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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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When we opened submissions for Creating with the Stars on February 4th, we had no idea how how incredibly amazing the submissions would be.  Really, we knew we’d get some good ones, but this was out of control!  You guys made choosing so.incredibly.hard!  We want to thank all 361 of you that took the time to enter. It has already been a great start to our first season!
Without further ado, let’s get down to business…
Introducing the Contestants for CWTS2013
(In no particular order)

1. Janel
about me pic



#23 Boys Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

and her Blog Star is….
Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl!





2. Jourdan & Ashley


#33 DIY Barndoor Headboardand their blog star is…
Beth from Home Stories A to Z!

3. Sarah



#48 80’s Chandelier to Glass Mirror

and her blog star is….
Brooke from All Things Thrifty!

4. Jen

Life Crafts & Whatever

#75 DIY Plank Wall

and her blog Star is…..
Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime!

5. Amanda & Corey

#131 Handmade Dining Room Light

and their blog star is…..
Beckie from Infarrantly Creative!

6. Nancy

Owen's Olivia

# 137 Owen’s Nursery Makeover

and her blog Star partner is…
Kari from U-Create!

7. Jessica
womans day 2

#164 Anthro-Inspired Inventor’s Bell Jar Lampand her star is….
Mandi from Vintage Revivals!

8. Sarah

While They Snooze

#223 Herringbone Metallic Artwork

and her blog Star is…..
Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick!

9. KariAnne

#243 Shutter Wall

and her blog stars are….
Ashley and Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic!

10. Nat & Holly

My Sister's Suitcase

#281 Living Room Makeover

and their blog star is….
Jen from Tatertots & Jello!

11. Ann Marie

#344 Mom Cave Makeoverand her blog star is….
Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect!

12. Melissa


5 foot 12 creations

#345 Bedroom Reading Corner

and her blog star is…..
Sherry from Young House Love!


Aren’t those projects amazing? It’s going to an incredible season!
The first week’s challenge is a fun one.
 Week 1: UPCYCLE
You Can Play Along with CWTS Too!
Now, if we could have chosen all of you, we would have. We still want to showcase all of your talent and project.  For every weekly challenge, we’re going to have a link party where you can link up one of your favorite projects that fit in with the weekly theme.  We’ll pick our favorite project each week and we’ll feature our favorite here on EC2.  Get your Upcycle DIY projects ready for week one, starting next week!
And we’re sure don’t need reminding, but just incase… we have an EPIC prize package!
The 2013 CWTS Prize packages Total over $4100!!
A special thanks to, HomeGoods, HomeTalk, 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 Lamp works
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 Twysted Yarn products
$70 of Henle Headbands products
$100 Blog Re-design from 733 Design
Project featured by HomeTalk

The comments +

  1. Kae says:

    There are some amazing projects here! Congrats!

  2. LYB Assoc. says:

    Ahhhhhhh!!! So excited!!! Thank you so much!!!!! 🙂 — Little Yellow Barn

  3. So excited to be picked at all…never mind with these fantastic blogs! Seriously so exciting!!!

  4. Shannon Fox says:

    Huge, HUGE congrats to all the winners. I am beyond excited to see what everyone comes up with. Love the pairings. This is going to be epic!!

  5. Amanda says:

    Wow! I’m so honored (and incredibly intimidated) to be included with so many amazing projects! Can’t wait to get started!

  6. Holy numb nuts!!!!!!! Thank you!!! I did not envy your job in choosing. There are so many talented people, and I feel honored to be included!

  7. Jessica Hill says:

    I am so unbelievably excited! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!

  8. Christina says:

    wooohooo these projects are AMAZING! And I seriously LOVE Ann Marie!! GO GIRLS!

  9. Oh. Em. Gee. Jaw is on floor!

  10. Officially freaking out! Woo hoo! I’m so excited!

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  12. Oh my gosh!! SO excited to be selected out of so many amazing projects!!!! I’m honored to be included! Thank you!!

  13. So excited the Sisters Suitcase girls were selected, they are fabulous!!

  14. Mary says:

    Congratulations to the top 12. I’ll be following along each week … so exciting. Good luck to all.

  15. WOOOOOHOOO! Congrats to all of the winners! I am so excited for Nat and Holly!

  16. Tracie Gulit says:

    Congratulations contestants!!’ Have fun! I am so jealous!!!
    — the bunch

  17. Hello– Amazing Talent up there– screaming at the seams! WOW- Good luck to you all… I will be watching can’t wait to see how this unfolds! -Jen

  18. Ok, WOW!! We are SO excited and honored to be a part of this top 12… and we can’t wait to work with Jen 🙂 Thank you so much for this opportunity!!! Wheeeee!

  19. Congratulations to the selected competitors, there are some stunning projects! I had a blast viewing all the submissions so thanks to ECC for hosting. We will be awaiting anxiously each week to see the projects each round. Go girls!

  20. Soooo looking forward to all the inspiration!!

  21. I think the word to best describe what I’m feeling would be flabbergasted. And maybe super pumped. Thank you SO much for picking me and my mom cave for a spot in the top 12, I am so flattered to be among such talented ladies. And so ready to go nuts on my house! 🙂

    Congrats to the rest of the competitors and a big hug to the rest of the blogs who linked up! I’ve had a blast looking at all of the projects and will be pinning for days. So. Much. Talent!

  22. I am SO excited and SO honored to be in the top 12!!! Thank you!!!! Can’t wait to get started!!!!

  23. Abbey Ofs says:

    Can’t wait to check all of these blogs and ideas out! Thanks for recommending 🙂

  24. Congratulations to all who were chosen!!! And good luck! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


  25. Congrats everyone! Looking forward to round 1’s projects 🙂

  26. Seriously SO much talent!! They were all stars in my book! I cannot wait to work with Jen! YAY!

  27. Whoa! Nice field. Some of the contestants are stars themselves! I’m looking forward to following along. Congrats, all!

  28. I am so excited. There were so many fabulous blogs and projects linked up. SO much talent. I am completely excited about this season. It’s going to be amazing.


  29. Congratulations to everyone! I don’t know how you were able to narrow it down with so many creative projects submitted. Looking forward to the season and all the fantastic ideas!
    Debbie 🙂

  30. Awesome Line-up!!! Can’t wait to see all the FUN that’s going to be going on here 🙂

  31. Awesome Line-up!!! Can’t wait to see all the FUN that’s going to be going on here 🙂

  32. Wow! Already follow several,of those but it’s nice to find new folks to follow too! This is going to be pretty competitive I think!

  33. Kari Sweeten says:

    Incredible talent!!
    All of the projects are amazing and this is going to be a rockin’ awesome competition! Nancy lets do this thing!
    Congrats to all!!

  34. Awesome talent! Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!

  35. […]         And now for my big, big news:  I WAS CHOSEN AS A CONTESTANT FOR CREATING WITH THE STARS!!!  I am so incredibly honored to be one of just 12 chosen because I STALKED those entries, […]

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