November DIY Challenge Results + A Holiday Recipe!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Herbs & Spices’ and we were blown away by the delicious looking food, beautiful crafts, and homemade concoctions. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Relaxing

Because we all need some self-love this time of year, the award for “Most Relaxing” goes to Sarah White who made her own Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub. Check out her recipe and tutorial on her blog, Our Daily Craft.

November DIY Challenge Results!

I came across the new crafty challenge from Adventures in Making and thought, why not? The theme, Herbs & Spices made my mind turn to the rosemary plant we just brought inside because it’s freezing outside. And because it’s cold and dry I also thought of body scrub recipes, because I love scrubs for exfoliating and moisturizing in the winter. They also make great gifts, so keep it in mind for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, whatever little giftable occasions you have coming up. – Sarah White

Visit Sarah’s blog for the recipe and more DIY projects and crafty inspiration.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Wearable

The award for ‘Most Wearable’ goes to Christine Stoll. We are in love with the vintage necklace she created inspired by the herb, Mustard.

November DIY Challenge Results

I’m Christine Stoll from Bellevue, Washington, and I love working with vintage materials. I chose an image of the mustard plant from a 1953 Webster’s Elementary Dictionary for one side of the pendant, on the other side is a clipping of the definition. Joining the pendant are a vintage button in the color of ground mustard seed, a vintage metal drop, and a bird charm. – Christine Stoll

Visit Christine’s Etsy shop for more beautiful repurposed and reinvented jewelry. Connect with Christine via her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Mouthwatering

Amanda was kind enough to share her favorite holiday recipe, Homemade Cranberry Sauce!

November DIY Challenge

Amanda's Cranberry Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 bags of cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • a pint of orange juice
  • ¼ cup of port
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Throw it all in a pot and simmer on low, like all day (4-6 hours). Smooch the cranberries when they get soft enough. Once it reaches a sauce consistency of you're liking you're done!
  2. So this is awesome as part of the traditional meal, but it's amazing on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, bagels, toast.... you get it, anything!

Amanda lives in Seattle, Washington and makes beautiful knit scarves. Take a look at her Etsy shop.

Herbs & Spices Gallery

November DIY Challenge Results: Herbs & Spices

Credits Left to Right:

1. Simmering Cranberry Sauce by Lindsay McCoy from Oregon City, Oregon
2. Herbal infusion (to be made into a chest cold salve) by Branda Tiffany from Milwaukie, Oregon
3. Hand-carved herb stamps (used to make Herb Garden Markers) by Sarah Bak from Seattle, Washington
4. Hand-lettered wrapping paper by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
5. Gypsy soup recipe by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon.
6. Homemade vanilla extract by Stacy Dutton from Portland, Oregon.

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’ll be back on Monday to announce next month’s DIY Challenge theme! Here’s a hint: the December theme is also one of our favorite craft supplies.

Happy holiday weekend!

DIY CHALLENGE: November Herbs & Spices

Need a creative boost? Join our new DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme Fall Leaves here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: Herbs & Spices #craft #diycraftchallenge #november
(Sources left to right: 1. Christmas Pomanders by Hanna’s Charming Christmas 2. Boiled Apple Cider Syrup by Erin Boyle 3. Ginger and Coconut Oil Sugar Body Scrub by Food For My Family 4. Cinnamon & Evergreen Napkin Ties (Source Unknown) 5. DIY Rosemary Wreath by The Pretty Blog 6. Natural Room Scents by The Yummy Life 7. Painted Herb Rocks by 8. Herb Infused Vinegar by Garden Therapy 9. Homemade Pumpkin Butter by Tasty Kitchen)

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: Herbs & Spices

November marks the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a time of delicious smells filling hour home from cookies baking in the oven, soup simmering on the stove, and your favorite fall scented candle burning on the windowsill. We’ve chosen Herbs & Spices as our November theme and we hope to inspire both cooking and crafting. You can use actual herbs & spices, or use the ‘herbs & spices’ as a theme for your project.

