Thursday, July 28, 2011

Antique Button Monogram

Last week was grueling but I made it && I am one week away from scoring some AWESOME prizes! 

Here is my craft from last week:

Upcycle is by far my favorite theme because upcycling is what I love to do!! I love the idea of using something old and ick in a new and innovative way. This week I used the following ingredients:
- and old beat up plaque [which you could make yourself uber-easily using remnants from the home depot]
- antique buttons I scored at a thrift store for $1
I added a bit of paint and some hot glue ... and here is what I came up with:
 This little beauty is not little at all, it is massive but lightweight and is adorned with a great little monogram for some newlyweds I know. They plan to hang it over their bed next to a cute little sign that says "always kiss me goodnight" .... how sweet??? 


I hope you all love love love it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Knock-Off Director's Chair

I made it another week on so you think youre crafty!!! I am so excited but that excitement came to a screeching halt when I realized that I am towards the bottom in this weeks challenge :( I am feeling a little bummed about crafting because I think my talent is not showing through. My aesthetic is SO much different than the other girls in the competition. I am not a seamstress nor do I claim to be, and week after week - the winning craft has been something sewn! Hopefully I can pull through this week because with Summer Semester at a close I think I can really rock out the last 4 crafts and win this thing :)

Here is my craft from last week:

I love knock-off week - I fact, I knocked off 2 ideas into one project ... eek!!!! I guess the idea of making something that costs BIG BUCKS yourself & saving yourself tons of money is my favorite! I have been dying for some new furniture for my patio & keep eying these adorable director's chairs at Pier 1 for sometime ... Unfortunately, they are $50-$60 a piece plus the cost of the cover ... that is WAY out of my price range! So on a recent visit to my favorite thrift store I nabbed these beauties for $10 for the pair!!! I couldn't just make a boring cover so I found this SuperFancy vintage burlap fabric on Etsy [which cost $149 .... gasp] & decided to replicate it on some burlap I got at above mention thrift store for $1.

&& the finished project [drum roll please .....]

 I must brag that this project only cost me $11! && they look so stinkin' cute on my back patio ... yay!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

SYTYC - Dollar Store Week

I was extremely nervous about this weeks theme. It seems like such a stretch to create something that looks expensive using only materials found at the dollar store! My goal was to find things that most people might have laying around the house and use them in a fun and exciting way. What I came up with was this adorable sun-catcher wind-chime!

 My supplies from the dollar store were spoons, forks, glass beads, ribbon, metal planter riser, and silver wire. Who would have thought I could make something so cool with stuff at the dollar store! I wish I could record the noise it makes when the wind blows - different from a traditional wind-chime, but a calming clinking noise that I LOVE but my favorite part is when the sun hits it and reflects funky colors off of the different glass beads attached. 

You could definitely use the same technique on the forks and serving pieces for a funky addition to any dinner party or place setting :) 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Believe it!

So I have a confession - I am EXTREMELY embarrassed to claim this project as my own :( Terrible thing to say I know ... but due to some emmie lu chaos I was forced to throw this project together pretty last minute! I would say it is a good job considering the amount of time I spent on it :)

So needless to say I am EXTREMELY relieved that I didn't go home last week! Fortunately, I worked my booty off on this weeks challenge && I think it really shows in the quality of my work! This is probably the first project in forever that doesn't have a quote on it so it will be a little harder to pick out of a crowd. I will admit there may be a few clues in the picture that will tell you its me, but they were accidental and really hard to spot :) ... happy hunting!