For the Kitchen – Week 3

Craft #1 – Kitchen on the GoSarah @ Create Studio

Sometimes having a meal in our own kitchen doesn’t fit in the schedule. For those times we need a kitchen on the go! After much research, I created a food-safe reusable sandwich bag and a snack bag that is perfect for eating out.

I discovered that many types of oil cloths and plastic-lined fabrics allow harmful chemicals to seep into the food. I made these bags using freezer-safe gallon sized ziplock bags as the liner. To wash, just turn them inside out and rinse!

They close just like the old sandwich bags pre zip-lock. With these bags, you’ll be saving money and sticking to your eating goals in style even when you can’t eat at home!

Craft #2 – The Sophisticated PlacematEmily @ Skrpbook Mom’s Diary

As a mom of young kids, I often ask them to set the table for me while I’m making dinner and it never fails that they wonder where to place everything. I have seen placemats for kids to help them put the utensils etc. in the right places, but they aren’t really something that fits my style. That’s how I came up with this beautiful placemat…sophisticated enough to leave out on your table all the time!

The top of the placemat is muslin and the bottom side is cotton fabric…so that it can match with whatever decor you have in your kitchen. The outlines of the dishes are done with free hand stitching, twice over for that semi-messy look.

Now you can ask your child to set the table or if you’re like me and always forgetting which side the fork goes on, this placemat will help out and be sophisticated at the same time!

Craft #3 – Menu BoardJenny @ jennygarland.com

I try to stay on top of menu planning so I can steer clear of the 4pm “What in the world are we going to have for dinner??” panic! And it’s a great way to save money.

Before I made this magnetic menu planning craft, I simply wrote what we were going to eat for the week on a piece of notebook paper. Not cute. And one of the kids would grab it and suddenly our “menu” was MIA!

The menu planning board I made utilizes Scrabble tiles for the days of the week:

It has plenty of space to write your meal plans or use a magnet to attach a recipe you intend to use.

Interchangeably, you could use this project to write your weekly grocery list:

All of the pieces are magnetic and easily removable! This project looks great hanging on the refrigerator or sitting on an easel.


Craft #4 – Reusable Lunch Bags
Kristin @ Pea Pod Creations

Pack up some kitchen lovin’ with these reusable lunch bags, complete with matching reusable snack and sandwich bags.

Pick out lining to reflect who each bag belongs too. The reusable bags co-ordinate too, and are lined (with a ‘plastic’ like feel) so that they can be wiped clean. There is even a spot for your napkin and silverware to go.

Send them to school or pack them up for the park, just make sure you have your lunch bag packed and ready to go!

Craft #5 – Personalized Face PlatesKalleen @ At Second Street

I wanted to create something fun for the kitchen. Something to make mealtime more enjoyable for everyone. Something that would replace crying and threatening with laughter and smiles. These Personalized Face Plates did just the trick.

I’ve been wanting a ” Food Face” for a long time. But, I didn’t want a mass-produced plate, I wanted something personalized. I thought it would be more fun to dress and eat from the faces we already know and love.

Grandpa’s face is especially special since we lost him to cancer a few years ago.

My kids have shown everyone who enters the door their new toys and talk about who’s face they want to eat next.

Craft #6 – Flower Napkin RingsLinda @ Craftaholics Anonymous

For the Kitchen, I made Napkin Rings from a couple old belts that I don’t wear anymore. I thought they’d make some killer napkin rings….. and be a cool repurposing project at the same time. The hubs was a little worried, at first, when he saw me holding my belts with scissors in hand. I don’t blame him! I was a little nervous about ripping apart perfectly good belts, but man, these Napkin Rings turned out awesome!

The Flower Napkin rings are my favorite out of the different sets I made. The cute pink and green flowers are perfect for Spring! {And the romantic dinner the hubs and I had the other night….}

Using belts to make napkin rings was SO easy! I used things I had around the house and so it cost me nothing to make these beauties. Don’t ya just love a good repurpoing project that doesn’t cost a dime :)

Top: a few other napkin ring sets I made. Bottom: the Flower Napkin rings came from this fabulous belt.
Now I have some cool buckles to use for other projects. wahoo!


Craft #7 – Recipe Organizer
Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff

The Kitchen is NOT my favorite room in my home. And the worst part of my day is cooking. I don’t like deciding what to cook for the week and once I do and get the groceries by the time the end of the week comes I have forgotten what recipes I have the supplies to make. So I decided to create a place to put my weeks worth of chosen recipes!

