Around the World Challenge (Season 16, Week 5}

Around the World

Who’s ready for our week five challenge? Yesterday I introduced the “around the world” challenge theme and I have to say these girls went the distance! I love seeing the amazing, original ideas that pop up every. single. week.

The Projects…

Project #1 Paris Quilt

Paris QuiltI am so excited to be back this week and share my around the world project with you.  Right after I found out one of the theme for this season was around the world, my daughter decided she wanted to decorate her bedroom with a Paris theme.  I knew I would have lots of projects in her room and the hardest part of this would be deciding which project to use for the contest.  The other hard part has been not telling anyone I am decorating my daughter’s bedroom in a Paris theme but I did it.  YAY!!

Paris QuiltI decided to use her quilt for this weeks’ project.  I have made her several quilts in the past and she always says “It’s too cold.”, so with this quilt I made a six inch square quilted top but I used warm fuzzy fleece fabric for the back.  It worked out great.  I let her pick out the backing fabric since I picked out the four coordinating top fabrics.  Its thin but super warm.

Paris QuiltProject #2 Sheet Music Globe

When I saw the theme for this week, I knew I needed to makeover this old globe.  I got it at a garage sale for a dollar a few months ago, and my husband thought I had finally lost it!  I don’t know where the previous owners were keeping this thing, but it was filthy!  Neon and dust and dirt!  OH MY!  Doesn’t it look a million times better?

Sheet Music GlobeI had no idea what I was going to do with the thing until we got this old piano.  A piano calls for sheet music art, of course, so the sheet music globe was born.

Sheet Music GlobeLet me tell you, this thing was more difficult than it looks to pull off!  Mod Podging paper onto a round surface wasn’t so easy, and it took several coats of spray paint to cover up that horrible neon! All worth it in the end though because, once again, I have proven to my husband that I am not as crazy as he thinks.

Sheet Music Globe

Project #3 Pictorial Wall Compass

Photo Wall CompassWouldn’t it be fun if we could all just spend our time traveling the world! Sign me up! I have been lucky enough to spend some time traveling. I chose to use photos from my adventures, as well as the adventures of my favorite people to make a PICTORIAL WALL COMPASS. It’s fun to look at when what’s on the TV can be quite depressing these days.


Photo Wall CompassI used chalkboard paint for my compass and put a heart in the middle of my direction areas because of my love for adventure. The wood bases were chosen to add a 3D effect which is tricky to see from the photos, but they are 3 different thicknesses. The compass piece is a fence post top

Photo Wall CompassThere is 1 photo from every continent!! Let me tell you it was difficult to choose just one! I chose to arrange the photos similarly to how they would be seen on a map.

Project #4 Embroidered Fabric Flight Case

Flight CaseTruth be told this is my second attempt at this theme. The first idea just didn’t feel ‘Around the Worldy’ enough! So after a rethink… a decorated flight case seemed to fit the bill.

This flight case started life functional, black and boring. Great for a ‘blend in at work’ look but we’re not about blending in or looking boring. There is always time for a little pazzazz in life. Every aviator, traveller, woman needs nice luggage right?! The great thing about flight cases is that they hold enough for a weekend getaway (My bag is ready, just send me the invite!)

Embroidered Stamped Flight CaseI wanted the bag to represent places loved and a place to dream of visiting. The maps are stitched onto fabric with the place of interest stamped on. I made the landmark stamps from erasers. A fabric luggage label finishes it all off.

Eraser StampsI hope you have some fun travels coming up.

Project #5 Olympic Rings Bracelet

Olympic Rings BraceletWow, I had a hard time coming up with an idea for the Around the World Challenge. I thought of different crafts from different cultures, but nothing really felt totally global, if you know what I mean. That’s when my husband said, “What about the Olympics? That’s pretty ‘around the world.'” He was right!

I put together an Olympic ring bracelet that hopefully won’t put me under IOC scrutiny. I’ve always wanted to try chain mail jewelry, and I figured that connecting the rings with another set of linked rings would sync nicely.

Olympic BraceletI made the Olympic rings by wrapping large jump rings in Chinese knotting cord. I secured the ends with some super glue.

I found a pattern for Helmsweave chain mail and used that to create the bulk of the bracelet. It requires linking together different sized jump rings to create a chain.

Olympic BraceletI love the way it turned out, even if the Winter Olympics aren’t for another 8 months. I hope you like it, too!

