Gourmet French Macarons {Giveaway}

I have been very fortunate to have a successful career. I’ve worked in a variety of exciting positions with the NBA, Olympics and several influential politicians. The opportunities that I hold closest to my heart however, have been found through my far less glamorous life as a blogger.

Though my site and my work with Snap Conference, I meet so many amazing women. I love getting to know them, watching their work and seeing them succeed.

Today, I get to feature one of those successful women and guess what? She’s the perfect feature for our “In the Kitchen” week, because she’s just published a cookbook!

Mindy Cone Get Creative Juice

Mindy shares amazing entertaining and party ideas on her blog Creative Juice and she’s just released a brand new book, Gourmet French Macarons.

Gourmet French Macaroons by Mindy Cone

If you follow my personal Instagram account, you might know that I received a copy of Mindy’s fun book earlier this week and man have I had fun flipping through it and testing things out…

Oh my goodness. Even if I never make a single macaron (which I do fully intend on doing) I would love this book. The ideas and photos inside are AMAZING! Mindy has come up with a REALLY creative spin on this classic French cookie.

Just flipping through the book, I counted more than 75 unique recipes and macaroon designs. Here are a few of my seasonal favorites…

Gourmet French Macarons

Mindy created, wrote and photographed all of the cookies in this book. I can’t imagine the work that went into this book, but I can tell you I am totally and completely bummed I wasn’t in on the taste testing!

One of the really cool things Mindy got her publisher to include was a CD with printable templates that will take you beyond the standard circular cookie. There are apples, pumpkins, ghosts, trees, flowers….You get the picture!

Here’s where Mindy gets even cooler….She’s letting me share one of her most popular Gourment French Macaron recipes here on the blog with you today! Can you think of a better way to celebrate our “In the Kitchen” theme?

Chocolate French Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling

*Note: This recipe has been modified from the book. For all of Mindy’s macaroon tips and tricks (there are many), go buy Gourmet French Macarons!

Before you start on this recipe head over to Creative Juice and pick up the free circle template that you’ll use in creating your cookies!

Chocolate Macaroon Recipe via Creative Juice 

Chocolate Gourmet French Macarons Recipe

100g of egg whites aged at room temperature

Pinch of Cream of tartar

35g of superfine sugar

110g of Almond flour

200g of Powdered Sugar

10g cocoa powder

1. Measure out all ingredients using a gram scale

2. Prepare the baking sheets by lining them with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Slide a printed 1 ½ inch template sheet underneath and set aside. Prepare piping bag to be filled and set aside.

3. Sift powdered sugar, almond mixture, and cocoa powder together two or three times through a sieve and set aside.

4. Place the egg whites in a large bowl or in stand mixer with wire whisk attachment. Whisk on low until egg whites become foamy. Add the pinch of cream of tartar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the superfine sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides with a spatula.

5. Turn your mixer on medium-high and continue to whisk until you reach a stiff meringue. If adding liquid or gel food dye, do so toward the end of whisking.

6. Sift 1/3 of the almond flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder mixture through the sieve and into the meringue. Fold the dry mixture into the meringue. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, the batter will be thick and have a dull shine. Continue to fold. As you do so, the batter will loosen. Stop folding when the batter has a glossy sheen, a “lava-like” consistency, and falls in a ribbon like manner off the spatula.

7. Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a round tip and pipe 1½ inch rounds on the parchment paper following the template.

8. When all of the rounds are piped on the parchment, rap the sheet pans evenly on work surface a few times. Remove templates from below your parchment paper carefully. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-40 minutes.

9. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes rotating the pan half way through.

10.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

11.  Match up similar size shells into pairs and sandwich with filling.


About 4 dozen 1.5 in shells (two dozen sandwiched macaron cookies)

Chocolate Ganache Filling

100 g (3.5 oz) chocolate*

1½ Tbsp. heavy cream

Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.

Boil cream and pour over chocolate.

