Welcome to Spring! {and season 15 ;) }

Here we are you guys, season 15!  I seriously have to double take when I think about that.  I’m coming up on 4 years of running this contest.  It’s crazy to me.  And I’ve got some big plans coming up over the next few months so stay tuned for those.

This new season is looking to be one of the best yet.  Here’s a reminder of the lovely 10 ladies that will be competing and links to their rad blogs.  Make sure you check them out!

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Malory @ Snips & Spice
Jess @ Spool & Spoon
Heidi @ greendoodle
Lacy @ Lavender & Lace
Rebecca @ Beauty All Around
Chrissy @ FullCandyJacket
Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
Amber C @ The Craft Project
Charlie @ Attempting Aloha
Veronica @ Adventures of D & V

And remember how we’re using a different poll system this season?  Instead of voting for your one favorite, you get to rank all 10.  And the poll will be here in the post rather than buried in the sidebar.  If you come back later in the week to check in and this post isn’t at the top anymore, don’t worry!  Remember that orange button up on the left?  Just click that and it will bring you right back here!

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So, without further ado… the Spring projects of week one! [Read more…]

Hand Seedlings

*Project by Chrissy @ FullCandyJacket for the Spring Challenge of season 15*

When I think of spring, I think of getting my hands dirty and planting bulbs for spring time flowers. So for my “Spring” project I thought it would be delightful to combine the 2 things I think of….dirty hands and spring flowers.

I was able to collect a few items out of my craft supplies to achieve just what I was thinking. First a plaster casting of my own hand and fingers. While waiting for the plaster to dry I found an old flower pot and gave it new life. Just a little bit of dirt later and my hand seedlings were born!

Spring Baby Wings

*Project by Rebecca @ Beauty All Around for the Spring challenge of season 15*

When I think of spring, one of the first things that comes to mind is
baby animals. Lambs, bunnies, fluffy little chicks. So for this
project, I decided to make something for my own sweet little babies.
Something Spring, of course. wings on wall

I made both girls a new set of wings to transform them into little
baby birds. I’ve seen the idea floating around Pinterest for a while,
and I wanted to do my spin on it. There were a lot of little tricky
things to work out, but in the end, I love them, and the girls do,
too.

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Now my little birds are ready all ready to fly.
running with the wings

Spring Cleaning — Pretty Lockers for Storing Treasures

*Project by Charlie @ Attempting Aloha for the Spring challenge of season 15*

Spring cleaning has been on my mind lots this month, so when I saw this week’s “spring” theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

My girls have lots of “treasures” that they just have to keep and love to collect. Where do they like to keep them? Oh, you know…right on their dressers. In plain sight. Where I stare at and loathe them every time I walk by–but bite my tongue because I don’t want to be the mean mom that gets rid of their most prized possessions!

I have seen some lockers being used as storage or bookshelves and decided to stalk Craigslist (for months) until I finally scored this battered set for $10! YAY!!

It took some hammering and twisting and tweaking to get all the doors to finally hang right and actually shut properly, but I finally got it functioning. THEN that dark purple and yellow paint job had to go. I chose white, and that wasn’t the smartest decision I’ve ever made, but I wasn’t sure exactly what colors I was going to do in the room and didn’t want to be married to any particular spray paint color. White seemed like a good alternative, but it took two cans of primer and another two and a half cans of white lacquer spray paint!  I also had to let it dry for about 2 weeks because the smell was SO strong, and I didn’t want it in their room until it had aired out a bit.

But I feel like it’s a beautiful compromise to our clutter situation. The kids now feel like they have a special, secret place to hide their trinkets and treasures, and I don’t feel like a mean mom for making them get rid of them (but my OCD side is happy their dressers are now clutter-free).

We painted some frames and added magnets to the back of them to give the lockers a little color and life, and the girls couldn’t be happier!

Cupcake Flower Bouquet

*Project by Malory @ Snips & Spice for the Spring challenge of season 15*

Two things that I love, love, love, are flowers and cupcakes!  So why not combine the two and make a cupcake bouquet?

I wanted to make a cheerful bouquet instead of a romantic bouquet, so I chose to add some pop by adding yellow to the pink and purple tones.
The best part of this spring bouquet…it’s oh so delicious!  I made white chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.  Yum!  Excuse my while I indulge by eating some of my spring cupcake bouquet.  Hope to see you next week!

Pocketful of Posies Pillow

*Project by Jess @ Spool & Spoon for the Spring challenge of season 15*

I have been eagerly awaiting Spring’s arrival meaning that there was no better theme for Week 1! To me, Spring is a season for the senses. The flowers are fragrant, the sun is warm, and we can finally start spending time outside again. Unfortunately, there is a little thorn in my side — spring cleaning! Oh, how I loathe thee! To painlessly kick-off my clutter busting, I decided to go through my ever-growing fabric scrap stash and make a comfy and colorful pillow for my cozy patio breakfast nook. From a handful of rolled flowers, some gorgeous grey chambray and a bit of stuffing blossomed this “Pocketful of Posies” pillow.

If you have the patience to make a ton of hand-stitched flowers and you can sew a straight line, you can make this pillow. What’s not to love about that?

Sure, the dent it made in my scrap collection was small, but the impact it made on the patio is exactly what the doctor ordered. Sunny, bright, and cheerful! That burst of color is just what I need each morning to brighten up my day.

Spring Wreath

*Project by Lacy @ Lavender & Lace for the Spring challenge of season 15*

For my spring themed craft I made a lovely spring wreath. The house this is going to doesn’t have address markers, so the numbers were added to the wreath.WreathIt started as a REALLY ugly Christmas wreath. The numbers were painted with a chevron pattern and everything was hot glued onto the wreath.ProcessHere is the before and after. I really love the way it turned out. BeforeAfter

Sweet Memories Caught in a Hoop

*Project by Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect for the Spring challenge of season 15*

I love to think outside of the box. So I decided to leave the fabric (“memories”) in the embroidery hoop. My grandma loves handmade presents so this was perfect for her to hang in her living room! She also loves pansies so I drew a pansy and mod-podged it with sheet music and scrapbook paper. This was a perfect accent to place on top the hanging. The hoops are suspended from copper wire hooks and hung on a stick.
The middle hoop:
I drew a flower and wrote around it “We Love You Memaw Forever and Always”. Around the edges I wrote “Healing Hands of God” multiple times.
The Outer Hoops:
I embroidered mine and my brother’s name on the hoops. I also traced our hands and embroidered them. Lastly I added the date in the thumb.
I know she will cherish these “memories in a hoop” forever!