Interview with Kim @ Maiden D’Shade

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1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I’m an introvert. I’m very happy to be alone doing what I do. I think that’s why I enjoy blogging because it’s kind of “behind the scenes”. But even in the blogging world I’m not very outgoing. Doing this contest was somewhat out of my comfort zone, but it’s been fun. My favorite color is purple, which you’ll find in my bedroom, and my summer car is purple :)  I really like cars. I blog when I have something to share. But I also host a link party every week. It’s pretty low key, too. I just like to keep things simple!
2.How and when did you start crafting?
I don’t know when I started crafting. I think I have all my life, thanks to my Mother. A friend and I made a tie for our Math teacher in high school that had a real gold fish swimming inside it, because he wanted one. And who couldn’t use extra brownie points, right?
3.How often do you craft?
Certainly not as often as I’d like to. It’s usually when the need arises. I’m often asked to decorate for various functions. I tend to be crafty for those things. Sometimes I have a good idea for my home and craft then, too.
4.Where do you get your inspiration?
Often from others ideas. That’s usually what gets the wheels turning in my head. Sometimes I have my own idea and figuring out how to make it work through trial and error is what inspires me. I like troubleshooting.
5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
Probably wood. There’s so many things you can do with it and to it!
6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Thrift shopping.
7.What makes you smile?
My family.
8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
Watch movies at home!

Congrats again Kim!

Interview with Catherine @ CathGrace

Catherine had a great run this season and came out as the “fan favorite” with the most weekly wins. Congrats!  Here is her interview and some of her projects from the season.

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

Hi! My name is Catherine Griffith, and I blog over at www.cathgrace.com. My blog is made up of sewing, furniture refinishing, decorating, and various other crafts as the mood strikes me! I grew up with an amazing mom who turned us loose on all of her crafting supplies, so there is not much out there that I haven’t tried from wood burning to scherenschnitte. I currently live in South Korea with my husband and two children, where he works for the USAF, and I occasionally substitute teach at my kid’s middle school.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I have crafted my whole life, I come from a family of creative people, with a Gramma who sews professionally, a Grandpa who was a carpenter, and a mom who encouraged us to express ourselves in any way that occurred to us. I started off sewing with a stapler – my uncle worked for a car seat cover factory, so he would bring home scraps of faux fur and polyester knit fabric (always in beige, navy, hunter green, or gray) and I would make elaborate fashions for my sister and I to wear to dinner each night, but since my mom didn’t want me using her sewing machine by myself, I used a stapler. :) Next I moved on to elaborate Barbie clothes, before being taken under my Gramma’s wing and taught to sew “perfectly” (or I was stink’n unpicking it.)

3.How often do you craft?

I make at least one or two things everyday. Actually, only about 10% of what I make ends up on the blog because I get too impatient to document everything. My hands are always busy making something and I lay awake at night thinking of things I want to make and do.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I love beautiful things, and functionality. If I see a need I like to fill it in a way that improves my family’s quality of life, even if that is only with something I think is beautiful. My family moves every 3-4 years, so making traditions and things that create a sense of “home” and continuity for my family is very important to me. I go on Pinterest a little, and I follow some great blogs, too. ( I also LOVE to knock-off Anthropologie clothes!) One of the biggest needs I see is age appropriate clothing for little girls over the age of 10, stores think you suddenly want your child to dress like a teenager as soon as they hit double digits, and I am constantly questing after modest, classy, age appropriate little girl’s clothes, but not anything babyish.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric, I am first and foremost a seamstress.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

I listen to a lot of TV, and I am not ashamed of it! (which I am pretty sure appalls my mom) I don’t do any reality TV because it all irritates me, but I love the history channel, and anything educational, so I can potentially glean something of value while I sew and do other things. (That being said, I used to listen to the Home Shopping Network a lot when we lived in the US, that way I could hear voices without really having to listen, and I feel less alone through out the day, so not so educational after all…….) I just discovered Walking Dead and Downton Abby, and could watch those all day too.

7.What makes you smile?

Watching my children turn into distinct people. They are constantly learning and growing, and I feel like I see the world freshly through watching them experience things and react for the first time.

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

I am a passionate traveler, if I could spend the rest of my life seeing the world with my family I would be happy! I have been on all but 2 continents, and I want to see all the still existing wonders of the world before I die.

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And here are the fabulous prizes that Jamie will be receiving from some of our fantastic sponsors!

