That's right DSC readers, it's time for another challenge, with another $100 gift card prize generously provided by Dollar Tree! This month, rather than picking a specific theme, we're doing something a little different: The Five Dollar Challenge! Start crafting now, and come back to enter on July 1st.
Dollar store crafting is not only about creativity, it's about big ideas on a small budget. You might be surprised at just how far $5 can get you! Take, for example, this USB desk lamp by Rebecca Made It. Can you identify all of the dollar store parts she used?
(Of course, we always encourage the use of stash items, so you don't need to count on-hand items in your total. It's safe to assume that every crafter has glue, tape, paint, and scrap fabric laying around, right?)
Here are the challenge rules:
1. Post your project on your blog, or as a post in the "Community" Section on Dollar Store Crafts. A photo of your project is required, as well as a list of materials used, which shall total no more than $5. Supplies such as glue, tape, paint, and no more than 25% worth of stash supplies are allowed.
2. Submit a link to your project using the linky submission that will at the bottom of the contest entry post.
Dates: July 1st, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT). Linky Party closes at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 6th, 2012.
Multiple entries by the same person are accepted, however, only one prize will be awarded.
Eligibility: Residents of the USA, 18 and older
Winner Selection: There will be 1 Winner, chosen by a team of 3 judges who include 2 members of the Dollar Store Crafts staff, and one independent person with expertise in the area of crafting. Entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria: originality, usefulness, creativity, clarity of instructions, and availability of materials at dollar stores.
Prize: $100 gift card to Dollar Tree.
More from Me: Ooooh, I'd love to do this challenge-I love the Dollar Tree!!! Dunno if I'll have time this time around, but if I don't, I hope they'll do another one! It's too bad I didn't know about this site when I made my Packer Claus last Christmas! ;) (actually, I don't think my Packer Claus would qualify. All the paint I used came from my paint stash-green, yellow, white, glitter and the glaze-that's more than 25%!) ;)
I know, I know-I should be posting about the Venus Transit (which was AWESOME by the way!) I would like to include pictures, so I just have to decide which ones I would like to share here. :)
Until then, I would like to share with you the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra's fourth collaboration, "Dalek Suite!"
I would have to say this was the most fun to work on so far. I'm really excited about our next piece, "The Impossible Astronaut Suite". TIAS will include bits from "I Am the Doctor" (the DWFO's first collaboration). I really enjoyed "I Am the Doctor" and have often said the only thing I regret about joining the DWFO is missing out on the first piece! ;)
Happy June! As usual, I've been pretty busy!! But I want to try to make more of an effort to post here-as I've neglected this blog (well, all my blogs) quite a bit. Here are a couple of updates in my life.
I've played around with the telephoto lens that belonged to my dad-I've been taking pictures of the moon throughout it's current cycle. I need to learn to focus it a bit better, but it's still pretty cool. Too bad it's been cloudy the past two nights...
Speaking of astronomical events-the transit of Venus is this Tuesday! At first, I wasn't as excited as I should be-after all, it's not going to occur again for over 100 years. However, I didn't have any eclipse glasses or arc welder's glass, so I wouldn't be able to see it with my own eyes. Then I went to storage and brought home a box of some of my dad's camera equipment. As I was going through the box, I discovered a piece of no. 14 arc welder's glass!!! Not only that, but it was made into a filter that fits over the telephoto lens!! (Remember, if you want to watch the transit through binoculars, telescope, or in my case-a camera with a telephoto lens, the filter needs to be on the end that is closest to the sun, see Safely View the Upcoming Transit ). Although he designed it to watch solar eclipses, I think it's quite the coincidence that I found the filter just over a week before the transit! I'm sure he would have used it for the transit! I'm hoping the weather will cooperate so I can take some pictures using his telephoto lens and the filter he created. :) I'm hoping there will be some clear skies this weekend so I can take a few test shots of the sun. :)
In other news, the fourth piece from the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra is out!! I wanted to embed the video for my blog, but alas, I am on dial up, and it's having issues with YouTube-it won't let me grab the link to embed the video-I'll have to wait until I'm somewhere with a faster connection. For now, you can check out the Dalek Suite by clicking here. :)