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challenge | winter craft party

* Welcome to the winter celebration challenge, so fresh and so clean, where four designers have styled handcrafted party scenes to compete for a readers choice award + one incredible grand prize. This is stylist number two, do you think she should win? Vote and tell me why (you can vote for as many parties as you’d like this week!).

A winter craft party, designed and style by Brittni the owner and curator of papernstitch, a fabulous online handcrafted marketplace. Also the author of this blog, where she writes daily including a slew of amazingly cute DIY projects. I absolutely adore her eye for choosing lovely handcrafted stores to feature and her wonderful DIY project styling.

A winter craft party, the perfect way to invite a few friends over and pass the time of a cold evening. Keeping with the casual atmosphere of a few close buddies, and the challenge theme, Brittni decided to keep the decorations minimal (clean) and just add some beautiful (fresh) flowers, along with a couple of finished examples of the DIY project for inspiration. She finished off the table with a gorgeous old scarf in lieu of a table runner, bringing in texture while keeping the evening simple.

Birch tree vases are a great way to bring a handcrafted look to a table. When paired with a modern celebration design and a few scientific beakers they bring a gorgeous and fresh aspect to the party. Local flowers including ranunculus and tulips brighten up the winter evening well, plus a few crafting stations with finished projects laid out make for an inviting table that would beckon even your most uncreative friend to join you at.

Check back later today for Brittni’s DIY custom soap carvings. Plus you have 48 hours to add a comment if you’d like this celebration design to win!



  1. I love the minimalistic look to this – seems easy enough to recreate but has a definite wow factor! Awesome!

  2. Gorgeous! I love the rustic and clean feel. (how is that even possible? you are amazing Brittni) and the soap details are great…love that it’s such an everyday thing.

  3. hello!!! oh i want this celebration to win, it seems amazing!!!! and brittni is a lovely lady with several talented skills so she really deserves this!!! :) go for brittni!!! i can’t wait to try this at home, though i may not be as good as her when it comes to carving! take care!!! twiggs

  4. the ranunculus are so simple and beautiful, love the mix of natural, clear and white vases. soap carving was a great idea to incorporate the theme! i definitely want this design to win.

  5. Oh wow. Soap as art? Srsly, this idea is genius! And I totally love the flowers in beakers. I just might have to make my own soap art! Thanks for sharing, Brittni.

    Run on

  6. Definitely Stylist #2 (Brittni) should win. This design is incredibly fresh and elegant. I love the mix of old beakers, birch. They look great gently nestled in the folds of the scarf, along with the soap carvings. That is ingenious. Brittni’s design, including her choice of flowers/colors allows other elements in the room to be noticed without being overwhelmed. Great design!

  7. I love the quiet warmth of the room with the pop of color from the flowers. Also a huge fan of the guitar on the wall as functional art. I’ve been trying to convince my boyfriend to let me hang some of his on the wall in the living room for a year now. :-)

  8. I would love Brittni’s design to win! When I was little, I used to carve up bars of soap for fun (Mom never like that…), but I never made an art of it! Her table scape is beautiful and fitting as well :)
    Good luck Brittni!

  9. So pretty! Love the simplicity and lovely old-fashioned (in a good way) quality of this. This is the party I’d want to attend!

  10. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience”. This quotation sprung to my mind looking at this fab project! Gorgeous! Spring is here!! Thank you!!!

  11. Such a refreshing and happy palette! This is truly lovely – I can close my eyes and smell newly cut lawn and hear lazy bees – this is wonderful!

  12. oh my goodness… so so cute! my lady friends and i have actually been doing some craft party nights this winter and they’re so much fun! i love the idea of a pretty scarf instead of a table runner. it’s something almost everyone owns and it’s so much prettier. this gets my vote without a doubt!

  13. I love the simplicity and the flowers are beautiful pops of color. I love that she incorporated traditional vases with the tree vases; it makes it fresh and elegant.

  14. Guess what i’m going to remember when mother’s day come around and I need a special ‘mommy you’re wonderful’ flower arrangment! adores.

  15. I am totally voting for this one! I love the idea of having a winter craft party and I really love those vases.

  16. Oh, I’d *love* Brittni to win! She is so talented and yet also so generous with sharing tutorials with her readers. She’s a legend! J x

  17. So easy on the eye and yet interesting with all the different heights of vases & flowers – immediately makes you want to pull up a chair and get crafting.

  18. This looks like a blast and gets my vote! I remember soap carving projects from when I was little and it was great fun. Small tulle drawstring bags would be great favors – fill with leftover slivers of soap to take home and use.