Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Results!


The call went out to my crafty ladies - ladies crafty with needle and thread and sewing machine, crafty with yarn, crafty in the kitchen! The call was to create a pin (or two!) that inspired them from Pinterest. {Here's the original post about the challenge.} And boy, did these ladies deliver! 

Check out how everyone's projects turned out:


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First up, Erin, who blogs at Miles + Ozzie, made this gorgeous mini quilt


Erin said, "The pin I decided on was from a mini quilt book I have and it has the full instructions and pattern pieces inside the book ~ Whip Up Mini Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson. Firstly, I didn't follow the directions. It asked for the pattern pieces to be enlarged 200% but the space we decided to hang it, we needed it enlarged 400%. So. I winged it. And really, at this point, it became my own project, with my pin being a simple guideline. So I pieced together some fabric from my stash. 

 I didn't go out to buy anything for this project, using only what i already had. All the fabric and the bias tape. I pieced and pieced and pieced. I love the colours but I'm not 100% satisfied with the final piece. As my husband said, "I really like it. We'll live with it for a while and see if you change your mind.. of course if we get tired of it, we can easily put up a new one!" Um ... ya easy for him to say. Ha! It did, however, motivate me to get into more quilt style, wall hanging style artwork. I think I'll dabble a little more into this and see where it takes me in the future." 

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Kelly, a friend of mine from high school made two pins, one was this bone broth:



Kelly said, "Super easy! Really, I can't believe more people don't do this it is THAT easy. Bone broth is supposed to be really good for you, too. 





I will admit though, I did gag a bit straining it at the end. All the marrow oozed out of the bones in big glops as I pulled them out of the stock. Totally gross. 



I'm looking forward to using a bit of it for soup and freezing the rest for later. Any time a recipe calls for stock, you can use bone broth."

She was going to make homemade tiger balm, too, but said she miscalculated how much of the ingredients she needed and didn't have enough. So, she made a different pin! Homemade chocolate chip lip balm! 


Kelly said, "Thanks to a parent we're playing Valentine Bingo in my classroom, but I have to supply the prizes. I found a tutorial from Crunchy Betty for chocolate chip lip balm. Yum! The lip balm would be better suited to a tube, but I only had tins.




This picture (gross looking!) is my tester that I put in the freezer. I learned the hard way to ALWAYS test even though it's annoying. You can see that it will lighten up as it cools, but I didn't want to wait that long to take pictures.  


I upped the quantities to make more, and I used vitamin E oil from a container rather than the capsules since I have it on hand for play dough and other things. I added a touch of evoo too ... a tablespoon. I think the girls in my class will like it as a prize.


A note of caution! The lip balm tester cooled quickly in the freezer. The tins cooled slowly ... bad idea. A thin layer of the cocoa butter separated and rose to the top covering all the chocolatey brown color. So, I remelted, re-poured, and tried cooling quickly in the freezer the second time. Problem solved, albeit most annoyingly so."

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Sarah D who tweets and Instagrams was way impressive with her quilt making for this challenge! She used this great looking quilt as inspiration to make her own quilt.


Sarah said, "This quilt was fun to do and actually a pretty quick project. Great project for a beginner.  




I thought the stripe backing would hide mistakes easier than plain fabric but I was SO WRONG. I ended up taking a lot of stitching back out when I was sewing the blocks because it didn't line up with the stripes on the back. What finally worked was to pin right along the seams of the blocks where I was going to sew and then flip it over and make sure it lined up properly with the stripes, adjust if needed and then sew the blocks.  




I did the easy binding method by leaving an inch of the backing fabric all around and folding that over as the binding, super easy and fast. My corners weren't perfect but pretty darn close, definitely would use that method again. And now I'm already planning my next quilt!"


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Nadja, who blogs at Athena Bees, made these Valentines with her daughters:


She said, "They turned out exactly how Athena wanted. Green pop rocks because it's her school color and red card stock "Cuz she loves everybody!" The only hard part was finding bulk pop rocks. Apparently they're tough to come by!"


She also made Cool Whip Cookies!


"They taste like flat cupcakes covered in powdered sugar. The girls are eating them like mad but I'm totally indifferent."

And! She made Crock Pot Bread!


She said, "I was intrigued by the idea of crock pot bread 1. Because I love my crock pot and 2. Because I want to bake my bread WHILE I'm baking dinner so they're both hot and ready at the same time. There are a MILLION crock pot bread recipes out there if you Google it but we used some pre-made dough on a whim. We cut up our rolls, put them on greased foil, and put it in the crock pot on high for 2 hours. It came out gloriously baked at the same time as dinner."

