Season 17 Final Challenge

Season 17 Finals Challenge We’ve reached the final week in the final season of 2013. This week, someone will walk away winner of the SYTYC challenge.

Our two challengers have spent weeks working on their final projects and today you will get the chance to look at their hard work and determine the winner!

For the first time this season, the projects will not be anonymous. You will be able to see who’s behind the project. I have flipped a coin to see who’s project would be listed first.

Season 17 Finals Challenge

Stitched by Crystal QuoteUp first is Crystal, who blogs at Stitched by Crystal.

Crystal has been a strong competitor this season, taking first place in THREE of our weekly challenges, and placing toward the top in all the rest.

Here’s a little reminder of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season…

STITCHED BY CRYSTAL PROJECTS.jpgDIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt | Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Final Project – Upcycled Kids Art Station

Wow! I am in the SYTYC finals! Thank you so much for all your votes along the way! These past 10 weeks have been crazy; stressful, exhausting, but so so fun.

It isn’t easy churning out craft projects week after week, and then add in two kids, work, and everything else life throws your way in two and a half months and things get a little nuts! I am so excited I have made it this far and to get to share my upcycled kids art station with you!

Upcycled Kids Art Station

I think I am pretty creative (it would be silly to enter a crafting competition if I didn’t, right?), but I’ve got nothing on my kids. My oldest is not even three yet and he blows me away with his imagination and creativity.

I have also learned (the hard way) in my short 3 years of being a parent that if you don’t provide your kid with a place to be creative, they will find one on their own…Unfortunately they don’t always choose the best place so you might find your little Picasso’s next great work of art on your dining room table, kitchen wall, or new leather couch!  With some thrift store finds and some things I picked up at the hardware store I created this little corner art station for my kids.

Upcycled Kids Art StationThere are lots of details and I want to show you everything!

I will start with my favorite part, the desk. The desk is made from an old end table that I bought at a yard sale when I was in college. It is lower then most end tables, but some new legs made from some scrap wood brought it up to a comfortable height for my kids to sit at.

With some more scrap wood and a wooden dowel, I added huge roll of drawing paper to the side. The paper can be pulled over the top of the table for endless coloring.  At the back of the table there is a hole to change out the paper roll; I added a little ribbon to make the dowel easier to remove.

Then the desk got a few coats of red paint.  I went with primary colors for this project but tried to pick colors that were a bit more muted and vintage looking, I am really loving this red!  I painted the top of the table with chalkboard paint and added a little drawer pull that I turned upside down to the side of the desk, it holds a few pieces of chalk.  The drawer on the side got some new knobs and is housing coloring books and some construction paper.

Upcycled kids art stationI found two small preschool chairs on craigslist for a steal, one for my son and one for my daughter. They were pretty beat up but it was nothing some paint couldn’t fix. They had a dark stain on them and I really wanted them yellow so it took a lot of sanding and several coats of primer and paint, but it was worth the effort, I am so happy with the end result.

I picked up a large framed print for a few bucks at a thrift store. I cut some peg board to replace the print and painted the frame blue and the board a shade lighter. It provides a place for hanging all sorts of craft items and keeping everything organized. I added some hooks to a piece of scrap wood and hung the wood from the bottom of frame with some hook eyes and S rings. The hooks hold some buckets I found in the $1 spot at Target.  AND, because I simply could not finish my final project without sewing something, I made a cute little fabric bunting to hang from the top.

Upcycled kids art stationI wanted to create a little art gallery for my kids to display their work. My parents had a stack of unused clipboards in their garage so I grabbed three of them and painted them to match the set. I hung them on that wall so my kids could easily clip their work for display and change it out whenever they want.

I am so happy with how this art station turned out; now my kids have the perfect place for coloring, painting, and crafting the day away! I hope you love this art station as much as my kids and I do, I would really love your vote!

Upcycled Kids Art Station

Thanks Crystal!

Lynda Oh So ShabbyOur other finalist is Lynda, who blogs at Oh So Shabby.

Lynda has also had a lot of success this season. She started out early with a win in the audition round and picked up THREE more wins during the course of the season, for a total of FOUR!

Here’s a reminder of the projects Lynda has shared with us this season…

Oh So Shabby Project CollageOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower | Trick-or-Treat Bags

Final Project – Girls Antique Vanity Drab to Fab

I cannot believe that 10 weeks is finally over.  It has been so much fun, a lot of work, and great getting to meet some new blogging buddies. I am honored to be in the finale. Crystal has been a fierce competitor and I am sure she’s brought her “A” game  to the finale.

For the finale I decided to do a project that was true to my design passion – repurposing furniture. I have dabbled in many creative projects but repurposing is what makes my heart go pitter patter. The feeling of accomplishment when I see the before and after is like no other.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this little gem on Craig’s List for $25.  This cute little old couple was moving and I almost felt bad only paying $25.

Here she is before….

Upcycled Girls Vanity And here she is after….

Upcycled Girls Vanity

When I got her home I literally sat there staring at her waiting for the inspiration to jump out at me… NOTHING!!

I knew I was going to reupholster the chair so I decided to head to Hobby Lobby for some material. I figured the inspiration would start there.  As soon as I entered the fabric isle I knew immediately what fabric I would use…I have had my eye on this fabric for a long time  but had nowhere to use it. Ahhh haaa, finally I can get my hands on it!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

First I cleaned the vanity and chair completely then I primed the entire piece with Kilz primer. After that I painted it with a combo of American Accents Heirloom White and Blossom White.  Then I painted all the accents with gold metallic paint.  This was the first time I had used this type of metallic paint – it was so awesome to use. It went on like butter!

The top of the vanity looked so lonely and needed some jazzing up!  So, I taped a stencil on the top of the vanity and with a Sharpie marker colored on pink polka dots.  Whallaa some personality!

