Outdoors/Yard {week 7}

How was your weekend?  We had a pretty fun one.  Abi got to stay up past her bedtime almost every night.  Brad has built her a little fairy house from cardboard and wanted to paint it with her.  It’s been together and partially painted for ever, but this weekend they really got down to finishing it up.  I love watching them work on a project together.

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Now on to this weeks challenge.  Can you even believe we’re down to four crafters?  This thing is going to be over before you know it and I’ll be pretty bummed.  At least there will always be another season though, right?

This week’s theme is a new one: Outdoors/Yard and the ladies have come up with some pretty great projects.  I’m really impressed.

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Duct Tape week results

You guys!  I got the post up on time!  I love when no evil forces of life get in your way.  Before the results I wanted to feature my favorite project from yesterday’s linky party.

The blossoms around here have just exploded over the last few days so I was instantly drawn to these Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?  Rachel at Architecture of a Mom has a great, simple tutorial so I will definitely be making some from my house.  Go on over and check it out!

And now the Duct Tape challenge results:

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And the crafter/project match up:

#1 - Duct Tape Lined Tote - Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#2 - Ruffled Kite - Jess @ Spool & Spoon
#3 – Knight in Shining Duck Tape Armor - Veronica @ Adventures of D & V
#4 – Duct Tape Sandals - Heidi @ greendoodle
#5 - Duct Tape Dress Form - Amber C @ The Craft Project
That puts Heidi @ greendoodle in the top stop again!  Congrats Heidi!
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I thought those sandals were a brilliant idea!  They would be perfect for running through the sprinklers in style this summer.  Be watching for the tutorial next week.
But we have to say good bye to Jess @ Spool & Spoon this week.  It was such a close race and I can see why. That kite is darling!  Abi and I will totally be making one together soon.
Duct Tape Kite
Be sure that you hop on over to (and follow!!) Spool & Spoon so you can always stay up to date with all the great project Jess has got going on.  Thank you for all your hard work Jess!

I’m Crafty Party! #43

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty!” party!  Were you inspired to be crafty this week?

The “I’m Crafty” linky party is where you can link up any project you’ve made because I know you all don’t just think you’re crafty, you are crafty! It doesn’t even have to be a new project!

 A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Only link up 2 posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything you want!
  • Grab the handy dandy button in the side bar (or a text link it you like to keep things simple) and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation :)
  • Join me on Twitter & Facebook.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.



Sponsor Shout Out

Have you guys gone to check out our awesome sponsors this season?  If not, you should totally head over right now!
Thanks to our Season 15 sponsors the top 3 crafters will be getting some awesome prizes.

*If you would like to sponsor a prize a season of SYTYC I’d love to have you. You can learn more here, or email me at soyouthinkyourecrafty@gmail.com for details.*

1st Place Receives:

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Aqua Nugget Necklace

Lisa Leonard started making jewelry in high school just for fun— she would have house parties and sell to friends occasionally. After her first son, David, was born with Cornelia De Lange Syndrome, Lisa decided to quit her job and start Lisa Leonard Designs with her husband Steve, in order to give her time to spend with her sons. She started blogging and the business really took off. Now, Lisa spends her time making pancakes, creating handmade jewelry and trying to find time to enjoy the little things.

Shop : Facebook : Twitter : Pinterest : Instagram

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Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

Oliver + S products are designed by Liesl Gibson. After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter’s clothing. “People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making,” Liesl says. “One thing led to another, and I had a new career.” In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children’s clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.

In 2011 Liesl created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women’s apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand’s tagline, “Life is hard. Sewing is easy.” expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.

In 2010 Liesl was given the FabShop Network’s Rising Star Award, an honor bestowed by independent fabric store owners across North America. Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn.

Shop : Pinterest : Flicker : Facebook : Twitter

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Happy Go Lucky” Fat Quarter Bundle

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!

As a team, we continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And we will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!

Shop : Facebook : Twitter : Pinterest : Flicker

Handmade by Mrs

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4 PDF patterns and hardware

Hi everyone, I’m Samantha and I live here in Wales with my gorgeous husband Dus. Despite it raining a lot in Wales occasionally the sun shines and that’s when I design my bag patterns. This may explain why I’ve only written three in the last year. I’ve got a blog ( http://handmadebymrsh.blogspot.co.uk/ ) where you can come hang out with me, I’ve got a couple of freebie patterns coming up this year, but mostly it’s my random ramblings!

