Interview: Dru from Polkadot Poplars

It’s not very often that I have, or expect to, work with a contestant that I actually know in real life. Dru, from Polkadot Poplars, actually lives near me and I am fortunate enough to have met her in person. I was oh so excited when she tried out for SYTYC, because well, she’s absolutely lovely!

Dru is a craft industry insider, having worked for several large craft companies, and I am excited for you to get to know her today!

Interview: Dru, Polkadot Poplars

Dru Quote

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a wife, mother to four, and grandmother to 10. I’ve been fortunate to live around the world while my husband served in the Army. I have been very lucky to have worked in the papercrafting and crafting industry for many years. I blog with my three daughters, who continue to amaze and inspire me. We love sharing our ideas, loves, and lives with our readers.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have loved being creative since I was very young. I was fortunate to have two creative grandmothers who taught me many different types of crafts. I started a crafting business selling at boutiques 25 years ago. I’ve also taught craft classes to my friends and craft groups.

How often do you craft?

Several times a week.

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

I get my inspiration from all over. My children and grandchildren, the outdoors, looking at books and magazines, and I have a crazy active mind that never stops. I stay creative by always being involved with a group or a job that forces me to stay crafty and I love it.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Wow, tough question. So many to choose from. I would have to say paper. It’s so versatile.

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

I recently took up artistic painting and love it. I hope I can get better and better at it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I hate to say it, but I love staying up really late and sleeping in. I love the quiet hours I have to myself at night.

What makes you smile?

My family, being outdoors, and good food.

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

Traveling, reading, and watching reality shows.

How do you stay organized?

I have a tendency to not be as organized as I would like, but I am working on that. I do multi-task well and try to clean up each project after I’m finished before I start something else.

What blogger do you look up to?

So many. I enjoy bloggers who have similar goals and values to my own. I follow those who have interesting stories and variety to their blogs.

Yay! It’s been so much fun sharing a little bit about Dru. Now I thought I would share a few of Dru’s projects that I LOVE…

Polkadot Poplars Craft Room Organization | Child’s Homework Desk | Fall Door Decor | Zucchini Bread

Dru shares her blog with her daughters. They’re all very talented in their own right and I thought I would share a few of their fun projects as well…

Polkadot PoplarsPallet Wood Arrows | Pottery Barn Inspired Monogram Headboard | Pallet Board Sign

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am seriously blown away by the talent this season. Every week there are several tutorials that I am interested in seeing and I’d have a hard time selecting my favorite…It makes it kind of nice to know that you get to pick more than one “favorite” up until nearly the end.

Fall Decor Challenge

This week, I am excited to share Crystal’s fantastic reversible fall leaves pillowcase tutorial.

Crystal QuoteCrystal’s projects have always ranked high, but you’ll probably remember her for week one win and chalkboard serving tray tutorial.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

In any event, she’s back with another great tutorial for her week four win!

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am so excited to be here sharing the tutorial for my reversible fall leaves pillow with you! I have to admit, I was a bit shocked when I opened the email from Tauni informing me I had won. Every project in the fall décor line up was so great, I feel really honored you chose mine!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

I have seen reversible pillows before, but they always have one design on the front and one on the back. I wanted this reversible pillow to have the second design hiding on the inside. That way if the pillow falls off my couch or somehow gets flipped over, I don’t end up with a Christmas pillow in September.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

This same concept could be used to create a pillow for any holiday. Or you could even just pick two different fabrics. Then when you get tired of one look, flip to the other.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

To make this pillow, I used an off white home décor fabric and some craft felt to make the leaves and holly. You can choose any fabric for the front; I recommend something with a bit of weight so it holds up better. The envelope closure on the back is the same for both sides so if you choose two different fabrics for the front, make sure you choose something that coordinates with both for the back. The fabric for the back also needs to be one without a right or wrong side, meaning both sides of the fabrics look the same. Solid home décor fabrics are a good choice for the back.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

The first step is to determine the size your case needs to be. I had a pillow from Ikea for my insert, the tag says 20” x 20” but when I measured from seam to seam it was really more like 19”. So I ended up making my case for a 19” x 19” pillow.