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 ”Blue Chine” Ukrainian Egg

I am Suzy from Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!  I am an artist, crafter and humor writer out of Atlanta, GA.  I specialize in creating unusual crafts, resurrecting vintage crafts, and crafting from recycled materials.  The Sitcom offers over 100 detailed tutorials, with new ones every week along with humor, family fun and a bit of dog hair thrown in for good measure.  The Sitcom Store offers the latest in my kits, patterns, paintings, and Ukrainian egg art.

The design on this chicken egg was created using the Ukrainian art of Pysanky which incorporates layers of dyes and bees wax. This egg is great displayed year round.  Included is a display stand, a dated certificate of authenticity, signed by me and shipped with free gift wrapping.

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Whimsy

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Whimsy Couture makes some of the cutest patterns for little girl clothes I’ve ever seen – and some ready made stuff too!  Not only are the patterns adorable, but you can sell any garments made using the patterns in your own shops.  They have 66 patterns available so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.  I’m loving the little romper. Be sure to follow the Whimsy Facebook page for great updates and such :)

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Grocery Store PDF Pattern Collection

Who says playing with your food can’t be fun? This collection has everything you need to start your own Farmer’s Market or Grocery Store.
Download-able pattern includes: Baguette, carrot, corn, corn husk, fish, green beans and strawberries.
Prize package comes with a limited production license for you to sell items made from this pattern in small handmade production lots.
Heather is the creative juice behind The Sewing Loft, an on-line community focused on inspiring you to “Reclaim” your creativity, one stitch at a time.  Her work graced the pages of several print publications, including Crafts n’ Things, Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Green Child and The Crafty Entrepreneur.  She is excited to share that several of her pattern designs will be coming  to a store near you this spring.

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Grandfather Clock Make Over Tutorial

*Tutorial by Kim @ Maiden D’Shade for her win in the Finale round of Season 14!*

Once again, thank you all for this amazing honor of winning season 14! But I’ve got to say, even though it was fun, I’m glad it’s over!

Here’s how I transformed this “seen better days” clock from my husbands side of the family and gave it new life.

 

This clock was built in 1987 by a friend of my in-laws. It has spent many years in my basement. It had some damage (bottom corners and the weight sleeves are scratched and oxidized) and some missing pieces (pendulum bob and tall door glass) likely due to many moves over the years.

First thing I did was clean the surface. I wanted to give it a more commanding presence so I added some molding along the front edges to give it more interest. Because the molding wood is “raw” I sprayed it with shellac so the surface wasn’t as porous and would be more like the surface of the rest of the clock when I went to paint it. I also thought this front molding piece matched the molding on the top of the clock quite nicely and gave that “blank” space some interest! I added the molding with wood glue.

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We have our winner!!

Season Winner

Man! So you guys like a close race don’t you?  This week’s votes were SOO close!  But in the end Kim’s Grandfather Clock Make-Over that pulled ahead.  I love the fresh look of the white paint. And the etched flower on the glass is the perfect touch.

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She had so many great projects this season with a couple wins under her belt.  Here they are:

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And for her fabulous work this season and for her 1st place win she gets some fabulous prizes from a few of our awesome sponsors!

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Hi everyone, I’m Samantha and I live here in Wales with my gorgeous husband Dus. Despite it raining a lot in Wales occasionally the sun shines and that’s when I design my bag patterns. This may explain why I’ve only written three in the last year. I’ve got a blog ( http://handmadebymrsh.blogspot.co.uk/ ) where you can come hang out with me, I’ve got a couple of freebie patterns coming up this year, but mostly it’s my random ramblings!

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$25 gift card to sassysteals.com

Sassy Steals is home for GREAT deals on homemade treasures and the PERFECT solution for small shops to sell their inventory fast…AND there’s even more! Every Friday one lucky winner will win a few of the handmade items featured the week before.
One weekend each month, they host an online Sassy Steals Boutique. This event features several vendors and over 100 items at amazing prices for the entire weekend!  CRAZINESS, right!!!  I told you that you were going to be TOTALLY loving this site!!!

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11″ x 14″ Glicee Art Print

My name is Amber Church.  I am a mixed media artist, painter, baker, and designer who has called Yukon home for most of my life.  I draw inspiration for my work from the natural world, mythology and fairy tales, and my imagination.  My work takes me from galleries to the back stages of theatres to centre stage in a can can skirt; I’ve designed art bras for cancer, twelve foot tall puppets for community theatre, Muppet cakes, and mixed media canvases full of family heirlooms.  Although my past has taken me to the United Nations Climate Change negotiations, to skiing and snowboarding course crews for the Olympics, and to teaching in Antarctica, I find myself most content when I am mucking about with paints in a bit of sunshine.

