*Project by Amy @ Nap Time Crafters for the Dollar Store challenge*
Come tiptoe through the tulips with me!
*Project by Amy @ Nap Time Crafters for the Dollar Store challenge*
Come tiptoe through the tulips with me!
*Project by Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff*
First off I would like to send a big thank you to those followers who voted me on to the finals! It means allot to me! And I also couldn’t be competing against a more creative gal!!! It’s been a fun, fast, and tough ten weeks!
For my final shebang I decided to create the perfect bag to take with your family swimming! Whether you head to the local pool or out to the beach, you will have enough room for everything! With summer in full swing around my parts of the country and with it around the corner for the rest I thought it would be perfect to pull out bright summer colors and prints.
The top of the bag has two separate sides. They both close and open with draw string tops.
One side is fully lined with waterproof material so once you are done swimming you can toss in your wet clothes, and the rest of your bag will stay nice and dry!
The other side is a dry side. It is filled with pockets that you can slide in your wallet, keys, makeup, or diapers! You name it! It’s perfect for your hair supplies and your dry change of clothes for after you swim!
Now onto the bottom. The entire bottom is waterproof, so you won’t need to worry where you set your bag! Two of the sides around the bottom have pockets to slide in water bottles! You can never have enough water at the pool! They are also perfect for slipping in sun screen or diving toys, or flip-flops!
On one of the other sides there are three pockets that have flaps on the top. They are perfect for goggles, sun glasses, or spray on tanner!
The final side around the bottom has a large flap that opens completely and closes with Velcro, making it easy for children to get in and out of.
So grab all your swim gear, change of clothes, and load up your bag. Throw it over your shoulder and head out for a fun filled day!
Craft #1 – Perfect Swimming Bag by Shannon
Craft #2 – Handmade Minnie Party by Kalleen
Craft #1 – Mod Flower Door Curtain – Charlene @ eWillow
In order to photograph this “door curtain” I actually had to close the door, but try to imagine it with the door open, leading into a cute girl’s bedroom or playroom. There are lots of colorful paper flowers, hearts, and ladybugs hanging from the top of the door frame to the floor (well, almost to the floor.)
I covered a 1/4″ wooden dowel with decorative paper, cut the dowel to fit the door frame, and added rubber stoppers to each end to hold the dowel in the frame. The rubber stoppers give the dowel just the right amount of tension for it to stay in place. You could also use a tension curtain rod, but I liked the idea of covering the dowel in paper to match the color motif of the flowers.
I tied the decorative pieces to the main strings with colorful ribbon. They dangle and dazzle and give this door curtain just the right pizzaz to finish off and add a little bit of privacy to a girl’s special place.
Craft #2 – Snuggaroo – Marjorie @ Living With Three Moonbabies
A pillow that you can snuggle with, play with, and best of all, it has a pouch on the back to put all your favorite things in. Oh, and a little handle on top to help you carry it around!
It was made using only a thrifted fleece jacket, felt scraps and thread.
The SnuggaRoo is a great way to take something old and make it new!
Craft #3 – DS Carrying/Storage Case – Shilo @ “Toad”ly Crafts
“Mom where’s my charger?”
“I know that’s my stylus, not his!”
“I can’t find my Pokemon game!”
Do you hear this to often! I know I do. I knew something had to be done. But at $40+ for a nice carrying case at the store, affording one was going to be hard never mind one for each of the kids (and my hubby!).
No more lost chargers, no more whinny road trips and no more arguing on
what belongs to who!
Inside I used felt to create custom sized storage pockets for the various components, games and manuals.
Now its just a matter of grabbing and go….gaming on the go….I may never see my kiddos…or hubby again!
Craft #4 – Sophisticated Scrap Bracelet – Bobbie @ I am Only One Woman
I love to sew, but with sewing comes a lot of scraps. I just can’t seem to throw away those small pieces of fabric and elastic. I made this bracelet with the rest of the waistband elastic from a skirt that I was making.
Craft #5 – Memo Board – Lynette @ Get Your Craft On
No need to do that anymore! Now, with this dry erase Babysitter Board, you can quick fill in all the important info you need your babysitter to know. Put it out on the kitchen island where they can see it if they ever need it, and you’re good to go!
Craft #6 – Matchbox Organizer – Chris @ Pickup Some Creativity
Is your home overflowing with matchbox cars? After Christmas mine was! So, I wanted to make an organizer that would keep the cars accessible, and add some style to the boys’ room. The car applique was inspired by the pocket fabric. I used freezer paper stencils for the wording, and to enhance to car applique. I made piping and sewed it around the edge to set off the silhouette of the hanger. There are seven pockets per row, so this particular length holds 42 cars. The back has an envelope closure, so that I can remove the hanger if I need to wash the garage. Best part, it hangs in the closet, or on a hook, and can be put away when not in use.