You simply hang this over your pantry door or your cupboard door. It adds some fun to your kitchen as well as organizing those recipes you have picked out to use.

The front of the pantry door or cupboard will look like this:

Underneath that snazzy flower is a clip to hang the current recipe you are creating from so the card doesn’t get food all over it during the cooking process. And during the day you can hang notes or your apron from it!
The inside of the pantry door or cupboard will look like this:

Seven clips with your recipes attached. I started from Monday to Sunday because I shop on Monday and that’s the start of a new selection of recipes!
This ‘Weekly Recipe Organizer’ is a Great way to keep you in the Kitchen and out of the Drive- Through! Because simply planning a week worth of recipes is the hardest part! And what’s better than a little pop to your kitchen?


Craft #8 – Modern Dish Towel
Kim @ The Sassy Crafter

One of my philosophies in life is to elevate the everyday to the extraordinary whenever possible. Take dish towels, for example. I’ve been known to splurge and spend $15 or even $20 for the elegant ones sold at Anthropologie. But despite their beauty, I’ve found that those towels fall short… literally.


Many people (myself included) hang their dish towels from the oven door handle. It’s a convenient spot but not always the most practical. The problem is that every time little hands tug on them or you’re standing at the stove to make dinner, the towels fall to the floor. To solve this issue, I created my own dish towel that is both stylish and practical.


The towel is made from 100% cotton jersey that is super absorbent. I deconstructed two men’s T-shirts and used stenciling, reverse applique, and embroidery to create this look. I was inspired by techniques in Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch book, but the design is entirely mine. A great thing about this project is that the sewing is so simple that even a beginner can do it — you don’t even need a sewing machine.


And thanks to two buttons at the top, the towel stays put, even if little hands pull on it. When it’s time to dry dishes, all I have to do is unbutton it and it’s ready to go.

Under $5 – Week 2

Craft #1 – Food Cozy - Kristin @ Pea Pod Creations


Need to get a meal to someone sick? Dinner to a family with a new baby?

Do you want your Brownies to be warm when you get to a party? Or maybe you need a housewarming gift?
…You need the food cozy


I love to make meals for those around me. I enjoy this simple act of service that can be accomplished even with a growing family at home.


This carrier was made for under $5.00 and can easily transport a meal from your house to another. This simple pattern was one of my great grandmother’s. So go raid the piggy bank and lets make this inexpensive project together.


Craft #2 – ABC Soup - Emily @ A Skrpbookmom’s Diary


My kids are all about letters and spelling these days. And what better way to help them out then by making them these fun fabric letters! They are so easy to make and your kids will have hours of entertainment! The best part that the whole set cost me under $5!!


In the winning tutorial, you will not only get directions on how to make them yourself, but you will get a download to the alphabet that I created by hand!! That way you can print them out at home or take them to your local copy store and make them yourself. Your kids will love them and maybe you’ll get a few minutes of free time while they spell away!


Craft #3 – ‘Heart Felt’ Button Covers
Corey @ Life With Little Ones

We take holidays pretty seriously around this house. I love dressing my children for the occasion but have found throughout the years that holiday apparel can not only be pricey but not always very cute. I decided to try something a little bit different for this Valentine’s Day and made a holiday accessory that can be added to the clothing that you already have. The hearts are made of felt and embroidery thread, with a hole cut into the middle. Simply slip the felt heart over a button and, voile! Ready to go!

These are perfect for little ones as well as older children. You can apply this idea to any color variation or shapes that you can imagine. The possibilities are endless… I am seeing little Pine trees for Christmas, Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day , even multi-colored eggs for Easter. What fun!

Why have the fun stop there? Add a few hearts to the laces of your favorite shoes too…

A perfect pairing!

Craft #4 – Springtime Skirt – Kim @ The Sassy Crafter

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! I’m itching to trade in my pants and sweaters for fresh, flirty skirts. ButI need to be a little more budget conscious this spring, and that’s where the springtime skirt comes in. Can you believe that it cost less than $5 to make?

pillowcase skirt
The secret is that it’s made from two thrift-store pillowcases! I’ve seen tutorials that tell you how to turn a single pillowcase into a skirt, but they’re always too slender for my hips. My solution was to piece together two pillowcases so that I had a skirt that fit both me and my budget.

pillowcase skirt
I think it’s going to be perfect for picnics in the park. I can’t wait!

pillowcase skirt

Craft #5 – Suit Jacket Clutch - Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous

This week I made a fabulous clutch from a $4 suit jacket that I got at a thrift store. I love that it is masculine, but yet feminine and very stylish. With so many different types of suit jackets out there, you can create tons of different one-of-a-kind clutches. And with this simple design, this clutch is a great project for beginning sewers as well as advanced sewers.

