Edited : The score cards are being tallied and the final 12 will be announced on Monday, November 19!
Welcome to the Holiday Edition of the Totally Green Contest! This thrifty contest is a competition between our readers with the intent of creating awesomeness from recycled items. Johnnie and I are challenging you to submit your best projects based on our recycled theme.
And why do you want to do this? Well, how about over $600 in prizes? Seriously. Nearly twice the loot from the last contest! In fact, we have so many fabulous sponsors this time, that we have divided the prizes up a bit. There will be a first, second, and third place winner!
Enough great gifty items to give you a good head start on the holiday giving! Well, that is if you don’t decide to keep them all to yourself!
Our theme for this challenge is Holiday Decor. Anything with a holiday theme, as long as you use at least one recycled item. Fun, right?
Rules are as follows:
1.- Submit your project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include at least one clear photo of your finished project along with your name, email address and link to your website post (if applicable). You do not need to have a website in order to participate!
2. Your project must be your own creation, but it doesn’t have to be original. (Even though original is a good thing!) It must incorporate the theme of the contest.
3. Your project can be a current project, or one that you created previously- as long as it is your own. Please only one project submission per person.
4. You have until 8:00 PM EST, Friday, November 16, 2012 to submit your project.
6. International contestants are welcome! Heck, we have international sponsors!
We will be posting the entries as we receive them so that you can keep an eye on the competition!
On November 17, Johnnie and I will narrow it down to the top twelve and then put it out to you, the readers, for a vote to narrow it to the top six. The top six will have a chance for a final vote, where the final three winners will be decided.
And what will they win? Well, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and check out this amazing list of sponsors!
Grand Prize- Worth over $450!
Hi, my name is Nicole. I make Midnight Pretty items in the Portland, Oregon area, where I am also a manager at a local non-profit. My background includes my Master’s in Public Health and my work with teens, elders, and diverse population.
I started designing and hand-making jewelry a few years ago as a way to show my love for friends and family. I am always learning and exploring techniques in crafting. Every piece I make has a story – some are made from upcycled materials and others are inspired by people and places that mean something to me. All come packaged in pretty wrapping for you!
Nicole is offering these beautiful green upcycled glass earrings on surgical steel earhooks. Simple and beautiful! Valued at $29.00!
This is a 13″ Platter Plate valued at $25.00. This unique one-of-a-kind plate, titled “Believe”, has been decoupaged with wonderfully heart-warming fabric depicting a family of snow people engaging in various memory-making activities. I’ve embellished this plate with a whimsical-style wooden heart stating “Believe”. Believe in the magic of the holidays, and the value of making great family memories year round, with this beautiful plate in your home. Perfect as a gift too!
Debi Wilson is the creator and dreamer behind Designs By Debilee. Currently residing in Atlanta with her husband, she is very excited to share her new venture and unique creations with you.
This is a matching necklace and earring set of light “seafoam” green sea glass created by Laura from Lacy Laura Gray. The sea glass has been in her private collection for many years. The earrings and necklace feature vintage aurora borealis crystals and glass pearls from a broken necklace she purchased in an antique shop in Apalachicola Florida. The earrings are suspended on sterling silver plated hooks and the necklace chain is a sparkling, petite ball chain that is 18 karat white gold plated. Reg. Price $44.00
Laura says, “It is important to me to design, quality, versatile pieces that are affordable for all because I believe the way a special object makes you feel when you wear it should not be attainable only by a privileged few. It should have the ability to transform you and how you feel by wearing it. A piece of jewelry shouldn’t only be beautiful and special… It should make you feel beautiful and special”.
I am Karen Pior and Sew Well Maide is my business name. I am passionate about all things fabric and textile, in particular patchwork quilts both modern and antique. I sell my designs, and sometimes completed products, through my Etsy store and am about to start selling through markets here in Australia – both exhilarating and terrifying!! I hang out on Ravelry and Flickr and I am known as Knitting Maide. I have recently ‘discovered’ the joy to be found in vintage fabrics and plan to incorporate them into many new designs.
