Hello! And welcome to the audition round for season 16! This is always one of my favorite weeks. I’m constantly awed by the talent of people. Aren’t you?
So let me introduce you to the 12 ladies that are competing this round to be official crafters in the next season.
Beth @ Remarkably Domestic
Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House
Holly @ Heart Break Kids
Janiene @ A Bunch of Bishops
Jesika @ Craft Geek
Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
Melissa @ Delighted
Naomi @ Fifty Two Create
Natalie @ Nat Mac’s Knick Knacks
Randi @ Sowdering About
Sarah & Corinne @ Small World Land
Sheena @ ASANTB
fyi: the order they are listed here is not the order that their projects are presented. I’ll give you the crafter/project match up after the poll closes.
So now it’s all up to you. Have a look at all the projects, then scroll back up here and rate them from your most favorite to the still-really-cool-but-not-your-cup-of-tea (it may be helpful to have a piece of scratch paper by you so it’s easier to keep track of – this will get easier as the season progresses. i promise).
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Craft #1 – Metal & Wood Mixed Media Art – Janiene @ A Bunch of Bishops
My husband and I are opposites in many ways. He is strong and resilient, I am tender and compassionate. However different we are, we seem to have been made for each other and strengthen one another. When I was asked by Missy to submit an audition piece for S.Y.T.Y.C. I instantly thought about doing a piece that represented my marriage. I decided on creating a metal (representing my husband) & wood (representing me) mixed media craft. So, I came up with this…
A side shot to show the details of the piece…
Craft #2 – Wild West Cigar Town – Sarah & Corinne @ Small World Land
Craft #3 – Roadside Rescue Redo – Holly @ Heart Break Kids
I recently rescued this curio cabinet from the curb. Actually, my friend called and said she was hauling it to the curb, but she would let me come and grab it from the living room if I wanted it. I guess I technically DID save it from the curb…
It was missing a panel of glass, and I immediately thought I would remove the other two panels of glass and replace all the panels with chicken wire. However, I ended up really crushing on some “poultry mat”, and used that instead. Poultry mat is more similar to a screen, but much sturdier. I gave this gal a good cleaning, a coat of primer and two coats of paint, then used a faux finishing glaze to distress her. When I attached the poultry mat, it was just too shiny for the look I was going for, so I (haphazardly!) brushed some paint on the mat, giving it a time-worn look.
Seriously yummy, right?! I am so happy with this piece! Do you have something with glass or a mirror that you are waiting to have repaired? Maybe consider replacing the glass with something else. Chicken wire, perhaps?
This may not be the most clever project I have completed, but I think the transformation is just fantastic, and I hope you like it, too!
Craft #4 -Embroidery Hoop Art – Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
I am loving the embroidery hoop art trend that is going on, so I created this set for my girls’ bedroom. I drew all of the scenes myself and hand embroidered and appliqued them onto linen.
The best part about hand embroidery is always the little details! French knots make great curls, and for the braids, I used a cross stitch. The rainbow is a large running stitch and more french knots for the dandelions. Do you see the lazy daisy stitched bows and the ends of the braids? Details! 🙂
There is a different color fabric to match each color in the rainbow. I went for muted colors instead of bright. Most of the fabrics were from my grandma’s stash that she let me dig through. I tried to make it so all of them had a sort of vintage feel. The hot air balloon is stuffed a little to make it pop out, and the pinwheel is 3D also. The raindrops are lazy daisy stitches again because I think they are so cute!
I love the way it looks hanging in their room! I hope you like it too!
Craft #5 – Embroidered Dress – Naomi @ Fifty Two Create
When I received the email from Missy saying I could audition for SYTYC I was over the moon and then immediately terrified. What would I make?! The following day the idea came to me. I wanted to showcase my love of sewing whilst including the little crafter side-kick in my life. So what better way than to make a dress embroidered with my daughter’s own drawing. She willingly obliged and drew herself (I think anonymity is safe!)
I used a Simplicity shift dress pattern that had room for personal alterations. After perusing rolls of fabric I decided on a sombre grey suit material. I loved the juxtaposition of the serious fabric embroidered with the fun and carefree drawing.
I wanted to add a little extra pazzazz so decided to line the dress instead of just a top interfacing. I hunted through my fabric stash for a light stripey pink pattern. Reflecting a hint of suit pinstripes with a happy punch. The hem and sleeves are trimmed with a floral print which accentuate the embroidered drawing.
I have fallen in love with collared dresses this season so I added a tiny peter pan collar to the pattern (the fist collar I have ever made!). Again this is lined with the pink stripe which will peek out as she runs and jumps. I added interfacing to give it a little stiffness so it sits nice and crisp on the dress.
I adapted the dress pattern to fit a zip closure at the back. Instead of hiding the zip I chose a pale pink one to stand out as a fun detail on the back.
Finally, the embroidered portrait pride of place on the front:
I hope you like it as much as I did making it. Thank you for the auditioning opportunity Missy! x
Craft #6 – From Baby Crib to Doll Bed – Sheena @ ASANTB
Ever since I knew I was going to get the chance to audition for So You Think You’re Crafty Season 16, I have been trying to think about each project that I made. Would this project be something other people would really like? Is this project original? I have been working on taking more pictures along the way and coming up with more creative projects.
