May DIY Craft Challenge: Once Upon A Fairytale

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s DIY Craft Challenge! We just love seeing the awesome things you all make and feel so inspired by the ‘garden’ themed submissions we received. Be sure to check out our roundup post of what everyone made here!

Once Upon A Fairytale…

This month we are diving into a world of magic and make believe! ‘Fairytales’ is the theme for May and we invite you to find inspiration in your favorite storybook. So channel your inner child (and invite the kids in your life to join in) and enter a world of wonder this month. Have tea with the fairies in your backyard, host your own fairytale theme puppet show, or bake a cake that’s fit for a Queen! Wherever this month’s theme takes you, we hope you’ll share your own handmade magic with us!
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Inspiration Sources:

1. Emerald City Fairy House by Florence Griswold Museum
2. Finger Puppets by Lia Griffith
3. Storybook Clock by Amanda Patterson
4. Fairy Tea Set by Twig & Toadstool
5. Felt Mushrooms by Lil Fish Studios
6. Clothes Peg Fairies by The Imagination Tree
7. Fairytale Storytelling Game by Let’s Play Music
8. Paper Plate Dragons by Pink Stripey Socks
9. DIY Woodland Acorn Necklace by Flamingo Toes
10. Doily Hot Air Balloons by Joann’s
11. Sandcastle Place Cards by Oh Happy Day!

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, May 1st and ends on May 29th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on May 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

FEATURED MAKER: Stephanie Rose + “Garden Made” Book Giveaway!

Please welcome our newest Featured Maker: Stephanie Rose! Stephanie is a Master Gardener, author and creative mastermind behind her blog, Garden Therapy. Stephanie and I started working together in the blogging world almost five years ago and I am so excited to learn more about her life and work today. She has also graciously offered us a signed copy of her new book, Garden Made to give away to one lucky winner! See details on how to enter at the end of this post…

stephanie-gardentherapy-a5-1600x0Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

I’m a Master Gardener, author and the creator of the crafty-gardening blog, Garden Therapy. I make garden projects in my small, urban Vancouver (Canada) garden to show the world that everyone can get a little garden therapy, no matter what your knowledge, skill, ability, or garden size!

What do you make and sell?

I mostly make crafty garden projects as I love to be out in the garden all year long. I also make all my own natural beauty products and soaps, plenty of handmade gifts, and a bunch of healthy recipes from the garden. I don’t sell the products I make, but instead share the DIY instructions so that everyone can learn to make them too. I have over 700 projects on my blog, Garden Therapy that you can browse through, as well as a print book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, and three eBooks:

What made you decide to take the leap and start your own creative business?

In 2006 I had to stop working at my corporate job due to sudden illness. I was hit hard and suffered from crippling pain for many years. After a few years of being confined to bed, I was able to slowly start moving. I used gardening as a way to heal my body and strengthen my mind. I learned to use gardening, photography, and writing as a way to add joy to each and every day.

How did you get started and when did you launch your business?

I began blogging as a way to reach out to others and ease the isolation. I met plenty of lovely people like me and began to share not just what I was making, but HOW I was making it. When I started to feel like I could begin working again, I decided not to go back to the corporate world, but give blogging and writing a shot as a full-time gig. I’m happy to say that it has worked out better than I had hoped! I’m able to work from home, spend time with my family, and do what I love for a living.

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Do you have any philosophies or ideals you try to represent with your work?

I’d like the projects I make to inspire others to try making themselves. While I do really love all the beautiful handmade creations around my home and garden, I love it more when I see that someone has made it for their own home or garden. I know that they are spending their time feeding their creativity and enjoying the garden.

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What’s your process for coming up with ideas for new products?

Generally I have a long list of things I want to make so I gather the materials in my studio and get to them when the time is right. Sometimes that is days, other times it can be years. I may find a birdcage and keep it for 2-3 years before one day turning it into a succulent planter. Or I could see a candle planter at the garden center and rush home to make one that day!

Where do you look for inspiration?

Because I craft from the garden, I look for inspiration on garden tours, garden centers, catalogs, and in parks. I collect materials wherever I go and keep them in my studio until they become something.

What does your workspace/studio look like?

I have a garden full of creative projects and a studio space to store all of my stuff. One day the studio will be set up for more than just storage but until then you can find me out here in my play garden.

Hopscotch Stepping Stones featured in Stephanie's Play Garden

Hopscotch Stepping Stones featured in Stephanie’s Play Garden

What are some of your favorite tools or techniques?

I love to work with outdoor succulents which are colorful and ornamental. I also like to work with lighting in the garden. I’ve made citronella candles out of tin cans, solar lanterns from mason jars, and a little solar chandelier out of a hanging basket.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve overcome in your business? Or something you tried but didn’t work the way you planned?

