Paint Season 18, Week 3

I’m continually amazed at how fast time seems to pass by when I am counting the weeks as a part of our competition. As we race toward the finals, the girls continue to up their game – amazing.

This week you’ll be blown away by the the crafters projects for this week’s paint challenge.

So You Think You're Crafty Paint Challenge

Check out all of the projects below and be sure to vote for your favorite!

Paint Challenge Projects

Project #1 Paper Mache Pig

Turquoise and gold really make this pig pop! This project is great for a less fragile take on coin collecting!

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Project #2 Wood Photo Stand

I love inspirational quotes and have wanted to display some quotes one my desk.

Wood Photo Stand

The great thing is that the quotes can easily be changed out as often as I like.

Wood Photo Stand

Wood Photo Stand

Project #3 Cameo Box

It was fun to dress up this little cameo box with a little paint.

jewelry box front

The gold decorative pieces add a fun touch to the traditional piece.

cameo box

inside jewelry box

Project #4 Blessed Sign

I love creating unique gifts for people and the Paint Theme challenge this week was the perfect time for me to share this Blessed Wood Sign. 

Blessed Sign 2

I made this sign for a special person who has lived  in three different states and while living in each state, she was blessed with the birth of a Son.

Blessed Sign 4

The color blue represents her boys and the wood veneer hearts represents where they lived at the time.

Blessed Sign 3

Project #5 Painted Feathers

I’m a big fan of incorporating natural elements into functional designs and always adding some fun pops of color.  

painted feathers

These painted feathers were not only a blast to make, but also really dress up the dinner table for all those fall dinners we’re always hosting!

painted feather place setting

feather setting close up

Project #6 Upcycled Jewelry Box

When I stumbled upon this old jewelry box at a thrift shop (for $3.99!) I knew it was a diamond in the rough.


A splash of my favourite color in a chalk paint and some new hardware gave it a fresh new life.



Paint Challenge Vote

It’s time for you to let us know what you think about this week’s amazing paint projects. Please vote for your five favorite projects. You can vote once a day through Wednesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. MT. On Thursday, one crafter will be declared the winner and one crafter will “go home.”


Be sure to enter our reader giveaway! This week’s prize is a $25 gift card to Home Depot. Enter to win through Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. MT. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Peg Doll Family Tutorial

Virginia captured your hearts this last week, with her awesome peg doll family. I have to admit, this is one of my all time favorite Kids Can Do projects.

I think what I love most about the peg doll family is that it’s a craft simple enough for little hands to complete, but sophisticated enough to be considered home decor.

I love this peg doll family. Simple enough for little hands, sophisticated enough to serve as home decor.

You can preview the full tutorial today at Fynes Designs.

Kids Can Do Results Season 18 | Week 2

Congratulations to our Kids Can Do week giveaway winner Jillene Petersen, who’s won an Amazon gift card.

It’s time to share the winner of our Kids Can Do challenge!

Kids Can Do Challenge at So You Think You're Crafty

We had some GREAT entries in this week’s challenge. There are a few I definitely have my eye (or Pinterest account) tuned into for creating with the kids this winter.

Kids Can Do Challenge Results

So You Think You're Crafty Season 18 Week 2 Kids Can Do Results

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Grab Box – Shonee, Hawthorne and Main

Project #2 Kids Halloween Pillows – Erica, 5 Little Monsters

Project #3 Peg Doll Family – Virginia, Fynes Designs

Project #4 Decorative Cork Boards – Katie, The Crafty Blog Stalker

Project #5 Zentangle Coloring Pages – Ashley, My Craftily Ever After

Project #6 Halloween Necklace – Holly, Ribbons and Glue

Project #7 Argyle Sock Snake – Jessica, Designer’s Sweet Spot

Kids Can Do Winner

This week’s winner is Virginia, with her adorable peg doll family.

Our Family Peg Doll Craft. I love this! This family of peg dolls is simple enough for little hands and cute enough to be on display in any home.

Virginia will be sharing the full tutorial for this cute craft tomorrow!

Saying Goodbye…

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Shonee, who’s grab box didn’t quite make the cut.

Kids grab box. A great craft project for busy little hands.

We’ll be sharing an interview with Shonee next week!

Next Week’s Challenge

Come back next week and check out our crafter’s projects around the theme “paint.” You’re going to love what you see!

10 Kid Crafts for Fall

It’s a fun week around these parts – we’re celebrating kids crafting. What better way to celebrate than with 10 kid friendly crafts for fall?

