, it was missing the wheels and it’s rudder. The propeller was lose and had some permanent marker on it. And the whole thing was [Read more...]

Elegant {week 7}

How was your Valentines weekend?  It’s become a sort of tradition for my husband and I to go out bowling for our Valentines date.  Our  bowling alley of choice is in a restaurant so there’s really good food. And the seating for each lane is a leather sectional sofa.  So when ever it was my husbands turn I just sat back and enjoyed my Memphis burger, onion rings and pepsi.

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We bowled four rounds and I won half.  Don’t mention it to my husband.  He’s super competitive so he’s a little bitter still :)

So here are the projects for week 7, the Elegant projects.  The poll will be open until midnight PST on Thursday. [Read more...]

Red Week Results

Sorry this is coming to you so late in the day.  This week I’ve been taking a little more time to be “mom” and spending a little less time on the computer.  So lets keep this short and sweet.

Here’s the results for the Red challenge of season 14:

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And here is the crafter/project match up:

#1 – Charming Red Necklace - Catherine @ CathGrace
#2 - Love Embroidery Hoop Art - Valerie @ Occasionally Crafty
#3 – Red Baron Toy Plane - Kim @ Maiden D’Shade
#4 – Valentine’s Outfit - Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique
#5 – Little Red Riding Hood Cape and Basket - Christy @ Inklings & Yarns

That gives Kim @ Maiden D’Shade her 2nd win of the season.  Congrats Kim!

Red Baron Toy Plane - Kim

What a fun little make over that plane was.  It would look great in any boys room.

But we have to say goodbye to Christy this week and I’m super bummed.

Little Red Riding Hood Cape & Basket - Christy

I’ve wanted Abi to be Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween for years, but something always comes up and it never works out.  But this little cape and basket would be perfect!  Be sure that you go over to Inklings & Yarns to follow along with all that Christy has going on.

Be sure to come back on Monday for some Elegant projects :)

 

Sponsor Love

The crafters work so hard for this contest and they deserve some awesome swag. Thanks to our Season 14 sponsors the top 3 crafters will be getting some awesome prizes. Please go check out their fantastic shops and show them a little love!

*If you would like to sponsor a prize a season of SYTYC there are still a few openings. You can learn more here, or emails me at soyouthinkyourecrafty@gmail.com for details.*

3rd Place Prizes…

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$40 gift card to Kids Sewing

Kids Sewing is a place for kids (ages 6 to 12) to learn how to sew. We offer online sewing classes, sewing patterns, and sewing DVDs with beginning to advanced projects that kids (and moms) will LOVE making! In our first series called Pixie Projects there are over 35 projects for kids to make and enjoy – this is over a full year of projects at one lesson a week. Projects include hair accessories, clothing, totes, purses, hats, bean bags, dolls and doll clothing for boy and girls. Prices range from $6.95 for PDF patterns up to $39.95 for a Pixie Doll DVD, but starting on January 1st, 2013 we are also doing weekly {video} lessons for FREE!!! Just sign up see or follow us on Facebook!

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A Master Collection of patterns

Jeni Brockbank is a designer with the heart of a teacher. Jeni’s patterns have inspired others to start businesses, make their own homes more lovely and ignite creativity!  Jeni resides in northern Utah with her husband and 3 children where she actively participates in her church.
I’m a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, Mormon, small business owner and designer. I love kissing my kids, dancing with my husband, laughing, praying and life in general.  I use to think that crafting was for other people but I soon discovered that I have a style all my own. What a life changing thing to learn about myself!”
Learn to make professional quality, breathtaking fabric flowers that last and last.  The winner will receive Fancy Schmancy’s MASTER COLLECTION which is currently valued at $45 & has not only fabric flowers, but a crown and a bouquet tutorial.  Fabric Flowers are the latest and greatest trend and my detailed tutorials will take you step by step through the entire process!! You can even sell your finished items royalty FREE!!

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$25 gift card to Etsy

Hi! I am Alexandra and I blog over at In Designer Jeans. I have an amazing family, my husband Z [who supports all of my crazy ideas] and three dogs! By day I work full time as a personal assistant but in my extra time I LOVE to blog about all of my adventures from crafting, DIY-ing, and taking things apart to cooking and baking.  I have both success and failures when it comes to trying out new things but share the journey regardless of the end result!

