Swap It Like Its Hot #5

Monday has never been so fun!



I'm back for another round of Swap It Like It's Hot! New to the Swap It challenge? DIY bloggers sign up to give and receive a box of thrifted objects in the $10-$15 range, with the purpose of turning the sad contents into treasure! 

This is my third swap, but for a trip down memory lane, see how my first and my second adventures turned out. Good times all around! 

From my friend Dena {Hearts and Sharts} I received the following treasures: 

1) a set of five small glass votives, with the used, melted wax still intact...



2) a set of four frames with some kind of sample cartoon art...


3) a huge book of scrapbook paper...

The scrapbook paper did not materialize into a project in time for the challenge, but it will show up on my blog in the near future, because I had a lot of ideas. 



The votives were probably the easiest, and my favorite. These humble glass votives are found in every thrift store, available for mere cents. I'm reasonably certain I have a small collection of these in a cabinet somewhere. 





Next, the picture frames presented a challenge. My initial plan was to remove the glass, toss the cartoony art, and use the glass for something. When I removed the glass I realized it was actually plastic. Dang it!

Plan B: Wood Art, using the frames. 


I truly love this piece on the mantle.


I'll be back with full, step-by-step tutorials for each of these projects.

Spoiler: one is easy, and the other one is easy but time-consuming!



I sent my friend Jillian {I Am a Homemaker} these beauties:


Truthfully, I wanted to keep the wooden bowls for myself, but I know they're in good hands with Jillian! Hop over to see what she created. 





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25 comments:

  1. That wood art is awesome!!! Thanks for all my goodies, I didn't chop the bowls up or anything :)

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    1. Thank you, and you did a great job with the bowls!

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  2. Girl! Look what you did with those frames! What a great idea! My apologies to Keith and Shannon, the picnicing lovers.

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    1. For a second I thought Keith and Shannon were the artists behind the cartoon art, and maybe I had offended them. Then I figured it out. :)

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  3. Love the votives!! so simple but so so pretty!

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  4. OMG the wood art is AWESOME and so inventive... love what you did <3

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  5. How fun! I love anything with gold leafing. I really want to gold leaf everything in sight. And that wood art is really cool and unique!

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  6. I love what you did with both of these projects. The wood art is awesome and the votives, well everything looks better with gold leafing!

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    1. Agreed - let's gold leaf all the things!

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  7. I love both transformations! The wood art is awesome!!

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  8. LOVE the votives! they are so pretty! i always love gold! :)

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  9. That wood art is amazing! I would have never thought of anything like that! Great job!

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  10. Really really cool. The votives look like they are from a high end store, and that wood art is totally unique! Love it!!

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    1. Well that made my day, Kimm. Thank you!

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  11. These are both gorgeous! Can't wait to see how you made the wood art :D

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  13. Those gold leaf votives are so chic! And I'm all heart eyed emoji over here for that wood art. So cool!

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  14. Colleen,
    That picture frame wall decor piece is just amazing and so creative. And you can never have too many cute votive holders. Great job.
    Shelly

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  15. You are one talented chick! I love what you did with the votive holders and the wood frame idea was totally ingenious!

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  16. Love the votives! I just donated about 3948503 of them from a wedding I coordinated. Kicking myself now! And the wood art?! KILLER. You slayed it, friend!

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  17. You TEASE! SO curious how you pulled off the wood art! I can barely make one miter cut much less a dozen so hopefully you have a trick! And the votives are the BOMB. LOVE. Would never have thought to combine that style with gold leaf. Very cool.

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