Link Up for the Summertime Ideas Challenge!
May 26, 2011
Guest Judge: Wendy Hyde of The Shabby Nest
May 29, 2011

Winners of the Summertime Ideas Challenge!

We have it made in the shade, this summer!  With almost 100 ideas to choose from, we shouldn’t ever have a chance to hear the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored,” during the coming months.  With projects for kids, crafters, moms, parties, pets, and the yard, too–there is something for everyone in our Summertime Ideas Challenge.

Our guest judge for the week–Cassie Bustamante of Primitive and Proper–had a great time viewing all of your links.  Here’s what she said:

It was so hard to choose just a top 10!  There were so many wonderful ideas- thank you all for sharing!  I now have a wonderful list of projects and activities I can do with my kids this summer!

Cassie chose an overall winner from the challenge, as well as her top ten favorite projects.  We’ve included her sweet comments about each one.  Let’s see which projects were Cassie’s top picks…..Visit

My overall pick is #1, the Tree House by Three Pixie Lane:  What kid would not LOVE to hang out in this treehouse with friends in the summer.  It looks like a great place to read, share secrets, and discover nature. 


#95 Summer Hanging Baskets from Choose to Thrive – I am going to have to make some of these little baskets.  Not only are they adorable, but they also use recycled materials, which I love.

#81 Pinwheel Garland from Hoosier Homemade – I love how colorful and happy this garland is!  It’s a great take on the ever so popular bunting.

#65 Summer Art Print from The Ariel Rose Blog – Who doesn’t love a free printable?  And this one is adorable, with a fabulous swedish proverb.  I downloaded it and will be placing it in my home!

#50 Summer Sand Cake from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar – This will most certainly appeal to the masses of children… it looks cool (I know I ate my fair share of sand as a child!), is served in a bucket, and sounds like it tastes fantastic!

#28 Rainbow Pudding Pops from Random Thoughts of a Supermom – Another idea that will please the kids!  Going to have to make these with my kiddos this summer!

#14 Seersucker Pouches from That’s My Letter – I love these little pouches!  I am always tossing sunblock into my giant beach bag and it inevitable gets lost or leaks at the bottom.  This would help keep it safe, and is supercute, too!

#20 Summer Rosette Clutch from Scissors and Spatulas – I am a big tank and jeans girl, and this would be the perfect accessory to add a splash of color and take a plain outfit up a notch.

#26 Summer Mantel from Finding Home – I do not have a mantel in my home, but if I did, I would want it to look like this.  Now.  The colors and textures are so pretty!

#83 Lemonade Stand from Just Pleased As Punch – How can you say no to lemonade when a kid has a stand as cute as this?  I mean, really?  You can’t.  That’s how.

#52 Two Tiered Planter from The Sweet Survival – I love this idea!  I love planters, but the big urns are pricey.  This project is a great way to give some height to your planters within a reasonable budget.  I would love to make some and have some vines cascading down from the top!

Let’s take a look at the projects that caught the eyes of our own CSI Girls….

Visit Baseboard Sign from Craftberry Bush

#72 Summer Fun on Wheels from High Heels and a Hammer

Once again, we are awed by the creativity of our readers.  Fantastic entries, every one of them!  Make sure you click over HERE to get your winner’s buttons.  Now, let’s see who was randomly chosen to win our giveaway….

Comment #39

(Remember, we include comments from our giveaway announcement posts in the random giveaway.  Look for additional ways to enter next week’s giveaway tomorrow.)

Congratulations, Stacey!  You’ve won a gorgeous soldered photo charm necklace from this week’s sponsor, Sweet Sassafras.  Shop owner Kara will customize a necklace just for you! 

We’d like to thank Kara of Sweet Sassafras for sponsoring our giveaway, this week.  We know many of you were hoping to win, but you can still visit Sweet Sassafras and take home one of Kara’s creations for your own. 

And we want to thank our guest judge for the week, Cassie Bustamante, for all of her efforts.  It was delightful to spend the week with you, Cassie!  We’ll stop by Primitive and Proper to visit again, soon.

Come back tomorrow to get the dish on next week’s giveaway and the judge for our upcoming challenge….

Image Credit:  Cassandra Design


  1. Thank you so much for choosing our tree house as your #1 pick! I have entered the CSI challenges for over a year and this is my first challenge win! I am so excited and I know my husband will be, as well! He and my son worked so hard on it, and we all pitched in for the inside decor! Thank you, thank you!!! Christie

  2. Amy says:

    Wow, thanks for featuring my lemonade stand! I am truly honored! Love all the other great projects out there! Have a super holiday weekend!

  3. Jaime says:

    Thanks Cassie, I knew that seersucker held a tiny piece of your heart! Have a great long weekend.

  4. Woo hoo!!! Thanks so much for the feature. So many great projects to be included with! Take care, Laura

  5. Ariel says:

    Wow! What a nice surprise waking up this morning to find my printable was chosen! So glad you liked it Cassie 🙂

  6. Such a great lineup of fun ideas!

  7. Thanks so much for choosing my garland! I’m honored to be in a lineup with so many great projects!

  8. These are all so fun, and so colorful! The hanging baskets and mantle decorations are my favorites:)

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