Project #6 Around the World in 80 Days

Around the WorldAs soon as I saw that the theme for this week was Around the World, the inner nerd in me immediately thought of the classic book “Around the World in 80 Days”, which has often been represented with illustrations of men in a hot air balloon. Now, here is where I am going to blow your mind….they never actually travelled in one during the story. Nope, no hot air balloons for those original guys, but the film in 1956 changed that storyline and I much prefer the idea of travelling the world in a beautiful hot air balloon, as opposed to a steam train or an elephant. Plus, hot air balloons make for a much cuter outfit!

Around the WorldUsing multiple fabrics, I created an adorable little dress. The bodice has a strip of fabric featuring a sweet hot air balloon and ric rac trim, the middle part of the skirt is composed of unique world map fabric, and the outer skirt fabric has fun drawings of kids from all around the world holding hands.

I always love mixing and matching fabrics…even if they aren’t from the same designer or fabric line, you can still make them work together.

Around the World DressI also made her a fun hot air balloon necklace out of polymer clay. In order to create the balloon, I used several colors of clay and formed it into the proper shape.  The “basket” is just plain white.  Each of those pieces got baked in the oven.  Once cooled, I glued several strands of thread to hold the “basket” to the balloon and then threaded it onto elastic, along with some cute beads I had in my stash.

Finally, out of the leftover hot air balloon fabric, I made a simple banner that my daughter wants to hang up in the playroom. I simply cut the balloons to shape and sewed each one to some white felt for stability and then sewed them all onto some white ric rac.

Hope you guys like everything! And if you have never seen the original movie, you should really check it out!

The Vote…

Around the WorldVoting on SYTYC’s “around the world” challenge will run through Thursday, July 11, at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on July 12.

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Outdoor Challenge {Season 16, Week 4}

Outdoor Challenge

Who’s ready for a challenge?! I am really excited about the contestant’s projects this week. They’re amazing!

The Projects…

Project #1 Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

I must admit this theme was a little harder for me to come up with a project.  I am not exactly an outdoors kind of person.  I don’t like the bugs and the heat.  But when I think about outdoors I think about picnics and ladybugs and ants and flowers.  So I decided to bring a little bit of outside inside by make a reversible placemats, reversible table runner and a center piece.

Stained Wood Box Table Centerpiece

For my placemats and table runner I used two different fabrics that coordinated.  On one side of the placemats I used my embroidery machine and stitched some picnic ants and I added some ribbon to give it a little something more.  On the other side of the placemats I stitched an appliqued lady bug.

Picnic Placemats

For my center piece my husband and I used some wood from our fence that got blown away in a tornado.  We had debated on putting it back up but we haven’t and when I saw the wood I knew it would be perfect.  I wanted some wood that was weathered.  It was warped and didn’t exactly lay flat when we were screwing it together but with some team work we got it.  To give it more of a weathered look I stained it with some ebony stain then sanded it after it had dried.  I was hoping to get by the store and pick up some more flowers to add to it before taking my pictures but I didn’t have a chance.  These did come from my yard also though.

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Project #2 Picnic Quilt

For this round, I decided to make a quilt out of some old jeans that were beyond repair and some red and white fabric.  Not just any quilt, but a picnic quilt, complete with a strap for easy carrying.  I chose a nice, lofty batting so it would be comfortable to sit on, and the jeans make it heavy and durable.  Normally I don’t like jean fabric on anything but jeans, but I think it looks perfect as a picnic blanket!  It measures about 5½ feet square.  Nice and big so everyone has a place to sit!

Picnic Quilt

Of course, you can’t have a picnic blanket without ants, so I embroidered a few around the binding.  So cute!  The fabric was given to me, and I think most of it is vintage.  My favorite is the white with tiny red flowers.

Picnic Quilt

I made the strap using the bottom cuffs of some capris that I had, and the handle is the waist of a couple pairs of jeans.  Nice and durable!

picnic quilt

Project #3 DIY Bird House

DIY BirdhouseOutdoors week, yay! I’ve been working on this project for what feels like EVER, so I was so happy and proud to complete it. I will preface by saying that I am not a carpenter or, in fact, very familiar with power tools. But I was determined to build a birdhouse for my newly blooming garden, and if I can do it, you can, too. I wanted something a little different, so I landed on two important details: I’d make it with upcycled wood, and I’d give it its own garden.

I started with some reclaimed redwood that I got at a recycling center, and I built the house itself out of that wood. I like the idea that in a former life, this wood was a fence, and that I didn’t have to use any virgin wood for it. While I’d seen a lot of birdhouses with green roofs, I wanted mine to have an actual garden, so it looks like a miniature house. So I built out the floor to include several inches around the perimeter to hold soil and small plants. I added a few details like tiny terra cotta pots, some rocks, and even this crazy small wooden wheelbarrow I found.