Shop : Blog : Facebook

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$40 gift card to Kids Sewing

Kids Sewing is a place for kids (ages 6 to 12) to learn how to sew. We currently offer sewing DVDs with beginning to advanced projects that kids (and moms) will LOVE making! In our first series called Pixie Projects there are over 35 projects for kids to make and enjoy – this is over a full year of projects at one lesson a week. Projects include hair accessories, clothing, totes, purses, hats, bean bags, dolls and doll clothing for boys and girls. Prices range from $39.95 o $49.95 for five projects on a DVD…which is much more affordable than taking your child to a sewing class. Come visit our website to watch a free lesson.

Blog : Free Lessons : Facebook

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$25 gift card to Etsy

Hi! I am Alexandra and I blog over at In Designer Jeans. I have an amazing family, my husband Z [who supports all of my crazy ideas] and three dogs! By day I work full time as a personal assistant but in my extra time I LOVE to blog about all of my adventures from crafting, DIY-ing, and taking things apart to cooking and baking.  I have both success and failures when it comes to trying out new things but share the journey regardless of the end result!

Blog : Pinterest : Twitter : Instagram

2nd Place Receives:

Fat QuaterFat Quater2

Happy Go Lucky” Fat Eight Bundle

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!

As a team, we continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And we will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!

Shop : Facebook : Twitter : Pinterest : Flicker

Oliver+SOliver+S2

Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

Oliver + S products are designed by Liesl Gibson. After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter’s clothing. “People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making,” Liesl says. “One thing led to another, and I had a new career.” In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children’s clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.

In 2011 Liesl created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women’s apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand’s tagline, “Life is hard. Sewing is easy.” expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.

In 2010 Liesl was given the FabShop Network’s Rising Star Award, an honor bestowed by independent fabric store owners across North America. Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn.

Shop : Pinterest : Flicker : Facebook : Twitter

Whimsy

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2 ebook patterns

Whimsy Couture makes some of the cutest patterns for little girl clothes I’ve ever seen – and some ready made stuff too!  Not only are the patterns adorable, but you can sell any garments made using the patterns in your own shops.  They have 92 patterns available so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.  I’m loving the little romper. Be sure to follow the Whimsy Facebook page for great updates and such :)

Pattern Shop : Etsy : Facebook : Pinterest : Blog

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A Master Collection of patterns

Jeni Brockbank is a designer with the heart of a teacher. Jeni’s patterns have inspired others to start businesses, make their own homes more lovely and ignite creativity!  Jeni resides in northern Utah with her husband and  4 children where she actively participates in her church.
I’m a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, Mormon, small business owner and designer. I love kissing my kids, dancing with my husband, laughing, praying and life in general.  I use to think that crafting was for other people but I soon discovered that I have a style all my own. What a life changing thing to learn about myself!”
Learn to make professional quality, breathtaking fabric flowers that last and last.  The winner will receive Fancy Schmancy’s MASTER COLLECTION which is currently valued at $45 & has not only fabric flowers, but a crown and a bouquet tutorial.  Fabric Flowers are the latest and greatest trend and my detailed tutorials will take you step by step through the entire process!! You can even sell your finished items royalty FREE!!

Blog : Shop

Lucy Baby
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Custom chalkboard artwork is perfect for parties or weddings, business, and home decor! Each piece is hand lettered-no computers or vinyl stencils here. This ensures no two chalkboards are the same.  My materials are 1/4 inch MDF chalkboard and chalk. I seal each one making them smudge-proof and durable.

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MissyDear

$50 gift card to the MissyDear Shop

Hey it’s me!  Missy, the host of this here SYTYC competition.  I have a weakness.  I love hair accessories.  Like, really like them.  And I also love wool felt.  Have you ever touched real wool felt? It’s like heaven. So I thought I’d throw the two together and make some adorable wool felt cuteness for babies. I started out just doing them as gifts for baby showers but I had so many people ask about them I decided to open an Etsy shop.  I had to close up shop for a few years while our family moved cross country multiple times (5 states in 5 years – goo) and got SYTYC up and going, but I’ve recently reopened for business under a new name, MissyDear Designs.  With the reopening I’ve added other materials, designs and sizes but I still think they’re adorable.  If I do say so myself.  And new things are added all the time!

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3rd Place Will Receive:

Fat Quater Fat Quater2

Happy Go Lucky” Jelly Roll

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!

As a team, we continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And we will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!

Shop : Facebook : Twitter : Pinterest : Flicker

Oliver+S Oliver+S2

1 Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

Oliver + S products are designed by Liesl Gibson. After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter’s clothing. “People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making,” Liesl says. “One thing led to another, and I had a new career.” In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children’s clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.

In 2011 Liesl created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women’s apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand’s tagline, “Life is hard. Sewing is easy.” expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.

In 2010 Liesl was given the FabShop Network’s Rising Star Award, an honor bestowed by independent fabric store owners across North America. Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn.

