My Huge Bedroom Remodel

My house is old.  I probably shouldn’t say that, because it’s actually a couple of years younger than I am, but I’m not still wearing stuff from the 70’s.  We bought it because it has a phenomenal view and good bones.  It’s been a lot of work, mostly for my industrious husband, but we’ve brought the better part of it into this century.  The most recent transformation was our bedroom.

My Huge Bedroom Remodel - Crafty Staci

Before I give you a tour of what it looks like now, you need to fully appreciate where it started.  When we took our first tour of the house, this room was lemon yellow with a pastel wallpaper border.  There were very dark, sliding, louvered closet doors and carpet that had been subjected to whatever the previous homeowners’ pets wanted to do to it.  At least, I’m assuming it was pets, based on the crazed scratch marks on the inside of the bedroom door.  One wall was covered in wood paneling.

We didn’t make it any better by buying furniture that was way too big for the small room.  I had the wallpaper border down before we moved in, and we threw on some paint (which looks green in most of these photos, but is actually a pretty depressing grey).  We eventually took the closet doors off and pulled up the carpet, but that’s as far as improvements got in that room.  We had an entire house to deal with, and as long as the door closed, it got bumped to the bottom of the list. 

We finally decided last Christmas that updating our bedroom would be our gift to each other.  Our budget was $3500 for the entire room, so Ikea was our friend.  We started gathering supplies like closet organizers and a new bed.  I agonized over paint colors.  We splurged a little on the flooring, choosing a gorgeous Acacia that I love more than I can tell you.  My husband started gutting the room the day after Christmas and was finished with everything by the new year.  Yes, I was amazed too.

You can’t fully understand the differences without seeing them side by side, so here’s a few before-and-afters.  Let’s start with what we were faced with just walking into the room.  That entry had not one, but three doors.  There was the one entering the room, the bathroom door to the right, and a pocket door that slid out just past that.  We really aren’t sure why it was there, but that slider is gone now.  Removing that door and the surrounding unnecessary wall really opened it up and made it feel bigger.

before and after - walking in

The closet.  Oh, the closet.  It was oddly shaped inside, had no sort of organization whatsoever, and was just plain ugly.  Because of the weird interior, my husband was able to bump it back a couple of feet and gain us more floor space. 

before and after - the closet from the doorway

It’s nice to have a full-length mirror in the room without having the entire closet mirrored.  The extra lights he installed above the doors make it so much easier to find what I need inside the closet.

before and after - the closet

I think this photo says it all.

before and after - inside closet

The giant furniture I mentioned?  I was so happy when our Craigslist buyer hauled it away.  We were constantly dodging that footboard, and the two dressers took up most of the room. 

before and after windows and foot of bed

We knew we didn’t want another dresser if we could help it.  Instead, we opted for drawers under the bed and a wall cabinet above.  We didn’t plan the cabinet originally, but I actually love how it fits into the room.  The answer to the question everyone asks is, no, we don’t hit our heads on it getting into bed.

before and after - headboard

There wasn’t much in the room that was salvageable, but we were able to update our early 2000’s blue ceiling fan.  Joel took the blades off and spray painted them tan and we replaced the blue glass with bubbled clear.  I love it now!

refurbished ceiling fan

After Joel had finished the construction and assembly, it was my turn to add some softer touches.  I made the blue quilt you see on our bed in the before pictures, but that wasn’t going to match our new color scheme, and we were ready for something new anyway.  I didn’t want to make a queen-sized quilt again, so we started searching for something ready-made to buy.  We found very few that we liked, and our price range and quality standards were miles apart.  I got out my graph paper and we took a trip to the fabric store. 

I thought it would be interesting to make the quilt from microfiber, or faux suede, but I wasn’t sure if that was even possible.  I contacted GenClare, the quilters I would be sending the quilt to, and they didn’t foresee any issues, so I went with it.  It turned out exactly as I envisioned, and was even better after the quilting was done.  And it can be thrown into the washer and dryer!

Microfiber quilt

In an odd twist, I intended to also make the curtains, but wound up buying them instead.  I should say, I made the curtains, hated them, and found some I loved at Target.  Go figure.  The windows are two different sizes, and odd sizes at that when it comes to curtains, so I bought some that were too long and hemmed them.  Look for a project coming soon using the part I cut off.  And don’t worry about those reject curtains.  With a little reworking, they were perfect for our guest room.

curtains

The last thing I added was these pillows, although we still plan to hang a map somewhere in the room.