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Kristin, from Instagram, made yarn garland!



Kristin said, "Buy Embroidery Floss in the colors that you want. I bought mine at Wal-Mart as they had the great section at really low prices.




Buy water balloons and blow them up to your desired size.



Fill a paint tray with a 50/50 glue and water mixture. 
Mix well. Have several cupcake pans ready next to the paint tray for the balloons.


Wrap your balloon in the DRY embroidery floss, then roll in the glue and water mixture
until the balloon in fully coated. Then set in the cupcake pan to dry.



Allow the string balloons to dry overnight. Mine took about 24 hours to dry completely.
Remember to keep wiping out the glue that will drip into the pan as it will not allow the bottom
of the balloon to dry.
  


Once the string has hardened pop the balloons.

Place the balloon on yarn or string and use hot glue to hold them in place.






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Amber, who blogs at Stark Raving Creative, made freeze pop holders






She said, "When my son BB started eating freezer pops when he was younger, he always used to complain that they made his hand cold. When I was his age, I sucked it up, but we couldn't let his hand get cold! We'd wrap the freezer pop in a paper towel and then use it to wipe juice off his chin when he was done.



The whole time, I thought I should make him something cute to hold his freezer pop. Cuter than a paper towel. But it ranked low on my to-do list. Enter this Pinterest Challenge and this freezer pop holder pin. I had plans to embroider BB's name or maybe a cute robot on his holder. Instead? I cut a strip of felt, folded it in half, stitched up the sides and called it a day. Freezer pop holder in less than 5 minutes. 


Nothing fancy, but definitely functional. BB loves it, and calls it his popsicle pocket!"


 

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Sarah from Turtle Parade made this bread:


It was eaten up so quickly she didn't snap a picture of it!

She said, "This bread is AMAZING. I mean, come on, it's LOADED with butter, and you cook it long enough so that the butter melts down into every inch of the bread, and the top is so toasty delicious. Follow her directions completely ... just when you think the bread is nice and toasted and you think it should be done, it isn't. LET IT GO, let it burn. Really. If you stop too soon, it's just toasted bread. If you let it get extra done and looking burned, then it becomes THE Bread. It tastes like it has some amazing seasoning in it.  But it doesn't. It pairs perfectly with chili, spaghetti, and probably even ice cream. It's that good!"

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And me! I made two pins, both super simple!

I made handwarmers similar to these for cold school mornings waiting for the bus!


I used the pin merely as inspiration - I didn't follow a pattern. 


I just cut four inch squares of fabric, sewed them with right sides together, flipped them right side out, and ironed them flat. I put some dried corn {I bought a huge bag of dried corn from a farm store for five bucks!} inside the bags and stitched them shut using a hand stitch. I went for function rather than pretty with the stitching because I didn't want them busting open. 
  



The girls think they are pretty nifty. I pop the in the microwave for 90 seconds and it makes them pretty toasty but not too hot. They put them in their pockets and have warm hands on the way to school. This was a fun and fast project to put together.

Secondly, I made these borax crystal hearts and they turned out SO COOL! I was so impressed. Yay for science! 


I got a big box of Borax from the grocery store. {And, can I just say, who knew how cool Borax is?! I used it to clean all of my stainless steel in my kitchen too and it made it all shiny!} 


The girls helped me shape the pipecleaners into heart shapes. 


My Pinsipration called for the use of jars, but I didn't have enough, so I used six large drinking glasses. They worked great. I boiled water in the microwave, stirred in a third cup of borax, then dropped the hearts in. I centered the hearts in the middle of the glasses so they didn't touch the sides. I taped the strings to straws to keep them steady.


I was skeptical at first that it was actually going to work! We started this project at about 6 p.m. and by 11 p.m. when I went to bed a few crystals had formed, but not many. But when we woke up in the morning! Tons of crystals! And big crystals too! 


Really, who knew Borax was so cool?!


I wanted to display our hearts so I crocheted a single strand of red yarn and hung them on it and then hung it from our mantle. 


The girls loved this project - we were all so elated when the crystals formed! It's a project we could do for other holidays/seasons as well. You can form the pipe cleaners into any shape! 

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One crafter didn't get her project done because it was a doozy! Jill had planned on making this adorable growth chart but ran out of time. Maybe next time!


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Everyone's projects turned out great! 

I want to thank my crafty friends for participating in this challenge. 

I sure had fun. It kicked me into gear to do a couple projects I had been wanting to do for awhile!


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