Crocheted Nativity

What a whirlwind season it’s been. I have to admit to being sad to see it coming to a close. In this week’s final challenge, you selected Erica’s amazing crocheted nativity set as the winning project.

This is Erica’s fourth win.

Crocheted Nativity

This Crocheted Nativity Set is probably one of my favorite things that I have made. I really love the way it turned out.

Learn how to make this crocheted nativity set.
Crocheted Nativity Tutorial

When I was trying to think of what I could make for the finale of So You Think You’re Crafty I went back and forth on what kind of project I wanted to do. I thought about making some kind of quilt or something but every time I thought about it I kept coming back to crochet. I feel like although I enjoy sewing and doing other crafts, crocheting is the most representative of me and of my blog.

Visit 5 Little Monsters for the full Crocheted Nativity Tutorial. 

Season 18 Winner!

Season 18

Wow. We’ve powered through another So You Think You’re Crafty Season together and with more than 2000 votes, we’ve got a Season 18 winner!

Wild Card Challenge Results

Season 18 Results

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Paper Cone + Pine Cone Wreath – Holly, Ribbons + Glue

Project #2 Crocheted Nativity Set – Erica, 5 Little Monsters

Wild Card Challenge – Season 18 Winner

Our Season 18 winner is Erica, with her Crocheted Nativity!

Paper Cone Wreath

Erica will be back tomorrow with a fun tutorial for this set!

Wild Card Challenge Runner Up

Holly has been a strong challenger this season. Her Paper Cone Wreath garnered hundreds of votes and we’re excited to feature it at a future date!

Crocheted Advent Calendar

Handmade gift week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year. All of our challengers entered fantastic projects and we share a load of fun semi-handmade gift ideas. 

This week’s winner was Erica, with her Crocheted Advent Calendar. This is her third win and she moves on to the finals to face off with Holly.

Crocheted Advent Calendar

Crocheted Advent Calendar Tutorial

Instead of making a gift this week, Erica concentrated her efforts on a gift delivery system.

Her kids love advent calendars. Christmas is such an exciting time of year and getting a little treat everyday makes it even more fun!

Her stockings are about 5 inches tall and about 2 1/2 inches across the top and they’re all different colors and designs. She used a total of 7 different colors of cotton yarn and made some stockings with thick stripes, thin stripes, dots, heels, toes and cuffs in different colors, etc!

Head on over to Erica’s blog and check out the full tutorial for her awesome Crocheted Stocking Advent Calendar.

Handmade Gifts Challenge Season 18 Week 6

Well hello, welcome to our handmade gifts challenge reveal!

First things first, congratulations to Debbie who won our $50 World Market gift card. Yay! Thanks for entering.

Handmade Gift Challenge Results

SYTYC Handmade Gift Challenge Results

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Crocheted Stocking Advent – Erica, 5 Little Monsters
Project #2 Glitter Candle Holder – Holly, Ribbons and Glue
Project #3 Handmade Gift Wrap – Ashley, My Craftily Ever After

Handmade Gifts Challenge

This week’s winner is Erica, who shared her Crocheted Advent Calendar. This is Erica’s third win.

Crocheted Mini Stocking Advent

Erica will be back tomorrow to share the tutorial for this fun project! Be sure to check in.

Saying Goodbye…

This week we’re saying goodbye to our week one Stashbuster winner, Ashley. It’s sad to see Ashley go, but you can continue to follow her efforts over on her site My Craftily Ever After. 

Ashley has brought us some great projects this season…

My Craftily Ever After Collage

Stashbust Bracelet | Zentangle Coloring Page | Painted Feathers | Butcher Block Cutting Board Fairy Castle Light Box | Holiday Packaging

Come back next Tuesday to enjoy our crafter interview with Ashley!

Semihandmade Christmas Gifts

This week our crafters are competing in a handmade gift challenge. The entries are amazing and I wish I could complete them myself. Having said that, sometimes what works best around here is a semihandmade gift…

A dozen great semihandmade gifts for the holidays. Many of these items were purchased at the store and personalized with a handmade touch. Perfect for busy/working moms.

These gifts are perfect for busy/working moms.

Semihandmade Christmas Gifts

Mason Jar SantaMason Jar Santa

iTunes gift card free printable. This is a great ideas for tweens and teens. iTunes Gift Card Printable 

Printable Gift Card EnvelopePrintable Gift Card EnvelopeLip Balm Christmas Gift. Perfect for girlfriends or teachers.Lip Balm Holiday Gift 

DIY Simple Snowman Candy Gift Pots! Perfect for a holiday party favor or secret santa gift! Frosty the Snowman Peppermint Pot

Fleece NavidadFleece Navidad Printable

Hand decorated holiday mug. Great gift for girlfriends. Dishwasher Safe Handcrafted Holiday Mug

DIY Milk and honey soapDIY Milk and Honey Soap

Peppermint hot chocolate recipe. This has been pinned over 200K times!Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Candy Cane Mason Jar GiftCandy Cane Mason Jar

Snow-Day-Survival-Kit-DIY-Christmas-Gift-by-The-DIY-MommySnow Day Survival Kit

We Tissue a Merry Christmas. Plus a bunch of other great Christmas gift ideas. We Tissue a Merry Christmas

Meet Virginia From Fynes Designs

A country girl to the core, Virginia lives in rural NS Canada with her husband and two children. She thrives on adding a splash of color to just about anything and works to be creative every day.

