Monday, November 15, 2010

Star Showcase Round and YOUR Round 4 Link-ups

Round 4 projects are up, have you voted yet? Be sure to cast your vote to determine our Season 1 champion before tonight @ 10 pm MST.

Today we have a special treat. We are having a Star Showcase Round. Several of our stars have a project to share with us that falls into one of the "Crafting with the Stars" themes. I'm sure once you see these, you will know exactly why they are the "STARS"! So much talent. Click on the project title to go to the tutorial on their blog. Take it away ladies!

Amy from Mod Podge Rocks - Owl Fabric Table (Round 2: Paint or Round 3: Fabric)

Hi there! I'm Amy from Mod Podge Rocks - a place for everything crafty and handmade. As long as it contains Mod Podge, that is! It's November, and it's time to be thankful. I'm very thankful for my family, friends, blog readers and to Tam for allowing me to participate in CWTS. I also want to give a special thanks to my partner Amanda, who has blown me away with her talent! Thanks girl.

I like to do a little bit of everything, but I really love Mod Podging with fabric. My owl fabric table was a big accomplishment for me . . . not because it was necessarily difficult, but because it took me SO LONG to get it done!

It was one of those "fill-in" projects that just never seemed to get worked on. You know those. Then it finally got done and I felt like I had reached the summit of Mt. Rainier.

I hope you'll come visit me sometime. I have new project ideas every day, and I love chatting about many things (including but not limited to Mod Podge). We'll have a blast. See you soon.

Becca from Blue Cricket Design - DIY Decorative Lamp Shade (Round 3: Fabric)

I was totally inspired while at a local store to create a Do it yourself decorative Lamp Shade that can be removed and is interchangeable!

I created this project during Round 3 of "Crafting with the Stars" when the challenge was FABRIC!

Create a decorative sleeve for seasonal decor!

Because this feature is removable you'll never be stuck with the same look, and in my case that's a MUST!!! I tire of my decor so easily!

The original Lamp was cute! Glass base with a cream colored drum lamp shade! Simple and modern but had great potential for an upgrade! By adding a favorite variety of Fabric Flowers, rolled Rosettes and Felt leaves you can create a unique and whimsical Lamp shade Sleeve that will add personality to any space!

Cheri from It's So Very Cheri - Driftwood Boat (Round 1: Brand Inspired/Knock-Offs or Round 2: Paint)

I wanted some driftwood to make a sailboat similar to some I had seen by White Flower Farmhouse. I have the advantage of living minutes from the beach, but we don’t go on a weekly basis and they comb the beaches early in the morning so they are clean. You have to get up really early to find stuff like that. So what is a girl to do?


I had a 2 x 4 in the garage (that I had picked up at one of the Big Box hardware stores in the discarded pile. I got it for 50 cents.)

I took the Sabre Saw and starting cutting chunks out of EVERY side and the ends, then I picked up all the scraps I had cut off and glued them to the top, with my Gorilla Wood Glue. Covered it with some white tissue paper and after numerous layers of different colors of paint, I had driftwood.

Seriously-that is not REAL driftwood. I still can not believe how close it looks to the real thing.

Heather from Dollar Store Crafts - Crocheted Candy Garland (Round 4: Christmas)

Create this simple garland by crocheting the candy directly to a crochet chain. These are an easy way to brighten up your tree or holiday decor. I have mine up around my windows and they remind me of Christmas lights, but they shine in the daytime and make me happy!

Project Materials:

* Individually Wrapped Hard Candy, $1 for 12 oz bag
* Pretty yarn (the brighter, the better!), on hand or $1

Total cost: $2 or less

Use up your stash yarn for this! No need to buy new yarn (unless any excuse will do!)

Char from Crap I've Made - Zippered Laptop Sleeve (Round 3: Fabric or Round 4: Christmas)

I came up with this project for the Holiday Sew Along over at Skip to My Lou last summer, but let's get real...who's thinking about Christmas in JULY??? I'm not even thinking about August in July! And that's why I think this zippered laptop (or iPad, Kindle, or other gadget) sleeve deserves another look. The tutorial is measurement based, ensuring an exact fit.