Stir until all the chocolate has melted and texture is smooth**

When warm, pipe onto macaron shells.

*I prefer to use the mini chocolate chips when possible to speed up the process.

** If the cream is not able to melt all the chocolate, place bowl in microwave. Heat for 20 seconds on low power. Remove and stir. Repeat until chocolate is fully melted.


Mindy has agreed to giveaway one digital copy of Gourmet French Macarons to one lucky SYTYC reader.

Entering is simple. Leave me a comment and let me know what dessert you love to make. Once you’re done, be sure to use the Rafflecopter widget to record your entry and take advantage of the extra entries available!

This giveaway closes on Monday, Sept. 9!

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Interview with Jessica, Cutesy Crafts

Today marks a double-dose of awesome. Not only did you get to learn more about Hayley, our Season 16 winner, but today I get to share a bit more about Jessica, from Cutesy Crafts. Jessica took second place in this past season’s competition. What’s truly remarkable though is that she placed in the topEVERY challenge we hosted. In a competition where competitors can be on top one week and out the next, consistency like that is pretty awesome.

Jessica Cutesy Crafts


Jessica has shared some pretty amazing crafts with us over the course of the season. Here’s a quick peak at some of the projects she shared…

Jessica Cutesy CraftsPainted Flour Sack Skirt | Office Chair Upcycle | DIY Nursery Artwork | Picnic Quilt | Sheet Music Globe | Sail Away Ruffle Outfit | Nautical Beach Bag | Puppet Theater | Lace Headboard

Interview with Jessica, Cutesy Crafts

1. Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I am a stay-at-home mom to three adorable kids.  When I’m not taking care of them, I find joy in thinking of new things to create.  I started my blog as as a way to share the templates, and things that I was making with the internet world.  Most of my blog is full of things that I create for my kids and my home.

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I have always loved to craft.  I really started to get into it when I became a stay-at-home mom and suddenly had a lot of time on my hands.  A few years ago, I made one of those felt playhouses that you put over the table and had a TON of felt leftover.  I started thinking of ways to use it, and my crafting took off from there.

 3. How often do you craft?

Too often… but really, I’m always working on something.  I love it!

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

Most of the crafts I make are for my kids, so I would say that my inspiration comes from them.  A lot of my inspiration also comes from being thrifty (cheap).  Why pay a lot of money for something when you can figure out how to make it yourself?

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

Felt.  Haha.  It all goes back to the felt playhouse!

 6. What is your guilty pleasure?


7. What makes you smile?

My kids and my husband… oh, and chocolate. :)

8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

If I’m not taking care of kids or crafting, I like to nerd out with genealogy.  I love making new discoveries about my ancestors and looking through old family photos.

Jessica is definitely creative, especially with felt. Since she’s “bragged” about her felting skills, I thought I would share a few of my favorite Cutesy Craft felt projects…

Felt Cutesy Crafts Super Hero Cape | Super Hero Masks | Birthday Crown | Tooth Fairy Bags | Nativity Advent


Interview with Hayley, Welcome to the Mouse House

You guys, I am so excited to share today’s interview with you. Over the past couple of months, I have gotten to know Season 16 winner, Hayley, and she is one amazing girl. While her projects are wonderful and she’s very creative, what really shines through is her happy, positive spirit. I will miss emailing with her every week (hint to Hayley, stay in touch mmmkay?!)

Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House

Hayley has shared some great projects with us this past season.

SYTYC Welcome to the Mouse HouseRemovable Fabric Wallpaper | Rainy Day Redo | The Busy Blanket | Vintage Ladder Arbor | Hot Air Ballon Necklace | Ruffled Mermaid Costume | Watermelon Mojitos | Kids Grocery Market | DIY Pallet-style Artwork

Interview with Hayley, Welcome to the Mouse House

1. Tell us a little about you and your blog.

My name is Hayley and I blog at Welcome to the Mouse House, where I chat about crafting, sewing, decorating, cooking, and just general family life.