DIY Birdhouse

As you can see in the photo above, I even included a hinged flap on the bottom in order to clean out the house from year to year. Once a bird family is done with it, I can get in there and clean it out to prepare for another family the next year.

The roof I covered in craft moss that I found at a local nursery. I wanted it to have a more rustic look.

DIY BirdhouseI just love the way it turned out, and now I’m just hoping against hope that some desperate bird will come use it. Hope you like it, too!

Project #4 Vintage Ladder to Awesome Arbor

I am so excited to be back here for another week!

Now, let me just tell you… when I saw that we had to do an outdoor craft, I kind of freaked out.  I am not an “outdoor craft” type of gal.   Plants do not survive around me.  They suffer.

So, I had to really think.  I truly had to think outside of the box for this one, folks. So, give me props, okay? Then, I remembered an old, yucky, vintage wooden ladder I had bought off Craigslist months ago. Bingo. BINGO! Why not make an arbor for our back deck? Right? Am I right?

Ladder ArborOur deck has these weird cubbies that needed something and this was the perfect solution (I plan to make one for the other side… and you know there will be a full tutorial, right?) I took that old Craigslist ladder and cut it to size. Then, I drilled some 2×4’s to both sides. Finally, I stapled lattice to each side. Primed and painted it all white with some exterior paint.

(we already owned the stone bench)

outdoor craft 3The most expensive part was the plants.  I had to ask the nice people at Lowe’s to direct me to the plants that “climb”. They were so friendly and helpful and they explained how to take care of each and every one of them.  I pinky swore to them that I would make sure these plants survived.  So, I need to keep that promise.  

I love the fact that this arbor will eventually be covered with flowers and leaves.  I will make sure to update on my blog when that happens, which according to the lovely people at Lowe’s, should be soon!

Ladder Arbor

Project #5 Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden

“Outside theme, outside theme” I muttered to myself as I wandered around my garden in search of ideas. My eyes settled on the little overgrown patch beside the drain and the garden step. It was crying out for some TLC. What it needed I decided, was a fairy garden.

I spent a couple of days hunting around my house for items that could be repurposed for miniature use. Over the next week slowly but surely tiny items were crafted. A wooden tissue box was converted into a log cabin. A tupperware container became panes of ‘glass’ for the windows. Fabric scraps were stitched into tiny curtains and a little pair of trousers drying on the washing line. The wooden items were painted in a matching egg shell blue. The paint work on the bench was distressed in certain places to hint at years of use and enjoyment.

Fairy Garden

It’s been told that the fairy who lives here often wanders down to lie on the bench or sit on the little tree stump. In the quiet of the summer evenings she enjoys watching the fish swimming beneath the gentle splash of the waterfall. Sometimes she can be seen sweeping her path, hanging out her washing or peeking into the bird house. If you’re quiet enough you mayjust catch her rocking to and fro on her tyre swing in the rosemary tree.
Fairy Garden

You never know – a fairy may make use of any unattended patches in your garden…

Project #6 Patriotic Rockets

Patriotic Rockets

The 4th of July is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays. I have a few decorations I put up inside my house. I noticed that the outside of my house could use something patriotic. I made some rockets from scrap wood to put in front of my house.

Patriotic Rockets

I’m a beginner when it comes to power tools. I recently learned how to cut straight lines with a miter saw. There were four cuts total for these rockets. Trust me if I can handle this anyone can! After the wood was cut I painted them with craft paint. I found super cute foam stickers for $1 at Joann’s. I applied the stickers with hot glue after the paint was dry. The silver stars at the bottom were found at the dollar store. They were a table weight for balloons that I cut apart.

The hardest part of this whole project was figuring out how to stick the rockets in the ground. I didn’t want to use wood. I was worried that wood would weather quickly. What I came up with (with the help of my husband) was PVC and rebar. We attached the PVC to the back of the rockets with brackets. My state is unpredictable when it comes to the weather. That is where the piece of rebar comes in. The rebar will help the rocket to stay in the ground and not blow away.


My house looks super festive now thanks to these rockets!  I can’t help but smile when I pull in my driveway.

Project #7 Whisky Fire Pit

If we could be outdoors all the time we definitely would be, so that made me feel like there was extra pressure to dream up something awesome. I walked the aisles of home depot, raked the internet for inspiration and then it came to me. We don’t have a fire pit! For many reasons that shall remain nameless, we cannot put in a permanent fire pit. I have been begging for one of the temporary/moveable ones with very little budging on his part. So I told him, “I am going to build us a fire pit tomorrow, just watch.”