10 kids crafts for fall. There are some really great crafts shared in this post.

Each one of these crafts has been selected for it’s simple assembly and sophisticated look. Perfect for display in your home this fall!

10 Kids Crafts for Fall

Simple fall leaf garland. Have kids cut leaves out of cardstock and thread them with yarn. Easy Fall Garland via A Beautiful Mess

This tree button art is great for kids and would look good on display in the house. There are lots of great ideas in this post. Tree Button Artwork via Simply Designing

These monster apple bites are the perfect crafty kids treat for fall. Apple Bites via Forks and Beans

Simple paper pumpkin craft. These are so easy to make!Simple Paper Pumpkin via Snap

Pine cone owl. These would be so cute to make with the kids!Pinecone Owl via Broogly

Fall glitter leaves. Easy enough for kids to make + perfect for fall decorating. Glitter Leaf Garland via House of Jade Interiors

Cinnamon salt dough leaves. Such a fun kids craft and it smells great too!
Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaves via The Imagination Tree

Popsicle stick and yard spider webs. Popsicle Stick Yarn Spider Webs via Buggy and Buddy

Twig Heart. Such a cute outdoor decoration. Painted Twig Heart via Daily Heart

Lego stamped Indian corn. Now this is a craft that kids could get into. Lego Stamped Indian Corn via Crafty Morning

Kids Can Do Season Challenge + Giveaway

It’s the second week of our Season 18 competition, and these creatives are BRINGING IT!

This week’s theme is Kids Can Do. It’s a SYTYC favorite and we’ve had some awesome projects kids shared over the years.

Kids Can Do Challenge at So You Think You're Crafty

Today we’ve got six awesome projects to share…each one totally kid friendly. This week our challenge winner and one lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card. So…Sit back, scroll through, vote for your favorite and then enter to win!

Kids Can Do Projects

Project #1 Grab Box

Our grab box is made from on old oatmeal container.  I used some chalk board spray paint to paint it black.  The kids them helped me decorate it with scrapbook paper, jewel stickers and metallic dots.  

Kids Grab Box. Filled with stickers and activities to keep kids occupied while mom is busy. This grab box will be the place to hold treats, small toys and a few other goodies that the kids can get whenever I catch them being nice, or doing something extra to help out around the house.  I cut a hole in the lid so that they can reach in and grab a prize, without knowing what it is.  I think this will be a fun way to help motivate the kids to help out more!

Project #2 Kids Halloween Pillows

I was excited when I saw the theme this week. As a crafter and a mom, I feel like it is so important to encourage creativity in kids. I have a daughter who has been learning to sew and she also loves to draw.

Handmade Halloween pillows designed and made by kids. Great fall activity. I wanted to do something that the kids could do from start to finish. I thought it would be fun for them to really be able to take ownership of a project. They started by drawing a picture and we used that as a pattern. They sewed, stuffed and made faces for their pillows. The best part was seeing them with their finished pillows and how excited they were about their creations. They both carried them around the rest of the day and slept with them at night. I love the excitement kids feel in creating something of their own.

Project #3 Peg Doll Family

Supply the kids with some wooden dolls and a plaque from the craft store, with a bit of paint and craft supplies and imagination they can make a family portrait too cute to resist.

This adorable peg family is the perfect craft for kids 6+ It's simple to make and stylish enough to hang in your home. This craft is perfect for ages 6+, even big kids will have a great time working on this project!

Project #4 Decorative Cork Boards

This time of year, capturing kids paperwork and notes can be difficult. Tame the paper and create a fun craft with your kids by making these fun decorative cork boards.

Engage your kids in a fun craft and tame the paper by making these great decorative cork boards. A great project for kids of all ages, but a bit difficult to photograph!

Project #5 Zentangle Coloring Pages

One my least favorite things to hear a kid say is that they can’t draw. I am a huge believer in attitude being more than half the battle, and that’s way zentangles are one of my favorite ways to break that “I can’t draw” attitude!  

Learn to draw with ZentanglesThe idea is simple. Start off with a simple design full of wide open spaces.  Then using one color, fill in each of those areas with a simple design. From lines, to dots, to swirls or zig zags you just keep drawing simple patterns in each of the spaces.  Before you know it you have a work of art!  I did three different versions of this mermaid to showcase the versatility of this concept. I have a full on zentangle where the whole body is filled with simple patterns (perfect for 10 and up), a version where I put simple patterns in the outline and colored the spaces (for kids 6-10), and a simple version where I just put different colors in each of the empty spaces (perfect for the under 6 crowd).  Really though, there is no wrong way to do this project!