The Hanging Car Garage
Detail of the pockets and lettering
Detail of the car applique and freezer paper stencils.
Craft #7 – King of New York Suit – Jess @ Running With Scissors
I used 1 yard of the charcoal pinstripe fabric to make the trousers, vest, and hat. The white shirt was purchased. I used a pair of pants as the pattern for the trousers, and a boy’s t-shirt as the pattern for the vest. The trousers have pockets and a faux zipper/ tab. To make it easier, these pants are elastic waist in the back to slip on and off so you don’t have to deal with snaps and zippers on wiggly little guys.
Craft #8 – Cling Anywhere Clings – Kelly @ Handmade by Kelly
So what if you can make a cling to be any design you want and put them wherever you want.
I have made snowflakes in the winter and I even made a logo of my DH favorite sports team to put on the side of his car (which stayed on his car for over a year until we sold it and the cling came off with no problem).
Craft #9 -Gingham Placemats – Cheryl @ A Pretty Cool Life
Craft #10 – Spring Garden Necklace – Katie @ Blue Eyed Freckle
Are you like me with a whole bunch of plain shirts in your closet? Do you need something to spice them up without having to actually sew something directly on each of them? That is what the “Spring Garden” necklace is for!
I made it out of fabrics and felts so that it lays on your t-shirt in a way that makes it look like it is part of the shirt.
Of course it could be made out of more subdued hues, but I thought it would be fun and spring-y to use a combination of nautical and floral colors and patterns. The possibilities are endless!
Craft #11 – Dessert Plates – Ann @ DecoMOD Studio
. LOVE . forever . LOVE YOU . it’s true .
4 personalized dessert dishes
Make these for someone special . to treasure . forever
I don’t know if it’s happened at your house, but my fridge is starting to fill up with bridal shower invites. Yes ladies, wedding season is on the horizon here is a fun and personalized gift to give. Maybe you could monogram a few for your little sister’s wedding or baby shower! These simple, white plates were purchased for much less than a dollar a piece. So with a million gift giving events coming up, you won’t break the bank.
This craft is simple enough and kids can help.
We will be making these for our Grandmothers for Mother’s Day.
Personalize these with Mom’s favorite phrase or favorite flower!
Craft #12 – Diaper Clutch – Becky @ Beckymae’s Journey
Imagine having to carry that heavy diaper bag every where you go, now all you need is this simple clutch. Designed for every mom in a hurry. Will fit in most large purses. It’s a diaper holder, changing pad, mini pillow (your extra diapers are nice place to rest that beautiful baby’s head on), easy velcro close, washable, fun vintage retro look, protection from germs, waterproof, long enough for a toddler all in one diaper holder. It can hold up to 4 diapers and a travel size wipes.
Craft #13 – Play Kitchen – Deidre @ A Craft A Day
As I brainstormed ideas for my daughters birthday present this year, I knew a play kitchen would be a big hit. However, I just wasn’t willing to pay so much money for a hunk of plastic. So, after some searching and brainstorming, I decided to jump in on the re-fashioning trend and turn our old entertainment center into a new play kitchen. With assistance from my husband (the thought of using power tools without him leaves me uneasy), we cranked out this project the last three days… just in time for my daughters birthday today. With a jigsaw, drill, electric screw driver, some paint and a few accessories, her new favorite toy was born! It is a hit, even with my house full of boys! There are still some adjustments we want to make, like a shelf above the pot rack, a different handle for the oven (the other was not on for the pictures), longer curtains above the sink, and a picture decoupaged behind the curtain. I don’t think this project will ever be finished as it may just keep evolving.
Craft #14 – Birthday Crown – Amber @ The Neatery
A friend’s daughter is having her second birthday soon, so a crown was in order. My crafting preferences tend to involve sewing, embroidery, crocheting or paper. This shows two of those…sewing and embroidery. A little felt, a scrap of fabric & elastic, and thread. Let the celebrations begin.
Craft #15 – Scrappy Happy Table Runner – Amy @ Vintage Fern
I don’t know about you, but springtime makes me think of tea parties. Tea Parties make me think of decorations and a fun scrappy table runner is just the thing to help decorate your party or just to add some happy to your everyday!
Craft #16 -Birthday Throne – Sara @ Creative Jewish Mom
What can you do with some pom-poms, felt yardage, and sequin trim, that can create happy memories for your family for years to come? Wouldn’t you like to have some ready-made decorations on hand, to honor birthdays or other important milestones? Have you ever had a guest who suddenly announces that today is her birthday? Wouldn’t it be great to whip out some decorations at a moment’s notice? So here’s the answer to all of these questions: a simple felt slip cover that can turn a regular arm chair into a festive birthday throne!
No tricky calculations necessary, just make a simple pattern by tracing the shape of the back of the chair, and then cut out two identical pieces, which are joined at the top only. You can make some ties on the sides if necessary, and the seat piece needn’t be more than a simple square that you can also attach with ties or tuck in, depending on the type of chair you’ll be using. As for the pom-poms, I whipped these up with my new pom-pom maker that works like a dream!
