Season 17 Final Results

After two months of amazing projects, late nights and a ton of hard work, it’s time to “crown the winner” of our competition.

Drumroll please…

The winner is…

SYTYC Final WinnerCongratulations to Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, who’s our Season 17 winner.

Lynda Oh So ShabbyTune in next week for Lynda’s awesome upcycled girl’s vanity tutorial.

Upcycled Girl's Desk

You’ll also be able to catch Lynda’s interview next week!

Our runner up…

I also want to take a moment to congratulate Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal. Crystal has been a fierce competitor in our competition this season and man, oh man, is she good.

Stitched by Crystal QuotePlease come back next week to see Crystal’s tutorial and to learn more about her in her crafter interview!

Season 17 Final Challenge

Season 17 Finals Challenge We’ve reached the final week in the final season of 2013. This week, someone will walk away winner of the SYTYC challenge.

Our two challengers have spent weeks working on their final projects and today you will get the chance to look at their hard work and determine the winner!

For the first time this season, the projects will not be anonymous. You will be able to see who’s behind the project. I have flipped a coin to see who’s project would be listed first.

Season 17 Finals Challenge

Stitched by Crystal QuoteUp first is Crystal, who blogs at Stitched by Crystal.

Crystal has been a strong competitor this season, taking first place in THREE of our weekly challenges, and placing toward the top in all the rest.

Here’s a little reminder of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season…

STITCHED BY CRYSTAL PROJECTS.jpgDIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt | Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Final Project – Upcycled Kids Art Station

Wow! I am in the SYTYC finals! Thank you so much for all your votes along the way! These past 10 weeks have been crazy; stressful, exhausting, but so so fun.

It isn’t easy churning out craft projects week after week, and then add in two kids, work, and everything else life throws your way in two and a half months and things get a little nuts! I am so excited I have made it this far and to get to share my upcycled kids art station with you!

Upcycled Kids Art Station

I think I am pretty creative (it would be silly to enter a crafting competition if I didn’t, right?), but I’ve got nothing on my kids. My oldest is not even three yet and he blows me away with his imagination and creativity.

I have also learned (the hard way) in my short 3 years of being a parent that if you don’t provide your kid with a place to be creative, they will find one on their own…Unfortunately they don’t always choose the best place so you might find your little Picasso’s next great work of art on your dining room table, kitchen wall, or new leather couch!  With some thrift store finds and some things I picked up at the hardware store I created this little corner art station for my kids.

Upcycled Kids Art StationThere are lots of details and I want to show you everything!

I will start with my favorite part, the desk. The desk is made from an old end table that I bought at a yard sale when I was in college. It is lower then most end tables, but some new legs made from some scrap wood brought it up to a comfortable height for my kids to sit at.

With some more scrap wood and a wooden dowel, I added huge roll of drawing paper to the side. The paper can be pulled over the top of the table for endless coloring.  At the back of the table there is a hole to change out the paper roll; I added a little ribbon to make the dowel easier to remove.

Then the desk got a few coats of red paint.  I went with primary colors for this project but tried to pick colors that were a bit more muted and vintage looking, I am really loving this red!  I painted the top of the table with chalkboard paint and added a little drawer pull that I turned upside down to the side of the desk, it holds a few pieces of chalk.  The drawer on the side got some new knobs and is housing coloring books and some construction paper.

Upcycled kids art stationI found two small preschool chairs on craigslist for a steal, one for my son and one for my daughter. They were pretty beat up but it was nothing some paint couldn’t fix. They had a dark stain on them and I really wanted them yellow so it took a lot of sanding and several coats of primer and paint, but it was worth the effort, I am so happy with the end result.

I picked up a large framed print for a few bucks at a thrift store. I cut some peg board to replace the print and painted the frame blue and the board a shade lighter. It provides a place for hanging all sorts of craft items and keeping everything organized. I added some hooks to a piece of scrap wood and hung the wood from the bottom of frame with some hook eyes and S rings. The hooks hold some buckets I found in the $1 spot at Target.  AND, because I simply could not finish my final project without sewing something, I made a cute little fabric bunting to hang from the top.

Upcycled kids art stationI wanted to create a little art gallery for my kids to display their work. My parents had a stack of unused clipboards in their garage so I grabbed three of them and painted them to match the set. I hung them on that wall so my kids could easily clip their work for display and change it out whenever they want.

I am so happy with how this art station turned out; now my kids have the perfect place for coloring, painting, and crafting the day away! I hope you love this art station as much as my kids and I do, I would really love your vote!

