Thursday, March 31, 2011

Season 2: Meet the Contestants

I'm so excited to be apart of One Month To Win It!
Hi! I'm Michell from Girl In Air.
These days I no longer work in the air but love every minute staying home with my 19 month old.
I am also a mom to daughters 20 and 18 years old.
Besides entertaining a toddler I love to be creative and write tutorials.
Each project I complete ...I step back and say "Wow! I made that!"
I have this intense desire to inspire.
I hope you stop by Girl In Air and find something that inspires you. 

Hi, I'm Amanda. I'm a mom.....of 5!
When I'm not up to my elbows in laundry, reading
stories, or wiping noses, I like to make stuff.
I have a blog called, "Simply Homemade".
It's a place for me to put my "stuff", tasty recipes,
and random thoughts.

Hey everyone, I'm Jess from Peanut to Princess - a new little blog I started to share my sewing adventures with you all! I'm an Alabama mom to a three year old {going on 23 year old...} little girl and wife to my high school sweetheart. In addition to my most important job of "mom", I work full time as a 6th grade teacher at a local middle school....yep, middle school. I have a crazy busy life {that I adore}...with a little bit of time for crafting every now and then. I have a passion for designing and creating cute clothing for my little one, and I am so very excited to be a participant here at One Month to Win It!

About Tara & Kori, We have been best friend for years and decided sharing a blog, Mom's of All Trades, would be a fun adventure for us to share. We both have 1 kid, Tara a boy, Kori a girl, and both manage to marry the greatest men on the planet! We live in a small towns in Utah and couldn't imagine life anywhere else! Only having our blog for a little over 2 months we are SOOOO Excited to be contestants in OMTWI! Wish us luck ;)

Hi! I'm Vivienne from The V Spot and am so happy to have been selected to compete in One Month To Win It! I am a SAHM/DIYer, married to my High School Sweetie and I started my blog as a way to chronicle the wacky things our FOUR boys do and say (because I am the World's Worst Scrapbooker.) However,through this blog, I've discovered the fun to be had in sharing all of the things that make me happy: family, art & home projects, cooking and a big, healthy dose of smart-assery.

I'm Kelli, a Christian work-at-home-schooling mom to 2 amazing and precious (precocious?) children, and am married to the most wonderful and hilarious man in the world. I enjoy crafting - and occasionally they turn out according to plan, I used to *really* sing but now I just do it for my children and for God, I can't dance at all period the end, and I can make a better mocha coffee than Starbucks. You can check out my blog at A Taylor Fam where I ponder and create things of extreme importance. Eh hem.

Hi, my name is Athena. "Your genuine Talents will lead you to success" these are the words from a fortune cookie that led me to start my crafting journey. I am a full-time college student and a single mother of two amazing girls aged 8 and 9 and I blog over at Goddess of Gifts. Blogging and crafting has become a great outlet and I am so excited to be a contestant.

hi :)
Hi! I'm Jamie, the girl behind C.R.A.F.T.! I Create Really Awesome [mostly] Free Things for your home, wardrobe, kitchen, and kids. I'm a also a full time special education teacher, grad school student, wannabe gardener, fried okra lover, lip gloss connoisseur, and I really don't like olives. Did I mention I love interior design and all things thrifty :) Check out C.R.A.F.T. on facebook and twitter too!

Aloha! I'm Charlie (pink, not blue), and I started my blog, Attempting Aloha, a few months ago after purchasing a serious fixer-upper on the fantabulous island of Oahu. My husband is in residency and pretty much has zero time to help, so I'm breaking out the sledge hammer and power tools and learning to "git 'er done" all by my lonesome. Three girls under age 6 add to the chaos and to the bliss. I call myself a chronic crafter and DIY'er, but I'm learning to kick back a little and live the aloha life. ;)

"Hi! I am Paige, the girl behind Pink Lemonade!
Hi! I am Paige, the girl behind Pink Lemonade ! A little bit about me...
I am 15, I am home schooled, I love Jesus, my family, rosettes, fashion, sewing, and making anything fun and

I am living my dreams through my business and blog!

Hello crafters, my name is Mary and my sewing/crafting blog is Bugglebee Handmade. I'm a stay at home mom to an awesome little boy and a freelance graphic designer. I enjoy sewing, crafting, gardening, photography, baking, looking through other blogs, and working with my husband on our late-1800s home. I also co-host the blog Craft Buds where you can find craft tutorials, blogging tips and ideas for promoting and running your handmade business.

I'm Chris Pickup (yes, that is our last name!) from Pickup Some Creativity. Thirty something, wife to one, mom to four, and some even call me doctor. Crazy huh? Sewing since I was four, I find a lot of joy in creating. My blog is my outlet, a journal of my creating for my kids, and my hope to spark someone else's creativity. I believe creating brings us closer to God if we'll let Him help us.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Week 4 Projects -- Power Hour -- Vote for your fave!!

Time to vote for you favorite week 4 project!  Yep it is the finale!!  The theme this week is Power Hour.  Contestants were asked to create something that could be completed in one hour start to finish! 
Scroll down through the projects and vote using the poll at the bottom! :)  All projects are anonymous.  Poll will be open through Wednesday at 11:59 pm Central time.  Come back Friday to see the winners revealed!  And follow along with OMTWI so you don't miss the rest of the competition this month! :)  

A wonderful last week!  And next week we start Season 2 with a whole new set of contestants!!  Only a few weeks until auditions for Season 3 open up -- are you ready to make the cut??