Months ago I got this idea in my head. I wanted to take a baby crib and change it into a doll bed. Having two girls their beds stay covered with babies and to me this was a way to help clean off their beds some. I started looking on Craigslist and I found a crib for $10. My husband went and picked it up for me. I’d love to say I immediately got to work on this project but I didn’t. The crib sat in my craft room in the corner. After the holidays passed I got back to this idea.
I started out with a brown crib that had seen its better days. I sat in the floor trying to decided exactly how I wanted the front, back and each side to be made. Not only was I wanting to make one doll bed from this crib but I wanted to make two so I knew I really had to think about it. Finally I decided and I had my husband cut the wood for me. We used some other wood we had to make the front. Then I sanded it, put several coats of kilz on it before finally putting on the top coat of white Valspar paint. We did a few finishing touches, I sewed a blanket to go in the bottom of it and it was done.
My daughter loves it and it looks great in her room. It didn’t take long for it to be filled with babies. It did help clean off her bed some but not as much as I had hoped.
Craft #7 – Ready to Sail Away High-Low Skirt – Melissa @ Delighted
Hello new friends! I am very excited to be auditioning for SYTYC Season 16. When Missy announced she would be selling the blog I got a little sad about not getting to try my hand at this, so I am grateful for the opportunity! Thank you, dear!
I love stripes, the nautical looking stripes. I bought this fabric well before I knew what I would do with it, but I was in LOVE so I had to have it! The slight lace detailing to the white —AWWMAZING! Then I became obsessed with high-low skirts. How fun are they! I knew pretty quick after seeing the skirt pictured beside mine that the soft nautical fabric would be PERFECT!
The fabric is a little sheer so I knew I either had to make a liner or double it up. I am all about simplicity when it comes to my crafting, so I chose the “difficult” task of perfection with lining it all up. I folded the fabric in half so the top of my skirt has no stitching. Before I cut the high-low I sewed the back and front together on the sides with a tight zigzag stitch, matching the curves of my hips (or lack there of!). Then I marked where I wanted it to hit on the front and back. I folded it so the seams touched and were in the middle, so I could see my pin marks. Then I cut the top layers in an S shape and then the bottom piece. Tried it home, fixed it, tried it on fixed and eventually landed on just what I wanted 🙂 The skirt ended up taking about an hour to make.
Guess what, the original high-low I fell in love with sells for $94 mine about $10! Hope you love it as much as I do!
Happy Crafting, friends!!
Craft #8 – United Colors of Love – Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House
A long time ago, I had seen a really cool painting at Home Goods, but I didn’t buy it and I have been kicking myself ever since then. I couldn’t find it anywhere and knew this audition would be the perfect time to make it myself.
Introducing: United Colors of Love
Craft #9 – Handmade Rug – Jesika @ Craft Geek
But I couldn’t do just a boring all navy one.. that wouldn’t be me! So I stenciled the rug to match my blanket basket that is in the same room the rug was to go in! I think it turned out great! And the best part of all is it cost me about $30 instead of $336! That is a savings of $306 dollars and it only took about 1.5 hours depending on how long your paint takes to dry! I was painting on a hot day, the paint dried super fast!
Craft #10 – Summer Wreath – Natalie @ Nat Macâ€™s Knick Knacks
Craft #11 – Nature Blocks – Randi @ Sowdering About
A few months ago there was a wind storm and a huge branch fell from our tree into my neighbor’s yard. When I thought of this idea, I asked him if I could have the branch, to which he said “well it is from your tree.”
I finally talked my husband into chopping it up for me in a bunch of different sizes.
After they were chopped up, I went through the grueling chore of cleaning them up.
These blocks kept them busy and happy for about 30 minutes straight while I was cleaning up my mess and putting all the toys in the garage as it started to rain. I am hoping that they will keep them busy for most of the summer too.
What is extra awesome about the blocks is that if I do forget to put them away, they are sealed with wax so they won’t get ruined in the yard.
Craft #12 – Ombre Rock Vacation Memento – Beth @ Remarkably Domestic
I’m thrilled to be joining So You Think You’re Crafty for a round of auditions. Last summer, our family took a trip to the Hamptons where I collected an embarrassing amount of beach pebbles. How many pebbles does one woman need? So when I got home and started sorting through them, I came up with this idea for a modern, ombre, rock-art vacation memento. I know, I need a better title.
By the way, it is impossible to take good photos of something in a glass frame!
To make this “art,” I took the mass of rocks I had and sorted them by color and shade. Then I laid out an ombre-type pattern (it’s not true ombre, but you get the picture). I found a shadow box in the right size and fixed it up: I painted it and then distressed it so it has that beachy, Hamptons-y feel. I got some card stock to use as my background and then hot glued all my rocks to it, making sure you couldn’t see any of the glue. Then I used my Silhouette to cut out the word “Hamptons” in a font that I love.
Now it sits on my mantle and every day it reminds my of those lazy days walking the beaches of Ditch Plains and Sag Harbor! What I like about this idea is that you could use a lot of different souvenirs, like seashells, or pressed flowers, or even things like ticket stubs. It’s just a matter of arranging them in very clean, modern lines and creating a color palette that you love.