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So, did you guys have a great weekend? I spent mine cleaning out our shed and re-doing a dresser. I’ll show you the dresser once it’s finished. I’m pretty excited about it 🙂 But here’s a before and after of our shed.
It was a pretty last minute decision to organize it. We were going to take the dresser out and I needed something that was in a box on the very bottom of the stack. That sort of lead to a complete overhaul. It makes my eye twitch a little bit less now 🙂
This week’s theme is another we’ve never done before…Out and About. I’m pretty excited about it. There’ some great stuff this week.
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Craft #1 – Giant Backyard Dominoes – ChiWei @ One Dog Woof
Craft #2 – Little Scout Back Pack – Erin @ Erin’s Creative Energy
My kids and I love to take little adventures. We are, “Out and About,” all the time. We go on scavenger hunts, bird watches, alligator hunts and so many more explorations. We really needed a bag dedicated to all the little odds and ends that the kids wanted to bring on these adventures. Nature Field Guides, snacks, magnifying glass, bug spray, etc.
I really made the Little Scout Backpack from a pair of my husband’s old Army pants. It made it quite easy as there was very little sewing involved. The only additional things I needed to purchase was the hardware and the nylon straps.
I was able to piece and sew this together in two nights after the kids went to bed. If planned out perfectly, you could make two backpacks out of one pair of pants!
I love the number of pockets that this backpack has. I love the fact that I didn’t have to sew a single one of them! They were all a part of the pants. One pocket was for knee pads, there was a small lower pocket (which now has my husband’s old 4th ID patch and American Flag patch on it) and a cargo pocket. The inside of the pant leg makes up the main compartment.
Being made from a heavy duty fabric that is approved for use by our U.S. Military, I have a feeling that this Little Scout Backpack is going to be around for a long time. I can just imagine all the adventures it is going to go on with my kids. I also can’t wait to see what patches they will want to add to it over the years.
Craft #3 – 50’s Style Out & About Tote – Meg @ Mega Crafty
Craft #4 – Duct Tape Purse & Wallet – Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum
I really wanted to do something fun for this project, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Since usually when I go out I just have the diaper bag (an ugly, worn down backpack I had in high school), I thought I would “splurge” and make something snazzy for ME (on the off chance that I get to go out on my own -yipee!). And… since I only have one purse (because I’m cheap and just plain lazy) I made myself a second purse (with matching wallet/clutch).
I had some fun colored duct tape at home (courtesy of my mother who is downsizing -and that means her craft supplies too). So I made the purse with duct tape and lined with fabric. The handles are made with white ribbon. I am liking argyle now, so I prettied them up with some purple and teal argyle patterns and VOILA! A cute and fun purse that doesn’t break the budget. And it’s unique -bonus! I might have to go and get some other colors of tape and make a couple of different styles and patterns.
Craft #5 – Doll Carrier Backpack – Chrissy @ There are UFO’s under my stairs