Map Pillows - Crafty Staci

I’m sure by now you’re all tired of hearing how amazing I think my husband is, but this was quite a feat, and one he pulled off in a short time but exactly the way we hoped.  Best Christmas present ever!

Hot Pad of the Month–March Bunny

Call it what you will – hot pad, mug rug, trivet – but I’m sure you can find a spot in your home for this little guy.  The second in my Hot Pad series, this bunny is easy to make and would make a perfect spring gift.  As I promised, he has the same shape as the Mug Hot Pad from last month.  I thought about calling him March Hare, but seriously, look at that face.  He’s definitely a bunny.

Hot Pad of the Month - March Bunny by Crafty Staci

To make one yourself, you’ll need:

  • this pattern, with the head pieced together
  • 2 heads cut from cotton fabric
  • 1 head cut from InsulBright
  • 1 head cut from cotton or cotton blend batting
  • 1 head cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 4 outer ears cut from the same fabric as the head
  • 2 outer ears cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 4 inner ears cut from pink cotton fabric
  • craft thread
  • embroidery pattern transfer pen

Supplies to make bunny hot pad - Crafty Staci

Adhere the interfacing to the back of one of the heads and two of the outer ears.  If you’re using different prints, the interfacing goes on the side with the face.

Attaching the interfacing

Trace the face on the paper pattern with the embroidery transfer pen, then iron onto the fabric side of the head with interfacing.  If you want to skip the embroidery, just use a fabric marker and a light source to trace the pattern onto the fabric.

Transfering the embroidery pattern

Use the craft thread to embroider the features.  I added a little pink to the nose, but that part is optional. 

Embroidered bunny face

Pin two of the inner ear pieces with right sides together.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving the bottom open.  Clip the seam at the tip, turn right side out and press.  Repeat with the remaining two pieces.

Bunny's inner ears

Pin the inner ears to the center of the outer ears with the interfacing.  Stitch around the inner ear, close to the edge.

Attaching the inner ears

Pin the remaining outer ears to these, with right sides together.  Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving the bottoms open.  Clip the tip, turn right side out and press.  Topstitch close to the edge.  There’s no need to topstitch the bottom edge, as it won’t be seen.

Finished bunny ears

Lay the InsulBright bunny head down, shiny side up.  Lay the embroidered fabric head, face up, on top.  Add the ears, each 3/4” from the side with the pink side down and the tips facing inward.  After pinning them at the top edge, pin the rest of the ears back with safety pins so they won’t get caught in the side seams.

Pin ears back so they don't get caught in the side seams

Lay the back head over the top of the ears, right side down.  Add the batting on top and pin all the layers together.  Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom.  Clip the corners, turn right side out, unpin the ears and press, turning in the opening.  Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.

Topstitching the bunny

The reason we didn’t put any batting inside those ears is so that he can either wear them up…

Bunny Mug Rug from Crafty Staci

…or down!

Bunny Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

I’ll bet you know someone who wouldn’t mind finding this bunny in her Easter basket!

March Bunny Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

5th Anniversary Celebration Wrap-Up

Three giveaways, three new sewing projects and lots of reminiscing filled the last month and helped me start off year six with a bang.  I had so much fun, and I hope you did too.  I’m so grateful for the very sweet, motivating and constructive comments on all of those posts.  You had some fantastic ideas, and I’ll be integrating many them into this space over the next year.  You are amazing.

I’ve already heard back from the winners of each of the giveaways and their prizes are on the way.  Mary won the Uncommon Goods gift certificate, and has plans to use their beer and coffee kitchen towels as center panels in her quilts.  What a great idea!

Coffee Kitchen Towel from Uncommon Goods 

Christi will be receiving the Kitchen Set, which includes the Mug Hot Pads and Quilt-as-You-Go Table Runner.  Hopefully it will warm her up over there in North Carolina.  If I could have figured out how to send her a little of the sunshine we’ve been enjoying here lately it would be on its way too.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

The DIY Set, which includes the Alphabet Block Pincushion, will be arriving at Elizabeth’s doorstep in a few days.  You can find her writing about her adventures with her adorable boys over at Elpalchica.  Check out her Batman projects – you know we’re big fans over here!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

I’d also like to send out one last BIG thank you to my giveaway sponsors!

