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July 5, 2010
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The CSI Challenge: Outdoor Decor

Ok ladies, it’s time to link up your projects for this week’s challenge…“Outdoor Decor”.

So show us your outdoor oasis, yard decor, deck creation, flower beds, front porch or backyard beauty. Here’s a refresher of the rules.

Cupcake Planter: Whimsy Love


  1. All entries for this challenge need to incorporate the challenge’s theme.We are not simply a linky party. We have a specific theme for each week.  All submissions are competing to be the judge’s top pick.  If your project does not incorporate the theme it will be removed.
  2. When you enter the challenge, please enter the link to the specific post on your blog that relates to the project — not to your general blog. This will help when a year from now, for example, someone who visits the site can find your project directly.
  3. The CSI Project button must be in your blog post. HERE are the buttons.  This makes it easy for other people to come over and join in the challenge if they like – and for us to know that we have the correct entry in the challenge when we’re judging. And if you use an older post, please update it so it’s current. If you don’t want to update it, please add the button to that post and to the sidebar for the week of the contest. Thanks!
  4. The project you submit must be your own project and something you have made. (It can be inspired by something someone else has done, but it must be your creation.)
  5. We ask that you are a CSI follower or subscriber to win the prizes. The more followers the site has — the more giveaways we are able to host.
  6. If you enter a project into our challenge, we ask that you please leave comments on at least 5 other entries in the contest. Not only is it nice to do, but it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
  7. By entering, you give us permission to spotlight your projects – we will give you credit  and link back to your blog.

You are welcome to enter as many themed projects as you like!

Our judge, Laurie, from Tip Junkie will go through each project and find her personal #1 favorite, plus her top 10.

Jen, Beckie, and Amanda will also choose their favorite projects and award those people with a special button to display on their blogs.Visit We will pick two random entries to win a copy of The DIY Dish’s new video series: SUMMER CRAFTS.

Click here to order or to learn more!

It’s time to link up! The challenge will be open until Thursday at noon (EST).   Be sure and stop by Thursday for the introduction of next week’s theme and some inspiration to get you started.

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  1. Bill says:

    Awesome read. I wish i might take advice like that and just do it. as an alternative ailing think about it for per week then neglect it 🙁 possibly i can change

  2. The tutorial has now been fleshed-out! I’d love some comments. 🙂

  3. gnee says:

    In the future, please post when you are going to close your challenge. I checked this morning and it was still open and came back to link my front porch make-over post, and it was closed. Too bad for me I know!

    Thanks in advance…and best of luck to all your entrants who made it into your contest.


  4. FromtheHeart says:

    Bummed I missed the link for this week’s project. We re did our entry way! I’m looking forward to this coming week’s challenge and I wont miss the deadline this time! 🙂 Check my entryway if you get a chance at

  5. YogaGal says:

    Hi- I just joined up for the first time! I use Windows Writer to write my posts and I can link, but I have not found a way to copy and paste buttons that have the links embedded into them. I hope that my linking back to the party by text is enough. I will start checking out everyone else’s project- I am also a new follower! 🙂

  6. Karie says:

    This is my first time posting anything on another site. I am so nervous. I have wanted to do this for so long. I love all of the projects, and I get so inspired by the creative genius of those that link up to the CSI challenges. So much fun, I just hope I have done eveything right.

  7. I posted my entry on Tues. somewhere between 1 and 2 pm. but so far I do not see it with the other entries. I tried to post again thinking I messed up but it said that link was posted. How can I find out what I did wrong as I have entries for the other categories to post and would like to correct my mistake.

  8. Love this! Can’t wait to check out some of the great ideas!

  9. I have added my link (and cannot wait to see all the entries!) but cannot figure out how to add your button to my post?? Everytime I do it says link not finished?? Help??!!!

  10. Diana Miller says:

    You girls have a great thing going on here at The CSI Project. 🙂 Unfortunately my yard is going through a transformation that may or may not be finished this year. 🙁 I’m going to go follow so that maybe I can link up for another theme in the coming weeks. 🙂

  11. Tru says:

    This is the first time I got to participate. Outdoor stuff is my forte. Thanks for doing this. I got a lot of visits to my blog, lots of nice comments and even 1 or 2 followers. Yay!

  12. I adore this weekly link-up. It keeps me so motivated!

  13. We just about have our front yard done, now we need to tackle the back yard.
    For some reason my Watering Cans post is not showing up, it’s telling me the link already exists. I’m not sure how many links you have across, maybe it’s hidden. Not sure.
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  14. I adore outdoor spaces & had so much fun redoing our back deck into something pretty, comfortable and functional (I had neglected it far too long!). It all started with a $30 HUGE market umbrella yardsale find & then the creativity really took over and now I have a really nice outdoor space that I’m enjoying every day.

  15. Richella says:

    I’m loving these challenges. This is only the second time I’ve gotten to participate, but I really, really like the way you’re rounding up great posts pertaining to a particular theme. It makes browsing lots of fun!

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