Upcycled Kids Art Station

Thanks Crystal!

Lynda Oh So ShabbyOur other finalist is Lynda, who blogs at Oh So Shabby.

Lynda has also had a lot of success this season. She started out early with a win in the audition round and picked up THREE more wins during the course of the season, for a total of FOUR!

Here’s a reminder of the projects Lynda has shared with us this season…

Oh So Shabby Project CollageOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower | Trick-or-Treat Bags

Final Project – Girls Antique Vanity Drab to Fab

I cannot believe that 10 weeks is finally over.  It has been so much fun, a lot of work, and great getting to meet some new blogging buddies. I am honored to be in the finale. Crystal has been a fierce competitor and I am sure she’s brought her “A” game  to the finale.

For the finale I decided to do a project that was true to my design passion – repurposing furniture. I have dabbled in many creative projects but repurposing is what makes my heart go pitter patter. The feeling of accomplishment when I see the before and after is like no other.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this little gem on Craig’s List for $25.  This cute little old couple was moving and I almost felt bad only paying $25.

Here she is before….

Upcycled Girls Vanity And here she is after….

Upcycled Girls Vanity

When I got her home I literally sat there staring at her waiting for the inspiration to jump out at me… NOTHING!!

I knew I was going to reupholster the chair so I decided to head to Hobby Lobby for some material. I figured the inspiration would start there.  As soon as I entered the fabric isle I knew immediately what fabric I would use…I have had my eye on this fabric for a long time  but had nowhere to use it. Ahhh haaa, finally I can get my hands on it!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

First I cleaned the vanity and chair completely then I primed the entire piece with Kilz primer. After that I painted it with a combo of American Accents Heirloom White and Blossom White.  Then I painted all the accents with gold metallic paint.  This was the first time I had used this type of metallic paint – it was so awesome to use. It went on like butter!

The top of the vanity looked so lonely and needed some jazzing up!  So, I taped a stencil on the top of the vanity and with a Sharpie marker colored on pink polka dots.  Whallaa some personality!

Upcycled Girl's Desk And with that she was done and the finale project was finally finished~   Bitter Sweet for sure!!!

I hope you fall in love with her!!!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Thanks again to everyone that voted for me this entire 10 weeks, I had so much fun!!!  Crystal has been a fierce competitor.  Whoever wins I know one thing, we will be blog buddies for years to come!!

Season 17 Finals Challenge Vote

Season 17 Finals Challenge 1Voting will take place through Thursday, November 7, at 5 p.m. MST. You have one vote in the final round, please select your favorite project. The winner will be announced Friday, November 11.

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Interview: Ariean, One Krieger Chick

Today I am excited to share an interview with one of my favorite bloggers, Ariean, from One Krieger Chick.

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When Ariean completes a project is wow. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look back at some of the SYTYC Season 17 Challenges Ariean won.

She picked up her first win with her bathtub to sofa project.

Bathtub to Sofa {3}


She also picked up a win for her kid-friendly Halloween candy dispensers.

Halloween Candy Dispenser

So fun!

I am looking forward to sharing a few of my favorite One Krieger Chick projects with you today, but first let’s get on with the interview!

Interview: Ariean, One Krieger Chick

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started OneKriegerChick in the Fall of 2012. I had been addicted to blogs for years and my sister kept telling me I could blog too.  So, one day, on a whim with phone in hand, OneKriegerChick was born.

I use OneKriegerChick as a way to hold myself accountable for accomplishing projects around the house..It’s working!  Also, I want to encourage women who feel they are un-crafty  to see how simple crafting and DIY can be.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting as long as I can remember.  My mom is the craftiest woman I know.  I grew up working alongside her…sewing, painting, cooking, building. When I was twelve, I saved my babysitting money to purchase a dollhouse kit and built the entire thing by myself. That was just the beginning of my lifelong love of Interior Design and DIY…

How often do you craft?

Daily…Typically I have multiple projects going on at the same time and am always trying to finish something.  I try to craft during naptime, but sometimes my boys join in on the project too!

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

I always feel I have too many ideas and never enough time.  My mind is brimming with ideas!  Naptime is never long enough.  I go shopping or look at magazines, but I especially love going to auctions, barn sales or flea markets.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Old stuff…I love to repurpose objects.  There’s just something about taking an old, discarded item and bringing it back to life in a new way.

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

Photography or power tools.  I took classes on both in college, but that was so long ago…I need a refresher course!  I would love to have amazing photos of my boys and also the ability to teach them how to build alongside me.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Hands down…Sonic Peanut Butter Fudge shakes. Darn the half price shakes!  I’ve had to limit myself to one per week this Summer.  I actually buy a large size so I can freeze half for the next day.

