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

Disney Inspired Challenge Results Season 18 Week 5

It’s time for our Disney-inspired reveal. Once again there were more than 3000 votes in our weekly challenge. Thank you so much to all those of you who voted!

Disney Inspired Results

Disney Inspired Results

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Jasmine’s Cave of Wonders – Virginia, Fynes Designs

Project #2 Rotten to the Core Sign – Holly, Ribbons and Glue

Project #3 Fairy Castle Nightlight – Ashley, My Craftily Ever After

Project #4 Mickey and Minnie Pillows – Erica, 5 Little Monsters

Disney Inspired Winner

This week’s winner is Erica, who’s Mickey and Minnie pillows really captured your attention!

Minnie and Mickey Pillows

Erica will be back tomorrow to share the tutorial!

Saying Goodbye…

This week we’re saying goodbye to our Kids Can Do winner Virgina. She’s finished at the top with each of her amazing projects, proof positive that you never know how things are going to turn out.

Here are a few of the great projects Virginia has brought us…

Fynes Designs So You Think You're Crafty Projects

Wreath | Peg Doll Family | Upcycled Jewelry Box | Rise and Shine Mug | Cave of Wonder

Come back on Tuesday to read up on Virginia when we showcase her crafter interview.

15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Inspired Disney Crafts

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Planning a trip to Disney is no joke. Travel, hotel, tickets, to say nothing of all the information what order to ride in, where to eat, what time to eat…I leave all of the dirty detailed work to my friends at Getaway Today (best prices in town, hands down) and I take care of the fun!

I’ve been secretly pinning and planning and while we’re celebrating Disney on the blog, I thought I’d share a few fun Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired Disney crafts.

15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.From our trip jar (to save money for goodies, of course) to snacks and treats trips to Disney turn into the gift that keeps on giving…or an excuse for me to enjoy Mickey all year long…

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Inspired Crafts

Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops via Endlessly Inspired

Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops. 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops via The Idea Room

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Hooded Towel Tutorial. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey and Minnie Hooded Towel via Crazy Little Projects

Minnie Mouse ears, plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Minnie Mouse Ears via Vermillion Rules

Mickey Munch. 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Munch via Eighteen 25

Mickey Mouse Crochet Hat. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Crochet Hat via Hopeful Honey

Mickey Mouse Wreath. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Wreath via Confessions of a Plate Addict

Disney Savings Jar. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Disney Savings Jar via Eighteen 25

Mickey and Minnie SnacksMickey and Minnie Party Snacks via Party City

Getaway Today

Mickey Mouse Garland. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Garland via Mendez Manor

Mickey and Minnie Pretzel Snacks. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey and Minnie Pretzel Snacks via Two Sisters Crafting

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Countdown Chain. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Disney Countdown Chain via Grey Luster Girl

Mickey Mouse Jello Cup. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Jello Cup via Jolly Mom

Mickey Mouse Lip Balm. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.Mickey Mouse Lip Balm via Such the Spot

DIY Mickey and Minnie Pinata. Plus 15 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Craft Projects - So many fun ideas here. Great for trips to Disney or at-home parties.DIY Mickey and Minnie Pinata via Inspired by Dis

Bookmark this page and hang on to these ideas for your next Disney trip or party. And, if your looking for more great Disney-specific tutorials, be sure to visit the Getaway Today blog.

Getaway Today

Meet Katie From The Crafty Blog Stalker

Meet Katie

Katie has been married to her high school sweetheart for 17 years. Together they have four children. She comes from a very crafty, do-it-yourself type of family and has been creating really ever since she can remember.

The Crafty Blog Stalker Quote

The Crafty Blog Stalker is a tutorial based blog she shares many creative projects, but paper crafting is her favorite!

Interview with The Crafty Blog Stalker

When did you start crafting?

I have written in a journal ever since I could write. Early on I started keeping little memorabilia things like pictures and movie stubs and was taping them into my journal. I had smash books before they were even a thing!  

One of Katie’s favorite projects is this Geometric Monogram Letter.

Geometric Monogram LetterGeometric Monogram Letter via The Crafty Blog Stalker

What is your favorite medium to work with? 

Paper is awesome! There are just so many colors, patterns and types of paper that it just makes my heart happy. I have enough paper that I never need to buy any again, but when I walk into a craft store I suddenly find the need for more.

Paper flower sucker bouquetPaper Flower Lollipop Bouquet via The Crafty Blog Stalker

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

I absolutely love to be out on the trails on my 4-wheeler. I love the wind on my skin and the dirt on my face. That is a good Saturday right there!

How do you stay organized? 

Spreadsheets. I have a spreadsheet for everything. I have one for Linky Parties, one for Pinterest, one for Facebook postings, one to keep track of the number of followers I have on all of my social media sites, and one for youtube videos. I keep my kids one as well to keep track of their chores. I think I may need a spreadsheet to keep track of my spreadsheets!

