I Almost Pulled My Hair Out!

7.01.2011

I love a good challenge, but this one bout made me nuts! First I had to find a magazine photo to copy. That in itself is not easy. I didn't want to have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff so I was trying to find a photo where I already had most of the stuff on hand. I looked and I looked and started to say forget it, but I thought no, I will find something. Then Mr. Savvy came in with the mail and my new Country Living magazine was in the stack. I started looking through it and bam there was a photo that I could copy.

Love when this magazine appears each month. One of my favorites.

A few pages in and I saw this photo. This craft was even done by a blogger. How nice to have it published in a major publication.

First I needed curtain rings and I remembered that I had a couple of bags put away in a drawer that I never used. I bought these a gazillion years ago from Sears. See the price tag. You can't get a dozen large rings for that price anymore.

My curtain rings were brown so first thing I had to do was pull out the chalk paint.

Now these are the only purchases I made. I had to have a red paint pen. The blogger used a sharpie. Then I had to have the typewriter letter stamps and a black ink pad. 

You would think this would be an easy project. NOT! At least not for me. I can paint a huge piece of furniture, but when it comes to small crafts I don't do so good. Look at my sloppy paint job on those poor red stripes. I could not get straight lines around those rings to save my life. Then I tried to stamp the tiny letters on. And I tried and I tried some more. That is when I wanted to pull my hair out!!
So no words on my lifesaver rings. You will just have to imagine the writing on them.

So here is a shot of everything I used for this one copy cat challenge shot.

Here is the magazine shot to copy again.

And here is my shot. Of course the napkins and flowers are different, but it is pretty darn close.

Debbie, thanks for the challenge and I am glad I survived it!

Joining Debbiedoos for this fun linky party.

Why don't you try the challenge. It ain't easy!

Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!
 

57 comments:

  1. Great take on the challenge, you survived!

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  2. Kim it was much harder then it sounded for sure. You did a great job. I saw that photo and liked it but didn't think I could do those napkin rings. You still made a great copy cat photo! Hugs, Linda

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  3. I had to smile when I read your post - I just bought all the supplies yesterday for that very same project! Planning on giving it a go later today - I love the distressing you did on the rings. Hadn't planned on that, but now I am definitely going there! Jane

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  4. bluebird, good luck. You will probably have no problem stamping the letters on. I had a mess. I may try again.

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  5. Love how it turned out. Looks just like the magazine!
    ~Heidi

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  6. Kim!!!!...Don't pull your hair out, you're like me we've cut it short(and loving it too),girlfriend you did an awesome copy cat, you are a pro,I really didn't stress so much and had ton's of fun with the copy cat challenge but mine sure didn't turn out as fabulous as yours, I enjoyed reading and looking at your photo's, you did a great job!..Thanks for sharing, hope Debbiedoos will "Copy Cat Party Again", I'm sure going to try and get "more-better"! FUN!FUN!FUN!
    I really,really love this idea of curtain-ring-napkin-rings!!..

    Hey!..Have a great 4th my friend,CELEBRATE!!

    ~Jo
    LAZYONLOBLOLLY

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  7. You did an awesome job Kim! I am thinking you can use those rings in the nautical room now if you wanted!~ It turned out so very cute. No not an easy challenge, hence the word "challenge"! Can't wait to do it again. Thanks Kim for joining in. Hope you don't need to go to the hairdresser after pulling your hair out LOL!

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  8. Great job! I saw those in the magazine and wondered how hard it would be to stamp the letters on. You answered my question. :) I think yours look cute as is!

    Pam

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  9. Well done! You're amazing.

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  10. Those are the cutest little summer napkin rings! Great job Kim!
    xo Cheryl

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  11. Oh, Kimmie, you nailed it and you are truly the most smartest one! Love my English? :) You really did good and I love those little napkin rings.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Kim you are such a rock star! I used to be a craftaholic, thinking I needed to try and make every cute thing I saw, many times ending in frustration because it didn't turn out as cute as the original. Well, I'm older and wiser now and when I see a cute project like the one you copied, I can just smile and say "she sure did a good job on that" and turn the page! Freedom! Love how yours turned out by the way!

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  13. Your copy turned out great Kim, I think you nailed it. This is a hard challenge but fun too.

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  14. You did a great job! I may have to find my bag of curtain rings and give this a try.
    Thanks!

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  15. SO CUTE!!! and just in time to use for this 4th of July weekend! I had never seen those little stamps before...I may have to go use my coupon at the craft store and get a set. Thanks for sharing...you never know how something you mention in your blog may help someone else.

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  16. Ms Kim, I have to say I love your lifesavers better. Love the distressing that you did on them and the not so straight lines just adds to the worn look. Great job.

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  17. How much fun! Sorry it was so irritating! Wish I had time to join but the floor are yelling at me!:)

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  18. Well you did a fantastic job Kim!
    Talk about tedious though painting those little rings!!