So that is exactly what I did!

Old, dirty, well used fire bowl with stand {craigslist find!} + a Whiskey Barrel {craigslist Home Depot}

Without further Ado… My Whiskey Fire Pit

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^^Above are the supplies used^^
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Don’t you just wanna relax right here!
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Happy 4th of July to all, thankful for the men and women who protect our freedom.

P.S. All safety concerns will be discussed in the tutorial, until then, my hose is nearby!

The Vote…

Outdoor Collage


Voting on SYTYC’s Outdoor Challenge will take place Monday, July 1 through Thursday, July 4 at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced July 5.

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Week 4 Theme: Outdoors {Giveaway}

Our week four theme is “Outdoors” and I am so excited to see what our competitors have in store, aren’t you? Our challenge projects will be live tomorrow!

Sunshine Outdoors Quote

Last summer I read a great study that said the more you get away from the stress of daily life and spend time outdoors, the greater your level of creativity. It indicated that people were about 50 percent more creative after they had spent time outside.

Sometimes it’s time to turn off the iPhone, the iPad, the computer – just disconnect and enjoy the moment. Nature becomes a place where you can relax and rest.

I spent the weekend working on cleaning out the garage…I don’t know that it helped me relax at the time, but I must admit I feel better about the clean space!

To help you tackle your own outdoor project, we’ve got one $50 gift card to Lowe’s up for grabs. To enter the giveaway, utilize the Rafflecopter widget below.
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Kids Can Do Challenge {Season 16, Week 3}

Kids Can Do ChallengeI love a good project with the boys, especially during the summer! Most recently we’ve been working on Project Life together (It’s a great Sunday activity). However, we’ve done everything from crochet to fine art…

Since summer hit, I have been collecting great kids craft ideas and I have really been looking forward to our Kids Can Do Challenge.

The Projects…

Project #1 Squirt Gun Curtains

I adore munchkins and had so much fun with these two this last weekend. Armed with a photo of their bedspread I picked up various colors of acrylic paint and a pack of 8 squirt guns for $2.99.  Little boys + paint + squirt guns and you’re guaranteed a great and really messy time! I hung up a sheet outside and they went to town. We even used a glow in the dark paint!

Squirt Gun Artwork When they were all done squirting, we left it out to dry while we cleaned off with the hose. I took the sheet home and turned it into two curtain panels, added some fun double zigzag stitching on the edges in blue and red thread. The next day I delivered their curtains for their room and they were SO excited!  

Squirt Gun CurtainsWhen you hear, “Wow, that’s great! I love all the colors!” from a 4 year old you know you’ve done something right for kids week. 

said, “You made that!!” Little man said, “I know!” with a giant smile! The curtains are so fun for their room and the glow paint adds the “stars” element! They kept saying, “Turn off the lights!!” The total cost for this project was $10 for the flat sheet, $1.57 per paint color and then a rod if you don’t already have one. I’d suspect most of you have all the supplies on hand already.

Squirt Gun Curtains

Now go gather up the supplies and release the kiddos to make their own room decor. Pillow cases  to match would be super fun too! That’s next on our list for the boys :)

Project #2 Home Sweet Home

Shower Curtain Play House

Space can be an issue in our home so my craft projects need to fit in and benefit our lifestyle and environment. This wendy house is perfect. It is constructed from just three tension rods placed across a hallway to form the roof frame. A decorated shower curtain draped over the top makes it a perfect wendy house. You can set it up quickly and store it away really easily. Perfect.

When I floated this idea past the little one that occupies this living space with me her only question was “when can we start!” I drew a house shape on a piece of paper for her to design her home. She added flowers, windows, a bunny and a door number. This also developed into a fun learning activity about how houses are constructed and what materials are used. She wasn’t sure how to draw roofs so we went for a walk outside and looked at the different roofs around us. She came back in and represented it as lines with a tiny bird on top.

Curtain Playhouse

Whilst she drew and colored her house I cut up an old shower curtain and stitched it to the right size. I added some tabs, which the rods slide through which keep the shower curtain in place.

I set up a paint zone and let her get to work. She took such care in each brush stroke. She was definitely proud of herself and the end result of her little colorful house. The next morning she bounded into my room as soon as she woke “Is it dry mama?” It took me a second to work out what she was talking about! “Morning to you too darling!”