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2nd Place Prizes

Suzy
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 ”Blue Chine” Ukrainian Egg

I am Suzy from Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!  I am an artist, crafter and humor writer out of Atlanta, GA.  I specialize in creating unusual crafts, resurrecting vintage crafts, and crafting from recycled materials.  The Sitcom offers over 100 detailed tutorials, with new ones every week along with humor, family fun and a bit of dog hair thrown in for good measure.  The Sitcom Store offers the latest in my kits, patterns, paintings, and Ukrainian egg art.

The design on this chicken egg was created using the Ukrainian art of Pysanky which incorporates layers of dyes and bees wax. This egg is great displayed year round.  Included is a display stand, a dated certificate of authenticity, signed by me and shipped with free gift wrapping.

Blog : Shop : Facebook Twitter : Pinterest

Whimsy

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4 ebook patterns

Whimsy Couture makes some of the cutest patterns for little girl clothes I’ve ever seen – and some ready made stuff too!  Not only are the patterns adorable, but you can sell any garments made using the patterns in your own shops.  They have 66 patterns available so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.  I’m loving the little romper. Be sure to follow the Whimsy Facebook page for great updates and such :)

Pattern Shop : Etsy : Facebook : Pinterest : Blog

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Grocery Store PDF Pattern Collection

Who says playing with your food can’t be fun? This collection has everything you need to start your own Farmer’s Market or Grocery Store.
Download-able pattern includes: Baguette, carrot, corn, corn husk, fish, green beans and strawberries.
Prize package comes with a limited production license for you to sell items made from this pattern in small handmade production lots.
Heather is the creative juice behind The Sewing Loft, an on-line community focused on inspiring you to “Reclaim” your creativity, one stitch at a time.  Her work graced the pages of several print publications, including Crafts n’ Things, Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Green Child and The Crafty Entrepreneur.  She is excited to share that several of her pattern designs will be coming  to a store near you this spring.

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1st Place Prizes…

Handmade by Mrs

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Rosie Patchwork Purse Package

Hi everyone, I’m Samantha and I live here in Wales with my gorgeous husband Dus. Despite it raining a lot in Wales occasionally the sun shines and that’s when I design my bag patterns. This may explain why I’ve only written three in the last year. I’ve got a blog ( http://handmadebymrsh.blogspot.co.uk/ ) where you can come hang out with me, I’ve got a couple of freebie patterns coming up this year, but mostly it’s my random ramblings!

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$25 gift card to sassysteals.com

Sassy Steals is home for GREAT deals on homemade treasures and the PERFECT solution for small shops to sell their inventory fast…AND there’s even more! Every Friday one lucky winner will win a few of the handmade items featured the week before.
One weekend each month, they host an online Sassy Steals Boutique. This event features several vendors and over 100 items at amazing prices for the entire weekend!  CRAZINESS, right!!!  I told you that you were going to be TOTALLY loving this site!!!

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Raven Mad

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11″ x 14″ Glicee Art Print

My name is Amber Church.  I am a mixed media artist, painter, baker, and designer who has called Yukon home for most of my life.  I draw inspiration for my work from the natural world, mythology and fairy tales, and my imagination.  My work takes me from galleries to the back stages of theatres to centre stage in a can can skirt; I’ve designed art bras for cancer, twelve foot tall puppets for community theatre, Muppet cakes, and mixed media canvases full of family heirlooms.  Although my past has taken me to the United Nations Climate Change negotiations, to skiing and snowboarding course crews for the Olympics, and to teaching in Antarctica, I find myself most content when I am mucking about with paints in a bit of sunshine.

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MissyDear

$25 gift card to the MissyDear Shop

Hey it’s me!  Missy, the host of this here SYTYC competition.  I have a weakness.  I love hair accessories.  Like, really like them.  And I also love wool felt.  Have you ever touched real wool felt? It’s like heaven. So I thought I’d throw the two together and make some adorable wool felt cuteness for babies. I started out just doing them as gifts for baby showers but I had so many people ask about them I decided to open an Etsy shop.  I had to close up shop for a few years while our family moved cross country multiple times (5 states in 5 years – goo) and got SYTYC up and going, but I’ve recently reopened for business under a new name, MissyDear Designs.  With the reopening I’ve added other materials, designs and sizes but I still think they’re adorable.  If I do say so myself.  And new things are added all the time!

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