Shop : Pinterest : Flicker : Facebook : Twitter

Whimsy

logo2013

2 ebook patterns

Whimsy Couture makes some of the cutest patterns for little girl clothes I’ve ever seen – and some ready made stuff too!  Not only are the patterns adorable, but you can sell any garments made using the patterns in your own shops.  They have 92 patterns available so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.  I’m loving the little romper. Be sure to follow the Whimsy Facebook page for great updates and such :)

Pattern Shop : Etsy : Facebook : Pinterest : Blog

Suzy
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 1 Faux Stained Glass Kit and two patterns of their choice

I am Suzy from Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!  I am an artist, crafter and humor writer out of Atlanta, GA.  I specialize in creating unusual crafts, resurrecting vintage crafts, and crafting from recycled materials.  The Sitcom offers over 100 detailed tutorials, with new ones every week along with humor, family fun and a bit of dog hair thrown in for good measure.  The Sitcom Store offers the latest in my kits, patterns, paintings, and Ukrainian egg art.

Blog : Shop : Facebook Twitter : Pinterest

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2 wall panels

I am a Midwestern gal that has found her home all over the world in the last 10 years.  Working, studying and finding my way through tiny towns and big cities, I have been cultivating my entrepreneurial spirit along the way.  Since I grew up in the printing industry, it was important for me carve out my own place and conquer my own territory, and so Chasing Paper was born: stylish removable wallpaper for the urban home.

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Simply Homemade

 $30 gift card to the Simply Handmade Shop

As a crafty busy mom of 5, my Etsy business is my way of feeding my frenzied fabric/craft supply addiction and getting my designs out of my head and into real life.

Simply Homemade actually started out as a cloth diaper shop but with the original name (Bitty Bumz) I realized there was no way to ever branch out so I started the painful process of re-naming, re-stocking, and re-designing. Now I can pretty much sell anything my little self feels like making including diapers. Currently it’s bags, clutches, and earrings but I have plans to eventually sell patterns and kits for the DIYer! For those of you who love originality, I’m working on the “design your own bag” listing. Choose your favorite strap, body, flap, hardware, and fabrics to create a one of a kind bag. I’m really excited for this one!

I take great pride in my work and I always take the extra time to offer well made products. I love sending my handiwork out into the world to be loved by someone new and I’m really excited to have the opportunity of sponsoring this season of SYTYC. Missy is one of the sweetest and most wonderful ladies to work with so I appreciate her willingness to let me on as a sponsor. Good luck to all the amazing ladies this season!!

During the duration of this season I’m offering free shipping for any purchase with the coupon code SYTYC 

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Interview with Malory @ Snips and Spice

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1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I started blogging a few years ago because I wanted an outlet for my crafts. I love crafting, and teaching, so posting tutorials on Snips and Spice seemed like the perfect option for me.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

My mom instilled in me a love for creativity when I was a small child, and encouraged me to learn as much as possible in every part of life. My mom taught me how to sew lots if different items and bake a plethora of delicious dishes. In elementary school, my best friend and I would sew blankets and clothes for our American Girl dolls, and in high school, my mom taught me how to sew my own prom dresses (the first one she did, the second one we did, the last one, I did). I wanted to learn how to crotchet, so I bought a book and taught myself using the pictures. I also learned how to knit and quilt the same way. I just can’t get enough of crafting, or learning how to do new things.

3.How often do you craft?

Although I would like to say that I craft daily, or even weekly, it ebbs and flows. I go through creative periods where I have the time and energy to craft daily, but there are many times where my life is just to filled with other obligations to craft. Right now, I get to craft at least once a week because I sponsor the fashion club at the school where I teach.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere! Sometimes I just dream up ideas without any idea where they came from. I get ideas from pinterest–seems like a no-brainer. Inspirations is just waiting around every corner I turn.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

This is such a difficult question to answer. If we are talking about food crafts, fondant definitely! Right now I am really into sewing. There have been times where scrapbooking, card-making, crotcheting, knitting, or quilting have taken front and center, but right now it is definitely sewing. I got a dress form–named Veruca–for Christmas, and I love sewing new clothes.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate or frosting. Maybe a Chai Latte before morning cheer practice. I have quite the sweet tooth, and I am trying to cut back.

7.What makes you smile?

handmade gifts, learning, crafting, flowers, baking, teaching, reading a book from cover to cover in one sitting, green beans, almost anything sweet, surprises, family, friends, hamburgers and fries, watching movies while crafting, finding a love note from my sweetheart, sunshine, the beach, cuddling, sleeping in, 80′s music, frosting, condiments, rain on my skylight, shoes, nail polish, glitter/sparkles/shimmer, blankets, peppermint chapstick, crazy dancing, singing in the car, holidays, and colored pens

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

Reading! I love reading a good book. It is the only thing that can compete with crafting when it comes to my free time.