Karen is offering a fully lined tote bag with inside and outside pockets made from a pillowcase (used for bag lining and inside pocket and outside pocket lining) and tablecloth (outside of bag, outside pockets and lining of inside pocket) found at a thrift shop. Size is 14.5″ x 14.5″ x 3″. Handles give 11″ of drop. Valued at $25.00
Tracey has offered a $40 gift certificate along with free shipping from her store, Fabric Doodles by Tracey Lipman.
Tracey’s shop offers handmade stylish and functional bags for all life stages. From baby bags to beyond my bags are handmade with attention to detail. Tracey says, “I work hard to create a product line where stylish can be practical too. The pockets are where you need them, the seams are enclosed so you can’t see them, a design that makes sense. Come see for yourself and put the FUN back into functional”.
Connie from Soap Rhapsody is offering a Christmas Soap Making Kit along with three wreath soaps. The kit has enough supplies to make between 6 and 10 bars of soap. Each mold will make a soap bar between 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 ounces (molds can be used multiple times). In the box you will receive: 4 basic shape soap molds (good for making 100s of soap bars), ½ pound of Clear Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap, ½ pound of White Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap, Red, Blue, Yellow and Green color chips, Freesia, Blueberry, Orange and Rose fragrance chips, Easy-to-Follow Instructions. Package valued at $25.00.
Connie says, “Some of my soap designs are whimsical, some reflect my love of Asian art and culture, some are simply graceful and beautiful. Every soap is made fresh when an order is placed. I gladly do custom labels or messages. I love doing group favors for weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthdays, holidays. All my soaps are made with a glycerin soap base with no detergents, no surfactants, no sulfates, no alcohol, no parabens and no sugar solutions. This glycerin soap is considered 100% real soap and vegan. It is made of pure vegetable oils (no animal testing or products)”.
Heather from The Sewing Loft is offering the Grocery Store Collection and a Limited Production License. Patterns will include: Baguette, Carrot, Corn, Corn Husk, Fish, Green Beans and Strawberries! This is a $25.00 value.
The Sewing Loft provides inspiration to help you “Reclaim” your creativity, one stitch at a time. Heather shares fun tips, tricks and easy projects to keep you stitching up a storm. So, whether it’s a monster project you are looking to tackle or a quick hitter, there is bound to be a pattern to fit your need.
Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom is offering The Partridge & Pear Pattern book, from my premium pattern collection. Color suggestions and links to tutorials for both faux stained glass and aluminum embossing are included. And from my kit section, the Majestic Peacock Faux Stained Glass Kit. The kit contains all supplies that you need to create your own faux stained glass, including a full sized pattern, illustrated instructions, and all paints and glue. All you have to supply is the frame and glass! Both the pattern and kit are a $27.00 value.
Julia Sandvoss and Lorrie McCullers from The Craft Mom are offering a crafty gift package of One Rust-oleum Comfort Grip spray paint can grip, One pack of Sassafras “vintage” brooches, One pack of Jillibean Soup “Sugar Picks”, Two packs of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L craft and photo tape, One pack of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares (retail price $3), and One pack of chipboard “Clips ‘n Tags” from Quick Quote. Gift pack is valued at $26.00
“The Craft Mom is here to save you time and money. We are crafters too. We know how difficult it is to find the time to hunt out sales and deals on craft supplies or find cool events to attend. We know that you don’t want to sign up for hundreds of email lists or spend hours combing the internet looking for a sale. We do all that for you! We want to be your “one stop shop” for craft coupons, sales, event listings, projects, and product reviews”.
From Erica with Spoonful of Imagination, “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a superhero!! A simple cape encourages activity and imagination in children! There is nothing like fostering the little innocent spirits of kids! This giveaway is for one superhero cape.” Valued at $25.00.
Erica says, “I’m the wife of one and mother of three. If you followed me around you would realize that I love my family and crafting. Spoonful of Imagination is a place I share about both”.