Uncommon Goods

Tuttle Publishing

Craft Warehouse

And also my deepest thanks to all of you who took the time to read and comment.  Here’s to our next 5 years together!  3325582-org [Converted]

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep–Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

This book was provided to me for review by Laurence King Publishing Ltd.  All opinions are my own.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Cut Out and Keep’s Crafty Superstars a couple of years ago.  I was very familiar with their long-running craft community, and it was a huge honor for me.  When I found out they had published Cut Out and Keep – Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Cut Out and Keep Book Review by Crafty Staci

The authors, Kat Morley and Tom Waddington, are the duo behind the website and authors of the book.  They are from Scotland, and had never visited the United States before.  They set aside 8 months and traveled all over the country, visiting all 50 states.  I’m so completely jealous.

Cut Out and Keep Book Intro

Besides the fun travel photos and experiences throughout the book, each state is represented by a craft tutorial.  The flavor of each state is reflected in its project.  One nice consideration by the authors is that many of the same crafting materials are used for multiple projects, so you can make lots of them without buying different supplies.

The book happens to start off in my neighborhood:  the Pacific coast.

Cut Out and Keep Book - Pacific Coast

It’s funny to see a snapshot of your own state through the eyes of newcomers.  I wasn’t surprised to see Voodoo Doughnuts and Powell’s Bookstore make the must-see list, but I liked the fact that the Oregon Caves were mentioned over the usual Multnomah Falls or Crater Lake.

And the Sasquatch Slipper Boots to represent us here in Oregon?  Well, it’s hard to argue with that one.

Cut Out and Keep Book - Oregon

I like the way the project instructions are laid out.  There’s a small photo for each step, making it much easier to understand if you’re a visual person like me.  On a side note, if you hope over to Cut Out and Keep, you’ll find the full instructions for this License Plate Notebook!

Cut Out and Keep - License Plate Notebook

There are a broad range of difficulty levels represented, so there’s something for everyone here.  There are even a few recipes thrown in.

Cut Out and Keep Book Bunting

I was glad to see the projects listed by region in the front of the book, then broken down into project category in the back.  It makes searching very efficient.

Cut Out and Keep Book Project Index

My husband and I are hoping to eventually visit every state ourselves.  We’re up to a little over a third of the way through the list, so we have a good chunk of them left to go.  Reading this book just made me want to reach that goal that much more.  In the meantime, thanks to Cat and Tom, I can craft my way across the country!

Cut Out and Keep Book Back Cover

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I hope you were all able to get your entries in for my anniversary giveaways.  Entries are closed now, and I’ll be notifying the winners today!

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Friday Favorites–Top Ten Friday Favorites

In the last week for me to look inside my blog before heading back out into the wild for my Friday Favorites, I’d like to focus on the top ten collections that have been part of this feature.  While I love everything I include on Fridays, there were a few that all of you out there loved just a little bit more.  If you click on the topic below the number, it will take you to the Friday Favorites collection with that theme, and if you click the photo it will take you to the blog or site that specific project is from.  Enjoy!

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Owls

There are some crafting trends that you wouldn’t think would last all that long, but seem to anyway.  Chevrons, chalkboards, moustaches and mason jars have been declared dead more times than I can count, and yet they’re still everywhere.  Owls were another on this list that I thought we’d never see the end of.  I’m still wondering.

Felt Owls Brooches from Bugs and Fishes

9

Snowflakes

The only snow we got this year was back in November or so, and it was only a light dusting that lasted all of five minutes.  I know I shouldn’t complain with everyone out east getting bombarded, but I need to see some snowflakes.

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Valentine’s Day

It’s a little weird to talk about Valentine’s Day so close after it just happened, but this one is on the list.  There’s never any shortage of cute Valentine’s crafts and recipes out there.

Sweet Rose Treat From Craftberry Bush

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Pinterest Finds

This collection was from the moment when I finally got what Pinterest was all about.  You know, the point at which I lost all my free time.

Fatorzs Kucko - Fecni

6

Halloween Costumes

This is always one of my favorite round-ups to do each year.  There are so many fun costumes out there, and so many cute kidlets wearing them.

TrinitysTutus on Etsy

5

Christmas Treats

I’ve had so many Christmas themed Friday Favorites over the years, I couldn’t really tell you why this one made the list over the others.  It is filled with holiday deliciousness though.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer from Betty Crocker Wannabe

4

For the Car

While there are lots of great ideas in this one, I know exactly why it’s on the list.  The project shown in the photo is one of my busiest pins.