So hang a fabric backdrop (even over a door, like I did here!), and some felt garlands or balloons, get out your slip cover, and let the party begin!
And by the way, in keeping with the theme, a simple pom-pom as a present topper is just as cute as can be! Wouldn’t you like to see more cute crafting projects like this one! Vote for me so I can show you what I’ve got up my sleeve for the next round!
Craft #17 – Laptop Messenger Bag – Holly @ Bijou Lovely
Craft #18 – Travel First-Aid Kit – Fawnda @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Maybe it is the Girl Scout in me (always be prepared!), or perhaps it is because I have a toddler, or it is possibly because I am a bit clumsy. Whatever the reason, I chose to make a travel first aid kit – something that will fit in my purse, and also be stylish at the same time (at least I can look good after I fall!).
I made a pocket for bandages and cleansing wipes, elastic straps to hold the antiseptic and Children’s Tylenol, and a zipper pocket for suckers (nothing heals a boo-boo faster than a sucker!).
Here it is all set to go into my purse
Craft #19 – Tote Bag – Rachel @ Southern KnitWit
This personalized tote bag would be the perfect gift for a mom or grandma! These silhouettes are easy to cut and give a sophisticated look. I bought this roomy tote bag from Hobby Lobby with a coupon, so this project is cheap too! The silhouettes are easy to attach by ironing on. Some names underneath the silhouettes would be cute as well!!! This would be so easy to customize for anyone on your gift list.
Craft #20 -Recycled Magnet Board – Eva @ Handmade Beginnings
What better way to display art work by you and yours? Not to mention, display it on a magnetic board made from items otherwise recycled! The best part is it’s totally customizable to suit your needs and to match your room decor. I made the A.R.T. letter magnetic boards for my child’s playroom. And below I painted and decoupaged a little magnetic flower board to hang above my sewing machine… a place to put little bits of inspiration.
Have you guessed yet what I used to make these boards?
None other than metal lids from concentrate juice cans!
I used to get made fun of for collecting these things, but I knew they’d come in handy someday!
Craft #21 – Traveling Sketchbook Case – Korinne @ Crafterella
It is amazing to me how much some “wasted” time adds up through the day, waiting to pick up kids, waiting for appointments, etc. I have decided to make sure that I have crafty things available to do when these moments of time pop up and so I made this traveling sketchbook case.
It has everything I need to work on new ideas, take note, and gather random bits of information and it’s made from eco-friendly fused plastic.
The outside is made from scraps of fused plastic from other projects that have been zigzagged together to make a large piece of fabric. Inside it is lined with soft fleece. Two custom made shrinky plastic clasps on elastic keep the case closed and allow for added thickness.
There is a zippered pocket for holding scissors, glue sticks, and other tools, slots for pen and pencils, a ruler pocket, a larger flat pocket for papers and ephemera, and of course a pocket for my sketchbook. This idea can be customized to work for many different crafts on the go, all you need to do is figure out what type of storage you’ll need.
No more wasted time for me, I’ll be sketching away my waiting time!
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Forever You is doing another giveaway! This time 3 lucky people will win. Yulia is giving away 50% off one item, 25% off one item and 15% off one item to her shop!
She has so many cute things in her shop and it’s changing all the time. She even has an organic line and a “save our planet” section of her shop where she donates 25% of the sales to a non-profit. So you could get something cute and help out the world!
She carries everything from baby booties to custom car seat covers.
You know the drill. Go look at her shop then come back and let us know what it is (remember your contact info please)! The giveaway will be open until Friday night.
I am a lover of the written word and started blogging as an excuse to write everyday, along the way I discovered crafting tutorials and now my house is an explosion of crafts.
I learned how to really sew from my mother-in-law and made my first quilt under her tutelage, since then I’ve broken every rule she told me, at least once.
I live in a house too big for my tastes with my four children and my husband. Someday I dream of downsizing to something we can barely fit in that will burst at every seam with laughter and joy.
My favorite color is green, but I’m not sure I own any green clothes. My favorite smell is vanilla, but I don’t wear vanilla perfume. My least favorite bug is the cockroach, yet I keep moving back to places where they thrive. In short–I am a woman of contradiction.
You can learn more about me and my opinions at The Great and Random Ramblings of Cannwin.
*You can learn more about Charity in her interview*
Hi, my name is Tone (some people pronounce it like tuna or tony). I am from Norway. I am a single mother to the most beautiful twin girls. They are six years old and a lot of the crafting I’m doing, is with them on my mind. I am a school director/teacher. I run a high school for adults. In my spare time I try to write my blog and be crafty. I love sewing, knitting, crocheting and wood work. I am utterly excited to be on this season of SYTYC and I hope you find me crafty. Stop by my blog any time.