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We took it downstairs, cut out the windows and made the door open. I overstitched the edges as the shower curtain was prone to fraying. I embroidered around her paint marks to add detail and embellished the house with buttons and ribbons. She was excited that we could use one of the ‘fancy’ stitches on the sewing machine for the roof. Finally she rummaged through my fabric stash and chose some material for her curtains. With these in place everything was ready for dinner at her house. She chose some extra squishy cushions, invited her favourite dolls and settled down to cook up a storm with some plastic cake and cardboard cookies. A little while later I rang her button bell and was welcomed in to join her dinner party.

I can see this becoming a staple toy, which we can pull out whenever the whim occurs or when little friends come to play.

Project #3 Rainbow Nursery Art

For this week’s challenge, I decided to have the kids make something that we can hang in the nursery.  The song “The Rainbow Connection” is special to us for lots of reasons, but mainly because it’s the song that I sing them to sleep with when they are babies.  I love the lyrics because they are all about wishing, finding the end of rainbows, and childhood wonder.  The art that the kids made has the lyrics of the first verse.

DIY Nursery Artwork

So you are probably wondering, how is this a “kids can do” project?  They made this, I promise, with just a little bit of help from mommy and some vinyl lettering.  I don’t want to get into too much detail because this isn’t a tutorial, but the kids painted the rainbow on canvas, I put on the vinyl, then they painted white over the whole thing, and we peeled off the letters together.  You could, of course, do this project with different lyrics (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” would be cute) and use vinyl stickers instead of lettering.

DIY Rainbow Nursery Art

I just LOVE the way some of the letters transition from one color to the next and how the background looks like a rainbow peeking through the clouds!  It’s going to look so cute in the nursery!

DIY Rainbow Nursery Artwork

Project #4 Pixel Art T-Shirt


For Kids Can Do week, I wanted to do something both for the kids and by the kids… you know, FKBK. And my kids love making t-shirts. We decided to make some pixel art as a team.

There are plenty of pixel patterns out there on the internet; you can even use Perler bead patterns. Since my kids like to put together Perler beads following patterns, I knew they’d be into making these t-shirts. With parental prep work, it’s really just a matter of reproducing the pattern on the t-shirt.

I used iron-on vinyl and cut it into 1/2″ squares. A lot of squares. I found a pixel image that they liked and printed it out, and then I got a large piece of cardboard and drew a grid of 1/2″ squares on it. By slipping it into the t-shirt, you could see the grid through the fabric and use it as your guide. Then I set the kids to work. I put a tiny amount of adhesive on the vinyl squares so they wouldn’t move around, and they kids laid them all out.


Once the “pixels” are all attached, you iron the shirt and peel off all the backings. And that’s it! The slightly wonky nature of the kid-aligned pixels is perfect, since it allows you to see each individual pixel. And of course, it’s endearing, right?


Hope you like!

Project #5 Felt People

Hey everyone! Thanks again for voting for me and allowing me the opportunity to come back and show you my kids can do it project. For this theme I knew I wanted to do something that was sewing with my children. Due to unforeseen reasons my children have not gotten to make theirs yet, but me making one first gave me the chance to work out the details so that when they make theirs it will go smoother. After voting is over and I get to feature my project on my blog there will be more felt people.

Felt People

We made felt people. My children and I went to the craft store and each of them picked out some felt for the “clothes” and I got a bunch of flesh colored felt for the head, arms and legs. I started out by drawing a pattern on some paper and cutting it out. Then we used the pattern to cut out all the pieces. I got some buttons for the eyes, nose and shirt. At first we made the nose with just embroidery thread but then I decided a button would look better. Also we used embroidery thread to stitch on a mouth.

Felt People

Felt People

Originally I thought I wanted to turn the pieces so you couldn’t see the seams but that was harder than I wanted for something for children to make and since its felt the ends won’t fray. We used the sewing machine to stitch up the arms, legs, head and body. We put stuffing in the head and body. Now the children each have a project that they made and they can keep and enjoy. We decided to make felt people because then its good for a girl or a boy. My husband said a boy can’t have a baby doll.

Project # 6 Busy Blanket

The idea for “The Busy Blanket” came to me when I was planning our family vacation.  Keeping young kids entertained can often be difficult and I didn’t want to have to pack too many toys from home.  A long time ago, I made a quiet book for my oldest child…. it was a small book full of cute little activities.  Realizing how fun those are, I came up with the idea for the ultimate activity blanket!

The Busy Blanket has nylon straps with an adorable cherry print oil cloth outer for waterproof protection (plus it is stylish enough for me to carry around!)   The other side has a mesh bag for collecting seashells and rocks.   It folds in thirds and then in fourths and attaches together with velcro.  (tutorial coming soon!)