I started the blog 5 years ago to keep our families up to date on our kids, but the blog grew more than I ever thought it would! I love the direction it has taken and it is so fun for me to share my creativity with my readers.

2. How and when did you start crafting?

Growing up, I was always a crafter…. coloring, painting, decorating, sewing.  For Christmas and  birthdays, I would always ask for art supplies and craft kits and would ooh and ahh over new colored pencils and watercolors.

Even during college, I would figure out ways to make my apartment pretty by making curtains, painting walls, making artwork, and designing new bedding.

I was the college student that spent a good part of my time building a dollhouse. Seriously. I built a McMansion dollhouse and it has electricity. My friends definitely thought I was wacky.

3. How often do you craft?

Because of my blog and my Etsy shop, I find myself crafting almost every single day. I am constantly decorating my house, sewing clothes for my kids, helping my friends fix up their houses, and finding new mediums to work with.

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

I try to avoid getting my inspiration from online, because I feel like it sways me too much. I often find an item at a shop or a thrift store and I look to see what can make it better or different. I do the same with fabrics…. I buy fabrics and wait for it to inspire me.  A fabric may sit in my craft studio for a year before I realize that I have the perfect dress for it and it always works out!

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric. Or paint. It is hard for me to decide.

I have been sewing since I was a little girl and it is a huge passion of mine.  I can honestly say that I sew about 5-7 days a week and my daughter’s closet is busting at the seams with handmade goodies (my son has quite a bit, as well!) Fabrics are gorgeous and pretty and oh so fun to collect.

Painting furniture is also a huge part of my life… I find furniture pieces that have great bones and I know that paint is the simplest way to make an old piece new again.  It is awesome to see the transformation for very little money.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Wine. In a box. Haha, just kidding. Trashy reality shows, like Real Housewives or The Real World.  I seriously watch those on my laptop while I sew or craft.  It is awesome.

7. What makes you smile?

It is so cliche, but my kids crack me up on a daily basis. My daughter is three and a half and my son is almost six.  The things that come out of their mouths is hilarious and so innocent! I wish I had kept a running journal of all the funny moments because I worry that they will wash away from my memory.

8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

Shopping for craft supplies?  Does that count?  Other than that, I love to just chill out with my husband, eat some good food, and watch The Walking Dead.  Oh, and I love coffee.

Hayley truly is a wonder with fabrics. I thought I would share just a few of the amazing fabric-related tutorials over on her site…

Hayley CollageVintage Sundress | Tea Towel Skirt | Pi T-shirt | Pinafore


You can find loads more over on her site here.

DIY Number Artwork

I can hardly believe that Season 16 is over and we’ve launched Season 17…When you have something like SYTYC to mark the time, it seems to go by sooo much faster!

In any event, we’re wrapping things up with a few tutorials and some crafter interviews this week. I know you’ve been waiting for today’s post – Hayley’s winning DIY number artwork tutorial.

Haley Welcome to the Mouse House

Take it away Hayley…

DIY Number Artwork

First of all, thank you SO much to everyone who voted this past season… I competed with some seriously awesome ladies and I am  excited that I made some new friends during the process!

I am here to explain how I created the wooden artwork for my son’s bedroom makeover. He wanted a “number themed” bedroom, but I also wanted to make sure it was sophisticated.  At the last minute, I came up with an idea to display a variety of numbers above his bed!

I love that you can see it right when you walk in.

Here’s how you make it…


  • lots of furring strips (can be found at any hardware store)
  • sheet of plywood cut to the size you want
  • liquid nails
  • wood stain
  • rag
  • saw
  • sandpaper
  • nails
  • heavy duty screws
  • various sizes of numbers (I purchased some of them at the hardware store and some of them at the craft store)
  • spray paint for numbers

Start off by cutting the plywood to the finished size you want your artwork to be. This will be the back of the artwork.

