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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards DIY Fashion Finalists

 Catagories include: Best Online Handmade Marketplace, Favorite Crafty Blog, Favorite Fashion Blog, Favorite Handmade Artisan Jewelry Designs, Favorite Crochet Designs, Favorite Handmade Original Clothing Designs, Favorite Geek Craft, Best DIY Fashion Book of 2010, and Favorite Artisan Knit Designs. Go here to vote for your favorites! You may see some names you recognize!

I voted for......
P.S. - I Made This 

, founder, creator, and author of P.S.- I made this... is a distinguished DIY design and style expert living and creating in New York City. P.S.- I made this... inspires and encourages everyone to embrace Erica’s creative motto: “I see it. I like it. I make it.“

 Ruffled T - Shirt
Erica said, "We are all giddy and ruffling our feathers to kick off the summer season.  Keeping cool and looking good is easy, breezy and effortless with the help of our light-hearted friend, the ruffle!  Whimsical breaths of girlish charm show a playfulness and elude to an anything-goes-attitude!  Mixing the ruffle with the ever-popular asymmetrical trend results in a summer crush that wont let you down.
Purchase a pack of white tees (the more tees, the more ruffles you can create).  Cut off a few inches from the bottom hem.  The wider the panel, the larger the ruffle. Cut off one sleeve with sharp fabric scissors for the asymmetrical neck.  Scrunch, pin, and sew to the diagonal neckline.  If your tee is too loose around the underarm, add a few stitches or pin it to achieve the perfect fit! "
Messenger Chain Bag
Erica said, "PS- Don’t shoot the messenger… Make one! All of us live full, beautiful lives and are forever on the go searching for that perfect bag to carry us through our day.  Somewhere over the rainbow, there is a carryall fit for your inner Miss.Rainbow Bright.  Inspired by Proenza Schouler’s Mini Sac clutches  the popping rainbow hardware is one way of bringing a dose of sunshine in your shade.  For the messenger that boasts the most this season- look to Louis Vuitton for phenomenal over-the-shoulder sacks and belt bags. Yes, fanny packs are back… Hands-free is the way to be.
Reach for a plain canvas tote you may have leftover or purchase a new one.  Head to your local hardware store for a plethora of colorful carabiner clips (which are really for function not fashion).  Clip ‘em up to make a chain, cut off the handles, poke 2 holes for the strap and attach!  This Spring, reinvent and replace your pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow with a messenger bag."

To see more of Erica Domesek's  "knockoff " 
 fashion talents, click here

 I also like Dollar Store Crafts blog

Larissa, from this blog, posted this Braided Scarf she made from a Recycled Sweater! Go here to see the tutorial.

From Larissa - "Spring's not quite here yet (are you still covered with snow?), and you know you need a new scarf to get you through a few more weeks of grey weather! Enter this clever no-sew scarf made from a recycled sweater -- any sweater from your closet or local thrift store will do! Any avid thrift store shopper will tell you that the sweater aisle is jammed full of sweaters that are begging to be repurposed. This project is by Larissa at Just Another Day in Paradise". [how to make a recycled sweater braided scarf] [via]
Project Estimate:
  • Old sweater, on hand or $1 and up
  • Coordinating yarn, $1 and up
  • Needle and thread, on hand
  • Sewing machine, optional
Total: $1 and up
by Heather

Heather said, "I had been searching for a colorful statement necklace and hadn't found anything close to what I was dreaming of. I decided to take matters into my own hands, my sisters and I are always buying irregular tees from Dollar Tree  and I had this periwinkle tee in my stash that was the perfect color... so out came the scissors, thread and my trusty glue gun to make this ruffly bib necklace."

Ruffly T-Shirt - by Heather 
To see how to make her Anthropologie Inspired Top
see her tutorial here.


  Make soap covered with doilies in 5 minutes, HERE - by Heather

  Shirt made with Doilies by Craft Chi

Click here for tutorial
Go HERE to learn how to make these projects and see lots more Dollar Store crafts! There are pages and pages of crafts for your home, fashion, fun, organizing, gifts, etc. that you can make from practically nothing!

Favorite Handmade Artisan - Knit Designs

  In the Favorite Handmade Artisan - Knit Designs catagory, I voted for Wool Mountain Studio, because I have always admired and loved her hats. They are very unique. The owner, Leslie-Nelle Urinyi, is very talented and she creates the most beautiful, one of a kind, Freeform items. Here's some of her work.   

Favorite Handmade Artisan - Knit Designs

I voted for Wool Mountain Studio, because I have always admired and loved her hats! They are very unique. The owner, Leslie-Nelle Urinyi, is very talented and she creates the most beautful and colorful Freeform items. Here's some of her work.