Upcycled Girl's Desk And with that she was done and the finale project was finally finished~   Bitter Sweet for sure!!!

I hope you fall in love with her!!!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Thanks again to everyone that voted for me this entire 10 weeks, I had so much fun!!!  Crystal has been a fierce competitor.  Whoever wins I know one thing, we will be blog buddies for years to come!!

Season 17 Finals Challenge Vote

Season 17 Finals Challenge 1Voting will take place through Thursday, November 7, at 5 p.m. MST. You have one vote in the final round, please select your favorite project. The winner will be announced Friday, November 11.

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Halloween Challenge, Season 17

We kicked off the week yesterday with our annual Halloween dinner…The kids have been talking about Halloween and trick-or-treating for a couple weeks now, but it always kicks up a notch around this time of the month.

We still have quite a few traditions that we’ve yet to complete – we’ve got a few movies to watch (The Great Pumpkin, Goonies and Indiana Jones), a few treats to make and eat (caramel apples, caramel corn and donuts) and a whole lot of spooking to do.

Yes. I said spooking. With three boys and a dad who’s assured them Halloween is for scary, not cute, there’s always a whole lot of creepy going on.

I think our competitors have a much softer approach to Halloween. A bit more sweet and a bit more fun. Please take the time to take a look at their projects and vote.

Remember, this is the last week before we head in to our finals. You are picking the two competitors who will compete in our final round to be CHAMPION!

Halloween Challenge

Project #1 Costume Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Ahhhhhh- this is getting so crazy!!!  Only two more rounds! Oh my gosh this has been so much fun but so crazy. 10 weeks of straight painting, sawing, nailing, cutting, glue gunning, and even a little sewing cough cough…  So here is the last project till the finale I soooo hope you love them…

I made THREE COSTUME THEMED TUTU TRICK OR TREAT BAGS for three different costumes.  The first is for a Pink Lady Costume, the second a Minion Costume and last a Leopard Costume…

First off here is the PINK LADY….

Halloween Trick or Treat BagI am not going to show you all the steps because with three of these it didn’t leave me much room to showcase many pictures.   Basically I made the tutu, pinned it on then carefully sewed it on.  That was not the fun part.  Then I made the bows and embellishments and hot glued them on to the bags.  The kids think they are soooo cool.

Trick or Treat BagsI hope I make it through to the next round I found an amazing furniture piece on Craig’s List for $25- wait till you see what  I am going to do with it!!  PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!!  Thank you so much!!!!

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags


Project #2 Monster Bowling Set

I am so excited to have made it all the way to this Halloween challenge, especially because I love Halloween!  It is one of my favorite holidays, which is funny because I really hate being scared.  I am not into the spooky or gory Halloween things, so for my Halloween themed craft I wanted to make something more cute than scary, something that wouldn’t give me my kids nightmares. I came up with this cute Halloween themed bowling game.

Monster BowlingThe set is made out of fleece fabric.  I sewed up the oversized monster shaped bowling pins, and then I had a blast decorating their little faces.  The fun thing about designing monsters is anything goes, stripes, spots, one eye, three eyes, horns, hair, fangs, anything you can imagine!  The monsters stand about 14” tall. Then I made a fleece ball to roll at them and decorated it to look like a jack-o-lantern.

Monster BowlingMy kids have already gotten hours of play from this set (even my husband and I have been getting in on the bowling action!)  This game would be really fun at a kids Halloween party. I think we will keep these little guys out all year long!

Monster Bowling


Project #3 Lighted Haunted House

When your kiddos are too little to go to a Haunted House, why not create one of your own!

Haunted House

A few layers of foam board with hand cut and pieced paper details create a one of a kind 3-D Haunted House.  Bonus…It’s a light!  Lit from behind, it creates a fun piece of piece of Halloween art little ones are sure to enjoy for years to come.

Haunted HouseSo excited about how this turned out and what an impact it makes in my Spooky Halloween décor!

Haunted House


This is the last week before our final round. Only two of our competitors will be advancing, so please be sure to VOTE!

SYTYC Halloween Challenge


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Pumpkin Challenge Season 17, Week 7

Some people like pumpkin. Some people don’t. In this house, we love pumpkin. All of us…It’s become a bit of a debate as to when it’s too early to begin making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I am a fan of waiting. It’s not that I don’t love the cookies. I do. It’s that the boys request them (and can now make them on their own) at least a couple of times a month. And well, I down more than my fair share!

Regardless YOUR personal take on the TASTE of pumpkin, this week we’re embarking on a pumpkin challenge and I think you’re going to like what you SEE.

Pumpkin Challenge

Pumpkin Challenge

Project #1 Pumpkin Quilt Block Candelabra

Hmmm…Pumpkin.  What to make?  Pie? Bars? Donuts? Muffins?  No…A Pumpkin Quilt Block Candelabra!

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Created with small pumpkins, an old Candelabra and a lot of patience, this festive piece showcases favorite quilt patterns in a whole new light.  An unexpected greeting for guests or a unique centerpiece for a Fall table…Pretty during the day or illuminated for an evening meal.

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Who knew small pumpkins could create such an impact!  What a transformation…Can’t wait to reveal how it’s styled in my Fall Tablescape…Striking!

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Project #2 Pumpkin Patch Dress

For this pumpkin challenge I decided to make a dress for my little pumpkin.  I didn’t want to do the typical costumey, big jack-o-lantern face on her belly, type of pumpkin dress you see all the time.  Instead I designed more of a pumpkin inspired dress, something she can wear throughout the fall season, and something that would be perfect for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch Dress

I created this adorable dress that has a lined bodice and a gathered skirt.  I used some orange chevron fabric that I flipped vertical to imitate the grooves on a pumpkin and added some kelly green, like the pumpkin’s stem and vine, for the sash and Peter Pan collar.