Cut the furring strips into various lengths. I cut them into various lengths for interest – some were about 12 inches, some 6 inches, and a few were odd sizes like 4 inches, 8 inches, etc.

Working in sections, apply a good amount of Liquid Nails to your plywood.
Stick down the furring strips. As you can see in my photo below, I staggered them… simply for visual interest.  I liked the look of the random placement. I also staggered and had the ends overlap the plywood.

Once the furring strips are laid out, nail or staple gun the pieces to the plywood back. Make sure the  nails/staples are long enough to secure them, but not too long or it will poke through the back.

Give the surface a good sanding to get rid of any majorly rough areas. Wipe clean with a rag.

Now, grab the stain and cover the entire piece, including the sides.

Once your entire piece is covered in stain, go back and wipe with a rag to remove some of the stain.

Now, lay out the numbers in whatever fashion you want and attach them with screws.

For some further visual interest, I placed a reflective “8” onto a small canvas. You can do whatever you want!

Screw to the wall, making sure you either anchor it or drill right into the studs. This thing is heavy and we don’t need any accidents!  We used deck screws and anchors.

Visit Welcome to the Mouse House…

It has been such a pleasure to get to know Hayley. She’s so incredibly talented! I thought I’d share of the few projects I have found and enjoyed over on her site as I’ve gotten to know her this past season.

Projects by Welcome to the Mouse HouseDIY Kitchen Lampshade | The Busy Blanket | United Colors of Love | Dish Towel DIY | Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In the Kitchen Challenge {Season 17, Week 1}

Happy Labor Day friends!

The first of September always sort of signals the end of summer for me…Yes, it’s still nearly 100 degrees outside, but the kids are back in school and football has started…We’re hinging on the start of fall, which for me signals a return to the kitchen. I start cooking and baking more just generally spending more time in the kitchen. Fitting then, that we should kick off this week with an In the Kitchen Challenge.

In the Kitchen Challenge


Our competitors have put their heart and soul into this first week challenge and I am super-excited to share their awesome projects, so without further ado…

In the Kitchen {Season 17, Week 1}

Kitchen Utensil Herb Planter

Wahoo! I made it through the Auditions and into round one! This week’s theme is KITCHEN and I’ve got a Kitchen themed Herb Planter to share with you. I have a small kitchen/ living and dining area that are all combined into one medium size room. Which makes counter space and cupboard space invaluable. I wanted to make an herb planter, but keeping it on my kitchen counter, away from any windows would be counter-productive (I already don’t have the greenest thumb in the world).  So while walking the isles of Salvation Army I came across a vintage coffee pot and a measuring cup and the details all fell together. I’d make a Kitchen Utensil Herb Planter and keep it in the dining room near the sunlight! I made a wood box that holds platers made out of old kitchen tools.

Kitchen Utensil Herb Planter

I built the box out of an old pallet that was taking up way too much room in my garage. I love that the screws are exposed giving it a rustic feel. I used two large kitchen Utensils for the handle by bending them with a hammer and affixing to the box with screws nuts and screws. I left the whole finished box outside for a few days to get some sun bleaching and rain damage for aesthetic purposes. The planters themselves are made out of the old coffee pot from Salvation Army, an old dry measuring cup, a wet measuring cup and a canning jar. I filled the bottom half of each planter with rocks to help with drainage and I bought partially grown plants from a local nursery.

DIY Kitchen Utensil Herb Box

For the final little twists I filled the box with white rocks to hold the planters in place and add some visual interest to the bottom of the box. Even while making this project I kept forgetting the names of each plant so I used some leftover corks, bamboo skewers and a sharpie to make tags for each plant. I really love the way everything turns out. It’s nice to have small amounts of the herbs I use for cooking at home vs. driving to the store to buy a whole handful that will never get used. My dining room always get the most sunlight so it sits on the table in there during the day. Since completing this project I’ve learned to use an old wine bottle for watering (the neck helps regulate the flow of the water to the plants!). I hope you liked my Kitchen Utensil Herb Planter and vote for it! I’d love to be back for another week! Crafting is my JAM.

