So You Think Your Crafty Week 3 and a Giveaway

 

 

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Here we are on Week 3 of the 8 Week So You Think Your Crafty Challenge! I am still part of the challenge, but this is bound to be the toughest week yet!

This week’s theme is “Paint”.

I love painting, but will I make the cut?

You decide! You can vote for your favorite project over at So You Think Your Crafty.

Voting will remain open until Wednesday evening at 6 pm MT.

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Last week’s winning project was Virginia with her tiny little Peg Doll Craft. Isn’t it cute? The complete tutorial is on the So You Think Your Crafty website today.

Congrats Virginia!

Here’s our giveaway link for this week! You can win a $25.00 Home Depot gift card!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f4c4f74567/

 

Kid’s Travel Pillow

 

Sock Snake

It’s time for Week 2 of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest! If you missed last week’s project, click here!

This week’s theme is “Kids Can Do”.

How fun is that?

One of my favorite kids projects involves socks. They are so easy to make! Click To Tweet

I decided on a Kid’s Travel Pillow for this project, because it’s so hard to keep kids entertained while traveling in the car. This pillow does double duty as a toy for entertainment and a neck pillow for when your child finally falls asleep on those long road trips.

materials

To make the pillow you will need:

A pair of argyle soccer socks (any size, I chose a size large since my kids are older) You can order these green ones on this website.

Red and Pink craft felt

Poly-fiberfill stuffing

Wiggly Eyes in two colors

Craft Heat Bond, Craft Glue or Fabric Glue

Large needle and embroidery floss (to match your socks)

Small pieces of stick on velcro (optional)

heat bond

To make the mouth, cut two pieces of the red felt into ovals. Trace the red felt pieces onto the pink felt for the interior part of the mouth. Cut the pink felt, with the red being slightly smaller so you can see the two colors. Pink felt first, then the red on top will make an interesting mouth design.

Cut out two tongue pieces from the red felt. Cut the heat bond for each mouth piece, making it slightly smaller than the felt so it won’t show around the edges. Cut two small pieces for the very end of the tongue, the rest of the tongue will be free and wiggly. I love things that wiggle, don’t you?

ironing the mouth

Adhere the pieces together with Craft Heat Bond using a warm iron, or if your kids are too young to handle an iron, use craft glue or fabric glue. Be sure to iron both sides for maximum adhesion.

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Attach to the bottom of the foot part of the sock with either method. I like how the sock has different colors at the toe and heal, it helps to define the mouth area.

iron the mouth

Again, iron both sides of the sock for maximum adhesion.

fold the sock for the mouth

eye placement

After the sock has cooled, put the sock on your hand like a puppet, to find the correct eye placement. Glue eyes in place with craft glue. If you have a very young child, draw them on with a fabric marker instead. I placed my eyes right above the black sock toe.

stuffed and pinned

Stuff your snake with the fiberfill stuffing. Check to be certain the snake will still form around the neck by pinning the two socks together and checking the fit and function. If it is too big, you can over lap the ends of the sock at the back of the neck until it is the right size, then re-pin in place.

sew the head

Use the needle and embroidery floss to slip stitch the sock ends together at the back of the neck. This helps hold the head in place so you can see his adorable wiggly eyes.

WIGGLY EYES = ADORABLE

sew the mouth

Using more embroidery floss, make a few stitches at the side of the mouth to hold his adorable mouth into position. Cut and trim threads.

This is a good opportunity to teach your kids to sew. Don’t be a perfectionist about this, let your child take a few stitches, the unpredictable nature of the needle and thread will only add to your snake’s character.

wearing the pillow

Optional: Use two small pieces of stick on velcro (you may have to glue them on) to hold the snake heads together at the front of the neck, or you can let them hang loose for play.

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Time to travel with your new Kids Pillow!!

If you would like to see the other projects in this week’s contest, check out the So You Think Your Crafty Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Randolph Street Market Roundup

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We are back home after a wonderful weekend in Chicago at the Randolph Street Market. It’s been years since we visited Chicago during the summer months, lots of things have changed since the last time we were there in warm weather.

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The Randolph Street Market is one of those things. I am absolutely certain it would have become one of my favorite haunts no matter what the time of year. It was amazing!

I was completely inspired by so many things! These painted windows were stunning!

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The vintage market is full of unique items, repurposed, or artistically created. So many wonderful things could have come home with me! It was such fun to see more urban style things, we don’t have much of that here in Wisconsin.

You know, we are very country.

Randolph Market decor

The blogger event was a two day affair. We had a tent full of bloggers who came to network and shop the market. It was a tremendous success.

Blogger conference

We had great food, fun and conversation. We heard inspiring words from some of the event Sponsors. This is Paula from the Randolph Street Market, along with the girls from Blitsy.