What makes you smile?

My three little boys…Especially when they first wake up with bright eyes and funny hair and just want to snuggle.

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

Besides spending time with my family, I love to read.  I’ve been in a Book Club for eleven years (longer than I’ve known my husband!)

How do you stay organized?

Ha…Ha…I don’t.  I go in phases…some weeks are better than others.  Most days, I’m just trying to stay above water.

What blogger do you look up to?

There are a few, but Myra from My Blessed Life has been a favorite for years.  She is one of those women who radiates beauty inside and out.  I admire her grace, mothering and design style and have always thought she would be my ideal neighbor…We could cook and DIY while our boys play!


Here are a few of my favorite One Krieger Chick projects…

One Krieger ChickDIY Entertaining Caddy | Crockpot Chicken Salad | Laminated Fabric Cushion Covers | Fabric Scrap Wreath | Mason Jar Light Fixture | Snowflake Wreath

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags

Our two final contestants – Crystal and Lynda – are crazy busy getting their final round projects put together this week. We will be back on Monday ready to roll with their “project of choice.” I hope you will come back to vote!

In the meantime, I am excited to share Lynda’s latest win.

Oh So Shabby Quote

This is Lynda’s fourth win of the season.

Lynda Highlights

She picked up her very first win in the back-to-school audition round with her kids organizational station, followed-up by this awesome first birthday highchair and then this Rapunzel pumpkin tutorial.

This week, we’re showcasing her fun themed trick-or-treat bag tutorial just in time for Halloween!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags

Totally shocked that I won this round…. so excited to be in the finale!!!

The bags were actually pretty simple to make.  Time consuming? Well, only because I made three…

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

The instructions are the same for all three bags, but today I am going to show you how to make the bag on the far right.


  • Canvas Bag (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • 2 Rolls of coordinating tulle
  • Coordinating fabric or ribbon
  • Embellishments
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing machine

First draw a line on your bag all the way around 7 inches from the bottom.  I used a silver Sharpie.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Cut approximately 28 pieces of tulle – 14 of each color. They pieces should be 14″ long, or twice as long as the point from where you drew your line to the bottom of the bag.

Take your tulle, loop it over and pin them onto the line facing down toward the bottom of the bag (use one of each color or two of the same color).

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Sew a straight line right over where you pinned the tulle. Do NOT sew all the way through both sides of the bag. Only sew through the layer you pinned on!!!!

Halloween Trick or Treat BagRemove all the pins. If you want you can trim the very top of the tulle where you removed the pins just so it isn’t so bulky.

After your tulle is secured, sew or hot glue on a coordinating fabric or ribbon all the way around the bag. (I only put the tulle on the front.) It may be challenging to sew the tulle if you went all the way around. It was a bit challenging to sew even with only one side done.

Once your trim is set, hot glue on bows or embellishments.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Waaallaaah- you are done!  Thank you again to everyone that voted, can’t wait for the finale!!

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Halloween Challenge Results

What a busy week! In addition to coordinating things here at SYTYC, some of you may know that I run a conference for DIY and craft bloggers called SNAP! I’ve spent the week getting ready for our tickets to go on sale today. Needless to say, it was a bit of a crush and I am now breathing a HUGE sigh of relief.

If YOU are a blogger interested in attending, we do have just about 50 tickets left for the event. Yep that’s right. In one day we sold nearly 500 tickets. It’s a little bit crazy!

In any event, I am hoping that I am going to see each of our remaining competitors at the event this year! Yay for chillaxing in person! Speaking of our contestants, it’s time to cover this week’s results…

Halloween Challenge Results

Thank you so very much for voting this week. We continue to see record high turn out!

SYTYC Halloween Challenge Results


Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Theme Bags – Lynda, Oh So Shabby
Project #2 Halloween Bowling Set – Crystal, Stitched by Crystal
Project #3 Lighted Haunted House – Ariean, One Krieger Chick 

Halloween Challenge Winner

Halloween Trick or Treat BagsThis week’s winner is Lynda, from Oh So Shabby. Congratulations Lynda!!!

Come back on Tuesday to see Lynda’s awesome tutorial.

Saying Goodbye…

This week we’re saying goodbye to Areian, from One Krieger Chick. I am so sad to see Ariean leave us, but I am SUPER excited to be sharing her interview, along with a few favorite posts next week!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Thanks for playing along.