Michelle from Someday Crafts - Remodeled Little Girl's Room (Round 2: Paint)
Our 95 yr-old house is falling apart - literally. When we moved in, our daughter's room had a few cracks on some walls and the ceiling in the lathe and plaster. She was afraid her ceiling was going to cave in because of the cracks. (It wasn't, but that is what 4-yr-olds think.) We decided to tear the lathe and plaster out, put up sheetrock and paint the room. She wanted an all pink room, but that would drive me crazy so we settled with 3 pink walls, white trim and one pink, green and white striped wall and white furniture. The room is not done, but here it is so far.

I love the stripes and once I figured out the easiest way to do them, it was more simple than I thought. I'm grateful for the striped wall!

Amy from The Idea Room - Oven Hand Mitt (Round 3: Fabric or Round 4: Christmas)

Doesn't the onset of cooler fall weather make you want to bake something yummy? I have been doing a little baking which inspired me to make a cute oven hand mitt I had seen recently in a store. This smaller hand mitt makes it so easy to grasp the edges of those hot and awkward pans.

I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time using the big thick oven mitts. I never have any control and they are usually so stiff, I am worried about dropping the hot pan. And with little kids around, that is a big worry. These are pretty simple to make and do not take a lot of fabric, so you can use up all those cute scraps you have laying around. These would also make a fun gift for any of your friends because every one could use a cute oven mitt right?

Jill from Homemade by Jill - Oscar's Car Playmat (Round 3: Fabric)

I recently made this car playmat for my son, Oscar's, second birthday. It was a back-breaking labor of love, but turned out to be my favorite thing I've ever sewn! The playmat is a reincarnation of one I shared with my siblings growing up. From In-N-Out to Trader Joe's, it features all of our favorite spots around town.

Jen from Tatertots & Jello - Painted Ornament Pillows (Round 2: Paint, Round 3: Fabric, or Round 4: Christmas)


I'm Jen from Tatertots and Jello! It's been so fun to be a part of Sew Dang Cute's Crafting with the Stars! I was blown away by all of the talented contestants. And I loved working with my partner, Kelly! I thought I'd share a little project that I did with fabric:

Painted Christmas Pillows

I used DecoArt's Fabric Medium that I got through being part of The DIY Club to make the regular paint into fabric paint.

You can make pillows for any occasion or decor!

Beckie from Infarrantly Creative - Roadkill Rescues (Round 2: Paint or Round 1: Brand Inspired/Brand Knock-Offs)
I am Beckie from Infarrantly Creative. My blog is all about decor and crafting on the cheap. Infarrantly Creative is also home to Roadkill Rescue where I revamp random items found curbside into usable, beautiful decor.

Here is a vintage TV that was headed for the dump…58381_149738695048239_108471495841626_319319_4013469_n

Now it sits in a prime location in my house as a console table.[console[1].jpg]

Here is a hutch that had met its demise…


and now it is a Pottery Barn Inspired book shelf for my daughter’s room.

Are you all inspired? Let's see what you made for Round 4: Christmas. Link up below. If you haven't already, link up here for Round 3: Fabric, here for Round 2: Paint, and here for Round 1: Brand Inspired/Knock-Offs. You have until Tuesday, November 16th @ 11:59 pm MST to add your projects, then I will be featuring some of these later this week.


  1. OMG I am blown away, so many awesome projects!! These girls really are STARS! :)

  2. These are fun. I've enjoyed following the contest. And had no idea you were doing these linkies to go along witht he rounds! So cool. I just linked up 2 projects. :)

  3. I really love all of them so much! You can totaly tell why these women are so successful! I love everything...especially the one done by my star Becca, I am like a proud daughter. Not that your old or anything just cause clearly your are more crafty mature than I will stop now. Love you guys!


  4. I cannot deside which work I like most!
    The "candy-chain" of Heather reminds me to schooltime - the mother of a girlfriend had a very creative idea to make knitting more interesting : she wrapped the wool and every few meters there was a little gift, a candy, a rubber or a little perfume....I was so jealous! If my mother would have given me wool like this, it wouldn´t have been necessarily for my granny, to finish my socks...greetings from Germany from malarte


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