Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Wow. Impressed doesn't even begin to describe how I feel right now! There have been so many amazing entries in our DIY competition over the last week, I've been left feeling a little weak at the knees....out of awe, and because I simply don't think that any of the entries deserve to miss out! Everything was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. SERIOUSLY. I thank you so much for sharing your creative masterpieces with us all, I am in awe of the talent, the labour, the patience, the skill, the love! But a competition it is, and so there had to be some 'stand out' performances....

So with the help of the other Maisy & Grace team members, some 'professionals' whom I sought out via some good social networking, and in some cases (as you will see soon) the assistance of random.org....we have some WINNERS!!!



1. Wood Category Winner - Vanessa Iti
Simply impressive. Like WOW. I'm sure you will agree that this is an absolute masterpiece, and every little (and big) kids dream come true!  Truly a labour of love, this husband and wife team designed and made this stunning 'mini mansion' for their daughter Bella.  I'd love to live here....I'm sure Bella is quite the hostess as well!  Congratulations Vanessa!

There were SO many entries in this category, so we chose 10 finalists because there was simply too much awesomeness.  Out of those 10 finalists we let Mr random.org choose 4 at random to receive a super cool mystery prize each....
So, the 4 winners of a mystery prize from Maisy and Grace are:

2. Amy Van Den Ouden
Description: "Lest we forget"... I had this unsightly pile of unpaired socks beside the bed & a boss/father who wanted his workshop tidied out! For the Department of Missing Socks I made this from an old fire alarm panel (circa 1950's?) sanded & sealed with some scrap rope from the boot of Dad's car.
What a clever and great looking idea! (I'd like one, in jumbo size please!)

3. Sam Davison
Description: Outdoor pallet coffee table
This is just stunning, fabulous application for an old pallet!

4. Jocelyn Brewer
Description: Entertainment Unit made from pallets
Another fabulous use for pallets!

5. Susie Gregory 
Description: This is my DIY recycled beer crate magazine bin which I have now discovered also doubles as a walker for my 1yr old son!
Simple yet so cool, effective, and functional.  Beer crate on castors. Grandad never would've imagined this!


More incredible entries here!  Most of them so detailed and intricate, and a lot of work gone into each.  This was another hard decision as it was all so amazing.  We chose:

6. Saskia Nickless
Description: Colour study, experiment piece to see how colour and paper layers would look. Materials used- Water colour paper (Paper cut-out hand cut), gouache, scrapbooking paper, foam core. 
We thought the detail and precision in this was something else, gorgeous use of colour with the gouache, and the 3 dimensional quality of this bird brings it to life.  Stunning!



Some clever ideas here! How to choose, how to choose?!! Another hard one, so we had to enlist the help of random.org again!!  We chose 3 finalists (we just couldn't decide on ONE only)....and from these 3 random.org chose:

7. Glass Category winner - Vicki Ryan 
Description: Bottles from my favourite iced tea, used as photo display.
Love this! A little memory in a bottle almost. So sweet, and such a lovely way to showcase some precious pics.

And the other 2 finalists in the Glass category each receive a super cool mystery gift:

8. Cathy Pyle
Description: Chandelier with glass bauble tea-light holders and painted twisted willow branch.
Stunning, don't you think? This would look beautiful lit up!

9. Melissa Fisher
Animal Jars (collection of jars, plastic animals, super glue and spray paint)
Super cute and so much fun! Colour love right here.


Another HUGE category with so many incredible entries....We also decided to make a few sub-categories as we thought it was only fair!

10. Textile category winner - Jenny Webb
Description: An autumnal quilt for those cold days in Naseby, Central Otago
I don't know how long this took to make, but the detail and intricacy of the design is amazing, and labour intensive!  A simply stunning piece, and quite clearly a labour of love.  Congratulations Jenny!

11. Textile category - "Child" - winner of a lovely mystery gift from Maisy & Grace is:
Amie Amosa
Description: I made this fabric birdie mobile for my baby boy, made from different odd pieces of fabric I had & sticks from the local park (that my 3 year old loved collecting). I have had many lovely compliments on this craft project so much so I have now made 2 other bird mobiles for my lovely friend's babies!
Love these! Just beautiful, and so clever and effective how they sit perched on these branches, which are suspended in mid air.  Lovely Amie!

12. Textile category - "Furnishings" - winner of a very cool mystery gift from Maisy & Grace is:
Erina Ellis
Description: My Grandpop was a chair maker - and I wanted to do something special with one of his chairs that needed a bit of repair! So I enrolled in an upholstery class and brought it back it back to life with some cute fabric and restoring the wood!
Beautiful job Erina! Your Grandpop would be so proud. Lovely restoration, and superb upholstering. Love.

And one more category we created....WALL ART.  There was so much of it, and it was all amazing.  We felt it needed a category of its own.  The winner of this category receives a set of 4 vintage bird prints on canvas!

13. WALL ART Category winner: 
Leana Buton
Description: Painting on Custom wood frame
Adore this....just stunning.  Would be perfect in my entrance, thank you!

THEN....there were just some entries that I couldn't let go of, 15 of them in fact.  They were pulling at my heart strings. So I put them all into random.org, and came out with FOUR winners of a $20 Maisy & Grace voucher each.

Here they are! I'll call them SPOT PRIZES :-)

14. Danilyn
Description: Mini House Renovation!

15. Mel McKenzie
Description: MDF box. Painted with black undercoat and some shade of left-over Resene testpot. Photocopied images 'transferred' onto painted surface with nail polish remover and LOTS of dabbing.

16. Stella
Description: Child's play kitchen, made from an old desk.

17. Annett Burgess
Category: Textile
Soft toy bunny from old and new fabrics

PHEW! This has been amazing. Seriously, I would've given 50 prizes had the budget allowed it.  But I hope you all agree with us in that these were the stand out entries, and I know there were many, many more that could've been added here.  Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you all SO much for entering and sharing your talents and creations with everybody. I know I'm not the only one who has been inspired.  

Much love and happy creative vibes!

Christall x


  1. Congratulations to all the winners. There were some amazing entries in there! Well done Christall for your awesome judging = that must have been TOUGH! x

  2. whoop! Go the spot prizes - stoked!!

  3. Definitely LOVED seeing all the creativity hiding in homes across New Zealand! (and beyond! :) Well done everyone and thanks for an awesome competition Christall!

  4. Wow, what amazing creations and I'm thrilled to see my glass bauble thingamibobby in amongst the winners. Thank you :-)))

  5. SO gorgeous! How/ where can I please see more pics of that AMAZING play house by Vanessa Iti?

  6. Inspirational pieces!! LOVE!!!

  7. I have been so inspired by everyone's entries, and yes judging was tougher than tough! Especially since I have a soft spot for most of the goods that were on offer! So pleased with the response to the competition, and the wonderful creative community created. So nice that people would share their skills and even little secrets! And if anyone would like to see more of that playhouse, it's here on Vanessa's blog http://bellacupcakes.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/welcome-to-isabellas-place.html (yes, she is Bella Cupcakes - super talent huh?!)

  8. Wow - thanks! So stoked to be among the winners! There was so much talent on offer I didn't envy you having to choose. Can I please put in a shameless plug for my blog, which showcases a heap of other upcycling stuff? www.sdinteriorsblog.com

  9. Wow these look so amazing! Congrats to all the talented winners!

  10. Wow these are all amazing. hats off to you all. Right, when hubby comes home for lunch I am showing him the outdoor crate coffee table. Perfect!


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