Cut 2 squares of fabric that are 1” bigger than your pillow and 2 rectangles for the back that are 1” bigger than the pillow in length and half that plus 3” in width. For a 19” x 19” pillow I used two 20” squares and two rectangles that are 20” x 13”

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Cut your leaves from felt. I first sketched a leaf on paper to use as a template when cutting. My leaves are about 1.5” wide and 2.5” long. To cut the holly berries, I traced a nickel on a piece of paper you use as a template. Pin your leaves in three rows on one of the pillow fronts, and then sew them on with a contrasting thread.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Repeat with the holly leaves on the other pillow front.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Finish one long edge of the rectangle by folding the edge over ¼” and then another 1” and topstitching along the folded edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay your fall leaves front face up and place one of the rectangles on top with the folded edge up. Line up the three unfinished sides with the edge of the pillow front. Lay the other rectangle on the other side with the folded side down. Line up the raw edges with the edge of the pillow front, the finished edges of the rectangles will overlap in the middle. Pin around the edges and baste stitch all the way around the pillow ½” from the edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay the Christmas side of the pillow case face down on top of the pillow backs. You should have the fall leaves on the bottom, the Christmas leaves on top, and the back pieces sandwiched in the middle. Pin around the edges and sew with ½” seam allowance leaving a 3” opening. Make sure the opening is not right where the leaves are. Clip the corners close to the seam to reduce the bulk. Turn the pillow through the hole you left open. Fold the raw edge in and hand stitch the opening closed.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Your pillow is done! You should have fall leaves on one side and holly leaves on the other. Thanks again for voting for my fall leaves pillow!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Thanks for sharing your awesome project Crystal! 

P.S. If you’ve got a little boy, you can’t miss Crystal’s shark trick-or-treat bag. My boys think it’s “totally cool.”

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


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Cupcake To Go Container

Cupcake to go Containers

I didn’t “grow up” with my boys. I sort of figure I just lucked into the “ready made” variety…

(Just in case your wondering, in my world they pop in at about two years +)

Here’s the thing. Since I came into kids in a bit of a different way, early on people were always trying to give me advice. I got A LOT of advice and yet, there are some very important things that no one told me…

I was not warned to look out for those nasty stray Legos left on the floor. There is nothing in this world and I mean NOTHING that hurts more than stepping on a Lego with bare feet.

I definitely wasn’t advised of the importance in checking for fruit snacks stuck to the back of your seat in the car before suggesting to friends that you drive.

No one told me how much more I would love their Dad after watching him play with them for hours, or even minutes.

Kids break things. ‘Nough said.

You will throw away many, many things that will make you feel guilty. If you don’t? Well, you will have an avalanche of paper somewhere.

Stuff will be sticky and by stuff, I mean everything.

And I NEVER, NEVER, NEVER thought I would find crumbs in so many places…Crumbs on the counter, crumbs in the couch cushions, crumbs in pants pockets…It never ends.

And so, for a while, I quit making cupcakes. I know?!

However, I have found the perfect solution to messy cupcakes. Cupcake to go containers.

Cupcake To Go Containers

cupcake to go containers - perfect for keeping crumbs in checkHere’s what you will need to create your to go containers:

  • clear plastic cups
  • cute cupcake wrappers or baking cups
  • paper straws
  • cellophane bags
  • baker’s twine or curly ribbon

The beauty of these little containers is that they are so simple to assemble and look so pretty.

The addition of the straw stabilizes the entire assembly, so that even if your to-go container tips a bit the cupcake frosting will not get mashed all over.

They’re great for party thank you’s, classroom treats, or let the kids use a fork to eat out of the container.

Cupcake to go container

Cupcake to go Containers

What are your kid containing secrets???

I’m Crafty Party: Birthday Edition

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty” party, your chance to join our Season 17 competitors in showcasing your talent online!

SYTYC Birthday Challenge

We’re focused on birthday-related projects this week and we’d love to see the projects you’ve created. Your project doesn’t need to be a new one…So come on. Showcase your talent!