Johnnie from Saved by Love Creations is offering a glass carafe wrapped with magazine page beads. It took close to 1000 paper beads; 988 to be exact. Johnnie strung a clear glass seed bead every 4th paper bead as well and then sealed the whole beaded area with two coats of Mod Podge. Valued at $25.00
Johnnie is the craft blogger behind the scenes at Saved By Love Creations. She has a love for all things crafty, but in particular, graphic design, polymer clay, paper crafts, resin jewelry, and upcycling projects. She is well known for her magazine page creations and trash to treasure makeovers. You can find her at Saved By Love Creations, Printable Decor, and the newly launched Totally Green Crafts.
Annie from To Be Unique Jewelrys is offering this beautiful bracelet in colors of teal, emerald green, petroleum ,midnight blue and other shades of blues and raku. Brass vintage beads from circa 1940 . All the wire is made in nylon coated brass wire. The focal bead is 1 inch wide (25mm). Swarovski crystal , to add sparkle to it. It will fit 6 inch wrist. Valued at $29.99.
Annie says, “I live in Puerto Rico, was born in New York . I been making jewelry for thirteen years now. Making jewelry and many other crafts to help support myself and my children. I love making beads, when I can afford the oxygen tanks. This is my only way of support now. My girls are already big. So I manage with what I sell”.
Amy from Sapphire Rose Designs is offering this set of 5 stylish flower hair clips. They look great worn by babies, kids, and adults! Fabric and felt layers are hand cut and stitched, then mounted on a ribbon-lined, single prong alligator clip. All ends of ribbon have been heat sealed to prevent fraying. They can also be clipped onto a headband, or look great attached to your handbag, blouse, throw pillow, or anywhere you’d like! Valued at $25.00
Amy says, “I live in Orange County, CA. I jumped on the flower hair clip bandwagon, adding my own twist with vintage floral fabrics, brightly colored felt, and unique buttons. The name Sapphire Rose Designs is inspired by my Grandma Rosie: all the fabric I use were hers that she picked up throughout the years, ranging from the 1960s to 1990s.
Heidi from Read the Signs is offering this lovely “All You Need Is Love” sentiment expressed on solid 3/4″ pine wood and measures approx. 11.5″ x 10″. It is hand painted and lightly distressed for a vintage feel. Comes finished with an indoor sealer and includes attached sawtooth hangers for hanging. Valued at $25.00
Heidi recently opened her shop, Read the Signs, after friends, family, and blog readers started frequently asking where they could buy her hand painted signs. She loves designing custom orders and getting to know her customers while creating their special typography art.
Bethany from The Sepia Puppy is offering this very sweet Keyboard Kitty! Her name is Beatrice, and she’s a classy lady with her rhinestone glasses! Use her for cuddling or resting your weary wrists when you are typing up an email to a friend or a research paper. They are great as neck pillows as well. Along with Beatrice, she is offering a magnet “grab bag” consisting of all different types of handmade magnets. Total value is $26.00
Bethany says, “I am a stay-at-home mother of two and a full time student! I made my blog to satisfy my creative itches in between studying and wrangling my kids. I love anything DIY and fixing old things to make them like new again. Despite my still-small following, I love blogging and find it so fulfilling to be able to share my life and activities with people from all over the world”!
Christine from The Branding Smith is offering One Hogwart’s House Ring of choice, hand stamped to order. Choose from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. Value 34.98 including shipping.
As a husband and wife team, custom, hand stamped memories abound at the Brandingsmith. While stamping rings is our specialty, We’ll stamp anything that crosses our path so don’t be shy about special requests. (And expect the odd experiment now and then! )
Second Place Prizes worth over $100!
This necklace, created by Chela from PaperStones, features hand-made paper mache beads and leaf pendant paired with rolled paper beads made from magazine pages, wooden and glass beads, and brass spacers. This piece is long and should be doubled or tripled up for a full, multi-strand look. Colors are peacock, earth tones, and gold. This necklace is valued at $25.00. Chela is offering a matching wrist wrap/necklace and long dangle earrings in her shop.
