Better Homes & Gardens Contest Wrap Up

November 22nd, 2010

My four completed Better Homes & Garden’s projects

As many of you know, I and three other bloggers were featured in the October issue of Better Homes & Garden’s magazine. We competed in a four part contest where we each had to submit a project based on a fall theme. At stake, a full page feature in the 2011 fall issue.

The competition was amazing and it was so inspiring to see how we each interpreted the challenges. The other bloggers competeing were Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely, Elizabeth Owen of Mabel’s House, and Suzonne Stirling of Urban comfort. We just got word on the final tally of votes so I thought I’d share the results.

For the first round, we each had to create a Halloween mask using a simple plastic mask form as the base. I created a peacock inspired frock and made the feathers entirely out of paper. Sadly, my mask was not well received and I came in 4th place.

Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Butterfly Mask by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Earthly Girl mask by Making It Lovely, 3rd Place: Fairy mask by Urban comfort, 4th Place: Peacock mask by Twig & Thistle

For round two we had to make a home decor item using real or fake leaves. I took ordinary floral leaves and spray painted them different shades of purple to create a gradated decorative wreath. I did better in this round and came in second place.

Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Phone Tree by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Purple Wreath by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Leaf Table Runner by Urban comfort, 4th Place: Leaf Napkin Ring by Making It Lovely

The task for round three was to create another home decor item but with pumpkins this time. This was my favorite project of the bunch and I made glittered candle holders from foam pumpkins. Came in second again!

Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Pumpkin Placecards by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Glittering Pumpkins by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Hole-Filled Pumkins by Making It Lovely, 4th Place: Fabric Pumpkin Leaves by Urban comfort

The fourth and final round proved to be the most difficult for me. We were tasked with decorating an outdoor space for fall or Halloween. My address pumpkin was my favorite part and I came in second once again.

Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Silhouette Door by Making It Lovely, 2nd Place: Fall Decor by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Trick-or-Treat by Mabel’s House, 4th Place: Swag and Lanterns by

This was an incredible experience for me and I’m so glad I got to share it with everyone. Thank you again to all that voted for me and cheered me on. This was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. The timeline was insane and I was shocked at how incredibly time consuming and difficult each of the projects were. From trying to come up with something I hadn’t seen before, to executing and then photographing each step, it was quite the undertaking!

I’m glad I had the opportunity though and I’m thrilled that I was able to compete with such talented ladies. Congratulations to Elizabeth Owen of Mabel’s House for the BIG win! I’m disappointed that I never made it into first place but at least I’m consistent and stayed in 2nd place after the first round. I’ll definitely be looking for Elizabeth’s feature come next October!

9 Responses to “Better Homes & Gardens Contest Wrap Up”

  1. Tammy Says:

    I’m sorry you did not win. I voted for you often and appreciate the beauty of what you created. I think even being picked for such a contest is an honor. Good luck in future contests!

  2. Natasha Collins Says:

    Well done for second place, I voted for you to win on each one. Your mask was my favourite! Beautiful projects all round!

  3. Stephanie@cre8tive Says:

    Oh darn, you were in good competition though, so don’t feel too bad. I voted for you lots of times. I can’t even imagine coming up with such creative ideas on a time constraint like that, amazing.

  4. Carolyn Says:

    Your projects were amazing! I can see the amount of time each one must have taken. Great job!

  5. Loralee Lewis Says:

    Beautiful work! First place in my book for sure!

  6. Tiff@ThreePeas Says:

    WOW you did awesome! All of you are talented ladies. I think my favorite of yours is your pumpkin. Can you do a tutorial on that one?

  7. tricia Says:

    I read all four blogs, and your projects were always my favorite.

  8. Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d Says:

    I loved your wreath, mask and pumpkin candle holders. I think Nicole had you beat on the porch, but you got my vote on the rest.

  9. Leslie Says:

    Oh, I’m so surprised…your mask was my favorite by far and I voted for it.