I finished the look with two pumpkin buttons I molded from polymer clay.  I made the little pumpkins and poked holes in them before baking, and then they sew on just like regular buttons.

Pumpkin Patch Dress

The weather here stays pretty warm for fall so I went with a sleeveless dress, but this dress would look so cute layered with long sleeves and tights if we get a cold spell.

I hope you like my little pumpkin’s dress and vote me through to the next round!

Pumpkin Patch Dress

Project #3 Easy Pumpkin Wreath

Wow, I am so glad to be back to share this fun and easy pumpkin wreath. I fell in love with these fabrics at the start of the competition and have been saving them for the pumpkin project. I love the mix of orange, brown and cream to create an untraditional pumpkin project.

Pumpkin Wreath

I used the fabric and some stuffing to create the pumpkin shape. Even though this project requires sewing, it is something any one could create. This is one of my favorite projects because it is simple and doesn’t take days to finish.

Pumpkin Wreath

I love how something as simple as a pumpkin can spice up my door. The pendant banner was easy to make and gives a little more “fall” flair to the pumpkin. I hope you will vote to keep me around for another week.

Pumpkin Wreath

Project #4 Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower

So excited to have made it to the next round!!!  Thanks to everyone that voted!!

One of my goals for this contest was to create projects that are unique and interesting. I hope I have delivered that.  I knew I wanted to turn a pumpkin into something fun but I wasn’t sure what. I really wanted to create Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage but sooooo many people had already done that. So, to stay true to my goal, here is my unique pumpkin idea…

Rapunzel Pumpkin TowerI wish you all could feel how heavy this thing is. I think it weighs at least 30 pounds. To start I spray painted the pumpkin with Rustoluem Bright Coat Metallic Finish. Then I hot glued 348 pumpkin seeds onto a Wizard of Oz Tin Man hat. Let’s just say this was incredibly time consuming!!  I went through 15 glue sticks and a few blistered fingers!  Then I cut out and stained the shutters from thin balsa wood from Hobby Lobby and then drew on some “bricks” to make the tower look real.  To top off the roof I glued on a piece of a Christmas Ornament and added some vines and flowers.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower

The look on my kid’s faces when they saw the finished project was awesome.  This project took a long time to complete but I had tons of fun with it.  To finish it off I added some purple Halloween mini lights to give it a glow.    Hopefully you’ll vote me through to the next round!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower


SYTYC Pumpkin Challenge

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Fall Crafts for Kids Challenge Season 17, Week 6

Wow. We’ve past our mid-way point and are well on our way toward the end of Season 17. I am amazed by how quickly the time passes when you are marking the dates each and every week.

Fall Crafts for KidsThis week at SYTYC, we’re celebrating fall crafts for kids.

I am excited to share the project the boys and I worked on together later this week. In the meantime, please check out 10 great fall crafts for kids and our contestants amazing projects.

As the season winds down, it becomes even more important that you pop over and vote! These weeks are incredibly close and its often a matter of votes that decides the winner!

Fall Crafts for Kids Challenge

Project #1 Fall Wind Chimes

Fall is all around. It is a beautiful time of year and a great time to let the kids use their creativity. Fall has beautiful colors and lots of natural elements that are incorporated in decor and crafts. I wanted to incorporate these elements into a fun craft for kids.

Fall Wind Chimes

We used rocks, pine cones, wooden beads and some metal tea light holders (from the Target Dollar Spot) to create this fun fall wind chimes kid craft. This craft is more than just a craft. Kids can take a nature walk to collect rocks, pine cones and whatever they can find in nature to use in their wind chimes.

Fall Wind Chimes

The rocks are fun to paint and designing the wind chimes allows creativity to flow. This craft is perfect for kids and parent/adults to work on together. The kids can work on the wind chimes until they need the help of the parents. We had so much fun created them and I hope you liked it too!

Fall Wind ChimesProject #2 Halloween Candy Dispenser

Besides dressing up, my kiddos favorite thing about Halloween is the candy…Honestly, I enjoy sneaking my favorite pieces out of their bags too!  So, we created Halloween Candy Dispensers…

Halloween Candy Dispenser

All it took was a combination of mailing tubes, scrap paper, washi tape (LOTS of washi tape…My kiddos LOVE tape) ball ornaments and a dose of Creativity!  My kiddos designed them and I assisted in the hard part like cutting small pieces and using the glue gun.

Halloween Candy Dispenser

Make them to keep at home or to share with friends.  Either way, they are so stinkin’ cute…and FUN to make!

Halloween Candy Dispenser

Project #3 Pumpkin Bird Feeder

I had such a hard time deciding what to make for this challenge, not because I couldn’t come up with any ideas but because I came up with too many!  I finally settled on this bird feeder because I knew my animal loving kid would really enjoy it and because now that it is starting to get cool out, our feathered friends will soon be in search of food.  We had such a good time creating this little pumpkin shaped bird feeder to help the birds out!

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

We started with two 2 liter soda bottles, some paint, ribbon, a pipe cleaner, and a wooden dowel.  I did all the cutting and hole punching and then my son got to get messy and do all the decorating.  There was lots of learning with this project too, which was really fun!  While we painted we talked about birds, where they live and what they eat (my son wanted to feed them strawberries, but we went with bird seed instead).  We talked about the seasons and how when it gets cold in the fall and winter and all the leaves fall off the trees, it is hard for the birds to find food.   He learned about migration and how some birds like to fly south when it is cold, while others will hang around here with us.