Kitchen Utensil Herb Box Trash Can Cover

Regular kitchen plastic trash cans are not cute!  I’ve been desperate to fix this issue.  The theme this week gave me the motivation to do something about it.

DIY Trash Can CoverI’ve seen plans for several different kinds of cabinets but I needed something different because of where my trash can sits.  So, I created a side opening cabinet where the door pulls out.  Having it open this way will be easier to use.

DIY Trash Can Cover

I’ve never really built anything like this before and was scared, but it was so much easier than I could ever have imagined and I love the beautiful mint color of the paint.  This is a good beginner building project.

Painted Refrigerator

When I heard this week’s theme, I knew it would be a challenge for me as we rent our home and have an old kitchen that really just needs a complete overhaul. Despite that, I was excited to take on this challenge and figure out something that would brighten up the room (and maybe distract from the rest of it)! I have to give credit on this one to my husband who randomly said “why don’t you paint the fridge?” {We bought our fridge when we moved in at a scratch and dent warehouse for crazy cheap and since we own it, this is an option.}  I don’t think he was serious, but then he saw the look on my face after his suggestion and knew exactly what was going to happen next.

Painted fridgeOur fridge was a plain, white, ‘apartment special’ I like to say. It is not huge or fancy, it doesn’t give me water or lemon flavored ice cubes, but it keeps things cold and fits in the space available between the cabinets. I never thought much of it, that is, until it got its makeover! I am in love with the new pop of color from the turquoise and gold accents. It is so much fun and really brightens up the previously dark space.

Painted RefridgeratorI had just as much fun putting together the accents as I did painting the fridge. On the side I added a laser cut frame that will hold family photos or children’s drawings {thanks Project Life for adding some flair until I can put some pictures in!} with tiny little clothespins. On the freezer door, I added some smaller magnet photo frames to hold traditional and wallet size photos on the right and on the left, a dry erase board for messages and notes.  I wanted there to be a space for kids to play while I was cooking so I added a framed chalk board to the fridge door- it also helps to camouflage the dent that it came with, even better!

Painted fridgeAll in all, the transformation is night and day and I love how it came out!

On Time for Lunch

Tray 1 I am so happy I made it through the auditions. This first week I have decided to make something I have been looking for my kitchen for a while. A kitchen clock and a serving tray! Until now I haven’t found any that I really like so, it was a good opportunity to make it!

Tray 2For the clock I used a piece of wood, cut it and spray painted it white. The numbers and mushrooms were handmade in polymer clay, as well as the corner flowers. As for the clock machine I have used the one from a very cheap clock I found at IKEA.

Tray 3

The serving tray was initially plain wood. I painted it white and then applied handmade delicate polymer clay flowers, to give it color. To finish, I have put a glass on top so it works well as a serving tray. It worked out great and I just can’t wait to use it.

I like my kitchen even more now. Hope you like it too.

Quick Kitchen Brightener or Centerpiece

I love fresh flowers, and I love color! To add some of both to the my kitchen, I just found 3 totally different vases…, I found all 3 at the local thrift shop for $1.00 each, the “rocks” I bought at the dollar store for only $1.00, the flowers…Well I wish I could say I got them from my yard…I found them in a clearance cart at the grocery store for only $5.00.


The water and food color I had on hand. When you cut your flowers you want to cut the angled, so that the bottom of the stem isn’t straight… I filled the vases half full with the rocks, the slowly split the flowers up between them.


Once I had them all the way I wanted them. I poured the colored water just to the top of the rocks. ( I mixed aspirin with them as well, I hear it makes your flowers last longer)  Then TADA, I can group the together, of place them individually around my kitchen, a quick cheap way bring nature and color in to your home! They make great center pieces as well.


Silverware Kitchen Clock

Silverware Kitchen Clock  The theme inspired me to use kitchen items to create a home decor piece that I could display in my kitchen. I created this clock using vintage silverware and a charger plate.

