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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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The day is finally here!
Submissions for Creating with the Stars are Open!
We are so excited to see all of your submission projects!

This group of blog stars is pretty epic!  One of them could be your new partner in crime! 

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


Let’s just recap CWTS a bit 

and then we’ll get onto the How To details!  

If you missed the announcement post with ALL the details, click here

You can submit one project that shows everyone your best stuff into the linky party below.  Projects must have been made October 1, 2011 or later and must be your own work.  You have until February 21st to enter your submission. From those entries, 11 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!


How to Enter CWTS:

1. Link Up your Project. Use the Linky below to submit your project entry 

*Reminder: Be sure to link to the actual project page, and not just your homepage.


2.  Grab a Button.  You need to add a link back to EC2 in your submission post.  Even if it’s an old post, just grab the button code below and paste it into the post.  

Grab button for Creating with the Stars


3. Follow EC2 on Facebook. Make sure you LIKE East Coast Creative so you get all the updates and info we’ll be sharing there as well.  (This step is a requirement to your entry- sorry to be big, bad, rule enforcers- We promise we aren’t mean!)


4. Start Spreading the Word!  The first 11 contestants will be chosen by the Blog Stars and East Coast Creative, but #12 will be chosen by popularity in the link party.  Get your readers to come over and give your thumbnail a click- yours could be the most viewed!!  (Just don’t act like some weird robot and click on your own entry a million times, that’s lame-o!)

And, as if you need any more motivation to enter, we have the BEST.SPONSORS.EVER!!  

The 2013 CWTS Prize packages Total over $4100!!
A special thanks to, HomeGoods, HomeTalk, and Home Depot for their generous sponsorship of CWTS.nWe’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

Okay, enough talking, let’s get submitting!  We’re so excited to have each and every one of you!!  Good Luck and May the Odds be ever in your Favor (sorry, two Hunger Games lovers here!)

The comments +

  1. Mindy says:

    I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it……
    Yep, I’m a dork. Can’t wait to check out all the link ups.
    Thanks for a shot at the title. 🙂

  2. Jesse Bodine says:

    Can hardly stand it! Super excited to see all the creativeness!!! Thank you for keeping this contest going!

  3. Sam M. says:

    I’ve been trying to add my link and it won’t let me because it says there is no back link. But, I’ve added two links back to you! 🙁

  4. Jesse B says:

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  5. Jesse Bodine says:

    I, too, have been trying to get my link up and it’s saying that I have not back linked to you (but I have). I’m with you Sam M! 🙁

  6. Hi Jess & Monica, so excited! Thanks for this awesome opportunity! Your blog is fantastic, so glad to have found you via blogtalk. Have a great week, Jen

  7. Thanks so much for the opportunity ladies! Such a great competition. So glad you guys are keeping it going!

  8. Woot!! I’ve been looking forward to this…thanks so much for a fun contest! Can’t wait to see what happens!

  9. This competition is sooooooooo fantastic! It’s how I “discovered” you!!! So many creative people in one place–brilliant!!!

  10. Mandy Rose says:

    So excited about this contest!!! Thanks for the opportunity to get creative with these amazing ladies! Fingers are crossed! 😉

  11. Thanks for everyone’s patience as we got the linky working! Good Luck!

  12. What a fun contest! Thanks for the opportunity, would love to work with any one of these talented ladies. 🙂

  13. It is so funny but I wonder why I don’t see my posts any more after making a refresh?

  14. Thanks for hosting this amazing contest! Can’t wait to see who’s chosen!

  15. Whoop there it is! 🙂 Thanks for the rockin’ party!!

  16. I’m such a sucker for a good contest. Thanks for hosting, ladies!

  17. Been looking forward to this contest!! Thanks, and good luck to everyone!

  18. if only you can hear my {EEEEEEK} I am excited. Thanks for this fun opportunity. Hugs, jen

  19. (I’m sorry that I already posted this comment – at least I thought I did! I can’t find it.) Does it count as ‘your own work’ if your husband has completed the ‘power tool’ parts? According to my instruction, of course! lol

  20. jennifer says:


    May the odds be ever in your favor (not “ever be”)

    HG blaspheme!
    (And good luck everyone–can’t wait to see what you do!)

  21. Waving my hands with excitement over here! Thanks for the chance to get an opportunity to work with some great diy’ers! ~ Angie

  22. Hi there! Is if possible to submit an entry if I don’t have a blog? Lots of projects, but no blog. 🙂

  23. I’m so excited to be surrounded by such tough competition. Thanks ECC for this amazing opportunity and thank you to the amazing stars that are lined up!! Fingers crossed.

  24. So excited about this! Can we enter more than once? I noticed that someone actually had 4 entries up there…

  25. Love this idea!!! Thanks for continuing it…sending a large glass of wine to all of the stars as it looks like you have a tough job ahead of narrowing down with all of these entries!!! So exciting!!

  26. Amanda says:

    This is such an awesome contest – so excited! I “liked” on Facebook, but I don’t have a blog Facebook page, just a personal one. Is there something I need to do (like email someone with my name) so that it can be shown that I actually liked the page? Wouldn’t want to get disqualified on a technicality! 🙂

  27. Wow, there is some stiff competition out there. :)Love it!!! Wish I had time to join in. I am so excited to see what happens!!

  28. I just linked up and I’m so excited!!!

  29. Yay! I am so excited.
    (my husband groaned in the background because the last time I was in a contest, the entire house was neglected and I don’t think he ever recovered, lol!)

