Monday, May 23, 2011

Season 3: week 4 - Summer Picnic - vote for your favorite

Pull-a-Picnic Wagon
This summer we will be walking to the park for our picnics in comfort and style.

And grinning from ear to ear knowing our adorable blue wagon was made from our old recalled crib panels.

Besides being stinkin' cute, it is highly functional.
When it's not being used to haul the kiddos and picnic necessities, it can serve as a portable crib for the baby who needs naps several times throughout the day. That means no more need to rush home from our summer activities. And with all the comfy pillows, it's the perfect place to kick up your feet and relax.

I would love to have you check my blog after results are posted for more details!

Picnic Bag
I love picnics, everything about them. Needless to say I was really excited when I saw this week's theme. As I was trying to think of something to make my mind kept coming back to something to hold the plates, utensils and glasses because it seems like the picnic basket itself is always too full of food. I know they sell backpack things already stocked with everything you could ever need for a picnic and more, but one, I think those things are a bit tacky, and two, they are definitely a bit of an overkill. I don't know about you, but I have NEVER needed champagne glasses on a picnic. So I made this picnic bag designed specifically to hold the plates, utensils, napkins, and glasses.

Everything has it's own spot and is easy to find. There is even room to fold up the blanket and stick it right in the middle. Plus it is so cute, I just adore this fabric.

Now I am more than ready for our next picnic.

Picnic Play Mat

Picnic season is upon us, but what do you do with a baby who wants to put her fingers in the potato salad, squish the watermelon chunks and suck on the salad forks? Put her on her Picnic Play Mat!

I made this a circle because that's how babies play before they learn to crawl. And baby has 8 different activity blocks and three loops in the center for added, changeable toys so she'll never ever get bored.

This play mat is a generous size. It's 42 inches straight across the middle. And it's totally washable. I mean, barf is a part of life for the under 1 year old demographic, so the entire thing has got to be able to be thrown into the wash (but not the drier...don't press your luck!).

And when you're done, the entire thing folds up and velcros closed to store away until the next Summer picnic...which is next weekend, right?


  1. Have I managed to lose the voting box or is it not loaded yet? :)

  2. I think it is good that the voting box is missing, each one of these projects is so AMAZING. I'm not sure I could have chosen anyways!

  3. I'm so sorry everyone. I can't believe I forgot the voting box. Please forgive my mommy brain.

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  5. Personally I found "Picnic Bag" thoroughly amusing! The plastic wine glasses included in picnic sets have always cracked me up. I was under the impression that the travel 4 pack of mini wine bottles only needed straws. A famous writer once said, "Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself. And you have no duty towards anyone else."

  6. Sarah B... I'm sorry if my post offended you. If you knew me, you would know the last thing I would ever want to do is offend someone else or hurt their feelings. You are right, I should have just said that those types of backpack bags are not my thing and left it at that. It sounds like you and your husband had a great time using them. Again, sorry.

    I am posting this anonymously to try and respect the anonymity of the voting and the competition.

  7. Was a tough choice between 2 of them! I chose.
    All projects were GREAT!!!

  8. I thought the pictures and write-ups for all three ideas were very creative and cute. A write-up is based on opinion, and I'm not sure how what is thought or said about plastic wine glasses could ever be considered as "super offensive".

  9. Lighten's just crafting!
    I thought they were all great!

  10. I love them all! You ladies did a great job and made it really hard to choose. This is the best round I've seen so far. :)

  11. That wagon rocks! You should offer custom work! :)


  12. My goodness, these are 3 amazing women. I can't believe these crafts, and the time that went into them. That picnic playmat? It must have taken hours and hours to put together! I am stunned at the creativity. I hope the playmat wins!

  13. LOVE the bag, I hope it wins!

  14. All three of these are so adorable and functional! I ended up choosing the wagon because I can recall how stressful it was to get baby home for x amount of naps a day when she was small. That wagon would've been a lifesaver! Love it!

  15. Not surprisingly, these are all amazing projects! I really need one of those wagons. I love how it doubles as a crib!

  16. This was so hard!! I absolutely loved the wagon, but that blanket was simply amazing! It took so much about baby play into account and had so many fantastic bright colors! Great work on everything.

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  18. Sarah B
    You clearly have a few issues. You became offended by such a slight comment that it was pretty ridiculous. AND THEN, after being apologized to you write a snarky "I have a feeling you got some sympathy votes since people thought I was lashing out at you". That comment is so passive-agressive and petty.

    I have a feeling you are a person who thrives on drama. Let it go and you will be a lot happier and a lot less easily offended.

  19. I am not a crafter, I don't normally read this blog, but someone I know was at one point involved in the contest so here I am.

    I can say with all honestly that I will never again visit this site. I had no idea the cattiness you crafters have. Instead of a place where you can support each other and share ideas you have flexed your "online muscles" from the comfort of your home and found ways to tear people down.

    And while there were plenty of positive comments, as the saying only takes one bad apple...

    Personally, I voted for the bag. And she EARNED my vote. There was not an ounce of sympathy involved. If anything I feel bad for you, Sara B.