Chela says, “I am a self-taught artist and compulsive crafter, and am most inspired by the natural world around me. PaperStones was born out of my love for making something unique out of “nothing,” combined with my desire to do right by the Earth. The result is unique jewelry that is beautiful, lightweight, and easy to wear”.
Tracy from Screaming Sardine, is offering a $25 gift certificate to Etsy, Ebay, or the winner’s choice venue where there are other small “mom and pop” shops. What a great way to share the love!
Tracy likes to spotlight others on her blog, Screaming Sardine– no matter how small or big a following they have. In fact, I love helping out others who are just getting started selling their handmade items online, or if they just need some extra exposure. I’m always on the look out to interview artisans, as well as those who have shops that sell craft supplies or vintage items.
Christine from Good Mommy Ltd. is offering a Three Piece Decal Pack in the Harry Potter Inspired Theme. Includes Platform 9 ¾ Replica Sign wall decal, “My other ride is a Firebolt” window decal, as well as the iconic Glasses with Scar decal for laptops. Together this package is worth $29.97 including shipping.
Christine says, “Having been a school teacher before a stay at home mom, I had developed a couple of very cute and charming charts and activity planners that I had intended to make and sell online to supplement the household income. I thought I would sell a handful of vinyl decals as sort of a “test run” before listing my original GoodMommyLtd products. I chose vinyl decals because I loved graphic design and I thought If I made a few in a theme that I enjoyed, I could always keep them for myself if they didn’t sell. Well… it turns out people really like my stickers! I’ve been designing and cutting vinyl decals ever since”.
Brianna from Flippin Delicious is offering her new cookbook, A Perfect Paleo Thanksgiving. This cookbook filled with every recipe you need to have a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving feast, including lots of desserts that are good for you. She is giving away 3 copies of A Perfect Paleo Thanksgiving, 1 printed and 2 ebooks, so that the winner can share with a friend. Total value: $25.00
Brianna says, “When I was a teenager, my family discovered that some of us had problems with wheat and gluten. Then we found out that almost everyone in the family did, myself included. Relearning to make my favorite things was really hard at first, but now it’s become a lifetime passion of mine to make gluten-free (and paleo) taste better than anything I’ve made before. I have a blog filled with my gluten-free and paleo creations called Flippin Delicious.
Third Place Prizes – Worth over $75.00!
Heather Lynne from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks is offering 10 handmade cards and 2 dozen cookies of the winners choice (vegan and gluten free options available). Valued at $25.00
Heather Lynne says, “I’m a special education teacher living in Western Maryland. In my free time I love to bake and read which is why my blog is all about both! I also enjoy making crafts which is why I currently have an Etsy store that specializes in both handmade cards and delicious baked goods”.
Missi from Havoc to Heaven is offering a $25.00 Home Depot Gift Card!
Missi says, “I am a wife and mom of 4 teenagers! I love to see things that were once complete havoc turn into heaven on earth. I am a self taught designer who has a passion for paint colors, fabrics, vintage and rustic accessories. I am in the process of fixing up a foreclosure that we have purchased. Love seeing the before and after’s! My blog consists of home decor, DIY, parenting of teens, family recipes and a few funny musings! Hope you come along for the journey from havoc to heaven“.
Mariely from Sensational Creations is offering 2 pair of earrings (one for the pearl bracelets and one for the adjustable bracelet) and 3 bracelets (2 pearl bracelets and 1 adjustable bracelet). Valued at $25.00
Mariely says, “I’m a 23-years-old beader, crafter and new blogger from Puerto Rico. I started making jewelry for myself in 2009 and then, on January 2012, I decided to start selling my creations. In less than a year, I’ve made more than 500 bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I’m really thankful to all of those who have supported me and still believe in me”.
Are you ready?
Let the crafting begin!!