  30. Kae says:

    Like Kristin above, I am really interested to know the rules about the number of projects you can submit… This is such a fun contest though! I’m excited to finish my entry!

  31. Wow – what an exciting contest!!!
    Can’t wait to check them all out!
    I’m linked and following!

  32. How fun! Thanks for hosting this, I submitted a link and am so nervous!! Love each of the Blog Stars too!!

  33. Thank you for hosting this, Monica & Jess and the awesome sponsors. This is exciting, can’t wait for March to arrive!

  34. Heard about this from a fellow blogger, I am linked and following. I see some very talented people on here and I am honoured to be along side of them. And very thrilled to be part of this. hugs Tobey

  35. Have I ever told you both that you are a party just waiting to happen. 🙂

    This contest looks like so much fun! Thanks for putting it all together!


  36. Taylor Made says:

    i cant wait to find out who makes it!! fingers crossed! I actually didn’t love any of my projects enough from the past few months, so I made a special project just to enter with!!
    thanks for hosting!


  37. So many unbelievable projects! It’s going to be hard to choose…hoping to be one of them!


  38. I am in awe at all the amazing projects, it has been so fun to see so much creativity! I just linked up and am so excited at this chance! Thanks so much!

  39. Jill says:

    OMG! What a fun contest! So many amazing projects! Thanks for putting it together! SMiles, Jill

  40. soowhatnow says:

    How do I add the Creating With The Stars button to my blog? I’ve got my post all ready to go, but I can’t figure out the code!

  41. Thanks for putting this all together! Looks like sooo much fun!

  42. ahhh! I’m getting so excited. Can’t wait to find out who makes it! Needless to say, I’d love the opportunity!

  43. The suspense is killing me! I’m going to have to take a break from my computer for a day!

  44. What a fun event! So much talent and inspiration. Good luck to everyone. Laura @Top This Top That

  45. This is just an awesome idea love it.

  46. You guys are awesome! I am wiped from staying up way too late working on my project…but now that I submitted it, I am going to go breath. 🙂 I have LOVED looking through the different projects…SO many great people & ideas!


  47. Rita says:

    Just have to say I’m wallowing in self pity at this point. I had a TOTALLY awesome makeover for you and it’s NOT done and it won’t be ready tomorrow either. Going to each chocolate cake and pray for a chance with what I submitted!!

  48. This is really fun! Having a hard time keeping the link, but all the info is there with a link to your site. So many amazing projects here! Good luck everyone:)


  49. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to enter and finally took the plunge tonight! I am sooo sooo excited for the challenge and can’t wait to see who the finalists are … not to mention who they get to be paired with! … keeping my fingers crossed!

  50. Thank you! I’m a little late to the party but better late than never 🙂

  51. Thanks ladies for this amazing opportunity! We’re so excited! There are so many great projects linked- we don’t envy you gals having to choose! We’re saying our prayers! Best wishes!

  52. Thank you so much for this Fabulous opportunity!! Can’t wait to see who makes the final cut.. There is a lot of stiff competition here. 🙂

  53. Thank you so much for this Fabulous opportunity!! Can’t wait to see who makes the final cut.. There is a lot of stiff competition here. 🙂

  54. Thanks for the great contest!! Here’s to hoping I get picked! Fingers crossed!

  55. Wow, I’m number 340 (way out in Siberia…) At least it’s been fun discovering new blogs. Thanks for the contest.

  56. Lucy Auburn says:

    Thank you for giving me the incentive I finally needed to start my blog! What a great opportunity for us newbies to join the Stars of Blogworld!

  57. Nanette says:

    I actually made it in time to submit. I’m so excited! Thanks so much for continuing this awesome friendly competition. I’m loving all the fun projects submitted and am loving finding all kinds of awesome blogs out there. I do not envy you guys having to choose just 12. Good Luck! And thanks so much!

  58. I feel like a little kid waiting to open presents on Christmas morning. Thanks for creating such a great contest! All the projects are soooo awesome! Hopefully the last two finalists don’t try to eat nightlock. bad joke 🙂

  59. Virginia says:

    What a load of great content! All you ladies deserve a BIG pat on the back for your super creative minds! Best of luck to all!

  60. Love this contest! My entry #338 isn’t showing the thumbnail for some reason… it cut off part of it. Not sure if you could fix it or not, but I thought I’d let you know! Can’t wait to see how the contest goes!

  61. Tracie Gulit says:

    So excited about this contest- its the first of its kind I’ve ever entered and I am a new blogger- Thank you Blog Stars for the opportunity!
    Just curious though, is this the page I will refer my followers to to view my entry for a shot at #12? Or am I missing something and there is a different page I should send them to?
    Tracie Gulit
    the bunch

  62. Tracie Gulit says:

    Is there any way for us to know where we are ranking for clicks?

  63. Sandy says:

    I am more than excited and Thank You to all
    the Blog Stars for this wonderful contest.
    I have posted on every site I can think of,
    Facebook, Pinterest and my blog asking (no
    begging) for some clicks…
    Good Luck Everyone entered… no I want to
    win!! haha
    Thanks again

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  67. Kiri says:

    What a fun contest! Love the fact the bloggers get linked up with ‘Blog Stars’. What a cool way to challenge the craft blog community and connect people. Oh the rivers of creative juices that will flow! 🙂

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