The coolest part is I was able to reuse different elements of the suit jacket to make this clutch. For the bottom of the clutch, I cut off a cuff and sewed it in place to give the bottom structure instead of using a plastic insert. The cuff worked perfectly! And for the lining, I used the coat’s silk lining for a smooth interior. I even used the naturally distressed buttons for an awesome accent.

Because I was able to reuse different parts of the jacket, the only other supply I needed was a magnetic snap, which after a coupon, was under $1.

This is my $4 beauty that got transformed.
Now the question is, where’s your man’s suit jacket? right ;)

Craft #6 – Clip What you Love – Jenny @ JennyGarland.com

This project is easy peasy and costs less than $5!
You simply clip what you love to the base that looks like this:

I clipped a picture of my cutie’s bum at the beach because it always makes me smile!

You could also clip your daily “to do list” or a sweet note.

This simple project would make a fantastic teacher or hostess gift! I leave mine on my desk for a splash of girly fun.

Craft #7 – On The Go Book – Kalleen @ At Second Street

Looking for something to keep your kids happy while on the go? Something you can pack along when you’re out shopping, at a restaurant, waiting at the doctors office or even driving in the car? I was. I was tired of handing over my iphone every time I needed entertainment on the go. I needed something fun and entertaining yet inexpensive and compact.



This personalized
On The Go Book will grab any kids attention.

Made of inexpensive felt, this book is just the right size to go in mom’s bag.

It comes with three activities:
Dress-up
Tic-Tac-Toe
and
Coloring


My kids love it, especially because they saw mom making making it just for them.


Craft #8 – Lovebirds’ Bookhouse – Sarah @ Create Studio


Librarians, turn your heads! For my “Under $5″ project I deconstructed a book to make a whimsical lovebird bookhouse… err, birdhouse.

But since lovebirds are happier in pairs, I splurged to make a companion birdhouse and hung them both above my favorite reading chair. These little lovebirds make the space so whimsical and inviting! Can’t you see these hanging in a child’s bedroom, playroom or in a sunroom? Make a set without the ribbon and these would be adorable bookends! I also love how the book pages came together in little hearts, very fitting for our lovebird pair!

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Craft #9 – Huggies Clutch – Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff

Under $5.00 huh? I decided to grab a Huggie’s wipes case ($1.30), 2 pieces of felt ($0.40), 1/4 yard fabric ($1.00), 24 sheets of paper ($0.20), a magnet ($0.70), and some hot glue sticks ($0.40) and create a fabulous organizer/day planner/clutch.

As women on the go we are constantly checking our calendars, making to do lists, and unfortunately forgetting our keys. I wanted one fashionable item to help me out without feeling like I am carrying around my home, missing my appointments, and losing my brain along the way. So here you have it…


A Wipes Case Clutch.
Simply grab it and go. Slip it into your purse. Or hide it away in your glove box. However you roll, you won’t want to live another day without it!


Tucked away safely inside is a pen, a tear off calendar, a tear off to do list, your spare key (or gym key, or mailbox key, etc…) some emergency cash, and your business/credit/gift cards.


The winning tutorial will include directions on how to make the fabulous Wipes Case Clutch from start to finish, a pdf template for both the tear off calendar and Things I Need To Do pads, and the directions on how to make a tear off pad.

All that for $4.00. So slip that leftover $1.00 bill into your emergency cash holder, grab your clutch, and you’re good to go.

For You – Week 1

Craft #1 – Creative Journal – Kim @ The Sassy Crafter

It seems like creative ideas pop into my head at the craziest times. I often get busy with other things and before I know it I’m asking myself, “Now what was that great idea I had earlier?” I’ve learned that the secret is to capture the ideas by writing them down. But a plain old journal simply doesn’t cut it. I feel like I need a journal that’s brimming with as much creativity as I am.

