There are plenty of things I look forward to throughout the year: birthdays, holidays, pumpkin spice latte day… and #SwapItLikeItsHot is RIGHT up there!!! This little collaboration started about a year ago with 10 of my blogging friends, and now we’re on #SWAP 3 and there are 33 of us participating!! The premise? Everyone goes off a-thrifting. Yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores… you name it. For less than $15, come up with something to send along to swap with another blogger. A few weeks of tinkering and hot glueing and welding and weaving and… everyone posts their makeovers!! Cutting to the chase… I LOVE it. I am always amazed at not only the goodies people send each other, but also the creativity of all the makeovers.
The rockstar otherwise known as Trisha from Black and White Obsession sent me a TREASURE TROVE of stuff. I’m pretty sure she cheated and everything set her back $200. Just sayin’.
Sidenote: She taunted me a little when she sent me this pillow… the shape is definitely fun, but try as I might… my carb loaded brain couldn’t come up with anything. Maybe I’ll post a challenge to my readers to see if YOU have suggestions for it!
Back to the items I DID use. Let’s start with this vase. For those of you who love yourself some yellow, I’m sorry. I don’t. (This picture makes it look prettier than it was…)
So I spray painted it with some primer. I liked the flat white so I used primer and left it at that. The geometric pattern of this vase was what I loved the most, so I traced each facet with a gold paint pen. Cool, right?
These little storage jars are moderately in the craft fail category, but everyone likes a good craft fail.
I stumbled across this post on Pinterest a while ago. Seemed simple enough. As you know, I’m long on nail polish these days. The premise is that you drip the nail polish onto the surface of the water and swirl it around to marbleize the colors. Dip your glass container down into the water and ooohhhh…. aaahhhhh. Crafting magic.
Well… I’ll let you decide whether I cast any spells with these. I’m not sold, but… better than nothing. These can go up to the kid’s art center to store paper clips and stickers or something.
The last two items are my favorites. I’ll start with the copper bowl. This requires nothing. I pinned some fun macrame plant holders here, but ultimately ran out of time and love how it looks just styled all purty with this fern from Terrain.
Trisha’s hilarious and this is what all of my items were shipped in. It’s metal and nothing super sturdy, but… after some intense consideration (crafting is no joke, afterall), I decided to add the box to my makeover list!
I snagged a set of rainbow grosgrain ribbon from Amazon (affiliate link) and then just used craft glue to wrap them around the box. With my assistant of course.
How do you like it now?! I’m letting Eleanor use this as a way to stash her ‘finished’ artwork. There are so many things ‘in progress’ around here that I never know what can stay and what can go.
So for Trisha’s “$10” (wink wink) I was able to get a lot done!!
Go refill your coffee and settle in for the rest of the fun… because you have GOT to head over to Shanna at Restoration Redoux to see what she’s done with the items I sent her! (Also sharing their makeovers today: Two Purple Couches, While They Snooze, The Gathered Home, and Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer)
I LOVE SWAP WEEK!!! (Here’s a link to #SwapItLikeItsHot 2.0 in case you want to peruse those as well!)
Every day there’s a different round robin of bloggers sharing their makeovers. Yesterday, the amazing ladies over at Run to Radiance, Decor Adventures, Year of Serendipity, 58 Water Street, Don’t Disturb This Groove, Like a Saturday, and Artsy Chicks Rule showed off their projects… soooooooo good.
And then come back each day this week to see another batch. (Barely containing myself over here in case I didn’t make that clear. )
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