A few weeks ago I was in the One Month To Win It crafting contest. There were only 3 of us left in the final round. The challenge? Re-purpose an article of clothing or an accessory.
Oh Crap. I had all sorts of wacky ideas for the challenge. Unfortunately all of my ideas were outside the scope of my particular skill set. I did manage to learn something about myself in the process: If I try to do something based on how I think someone else would do it… it doesn’t work.
I learned that my real creativity doesn’t really kick in until I am trying to solve a problem.
And I created lots of problems….
#1) I took a perfectly good dress, hacked off the bottom third, then cut it up the middle, thinking I would make it into a short sleeve cardigan or add cute embellishments or something. FAIL.
#2 and #3) I took a perfectly good pair of shoes, drew cheetah patterns on them with Sharpies and planned to glue tiny beads all over them. EPIC FAIL.
#4) I took an innocent wooden chicken and had plans to glue an argyle sweater all over him. (Fortunately my husband came home and saved the chicken. And the sweater.)
#5) I found a broken hair clip I had been meaning to try to fix.
#6) I found a tiny frame that had been floating around in my craft supplies.
(Not shown: The necklace I ruined while trying to cannibalize it in order to make a new necklace.)
I surveyed the damage and realized all I had to show for my time was a pile of dress fabric, a ruined pair of shoes, a tangle of jewelry …and a traumatized chicken.
Then it hit me: a way to use the dress and the broken hair clip, and to organize the jewelry.**
I made a jewelry organizer/wall art.
I took the little frame and painted it black, then put a silver wash over it. Then I tucked some of the black dress fabric into it. I did the same thing for tall frame that had held a photo collage. I took the cardboard from the back and wrapped it in the rest of the dress fabric.
I hot glued the flower from the broken hair clip into the little frame, then secured the little frame inside the big frame with floral pins. I used the floral pins to hang some of my favorite turquoise silver costume jewelry pieces. Because it’s color coordinated, it doesn’t look chaotic to my eye.
In the end I came in third. (Or as I like to think of it: Last in Round 4) However, I am still liking the jewelery holder and it is still hanging in my bathroom.
(** By the way – the shoes are headed for the trash, and the chicken is currently in therapy.)