Old Suit: New Bag {a tutorial}

 

Repurposing a suit coat is a fun way to create a one of a kind handbag.  I chose to make a messenger bag as my laptop has been homeless for quite some time.  If you are new to sewing, I suggest a tote bag.  This is a much more straight forward design, yet has all the elements of the coat.
I saw the bag on the left on the Today Show a while ago.  I think it is gorgeous, and thought it would be a perfect Sunday bag for all my “stuff”.  As I tend to be cheap frugal , I filed it away under project to someday make.
There are many generous souls who have created tutorials for your use. Look around, you will be amazed.  I would encourage you to chose a simple pattern, as too many design elements will detract from the suit coat.
Here are a few well written tutorials (there are many more to choose from)
purse:  U Shaped Handle Purse {lgb studio}
tote: Pleated Tote Tutorial the long thread
messenger: Messenger Bag Tutorial crazy little projects
Today, I’d like to focus on suit coat elements (as well as a few tips and hard learned lessons).

 

 

First, start with quality.  Check the fiber content of the suit coat your are browsing.  I preferred to use wool, but corduroy, linen, seersucker… all would work. I would shy away from cheap polyester as I don’t trust it, but use your best judgement.

 

 Next, Inspect coat for usable elements.  Is there a pocket you love?  Sleeve detailing?
Dissect suit and lining. Remove interfacing and shoulder pads.  (saving chosen details)
It is unlikely that you can cut all your patterns pieces on a straight grain without piecing.   Originally I planned on using one front pocket for the front flap and having a rounded size.  After I cut the piece, I realized that there were many seams on the bias and the fabric layed wonky.  Pin multiple pieces together to get the look you want.  This way you can create your own fabric. (This etsy shop does a neat job of incorporating many design elements).

Make sure pattern pieces are on a transparent/semi transparent paper.  This way you can see the placing of details before you cut.

Assemble bag according to pattern.

Tips & Tricks:

-Use a very heavy single side fusible interfacing fused to the suit coat.

-If using for a laptop – invest in quality padding.  I used automotive headliner (the stuff in the roof of your car).  It is fairly thin but cushy and sewed like a breeze.

-Repurpose hardware from another bag.  I almost purchased swivel hooks from the fabric store, but they cost $10 a piece.  No thanks.  Instead I took the clips off a Salvation Army bag.  ($2 total).

-I also repurposed the vinyl strap from the same thrifted bag for these photos because I ran out of time for my project submission.  The bag now has a grey wool strap which I like much better.

-I used an old vinyl belt for a closure.  It was easier to sew through than I thought.  I made the mistake of assembling the back of the bag before securing the belt.  On the back and bottom of the bag  the belt is glued using Eileen’s OK to Wash Fabric Glue.  Once dry it worked like a champ.

- I always encourage adding an unique label.  These labels I made on my home printer, but  you could stamp, embroider, fabric marker, etc to create your own seal.

And last, have your six year old model your new bag while wearing a suit coat you have already begun to dissect for another project.  (Can you see what’s missing?)
Have fun!

 

Duct Tape {week 6}

Were you guys looking for the results post over the weekend?  Apparently I don’t know how to read a calendar and scheduled it to post next week (how that happened I don’t know, but it’s not the first time).  Oops!  So here they are, the results to the Upcycled challenge.

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And the crafter/project match up:

#1 - Mercury Glass Vases -  Amber C @ The Craft Project
#2 - Chalkboard Craft Shelf - Veronica @ Adventures of D & V
#3 - Tablecloth Upcycle: Doggie Raincoat - Jess @ Spool & Spoon
#4 - Washer Necklace - Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#5 – Teacup Bird Feeders - Malory @ Snips & Spice
#6 – The (secret) Party Satchel - Heidi @ greendoodle

That gives Heidi @ greendoodle her third win this season!  Congrats Heidi!

THe (secret) party satchel - Heidi

That bag is fantastic and could be used for so many things.  I may make it for a diaper bag for a friend that’s having a baby soon.  Be sure to check back in a few days for the tutorial.

But we have to be saying goodbye to Malory @ Snips & Spice this week.  I loved the idea of the Tea Cup Birdfeeders.  I think they would be great on a desk to hold paper clips or other little office supplies.

Teacup Birdfeeders - Malory

Malory has bunches of other fun things over on her blog Snips & Spice so be sure to take a look over there.  And I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you showed her some love and followed her :)

Now onto this week’s challenge - Duct Tape.  A few of the ladies let me know that it was a really tough theme for them, but they all brought it and everything looks great!

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