Car Seat Organizer from 8th Day Creations

3

DIY Gifts for Guys

This just goes to show that guys are tough to DIY for, and everyone is looking for ideas to fit them.  Including me.

Pallet Coasters from HowellsProducts on Etsy

2

T-Shirt Refashion and Recycling

I could write a hundred of these collections that focused solely on t-shirts.  This craft staple is always fun to work with.

Long Sleeved Shirt to Short Sleeves from Make It and Love It

1

Fat Quarter Projects

Fat quarters are so easy to find, inexpensive to buy and fun to sew with.  It’s no wonder my most popular Friday Favorites theme would revolve around the many things you can do with them.

Small Treat Totes from All People Quilt

If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, you have until Sunday, March 8th to get in on the Uncommon Goods giveaway, the Kitchen Set giveaway and the DIY giveaway to celebrate 5 years of Crafty Staci!

Alphabet Block Pincushion

I’ve been wanting to make a new pincushion for a few years now.  I know, a basic pincushion is about as simple as it gets, so what was the hold up?  I wanted something different.  Something I hadn’t already seen out there with pins sticking out of it.  I starting thinking about what kinds of shapes would lend themselves to pin stickery, and I’m not sure how I got from there to here, but I’m happy with the results.  Do you want to know how to make one?

Alphabet Block Pincushion by Crafty Staci

You’ll need:

  • 2” square block of foam
  • 6 pieces of wood print fabric cut 2 1/2” square
  • 6 pieces of fusible fleece cut 2 1/4” square
  • 4 pieces of stitch witchery or Wonder Under cut 2 1/2” square
  • 4 pieces of felt 2 1/2” square
  • Craft thread
  • These letters and numbers (the font is Cooper Black)

I tried this first with regular stuffing and ended up with less of a block than a ball, so I switched to foam.  Some foam is springier than others, so you might want to try a pin-stab test before you choose one.

Lightly trace a number onto the front of one fabric square.  Iron a square of fleece onto the back.  Stitch the number on with craft thread, using the embroidery stitch of your choice.  I used a simple back stitch.

Trace the frame and reversed letters onto the paper side of the stitch witchery.  This flat light table my husband gave me for Christmas is AMAZING.  It’s not even a quarter of an inch thick.

Tracing letters on light table - Crafty Staci

Iron the letters onto the felt squares. 

Letters ironed onto felt - Crafty Staci

Cut out the letters and the inside of the frames.  I found it was easier if I cut the inside of the frames first, then the inside of the letters (like the D), then the outside of the letters.

Cut out felt letters - Crafty Staci

Peel off the paper and iron the frames and letters onto four of the remaining fabric squares.

Felt letters ironed onto fabric - Crafty Staci

Add some decorative stitches to the letters to hold them to the fabric.

Number and letters stitched - Crafty Staci

Iron the fusible fleece onto all five remaining fabric pieces (the four with letters and one blank).

Attach fusible fleece - Crafty Staci

Pin the number and one of the letters with right sides together and the tops of the characters pointing the same direction.  Stitch together with a 1/4” seam, beginning and stopping 1/4” from each end.

First seam - Crafty Staci

Do the same with the opposite letter, but with the bottom of the number and top of the letter pointing the same way.  Be sure to continue leaving 1/4” open at both ends of each seam.

Second seam - Crafty Staci

Add the two side letters with the tops of the letters closest to the number.  Add the blank square to the bottom of one of the letters.

All sides sewn on - Crafty Staci

Stitching one seam at a time, pull the sides of two letters together, with right sides facing each other.  Begin the seam where the two previous seams meet at the top (which should be 1/4” from the corner) and end it 1/4” from the bottom. Repeat for all four sides and the top.

Side and top seams sewn - Crafty Staci

Fold the edge of the open flap under 1/4” and press.  Do the same with its matching side on the cube.  This will make it easier at the end when you’ll be hand stitching that seam closed.

Fold edges under - Crafty Staci

Stitch the two sides as you did all the others.

Sewing side seams - Crafty Staci

Carefully clip the corners to reduce bulk.  Turn the cube right side out through the opening.  Push out the corners with something pointy.

Cube turned right side out - Crafty Staci

Compress the foam cube and push it into the opening.  Use your fingers and/or your pointy tool to align the corners and straighten the sides. 

Adding foam cube - Crafty Staci

Pull the two folded edges together and hand stitch closed.

Hand stitching final seam - Crafty Staci

Just add pins, and you’re finished.