Interview: Michelle, Delicate Construction

A few weeks ago while I was traveling, I bugged up my posts and the interview I had planned didn’t get posted the way it should have. I am making up for it today and I think you will agree, that this crafter’s interview was well worth the wait!

Today, I have the opportunity to introduce you to a blog/blogger who’s website url is one of my very favorite – Michelle, from Delicate Construction. Delicate Construction…Why couldn’t I come up with such a lovely, memorable name?!

Delicate Construction Quote


Michelle’s Season 17 projects were all amazing – this was a hard group to compete with…

Perhaps my favorite project was her super-cool wood shim wreath.

Wood Shim WreathI can’t wait to create one and put my own spin on it…

And now, on to the interview…

Interview: Michelle, Delicate Construction

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

My name is Michelle and I am a wife to an amazing hubby named Wade, mommy to a feisty red headed 3 year old named Avery, and full time caregiver to a 23 year old with Fragile X and Autism named Scott who has become like family. My blog is my place to share all things crafty, frugal, and domestic while connecting with other amazing ladies taking a similar journey.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have always been creative, but I did not hit my crafting groove until I became a Wife and then a Mom. Scott started living with us when I was 6 months pregnant and so in a few months our family had doubled in size which changes priorities. I had the same interest in creating and shopping but a much smaller budget, I was determined to not let that stop me and take it as a new challenge. If I want something bad enough, I will make it happen, even if it takes some hot glue and nails.

How often do you craft?

Daily, sometimes when I do not even mean to! Just the other day, I was putting something away in my craft room and in the next second I was sitting at the sewing machine putting together some pillows. Crafting is my outlet; I try to make time for it every day.

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

I find inspiration all around me, mostly in things that I need or want for my home or family. If a wall is looking bare, I will start brainstorming ideas, which generally leads to many others that are completely unrelated. I write it all down. When I am in a funk, I go back to that journal and look for something that peaks my interest to kick start my creativity.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Lately, I love woodworking. I got a saw for my birthday last year and I have been having a blast cutting, creating and building various signs, wall hangings and accessories. But, in all honesty, I haven’t met a medium I don’t like.

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

I would love to master sewing, while I can do the basics, I would love to be able to create elaborate outfits, curtains, slipcovers and more!

What is your guilty pleasure?

90 calorie anything; granola bars, brownies, whatever, eaten in our bathroom or my bedroom so I don’t have to share.

What makes you smile?

The feeling of accomplishment; whether it is the satisfaction of a project coming out the way I desired, my daughter enjoying a craft or game I created for her or my husband appreciating a home cooked meal done perfectly.

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

Couponing! I fall somewhere between a normal couponer and an extreme couponer. I love a deal, but I love getting things for FREE even more! If I am able to save money on the things I need, it offers me a little more for the things I want.

How do you stay organized?

Organization is situational. During a project, it is downright impossible; my craft room will look like a tornado went through it. But after it is over, I am able to go through my materials, put them away and clean up the room for the next project. I am a super fan of dollar store storage bins, closet hanging cubbies and mason jars to keep things sorted and separated.

What blogger do you look up to?

I would have to say my Bloggy Bestie, Kara from Mine for the Making. She is always the first lady I text with random questions about social media and plugins. We have gotten each other through the potentially traumatic Blogger to WordPress switch, texted our outrage during craft competition shows and shared the highs and lows.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MICHELLE! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.

Now I get to share a few of my favorite Delicate Construction projects.

Delicate ConstructionLego Party | Plastic Knife Wall Art | Back-to-School Cake
Cupcake Liner WreathSlinky Pumpkin

Interview: Emily, The Benson Street

I first met Emily online last year and though we didn’t really get a chance to chat at SNAP! this last year, I did get to “see” her in person. I am so happy that she participated in SYTYC Season 17, because it’s been such a great opportunity to get to know her better.

The Benson Street Quote

While I should have be the one cheering Emily on, every email she sends comes with a cheery, uplifting note. What a difference she’s made in my life these last two months.

Interview: Emily, The Benson Street

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I love to craft, celebrate, cook, thrift, read, shop, and decorate. I enjoy working on projects and finding ways to share them. I hope you enjoy my simple ideas and are inspired to create along with me. When I’m not blogging, I’m normally reading a good book or out shopping.

I started my blog a little over a year ago as a motivator to get my projects done and to challenge myself. I share crafts, holiday ideas, DIY, home décor and recipes. I never knew it would grow into something I would love so much and have gained so many great friends.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting for most of my life. My mom is the craft queen. She has this awesome craft room that I’m trying to replicate. She had everything crafting I could want growing up. She had paper, hundreds of rubber stamps and so much more. I still go to her craft room to this day to stock up.