A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything that fits the theme!
  • Visit at least two other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation :)
  • Join me on Twitter & Facebook. I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.

So do you think you’re crafty?

Contestant Interview: Daniela from Bonito Servico

I have a special place in my heart for our international contestants…It’s a bit of a reminder of just HOW small our online world is.

Last year we were lucky enough to get to know Naomi, who is from England. This year Portugese native Daniela, from Bonito Servico, represented our international audience.

Daniela Quote

Contestant Interview: Daniela from Bonito Servico

1. Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started BonitoServiço’s blog in 2011 but I have started to really dedicate to it by posting in a regular way only in the beginning of 2013. BonitoServiço started as a result of friend’s suggestions and enthusiastic support and has been growing since then.

As you have probably already noticed, Bonito Serviço is not an English word; that’s right, I am Portuguese and Bonito Serviço basically means nicely done. I particularly like this expression because it has a dual meaning in Portuguese. It means literally nicely done but it is also an expression commonly used ironically when you do something wrong.

I have been married to my lovely husband since 2011 and he really supports my crafting activities, although I suspect sometimes he thinks I am a little bit delirious. I usually have more than one project going on and several (sometimes too many) on the waiting list. I get anxious to make them all…

2. How and why did you start crafting?

I truly don’t know when I have started crafting. I have always liked manual things and my parents have always encouraged me to do so.

When I was a little girl I learned knitting, crochet, embroidery and later sewing with my mum. She had a lot of patience because I was always anxious to finish things and see the final result (I am still a little bit that way). She would always say, as my grandmother already said to her when she was little, it is better to make less but perfect. I also remember painting my clothes, which I still do sometimes. I really have to thank my parents for the support and encouragement has they would always let me get the materials I needed for my crafting ideas and never held me back.

3. How often do you craft?

I craft almost every evening and weekend. It is a way to relax after a working day.

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

I would need to say I get inspiration everywhere. Of course internet is a never-ending source of inspiration but, I like looking up photographs, movies, TV series, cartoons…

The truth is, I also get new ideas has I am doing something. My initial plan is almost always changed during the creative/productive process. New ideas pop up while I am doing things.

5. What is your favorite medium to work with?

It is really hard to choose one…

Right now, I would have to say my favorite medium to work with is fabric. It gives you so many possibilities and lately I have been having fun doing some clothes for my nephew. But who knows maybe in a few months something else will arise.

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

I would absolutely love to master the art of patterning, making my own patterns for everything. I can do some already but sometimes I get the ideas but still the patterns are not so easy to accomplish.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate! My guilty pleasure is for sure chocolate. I eat chocolate almost every day and it tastes so good.

8. What makes you smile?

My husband and my nephew can really make me smile, even more when they are together. My cat makes me smiles too, especially when she’s playing around with her toys, she is so cute.

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

I love snuggling in the sofa with my husband while watching TV or a movie and obviously, I love to pet my cat… a lot!

10. How do you stay organized?

This is a hard task I confess. Everything tends to get disorganized. I try my best to get a place for everything and to put it back every time but many times it does not go that way. At some point, when things get a little chaotic, it gets on my nerve and I need to tide up so I can continue my work peacefully.

11. What blogger do you look up to?

I pretty much look up to all bloggers. I don’t really consider myself as a blogger as I am still so tiny. Anyway there are a few blogs I regularly check like Ei menina by Érica Catarina, Saídos da Concha by Constança Cabral, Achados de Decoração by Carmen Martins, How Joyful by Joy Kelley, and the Purl Bee.

So grateful to have Daniela a part of this journey…I hope you will go and learn more about her on Bonito Servico and visit her shop.

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Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial

Guys, I don’t have an eye for good junk. It stinks.

I love seeing the fun finds some of my friends like Mandi, KariAnne and Brooke seem to come up with on their trips out. You better believe after seeing Ariean’s bathtub to sofa project, I will be stalking her finds as well!