Alphabet Block Pincushion from Crafty Staci

I made one of these that has already found its place next to my sewing machine.  The other one is part of the DIY Set I’m giving away on March 9th to one lucky reader.  If you haven’t had a chance to enter, be sure to head over and do it before midnight on March 8th!

Alphabet Block Pincushion - Crafty Staci

5th Anniversary Giveaway–DIY Set

Here we are, at the last of the three big giveaways celebrating my 5th anniversary here at Crafty Staci.  If you missed the first two, you still have time to enter.  Visit the Uncommon Goods Giveaway and the Kitchen Set Giveaway and get your entry in by Sunday evening.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

I’d like to thank Tuttle Publishing for the fun book included in today’s giveaway package!

My goal for this blog is to encourage readers to make and/or enjoy handmade things.  It’s always fun for me to show you things I’ve made, but I’d love for you to create as well.  That’s where this week’s giveaway set comes in.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

Those are not six fat quarters, they are half-yard cuts, so that’s THREE YARDS of fabric!  I love the floral print, and I was so in love with that red wood grain I ended up buying a bit of it for myself.  Shhh.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway fabrics

You can’t sew anything without thread, so I’ve included four spools of coordinating Gutermann thread.  It’s my sewing machines’ favorite.  I also threw in a couple of packages of buttons, just in case you need them for whatever fabulous thing (or things) you create from the fabric.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway thread and buttons

Even if you aren’t big on sewing, with this Wrapping with Fabric Book from Tuttle Publishing you can make some amazing things by simply hemming the fabric edges.  In fact, I’m pretty sure some of the wraps could be accomplished without even doing that. 

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway Wrapping with Fabric book

I don’t know about you, but my sewing and crafting would not be possible without keeping a list of what I need to do.  I also have a list of what I need to buy next time I’m in a fabric store.  I’ve included this craft room checklist in case you also enjoy the feeling of deep satisfaction in checking off those little boxes.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway checklist

Last, but not least, I couldn’t let this set go without sewing something.  I’ve been wanting to come up with a pincushion for years now, but I didn’t want to do something that someone else already had out there.  I think I’ve finally made something unique, and I love it so, so much.  Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll show you how to make one yourself!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Alphabet Block Pincushion

Whew!  Now, how can you win all of this amazing stuff?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me something you’d like to see here on Crafty Staci in the future.  It can be anything your heart desires.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.  If you were already following me just leave a comment telling me so (you don’t need to follow somewhere else just to enter).

This giveaway opens on March 2, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

All three giveaways close this Sunday, so be sure to get your entries in!

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner

Spending most of my days sewing, I tend to have a lot of fabric scraps.  I have a box of them that will eventually be cut into 2” squares and made into some sort of amazing quilt.  If they’d just take care of that square thing on their own it would go a lot faster, but they seem to be waiting for me.  This batch of scraps didn’t make it into the box though, and instead became this springy table runner.

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner by Crafty Staci

You have until March 8th to enter to win this, along with the Mug Hot Pads I showed you last week, my Craft Warehouse Design Team apron, some great cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing and a grocery list/menu pad I’ll be sharing here soon.  If you haven’t entered, get over there!  You can also still enter to win the gift certificate from Uncommon Goods.

In the meantime, I’m going to show you how to make this easy table runner.  It’s a great way to use up small pieces of fabric, and they don’t even need to be uniform in size.  In face, I think it’s better if they aren’t. 

To make this, you’ll need to cut a piece of cotton fabric for your backing in the approximate size you’d like your runner.  You may find it shrinks a bit as you sew it together.  You’ll also need a piece of thin batting in the same size.  I went with 12 by 30”.  Cut strips for the front that are slightly longer than the back (14”) and in varying widths.  You’ll need to account for seam allowances, so you’ll probably need more strips than you think. 

Pieces to cut for Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

Lay the backing face down.  Add the batting on top, then pin the two layers together with safety pins.  And pin some more.

Pinning first two layers - Crafty Staci

You don’t want those two layers shifting while you complete the remaining steps.  Another option would be to use fusible fleece, and just iron it onto your backing.

Lay one fabric strip, right side up, in the center of the runner.  Add a second strip on top, right side down, lining up the raw edges on the right.  Pin in place and stitch down the right side with a 1/4” seam.

Sewing down first strips - Crafty Staci

Fold out strip on right and press the seam.

Press first seam - Crafty Staci

Add another strip, face down, even with the edge of the first strip.  Do the same with the second strip.