Once unfolded, the kids will freak out by how insanely awesome it is.  The blanket was made out of two large bath towels joined together and then trimmed out with lime green binding and backed with the oilcloth.

There are so many activities inside for the kids to enjoy:

A magnetic clock with magnet clock hands, fabric chalkboard (yes, chalkboard fabric!), an I Spy Bag, felt tic-tac-toe, mesh storage bag for game pieces, dry erase board with markers and crayons, and a foam number puzzle.

So far, my kids’ favorite part is the dry erase board.  It was created by attaching clear vinyl over white felt and then sewing it onto the towel.  The dry erase markers and crayons wipe right off with a rag  for lots of imaginative drawings.

I will most definitely be sharing info on how to make each section, so stay tuned!

There are so many activities for kids of all ages and they can be varied according to your child’s interests.  Everything on the blanket is washable, which is perfect after a day at the beach.

The best part is that even though I sewed most of the blanket together, you can most definitely use fabric glue or hot glue if you aren’t up for such a large sewing job.   The kids can also help pitch in and glue things down.

I can already tell this blanket is going to be a big hit when we head up to the lake this summer!

Project #7 Clay Jewelry 


Kids are fun to make stuff for and fun to work with making stuff.. in some cases. I am a kid at heart and when I discovered sculpey it reminded me of play doh and I was so excited. I decided to make some pendants that are kid friendly.

Clay Jewelry

They can be made into necklaces, rings, earrings or anything else you desire.

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I decided to make two necklaces a ring and earrings and now I will need to figure out which ones I am going to keep for myself for fourth of july and which ones I will share with others.

clay necklace

Project #8 Kids Summer Scrapbook

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My kids love taking their own pictures. They also love to look at photo albums. We decided to combine both of those things. They get to make their very own summer scrapbook. Inside it will be filled with pictures they take and pages they make.

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My kids started by making a list of all the fun summer things we do. I got them out my scrapbook stuff and let them have at it. What they did was made pre-done scrapbook pages. They will take pictures when we go fun places this summer. After they take the pictures I will help them print them. At the end of the summer they will have their very own completed scrapbook!

book collage

My kids were so excited with this project! They said they want to do one of these every year. As a Mom it was so fun to sit back and watch them do their own thing. This will be a treasure that our whole family will love for years to come!

The Voting…

SYTYC Kids Can Do ChallengeVoting on SYTYC’s Kids Can Do Challenge will run through Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27 at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced Friday, June 28. To see the winning project tutorial, please pop over on Tuesday, July 2.

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Upcycling Results {Week 2}

What an awesome week. I loved all of our competitors projects and the things that you linked up were all absolutely fantastic as well. I cannot wait to feature some of them tomorrow!

In the meantime, I am excited to bring you the results of week two’s upcycling craft off!

Upcycling Results {Week 2}

You might have noticed that I changed to voting procedure last week to make it easier for visitors to rank the projects. The result is a slightly less appealing graphic for results week…The left side bar represents rank 1-10, so in this case the lower number is actually better. Does that make sense? Hope so.

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Crafter Reveal

Upcycle Winner

Though the results may look a bit dramatic, voting was actually very, very close. However, this week’s winner by a hair was Naomi, from Fifty Two Create.


I really cannot get over the transformation!

Congratulations Naomi!!!

Saying Goodbye…

Of course this week we do have to say goodbye to one of our crafters…it’s much harder than it may seem! We wish Janiene, from A Bunch of Bishops.

I have spent a lot of time on Janiene’s site in the last week and thought I would share a few of my favorite projets with you.

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1. Wooden Ladder Tellis 2. Map Top School Desk 3. Rocket Ship Piñata 4. Handmade Tic Tac Toe  5. Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant  

Learn more about Janiene next Tuesday, when we share her crafter interview!

Next Week…

Come back next week for the “Kids Can Do” challenge. This is a perfect series during summer. I can’t wait to share the projects that have come in!

Finale & Season 4 Crafters

Can you believe we’re to the finals? A huge congratulations goes to Charlene and Deidre for making it this far! Good luck this week (voting open until 9 pm MST on Friday)!

The fantastically lucky winner of the $50 gift card to Magnificent Metal has been chosen and announced here. Congrats!