This handmade journal is the perfect mix of old and new. It uses an age-old binding technique called coptic stitch that is both beautiful and functional. The binding allows the book to open completely flat — perfect for artsy types who want to sketch out their next projects! And the cover includes an unexpected twist, merging a photograph of warm vintage fabric with a sleek piece of aluminum.

In a winning tutorial, I’ll give you full instructions for transferring images onto metal. I’ll also provide detailed, photo-by-photo instructions on how to successfully bind books using the sometimes-intimidating coptic stitch. You’ll not only learn new techniques, you’ll also be able to make a great journal that captures your inspirations!


Craft #2 – Flowers in Her Hair
Emily @ A Skrpbookmom’s Diary

Make a bold statement by wearing this cute headband made from 100% wool felt and sparkly tulle. Made with the colors of the rainbow, it will match just about any outfit. It’s funky, flirty and just plain cute. These make great gifts for your friends, but beware, you just might want to keep it for yourself!


Craft #3 – Homage to IngoJessi @ Sweetie Pie Bakery

I chose to interpret the theme of this week for what it was-for you…As in, for me. As crafters, we are often sewing for our children, friends and family. I don’t know about you, but I never make time to give something to myself. I thought this week would be the perfect opportunity to do just that. I didn’t even have to check a project list to decide what I wanted to work on…


For me, the perfect project is where art, design and craft meet. I want something beautiful, unique, functional and most importantly-doable!


I chose to create a chalkboard for my kitchen, made from an old frame and some broken dishes. It has a wonderful “diner” feel to it. I love that. Scattered and shattered dishes in a bright white, contrasted against the black chalkboard, this piece could go with anyone’s decor. It’s a great piece of art for our kitchen, and as a bonus, we now have a place to write our shopping lists, schedules or love notes.



Craft #4 -Family Tree File Bag
Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff

When I heard the theme of this week was “For You”. I immediately knew that I wanted my craft to be not only For You, but for you and you and you…Meaning everyone that comes after YOU on your family tree. What a better gift to give than the gift of yourself! This will not only benefit you but will benefit all that come from you.

(the words have been photoshoped on so my handwriting is not recognizable. These words will be embroidered on in white floss in the tutorial)

What is it? You ask. It’s a three ring binder camouflaged as a beautiful family tree purse. You can sling it over your shoulder to bring it with you everywhere you go! No need to miss one single day of writing about YOU for all of the yous in your growing family tree.

When opened the inside will be filled with 365 questions that will let those that come after you know YOU. You will also be amazed at the calming affect that writing about you will bring to your life. And it comes in such a fabulous package who could resist?


Tutorial will include the Binder Purse and the 365 Questions to be placed inside!
I believe that there is no better gift to give those after you than to know a little bit about you! And it’s also the perfect gift for YOU because you get to pass on the bits of information that are really important to YOU and from your point of view. This is perfect for those of us who wished we wrote in our journals but just don’t ever get around to it. And it’s perfect for those that do so our future generations know not only about our everyday routine but about the little things that make us who we are! So this gift is for YOU…and you…and you…


Craft #5 -Tag Wallet - Kalleen @ At Second Street

Who says you have to spend money to hold your money? I made myself a wallet out of things I already had, clothing tags and paper. Despite it’s humble start and small detail this wallet makes a big statement.


Don’t let the paper fool you. It’s surprisingly durable.


What label would you give it crafty, whimsical, fabulous?


It fits my many moods from crafter to wannabe fashionista.


Craft #6 – Flirty Denim Skirt Makeover - Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous

I had an old denim skirt that sat in the back of the closet forever just begging for some love. And let me tell ya, it recently got a lotta love!! I gave it a huge makeover and created this fun flirty, ruffle skirt out of it. The cool thing about this skirt makeover is, I didn’t even have to hem it. I just moved the existing hem line up 12″! I can’t wait to wear my “new” skirt this spring!

The before and after. I distressed the denim to update the finish and add character. Amazing the difference a little distressing does!
The denim flower added the perfect embellishment to this cute skirt.

Craft #7 – Flower Bag - Kristin @ Pea Pod Creations

Flowers are happy things.”
-P.S. Wodehouse

I love spring, and look forward to the flowers breaking through the soil. I think that this was part of what inspired me to think ‘flower’.

This purse was made from soft suede, trust me it really is as soft as a rose petal!


I love the color green, so the ‘split pea soup green’ is just an added bonus here. When I found the green dot fabric, I knew I found my purse lining… fresh spring peas anyone??


