Winter – Week 8 (with results)

In addition to our great challange, we had some great giveaways last week.  The Apostrophy Designs and The Girl in the Blue Glasses giveaways are still open through today and the Jocole and Blake’s Crayons are open until Thanksgiving night.  So if you haven’t entered them yet, you’ve still got time!

And I know you’re all looking for another great blog to follow.  Briton Loves It is having a  two week Love Fest starting today!  There are great guest speakers, giveaways and holiday ideas. So you should definitely go check that out.  it’s going to be fantastic.

Last weeks crafts were so clever.  I love to see all the fun things you can make with random stuff from the hardware store.

Ko Jo Designs were the winners with their Interactive World Map.

My husband has always wanted a giant map like that for the wall of our office (you know…when we actually have an office) but he’s already  told me I have to make one for him.

We have to say goodbye to Nikki and her Child’s Art Easel this week though.

I’m really hoping that she’ll put a tutorial for it up on her blog.  That was one thing I wanted to get Abbi for Christmas.  Be sure you keep track of what she’s up to over at LilyBug Designs.

This weeks theme is very fitting, at least in my neck of the woods.  Here’s a hint…the view from my window Saturday night ( the first real snowfall of 2010).

You guessed it. Mandy, KoJo and Chica & Jo have got some awesome WINTER crafts.

#1 – Hibernation Station – KoJo Designs

Nothing pairs with a snowy day quite like a stack of good books, a cup of cocoa (heavy on the marshmallows), and a cozy blanket. And the perfect backdrop for this winter-y trifecta of goodness? This Hibernation Station, complete with a comfy spot to curl up and read, a book sling for keeping a few good reads close by, and casters to give this reading nook full mobility.

As I’m sure you can tell from the pictures, the real genius of the Hibernation Station is that it was made from a couple of palettes and almost all other materials gathered from around our house. Besides a run to the hardware store for the casters, the curtain hardware, sandpaper and nails (well, and also a trip to gather a couple of wooden palettes), all of the parts of this reading nook were made from materials we had on hand. That includes the ‘chair’ itself, the custom cushion, the book sling, and the accessories- no small feat when you consider the finished product.

The Hibernation Station is perfect for snuggling under a cozy blanket… and whiling the day away… and kicking your feet up… and relaxing… and grabbing another book… and sharing… and sipping… and just generally enjoying the goodness of winter!

#2 – Penguin Coat Rack – Chica & Jo

Winter means many wonderful things to us, with the snow and the holidays and the decorations. When it comes to everyday life around the house, though, winter means lots and lots of winter clothes! Hats and scarves and coats and mittens get tossed everywhere when removed at the door, and keeping them organized can be a hassle, especially if you have little kids. We decided to make it FUN for the kids to put their winter items away by creating an adorable little penguin to help them do their job!

Here’s what our guy looks like to start off:

And here he is all loaded up with one child’s garments:

Everything has a place and we think the penguin looks just as cute holding everything as he does on his own. If you’ve got several kids, you can make them each their own special penguin!

#3 – Snowman Glove Dryer – Mandy

Winter and snow – love it.  But what’s the most annoying thing about winter?? – all those wet hats/gloves/boots thrown about the entryway.  Well, bring on winter because this year I’m ready with the Snowman Glove Dryer!

This is a cost-friendly, FUNCTIONAL craft.  Made of inexpensive PVC pipe, there is a hole in the bottom that allows hot air to flow up and through the arms, legs, and top to quick-dry hats, gloves, and boots.

Operation is easy – simple place the Snowman Glove Dryer over a vent and let the warm air do the rest!

And not only does it dry hats/gloves/boots – it gives them a place other than scattered on the floor – perfect!

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Comments

  1. Emily says

    Love it all… but I think the reading corner is my fav. Also, my house looks pretty cozy in the photo! What a beautiful shot!

  2. Michelle says

    OK, I’m not voting this week. I love them ALL too much! I will be making all of these this year. The penguin coat rack will look great in my entry way, my 3 year old would love the hibernation station, and who doesn’t need a super cute and functional snowman glove dryer!

  3. Beth says

    The penguin is so cute! Kids will want to “dress” him so they will gladly hang up their coats, hats, and gloves!!

  4. says

    I love the hibernation station, but don’t have a spot for it now. But I had to vote for the snowman. I think this is something I could do. I have 7 kids, though, so I’ll make 2 or 3 and then just a simple one for everyone else’s stuff. Thanks for these ideas.