And now to announce the 10 auditioners that will be competing in Season 4 of So You Think You’re Crafty…

Kim @ A Girl and a Glue Gun with her Cardboard Clubhouse
Tina @ Simple. Inspired. Homemade with her Sunny Days Sunglass Holder
Emilie @ Emilie Handmade with her Super Absorbent Super Hero
Vanessa @ Tried and True with her Seat/Floor Cushion
Natalia & Whitnee @ Piece N Quilt with their Quilted Bed Runner
Kristin @ See Mommy Sew with her Summer Time Swim Suit
Heidi @ Hello Color with her Embroidered Slippers
Carrie @ Tao of Craft with her Rocket Ship Softie
Cheri @ I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar with her Leather Leaf Necklace
Mary Beth @ Addressing Spaces with her Time Worn Table

Congratulations ladies!!! I can’t wait to see what you com up with in the upcoming weeks!

However there were three that won’t be in this season. I hope that we’ll see
Amber @ A Bunny World (Chalkboard Word Magnets)

Kelly @ Make it Sparkly Mama (Packet of Posies Wreath)
Brenda @ Therapeutic Crafting (Cupboard Chalkboard)

in a future season. But in the meantime make sure you keep up with their great sites!


Craft #1 – Paper Cake Treat Boxes

This three-tier cake is made from paper. Each tier is made up of eleven individual paper cake slices that are attached to each other. The pieces come apart easily, so when the party is over, each guest gets to take a piece of cake home.

Fill each cake slice with candy or any other special treat. You could even fill each slice with money, which would be a fun and new twist on a money tree. (This would make a great end-of-year teacher gift…each child could make one or two slices and fill each slice with a special thank-you note.)

The cake makes a great centerpiece. You can use an infinite amount of color combinations based on the occasion. Imagine how beautiful the cake would look made out of white paper for a wedding! Make it out of pink or blue for a baby shower. Endless possibilities!
Craft #2 – Romantic Picnic Tote

If you are tired of the same dinner and a movie date with your spouse, here is a great idea for a special night together. A picnic… without that big, boxy picnic basket. Find a babysitter, pack up a nice dinner and put it in your beautiful picnic tote!

When you unsnap the top, you can see how nicely organized all of your picnic items are.

This is not just any tote, however. The sides of the tote snap in the back to easily access the items for your picnic.

There are elastic straps to hold your wine glasses (cute plastic ones from Walmart), pockets for your plates and silverware, and a pocket for your picnic blanket.

The picnic blanket has a waterproof bottom, which is easy to clean (a simple modification of the outdoor play mat). It is a great way to enjoy your spouse. And if you really want to keep it cheap, put the kids to bed and have a picnic in the backyard. Just the two of you!

The cute fabric is curtousy of Danielle from Draw String Studio.

Week 8 – Re-purposed

We’re down to our final 3. This week determines who will be competing in the finals. But before we get to that, lets see who won last week.
Deidre won again with the Flower Party Lights! Congrats Deidre!!! Those would be perfect at my little girls birthday party in a few weeks.
It’s so hard to say good bye at this point cuz I’ve felt like I’ve gotten to know the ladies well. But this week we have to let Cheryl go. Keep checking up on her awesome creations and gorgeous photos at A Pretty Cool Life. We’ll be getting to know a little bit more about her this Wednesday, too.
This weeks theme is Re-purposed. I even got into the action by turning one of my old shirts into a summer dress for Abbi. I’ll think about posting pictures, but it’s not near as great as this stuff :) Just like always, voting is open in the sidebar until Friday night at 9pm MST.
Craft #1 – Bubble Dress to Book Bag
It doesn’t get any easier (or cuter!) than this! All you have to do is start with a bubble dress. The one I used is perfect because it has a nice wide elastic waistband and the skirt is fully lined. That means when you’re finished, your book bag will have a secure opening and the inside will be fully lined, too. Because you’re using a bubble dress, the top and bottom of the bag are already nicely ruffled.

All you have to do is remove the top part of the dress from the waistband. I added a wide strip of canvas ribbon for the handle. The handle is the only part of the book bag that wasn’t made from the dress.
I covered the top of the bubble dress with iron-on vinyl to keep the sides from fraying. I used a Sizzix die to create the flower shapes. You can use whatever shape you want, but just make sure that you carefully place the fabric on the die so you can maximize the number of pieces you can cut. I removed the stitching from the black trim on the bubble dress neckline and flattened it out to make the centers for the flowers. I added some large white grommets to the waistband for a nice extra touch of color.

No kid likes summer homework, but it’s a lot more fun to tackle when she can tote her books around in this awesome bubble dress book bag! Or, use it as a beach bag or summer sleepover bag. If you want a small bag, use an infant-sized bubble dress. If you need a REALLY big bag, use a really big bubble dress! Have fun!
Craft #2 – Toddler Cardigan

I’m was so excited about this week’s theme because I had the perfect excuse to complete a project I’ve wanted to do for a while. Last winter I found this pretty Ralph Lauren sweater at a local thrift store.