 Silverware Kitchen Clock

I love the pop of color, pattern and the clock’s unique flair. It is simplistic with but the silverware clock hands give it a special touch.

Silverware Kitchen Clock This clock will definitely make me want to spend more time in your kitchen. I hope it has inspired you to use kitchen items to create.

Chalkboard Serving Tray

There is a place here in town that sells used building supplies; it is an awesome place to score things like stained glass windows and old doors.  I was browsing there the other day and found a whole room full of old cabinet doors.  I snagged one of them to make this serving tray.

Chalkboard Serving Tray

I painted the outside of the cabinet door first with a coat of dark green, then a coat of light green, then sanded it lightly for a distressed look.  Next I added some chalkboard paint to the inner panel of the door.  When I bought the door they threw in two door pulls for free, they were brass which wasn’t really the look I wanted, but I wasn’t going to turn down free!  With a quick coat of black spray paint I had in the garage they went from shiny brass to satiny black.  I added one door pull to each side for carrying the tray.

Chalkboard serving tray

This would be a great tray for serving breakfast in bed to someone special, and leaving them a little note too! It is also perfect for entertaining; you can use the chalkboard surface to label what you’re serving so your guests aren’t left guessing what kind of cheese or dip they are eating.  Or you can simply use it for carrying dinner from your kitchen to the table.  I liked my tray so much I didn’t want to hide it under the counter when it wasn’t being used.  So it is doing double duty and hanging on the kitchen wall as a message board.  Plus that makes it easier for my husband to find it if he wants to make me breakfast in bed (hint hint honey…)

Chalkboard serving trayOne of a Kind Kitchen Pendant Light

So excited for the first round!!!   The inspiration for my “In the Kitchen” project was my BORING pendant lights hanging over my kitchen island.  After shopping endlessly for something unique I came up with zippo!!    So…….I decided to make some myself.  Here is the before pic….  hopefully  you’ll like the finished product enough to vote for me!!   Would love to make it to the next round!

DIY Pendant Light

 I knew I needed something circular for the top and bottom so I started with some simple cheap embroidery rings from Hobby Lobby .   From there I bought a sheet of wood paper, some stain, round wood pieces, some sticky cork, burlap and some beads.      After cutting and staining the wood paper I glued them to the embroidery rings with Loctite Glue.  After that I applied sticky cork to the burlap and fixed that on the inside of the fixture.

DIY Kitchen Pendant Light

To put the finishing touches on the piece I used my “jewelry skills” to assemble some hanging beads which I hung from the top embroidery hoop.  Last but not least I used a drill to cut a hole in the round wood  for the top piece and drilled two other small holes that I used to screw the fixture in place.  I glued the round wood piece (that I spray painted copper) to the top and wallah we have a new fixture.  It was a bit time consuming but very simple.  Now off to make the second one!!!   Didn’t have it done in time to show you both!!   I will add more pics to my blog once the other one is done… but for now my little ‘ol pendant light is flying solo!    Hope you like it enough to vote for me…

DIY Kitchen Pendant Light

Mason Jar Chandelier

In the Kitchen…What a challenge…so many possibilities!  My biggest challenge was narrowing down what I wanted to create.  I love my kitchen, but I did not love the chandelier in our eating area.  It was definitely time for a makeover!

Mason Jar Chandelier

From straight out of the box to a conversation piece…I was able to give my existing chandelier an updated look fitting of my style on a budget by using items I already had on hand.  I gave it a fresh coat of paint, added chalk paint details and used a fun technique to make new mason jars look old.

Mason Jar Chandelier

It took a little tweaking and a bit of trial and error to make it all work together, but Oh How I Love It Now!  It adds just the amount of added color and charm this space was lacking! So excited to share how I made it!