A few years back I started an Etsy shop to sell some of the things I made and quickly learned that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like packaging, shipping, and all the non-creative work involved. I enjoyed making the crafts and writing about them so I wrote a number of books to sell instead.

What does a day in the life of Stephanie look like?

About ¼ of my time is gardening & creating, ½ is writing and editing, and ¼ marketing and website housekeeping. I try to spend a little time outdoors or gardening each day to ensure that I continue my recovery and stay healthy.

Visit Stephanie’s blog, Garden Therapy and check out her YouTube Channel!

Thank you so much Stephanie for sharing your story with us! Do you want to be our next Featured Maker? Visit our Contribute Page for more info!


Enter to Win A signed copy of Stephanie’s book!

We are so excited to be giving away a signed copy of Stephanie’s new book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden & Your Life. The giveaway starts today, April 6th and will end on Wednesday, April 13th. We’ll announce the lucky winner on Thursday, April 14th. Just click on the link below to enter. Good luck everyone!

Stephanie's book, Garden Made

Stephanie’s book, Garden Made

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

The April DIY Craft Challenge Is “In The Garden”

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s DIY Craft Challenge! We just love seeing the awesome things you all make and feel so inspired by the ‘bird’ themed submissions we received. Be sure to check out our roundup post of what everyone made here!

Play In The Dirt

Spring is here, the sun is shining, and we’re taking inspiration from our own backyards this month! The theme for April is “In The Garden” so we invite you all to go outside, find inspiration in your surroundings and make something inspired by the seeds you plant, the flowers you pot, and the creativity you grow.

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April DIY Craft Challenge at Adventures-in-making.com

Inspiration Sources

1. Incremental Mini-Garden by No Linde
2. DIY Stamped Spoon Plant Markers by Intimate Weddings
3. Hopscotch Garden Stepping Stones by Garden Therapy
4. Springtime Tic-Tac-Toe by Chicken Scratch NY
5. Ombre Herb Garden Markers by Humble Beads Jewelry
6. DIY Modern Neon Concrete Block Planter by Modernly Wed
7. Illustration by Sanna Mander
8. Chalkboard Clay Pot Herb Garden by The Robin’s Nest
9. Herb Embroidery by Onoe Megumi
10. Moss Hearts by Alissa Burke
11. Pansy Shortbread Cookies by The Cafe Sucre Farine
12. DIY River Rock Garden Markers by West Valley Moms Blog

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, April 1st and ends on April 27th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on April 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

Have a great weekend! We’ll be back on Monday with our own “Garden” themed projects to share 🙂

The March DIY Craft Challenge Theme Is BIRDS!

First I want to say thank you again to everyone who participated in last month’s DIY Craft Challenge! If you missed our roundup of submissions yesterday, be sure to check it out. We are truly blown away by the creative projects that everyone made and shared with us!

Put A Bird On It

With spring just around the corner we are drawing inspiration from our winged friends, the birds! There are endless ways to create something with this theme whether it be the eggs you dye this Easter, the bird feeder you make for your backyard, or the feathers you collect on your afternoon walk. We hope you’ll find some feathery inspiration this month and use it as an opportunity to revisit a project you had forgotten about, experiment with a new technique or skill, or simply treat yourself to an afternoon of making something you enjoy.

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. – Rumi

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March DIY Craft Challenge by Adventures In Making

Inspiration Sources:

1. Curly Paper Bird by Paper Craft Square
2. Wise Owl Pincushions by Quilt Magazine
3. Washi Tape Bird On A Branch by SuWolf
4. Birdseed Heart by Intimate Weddings
5. Paper Mache Birds by Ann Wood
6. Watercolor Feather by Lucy Akins
7. Peep Hot Chocolate by Needles And A Pen
8. Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Nests by Lovely Little Kitchen
9. Bird Sketches by Drawing The Motmot
10. Lego Bird Feeder by Gary Mueller
11. Painted Feathers by Free People Blog
12. Bird Garland by Art Bar Blog
13. Bird Costume by Probably Actually
14. Ombre Dyed Easter Eggs by The Crafted Life

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, March 1st and ends on March 29th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on March 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?
Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

The DIY Craft Challenge is back!

It’s a little late, but we want to wish you all a bright and happy 2016! 2015 was a big year for us, full of laughs and tears both personally and professionally.

After taking a bit of a hiatus, we’re excited to get back to Adventures-In-Making and are making a few changes to push the focus to what we’re really passionate about… getting YOU involved! Tutorials are great, but our goal has always been to make Adventures-in-Making about a community of people embracing opportunities for creativity in their own lives. We want to inspire you, and to have you inspire us!