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MissyDear

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Hey it’s me!  Missy, the host of this here SYTYC competition.  I have a weakness.  I love hair accessories.  Like, really like them.  And I also love wool felt.  Have you ever touched real wool felt? It’s like heaven. So I thought I’d throw the two together and make some adorable wool felt cuteness for babies. I started out just doing them as gifts for baby showers but I had so many people ask about them I decided to open an Etsy shop.  I had to close up shop for a few years while our family moved cross country multiple times (5 states in 5 years – goo) and got SYTYC up and going, but I’ve recently reopened for business under a new name, MissyDear Designs.  With the reopening I’ve added other materials, designs and sizes but I still think they’re adorable.  If I do say so myself.  And new things are added all the time!

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Season 14 Finale!!

Did you guys notice the new addition to the So You Think You’re Crafty webpage design?  It’s right up there on the left.  See it?  Here’s a hint.

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It’s a new little button that will always be over there on the side.  If you click on it, it will take you to the current challenge so you don’t have to go digging through the sidebar to find it.  It will always be there, and from now on the poll will be in the post itself rather than the sidebar.  I’m just trying to simplify things for you guys :) I know that this is the old polling system. I didn’t think it was fair to change the format at the last second on these ladies. But don’t worry. The new polls will be in place for the new season :)

Now on to the good stuff.  The seasons of SYTYC always go by so fast don’t they?  I can’t believe we’ve already been through the 9 weeks of the challenge and we’re down to the final two!

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This week the challenge isn’t anonymous.  I figure you have already figured out who is who by now so there isn’t much point in not telling you anymore :)

So, without further ado, here is the poll and this weeks projects.  The poll will be open until Thursday night.  Make sure you vote early and let others know they need to head on over, too!

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Interview with Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique

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

My blog is full of all the little things I love. I love crafting, decorating, cooking and my family. And love to share all of these things on my blog.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I started crafting after I had my first daughter. I was suddenly a stay at home mom, and as a poor newlywed couple we didn’t have much money to spend on extra little things. Crafting was a way to decorate my house on the cheap and also fill the extra time I had at home.

3.How often do you craft?

I craft any chance I get, which isn’t often. I love crafting during nap time or after the kids go to bed.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Pinterest is great when I’m looking for specifics. However I find inspiration in everything around me. My favorite place to find fun inspiration is Anthropologie. Every time I leave that store feeling like I have to add 10 things to my to-do list.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I love sewing. Fabric and trimmings are my absolute fave.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate. Netflix. And Vanilla coke of course.

7.What makes you smile?

My cute little munchkin girls.

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

Playing with my kids & date nights with my hubby.

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And as the 2nd runner up Camille will be receiving these 3 fabulous prizes from our great sponsors! Thank you sponsors!

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$40 gift card to Kids Sewing

Kids Sewing is a place for kids (ages 6 to 12) to learn how to sew. We offer online sewing classes, sewing patterns, and sewing DVDs with beginning to advanced projects that kids (and moms) will LOVE making! In our first series called Pixie Projects there are over 35 projects for kids to make and enjoy – this is over a full year of projects at one lesson a week. Projects include hair accessories, clothing, totes, purses, hats, bean bags, dolls and doll clothing for boy and girls. Prices range from $6.95 for PDF patterns up to $39.95 for a Pixie Doll DVD, but starting on January 1st, 2013 we are also doing weekly {video} lessons for FREE!!! Just sign up see or follow us on Facebook!

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A Master Collection of patterns

Jeni Brockbank is a designer with the heart of a teacher. Jeni’s patterns have inspired others to start businesses, make their own homes more lovely and ignite creativity!  Jeni resides in northern Utah with her husband and 3 children where she actively participates in her church.
I’m a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, Mormon, small business owner and designer. I love kissing my kids, dancing with my husband, laughing, praying and life in general.  I use to think that crafting was for other people but I soon discovered that I have a style all my own. What a life changing thing to learn about myself!”
Learn to make professional quality, breathtaking fabric flowers that last and last.  The winner will receive Fancy Schmancy’s MASTER COLLECTION which is currently valued at $45 & has not only fabric flowers, but a crown and a bouquet tutorial.  Fabric Flowers are the latest and greatest trend and my detailed tutorials will take you step by step through the entire process!! You can even sell your finished items royalty FREE!!

