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I came, I saw, I Conchord by Julia Walck

There's this fan mail contest through Ace Hotel to see Flight of the Conchords on July 20. The winners get a one night stay at the Ace in NY, and two tickets to the show. 

Back in high school, FOTC was MY JAM. I used to have their songs on my MySpace page...
I immediately sent the contest to my friend, Kelly, as we shared a mutual love for the ridiculousness that is Flight of the Conchords, and of course she agreed to create something with me for the contest. 

Kelly and I were re-watching old music videos and came across Sugalumps; it was then that we knew we needed to base our entry entirely off of balls (AKA the family jewels). 

Yes. That IS a frisbee. And yes. Those ARE sugar cubes. 

Using cut outs of various musicians from Rolling Stone magazine, we mod podged Bret, Jemaine, Murray, Dave and Mel's faces on top. One of my favorites is the Dave, Murray, Bret and Jemaine as members of the Dead Weather (header image on this post).

The top of the box is wrapped in the wallpaper from Bret and Jemaine's apartment, and the sides of the box are all different posters from Murray's office.

We also hid surprises on the inside panels of the box as an added 'special something'. Man. I REALLY wish I could see the person's face as they open this. It's going to be so many levels of "OH. MY. GOD".

The time spent creating this awesome disc (and box it went in) equaled the run time of the full two seasons of FOTC. How do we know that? I mean, it's not like we had it playing in the background or anything... 

Also, crafting this frisbee reminded me I've done some Flight of the Conchords fan art in the past. Here's some pieces I dug up: 

2010, India Ink

2011, Digital

2013, Micron

2013, Digital

Fingers crossed for us you guys! 

UPDATE on my previous update (Aug 13):

I contacted the Ace to see if they could ship our box back if I paid for shipping. Despite the fact I had included tracking on my package, after searching high and low they were unable to find it. Bummer it wasn't found, but appreciative of the help and the notebooks the Ace sent me!

UPDATE (July 18):

You know how I said, "We broke the rules"? Well I was joking, but apparently we ACTUALLY did. In very very very small print, it said, "Boxes or packages larger than standard envelope size will automatically be disqualified". Damn. Figuring out who to write to get that frisbee back stat. 

Seeing Stars... and Stripes 🇺🇸 by Julia Walck

PS I Made This has a cute little section on their site called Craft Math. I follow them on Instagram, and came across a "math problem" for some Star Spangled Glasses and just had to make them! 

I revised the sunglasses style a little (based on what I had), bought some stars, found some rad letters as an add-on, and voila! My super patriotic pair of glasses were born. Super easy. Plus I made this fun little gif to add to the Fourth of July-ness of it all. I'm 100% ready to sport them all day tomorrow. 

D.I.Hi by Julia Walck

I saw some piñata-esque letters on the interwebs the other day and thought, "Whoa. I need to make that". 

So I found an old shoebox, broke out my hot glue gun, got some scissors and tissue paper and got to cutting.  

I ended up making a lot of confetti along the way (as if I don't have enough leftover from New Years). 
This whole project cost under $10 to do! Crazy, right? 

This might be my last wall hanging project for a while though, we're running out of wall space...

Yarning For More by Julia Walck

I spent a couple of hours working on this DIY headboard piece over the weekend. Hung it up and then gave it a haircut. It ended up being 2.25 feet and is the perfect length for the room! 

I have all this excess yarn now. I'm sure I'll find a good use for it, and may or may not cover my walls with it. 

The Party Planning Committee by Julia Walck

Prepping for our housewarming party entails many things.

We made a DIY pom-pom bunting-esque wall hanging. Thank god for pom-pom beads! I didn't know it was a thing, but of course Etsy had some. 

Our color scheme is pretty much anything BRIGHT! Oranges, yellows, pinks and blues. I took some inspiration from our Kate Spade Saturday pillows and made an acrylic painting to use as a photo booth backdrop for our guests. 

Now we need to mix some good drinks, put on our Spotify Housewarming playlist and fill our house with good friends. 

I'll follow up with you on the aftermath.