Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Mystery Thing Revealed! Winners! Tutorial! Whoo!

Sorry, sometimes those dang exclamation points get away from me.  If you recall, in the most recent Mystery Thing challenge I asked you to guess the source of the translucent discs in these upcycled jewels:

Got it?  No?  Hmmm...let's read some of the interesting ideas that came floating out of people's butts, shall we?

Mich's Honorable Mentions - The Very Best in Incorrect Guessing.

Terri: frisbees for a tiny, hairy troll.
Lisavengesta: a nursing mom's nipple shields.
Ashes: your imaginary friend's pocket change.
Anne P: part of William and Kate's tea set.
June: a cover for the bone of an Easter ham.
Lisbonlioness: contact lenses for evil unicorns, to hide their crazed, blood-shot eyes.
Pasha: poorly manufactured sun hats discarded by leprechauns for being translucent, therefore useless as sun hats.

Heee!  Love you guys!  So here's the answer...

...drum roll....

...ta da!

So!  Who won?  Well, one reader actually did guess this - but left no contact info.  Since providing an email is literally the only rule in this game, I was forced, yes forced to ask to spit out some numbers.  Winners: congrats to June, Tabitha and Siti, I'll be contacting ya!

Ready to make one?  Here is the very easy tutorial!

1. Snip off the plugging-in bits.  2.  Poke three holes.  (This plastic is pretty soft; I used a thumbtack and a small hammer. ) 3. Stack some cute things on a headpin, ending with the outlet cover.

4. Bend the headpin down in back, and snip it short.  5. Turn a teeny loop.

With a jump ring, add a dangle to the bottom:

Use a final jump ring to attach your chain, cord or ribbon.  Done!

They're cute as earrings, too!

And there you have it - something wearable, frugal and fun.  Upcycled jewelry from an outlet cover!  (There were 36 of them in that package.  The package cost a dollar.  Yippee!)

Thanks for playing, everybody!  Let's do this again soon!

(p.s. if you are Amy who guessed right - write me with your mailing address and I'll send a consolation prize.)


  1. waoo..very clever as ever(what a rhyme)
    i was really not having any idea but its cute..thanks for the tutu..the glass horse is also smart..yep..hmmm

  2. LOL your readers are all mad as ship cats! Change from the pocket of your imaginary friend??? But I have to say, the true solution wouldn't have occurred to me in a million years. Genius as usual!

  3. entertaining reading as always Michelle!

  4. Best use of those completely useless plugs EVER! My kids just pulled them out and chewed on them...

  5. Congratulations to your winners. This was one of those things that you just knew you had had your hands on but couldn't figure out where. My kids are 28 and 30 now and without any grands running about it's been awhile since we've used these. You sure put them to good use!

  6. Yay! So glad I won even if I didn't get it right!!! I should have recognized those. My daughter loved crawling over to the outlets, pulling them out and presenting them to me with the most angelic smile on her face. This is a much better thing to do with them. Thanks a whole bunch!!!

  7. Outlet covers??? I think only children can remove those from outlets...there is some goblin that holds them TIGHT in the hole when they see an adult coming to remove them! Glad you found another use for them, and they are just GORGEOUS, as usual...

  8. Just love how you come up with these fantastic ideas for everyday stuff. I've been playing with bread for non-edible projects, any tips ?

  9. Yet another awesome mystery thing ...

    I have to ask though - is that a vintage Nancy Drew book you've got? If it is ... I am insanely jealous!

  10. wow, you've done it again.....thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you there!

  11. Very cool. Love your creative energy lady!!!

  12. Ha! I like June's answer (cover for the bone of an Easter ham) because it's original and actually very possible.

    Great mystery thing as always Michelle.

  13. The wrong answers were just as creative and fun as all your wonderful and imaginative designs!

  14. Ingenius! I never would have guessed. Thanks for commenting on my sharing post last week. It's great to get to know more about my readers and actually "meet" some of you!!!


  15. Just fantastic as always Mich!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. Well now, why didn't I think of that? I had those thingies in every outlet of my house for years...duh! Too clever. Those guesses are so funny. Won't we all be surprised when one of these days you actually make something from an evil unicorns contact lens.

  17. As brilliant as always. Nice tutorial!

  18. Ha! It looks like most were stumped by this one, and I would have been as well. Way to get us again Michelle! You're going to have to start hiding some cryptic hints in your posts to give a fighting chance to get some of these, hee hee.

  19. That was fun but I am writing to ask about your Nancy Drew book. Do you have those old ones? A full set? I had them when I was a kid and they looked just like that. Read them many times! Loved seeing this book!

  20. Hola Michelle!!
    Te deje un cariñito en mi blog