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Once the paint dried and we assembled our feeder, we filled it with bird seed and hung it in out backyard.  The feeder has been a bit hit with the cardinals and finches.  It has been fun peeking outside and seeing the birds at our feeder.  I hope you like our bird feeder and vote me through to the next round!

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Project #4 Leaf Crown and Magic Wand

So this was a super fun project.  My kiddos have been surrounded by hot glue, paint, saws, ribbon, and anything that creates messes for years and I LOVE that they get into it like Mom.  One day they got up before me on a Saturday and I couldn’t find them anywhere…. I finally found them in my “craft room” making pretty flip flops with the hot glue gun!   Oh, it melted my heart.  So they were totally game for this project!

Leaf Crown and Magic Wand

This project wasn’t particularly difficult but time consuming waiting for everything to dry.  The garage looked like a glitter fairy showed up and didn’t have time to clean before she left.

Leaf Crown and Magic Wand

The wand was the most fun for the kids.  We first gathered our favorite sticks from outside then went to town.  We had many others that didn’t make the cut.    If I win the first place spot I’ll have to showcase some of the “out takes”.  I have an awesome idea for the Pumpkin craft, you’ll get to see it if you vote for my project!!  Thanks!

Leaf Crown and Magic WandProject #5 Thanksgiving Piñatas

I’m back!! Woo hoo!! Thanks for all who have participated in voting and help me to see another week in the contest. For this week’s challenge, I decided to make on of my favorite things to make…piñatas! Seriously, they are a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give away.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Pinata

Since the challenge was Fall Crafts For Kids, I enlisted the help of my children. I thought about doing a leaf piñata, but settled on a pilgrim hat instead. First, I had my son write out some words associated with Thanksgiving. Words such as, blessings, give thanks, and family. Next, I had them make confetti by cutting up a bunch of napkins. This was probably their favorite part. There was confetti everywhere! After the last bit of confetti was cut, they began stuffing the mini piñatas. First, a handful of confetti, then their Thanksgiving messages, finally they topped it off with even more confetti. We sealed and decorated the piñatas.

Pilgrim Hat Pinata

These make great school treats! We plan to hand out ours on Thanksgiving to family and friends. If you would like to see the full tutorial, consider voting for me! Thanks and I hope to be here again next week!

Pilgrim Hat Pinata



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Scraps Challenge Season 17, Week 5

Scraps ChallengeIt’s hard to believe we’re half way through the current season. Time flies…

One of the things that surprises me is how different (or similar) our contestants interpret the weekly challenges. When I set the challenges, I have a picture in my mind of just how I think they will go…The interesting thing? Rarely do the contestants have the same take on a theme that I do!

Despite their varied take on the project, they all have one thing in common – they work their fingers to the bone. Really. I don’t think anyone realizes what a crush all these weeks of dedicated crafting are. So, take a minute, go visit our contestants and show them how much you appreciate what they’re doing by leaving a comment or two.

Scraps Challenge Projects

Project #1 Scrap Wood Halloween Banner

So, I think that we have all known each other for enough weeks now for me to be honest with you. I *may* have had a variety of scrap material options at my disposal week. Oh, right, honesty. I totally save lots of my scraps and my husband has been known to make fun at me for it. The thing I most often hear about is a wagon full of scrap wood in our garage. Yeah, no joke. I do a lot of wood projects and I wouldn’t think of throwing away perfectly good pieces that could have a use so I toss them in a wagon until an idea (or competition theme) comes along. I mean, I am a blogger after all, so I feel it is justified. This project proves that there is a purpose to my wagon o’ wood.

Scrap Wood Halloween Banner

I had been making a lot of signs with friends and was buying 1×8 inch boards in 6 foot pieces. I had them cut at the store in two pieces to fit in my car and after cutting them into 1 foot pieces, I was left with a stack of 6-8 inch pieces. I decided to cut all of these down to 5 inches wide and make a banner out of them! I was able to find 8 pieces and cut them all down with my saw, then cut one end at a 30 degree angle to make a point.

Scrap Wood Halloween BannerAfter I had everything cut, I drilled the holes and painted each piece black. I chose some scrapbook paper from my leftovers box (seemed like the appropriate choice) and cut it to fit the pieces. I love the way it came out and can’t wait to put it on my mantle next week when I decorate for Halloween! I think it will fit in well with the rest of my décor. As an added bonus, my wood scrap pile gets to live another day.

Scrap Wood Halloween Banner


Project #2 Scraps Caplet

It’s hard to believe that we are already on the 5th challenge of this contest! Thanks for keeping me around another week. Making a cape for my daughter has been on my list of things to do for a while now. So, when this week’s challenge came up, I knew I could utilize some of my fabric scraps and sew her up a cape.

Scraps Capelet

Instead of a full blown cape, I decided on a capelet. It’s a smaller, more feminine version of a cape. This is another easy project for beginners and a bonus for using up fabric from the scrap pile. I must admit, I had to enlist the help of my husband when drawing up the pattern. Math is not my strong suit, so when this started to go the direction of talking about a radius, I knew I needed help.

Scraps Capelet

After sketching the pattern on freezer paper, I cut out an exterior and lining piece. Before sewing those together, I cut and appliquéd several “a’s” on to the capelet using a zig zag stitch. I thought about putting just a single A on the back, but I thought it would be much more fun to add a bunch in different sizes and fabrics. After attaching the last  “a”, I cut a coordinating piece for the tie closure.  I think it turned out really cute! I can’t wait for some cooler weather so she can wear her new capelet! If  you like my project and want to see the full tutorial, please send a vote my way!

Scraps CapeletProject #3 Scrappy Chair Makeover

Wow, if you are reading this I’ve made it through to another week and I am having so much fun. Originally when I was brainstorming about the topic of scraps, all I could think of was scrap metal, scraps of wood and of course scraps of fabric. I really wanted to do something fun that I could use. I had this old comfy office chair that I’ve been wanting to makeover (it was kind of ugly).

