Pallet Chair Tutorial

*Pallet Chair Tutorial made by Amber at Craft Me Perfect for the season 15 Wild Card challenge*

This chair is the perfect cozy spot when you just want to relax. So your question is, “How in the world did she make that?” Well, I’m gonna tell you.
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Interview with Amber @ Craft Me Perfect {and her great prizes}

Amber was our second runner up this season.  She did a fantastic job each week.  Here is a little bit more about her.

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

Craft Me Perfect is a blog all about craft projects I create throughout my life. Many ask where I got the name “Craft Me Perfect”. I know that God is the thing that is perfect, so I strive to be more and more like Him every day of my life. (Even in crafting).

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I have always loved art ever since I could hold a pencil and a paint brush. My favorite class has always been art. In fourth grade I began sewing in 4-H. I will have to admit, it was hard at first, but I quickly learned more about it and loved it so much!! In 2010 I started making cards for my friends and family. This branched off into me starting to scrapbook.

3. How often do you craft?

I craft anytime I get a chance. I love making gifts for my friends and family so that is a perfect time for me to work in a craft project! On average I craft once a week but much more in the summer! I enter over 100 craft items in my local fair every year!

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

Most of my inspiration comes from friends, family, and of course Pinterest! If someone says they need a wedding card then I start brainstorming and sketching ideas. So I guess I also give myself inspiration.

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

My favorite medium to work with us fabric. You can do so much with fabric whether it’s making fabric flower bouquets or stuffed animals or a skirt.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Honeydew melon, ice cream, and chai tea lattes

7. What makes you smile?

Family, Children,  and the Sight of someone genuinely worshipping God

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

Playing card games with friends and family and shopping of course!

Congrats on runner up Amber!

And here are the prizes she will be receiving from our super cool sponsors.

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Happy Go Lucky” Fat Eight Bundle

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Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

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2 ebook patterns

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A Master Collection of patterns

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$50 gift card to the Jucy Baby Designs shop

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$50 gift card to the MissyDear Shop

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Interview with Heidi @ greendoodle {and her awesome prizes!}

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

I have a quiet little blog where  I document bits of creativity mixed with random musings.  Although I don’t see myself as brave, I am fearless when it comes to creating. This outlook can bring great satisfaction or major redirection. You never know (and that is part of the fun).

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I’m not sure.  I don’t remember a time that I didn’t create.

3.How often do you craft?

my best days are days where I create, so I try to make something daily.  That being said, some days all I create is dinner.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

all over… I’m my own kind of crazy.  When I am watching a movie I focus more on the clothes and interior design than the story line.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

fabric, fabric, fabric

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

way too many hot baths.

7.What makes you smile?

a lot of things… the sun peeking out after too many gray days, seeing the world through my kids eyes, finding treasure at the thrift store, and more of the same.

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

kiss on my kids.

Congratulations Heidi on finishing first place in this season of SYTYC!!

Thanks to our generous sponsors you will be receiving these fantastic prizes.  All you readers should hop over to their shops and see what other great stuff they have.  While you’re there, drop them a line and thank them for their awesome support 😉 .

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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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And we have a winner!!

Season Winner

Man!  This has been a great season hasn’t it? I have been so impressed by all of the crafters this go around and Amber and Heidi in the finale especially.  You ladies did a fantastic job and I can’t thank you enough! In the end it was Heidi at greendoodle that pulled ahead with her “New Digs for the Drive In.” CONGRATS!!

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She was a favorite all season and had quite a few great projects.  Here they are:

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So congrats Heidi!  We will get to learn a little more about her and see her fabulous prizes tomorrow so stay tuned for that!

 

Season 15 Finale!!

I hope you are all having a fabulous long weekend!  We stayed out at a friends house until after 2am last night playing games.  We’re huge fans of Ticket to Ride (if you haven’t played it, you should), but the normal version was getting a little dull.  So we invented our own transcontinental version using two game boards, an expansion pack and a bunch of made up rules.  It’s pretty awesome :)

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But anyway, 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 :)

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Interview with Amber @ The Craft Project

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

I started my blog, the Craft Project, simply to motivate myself to spend some more time crafting and finishing projects (I have a tendency to get distracted). In its humble beginnings the plan was to create one project a week but it quickly ballooned to much, much more. Flash forward a couple of years and I’m now a professional artist and writer, who also does cake and fashion design, work for local theatre companies, public engagement art pieces, and dance performances on the side. My blog has provided me with a venue to explore all sides of my creativity and has allowed me to become a true “maker”.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I’ve been crafting since I was a child. My parents have always been very supportive of my passions and from a very young age art and craft were one of those passions (that and Lego…I used to tell people that I was going to be a Lego designer when I grew up…not the answer they expected from the girl in the tutu). I took a break from it during high school and university – I didn’t stop completely but only dabbled as sports, research, and boys were distracting me (in fact I turned down a fine art scholarship to pursue earth and ocean science figuring that “I could always paint and dance in my free time” – sigh, the naivety of 18 year olds). In my late twenties I got more and more involved in the DIY movement which culminated in the launching of my blog. At the time I was working at the United Nations on climate change and I felt like I was banging my head against the wall trying to create positive change. I just wanted to do something that felt inspiring and creative and positive and art and craft fit that bill. I haven’t looked back since.

3.How often do you craft?

