Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL #14 + a Skirt Challenge GIVEAWAY!

Happy Good Friday, everybody!

I have so many reasons to celebrate today:

  • My husband is coming home today!
  • He commanded me to go get a mani-pedi this afternoon and “pamper myself.” (I’m suddenly feeling very submissive and obedient).
  • I’m finishing up:

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  • The sun is shining, and it’s a new day full of endless possibilities to bring glory to God and love others (if that sounds corny, believe me, that’s not the first thing I wake up with on my mind most most mornings, but it should be)!
  • And foremost of all, today is Good Friday, which is such a powerful reminder of the fact that my Savior died on a cross for my sins…but THEN HE ROSE AGAIN!

Yes, I do believe today is going to be a very good day. : )

As the grand finale for this week’s Skirt Challenge, I decided to completely rip off someone else’s idea—in this case, an adorable decoupage clutch that Scissors and Spatulas transformed last summer (the second I saw the post, I knew I wanted to be a copycat, but it took me until now to actually get it done!).

Here’s what I started out with:

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A $0.59 tiger print wallet from Goodwill.

It wasn’t hideous to start with, but it wasn’t in the best shape, and it was kind of dingy in spots.

So I gave it a good wipe down and started mixing up my favorite decoupage concoction, which consists of the following:

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RECIPE:

3 parts Elmer’s

to

1 part water

Yup, that’s it.

Then, I assembled my arsenal…

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And got to work.

1. I cut my fabric generously to size (meaning that I let it hang over by at least an inch on each side)

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2. I brushed on a copious amount of my GC (glue concoction), then carefully smoothed the fabric over the surface of the clutch. I let it dry (I might have helped it along with the cool setting of my hair dryer), flipped it over, and did the same to the back.

3. Once the underneath layer had dried, I brush on another generous coat of GC directly on top of the fabric.

4. When my topcoat was almost dry, I trimmed all of my edges, and using the high heat setting on Glenda, the Glue Gun, I did my best to line up the edges with the clutch’s already existing seam. It’s still not just gorgeous at the moment, but I’m going to go back and scrape off the excess hot glue, once everything is 100% dry, which will pretty things up a bit.

5. I had this package of “gold” chain hanging around the craft room…

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…so I decided to see if it would help finish off the edges.

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I think when the excess hot glue’s gone, the answer will be yes.

6. The clutch was looking much cuter with its new Ikat suit, but it needed something…something…hmmm…what could I possibly have lying around that might dress her up a bit?

Ooooooh…I know!

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And a few more globs of hot glue later, I had this!

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Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a recap of all of the projects from this week’s challenge:

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I won’t be choosing features for today’s Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL (I know, BOOOO!…although I will be doing tons of Facebook features from last week’s party this weekend!).

So, as a consolation prize, I thought it might be fun to give away one of the projects.

Some of you have already told me which refashion is your favorite, but to enter, that’s all you have to do:

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite creation from this week’s Skirt Challenge, and I’ll assume that’s the one you’d like me to send you if you win (obviously, the one exception would be the flowers since I attached them to the clutch).

That’s IT.

No hoops, no extras.

This is just my thank you to you for being awesome!

Although, if you do share this giveaway on FB or Twitter, etc., let me know in a separate comment for each share, and you’ll get an extra entry for each one!

You guys ROCK!

{GIVEAWAY CLOSED!}

Now…

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

The CSI project ~ Menu Plan Monday ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ The Southern Institute ~ Making the World Cuter ~ Thrify Décor Chick ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Sumo Sweet Stuff ~ Gunny Sack ~ Singing Three Little Birds ~DIY Homes Sweet Home ~ Dittle Dattle ~ 1929 Charmer ~ Everything Under the Moon  ~ ModMix Monday ~ Sew Stylish ~ Coastal Charm ~ Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia  ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

Wednesday ~ Blue Cricket Design ~ Somedays Crafts ~ Sew Much Ado ~ Sew Woodsy ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ {Primp} ~ Midweek Fiesta ~ Rae Gun Ramblings ~ Polkadots On Parade ~ Lollipop Cards ~ JAQS Studio ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ My Girlish Whims

Thursday ~ Thursdays are Your Days, Transformation Thursdays ~ Somewhat simple ~ Show off your stuff ~ House of Hepworths ~ Delightful Order ~ My Simple Home Life ~ The Frugal Girls ~ Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Diva Thursday ~ Tablescape Thursday ~ No Minimalists Here ~ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy ~ Thrifty Decorating ~ Between U and Me ~ 36th Avenue

Friday ~ The Shabby nest  ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

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50 thoughts on “Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL #14 + a Skirt Challenge GIVEAWAY!

  1. I love how your clutch turned out, I actually bought one similar at a thrift store and wasn’t sure what to do with it, so thanks for the great DIY.

  2. My favorite item is the headband. Since I may not win (since it’s a favorite of yours as well), I was wondering……would you happen to be willing to make one for me to sell me via PayPal? :-D

  3. I like the scarf best. You did a great job with all the projects. I saw a woman wearing a similar shaped mullet skirt this week in a store…made me think of your skirt challenge and I smiled.

  4. i love the clutch! pretty sure if i dont win, (which i most likely will not) i’ll have to go lookin for my own clutch to redo! yay! time to go goodwill shopping!

  5. I never win this stuff, and this time will probably be no exception…but the clutch is fantastic, and I wanted to tell you in the longest run-on sentence possible!

  6. Genius work with the skirt Abbie!! My favourite is the scarf <3, it looks wonderful on you! Oh and thanks for hosting (I'd find it hard to giveaway something I'd diy-ed, I get too attached to things I make myself)!!

    Catherine x
    notdressedaslamb@gmail.com

  7. Oooooh. I fell in love with the wallet as soon as you stuck the flowers on it.

    The whole week has been amazing. I can’t wait to look around the house and see what item has dreams of an upcycled life.

  8. I love all five of your projects! I think my favourite is the scarf. I just bought a dress today that would coordinate with it beautifully ;-)
    PS: I don’t know why, but disqus comment forms never let me sign in as my usual Jo @ To a Pretty Life. So that’s who I am http://toaprettylife.blogspot.com

  9. Abbie, love your clutch makeover. Super cute! And thank you so much for hosting your party! I know there’s been a lot of chatter out there about linkies and all this week …

    :)

    Linda

  10. I would jump up and down if you sent me that headband! I think I definitely need it to feel cute in the delivery room. : ) I’ve loved this series!

  11. I so love all your reasons for celebrating this weekend…and your husband sounds like an angel! Thanks for hosting such an awesome linky party. I love all the inspiration I get here including your awesome clutch!!

    I hope you and others will have a chance to join my weekly linky party on Tuesdays and open all week on Teagan’s Travels.

    Have a blessed Easter!
    Michelle @ Teagan’s Travels
    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com

  12. it’s hard to choose a favorite… but i have to go with the headband!! i shared this entry on facebook and twitter as well. i just stumbled across your blog and think you are so talented and creative :-) happy easter!!

  13. I think each of the projects turned out awfully cute, but I’d have to say the headband is my favorite. I’m kind of a headband junkie… I wear one almost everyday and can’t get enough!! :)

  14. I’m having a hard time choosing…..they are all really cute! I think I’d love the scarf :) So glad your hubby in coming home and have a very wonderful Easter weekend!

  15. All of these projects were great, but I am partial to the infinity scarf since I am trying to add scarves to my wardrobe. Happy Easter!

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