Wishing You The Best 2019!

Can you believe we are staring down 2019?  This year whizzed by.  My brain is still at the beginning of fall.  As we all step together into the coming year, I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2019!  Happy New Year!

Until next year, stay inspired and be crafty!

AnnRe

❀ AnnRe learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: http://www.annrehandmade.etsy.com and you can also follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
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Happy New Year from AnnRe Handmade!

Throwback Thursday – My Market Bag

I have to be honest: I don’t make a lot of stuff for myself. I’m usually so busy making for others. This weeks Throwback Thursday post is one of my favorite projects, and one of the few things I made for myself…a ‪Market Bag.
bag3pA few years ago I had made a lot of Christmas gifts and had quite a bit of yarn leftovers. They sat in my stash waiting to be used. That summer my family took a trip to a local flea market and one of the things I noticed was that many of the sellers there had tyvek shopping bags for sale. There were a few sizes f

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Close up view of my crochet market bag.

rom the standard grocery size to large bags with wheels. My thought is usually “why would I buy something like that when I could make it myself?” But do I? Most of the time, no, and I end up buying one anyway.
bag1pBut this time I didn’t and when we got back home, I pulled out all those yarn leftovers from my stash and went to work. A few days later it was finished…and I loved how it came out. The colors worked great together and there was plenty of yarn to make a good, heavy duty bag. No problem carrying canned goods or veggies and nothing is going to fall through it.

Laying down this bag measures about 10 inches (26 cm) across on the bottom and
bag2pabout 21 inches (53 1/2 cm) across the top. It is about 11 inches (28 cm) deep and the handles measure about 7 inches (18 cm) wide. It is just a basic single crochet and I used double yarn throughout.

This was a great project for using leftover yarn, and a useful, heavy bag for all those goodies you get at the farmers markets! I still use it all the time and it remains one of my favorite project.

Do you have a favorite item you made for yourself? I’d love to hear about it! Share about it in the comments or link to the post on your blog!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀

What Works Wednesday: Tiny Bows

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Find instructions for this bow at ICreativeIdeas.com.

Who doesn’t need a tiny bow?  Everyone needs a tiny bow!  Put them on gifts, on cards, on name tags, pin them in your hair, pin them in your daughter’s hair, pin them on your dog…you’ll find many more uses for them when you see how easy they are to make.  And all you need is an ordinary fork!  This is genius.  Really.

Basically you use the tines of the fork to wind the ribbon through, then tie it neatly in the center and slide it off the fork.  The more times you wrap the ribbon through the tines of the fork, the more loops you get in the bow. All you have to do is search the internet for “fork bows” and you will get all sorts of pages with instructions. Handimania and ICreativeIdeas are two of them with tutorials on how to make them.

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Find instructions for this bow at Handimania.com.

So, what works for you this Wednesday?  If you have any crafty tip, trick or DIY that works for you, share it with us in the comments and share this post with your friends!  You never know if yours might be featured here on What Works Wednesday!

Until next time, stay inspired and be crafy!

Ann’Re learned to knit and crochet as a young child and continues to pass on her love for these traditional and timeless hand crafts.   Born and raised in the Detroit area, she now lives in Amish Indiana with her husband and son.  You can find her work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnReHandmade and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. ❀