All the time – in fact you could call me obsessive (some people do), although I prefer my friend Oliver’s description of me: “Amber does all the things.” To give you an example, in the weeks leading up to this competition I premiered a show of artwork jointly with a fellow artist called JUXTAPOSITION; started prepping for a solo show of new work which opens in April called Manipulating Media; worked as a production assistant for an elaborate puppet show, painting and building, called the Sci-Fi Double Feature; performed more than 30 shows with the Sourdough Rendezvous can can line for the Yukon’s annual winter festival; accepted two commissions – one to paint someone’s wedding dress, one to create 50 handmade garters; confirmed the design of my younger brother’s wedding cake with his fiancée; and of course started scheming my projects for So You Think You’re Crafty. There are days that I think my to-do list will eat my alive, but I love every minute of it.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere! I find the more projects I’m working on the more ideas are constantly popping into my head. I keep lists in my studio, a notebook in my purse, and on my iPad so that I don’t lose any of them. I also spend a lot of time on the DIY blogosphere, on Flipboard, and on Pinterest – I’m such a visual learner, so I find these venues amazing to spark ideas. That said, I try to make sure I spend just as much time outside of the virtual realm – I spend as much time outside as I can, I play sports, I read books, I go to plays and movies and dance performances and art shows, I play with my dog, and I drink wine and tea with friends – unplugging is great for my creativity.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Acrylic. I’m terrible impatient by nature – I get distracted by things that take too long – so I adore how quickly acrylic dries. I used to work in oils but the drying times drove me up the wall. The last oil painting I was working on I quit almost eight years ago. It sat forlornly on an easel in the living room until last year when I tucked it away for a rainy day in the studio. My friend Kyle has announced that it is going to his house when it is finally finished, but I honestly don’t know if that will ever happen.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Homemade macaroni and cheese; vintage clothing (I’m embarrassed to admit that I have close to 400 items on my Modcloth wishlist); shock-factor haircuts – if my father is appalled I’m doing it right (most recently I went from middle of my back and natural to an updated 1920’s bob with red and purple streaks); So You Think You Can Dance; and musicals (despite the fact that I could not sing on key if my life depended on it – despite the best efforts of some talented teachers to try and remedy this).

7.What makes you smile?

Teletoon Retro, dancing in my living room, fresh strawberries, summer thunderstorms, and my puppy Shiloh.

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

Playing outside. I grew up in a national park, so I essentially spent my entire childhood in the woods and rivers and nothing has really changed now that I’m “all grown up”. This is followed closely by travel. The most exciting places I’ve been in the past are Easter Island and Antarctica. The top of my wish list is Madagascar and the UK.

I’m also working on a new project to help fight cancer using art.  Make a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada through this page and I will send you a copy of one of two art pieces.  You can find more specifics HERE.

Here are Amber’s fantastic projects from the season:

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Handmade Gifts Results

Sorry this post is coming so late in the weekend.  Some of you may have noticed that SYTYC was down yesterday and part of today.  My web host and I were working on some back end things and it got a little complicated.  I apologize for that.

So here are the results for the Handmade Gifts challenge at long last.

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And here is the crafter/project match up:

#1 – Mother’s Day Place Setting – Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#2 -Handmade Gifts Baby Shower – Heidi @ greendoodle
#3 – The Rain Wall Art – Amber C @ The Craft Project

That makes  Heidi @ greendoodle our winner for the 4th week in a row.  Congrats again Heidi!

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We have to say goodbye to Amber @ The Craft Project this week.  Make sure you head over to her blog to follow along on the rest of her great adventures.

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Although it’s super sad that she won’t be with us for the last two weeks of the contest, she won’t be leaving empty handed.  Our amazing sponsors have provided an awesome little prize pack for her.

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Happy Go Lucky” Jelly Roll

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Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

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2 ebook patterns

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 1 Faux Stained Glass Kit and two patterns of their choice

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2 wall panels

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 $30 gift card to the Simply Handmade Shop

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Interview with Veronica @ The Adventures of D and V

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

At the suggestion of my wonderful husband, I started our blog to document all of our adventures, as we like to call them. From big adventures like learning to cook gluten free, to digging out and finishing our basement, to little adventures like new favorite things and lessons God is teaching us, we love living each adventure together. The Adventures of D and V is a lifestyle blog that is about…well, our life!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I have always loved crafting. Ever since I was in Elementary school, I was always making something. A 9 patch blanket for my doll, a chair for my Barbie, homemade cards for friend’s birthdays. I have always been a “make it from scratch” kind of girl. Designing and creating something is the fun part for me.

3.How often do you craft?

I craft whenever I have the time! Sometimes that is every day, and then sometimes I go weeks between crafts. But I try not to let it go that long, because crafting makes me happy!

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I like to draw inspiration from memories and things that are sentimental to me. Things I remember from my grandparents houses, ideas that come to me while we are on vacation to help remember a special time. But let’s be honest here, Pinterest is also a constant source of inspiration, as well as my local flee market!

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Both of my grandmothers were sewers, so from a young age sewing and fabric has been a favorite of mine. When I was growing up it was a special thing to get to sew with grandma, now that both of my grandmothers have passed away, it is a special thing I do to in memory of them and all that they taught me.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

I would have to say, watching TV. Daniel and I love watching shows from the beginning to end on Netflix, and totally get sucked in, sometimes watching 3 or 4 episodes in a row…it’s just so easy when you don’t have to wait a week for the next episode!

7.What makes you smile?

My husband. Even when I am in a grumpy mood, and do not want to smile, he some how manages to make me laugh. He is my favorite!

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

Swimming or teaching swimming lessons. I grew up in the pool, was a competitive swimming from age 5 – 22, and have been teaching swimming lessons for over 10 years. I just love being in the pool and sharing that love of the water with little swimmers!