In the meantime, she’s here with her bathtub to sofa tutorial…

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Sofa to Bathtub Tutorial

Hello, SYTYC Readers! Still in shock I won the UpCycle challenge, but so excited to share how I created a fun Outdoor Sofa from an old Cast Iron Bathtub! Are you ready?!

Bathtub to Sofa TutorialHere’s what I started with…An old Cast Iron Bathtub with peeling paint, but in very good condition! No rust, beautiful porcelain interior and all four original claw feet.

Cast Iron Bathtub turned Outdoor Sofa BEFORE {2}

How did I do it? Honestly, not alone. Cast Iron Bathtubs are VERY heavy and the porcelain can chip easily. I was lucky to have the assistance of my husband on this one!

Cast Iron Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa{3}1 & 2. : Measure and mark where you would like the cut out for the sofa. We found it was best to keep the lines straight to make the cutting step easier.

3: Using a Quickie Saw, cut along the lines. Make sure to wear safety glasses and pants. The tiny shards of bathtub are very sharp! My husband cut the majority of this while I kept our little boys away. During the last cut, I held the cut piece to ensure it did not fall down on the inside of the bathtub and chip the porcelain.

4: Smooth the edges using an angle grinder. This creates a nice smooth edge and makes it safe for use.

5: All done! Ready to prep for paint!

Prepping a Cast Iron Bathtub for Paint {4}

1 & 3: Using a hand held scraper, I scraped as much of the old paint as I could. Yes, I wore a mask! Just not in this picture. You also want to find as many little helpers as you can find. In my case, three.

2: After scraping as much as I could, I used Laquer Thinner to remove even more paint. Clearly, all the paint did not come off, but that’s okay! I love the old, already loved look. If this bothers you, you can continue with the paint removal step until all paint is removed.

4: I used Press and Seal (similar to Saran Wrap) to seal down the bottom edge of the tub. It covered the area perfectly and stayed in place during the paint step.

5. I removed the drain. This can be left in place, too.

Yay! We’re getting closer…Time to paint!

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial

1: First, I sprayed the tub with two coats of spray paint primer.

2: I cleaned the claw feet and sprayed them with primer as well.

3: The feet received a few coats of ivory spray paint.

4: I painted the exterior of the tub with Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer in River Mist (exterior paint in a satin finish.) This only took one coat, but brands of paint may vary. I had this paint left over from our Poolhouse and it just happened to match my fabric perfectly!

Bathtub is finished…Woo-hoo! Now to make it pretty…and comfortable!

To make a comfy place to kick back and relax, I started with a trip to Joann’s to purchase foam and fabric…I did not plan this excursion well, because I went on Labor Day with three small boys. There was light at the end of the trip, though…Lucky for me, the foam and outdoor fabric was on sale 50% off that day! I had NO IDEA foam was so expensive, so make sure to plan that into the cost of re-purposing a bathtub if you ever choose to.

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial Measure the interior width and length of the bathtub and add a couple inches to the length. It can always be trimmed back later. I wish I would have left mine a little longer so the cushion would have a tighter fit at each end.

Wrap cushion in quilt batting and cover with outdoor fabric. I could have made a slipcover for this, but chose not to. Why? Because I live in a house of boys. We live in the country. There is a lot of dirt. Those three combined means I will be washing this a lot. So, I simply serged around the edges of the fabric (not shown), sprayed it with a couple coats of scotch guard and tucked it around the edges of the foam.
For the pillows, I created simple covers for some extra pillows I had around the house. I measured the existing pillow and added seam allowance, then stitched them up.

For the backing, I used an old slipcover from my sofa in a cream twill. This way, if the color is too bold, I can tone it down with a more neutral look. I may even stencil on a couple of them!
Whew! That was a lot, but all that hard work turned into a beautiful, comfortable and unique piece of furniture for my back patio. Now if I can just get my kids off of it long enough to enjoy it myself!

Cast Iron Bathtub turned Outdoor Sofa AFTER {8}Thank you all so very much for your votes and giving me the chance to share this tutorial! Have a Happy Week!

Bathtub to Sofa {3}

 What a great tutorial Ariean! To see more of Ariean’s great projects visit her site, One Krieger Chick.