Details include hand made fabric covered buttons, hand stitched petals, magnetic closure…darts added to the bottom to make it a ‘fuller’ purse. With a winning tutorial I will show you tips and tricks so you can make this purse or another lined purse with this basic shape.

Craft #8 -Sweet Tea Etched Glass - Sarah @ Create Studio

You know you’re from the South if quality “For You” time is spent sipping a tall glass of sweet tea. Yum! And you know you’re a Southern Belle if everything you own is monogramed… including your Sweet Tea Dispenser!

My dear friend Anna is a true Southern Belle. She loves entertaining, sweet tea, and Tim, her new fiancé! She’ll be getting a brand new last name in May, and what better way to celebrate than with an etched glass sweet tea dispenser made by yours truly!

What bride doesn’t love seeing her new initial all over everything, Southerner or not!? In a winning tutorial I’ll show you two very easy and inexpensive techniques, so you can get a head start on all of your wedding gifts.



Craft #9 – Everyday, Three Way Accessory – Jenny @ jennygarland.com

I am always scrounging around for a chunky necklace or cute scarf to sass up an outfit. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide which to choose! (I know, the serious problems in life).

So for this challenge, I came up with a necklace/scarf hybrid called the Everyday, Three Way Accessory. It’s unique, functional, and best of all super cute!

A funky knot anchors loops and layers of lush jersey knit. Here are three ways you can wear it:

1. Simply throw the Everyday, Three Way Accessory on over a plain tee:

2. Double it up to create a necklace feel:

3. Or pull the ends through and wear it like a scarf:

Dressed up or down, one thing’s for sure. You are going to look fabulous wearing it!

Craft #10 – Monthly MemoriesCorey @ Life with Little Ones

This is a years worth of joy all bundled up inside a beautiful envelope! Grandparents, friends and loved ones will look forward to receiving these handmade 9″ x 12″ envelopes every month, for an entire year. Fill them with notes from your children, art work or other mementos that you wish to send. This is a wonderful way to help loved ones feel close to your family all year long. The envelopes are designed to correlate with holidays such as; Easter, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving, each to be sent during the correlating month. I even included a special birthday envelope to honor the recipient with during the month of their birth. Each envelope is labeled and stamped with the month of delivery and sealed with a twine/ button closure.

I thought it would be fun to make a few smaller envelopes that can hold 4″X6″ photographs of your children or loved ones… Simply insert the smaller envelope into the larger envelope prior to shipping and , voile! Perfect memories.

One envelope per month for an entire year…. Twelve different chances to let someone know how very much they are loved.

Auditions – Week 9

Craft #1 – Adelle the Artsy Angel - Ann Gardner

Here’s Adelle. She’s an Artsy Angel….just floating by to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. She’d never mention it, but did you notice her stunning sense of style? Shimmering shoes, fluffy feathers, precious pearls (not to mention pretty polka-dots). This girl has it all!

“Adelle the Art Angel” is made from lots of scraps. Scraps of wood, fabric, ribbon, old broken earings, felt, wire, netting and whatever else that could be found in a junk drawer. She is artfully painted and lovingly hung on the wall of a 6 year old who can’t imagine anything more magnificent!


Craft #2 – Craft Station – Avery and Lisa @ Pearls & Potatoes


We love a great find and even more we love giving things a new fresh look. Our craft station is perfect for the girl who has little space and needs a place of her own to keep her ideas and supplies at. Here is an old cabinet that we found in the back shed that we have turned into a crafting haven. As the saying goes, ‘One person’s junk is another’s person treasure.’

*Craft # 3 – Recycled Wrist Pin Cushion - Kim @ Te Sassy Crafter

Fun+ctional. It’s a mash-up word that means a lot to me. While I think beauty can stand alone in the art world, I prefer the utilitarian but still artful nature of crafts. Take this pin cushion, for example. It helps me keep track of pins while I’m sewing, and it also makes me smile because it reminds me of the beautiful gaillardia flowers in my garden. It’s both “fun” and “functional.”
Plus it’s made entirely of recycled materials, which is a driving force in my work. The cushion is fashioned out of vintage hem tape, scraps from a felted wool sweater, and recycled foam from an electronics box. It’s mounted on an old cuff bracelet covered that I purchased at an estate sale and covered with extra-wide bias tape. Suddenly what’s old is new again, in an artful and fun+ctional way.