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  19. Well Kim, it looks great! And I cannot imagine going round and round that thing trying to make a line! So I commend you!
    Brenda

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  20. Okay, those are so cute! Great job! I'd probably skip the stamps and pull out my trusty black Sharpie and write the words. I can't imagine stamping something that tiny.

    Happy 4th to you!

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  21. I read this in the magazine yesterday. Your rings look very sporty. I cannot do crafts at all.

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  22. Perfect, Kim!!! Great job!
    -Trish

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  23. Wow - Kim! You did an amazing job! I love this idea and yours turned out perfectly!

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  24. Great job, Kim! Looks just like the magazine!

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  25. Loved the rings when I saw the Magazine . . .but more important, didn't you just get knocked out with Sarah Richardson on the cover.

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  26. so cute! Have a wonderful holiday weekend:o)

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  27. I LOVED YOUR NAPKIN RINGS,VERY MUCH. NOW I WANT SOME...I COPY FROM WAYSIDE TREASURE'S SANDI, LOTS.;):) SMILES TO YOU,SUSIE

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  28. It does look like the magazine, and you can't say theirs is better! I think it came out great, and sometimes those small details can kill you, but you did it!

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  29. Oh this is wonderful! So simple that I would have never thought to use curtain rings for napkin rings. Love the cute little finish on them. Great Copy Cat make-over :D

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  30. Kim! That is awesome!!!

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  31. Kim, you are amazing! I love this idea!!! This is an awesome copy cat makeover!

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  32. Kim, I saw that same photo and I wondered if I could make those. I have some white curtain rings. I think I'll just paint the red on them they way you did and the heck with the letters. Yours look so cute with your napkins!

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  33. Hello Kim
    what a LOVELY Post......
    The photos are so nice.....
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  34. They look fabulous, but I know what you mean. I am really not good at tiny little projects at all. That's why I don't scrapbook. I would definitely pull my hair out. You did a great job. Hugs, Marty

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  35. Your copy turned out great!!
    Country Living is one of my favorite magazines too.
    Have a Happy 4th of July weekend.
    ~Cindy~

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  36. Hi Kim, they look so cute!!

    Kathy

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  37. They look adorable. Your napkins are perfect too, I love it! That's a craft I might like to try. they are so cute!

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  38. Yours are just adorable without the stamped letters. Bravo for giving it a try. Sally

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  39. Girl, don't pull your hair out! Take it from one who has had no hair...it takes too long to grow back!! And what were you worried about...it turned out well...you did more than me. I think the idea is fun...just sounded like too much work right now....

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  40. These came out great. They are so summery and nautical looking!! Have a great 4th of July!

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  41. I think you did a great job, Kim. We always notice the little imperfections when we do things ourself. When others do the same we call the imperfections "character".
    Have a great Holiday weekend, Missy.

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  42. Oh do I know your pain! I can't cut a straight line to save my life. You'd think that would be crafting 101. Still, you did a great job. They are adorable!

    Jeanine

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  43. You are a hoot...and obviously you were up to the challenge! I think you did a great job. Now rest and have a great weekend...

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  44. You did great. I got as far as looking in magazines and then thought oh forget it! I love Debbie and felt so bad that I did not participate, I feel like I let her down. Your copy looks wonderful

    Carol

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  45. Well, I think it looks pretty darned good! Next thing you know you will be crocheting some hair into a "hat" to cover up those bald spots! I think it is very hard to paint stripes on ANYTHING if you can't use painter's tape...and that doesn't look like a possibility there! Pretty darned cute, Kim! Hugs- Diana

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  46. I think you did a great job Kim! I like both the napkin rings & your photo.

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  47. Those are the cutest things! You did a great job, I love your setting more, you've got the best flower! Love it all!
    Debbie

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  48. I like your photo better great job!
    Lezlee

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  49. The napkin rings are too, too cute! I love it! Your photo should have been in Country Living!

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  50. Kim that is so perfect I am in charge of my Dad's boat re-model *should post about it, hummm* anyway I am going to try this ...how perfect, thank you again for such amazing inspiration!

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  51. I love this idea. Your napkin rings turned out great and your copycat photo is better than the original. ~Michelle

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  52. These are sooo cute...love this post and idea! Believe me I've done some projects, that made me want to pull my hair out too,so you're not alone. They were worth it though and besides I think I've still got plenty of hair :) Even if you did have to pull a few hairs ...this project was sooo worth it right?! lol Happy 4th to you :)
    Q~

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  53. I wish I was that creative! I never would have thought about using curtain rings for napkin rings. That is why I love blogs and blogging so much - so many wonderful ideas out there. Great blog!

    Jen
    www.dishesandsocks.com

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  54. Wow! That is the exact same feel to it as the photo. Good luck with the contest. I think you did great!

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