New Year, New Adventures…

Today we are reintroducing our Monthly DIY Craft Challenge! For those of you who have participated in the past, we welcome you back for more fun! And for anyone new to our website, we invite you to look through our archives, check out past DIY Challenges and stay tuned for the new projects we have in store this week. Each month we choose a new theme to explore from the many shapes, mediums, and subjects that surround us. We invite you to join in the fun and share your own creations with us.

So, What’s New?

Like I said we are changing things up this year! So for the first week of each month we will share projects and posts to inspire you to a new creation, or to share an old one. After week 1, you can find us on social media where we’ll be sharing some of our favorite theme-related projects from both our archives and from around the web. Anyone can submit a project thru the last week of the month (we’ll give you a deadline reminder). Then we’ll do a final round-up post of everyone’s submissions on the last day of the month!

We’re really excited to relaunch our DIY Craft Challenges (especially after all the requests from you guys!) and to let the themes inspire us all to learn and try new things. We hope you’ll join us and help make the A-I-M community a positive force for creativity.

Now without further ado…

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DIY Craft Challenge: Stitches & Threads

Inspiration Sources:

1. Scrappy Applique Embroidery by Jessica Sower
2. Pea Pod Pin Cushion (Source Unknown)
3. Succulent Embroidery by MoonriseWhims
4. Empire Yarn by Jill Draper
5. Embroidered Constellations by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino
6. Embroidery Alphabet by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino
7. Embroidered Gift Tag by About The Nice Things
8. Clothespin Wrap Dolls by This Heart of Mine
9. Cat Embroidery by Bugambilö
10. Many Ways To Sew A Button by The Button Blog
11. I Heart Portland by JessB
12. Crochet Granny Squares by The Writing Tree

FEBRUARY DIY CRAFT CHALLENGE: STITCHES & THREADS

We’re kicking things off with our first theme of 2016 – Stitches & Threads! So get our your favorite sewing supplies and make something new. Don’t know how to sew? Not to worry. Challenge yourself this month and see what you can make with your favorite color yarn or embroidery floss. Experiment with making stitches on paper, learn a few simple embroidery stitches or draw something that is ‘stitch’ inspired. There are no limits to this theme! See where it takes you and most of all, have fun!

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, February 1st and ends on February 27th, 2016. We will post a roundup of everyone’s projects on February 29th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more stitch inspired project ideas.

May DIY Challenge: Flowers

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Sources left to right: Fabric Covered Flower Pots by Ashley Ann, Pom Pom Bouquet by Camille Styles, Pressed Flowers by Sweet Paul, Paper Ranunculi by Brit+Co, Seed Starts in Cupcake Tins by Tuinieren, Spring Paper Flower Garland by Lia Griffith, Edible Flower Cookies by Pretty Prudent, Felt Roses by Pretty Petals, Book Paper Flowers by 100 Layer Cake, Spring Flower Bowls by Martha Stewart, Spring Kitten Flower Cookies by Lookie Boo, Pretty Lace Flower Pots by A Beautiful Mess.

May DIY Challenge: Flowers

This month we are officially celebrating the spring season with Flowers! Flowers are such a beautiful, versatile subject so we are excited to see what YOU make this month. Whether you are planting seeds in your garden, baking flower cookies for a party or making a flower inspired art or craft project, we invite you to share it with us!

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, May 1, 2015 and ends on May 29th, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on May 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more flower inspired project ideas.

TODAY: The Magic is in the Making


Every month we send handmade badges to our favorite DIY Challenge entries. Rachel has made most of them, because she’s a whiz, and I was too scared to attempt embroidery. When I finally sat down to try* I found myself enjoying the process, and realized that the little imperfections were just fine. They were evidence of my process, and the process is everything.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the little monsters that keep us from creating. The doubt that we feel about our talent and ability, the fear we have that what we make will be judged by others, the comparisons we make to those who we feel are more talented.

Well, those are my little monsters. They make it difficult for me to call myself an artist, even when people specifically ask me if I am. Even when I’m working on rearranging my studio to work better for the way I make things.

But here’s the thing. When I take a step back from my own insecurities I see that for me the value of art isn’t in the product; and it definitely isn’t in the value that someone else places on the product. All the value and happiness is in the making.

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When I’m making something, I get to do all my favorite things. I solve problems, like what tools to use to get the result I want. I teach my hands to move in new ways. I explore the interaction of materials- the way certain paints soak into wood, the way paper is cut by different blades, the way it curls. I train my eyes to see the world differently, to take items out of context, to turn a stick into a story. I play with the sound of words in my head, the picture they can paint with a little touch of color.