Scraps Chair Upcycle I used scraps of fabric, jumbo ric rac, funky tulle and some random scrap buttons. I had all these different scraps from other projects and love how they all came together to create this fun office chair complete with girly finishes.

Scraps Chair UpcycleThe best part about this project is that it was cheaper to make than to buy a fancy new office chair. I found the chair at a thrift store and then had the scraps of fabric and embellishments. This unique office chair has a new place in my craft room. Now it definitely fits in.

Chair UpcycleProject #4 Wood Scrap Pennant Banner

Hello So You Think You’re Crafty Readers!  So excited to still be here…This was the most challenging week thus far!  Do I have scraps to work with?  Far too many, but what to create with all these treasures?

Pennant Banner

After raiding the wood pile, garage and craft room, I came up with a really fun idea!  Inspired by a favorite piece of art, I created a large wooden pennant banner to hang on the wall in our family room.  Scrap wood cut into pennants + fun paint colors around the edges + a topping of fabric from my husbands old shirts and pants + letters cut from a fabric remnant = 1 FUN piece of artwork!

Pennant Banner

I love creating something out of nothing, especially when it turns out better than expected.  I can tell you one thing…We’re always ready to PLAY! (And I cannot wait to show you how it looks on the wall! Love it!)

Wood Pennant BannerProject #5 Baby Quilt

When I saw the scrap challenge in the line up for this season I knew exactly what I wanted to make, a baby quilt.  Quilting was one of my first crafting loves and is still one of the crafty things I enjoy most.  I especially love making baby quilts, they are quick and simple, and there is nothing better than seeing a little one snuggle with the blanket you made!

Scraps - Scrap Quilt 1

I had a lot of fabric scraps to choose from, I have a hard time throwing away fabric scraps from my projects and I tend to keep even smaller pieces that maybe should just be tossed, you never know when you might want 50 small squares of fabric in rainbow colors!  I had just recently organized my sewing room and all my scrap fabrics got organized by color.  Seeing all those scraps in color coded stacks inspired me to make this rainbow quilt.  I think it will make a perfect baby shower gift and could work for either a boy or a girl.

Scrap Baby Quilt Everything I used to make this quilt was leftover from other projects, even the fabric for the back, the binding, and the batting inside.  I started with 50 5” squares of my rainbow colors and 50 5” squares of scrap white fabric to make this quilt.  I used a grey chevron on the back and I love how it looks; the grey is a bit unexpected with all the color on the front.  I had some leftover squares from the front so I added them to the back in a fun chevron pattern.  The binding is double folded so it will be extra durable and is machine sewn to the front and hand stitched to the back for a seamless finish.

I LOVE this quilt, I hope you like it too and vote for me so I can show you how to make your own next week!

Scraps Baby Quilt


Project #6 Luxury Cat Bed

So this was a tough challenge… so many options.  I am a cat person through and through and it seems the Doggies of the world always rule so I thought it was time the Kitties got pampered. I took an old ottoman I found at the Goodwill a few years ago and some scraps of wood, fabric, ribbon, buttons, etc. and made a Luxury Cat Bed.  And what says luxury more than a tufted headboard??!!!

Luxury Cat Bed

I basically flipped the ottoman over cut four side boards and bottom boards that I fixed on with screws then painted the whole piece white.  The tufted head board was fun. I cut holes in a board evenly spaced then upholstered it.  To do the tufts I fished through some quilting thread to some rhinestone buttons.  Then I made the small decorative pillows and the large sleeping cushion.

Luxury Cat Bed

It was bit time consuming but so much fun… and let’s just say the DOGGIE IS NOT HAPPY!!!


Luxury Cat BedKitty is SO HAPPY with her new bed!!   Would love your vote in this round!

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Fall Decor Challenge Season 17, Week 4

Fall Decor ChallengeThis summer, it was incredibly hot in Utah. In fact, we met the all-time record for days above 100 degrees. It’s FINALLY cooled off just a little bit. I am grateful…It’s always a little hard to celebrate fall while dealing with summer’s heat!

Our contestants have worked hard and come up with some great projects for this week’s fall decor challenge and I am excited to share them with you today!

Fall Decor Challenge Projects

Project #1 Fall Owl Stuffy

I made it another week! Woo Hoo! Thank you so much for your votes! When I first signed on to be a contestant, I had no idea how challenging it would be. It’s been a lot of fun and I hope to make it through another week!

Fall Owl Stuffy

I try to keep my ideas as original as possible, while also doing something that reflects my taste. This week was no exception. I had two reasons for choosing the project I did. First, owls fit perfectly into a fall theme. Second, I owed my daughter a stuffy.

Fall Owl Stuffy

I started by lightly sketching an owl shape on canvas fabric. Then, I  chose a neutral color palette, but something that still said, “fall.” I added a little splash of aqua around the eyes, just to cool things down a bit. I know it doesn’t look like it, but I can sew a straight line. I wanted this owl to have lots of charm and whimsy…so I used a technique I like to call, drawing with my sewing machine. It’s by far, my favorite method of sewing. Basically, I’m “drawing” with my needle and thread, while I move my paper (the fabric) under the presser foot. It’s a lot like free motion sewing, for any of you sewing people out there. I think the reason I’m so drawn to this technique is because, there really are no rules. After several passes through the sewing machine, I have the scribbled look I was after. He got a belly full of stuffing, a quick whipstitch, and then he was off to the arms of a very happy little girl!