Mason Jar Chandelier


Napkin Garland

I’ll admit it, I love a cute napkin! I keep a stock of cocktail napkins in my kitchen. I think they can really fun up a meal and are great for parties. You can grab a pack of 25 or more for less than $3.00 at Homegoods or Target.

Napkin Garland

When I first saw the theme for the first week of the competition, I was a little stumped. Do I cook? Do I make something for the kitchen? I really wasn’t sure. After thinking it over, I decided to use some of those awesome cocktail napkins I had hanging out, “In The Kitchen” to make this Cocktail Napkin Garland.

Napkin Garland

To start, I used 4 different napkins that were all approximately the same size. I wanted more of a patchwork look, so I used chose napkins with different patterns and colors. Once I had my chosen napkins, I  ran them through the sewing machine. That’s it!

Napkin Garland


The whole project took less than 20 minutes for a 12 ft long garland. I used my sewing machine for ease and to get it done quickly. However, this could easily be done with a needle and twine. I hope you like it as much as I do and will vote to keep me in the competition!

Time to Vote!

In the Kitchen Challenge


There are so many great projects this week!

Please select the top five projects you would like to see a tutorial for next week. You may vote once per day. Voting will end Thursday, September 5, at 5 pm. MST


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Welcome to SYTYC Season 17 Meet the Competitors

Welcome to SYTYC Season 17!

I am excited to introduce you, a bit more formally, to the 10 amazingly creative competitors that will be participating this season.

SYTYC Season 17 Competitors


Season 17 Competitors

Ariean Krieger One Krieger ChickAriean, One Krieger Chick
Born and raised in the city, Ariean is now living her dream as a country girl. When not reading stories and kissing boo-boo’s, you can find her sharing trash-to-treasure home decor, kids crafts, family-pleasing recipes and all about life around the Kriefer hosue.

Before becoming a Momma to 3 darling boys, Ariean was a High School Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, specializing in Interior Design and Fashion. She’s been decorating as long as she can remember…her Barbie houses, doll houses, and now her home. All along the way she’s shared her  ideas with my friends and family. 

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Crystal Stitched by Crystal

Crystal, Stitched by Crystal
Crystal is a wife and working mom of two. She has been sewing for as long as she can remember. Crystal  got her first sewing machine when she was SIX and made all of her dolls blankets and jammies. When she was in high school, she even sewed her own prom dress.

When pregnant with her son, Crystal discovered she really loves making things for babies and children.  She started her blog as a way to document and showcase her work.


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Daniela Bonito Servico Daniela, Bonito Servico
Daniela and her husband and I live in Vila do Conde, Portugal, with our sweet black cat. Creativity is always present in their lives whether they are making something for their house or when Daniela is creating something new for BonitoServiço.

Daniela’s husband is incredibly supportive of her crafty side and she usually gets his opinion on new projects; he gets curious about the final result too! She has been crafting since she was a little girl and hopes to keep it that way.


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Dru Beecher Polkadot PoplarsDru, Polkadot Poplars
Dru is a mother to four, grandmother to 10 (all under the age of seven). She spent 15 years traveling around the world as a military wife . Dru is a lifelong lover of thrift shops, antiques and yard sales and spent many years working in the craft industry.

Dru stays up way too late, drinks Diet Dr. Pepper and claims to be lazy. When it comes to exercising, she’s a bit stubborn. She also believes that everything happens for a reason. A philosophy that helps her appreciate the hard things and learn from them. It’s no accident when Dru crosses path with a new friend, who feels like a soul mate.

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Emily The Benson Street Emily, The Benson Street
Emily is a wife to an amazing, crazy and fun husband who keeps her on her toes. She loves to craft, celebrate, cook, thrift, read, shop and decorate. Emily enjoys working on projects and find ways to share them.

When she’s not working on a simple craft or blogging, you can usually find her reading a good book or out shopping.



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justynn 300Justynn, Creative Life Antics
Justynn is a 20-something graphic designer with an obsession with the creative. She bought her “first place” at 22 and has slowly been making it her own ever since.