So what if all that beauty in my head and in the world turns into something that no one understands but me? Who cares if the end product is less “art” and more evidence of exploration? The magic is the way I feel when I’m working.

What do you think? What part of making brings you the most joy?

 

*I used a lot of the techniques from Rachel’s Alphabet Hoop Art tutorial, craft felt, embroidery floss, and good ol’ creative drive.

February DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received for this month’s DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Hearts’ 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 Heartening

These crochet heart pins made by Margaret Temari are just darling! Margaret is a single mom of 4 and a school district nurse living in suburban Chicago. Her favorite hobbies (modes of stress relief) are cross-stitch and crochet.

I share office space with 4 coworkers and we’re always leaving little gifts for each other. All of us are crafty so we appreciate handcrafted items. I wanted a valentines gift that was personal but affordable. So I crocheted pins to wear. The timing coincided with a fundraiser we were doing with the American heart association! – Margaret Temari

February DIY Challenge Results

DIY Challenge Award: Most Lovely

The award for “Most Lovely” goes to Donna Herron. We are head over heals for her Love Letter Keychain made from polymer clay. Donna is originally from New England and enjoys making things that use various materials and lots of color. Check out her tutorial on how to make this lovely Love Letter Pendant on her blog!

I love playing around with polymer clay and this project is very easy. It really only takes a little bit of clay, and some basic tools that are probably lying around most folks homes. And it’s easy to personalize these “love letters” for any recipient with the addition of a special saying or decoration. – Donna Herron

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DIY Challenge Award: Most Adorable

These heart sachets made by Rute Caldiera are just darling! She calls them Anti-Moth Sachets, filling them with herbs to protect her clothing. Rute is a single mom from Portugal. Be sure to visit her blog, Heartland.

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While looking for a natural (as much as possible) solution to protect clothing during winter time, a friend of mine who knows a lot about herbs came out with this simple solution: bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and rosemary. I added rice, to keep the herbs dry. These Heart Sachets smell like nature, no too intensly and have proven to be effective. – Rute Caldiera

Hearts Gallery

February DIY Challenge Results #hearts #diycraftchallenge #adventuresinmaking

Credits

1. Tangle Love Wreath by Shellie Wilson
2. Heart Pancakes by Aterno from Australia.
3. Anniversary Wall Art by Donna Heron
4. Sweetgum Heart Wreath by Daniele Anderson Stringer from Long Island, NY.
5. Pipe Cleaner Heart Garland by Daniele Anderson Stringer from Long Island, NY.
6. My Heart Belongs 2 U Wall Art by Judith Laguerre from Teaneck, NJ.
7. Celtic Heart Knot Garland by Sarah Nenni-Daher from Seattle, WA.
8. Rainbow Origami Hearts Bouquet by Sarah Nenni-Daher from Seattle, WA.
9. Jar of Hearts Art by Clemencia R. from Ecuador.
10. Watercolor Heart by Clemencia R. from Ecuador.
11. DIY Heart Stamps by Alison Lang from Issaquah, WA.
12. Heart Door Wreath by Helen Lebert from Clayton, CA.
13. Watercolor Heart Galaxy Art by Rachel Beyer from Portland, OR.
14. Prayer Hearts by Keisha Pittman from Arkansas.

Thank you for participating in the February DIY Challenge! For those of you who wished they could have joined in the fun, never fear! Our March DIY Challenge begins on Monday!

Happy Friday – Rachel & Alison

February DIY Challenge: Hearts!

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Sources left to right: Origami Hearts Bouquet by My Bohemian Summer, Hearts Garland by Head vs. Heart, Big Woven Paper Heart by House That Lars Built, Heart Bird Feeder by Wine & Glue, Hearts Cherry Pie by The Diary of Dave’s Wife, Heart Dream Catcher by Molly Moo Crafts, Crochet Hearts by Craftaholics Anonymous, Heart Suncatcher by Growing A Jeweled Rose, Geometric Hearts by Minieco, Tiny Hearts Garland by Design Mom.

February DIY Challenge: Hearts

Since February is the month of all things lovey-dovey, we chose hearts for the DIY Challenge theme. Hearts are sweet and simple, so we know you’ll have fun coming up with a creative way to make your own heart-shape project. Use this as an excuse to make a valentine for your sweetie or bake a heart-shape pie for your BFF! What better way to show your love than with something special created by you!?

How To Enter

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, February 2, 2015 and ends on February 26, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on February 27th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more heart project ideas.

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.

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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.

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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!