Fynes Designs Quote

Virginia has degrees in Animal Science and Interior Decorating, which are put to good use when planning projects for her blog. She also runs a small catering business from her home.

Interview with Virginia, Fynes Designs

When did you start crafting?

I started crafting at a very young age. The youngest of 10, I was often teased because I loved to cut, color and paste all day long, while the other kids were all out getting dirty.

I loved using old socks, toilet paper rolls, scraps of paper and yarn to create “beautiful” decorations, doll clothes and paper mache cats.

10 minute dish towel apron

10 Minute Dish Towel Apron via Fynes Designs

What’s your favorite medium to work with?

I love crafting with wood. I can rock a scroll saw and can cut a mean pattern. I make signs for a hobby and just built my first piece of furniture from scratch.

Master bedroomMaster Bedroom Reveal via Fynes Designs

What’s your favorite thing to do (other than crafting, of course)?

I love hanging out with my sisters, hitting yard sales and antique stores and making blanket forts with my kids.

How do you stay organized?

Organization isn’t exactly my strong suit. I have a lot of Post-It notes, an AWESOME momma that helps me with just about anything I ask and kids that don’t mind eating super on top of my most recent product…the kitchen often gets turned into a craft room.

embroidery-craft-kitEmbroidery Hoop Art via Fynes Designs

Who do you admire?

The first blog I started reading was The 36th Avenue. I still love everything about Desiree and her blog and was so excited to meet her at Snap Conference.

In addition, I really admire my two favorite Canadian bloggers – A Pretty Life in the Suburbs and Suburble. It’s a different world up here and I couldn’t do it without them.



Handmade Gifts | Season 18, Week Six

Welcome back to another exciting challenge on So You Think You’re Crafty. It’s the last week before our final round, when our two finalists will go head to head.

Handmade Gifts HeaderThis week our craters have done their level best to come up with a great handmade gift idea to share. Without further ado, let’s showcase the projects!

Handmade Gifts Challenge

Project #1 Crocheted Advent Calendar

For my gift project I decided to not do an actual gift, although you could give it as a gift, but instead a way of giving gifts.

Crocheted Mini Stocking Advent

I have been wanting to make a crocheted advent calendar for a long time and figured this was a perfect opportunity to do that. My kids love getting a little treat each day leading up to Christmas, it is like a little gift every day.

Crocheted Mini Stocking Advent

Crocheted Mini Stocking Advent

I made 24 little stockings, big enough to hold a few pieces of candy, in fun, bright colors and a variety of patterns. 

Project #2 Glitter Candle Holders

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create unique gifts that are thoughtful and make a beautiful statement. Most of the supplies needed to create these simple Glitter Candle Holders were items I already had on hand. 

DIY Glitter Candle Holder

The glass candles are from the dollar store and are painted with Frosted Glass spray paint. A thin layer of Mod Podge was brushed  around the top and bottom of the glass and sprinkled with  gold and silver glitter.  

DIY Glitter Candle Holder

DIY Glitter Candle Holder

To add a holiday touch, I used my Silhouette to cut out holiday shapes using metallic vinyl.  

Project #3 Holiday Wrap and Packaging

This weeks theme was gifts and I struggled to think of something new and amazing to wow you all with.

DIY Holiday gift wrap and packaging ideas.

Instead I decided that I was going to focus on gift wrapping and packaging! I created all of these packages using just feathers cut from patterned cardstock on my silhouette, simple holiday sprigs, flowers and ornaments, plus some alphabet stamps and ink pads!  

DIY Holiday gift wrap and packaging ideas.

DIY Holiday gift wrap and packaging ideas.

I attached them to various boxes and bags to create a variety of beautiful ways to give those special gifts! 

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DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse Pillows

Thank you so much for joining us this week for our Disney Inspired challenge. We’ve had fun sharing a bevy of Disney crafts with you.

More than 3,000 of you weighed in and selected Erica’s awesome DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse pillows. 

DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse Pillows. Such a cute idea!

Road trips to Disney can get a little long. What better way to quiet kids and encourage a nap in the car than with one of these awesome DIY Mickey and Minnie pillows.

Grab the easy-to- replicate DIY at Five Little Monsters today!