*Craft #4 – Swaddled-Up Car Seat Blanket - Kristin @ Pea Pod Creations

So here it is…I had two problems:

Problem #1: Have you ever had your baby kick off a beautiful baby quilt while in their car seat? Ahh, it’s the worst, not to mention if you were unfortunate enough to have your blanket land on a dirty store floor, or the pavement! I have had this happen and it’s just plain horrible.…I knew I had a problem…..

Problem #2: The dilema of how to keep little baby warm, the cold air would always sneak under blankets and make those little toes all cold…..yet we live where it’s not super cold all the time, so I wanted a blanket that could be versatle enough to be used when it gets a little warmer too……
Solution: A car seat blanket, that stays with the car seat. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I made this! In the morning when I drive the kids to school I can quickly get my little princess up last, put her in her car seat and snuggle her up to brave the morning chill.

I fold up the top flap (it is designed to tuck under baby and stay snug) then fold over the two other flaps….in the morning’s I have her little arms secured under the blanket. When it gets a little warmer the bottom flap can be removed! The best part is that it’s really easy to sew, the front can be made as fancy……or as simple as you want. Or of course if you are anything like me, you could have several of these…you know just in case you are feeling a little spunky, or playful, or even simple with just a monogram….Trust me you will want one (or many) for your little one, or to make for someone you know!

Craft #5 – Toilet Topper - Melisa @ The Little Green Bean



My contest submission is of the toilet topper I made from 2 drawers I got from an old desk & a shutter from an entertainment center. I got them both at the dump! I cleaned them up, added a coat of stain, removed the drawer pulls from the outside and put them on the inside for a bit of character! The shelf fit perfectly above out toilet in the space that was there! It was meant to be! Total cost of the project was $0!!! my favorite!

Craft #6 – Clothespin Dolls – Rachel @ Southern KnitWit

Everybody needs to be surrounded by pretty things, whether they know it or not! These little clothespin dolls are just the thing! They make me smile every time I look at them. They all have individual personalities! They are so easy to make too, as well as enjoyable.



*Craft #7 – Hungry Caterpillar King - Corey @ Life with Little Ones

Hello! These are pictures that I took of a birthday crown that I made to give to my son for his second birthday in October. The theme of the birthday party was Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar… I knew what I had in mind for his crown but the more that I worked on it, the more fun it became! I also knew that I wanted the focal point of the crown to be the trademark caterpillar. My idea to add the apple and the sun came to me after the caterpillar was in place. I used felt to create both the actual headpiece as well as the cutouts that were used to create the images. I hand cut and hand embroidered each piece onto the crown. I used ribbon for the suns rays and the border of the crown. I think that this is a fair sample of my work seeing as most of the crafting that I do is detail oriented and usually has a focus or a tie to my children. I love creating, especially for little ones, seeing as there is such a small amount of time in ones life to reap the benefit of a special birthday crown, and have it make their entire day! Gotta love that!



*Craft #8 – Fresh Vintage Quilt
– Jenny @ Jenny Garland Designs

Quilting isn’t for old ladies, girls. This darling, monogrammed wall hanging is sure to make a statement! Layers of applique, freezer paper stenciling, free motion quilting, ruffling, and bead work create a fresh vintage feel.

*Craft #9 – Inspiration Push Pins – Kalleen @ At Second Street

Every Crafter needs an inspiration board in their space. I thought I would customize mine with these push pins.

I love using something inspiring to pin up my pictures, to-do lists and sketches.


*Craft #10 – Valentines for the Birds – Jessi @ Sweetie Pie Bakery

Valentine’s day is one of my favorite holidays. I think I’m in love with the frill of it, mostly. I remember when I was in grade school, the biggest thing was to come up with the best Valentine box. I wanted to make something that reminded me of that childhood craft, minus the tin foil and construction paper.

This Valentine box is a birdhouse! There is a door that hinges open and shut, and secures with velcro. The house is complete with windows, window boxes with flowers, curtains, and a fireplace (if you get close enough to see inside!)

The bluebird can have mail delivered right to his door by your little cupid! The valentines are kid friendly, with envelopes that actually open and secure shut with velcro. You can write your little ones all sorts of love notes to be delivered this Valentine’s Day!