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$25 gift card to Etsy

Hi! I am Alexandra and I blog over at In Designer Jeans. I have an amazing family, my husband Z [who supports all of my crazy ideas] and three dogs! By day I work full time as a personal assistant but in my extra time I LOVE to blog about all of my adventures from crafting, DIY-ing, and taking things apart to cooking and baking.  I have both success and failures when it comes to trying out new things but share the journey regardless of the end result!

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Dyed & Screenprinted Quilt {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Catherine @ CathGrace for her win of the RIT Dye challenge of season 14*

Oh my goodness you guys, thanks for all the votes this last week, I was so excited to win this week, and I am so excited to be here to share my tutorial for my quilt with you!
Because I am here in S. Korea, I can’t just go into a store and buy RIT dye, but luckily I had dye supplies already on hand. (I didn’t have any RIT, but I figured the brand didn’t matter!) The dyes I have are not an all in one like RIT is, so I had to take a couple of extra steps to dye my fabric. (The dyes I used were Procion cold water dye, by Jaquard.) I had to make up some chemical water (click on the link for a recipe) and then I thickened the chemical water with sodium alginate, in order to make a pudding textured goop. After letting the thickened chemical water sit for a bit, I put half a cup of the chemical water into a cup, and mixed in brown dye (made from 2 tsp. of dye powder mixed in about 2 Tbs of tap water) and then just a sprinkle of soda ash (the soda ash activates the dye so it will actually permanently stick to the fabric. RIT dye doesn’t need to be activated, and would in theory only need to be thickened) OKAY now I am ready to begin putting color onto fabric!
Just kidding, I am totally not. First I had to pin my fabric to my print table (a board covered in thick industrial felt, and then canvas, in order to give me a pin-able surface.) The fabric came from one 3 yard length of white cotton fabric that I ripped into 1 yard sections, and then used t-pins to pin the fabric to the surface of the print table. NOW we are ready to dye!
For the first yard, I used a picture frame (I use the glass as a pallet,) a foam paint roller, and a Lego base plate.
I began by sliding the Lego plate UNDER my fabric, and then I loaded my paint roller with the thick brown dye (don’t forget to activate it with soda ash!)

And then gently roll over the Lego base plate, you can get a feel for the amount of pressure you want to place on the roller, as you go. I moved the plate around randomly so that sometimes it was skew, and overlapping where I had already rolled. I covered the whole yard of fabric this way. (My other two base textures, not pictured here, are the suction cups on the bottom of a $1 store, rubber bath mat, and just rolling on the surface of the fabric with the foam roller, alternating the amount of pressure.)

After laying down all of my brown, I mixed up 12 other colors (one at a time actually) in the same tap water, powdered dye, thickened chemical water, soda ash, mix as the brown dye. I ripped all of my yardage into four fat quarters per yard, (for a total of 12) and pinned 2 fat quarters to my print table surface. (does that make sense?) I laid my color down, by smearing it onto each fat quarter by hand in a swirling motion. (I definitely recommend the rubber glove unless you want a very excitingly colored hand)

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RIT Dye Results

So I don’t know what the deal with the linky button is.  I have no idea why it never lets you add it to your post and why this week it didn’t even have the linky code.  I’ve changed out the code multiple times and it’s still not working.  I guess it’s time to pull in the big guns. So ‘thank you’ to you that have stuck around anyway :)

But anyway, I loved this fun kid friendly tabletop setup from Eva at Tales of the Scotts.  I love having craft supplies out for Abi.  Her desire to create ebbs and flows during the day and getting stuff out and putting it away over and over all day gets pretty old. And i’m a huge fan of a table cloth you can draw on :)

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So you should go check out Eva’s blog and see the rest of her fun ideas. But in the meantime, here are the results for the RIT Dye projects.

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And the Crafter/Project match-up:

#1 – Hand-dyed and Screen Printed Quilt– Catherine @ CathGrace
#2 – Dyed Ruffle Ombre Quilt– Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique
#3 – Batiked Drawstring Bags - Kim @ Maiden D’Shade

Catherine pulled in another win with her quilt this week!  Congratulations Catherine!

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And did you see that she just came in as runner up over at Project Run and Play a week or so ago?  Super talented, that’s what she is.

But we have to say “goodbye” Camille this week.  I loved her Ombre Tablecloth.  It’s perfect for Abi’s birthday party coming up in June (it’s not too early to be planning, is it :) ).

DIY Ruffle Ombre Tablecloth - Camille

As the second runner up Camille is in store for an awesome prize pack.  More info on that will be coming soon :) .  But in the meantime head over to her blog, Sugar Baby Boutique, to see all of her great projects!

And get excited for next week; it’s the Audition Round!