I instantly pictured it as a toddler’s cardigan. I used a sweater we had on hand as pattern, and was able to use the sleeves in tact. I just cut them down from the shoulders. I was also able to reuse the hem from the sweater, reserved from the length I had to cut off.

I used some grosgrain ribbon as facing for the button placket.

I noticed some old pink lace and a button from my great-grandmother’s stash that I used to make a flower brooch…which fit with repurposing items.

And the result is this sweet little cardigan, ready for my toddler to wear in the fall.

Craft #3 – Ruffle Scarf

I picked up this wool suit jacket for 50% off at a total cost of $1.50!!!

Made from a mens wool suit jacket, this scarf provides a feminine flare to a classic accessory. The scarf is lined with a mustard colored cotton fabric to prevent itch and add color.

The tag on the front was originally on the inside of the suit jacket. It had the name of a nearby town printed on it, so I used it to give a more personal feel, add a little detail, and to remember it’s roots.

The most unique part of this scarf is the pocket, made from one of the existing pockets on the suit jacket, on the backside behind the tag. The pocket provides a great way to carry your wallet and cellphone when out shopping. It’s functional, beautiful, and warm. Perfect for fall!

Week 7 – Paper

Hey everybody! I hope your weekends were all fantastic. I spent the weekend at the Casual Bloggers Conference in Sandy UT. It was awesome! I have so many new ideas and stuff now that I can’t wait to get started on, so don’t be surprised if things start changing :) Don’t worry…it won’t be too drastic, and it probably wont really happen until the break between seasons. I went all by my lonesome and a few amazing ladies adopted me for a few of the classes. I’ve been following some of their blogs for a long time and some are new friends. Thanks to Darci (Londy Lou Boutique), Amy (The Quilting Diaries), Ashlee (Topsy Turvy Cakes), Michelle (A Little Tipsy), Kara (Creations by Kara), Michelle (Someday Crafts) and Char (Crap I’ve Made) for making me feel like I had friends and pretending I’m not a loser :)
I still haven’t figured out why blogger isn’t letting me do picture links (that maybe taken care off with one of my season break plans) so the archives still aren’t very pretty. I’m sorry…
So we had a giveaway for a $50 gift card this last week to Staker Sensations. The winner is…announced here.
Now to the results. This week Deidre was supreme with her Outdoor Playmat. Wasn’t that cool? Our new place has a giant tree in the backyard. That mat would be perfect for our fun back there. The tutorial will be up shortly.
But that means that someone gets sent home. That someone this week is Shilo. You’ve got to hand it to her, that Lemonade Stand was awesome. She’ll be posting more awesome stuff on her blog, so keep checking in at “Toad”ly Crafts.

This weeks theme wasn’t so much a theme as a medium…Paper. Enjoy! Remember, voting is open in the sidebar until Friday night at 9pm MST.

Craft #1 – Flower Party Lights

What little girl wouldn’t love this string of lights for their birthday party or strung across their bedroom?

Each little flower has a light in the center, creating an illuminated pink decoration. They are not only cute, but easy and quick to make.

Craft #2 – Animal Puppets
These animal puppets are a great addition to any bedtime story. You and your child can make up stories for hours and these puppets can be the stars!

They are made using punches and dies. If you don’t want to use them as puppets, you can put them inside shadow boxes and hang them on your child’s bedroom wall.

I used tiny lunch bags so the puppets are the perfect size for tiny hands. The three-dimensional eyes can really help a child’s imagination run wild!

Craft #3 – House Diorama
Did you ever make a diorama in elementary school? Why not take that idea of giving a picture dimension, and apply it to making a keepsake for your home or as a housewarming gift for someone you love?

I found a shadow box frame I liked, and then using cardstock paper and craft foam, made a diorama of this house. In the tutorial, I’ll show you the steps I took, so you can create your own. I printed out an 8×10 photo of the house, and then used it as a guide. I divided the house into layers, and then traced and transferred the layers to the paper. This was created using common scrapbooking tools and supplies, and an exacto knife.

Here in the cross-section view, you can get an idea of how the diorama is put together.

Pictures only tell part of the story. It’s hard to get a feel for it in the photo, but the details literally pop out, and create a striking art piece.

Consider creating a diorama and you will make a keepsake that will be cherished.

Craft #4 – Ruffle Notecards

These ruffled note cards would be the perfect addition to any gift for a flea market lovin’ girl. Perfectly imperfect, they’re made from a combination of new and vintage fabrics sewn to white note cards for a simple and lovely style.