* So the poll was showing up, then it wasn’t. Â I just made a new poll and hopefully it will work for real this time. Sorry about that!*
Howdy Howdy! How was your weekend? Â I spent mine trying not to let my clothes touch my back after I sat at the lake for an hour and a half having forgotten to wear sunscreen. The joys of summer…
This week is my favorite! I’m super excited about it! Â But before I get to that, lets recap last week.
Our winner for the Dollar Store challenge was Amy @ Spicy Tuesday Crafts with her Girls Night Out Serving Set.
How fun is that? Â I love the colors.
But just like every week, we have to say goodbye to someone. Â This time it is Heather @ Me Making Do.
I totally love buntings and her Flower & Doilie Bunting is awesome! Â She’s got a bunch of other awesome stuff on her site, Me Making Do. Â Make sure you go check it out!
And here are the match-ups for the rest of the projects last week:
#1 – Shabby Chic Bowl – Â Ashley T
#2 – Sun-Catcher Wind-Chime – Â Laura
#3 – Ruffle Apron Tunic – Randi
#4 – Placemat Bag – Camilla
#5 – Whiz BangÂ FirecrackerÂ Wreath – Â Ashley L
#6 -Â Girls’ Night Out Serving Set – Amy
#7 – Flower & Doilie Bunting – Heather
And now for my favorite week…Knock Off!! Just like every week, you can only vote once and the poll closes at 9 pm central time on Friday night (July 15th).
Craft #1 -Â Anthro Double Dutch Tote
I was very excited about this week’s theme. I NEVER sew anything for myself, so I decided I would make myself a knockoff designer handbag. When I saw this Double Dutch Bag on Anthropologie, I knew it was the project for me!
This bag is roomy and beautiful! It requires a small amount of basic carpentry and beginner level sewing skills. It is completely customizable and, even better, completely reversible!
I made one side feminine and gorgeous and the other side more casual. You can use any fabric you so desire and even upcycle old clothes! I used linen, upholstery fabric, and upcycled clothing (an old floral skirt and a very used pair of men’s jeans). The original Dutch bag uses scraps of dutch mail bags with wording on it, and I used freezer paper stencils and fabric paint to mimick that.
Did I mention that I LOVE THIS BAG?
Craft #2 – Twinkie Chan Scarf
I have a new hero — and her name is Twinkie Chan! She designs and crochets a whole line of food-inspired scarves and accessories, selling them on Etsy and Ebay as well as other places. (You can find her at www.twinkiechan.com.) Even though I can’t afford to pay her prices (one of her scarves was purchased on eBay a while back for over $300), her designs make me happy and since I recently lost 40lbs, it’s safer for me to merge my love of food with my love of (almost) all things crocheted. I thought this grapefruit scarf of hers was so crazy cutethat I decided to make my own version.
Craft #3 – Anthro Pillow
Oh how I love making things for way less than what you can buy them for!!
This Anthro pillow was my inspiration for this week.
Craft #4 – Pier 1 Directors Chairs
I must brag that this project only cost me $11! && they look so stinkin’ cute on my back patio … yay!
Craft #5 – Anthro Nautical Bag
I LOVE it! It came out just the way I wanted. I hand painted the larger striped fabric because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I added the faux leather bottom and matched the leather look on the straps. I was able to find the red and white small polka dot fabric for the lined interior. With rope and grommets it feels like I’m ready to go sailing.