How often do you craft?

Crafting is a part of my life. I craft just about everyday. I find it therapeutic (sometimes stressful) and very fulfilling when I complete a project.

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

I get my inspiration from everywhere. It can come from nature, the mall, magazines, pinterest, etc. I find that it is easier to stay creative when I continue to push myself to create new things.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

This is such a hard question. I love working with wood and paper crafts. Wood is so versatile because it can be used in huge or little projects.

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

I want to master power tools. I would love to be super tough and get down to building things with huge power tools. Sewing would be a close second though.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Shopping. I just can’t help myself. My husband thinks I have a problem. Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t. I’m just glad there isn’t a shopaholic’s anonymous group near me.

What makes you smile?

The little things in everyday life make me smile. Sunsets. Being with family and friends. Creating. Hanging out with my nieces and nephews.  You know the good stuff.

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

Going out with friends. I love to just talk and be with people. Paired with great food makes a perfect combo.

How do you stay organized?

Stay organized? I’m not sure if I ever am organized. I have a planner, my phone, a notebook. So I try really hard, but then half the time I try to keep things organized in my mind. Not always the most reliable.

Organizing around my home, I try to use different storage options to keep everything in its place. If they don’t have a place, I try to find a place for to put them (sometimes that takes a little while).

What blogger do you look up to?

I can’t pick just one, so there are really a few bloggers that I look up to.

I really love Camille, Kristen & Elyse of Six Sisters’ Stuff. They are pretty much really awesome. Their blog has been really successful, but they are way down to earth. They never made me feel like I had a small blog or wasn’t really that cool. They were fun girls in real life, which is more important than in blog life sometimes.

Since I can’t pick just one, the other one is Ginger Bowie of Ginger Snap Crafts. She has been super nice and helpful to me in the last few months. I am glad to have her as a friend. She always is trying to help other bloggers and make them feel special.

Here are a few favorite projects from Emily’s site…

Highlights from The Benson Street BlogFall Wind Chimes for Kids | Rubik’s Cube Costume | Souvenir Washer Necklace |
Silverware Kitchen Clock | Ribbon Wire Baskets

While you’re thinking about it, go follow Emily on…

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial

Each and every week I look forward to opening my email and checking out our contestants amazing projects – they are all so creative!

Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has really outdone herself every single week. I’ve no doubt its why she’s done so well in the competition. Lynda’s Pumpkin Challenge win is her third win of the season and I am excited to share her Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower tutorial with you today!

Oh So Shabby QuoteLynda’s first win came in the Back-to-School Challenge with her kids back-to-school station in the first week of the competition.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So ShabbyHer second win came during our Birthday Challenge. If you missed her awesome first birthday highchair tutorial, be sure to check it out.

First Birthday Highchair


Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial

I am still in shock that I took the first place in this round!  I was afraid I wouldn’t even make it through.  Sometimes I feel like my projects are too wacky for people to relate to.  Thank you so much to everyone that voted!!

I had soooo much fun with this Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower!!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial #Halloween #PumpkinI initially wanted to do a Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin. I was hoping when I went on Pinterest I wouldn’t find much however, the Cinderella Pumpkin was sooooooooooooo overdone… So I decided to go with Rapunzel and lo and behold – ZERO Pinterest projects. Yeah I had a winner!

Rapunzel PumpkinSo, where to start… The roof. I thought I had a great idea to hot glue pumpkin seeds on to this old tin man hat I bought for my hubby a few years ago that he refused to wear. Great idea right like a shingle roof??? Yeah, well 3 hours later, 348 hot glued pumpkin seeds using 15 glue sticks she was finally done!

After the roof was done I cut out the windows on the pumpkin and sprayed the whole thing with silver metallic spray paint.

Rapunzel PumpkinThe shutters are actually really thin Balsa Wood that I got from Hobby Lobby.

rapunzel Pumpkin TowerI cut it into “shutter shapes” then stained them.  It was actually very easy.

Rapunzel Pumpkin To make the log I found look like a “tower” I drew bricks on it with a pencil.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tutorial Then I added some vines and flowers…..

Rapunzel Pumpkin TutorialLast I added a part of a Christmas Ornament to the top of the roof.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower TutorialUnfortunately, two days after the project was done the pumpkin was full of mold!!  If you decide to make a Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower, make sure you use a styrofoam pumpkin you can pick up at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.