She loves DIY art projects, making things for friends and family, baking things, being outside, camping and her dog. Justynn has a full schedule between work, school and blogging.



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Krisha Jacks and Kate

Krisha, Jacks and Kate
Krisha (pronounced like Trisha) loves to make stuff. She started out sewing tote bags for local friends and before she knew it she had a successful Etsy shop. After two years of non-stop business she decided to shut down my shop to spend more time with her family.

Since the majority of Krisha’s days are spent in the company of people under the age of 6, blogging has been crucial to her sanity! She loves being able to put ideas into writing and share them with others.

When Krisha’s not blogging or binge watching Netflix, she’s  busy raising and homeschooling her 3 beautiful babes with her husband Chris, Mr. Jacks & Kate.

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Lynda Hamilton Lynda, Oh So Shabby
Lynda caught the DIY bug a couple of years ago when a friend introduced her to handmade jewelry. She’s moved from jewelry and hair bows to painting, sewing and decorating, documenting it all on her blog for the last two years.

In addition to exploring her creative side, Lynda has owned and operated her own business for the last 18 years. She’s had amazing clients and enjoyed the ridiculous perks that come with working in the hospitality industry. The biggest perk of all? It led to her  amazing hubby of 12 years

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Melissa 300Melissa, Fablifyit
Melissa is a wife and mom to five – three children of her own and two “bonus kids.” She also blogs and runs a business called, FabDecor. Perhaps that’s why her friends have said she’s a busy, busy, busy lady.

Her blog is full of beautiful moments from family stories to crafts and thoughts on her time as a child in the foster care system.

Melissa has a degree in accounting and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist.


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Michelle Barbour 300Michelle, Delicate Construction
Michelle and her husband have been married for four and a half years, though they’ve been together for nearly 10. They have a feisty red-headed three-year-old named Avery. Michelle and her husband are full-time caregivers to a 23-year-old with Fragile x and Autism.

In addition to acting as a wife, mother and caregiver, Michelle is worked on a Masters in Teaching. She shares fun, frugal, quick and easy crafts, projects, activities and ideas on her blog. She is a Disneyland lovin’, coupon using, Dollar Tree addicted, over the top party planning, compulsive classroom volunteer and wouldn’t trade it for a thing.

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Thank You Season 16 Sponsors

Special thanks goes out today to our Season 16 sponsors. We’re so grateful for their continued support. I hope you will take just a minute today and hop over to check out their sites.

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Aqua Nugget Necklace

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Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

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Happy Go Lucky” Fat Quarter Bundle

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4 PDF patterns and hardware

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$40 gift card to Kids Sewing

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$25 gift card to Etsy

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Season 16 Final Results

We’ve come to the end of the season. It’s a bit bittersweet. I’ve come to really enjoy each of the contestants this season and I am not sure I am ready to move on! However move on we must. This week you were tasked with selecting a winner between Jessica‘s awesome lace stenciled headboard and Hayley’s room reveal.

Season 16 Collage


The projects were amazing and this week’s voting fell right inline with what’s happened throughout the rest of the season. Each week we’ve seen amazing projects and the voting has been ridiculously close. With 3,462 votes cast, we do have a winner.

Cue the confetti! Drum roll please! It’s time to “crown” the winner of SYTYC Season 16!!!! Congratulations to….



Be sure to come back next week for the tutorials!

I though you might enjoy a quick look at some of the fab projects that have won this season.

Removable Fabric WallpaperHow to Create Removable Fabric Wallpaper

Refashioned Dress

Refashioned Dress Tutorial 

Squirt Gun Curtains

Squirt Gun Curtains 

DIY Whisky Fire Pit

DIY Whisky Fire Pit

hot air balloon necklace tutorial

Hot Air Balloon Necklace Tutorial

Alphabet Ruffle Quilt

Alphabet Ruffle Quilt


Nautical Beach Bag Tutorial

PVC Market

PVC Kids Market