Challenge #23 – Super Ugly to Super Awesome

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This month’s challenge was to spend $20 or less at a thrift store and buy something super ugly, tacky or otherwise abominable and revamp it to be something awesome. It could have been a piece of artwork, clothing, figurine, statue, platter, furniture…whatever the member decided!

There were so many possibilities for this challenge, which is probably why we ended up with 44 amazing entries.

The winner of the Super Ugly to Super Awesome challenge is Sad Suit to Ruffle-y cute by LauPre! Once a sad, sad over-sized frumpy business suit, LauPre transformed it into a super cute and funky outfit!
Sad Suit to Ruffle-y cute
Check out details and more images about her whole project here:

Here are a few more of my personal favorites from the challenge…

You really can’t help but be happy when you look at this Purple People Eater Storage Ottoman entry by
! 🙂
Purple People Eater
Purple People Eater

I especially love this entry because moxie_d put a whole different spin on the challenge of “Super Ugly to Super Awesome.” With her entry entitled It’s Britney Bitch 😉, she took things in a different direction. Check out her project to find out more, but here are a few pictures to give you a tease:

You can see all of the amazing entries here: Each of these entries had the chance to win a copy of each of these three craft books:
Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals
by Therese Laskey
Amazon Book Description: Stirred by the Japanese craze for plush toys called “softies,” veteran crafter Therese Laskey commissioned acclaimed artists from around the world to create projects to share. From Japan to Israel to Chile to Texas, each artist brings a wicked sense of fun to the 25 cute, weird, edgy, or artful creations offered here: a cupcake pincushion; delicate snow bunnies; a peculiar robot; and many more quirky creatures. Cheeky photos, easy instructions, and ready-to-use pattern sheets make it a cinch to whip up these irresistible gifts. Best of all, a folder at back holds the patterns while spiral binding makes for craft-friendly use.

Craft Inc.
Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business
by Meg Mateo Ilasco
Amazon Book Description: Craft, Inc. is the hipster business primer for entrepreneurial crafters to turn what they do for fun into what they do for money. Pro crafter Meg Mateo Ilasco offers a step-by-step guide to everything from developing products and naming the company to writing a business plan, applying for licenses, and paying taxes. Chapters on sales, marketing, trade shows, and publicity round out the mix. Plus, in-depth interviews with such craft luminaries as Jonathan Adler, Lotta Jansdotter, Denyse Schmidt, and Jill Bliss provide inspiration and practical advice. Accessible, informative, and more than a little spunky, Craft, Inc. paves the way for today’s creative minds to become tomorrow’s trendsetters.

Alternation: Transform. Embellish. Customize
by Shannon Okey and Alexandra Underhill
Amazon Book Description: Customize your clothes. Transform your world.
Do-it-yourself fashion is the most creative, affordable and fun way to create a style that’s completely and uniquely you. Whether you’re a sewing novice or a savvy seamstress, AlterNation will give you all the knowledge and inspiration you need to create your own trend-setting clothes and accessories. Just dig into the back of your closet or hit up your favorite thrift store, and you’ll be on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind wardrobe that will have your friends asking, “Where’d you get that?!”
* Convert a men’s buttondown into the sleek and sleeveless Office Corset, or combine it with a flowing skirt to create the surprisingly feminine Men’s Shirt Dress.
* Reinvent a pillowcase and a flat sheet to create the cute and comfy Bedhead Top and Asymmetrical Sheet Skirt.
* Pair some ripped-beyond-wear jeans with some trendy fabric to make the Dangerous Cherry Handbag, or cut a few out-of-style pairs into panels for the Denim Corset Skirt.
Not only will you learn to make 25+ projects, you’ll be bursting with ideas for countless more. Join the citizens of AlterNation! Turn your back on the mall, set your own trends, and show off your style!

Thanks to all of our entrants and prize contributors this month!!

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  1. J. says:

    Ow great work on britney’s stuff

  2. Dea Detritus says:

    wow, they’re all really nice! 😀

    i especially like the business suit one.. wish i was any good at sewing.

  3. Jennifer .C. says:

    I absolutely adore what was done with the business suit. Totally different!

    And the mention of alternation only mde me more angsty for my own to hurry up and arrive in the mail 😀

  4. ArianaFaNk says:

    That was nice. Thank you for sharing this one.

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