How do you combine blogger camaraderie and DIY passion? Buy random items at a thrift store and send them to your blogger friends with the clear direction “make some good shit out of this”. Swap It Like It’s Hot is back!! The fifth year for the Swap and the brilliant Charlotte from Ciburbanity is always bringing on the enthusiasm while maintaining the lid on the craziness that comes from a few dozen bloggers sending her pictures, links, etc…
This year I received my package from Sarah at While They Snooze and sent my thrift finds off to Cassie from Primitive and Proper. I always worry more about the sent package: Did I find something worth making ANYTHING out of? Am I a bad blogger friend if I sent off something awful? While it still smell like mothballs and old lady?
Now, I’m always impressed by what I’m sent and this year was no exception. Sarah sent me some random items but I could *feel* a somewhat creative idea forming. Here’s what my package contained: wooden frame/shadowbox, small metal container, assorted duct tape, iron-on jersey numbers, and 2 mustard colored small coat hangers.
I’ve been meaning to make some kind of way to house Colt’s little mementos from his birth and this was PERFECT. The shadow box/frame thingy, including the backing, was given a coat of black chalkboard paint. I then used the numbers and spray painted Colt’s birthday – which happens to be tomorrow – so this project was super fitting. I added the hospital ID bracelet, hat, pacifier, and ultrasound pic this morning and may have shed a few tears. It is the perfect addition to the shrine in my classroom which includes a few items from last year’s Swap.
Please don’t judge the beige colored shelving unit – I would paint it if I could but school rules, yada, yada.
The other items that I wanted to revamp were these awful mustard colored, faux French hangers. Once again, the black chalkboard paint came in handy and so did some leftover letter tiles that I had from another project. Viola (see what I did there?) super cool, black matte letter coat hanger (that I have yet to hang in my classroom).
My goal for next year’s Swap is to try and go a little more outside of my comfort zone with the items I receive. If you REALLY want to be wowed, then check out the other Swappers! I sent my items off to Cassie at Primitive and Proper so be sure to jump here first!