Project #1 -- Beaded Lamp

I can't believe the final week of OMTWI is already here. Since the contest started I have been trying to figure out a great "Power Hour" project. Most of my ideas required extra time for paint to dry or would be frantically rushed to get done in one hour.
I finally decided to go with an idea that I knew I would not only finish in an hour, but it would be a project that would be functional as well.


Most lamps are uber-expensive. No matter the design, pattern, or size, more lamps that I drool over cost around $90-$150 dollars. Yikers! So I decided to design my own....
I don't know the technical term, but I wanted a lamp base that had "stacked ball" look. I wanted it to not only serve as a light source, obviously, but I also wanted it to be an eye-catching accent piece in the room.

To get the "stacked" look, I took styrofoam balls and I drilled holes through the center of each one. Then I cut it ball in half and hot glued it to the metal rod of the lamp. Once I attached the balls to the lamp I then primed the entire lamp base.

While, the base dried I made a removable lamp shade cover. My sewing machine has been acting up so I had to make my slipcover without using my machine (GREAT news for all of you non-sewers)! I used Heat n' Bond to hem the edges of the fabric and then I also used Heat n' Bond to attach the ends together to make the cylinder shape.

Once I finished the zebra cover, the lamp base was dry enough to attach the beads. I used Christmas bead garland to give the base texture. I super glued the beads around the base and around each ball.

Super simple, folks. no joke.

So instead of paying a $100 dollars on a lamp, I only paid $30 for my awesomely shabby chic room accessory. And the best news of you wanna know? Doya? Doya? Because the lamp shade is removable I can change it out to fit any room, any color, and any design.

 Stop watch...ready.
safely locked inside the house with instructions NOT to open the door unless someone is bleeding or on fire. Me...
quietly repeating "you can do this, you can do this, you can do hour is plenty of time..."  
Ready, set, (say a little prayer) GO!

15 minutes in...we have a flower box! 20 minutes in...stencils applied and ready for paint! 37 minutes gone by and we are painted, sanded, and stained.

(Children open door-being the good mom I am, I tell them I will be there in precisely 23 minutes!)
Line the planter, fill the planter, add the flowers, check the stop watch.....
48 minutes!!!!
47 min. and 56 sec. to be exact.
WA-HOO!!! I did it, I did it!
 (insert very happy dance here, ignore on-looking neighbors)

One Wood Slat Flower Box done, start to finish in under an hour.
One completely relieved and happy crafter...ready for a nap!
THANK YOU for such a fun month. I have loved every exciting (and anxious) moment!
One Month to Win It-you're a Rock star!!!


Project #3 -- Block Puzzle
 The theme this week: Power Hour....really stumped me for awhile! I finally came up with these cool puzzle blocks, which my daughter absolutely loves to play with. It is six puzzles in one-with different fabrics for each side serving as the scene to put together!
It's simply squares of fabric, cut to fit 2" wooden blocks, and then mod podged on! (I have to admit, I had to hustle to finish it in the hour alotted-but I did!)
I picked out cherries, flowers, whales, animals, bicycles, and owl fabric for a fun look and kid friendly puzzle.
It has different levels of play as well! 
Have a baby or toddler who likes to play with blocks? She can stack them up and knock them down. (what toddler doesn't love that)
Have a preschooler? Have them turn them all over to the same side, aka a matching game!
For older children (and yourself ;) fit the blocks together like a puzzle. It's harder than you think!
Happy Puzzling!


Time for vote for your ONE favorite project!

Come back Friday to see the winner!

Project #2 -- Flower Box

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Season 1 - Week 4 - Theme Power Hour

Introducing our Week 4 theme for Season 1 -- Power Hour!  It is finale time and we have three contestants left ready to show off some great projects!!  The theme this week is wide open -- BUT -- it has to be complete -- start to finish -- in one hour or less!  Contestant project and poll for voting will be posted in the morning -- don't miss it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Season 1 Week 3 Results

Time to reveal the results of our Week 3 projects!  Another fabulous week!!  Remember voting is from 1/2 public poll and 1/2 judge's vote. 

Our #1 pick this week is....

Jess with Craftiness is Not Optional  -- Family Tree Wall Art

Congrats Jess!!  Second week in a row!! :) 

This week was VERY close!!  In no particular order the other two contestants continuing to Week 4 (the finals!!) are:

Wendy with Craft Goodies --  Self Standing Mirror 

Halsey with Spunky Junky --  Chevron Wall Art
Congrats ladies!  Can't wait to see your projects for week 4!  Yep it is finale time!!   

Sadly, it is time to say goodbye to the following three contestants...we loved having them and they had some fabulous projects!

  Terra with mama says sew --  Quatrefoil Mirror

Maleah with Little Eme --  Princess Peach Dress

Jessica with A Couple of Craft Addicts -- Tuxedo Dress 

Get ready for week 4!!  The theme will be revealed on Sunday and you can vote starting Monday!  Then we will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place next Friday!!  Season 2 is just a week away!! 

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