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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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**Update: Submissions are NOW open! Click here to enter! 
You’d better be sitting down ladies and gents, because we’re thrilled to announce that we are hosting the BEST, MOST AWESOME contest in all of blogland!!  Remember that contest we won last year? Crafting with the Stars? Well, not only did we win it, but we also bought it! Tam, from Sew Dang Cute, took a leave from blogging and we jumped at the chance to run the contest that helped jump-start our blogging careers. We’re hoping that we can help one of YOU jump start or boost your blogging career, too!
Welcome to the new home of Creating with the Stars! 
We’re super excited because it’s bigger, badder and better than it has ever been. In case you didn’t notice, we’ve renamed it Creating with the Stars, which means no limits to the incredible stuff you can create. It’s not just crafts anymore, people.

What the heck is Creating with the Stars, you ask? CWTS is the ultimate creative DIY competition that pairs 12 contestants with 12 of blogland’s biggest stars to duke it out over 4 weeks. Only one team will make it to the end to claim the Grand Prize. The best part? You, the readers, choose the winners!
Here’s a peek into our projects from the 2012 season…
One of our favorite parts of this competition is that contestants are paired with a super famous, awesome Blog Star!  We’ve rounded up the best of the best and we know you all would LOVE a chance to work 1:1 with any of these bloggers!

Introducing the 2013 Creating with the Stars Blog Stars! 

1- Sherry from Young House Love
2- Whitney & Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic
3- Brooke from All Things Thrifty
4- Jen from Tatertots and Jello
5- Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick
6- Beckie from Infarrantly Creative
7- Mandi from Vintage Revivials
8- Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime
9- Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect
10- Beth from Home Stories A to Z
11- Kari from U Create
12- Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl
That’s some serious talent all in one place! And let me tell you, some of these bloggers are in it to win it-they’re all about the competition!! Wouldn’t it be so awesome to be paired up with one of them?!?

We also have some ridiculously awesome sponsors, who are chomping at the bit to give you some great prizes!
The 2013 CWTS Prize packages Total over $4100!!
A special thanks to, HomeGoods, and Home Depot for their generous sponsorship of CWTS! We’re so honored to have them!

The Grand Prize Winners (Contestant and Blog Star) will each receive:
$500 from Homes.Com
$500 Gift Card to HomeGoods
Project featured by HomeTalk

All contestants that make it to Week 4 will be given a $100 Giftcard to HomeGoods to use during the week 4 home decor challenge! 

The Semi-Finals Winner will receive:
$500 Gift Card to Home Depot (Contestant & Blog Star)
$100 worth of Martha Stewart supplies from Plaid Crafts
$125 Gift Card to Lucent Lampworks
Project featured by HomeTalk

The Week 2 Winner will receive:
$100 Gift Card to Royal Design Studio
A pair of $120 Robert Allen pillows from Chic Decor Pillows
Project featured by HomeTalk

The Week 1 Winner will receive: 
$50 worth of 31 Gifts products
$60 worth of Twtsted Yarn products
$70 of Henle Headbands products
$100 Blog Re-design from 733 Design
Project featured by HomeTalk

Here’s how it all works:
Submit one project that shows everyone your best stuff into the linky party here on East Coast Creative that will begin on February 5th. Projects must have been made October 1, 2011 or later and must be your own work.  You have until February 21st to enter. From those entries, 12 of you will be chosen by the blog stars and us as contestants and will be randomly paired up to work one-on-one with a Blog Star, to duke it out in a four-week competition to see who’s the most creative.  The Star will give suggestions, ideas, encouragement, and help so you can come up with the best project possible.  Each round will have a theme and the bottom three will be eliminated based on reader votes.  Once the contest is started, weekly projects are anonymous, so big blogger or rookie, everyone’s on the same, even playing field!  Find your favorite project to link up and be prepared to put your best foot forward if you want to survive!

What to do Now!
Submissions are NOW open! Click here to enter! 
Be sure to Like East Coast Creative on Facebook. We’re going to be messaging reminders, sneak peeks, and lots of contest info via Facebook, so you don’t want to miss out!  Also, start deciding what one project you want to submit for your chance to be a contestant! The sky is the limit and we’re so excited to see all the amazing project submissions! Anytime you tweet about the contest, make sure you use #cwts2013 to stay in the loop and see what everyone else is saying about the contest!

If you have any questions about the contest, please email us at

We’re so excited about our 1st season hosting CWTS and we hope you are too!! Spread the word, because it’s going to be one awesome ride!


The comments +

  1. So…. when is the dance competition round? put me in coach when you get that set up…mmmmmkay? ;)This is downright RAD girls! How fun! I can’t wait to see this play out!

  2. Sam M. says:

    *GAH* This is SO exciting…I can’t WAIT until February 5th!!!

  3. does the project you enter have to one you blogged about or can it be anything you have created after october 2011?? THANKS! I am literally jumping up and down with excitement right now!!!!!

  4. Virginia says:

    VERY awesome!! Is it open to Canadians, or US only? Would love to play along!

  5. This is fantastic! So excited for you two!!! What a great contest!

  6. Kari says:

    I am not going to lie… guys kicked my butt in crafting with the stars last year, but I am all over entering this contest and stepping it up!! You guys rock!

    Kari @ The Sunset Lane

  7. Sign me up!!! Popping over from Vintage Revivals and would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to participate. Definitely linking up on the 5th! You certainly rounded up an awesome group of stars!!!

  8. thompson says:

    how exciting! can’t wait to submit my entry!! xoxo

  9. Omg! How excited am I!? I never heard of this contest till now, but then again I’m a newbie. I’m so excited just to enter. There are so many amazing blogs out there it’s going to be so hard to choose. Good luck. 🙂

  10. Holy Moly those are some ***big stars*** I feel the need to enter just so I can have a conference call with any one of those stars!!!

  11. Corrie says:

    Wow! This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to see what projects come out of it!

  12. Oh my goodness gracious! I cannot wait to follow along with the competition! I [religiously] follow 8 of those ladies (and just started with the other few) so I’m kinda peeing my pants with excitement!

  13. Yay! I was literally JUST thinking about this contest and wondering if anyone was going to do it. So happy you guys took it on. So exciting 🙂

  14. I am so excited… Looks like loads of fun, especially with the awesome stars you have lined up! Crossing my fingers. 🙂

  15. Shannon says:

    Insane!!! You two totally kicked our butts last year. So cool that you’re running the show now. xo,

  16. EEEKKK!!! So Crazy Cool!!! Can’t wait 🙂

  17. Laurie B. says:

    Do you have to have a blog to enter?

  18. Katie says:

    So awesome!!! I can’t wait to enter! Now I need to figure out a project to submit!

  19. Julia Konya says:

    Wow, it’s big and scary and exciting and awesome!

  20. So exciting! I might just have to get my butt in gear and enter this time – who could say no to all those amazing prizes!? 🙂

  21. Anne says:

    Is this only open to US bloggers? Looking forward to seeing some awesome projects!!

  22. Wow – apparently male bloggers don’t exist.

  23. When you say ‘must be your own work’ – do you mean the sawing and drilling parts too?? lol.
    I still sub those parts out to my husband. 🙂

  24. This is such a great opportunity! Thanks for all you guys do! 🙂

  25. […] wouldn’t change a thing about it! This was a big year for us, from hosting the first annual Creating with the Stars, which we transformed from Crafting with the Stars from Tam at Sew Dang Cute, to hosting our very […]

  26. Tammy Linskey says:

    I was a stressful am…..logged online BAM opened eastcoastcreative and I am ecstatic, excited and thankful for people like you!!!! Thank you!

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