Welcome to The CSI Project’s ‘Hardware Store’ Challenge!

It’s time to link up your ‘Hardware Store’ projects!

We are so excited to see them.



  1. All entries for this challenge need to incorporate the challenge’s theme. Since this week’s theme is “Hardware Store” you must have something that obviously uses ONE element from a Hardware Store  in your project. Some examples of projects that have Hardware Store elements might be — DIY furniture projects using nails or staple guns, moulding, lumber or wood trim, jewelry using washers, chain or other HS elements, gardening projects, paint projects using paint from Hardware Stores …
  2. When you enter the challenge, please enter the link to the specific post on your blog that relates to the project — not to your general blog. This will help when a year from now, for example, someone who visits the site can find your project directly.
  3. The CSI Project button must be in your blog post. HERE are the buttons.  This makes it easy for other people to come over and join in the challenge if they like – and for us to know that we have the correct entry in the challenge when we’re judging. And if you use an older post, please update it so it’s current. If you don’t want to update it, please add the button to that post and to the sidebar for the week of the contest. Thanks!
  4. The project you submit must be your own project and something you have made. (It can be inspired by something someone else has done, but it must be your creation.)
  5. We ask that you are a CSI follower or subscriber to win the prizes. The more followers the site has — the more giveaways we are able to host.
  6. If you enter a project into our challenge, we ask that you please leave comments on at least 5 other entries in the contest. Not only is it nice to do, but it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
  7. By entering, you give us permission to spotlight your projects – we will give you credit  and link back to your blog.

You are welcome to enter as many projects as you like!

{as long as each project has an element of the theme in them}

Kate from Centsational Girl will go through each project and find her personal #1 favorite, plus her top 10. Those people will get these fun buttons:

And Beckie, Amanda and Jen will also go through each project and select our personal favorite project, and those people will get a button like this:

We will select one of the entries to win the Sparkle & Metal $50 gift certificate using Random.org.

We appreciate you taking the time to come over!

It’s time to link up! The link will be up until Thursday at 12 PM (EST). Then we will announce the winners on Friday!

— And stay tuned for a special announcement about next week’s Martha Stewart-inspired Challenge —

  1. Reply
    Tonia June 1, 2010 at 7:28 am

    OOo, I might be able to participate this week.

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    annielanephotography June 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I didn’t see anything about entering more than one item each week. My 2 sisters and I have a blog- so we had 3 things to enter this week. Please let me know if its an issue. I don’t want to break any rules!

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    KALLEEN June 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I’m so glad I could enter this week. I am a subscriber. There are some fun projects this week.

  4. Reply
    Suki June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I love Kate! But I don’t have anything prepared to enter this week (traveling across country will do that to ya). I’m loving looking at everyone’s entries though!

  5. […] week’s CSI Project contest is the ‘Hardware Store Challenge’ and I’m the guest judge this week, oh yessss.  Your project need only include one element […]

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    Laura Ingalls Gunn June 2, 2010 at 7:16 am

    What rock have I been living under that I didn’t know about the CSI? I have added the button to my sidebar.

    Now I am off to visit some crafty people.

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    Kristin June 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

    So glad I found you through Kate!!! Off to look at some crafty girls!

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    Tru June 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

    This is great! I need to bookmark this page so I can keep checking out the projects.

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    Niki June 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I posted a link, but I don’t know how to put the button in my post. I’m new to this, and I am so confused!

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    Hilary @ KatrinkaJane June 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I swear I don’t aspire to post last every week. LOL What’s that saying about “the last shall be first”…? 😉

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    Cassie June 3, 2010 at 10:50 am

    These are amazing!!!
    I will start now and comment on each one…hopefully I can get through them all by next week!

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    Hilary @ KatrinkaJane June 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Okay, now the full tutorial is up!

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