Project #6 Halloween Necklace

Kids love to play with clay so why not have them make their own DIY Halloween Necklace made with Sculpty Clay. 

Kids love few craft projects as much as wearable art. Create this fun sculpty clay necklace for Halloween!Just give the  kids a block of clay, some sculpting tools and let their imagination run wild.

Project #7 Adorable Snake Sock

Looking for something cute to curl up with? Check out this adorable sock snake.

Kids Can Do Sock snake

With a bit of felt, some eyes and a little stuffing, this snake is a quick project for little hands. Even better? It will keep kids playing for hours and then give them a warm hug at night.

Kids Can Do Vote

Please vote for your FIVE favorite projects this week. Once you’re done voting, be sure to enter the giveaway for a $50 gift card below.


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Interview: Stitched by Crystal

I’ve aged. It’s sad, but true. Though I like to pretend like I am a 20-something, I am a 30-something. What does that have to do with today’s interview? Lately I have met some very young bloggers who are so impressive that I just sit back and wish I had been as put together as they are. Today’s featured blogger Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, is just that kind of girl…

Stitched by Crystal Quote

I feel a little silly “introducing” you to Crystal. She won so many of the challenges this season, I think you all know exactly who she is!

Here are a few of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season.


DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial - 11

And yesterday she shared her AMAZING upcycled kids art station.

Anyway….Let’s get on with the interview!

Interview: Stitched by Crystal

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am mom to a two year old boy and one year old girl and wife to an awesome and supportive husband.  I work part time as an occupational therapist in a large acute care hospital and in my free time I like to craft.  I started my blog in 2011 to document the things I make, it is mostly sewing, quilting, and crafts for my kids.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a little girl.  Both of my parents are creative, my mom paints and sews and my dad does wood working.  My mom taught me to sew when I was young and I have loved it ever since.

How often do you craft?

I craft pretty much every day.  I am and early bird and my kids like to sleep in, you can usually find me at my sewing machine early in the mornings before they wake.  I think crafting keeps me sane, it is how I like to spend my free time and helps me distress.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I draw inspiration from everywhere. Often times I will see something I like in a store and think “I could make that!”  I am always looking at clothing in the stores to see how it was constructed and then recreating something similar at home.  I also like to take things I already have or things I find in thrift stores and use them to make something new.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Fabric!  I love sewing and I LOVE fabric. I have a huge collection of fabric in my craft space and am always buying new stuff.  My husband just rolls his eyes when I come home with another bag from the fabric store or a new shipment of fabric shows up on our doorstep.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would like to learn more about graphic design.  My computer skills are pretty basic and that is one area I would really like to grow.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I would have to say eating sugary snacks.  I try to limit my kids sugar intake but I am always sneaking Twizzlers and Skittles when they aren’t around!  I also enjoy some trash TV every now and then.

What makes you smile?

My kids.  It is so fun to watch them grow and develop their own little personalities.  They keep me giggling and smiling all day.

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

I love spending time with my family. My favorite times are just lazy days at home with no agenda and nothing we need to get done. I also enjoy swimming, I swam competitively when I was younger and now I enjoy taking my kids to the pool in the afternoons.

How do you stay organized?

Being organized has never really been a strong suit of mine.  I usually have a huge mess in my craft room and 4 or 5 crafts going at once.  I try my best to keep organized with a calendar and to do list on my phone so things done on time, but mostly I just fly by the seat of my pants.

What blogger do you look up to?

That is a hard question, there are so many great bloggers out there!  I really admire Lindsay from The Cottage Mama. She has great style. I love her blog and clothing patterns and she is incredibly sweet. I am also always blown away by Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional, she makes the most adorable clothes for her girls, her cookie decorating is out of this world and she throws amazing parties!

Wow. Thanks Crystal!

Don’t leave yet! I am sharing a few of my favorite Stitched by Crystal projects.

 Stitched by Crystal Projects

Old Skirt to Beach Bag | Embroidered Pencil Case | Bunny Treat Bags | Floor Poof

 Kids Baking Busy Book | Dino Hat


Classic Holiday Movie Giveaway

“Someone” around here enforces a strict no Christmas before Thanksgiving rule, but I am already singing about Jingle Bells and Rudolph in my head.