Fall Owl Stuffy

Project #2 Wood Shim Wreath

We are entering my favorite time of year. It may be the craziest time of year but I love all the holidays, birthdays, cooler weather, decorating, activities … ALL.OF. IT. These next few months are the best part of the year in my opinion! I was so excited to get decorating for fall and this wreath definitely started the wheels turning. Interestingly enough, I thought of this wreath idea while I was driving, so naturally, I made a side stop at the hardware store to gather some materials. Wouldn’t you?? I am in love with how it came out!

Wood Shim Wreath

Because I love the rustic natural wood look for fall decorating, I didn’t paint my shims. I can’t wait, however, to make another and spray paint it in a bright color for another holiday. Black for Halloween, silver for Hannukah, red for Christmas, I could go on, the choices are endless! I added it as the centerpiece of my mantle, but this would look equally great on a door or in an entryway. To tie in the rest of the mantle, I added some of the leaves and a bright sunflower.

Wood Shim Wreath

I think this is the perfect piece to finish off the mantle and the whole wreath was much less than $10 to make! Wood shims can be picked up for about $1.50 a dozen and I used just over 4 packs (I could have made it work with 4 packs if I had to but I had the extra). The leaves and flowers I pulled off the mantle as the finishing touch, I love using what I have on hand! I love way this came out and am ready for a lot more fall crafting!

Wood Shim Wreath


Project #3 Autumn Wood Sign

I love fall decorating, so naturally I was so excited. I love the look of pallet art, but I’m not sure if I’m convinced that using pallets are worth it unless they are left in one piece. I’d rather go buy some wood (which I did for this project, don’t even worry it was still cheap, about $4). My inspiration came together perfectly.

Autumn Pallet Art

I love the play on words with “fall.” I wanted to use a metallic gold and a nice stain for the wood. The leaves just pop! Add a bit of glitter and it is sweet. This is a great wood art piece that can be used to hang on the wall or as a centerpiece on a table.

Autumn Pallet Art

I wanted to create the effect of the wind swirling the colorful autumn leaves. It all worked out just right. I hope you love it just as much as I do!

Autumn Pallet Art


Project #4 One Chair Two Looks

Happy Fall, New Friends!  This competition just keeps getting more challenging.  With thousands of Amazing Fall ideas already out there, how does one come up with something fresh and new?!

Upcycled Rustic Chair

Why not give some trash to treasure chairs a new look for Fall…even better…TWO new looks!  Look One: A simple slipcover with painted metallic polka dots and a pleated ruffle for the dressier dining experiences AND Look Two: A painted chalkboard plaque on the back of the chair for a greeting, name, monogram or a seasonal reminder to “Give Thanks!”

Upcycled Rustic Chair

Simple, Fun and Festive…And the perfect way to unite mismatched chairs. Just wait until you see how they look in my dining room…No one would ever guess they were FREE!

Upcycled Rustic Chair

Project #5 Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow

I like having seasonal décor in my house, but I hate that it only gets used for one or two months out of the year.   So when I was trying to think of what I would make for this fall décor challenge, I knew I wanted something that could be used for fall but also hang around a bit longer.  I came up with this reversible leaf pillow cover.

Reversible Pillow Case

I made this pillow out of an off white fabric with a fall leaves design on one side.  The leaves are cut from fall colored felt and sewn on the case in three rows.  The pillow cover has an envelope closure on the back so the pillow insert can easily be stuffed inside.  When fall is over and you’re ready to get out your holiday décor, this pillow has another design hiding inside.

Reversible Pillow Case

Take out the pillow insert and flip the case inside out and the pillow is decked with holly leaves and ready for Christmas!  The reverse side has the same envelope closure on the back and no exposed seams; I really had to do some problem solving to accomplish that.  I am so happy with the outcome!  I love that this pillow adds a little fall to my home décor but also can stick around through winter. I hope you all like this pillow too!

Reversible Pillow Case

Project #6 Fall Patio Decor

I love Fall and everything about it.  The cooler temperatures, sweaters and scarves, the holidays, and decorating are all a part of it.  Rather than get all my old decorations out the theme of the challenge this week had me thinking about revamping what I normally do.

Fall Porch Decor

This is what I created for my back patio.  I love the look of painted vintage furniture and mixing new and old items together.  Rather than go with the typical darker colors of fall I went with the bright colors of yellow, orange, teal, and a touch of red.

Fall Porch Decor

I painted the shelf a beautiful teal and distressed it to show some peeks of the old color.  The chair I painted a soft yellow.  I made some hanging garlands out of beads and spools.  I tucked in some vintage goodness here and there, added a canning bottle full of candy corn, and a basket full of my home grown pumpkins.  And there you have it.  Sitting outside on a cool Fall evening will be even more fun now.  When Fall and Winter are over I can continue to use the fun shelf and chair in another arrangement for Spring.

Fall Porch Decor


Project #7 Fall Potter’s Bench

So, I am not a big “crafter” funny that I am in the contest “So You Think You’re Crafty”.    I guess I shouldn’t say I am not a crafter I love all things creative but my passion is more about  turning old things new… so for my fall project I took an old tool bench and made it into a Fall Potter’s Bench.

Fall Potter's Bench

After I cleaned her up I stained the entire piece with a dark stain.  Then I painted the top with three different colors, then distressed, then added some clear and dark wax .  I used a Behr paint turned into chalk paint for the colors.  I stained a piece of old barn wood that I found at an antique store to make the fall sign.  I printed the word FALL using the font called Lemonade then placed the printed paper over the barn wood and traced the FALL letters really hard.  The imprint came out onto the wood and then I used some Annie Sloane chalk paint to paint on the letters.

Fall Potter's Bench

Lastly I clipped some wire from a coat hanger to make some feet for my gourde ducks then spray painted the feet aqua.   I had a lot of fun with this project.  My mom loves to garden so I think I will give this piece to her for being such an amazing grandma.  Hopefully you’ll give me your vote this week!!