Who do you admire?

Mandy Beyer, Sugar Bee Crafts I am totally her secret admirer (even though it’s not so secret anymore!) I think she has an amazing eye for color, styling and crafting. I totally want to be like her when my blog grows up.

Painted Medallion Focus WallPainted Medallion Focal Wall via The CraftyBlog Stalker

Inspired by Disney Season 18 Week 5

One of the most popular challenge topics in the So You Think You’re Crafty catalog is Inspired by Disney. This week our four remaining crafters have come up with amazing projects designed to celebrate the happiest place on Earth. Enjoy!
Disney Inspired

Project #1 Jasmine’s Cave of Wonders

With a daughter that thinks she is next in line for the thrown, we live in a part time princess world.

Disney inspired Jasmine's Cave of Wonders

To celebrate her love of Aladdin we created a Jasmine themed party with a fancy Cave of Wonders (unlike the semi-scary one in the movie). Filled with jewels, pillows, and gold all around to set the tone for her royal party. 

Disney inspired Jasmine's Cave of Wonders

Disney inspired Jasmine's Cave of Wonders

Project #2 Rotten to the Core Sign

If you have kids in the house that watch The Disney Channel, you’ve most likely heard the theme song to the Disney Descendants Movie, Rotten to the Core. 

Disney Decedents Rotten to the Core sign

Hearing the lyrics play in my head like a broken record was the inspiration behind this week’s challenge theme.

Disney Decedents Rotten to the Core sign

Disney Decedents Rotten to the Core sign

The sign is made from scrap pallet wood, paint and paper letters. 

Project #3 Fairy Castle Nightlight

Disney is something that we think about and talk about a lot at our house, however I am not a big fan of the commercial licensed designs.  So thinking about how to add that special Disney magic in a unique way was a big of a challenge!

Fairy Castle Nightlight

 I have been holding on to this shadowbox frame for longer than I should probably admit, but once I decided to make this fairytale castle nightlight, I knew it had finally found its perfect use!  I simply cut the castle with my Silhouette, attached it to a piece of white tissue paper and added some battery operated string lights behind.

Fairy Castle Nightlight

Fairy Castle Nightlight

It’s just enough light at night to keep the monsters at bay, and the sweet happily ever after endings coming!

Project #4 Mickey and Minnie Pillows

For my Disney Inspired project I made a set of Mickey and Minnie Pillows. 

Minnie and Mickey Pillows

I used strips of black, red and yellow to represent their bodies, clothes and shoes.

A couple of little details like Mickey’s buttons and Minnie’s bow and I thought for square pillows they really looked like Mickey and Minnie. 

Mickey Pillow

Minnie Pillow

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Meet Jessica From Designer’s Sweet Spot

Jessica Cramer has two degrees in Apparel Design. She is a homeschooling Mom of 4 boys who loves to cook, sew, garden, knit, DIY-anything, and paint furniture.

Designers Sweet Spot Quote

When she’s not creating she is teaching her kids, spending time outside or listening to classical music.

Interview with Designer’s Sweet Spot

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started my blog in 2009. I needed a new creative outlet. For years we had been renovating our home and we were trying to sell it right when the real-estate market crashed. I thought that if people could see how beautiful our house was on the inside, and learn the story behind it, it would sell. It didn’t sell, but I discovered that I really enjoyed blogging and sharing my creations, and have been doing it ever since.

When did you start crafting?

I was always a creative kid. Other girls would spend hours playing with their dolls, I would spend hours making clothes for my dolls or building houses and furniture for them to live in.

By the time I was 12, I had moved on to refinishing furniture, cooking and sewing my own clothes. I was fortunate to have other creative people around me for inspiration when I was growing up.

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I am working on learning to knit. I really enjoy it, but find that I lose concentration after a while and drop stitches. I mix up patterns all the time. Women who knit amaze me, I would love to master it someday.

How do you stay organized?

I am not organized at all. I seem have “pockets” of organization. For example, I keep all  my blog supplies in a big china cabinet on our back porch, but that’s as far as it goes.  I tend to organize things by color or project, which makes complete sense to me but confuses everyone else.

What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is soaking in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and some beautiful classical music. It relaxes me and helps me focus mentally.

Who do you admire?

There are so many talented bloggers out there, my favorites have to be:

Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, because she’s so funny and clever.

Donna from Funky Junk, because she can make anything old into something beautiful.

Rhee from Pioneer Woman, because my family loves all her recipes.

What’s your favorite quote?

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Celebrate the Holidays with Projects from Designer’s Sweet Spot

Rustic holiday decor

Timepiece Christmas Ornament | Rustic Wood Wreath | Gold Snowflakes