The Finals- Time to Vote!

Can you believe it- the Finals are here!!!

Don’t forget to check out the fabulous prize packs!

Our fabulous judges are providing us with their thoughts to help you make up your mind
but…ultimately are next American Crafter is up to you!

#1 Perfectly Pleated
Melissa from Melly Sews
Hi, I’m Melissa from Melly Sews.

When I entered my camera bag in this contest on a whim, I never thought I’d 1)be invited to compete or 2) Make it to the finals! So thank you to everyone that helped me get here.
For this week’s entry I actually did a sewing project (even though I write a blog with “sews” in the title, none of my projects on here have been sewing, go figure!). This is a couture dress I’ve made for myself to wear to a wedding. The dress is my own design, with a fully boned bodice and underskirt to which the pleated fabric was attached, mostly with hand sewing to maintain maximum movement of the pleated fabric without the top falling down.

I really love the back detailing, and the texture of the fabric means it also hides my mom-tummy below the belted area –  which means I don’t have to wear spanx with it – score! If you want to see more, head over and visit me at Melly Sews.
I am blown away by this dress.  Not only does it look like hand pleated silk – a task within itself – but you added a fully boned bodice to keep it up AND hand stitched the fabric on.  I am so impressed.  This dress fits you fabulously Melissa, this is something to truly be proud of.  The dress tiers, the wavy back, the front arching bodice…I mean – WOW.  
WOW!! This dress is AMAZING! My favorite part about it is that it’s your OWN design!! I bet you got TONS of compliments at the wedding that you wore this to. I LOVE it! The pleating on it is fabulous and I agree about the mom-tummy hiding waist band… it’s perfect! LOVE!

#2 Laundry Room Makeover
Emily from 52 Mantels
When we moved into our house, we didn’t do a thing to our laundry room other than hang a brown curtain (that once hung in the dining room- dreary!) in front of an alcove-turned-broom closet. That room has been in serious need of a face-lift since! A laundry room is the perfect place to experiment with things you might be nervous to do in other rooms. In this case, I’ve painted the cabinetry turquoise and painted an entire door with chalkboard paint! Throw in a  light-loving wall color and pops of orange {plus several other projects!} and I’ve got myself one fun, stylish and practical place to do laundry…all for under $50 {you’ll see a LOT more details at 52 Mantels!}!
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This is just about the cutest makeover I have seen in a while.  I simply love the WASH letters on the wall – the colors you chose are fabulous – everything just pops.  And you only spent $50?  That is incredible!  You truly have a gift.  It looks like you spent much more.
Love the colors, love the artwork, love the hangers, love the chalkboard! You were super brave to paint your cabinets such a bold color… and it works!! GREAT job on this laundry room makeover. Money well spent!! 
#3 $20 Bathroom Makeover
I’m so excited to be in the final week of the competition! It’s been such a great experience, and has truly made me think outside of the box!! This week I redid my bathroom for no more than $20.00!! Here is a list of the things I did: I painted the walls light grey, painted the base boards, framed the mirror with pallet wood, painted the grout (which makes it look like a whole new floor!!), made a shower curtain, made a towel rack with wood and spickets, spray painted frames for a gallery wall, painted an old shutter, made a monogram wreath with sheet music roses, and took out the old medicine cabinet and replaced it with a picture! Whew….it’s been a busy week!! I just want to say thank you all for the honor of competing with these awesome girls! I have much more to tell about this makeover! If you would like to know more, head over to I Know the Plans I Have for You! I’m not sure what I’ll do next week??? SLEEP! 
Holy Smokes – you will indeed be sleeping this next week after this!  The work you did, I am amazed.  Great transformation, and you cant beat $20!  You even painted the grout, that alone must have made a huge difference!!!
I can’t believe this was done for only $20!! Amazing transformation! I am loving the over the toilet framed wreath. What a fun addition to a bathroom and I love the pop of orange! One of my most favorite things that you did was simply raise the shower curtain… what a difference! It makes the bathroom look double the size it was before!

You may Vote 1 Time for your Favorite Project
Voting is open until Sunday night at Midnight
Results will be posted Monday Morning by 10am


Meet the Contestants: Holly

My Sister's Suitcase

I’m Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase, and I am super excited to be a part of American Crafter Season 4!!! My sis {Nat} and I started our blog about 6 months ago to stay connected, despite the crazy busy lives of being moms to five kids {between both of us.} We used to live less than 40 minutes from each other, and now we’re 462 miles apart! So this is how we keep our LDCR {long-distance crafting relationship} alive :) We love to create, design, and share our ideas. We also adore chocolate, the Friday Night Lights series, and one of our favorite moments is when we got to sing together at Carnegie Hall. Good luck to all the contestants!


Meet the Contestants: Jill & Marilyn

Hey guys!!! I can’t even tell you how excited and honored I am to be competing in American Crafter!! I’ve never been chosen for anything before! Not even making dinner, my kids like dads cooking better! Well, my name is Jill and I blog over at I Know the Plans I Have for You. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 kids 1, 5 and 8, 2 dogs, and a husband (ok, I’m not his stay at home mom).  To keep me busy, and to make a  little income, I redo furniture and paint. I love refinishing furniture, repurposing, crafting, and blogging!! I feel blessed to be a part of blogland and would love for you to come by and say hi! 

4 You With Love is a blog written from the heart of a woman.  I chose “4 You” rather than “2 You” based on the principals that when mothers and crafters make/do things, so much thought and love is put into every project.  We don’t just solve problems to make them go away.  Instead, we think about the recipient and what their needs and desires are.  Based on our discoveries, we create something specifically tailored for them…..”4 You With Love”.I’m Marilyn Clark, the author of “4 You With Love”.  I have been married to my best friend since 1989 and have 3 wonderful children.  My daughter is studying Music Education, my first son is studying Mechanical Engineering, and my youngest is studying “how to survive high school!”  Oh, and I can’t forget, the baby of our family is our 1 1/2 year old rescue dog, Curtis (beagle/yellow lab mix).  Hopefully you will find inspiration in every day…4 You!


Meet our Finalists!

Welcome to the Finals!

this round is always my favorite- it’s Contestant Choice!

Did you see the amazing prize packs???
check them out here
Last Week’s Champion is…

Emily from 52 Mantels 
Porch Makeover
Which means she also won a Ruffled Tote from The Umbrella Girl
Mini Ruffled Fabric Tote Bag - LILAC
Joining Emily in the Finals…
Pallet Lemonade Stand 
Melissa from Melly Sews
Spring Flowers 
which means we have to say goodbye to…
Amanda from Simply Homemade  
Steph from Crafting in the Rain  
Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase 
Stay tuned for some AMAZING projects coming your way!
Official Results:


Meet the Contestants: Loren & Emily

I was never a crafter until I became a mom of a wonderful little boy who fills my days with smiles and love. Now I am a full time mom and crafter of Pandora’s Craft Box. I share my journey as a mom and crafter in hopes to inspire other and meet other wonderful bloggers. Come and join me, I promise you will like what you see!

Hi! I’m Emily from 52 Mantels, a blog about all things home including weekly mantel makeovers, easy DIY projects, seasonal crafts and simple recipes! I’m blessed to be the stay-at-home mother to one adorable little girl and the lucky wife to an ever-supportive hubby (who puts up with my endless projects!).
I adore: Spring flowers, Summer nights, Fall clothing and Winter parties. Throw in Target’s dollar spot, pink baby dresses, iced coffee and soft cardigans…and, I’m a happy woman!


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