Give me one more week and I will be pulling out the tree, whipping up a little peppermint hot chocolate and curling up under a blanket to relax with some of my favorite holiday movies. It’s a tradition around here to run through them all, from White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, to Rudolph, Frosty and the gang.

This year, I am sharing the fun. Today, I am joining up with an awesome group of bloggers and contributing a classic holiday movie to the ULTIMATE MOVIE GIVEAWAY!

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My share is the 1964 classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Since snacks are absolutely integral to my movie watching, I’m also throwing in the goodies you need to have a fun family celebration at home.

The coolest thing about today’s giveaway? You’re not just entering to win my classic holiday movie gift pack, one lucky person will receive over 20 favorite movies and loads of goodies from popcorn and hot chocolate to blankets, toys and gift cards.

Check it all out below and enter to win…

Ultimate Movie giveaway

First row: Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer–So you think you’re crafty || meet the Robinsons– Sugar bee crafts ||It’s a wonderful life & Pride and Prejudice– lil’ luna || A Series of Unfortunate Events– Simple Simon and Co

Second Row: Elf– the Idea Room || the Princess Bride & Remember the Titans —a girl and a glue gun ||Newsies–Simply Sadie Jane || Singing in the Rain–Flamingo Toes

Third Row: White Christmas —My sister’s suitcase|| Labyrinth–733 blog || While you were sleeping —Delia Creates || the Christmas Story —Lolly Jane

Fourth Row: Sweet Home Alabama–Simply Kierste || Christmas vacation, the Santa Clause, and Home Alone–Eighteen 25 || Horton hears a who–Girl loves Glam || Jumanji–Today’s Creative Blog

Fifth Row: Stardust–Craftiness is not optional || Runaway Bride–Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

You can enter to win all these here….but check out each blog to get more details about their favorite movie!!!

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Winner will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact us back or a new winner will be picked. Only open to U.S. residents.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

My goodness. I feel a little bit like today’s interviewee needs no introduction…

Lynda Oh So Shabby

With five wins this season, Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has won half of the weekly challenges hosted on the site. Incredible!

I thought we’d recap Lynda’s Season 17 wins really quickly.

Oh So Shabby ProjectsOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Rapunzel Pumpkin | Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Seriously. This girl is amazing.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a very proud mother of three girls, 10, 9 and 7 and a wife of an amazing man named Ryan.

I have run my own business for the last 18 years, but my true passion is designing, crafting, sewing, and anything creative I can get my hands on.  y favorite is repurposing. My passion reared its head late in life, actually only about 2 years ago and I am completely obsessed. I am looking forward to many more years of creating ahead of me.

How and why did you start crafting?

A friend of mine introduced me to her handmade jewelry. I had never done ANYTHING creative in my life, but for some reason a little voice inside my head said, “I can do that.” I am not sure why, but it did…

I went on YouTube and learned how to make jewelry. That was the beginning of my obsession of all things creative.

How often do you craft?

At least 3-4 times per week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I do get some inspiration on Pinterest but I really try to sit quietly and come up with my own ideas.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love painting and repurposing old furniture with Chalk Paint, Glazes and waxes.  Paint can make anything look pretty.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I’d love to be a better sewer. I can basically sew a straight line but that is about it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love roller coasters and anything thrilling.  I have also gone sky diving several times.

What makes you smile?

Spending time with my hubby and three little angels.  And a fully finished redecorated room done with my own hands.

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

I have started a women’s social group in my neighborhood.  I love connecting with people and there is nothing more enjoyable that a bond with a true friend.

How do you stay organized?

I called the way I organize, organized chaos. I am not either very organized or a total disaster.  If you walk through my house it looks pretty neat, but do NOT look in the closets!!

What blogger do you look up to?

Mandi, from Vintage Revivals, rocks my world and I love the optimistic positive nature of Lauren, from The Thinking Closet.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Lynda! Now, a chance for me to share a few of my favorite Oh So Shabby posts…

First, you cannot miss the princess bedroom Lynda created for her daughter. It’s not just a pretty room, it’s chock full of amazing furniture upcycle projects. Go, go, go!

Princess Room

One of the stunning items in the room is this amazing chaise lounge

Upcycled Chaise LoungeShe’s also created a fun how-to for this cute ruffle valance

Ruffle ValanceOh my gosh. Tell me these little guys aren’t the cutest? Squash birds.

Squash birdsAnd maybe just go and check out her before and after page. It’s AMAZING!