Here we are you guys, season 15! Â I seriously have to double take when I think about that. Â I’m coming up on 4 years of running this contest. Â It’s crazy to me. Â 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. Â Here’s a reminder of the lovely 10 ladies that will be competing and links to their rad blogs. Â Make sure you check them out!
Malory @Â Snips & Spice
Jess @Â Spool & Spoon
Heidi @ greendoodle
Lacy @Â Lavender & Lace
Rebecca @Â Beauty All Around
Chrissy @Â FullCandyJacket
Amber R. @Â Craft Me Perfect
Amber C @Â The Craft Project
Charlie @Â Attempting Aloha
Veronica @Â Adventures of D & V
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So, without further ado… the Spring projects of week one!
Craft #1 – Grow Zipper String Art -Â Amber C @Â The Craft Project
When I was young I was fascinated with a piece of string and nail art my art teacher showed me. I was determined to create my own and found a pattern in the library for an elaborate owl design. I got to the point of putting about half the nails in place with my father’s help and then I got distracted and went on to something else…for more than 20 years. My dad found my unfinished piece the other day and asked me if he could disassemble it for the nails and wood, which I agreed to.
But seeing that unfinished piece put an idea in my head – one that exploded into my creation for this week’s spring theme. It turns out all I needed was to do was to create the design myself, instead of working from a pattern, to finish my own string art piece (well that, and I needed to find some ways to make it unique with zippers).
The final piece is 36″ x 16″ and is a combination of 504 nails in three different sizes, 23 colours of embroidery floss, and a pile of disassembled zippers and felt scraps. It came together in phases. I started with the “grow” in its succession of colours. The next phase was to create the vines using a range of nail sizes to make the piece feel more 3D and sculptural (my thumb cursed me for this decision as it took a few hard knocks from the tiny finishing nails I used for the end of the vines). I then create the felt and zipper flowers to give the vines more details and colour. The final stage involved rimming all of the nail art in disassembled zippers to better tie the whole piece together and help the details pop out from the white background.
Craft #2 – ‘Grow With Me’ Spring Play Dress -Â Veronica @Â Adventures of D & V
Most little girls I know love to play dress up. However like the weeds in a spring garden, little girls grow out of clothes seemingly overnight! To try to make the most of a new dress-up dress, I wanted to try to make a dress that would “grow” with the growing little girls, and this is what I came up with The “Grow With Me” Spring Play Dress.
This dress can ‘grow’ in 3 different spots. (1) The straps have 2 sets of snaps so they can be made longer or shorter. (2) The ties on the sides can be tied in the back at whatever length is comfortable around the waist.
And my favorite way this dress can grow is (3) Under each little flower is a snap that when attached holds up the hem of the skirt, and when un-snapped, gives the dress an extra two inches of length. Pretty and Practical!
So, do you know of any little ladies who like to play dress up and grow faster than the spring weeds who could love this dress?
Craft #3 – Sweet Memories Caught in a Hoop -Â Amber R. @Â Craft Me Perfect
Craft #4 – Spring Wreath -Â Lacy @Â Lavender & Lace
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.It started as a REALLY ugly Christmas wreath. The numbers were painted with a chevron pattern and everything was hot glued onto the wreath.Here is the before and after. I really love the way it turned out.
Craft #5 – Pocketful of Posies Pillow -Â Jess @Â Spool & Spoon
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 colorfulÂ 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.
Craft #6 – Cupcake Flower Bouquet -Â Malory @Â Snips & Spice
Two things that I love, love, love, are flowers and cupcakes! Â So why not combine the two and make a cupcake bouquet?
Craft #7 Â – Spring Cleaning — Pretty Lockers for Storing Treasures -Â Charlie @Â Attempting Aloha
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! Â 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!
Craft #8 – Twirly Girly Easter Frocks -Â Heidi @Â Green Doodle
of the seasonâ€¦. flowers:Â pansies,
crocus, cherry blossoms, just to name a few.
I figured Easter dresses were the perfect way to pay homage to
Spring.Â Â The fabric dictated the
direction of these dresses (not to mention non-subtle requests from my girls).
brushed cotton that I bought on Craigslist!
The fabric has a beautiful drape and looks like the flowers were painted
with watercolors.Â I modified the arm and
neckline of a pattern to have a bit of Jackie O flair and added corded pin
tucks. Â I then added a scalloped
organza collar that I hand-stitched beaded lazy daisies. Â The look was finished off with bridal button
looping (I hate putting in zippers), magnetic belts, and poofy petticoats and these
two barefoot darlings are ready for Easter Sunday.
Originally I had planned on making a pleated skirt and lace
jacket was in order.Â When my search for
unfussy coordinating fabric proved unsuccessful,Â I hit the thrift stores to reconstruct
something.Â Again, a fail.Â Ultimately I followed the trends of the
sixties and created a short Â¾ sleeve jacket.
This project was a first for
me.Â I modified a pattern to include a
piped peter pan collar (say that fast!), a covered button closure, an inverted
pleat in the back, and a piped Â faux belt with a bow.
—And true to the season, every day leading up to this
it impossible to get photographs outdoors.
You will have to just imagine us on the beach for the perfectÂ â€œKennedyâ€™s on the Capeâ€ Â look.
Craft #9 – Spring Baby Wings -Â Rebecca @Â Beauty All Around
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.
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,
Now my little birds are ready all ready to fly.
Craft #10 – Hand Seedlings -Â Chrissy @Â FullCandyJacket
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!