Fall Potter's Bench


Fall Decor Challenge Vote

SYTYC Fall Decor Challenge


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Birthday Challenge Season 17, Week 3

SYTYC Birthday ChallengeWelcome to week three of the competition. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously impressed with the level of competition this season and I think once you have the chance to check out this week’s projects, you’re going to feel the same.

As a reader you might never know that every season there seems to be one theme that “stumps” many of our competitors and this might be that week. We had a lot of fun chatting about birthday projects leading up to this week’s challenge and I think the biggest question the competitors had was “Tauni, why?!”

I answered the question in yesterday’s weekly theme introduction, but suffice it to say I think it’s fun to think that at least one of you is having a birthday today. Happy birthday!

Birthday Challenge

Project #1 Pomander Pinata

What’s a birthday party without a piñata?  This piñata combines the traditional candy filled party game with the flower pomander decoration that is so popular today.  This pomander piñata would be the perfect addition to any little girl’s party!

Pomander Pinata

To make this piñata, I started with a balloon that I covered with paper mache.  Once it dried, I filled it up with the goodies.  Then I dyed the edge of some party streamers to make the tips pink like blushing roses.  I ruffled the streamers on my sewing machine and rolled them into roses to glue all over the piñata.

Pomandander Pinata

This whole piñata costs less than $5 to make and I love it turned out.  I think it is almost too pretty to smash, but I know the kids won’t think twice about whacking it open to get to the candy inside! I hope you guys like it as much as I do!

Pomander PinataProject #2 Sprinkled Mini Party Hats

I was so excited for this week’s challenge! I’m writing this up before I find out if I’m still in the competition.  Hopefully, I’m here for another week and you’ll have the opportunity to vote for me again!  Anyway, back to this week’s challenge. I love anything birthday party related! I especially love handmade party decor and accessories. I knew exactly what I was going to do for this challenge.

Sprinkled Mini Party HatsI’ve had this idea racing around inside my head for a while. The trouble is, it’s getting harder and harder for me to find the time to bring these ideas to life. I knew this project would be perfect for the Birthday challenge week. I mean, who doesn’t love a party hat?

Sprinkled Miini Party Hats My inspiration for the hats came from those candy dots I used to eat as a kid. You know, those candy dots on paper? That’s basically what I did here, except I coated the royal icing with sprinkles. Fun, functional, and edible! So yes, it’s a party hat and a treat. Just ask my kids. They were chomping at the bit to get a hold of these! If you like my project, then I’d love to have your vote this week!!

birthday3Project #3 Casino Birthday Party Decor

Week three, Birthday. This theme gave me a run for my money. I had such a hard time coming up with the idea! I wasn’t sure which way to go with this theme since birthday is such a broad term for a craft theme. I decided to go with party decor and it just so happens that this week coordinates with my boyfriend’s 28th birthday. I asked him what he might want to do… and he gave a noncommittal response like most men do… So I decided to do a themed Birthday Party. I picked Casino, because it fit the need for an “adult theme” and it seemed like a great place for ideas. BEHOLD…My Casino Theme Birthday Party Table.

Casino Party Table

What Casino themed party is at ALL casino themed without a Flashing Marquee?! That’s right, it not only lights up, but on the back side I added flashing lights to give it a real Casino feel. I took cardboard letters purchased at Joanns and cut out the front facing and painted them red. I built a box on the outside to attach the flashing lights to and used Christmas bulb lights to light up the letters.

Casino Party Decor I loved how the sign turned out. It’s the first time I’ve ever try to light up anything. I set the sign on top of a box to give it some height and then wrapped the whole table in “pirate green” felt for a real poker table feel. I used large playing cards on some string as bunting around the table and folded a few in half to create name cards for each of the desserts.

Casino Party Table

Speaking of desserts, in addition to the sign and table decorations I made a tableful of delicious sweet treats to fit the casino theme. Casino chip Oreos, cake pop olives, martini glasses filled with jello, “gold bar” rice crispies, cupcakes and brownie dominos. There were Red Hots for the “hot hands” and Milk Duds for the “duds.”  Even the “to go” boxes for people to take their treats home in were decorated to look like dominos. I think I hit the jackpot with this theme! What do you think?

Project #4 Birthday Party Favor Bags

Let me just tell you, this week I had a hard time with the birthday theme. All I could think of were cupcakes, banners and confetti. I really wanted to do something a little different than all the regular birthday ideas I was coming up with. So I decided to make a handmade birthday party favor.

Handmade birthday Favors The birthday party favors include a favor bag, a chalkboard mat, a tic-tac-toe board, chalk, erasing cloth and tic-tac-toe pieces. I created a boy version and a girl version. I though it was a great alternative to the ordinary party favor.

Handmade Birthday Party Favors

This is a great birthday party favor because it can be used over and over. It is a wonderful way to keep kids occupied during quiet times. It was fun to pick out the sailboat and bird themes. They are such a fun functional party favor. I hope you like it and vote for me.

Handmade Birthday Party FavorsProject #5 America’s Birthday: Pieced Wood Flag

Second to Christmas, the most important birthday is the birth of our Nation…Nothing says “Happy Birthday America” more than a flag.

Pieced Wood Flag

Crafted from a variety of colors and sizes of stained wood planks, each piece was cut and set in place in a staggered pattern.  As our Nation has evolved into a beautiful place I am proud to live, so has this flag evolved.  After many plans and sketches and reworking the pieces, it all came together.

Pieced Wood Flag

Not an ordinary flag, a flag designed to be seen from the minute you walk in the door.  Proudly displayed for all to see, the flag fills the tall space in our stairwell and reminds me daily of how blessed I truly am.  Looking forward to sharing it with guests in my home as well as sharing all the behind the scenes details with all of you!

