Sunshine {week 6}

*If you missed the Upcycle results post, you can see it here.*

I hope all you had a wonderful Mothering Day!  Not only was yesterday Mothers Day, but it was also my 6th wedding anniversary.  I got spoiled.  But the best part of the day came later that evening when we got a call that made yesterday one of my top 3 best days of my entire life!  Nothing is official yet so I can’t share much, but I’m bursting at the seams with happiness and can’t really contain it.  I’ll fill you all in as soon as I can.

me and the hubs coming out of the SLC temple 6 years and 1 day ago 🙂

So now that I have the little bit of metaphoric sunshine in my life, and that summer is coming to my next of the woods with literal sunshine this weeks post with all it’s Sunshiny goodness came at a very opportune time 🙂  Just like always, the poll is in the sidebar and will be open until Friday night!


Craft #1 – Vintage Darling Swimsuit – Amanda @ Simply Homemade


Swimming is the number one thing my kids beg for when the sun starts showing us her pretty face. So in celebration of said ‘Sunshine’ I decided to make this little lady a swimming suit. Of course being the nerd that I am I needed wanted it to be a bit vintage-y as well. I’m loving it and so is the little lady….she hasn’t taken it off since our “photo shoot.”



Craft #2 – Twisted Picnic Blanket – Brittany @ BK’s Craft Blog

What better way to enjoy a sunny day but to have a picnic! I made a picnic blanket backed with a Twister board! The Twister board keeps your blanket from getting damp should the ground not be it’s driest AND you can flip it over to play the fun group game. There is a sewn pocket between the comforter and plastic that holds the Twister spinner and a Frisbee (which was, by far, the best thrift buy of the project at .09 cents!)!

Craft #3 – Hammock Swing – Wendy @ Craft Goodies

Oh how I love this theme!
I have been anxiously awaiting it’s arrival only to be surrounded by sheer irony…it has rained poured for three days straight. It’s left me dreaming of warmer days ahead, relaxing on the patio with a good book in my new, super bright and cheery hammock swing.


Granted, this took a bit longer than I thought it would, a lot of trial and error, and even a bit of “advice” from the hubster but I am thrilled with how it came together.
The colors are so warm and vibrant-just like a warm sunshine filled day. And really what better way to enjoy the sunshine than to be sitting in it?
I cannot wait for this storm to clear out, any guess where you’ll find me once it does?


Craft #4 – Striped Maxi Dress – Angela @ The Wray Sisters

When I think of sunshine, I think of warmth. I think of the beach. I think of lazy days by the pool. Most of all I think of Summer. What could be more perfect for all of those things than a comfortable bright striped maxi dress.
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This dress was constructed from multiple colors of jersey fabric. The solid colors of jersey were cut into various size stripes and then sewn together to create a unique striped and colorful pattern.
This is the perfect dress to celebrate sunshine and summer. It is the perfect swimsuit cover up to wear to the pool or to the beach. It is the perfect dress to wear on a summer evening walk, or just to sport around town. It is just perfect for any activity on a sunshiny day.
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Craft #5 – A Sunny Beach Tent – Kimberly @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. & Me

Summertime means tons of fun at the park and on the beach!  If you haven’t got a shady place to sit, though, the sun can be brutal.  I love the gorgeous sunshades available now – that can be made into a lean-to, an awning or a tent.  I thought it would be completely DIY-able.  And what better project for SUNSHINE WWEK than a shady spot to enjoy the beautiful weather that’s on its way?

My Beach Tent was made economically with a canvas drop-cloth which I dyed yellow and orange in ombre fashion (hard to tell, but it’s actually 5 different shades of yellow/orange).  I added extra large eyelets along the sides, which slide over two wooden dowels.  The dowels were painted to match and then whittled down on one end to make them skinny.  I placed rubber washers on the dowels as stoppers for the eyelets.  Another dowel runs under the tent, from pole to pole, for stability.  I also dyed some cotton twine for the guylines.  But the real question was how to keep the tent stable.  Stakes wouldn’t cut it in the sand.  Anything extra heavy wouldn’t be portable enough.  So what to do?

Use what you have, of course!  I sewed 6 small simple tote bags with boxy bottoms out of canvas.  When filled with sand from the beach, they are the perfect anchors for our guylines!  While I was sewing the tote bags, I decided to sew a long round cinch bag with a handle for easy transport of our fun beach tent.  Everything rolls up and slides right inside.  There’s a small pocket on the front for holding our guylines, which are wrapped around clothespins to keep them untangled.  Everything you need for your shady beach experience, easily portable and right at your fingertips!  Time for a picnic!  (Or maybe just a nap…)

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  1. Cate says

    On the twisted picnic blanket, is the twister game just laying on top of the blanket? It doesn’t seem to be attached.

    • Missy says

      Hey Cate! I just got an email from the creator of the Twisted Picnic Blanket. She thought I had better answer your question rather then herself since it’s anonymous and all 🙂

      She has tacked the blanket down in places to give it some stability, but still keep some freedom of movement. However, as the week has gone on she’s realized some tips, tricks and improvements. She will be sharing all those on her blog next week. I’ll let you know on Saturday how the crafter is so you can go check that out 🙂

    • Missy says

      Only the winner from each week will have a tutorial posted on SYTYC, so make sure you vote for your favorite! But I’m sure each crafter will but a tutorial on their own site once the voting has ended. I’ll let you know who made what on Saturday 🙂