Adding third and fourth strips - Crafty Staci

Stitch both sides with a 1/4” seam.  Flip them out and press, just like the first two strips.  Continue, adding one strip to each side and removing the safety pins as needed.

Several strips added - Crafty Staci

Stop when the batting is completely covered.  Trim the edges so they are even with the backing and batting.

Trim front to match back - Crafty Staci

To finish the edge, I cut binding strips from one of the fabrics.  Because of the direction I had to cut them, based on the fabric I had available, if I stitched them into one long strip the diagonal lines were going to go in two different directions.  Instead, I bound one edge at a time, starting with the long edges and folding the ends of the binding in 1/4”.

Binding the long edges - Crafty Staci

After those sides were finished I added binding on the short edges so the lines would all run in the same direction.

Binding the short edges - Crafty Staci

That’s it.  No additional quilting is necessary, because all the layers are bound together between each strip, as you can see on the also-usable back.

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner back - Crafty Staci

I have to admit, I really loved how this little runner brightened up the table, and it’s going to be tough to give it up.  That’s how much I appreciate you guys!

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner from Crafty Staci

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Kitchen Set

Welcome to the second of the three giveaways to celebrate my 5th blog anniversary!

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Hopefully you had a chance to enter last week’s giveaway – if not, pop over before March 8th.  I’m excited about this week, because I made lots of what you can win today.  I owe a big thanks to Craft Warehouse for the cute apron pattern and fabric, and Tuttle Publishing for the beautiful cookbooks included in today’s package.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

You know I cracked the cover on these cookbooks when they arrived from Tuttle Publishing.  You really want these – trust me.

Cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing - Crafty Staci

You might recognize the reversible Chatterbox Apron from my Craft Warehouse Design Team project.  This fabric is so cheerful, and I’ve been anxious to make more things to match.

Apron for Craft Warehouse - Crafty Staci

The Mug Hot Pads are the first in my newest series.

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

I’ll show you how to make this quilt-as-you-go table runner on Wednesday.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

I’ll be sharing this printable shopping list and menu pad soon.  To make life easier, each shopping list page is followed by a menu planning page.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

All this can be yours!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite project from my blog.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.

This giveaway opens on February 23, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

Good luck everybody!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 2

Since I began writing in 2010, I’ve shared 188 of my own tutorials here.  Wait, let me say that again –

188!!!

They account for about a quarter of my posts.  It felt like a shame to only talk about a few of those, so I settled on the top twenty for my anniversary Friday Favorites this year.  Last week I covered 20 – 11, so this week we’re down to the top ten.

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More Fabric Flowers

This flower came about because I needed one that could be washed without fraying.  And it seemed like I was putting flowers on EVERYTHING for a while there.

10 More Fabric Flowers

9

Passport Wallet

This wallet happened when I was invited to participate in Pocket Week at Always Expect Moore.  It’s seen some action since then, and I’m hoping to take it to new places in the future.

9 Passport Wallet

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Make Your Own Tags

I went through several methods of making my own tags before I landed on the one I use now.  Besides business purposes, I think they’re a nice way for a gift recipient to remember who a handmade item came from.

8 Make Your Own Tags

7

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

I have an entire box of these in my Christmas decorations.  I had to stop making them because I ran out of space to put them.  I might have to start slipping them into mailboxes or something.

7 Ribbon Candy Ornaments

6

Felt and Wire Angel

I almost didn’t even bother posting this little angel because I thought it was too simple for anyone to care about.  Lesson learned.

6 Felt and Wire Angel

5

Ninja Monkey Bag

This was one of the first projects where I stepped back when I was done and thought “I just designed a pattern!”

5 Ninja Monkey Bag

4

Fabric Daffodils

I still love these daffodils, but it will forever drive me crazy that I left off one petal.

4 Fabric Daffodils

3

Creamer Bottle Snowman

This chilly guy was the one that made me ask myself if I could share this stuff with others.  I guess you could call him my original muse.

3 Creamer Bottle Snowman

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Robin Hood Hats

I don’t get to make a lot of things for my son, and he’s not easily impressed, so this hat will forever hold a place in my heart.  I also love how people around the world have adapted it for so many different characters.

2 Robin Hood Hats

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Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

This one is in the number 1 slot by a landslide.  Always.  I’ve made hundreds of these.  No kidding.  Besides selling them on Etsy, everyone I know ends up with one at some point, and I actually have a storage area in my closet just to hold my own collection.

01 Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

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