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins tomorrow, November 1, 2014 and ends on November 25, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on November 26th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

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October DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received from you all for our first ever DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Fall Leaves’ and we were blown away by the creative projects everyone came up with. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Practical

The award for “Most Practical” goes to Donna Herron who made this gorgeous knitted cowl. We just love the whimsical leaf pattern she created and the bright colors she chose.

DIY Challenge Awards: Most Practical #diycraftchallenge

Donna Herron is an avid artist and crafter. Originally from New England, she now lives in the Southeast USA, but still loves knitting warm, cozy, and colorful items. She’s been designing her own knitting patterns for a few years, but enjoys crafting in a number of mediums as well.

My submission is my Changing Leaves Cowl. I love all the gorgeous colors of autumn and wanted to use bits of my favorite variegated yarn to depict these bright colors. I took a leaf from my yard to create a knitting chart for the leaves in this cowl. – Donna from Southeast USA

Donna’s Changing Leaves Cowl Pattern is available on her blog for free! Thanks so much Donna!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Decorative

The award for ‘Most Decorative’ goes to Beth Watson. We love how she cut letters out of silk leaves to create a festive banner for fall.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Decorative #diycraftchallenge

Beth Watson lives sunny SW Florida where there is no seasonal change with fall leaves, inspiring her to come up with several projects that incorporate them each year. Beth is a creative design professional, specializing in mixed media design, three dimensional crafts and home décor. You can check out her blog, here.

These are large silk leaves that I found at the craft store and I wanting to make them into a banner. I tried all kinds of letter stickers and chipboard, but finally decided to trace around the letters and cut them out with a craft knife. I have them hanging in my window, so the sun shines through them and creates cool shadows on the floor! – Beth from SW Florida

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Creative

The award for ‘Most Creative’ goes to Shirley and her 8-year-old grandson Noah. We absolutely loved the face they created using collected fall leaves and flowers.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Creative #diycraftchallenge

Thanks for the challenge. It was a lot of fun. Noah had a tough time thinking in such an abstract way. We worked together, and he finally figured out there was no wrong or right way… then it was great! – Shirley from Nebraska.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first DIY Challenge! We had so much fun seeing your creative projects. We hope you’ll join us again next month! (Next month’s theme will be announced tomorrow).

Fall Leaves Gallery

DIY CHALLENGE: Fall Leaves #craft #diycraftchallenge #autumn #october
Credits left to right:
1. Leather Leaves Mobile by Lin from Okinawa, Japan
2. Autumn Leaf & Pinecone Garland by Tamara (via Instagram)
3. Cardboard Autumn Tree by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon
4. Embroidered Leaf Hoop Art by Alissa Thiele from Portland, Oregon
5. Embroidered Felt Leaf Brooches by Lindsay McCoy from Oregon City, Oregon
6. Chalkboard Sign by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
7. Family Tree Leaves by the Halperin Family from Winfield, Illinois
8. Crochet Leaves by Kat Duke from Seattle, Washington
9. Cross-stitch Fall Leaf Hoop Art by Kim J from Northwest Georgia
10. Appearing Leaf Drop Dyed Tissue by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
11. Fall Leaf Prints by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon

Stay tuned for next month’s DIY CHALLENGE! We hope you’ll join us!

DIY CHALLENGE: Fall Leaves

Need a creative boost? Join our new DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: October Fall Leaves #craft #community #diycraftchallenge
(Sources left to right: Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder by Spark & Chemistry, Hanging Leaves by Martha Stewart, Painted Leaves by Artful Parent, Book Page Leaf Wreath by A Delightsome Life, Savory Autumn Leaf Pie by Martha Stewart, Stitched Leaf Buttons by Feeling Stitchy, Leaf Embroidery Hoop Art by Positively Splendid, Autumn Leaf Cookies by Country Living).

October Challenge: Fall Leaves

Our favorite sign of fall is a bright crunchy bed of fallen leaves– and we think that’s a great jumping off point. You can use actual fall leaves you’ve collected, or use the ‘fall leaves’ as a theme for your project. Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, October 1, 2014 and ends on October 29, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on October 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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