*Craft #11 – Hold My {twine} Heart - Linda @ Crataholics Anonymous

For my audition piece, I wanted to create a subtle Valentine themed focal piece for my front room. And I absolutely love how it turned out! I love the natural elements, which you don’t always see for Valentine’s Day. The asymmetrical layout makes it stunning.
I used a scrap piece of fabric to hang the heart and add a splash of color. To make the twine heart, I cut a heart shape out of styrofoam and then wound hemp twine around and hot glued in place.
I love how simple, yet sophisticated this turned out.

Craft #12 – My New Sweater – Sarah @ Creative Jewish Mom

My mom loves to make stuff all the time. The good news is sometimes she even makes something for me! Sometimes she’ll surprise me with it when it’s all done, but this time I had to keep trying it on as she was making it! She said she really didn’t know what she was doing, so honestly I was a bit worried, especially when the sleeves looked like elephant ears and were practically down to my ankles! But she tore them out, and started over and it turned out great in the end. Don’t you think so ?

Crocheted net +scalloped cardigan front standing

My friends just don’t believe me when I tell them my mom made my new sweater, so I tell them to come over some time and ask for themselves! Between you and me I think they’re just jealous of that flower.

When I need to get dressed up in a snap, I pull out this sweater and my favorite skirt, and it just makes me want to dance! I just love the sleeves, my mom says they’re called bell-shaped sleeves.

Crocheted Net Cardigan-Twist!

Of course I know it’s not polite to turn your back on someone, but I thought you’d really like to see that this sweater looks just a great coming and going!

Crocheted Net Cardigan Back Full

And by the way I really think you should vote for my mom so you can see all the really neat things she knows how to make. I don’t know whether I’m supposed to tell you this, but she decided to submit this crocheted sweater as her audition project because she said if she was actually lucky enough to win a regular round she’d never in a million years be able to make a tutorial for it, whatever that is!

Craft #13 – Funky Flower Frame – Holly @ Holly Christine Designs


This whimsical frame is funky and functional. A simple wooden frame covered with eclectic little flowers is the perfect home for your favorite photo or quote. I can picture this frame in a little girl’s room, in an office, or in a little nook in your living room.

*Craft #14 – Dinner Party Attire - Emily @ A Skrpbkmom’s Diary
Dinner Party Attire, the perfect little outfit for your little guy to wear on that special outing. A sophisticated brown onesie complete with tie for those formal occasions (or just to make him look super cute!), adorable argyle socks made to keep those chubby little legs warm, and to top it all off, a little sunshine vest complete with buttons. Your little guy will be dashing in this outfit and will be the talk of the party for sure!

*Craft #15 – Mr. Postman – Sarah @ Create Studio

“Wait!
Oh yes, wait a minute Mr. Postman.
Please Mr. Postman, look and see
You got a letter in your bag for me?”
-The Beatles
This Postman-In-Training is ready to brave the elements to deliver your mail in a timely manner with the help of his very own play set! The play letters are made of sturdy wood with velcro attaching the address, stamp, and return address labels, so while he’s playing he can also learn how to address a real letter.
Once his letters are all addressed he throws them in his mail bag and neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow can keep him from a successful delivery!

*Craft #16 -Memo Board – Erika @ Oops! I Craft My Pants!

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I know what you’re thinking. “Ummm *insert my name here*, what the heck IS that thing?”

Well reader, wonder no more. It’s a memo board!

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Just insert some of your favorite pictures, a calendar, a grocery list, or anything else you can come up with, and it’s as cute as ever.

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I can’t wait to hang it up in my tiny apartment. Maybe it’ll make life in the dreary old basement a little more bearable.

*Craft # 17 – Partial Car Window Shade – Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff

Do you have a child that rides in the middle seat and goes ballistic if the sun is in his/her eyes? Now you won’t have to worry about it anymore! Simply make one of these window shades and it’s as easy as a snap to block out. This window shade only partially covers the window so your child can still see outside and other back seat riders can as well. If you don’t need it at all, simply roll it up and clasp it with the magnetic straps, which is easy enough even a child can do! To hang the shade you roll up the clear vinyl strips into the window and it hangs itself, you can easily transfer it from one car to another, and you don’t have to worry about trying to get suction cups to stick to the glass and stay put in their place!


Craft #18 – Garden Delight – Becky @ Becky Mae Designs

These gorgeous choker necklaces is made from new and vintage pieces of jewelry. It’s a beautiful custom necklace that is easy enough for anyone to give it a try!