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Our main presenter was Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage. I really enjoyed meeting her and hearing her blog story. She is an amazing woman, I can’t wait to meet her again some day.

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The decorations were so adorable! My friend Karen from Dragon Fly and Lilly Pads made them.

DIVA of DIY

 

During the market, there were six of us bloggers who presented a project to the group. This is Leanne from Diva of DIY, she made the most adorable backpack station!

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I presented my DIY Lap Desk, it was fun! Everyone was so sweet and encouraging.

It’s hard to be the presenter, you never know what to expect when you are on stage. We had a smallish group, so we were very informal and it made everyone feel very comfortable.

I learned so much from these ladies! We decided we would use the hashtag buildup to remember to encourage each other in our blogs.

Boutique double beds

While we were there, we stayed at the beautiful Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Michigan Avenue. The hotel was also one of the event sponsors.

My life will never be the same.

The hotel was simply GORGEOUS.

It also had the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.

seating in the billiards room

The “boutique” hotel is full of beautiful period details, I loved all the woodwork in the Billiards Room. I can just see a group of friends meeting for cocktails and a few games of pool here!

billiards room

 

They even have a broom ball court! How interesting!

 

Boutique hotel bath

The stunning hotel renovation has only been open for a few months. The Chicago Athletic Association hotel was built in 1890, and was originally an all men’s athletic club. Many famous Chicago athletes were trained here. The design team that renovated the hotel was careful to preserve much of it’s original character, in a very delicious, masculine,  Ralph Lauren sort of way.

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The bath that made me SWOON.

I love black and white tile, just love it!

Bike and flowers

 

One of the things we love to do while we visit the city is take long walks. There never seems to be a lack of things that inspire me.

We had warm humid days with a misty rain. All the plantings were simply glorious!

I don’t ever remember Chicago being so full of plants. Perhaps I just never noticed? Or perhaps they are doing more to make the city an inviting place?

Either way, they sure were beautiful!

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Simply, stunning colors and folliage!

outdoor cafe

There were also outdoor cafe’s everywhere we went. They had the most creative uses for plants to create a desirable outdoor space. Love this look!

landscape at night

As night fell, the city lights were captivating. I love how the look against the misty sky.

skyline on the river

 

chicago skyline

 

skyview from the ground

During the early morning, we explored more of the streets of down town on our way to the Randolph Street Market.

kayaks on the river

I didn’t know you could kayak on the river, did you?

Opera house portico

The Lyric Opera house was stunning, we happened to come across it when we were on our way to the Market one day.

Did you know that I am an opera nerd? Yup, true story.

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Beautiful!

 

Sponsors

 

This event was one of the best I have ever attended. The Randolph Street Market and all the sponsors were so hospitable! Everything was beautifully done, the food, decorations, the presentations and all the wonderful sponsor gifts and goodies, it truly was an experience to remember!

A big thanks to Randolph Street Market, Hometalk, Chicago Athletic Association and Blitsy for making it all possible, along with the following sponsors:

Mariano’s West Loop

MillerCoors for Blue Moon

Plaid, makers of Mod Podge, FolkArt, Gallery Glass and One Stroke

Homeright

Rockler

Show them some love and visit their websites!

I look forward to doing it all again next year!

 

DIY Chalkboard

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Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not.

I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it.

However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to.

I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on.

Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists.

This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.

 

 

 

 

 

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I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring.

The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either.

The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.

chalk painted

 

I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.

 

cut yard sticks

 

After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges.

The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and water, each one a different shade. I used yellow, lime, turquoise and pink.

 

 

 

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The sticks have the added benefit of helping to hold the chalk in place on the bottom shelf.

It’s almost too cool for school!

 

Have you registered for the Randolph Street Market event yet? I will have this project on hand as well as this one!

Can’t wait to see you at the market!

My demo is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday!

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You can download the blogger invite here!

 

Midwest Bloggers DIY Round Up

 

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I haven’t accomplished much around here lately. I am struggling with some DIY projects. Struggles are part of the blogging lifestyle, you just have to figure out how to deal with them. Somedays, it’s easier than others.

I had a paint sprayer explode the other day, and spray paint all over everywhere. I gave up and let it dry all over the floor of the upper deck.

I have a desk that is half re-finished. I decided to make my son finish it for me.

I have a million stairway spindles to redo. I bought a special refinishing glove because using a brush would be too much work. More on this later.

My new parental safe router system has arrived but we can’t figure out how to install it. We were in crisis mode without internet service for 3 hours yesterday while I tried to install it. I unplugged it, still haven’t worked it out.

I feel like I still haven’t had time to enjoy the summer. It’s not really August, is it?

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The highlight of my day so far has been notice of my back to school project being featured on the Huffington Post. I will be demonstrating this project at the upcoming Randolph Street Market. Hope you will come pay me a visit for the demo!