Pieced Wood FlagProject #6 Rustic Wood Cupcake Stand

I love a good party, heck, I love a bad party. OK, maybe that is a little extreme… The point is that I love to plan a party for almost anyone and any theme. Birthdays are my favorite and I have been known to completely take over the party planning process for many of my daughter’s friends. Luckily their moms are awesome and are all too willing to just hand over the control. Since I have done so many themes, I thought I would make an accessory for a party that I have not had the chance to plan, yet. This rustic wood cupcake stand would be darling at woodland creatures, owl, forest or other related theme party!

Rustic Cupcake Stand

The inspiration for this project came from the tree discs that the cupcakes are sitting on. I have had them forever but I could not think of a good use for them, until now! I knew that for birthday week I wanted to make something that I could use again, and you can never have too many cupcake stands. Well, unless you ask my husband, I am sure he believes it is possible.

Rustic Cupcake StandTo make the stand, I used wood that I had on hand in the garage, which meant it was not all the same type or color. To make it all work together, I knew I wanted to add some sort of stain rather than painting.  Wood stain is not a material I use often so I did not have any on hand for this project, this is where I improvised. I gave a stain-like affect by watering down some dark brown paint and brushing it on and then wiping it off. It worked out well and I will have to incorporate it into more projects in the future!

Rustic Cupcake StandProject #7 Birthday Calendar

As my family gets bigger and bigger it’s hard to remember everyone’s birthday.  So, a birthday calendar was in order.  Thanks to this competition I made the time to get this done.

Birthday Calendar

I wanted something that I could display.  I found this cute wire stand at a thrift store.  It had a wired birds nest hanging in the center that I just removed.  I spray painted and sanded it.  I used chipboard to make each of the pages.  The months are back to back so I can just turn the stand either way to see the current or next month.

Birthday Calendar

I made a list of the days of the month and printed it on cardstock.  I then inserted each behind the paper strips.

Birthday Calendar

I love how it turned out and know it will be very well used.

Project #8 First Birthday Highchair

If you can believe it, my DAD sat in this Highchair…. Yes, this chair is about 70 years old!!  When my grandma passed away last year I inherited this highchair. I knew someday I would do something awesome with it, so when I heard this week was Birthday I knew exactly what I would use….

First Birthday Highchair

I painted the high chair aqua blue using Webster’s Chalk Paint.  I love the color of Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint so I went to Home Depot and had them color match the cap of the spray paint. It was a perfect match.  Then I added Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder to the Behr sample to make it chalk paint.  After that I tore some strips of fabric and tulle and made a tutu for the chair for decoration.  Last but not least I painted on some pink polka dots and Whallaah… a pretty new chair.

First Birthday Highchair

My friend’s daughter is turning one next month. This will be the perfect prop for a great photo shoot!  This week was such a fun project.   Please vote for me so you can see what I have in store for the upcoming Fall Decor Project!!

First Birthday Highchair

The Vote…

SYTYC Birthday ChallengeVoting will run through Thursday, September 19, at 5 p.m. MST. You may vote in the challenge once each week. Please select all FIVE of your favorite projects. If you do not select a full range of projects, your vote may not be counted in the final calculations.


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Best Birthday Tutorials

I spent the more formal part of my career working as a public relations consultant for Utah politicians.

When a good portion of your job is spent briefing officials about the “hot topics” of a particular area (say, something like the plight of gophers in northeastern Utah) your brain tends to contain a WHOLE LOT of completely meaningless information.

Not one to be stingy with trivia, I wanted to share (though I think this season’s contestants really wish I wouldn’t have)…

Utah has the highest birthrate in the nation, so it’s only natural that I would pick up a thing or two about the ebb and flow of birthdays.

Did you know that Monday, September 16, marks the most popular birthday in the U.S.?

It’s true.

Before you start trying to do the math, I will just put it out there…Nine months = December.

In any event, it’s only natural that we’d have a birthday challenge this week,right? Right.

SYTYC Birthday Challenge

I can’t wait to show you what our awesome competitors have created for this round. MAN THESE GUYS ARE GOOD!

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite birthday related posts to kick off this week’s fun.

12 birthday tutorials

Best Birthday Tutorials on the Web

Balloon Wreath Tutorial via Bits of Everything

Balloon Wreath Tutorial via Bits of Everything

Birthday Wreath Tutorial via SNAP!

Curly Ribbon Birthday Wreath Tutorial via SNAP! 

Confetti Decor

Confetti Wall via Allison Celestia


DIY Tissue Tassel Tutorial via Green Wedding Shoes

Fringed Crepe Paper Streamers Tutorial via SNAP!

Fringed Crepe Paper Streamers Tutorial via SNAP!

Zig Zag Streamers

Zig Zag Streamers Tutorial via Oh Happy Day

Confetti Dipped Balloons Tutorial

Confetti Dipped Balloon Tutorial via Studio DIY

DIY Rainbow Pinata via The Sweetest Occaision

DIY Rainbow Pinata Tutorial via The Sweetest Occaision

Free birthday subway art via Eighteen 25

Free Printable Birthday Subway Art via Eighteen 25

Birthday Crown Tutorial via Heidi Finn

Birthday Crown Tutorial via Heidi & Finn

Birthday Hat Tutorial via Your Home Based Mom

Birthday Hat Tutorial via Your Homebased Mom 

Easy Rainbow Birthday Cake Tutorial

Easy Chevron Rainbow Birthday Cake Tutorial via SNAP!


Birthday Balloon Sprinkle Cake via Double the Fun Parties

Birthday Cake Pops

Birthday Cake Pop Tutorial via Niner Bakes