Winners of the Crafty by Nature Contestcomments (0) April 30th, 2009
Choosing winners for the CraftStylish.com Crafty by Nature contest was no easy task. With 100 amazing entries to judge, we enjoyed looking at all of your eco-friendly and inspired creations. We are excited to announce the following winners:
Yudu Screen Printer Grand Prize Winner:
Congrats to CraftStylish member WendyQM for her fantastic winning entry, The Wind-y Bolero. This gust of creativity has it all: It's eco-friendly, super-stylish, and masterfully executed. Inspired by a project from CraftStylish blogger Cal Patch, WendyQM recycled and restyled T-shirts into this gorgeous bolero. We can't wait to see what she crafts up from her new Yudu!
Red Heart Yarn Eco-Friendly Runners-Up:
The elements of style never had it so good. Here are the three Crafty by Nature runners-up and winners of Red Heart eco-friendly prize packages. Congratulations to all!
Craftsmanship meets style and function in the ceramic woven basket by member Sahx17. Carefully woven from strips of clay, this lovely table decor was then fired, glazed, and fired again. It is amazing how the artful application of heat can increase the life span of handmade crafts.
The "Earth" party dress by CraftStylish member Terisa made us all go WOW! The sculptural dress was made from recycled tissue, cardboard, and packing supplies and is the stylish solution to the age-old question of "what to wear?" when celebrating the planet.
It's easy to imagine a water nymph or Goddess of the Sea rising up from the waves resplendant in this beautiful Seafoam Water Gown by CraftStylish member MissBaltimoreCrabs. We were especially excited by the careful selection of recycled materials (plastic bags!) and how those choices served the elemental nature of the design. This dress is simply stunning and inspires an ocean of possibilities.
Believe us, it was a bear trying to choose winners out of the rich gallery of Crafty by Nature projects—but that is after all, the nature of a contest. Here are some more of the projects that had us in a tizzy:
Best Use of a Thrift Shop Find
The gorgeous Flower Basket Handbags by FeltSewGood are all made from upcycled, felted wool sweaters found at a thrift shop. These bags and accessories are seriously works of art and give new meaning to turning trash into treasure!
Best Reusable Project Idea
Cozy, cute, and oh, so reusable! That's what makes this darling coffee cozy by member Flappergirlcreations so eco-friendly. The felted material will keep your joe piping hot, the sweet embroidered embellishment gives it a personal touch, and you can easily tuck this into your bag to have on hand when you need a coffee-break. Genius!
Best Upcycling Tutorial
The thoroughly Modern Flowers by member Mygreenscene are lovely to behold indeed, and we'd like to give a shout out to the generosity of this member in sharing a tutorial on her cool technique. We're hoping that many "gardens" sprout up as a result.
Most Creative Use of Pine Cones
Here is a project that is sure to put a smile on all of those backcountry Betty and shoestring crafters: a pine cone trio by member Needlesandtees. Simply sweet and very easy, this project gives the bounty of the forest some crafty personality.
CraftStylish is grateful to everyone who entered projects into the Crafty by Nature Challenge. Because of you, we now have a fantastic online resource for earth-friendly crafts and projects for a greener planet. Our heartfelt congrats to all of the winners and many cheers for the shared experience!