Maker Takes: Honey Nectar & Makena

Since I was on a road trip for a good chunk of last month, I missed a lot of crafting time (totally worth it though!) So this is a double-whammy Maker Takes for both June and July’s kits. Let’s start with June / Honey Nectar:

Honey Nectar collection via For the Makers

I was so excited about the Honey Nectar collection! I love the sun kissed palette of gold, copper, and peachy pinks. It came with pretty iridescent lamé fabric and vinyl covered fabric for the adorable Foxtail Twist Scarf, chain and embroidery floss for the Marmalade Bracelet (which I haven’t yet made), a gold plated base and peach and pink rhinestones for the Linden Ring, and my personal favorite: organic coconut oil, beeswax, honey, beet root powder, and a gold tin for the Wild Pollen Lip Balm. Love!

For the Makers Honey Nectar collection - Linden Ring

I made the ring first, which was pretty easy. I substituted super glue for the E6000 glue as I usually do because the E6000 glue has these warnings all over it that it is known to cause cancer. Yikes! I’ve been wearing chunky cocktail rings more lately, so I’m happy to add another to my collection.

For the Makers Honey Nectar collection - Wild Pollen Lip Balm

I’m a pro at making lip balm, so I had no trouble with this one, and I love how it came out. It leaves your lips with a pale pink shimmer, which I love. I will say, it’s very difficult to mix in the honey. I found this out while I was making my own soy-based Coco Balms, which is why I sweetened those with Stevia extract rather than honey. Plus, I wanted my Coco Balms to be purely vegan, and many vegans do not eat honey.

For the Makers Honey Nectar collection - Botched Foxtail Twist Scarf

Because I was watching Saved by the Bell while working on the Foxtail Twist Scarf, I totally botched cutting and sewing the fabric. I did the complete opposite of what you’re supposed to do and ending up making a flag or banner of some kind. But the head scarf is SO CUTE that I’m going to buy the solo kit so I can do it right. I’d better turn off the TV the second time around.

Makena collection via For the Makers

The Makena Collection is inspired by richly colored African prints and tropical paradises. I was most excited about making the Zozo Eye Pillow.

For the Makers Makena collection - Zozo Eye Pillow

I chose not to use the pom pom trim because it’s so fun, I’d rather save it for something else! The pillow took me quite a while because I forced myself to do it on the sewing machine. The only part I sewed by hand is the left seam, to close up the pillow. After it was filled, I didn’t trust myself not to mess it up on the sewing machine, which would have probably resulted in lavender, chamomile, and rice stuck in the machine.

For the Makers Makena collection - Dory Pinch Pot

The Dory Pinch Pot was very easy — all I had to do was paint! (So easy, I did this while watching SBTB and didn’t mess up ;) It’s great for storing rings, little charms, buttons, or other tiny things we tend to lose if we don’t put them somewhere safe.

For the Makers Makena collection - Sapeurs Bangle

I haven’t made the West Cape Hoops or Sapeurs Bangle yet because I can’t wear normal earrings (I’ve got orbitals, remember?) and I kind of like the bright blue bangle by itself. Maybe I’ll use the fabric for a headband.

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Outfit: Nifty Neons

nifty neons outfit featuring @modcloth via @poorandpretty

I love wearing new clothes as soon as I get them, don’t you? I just picked up these summery neon hues from ModCloth.

nifty neons arm party jewelry closeup via @poorandpretty

Though I’m not usually much of an “arm party” person — bracelets get in the way of my typing — I did find that I had quite a few fun arm accessories to wear with this outfit, including the fabric-wrapped bangle I made from a For the Makers box and my favorite Timex.

bear ears hair buns hairstyle via @poorandpretty

Also: my hair is getting really long. It is now past my shoulders. It hasn’t been this long since high school! So, I’ve resorted to a few of my favorite high school hair styles, like the above “hair buns.” I used to wear these all the time when I was too lazy to straighten my hair. I also affectionately call them my “bear ears” because they remind me of the cute round ears of my favorite animals.

nifty neons outfit modcloth via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Rita-ing Club Top: ModCloth, $17. Right on Cue Capri Pants in Orange: ModCloth, $17. White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Bracelets: neon bangle: handmade with For the Makers; white & gold braided bracelet: ModCloth (similar); orange yoga ponytail holder: ModCloth (similar). Blue & gold ringCarla Nichols Boutique (now closed), $8.

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25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

Someone at the weird holidays department in the U.S. government (where I would totally work if it existed) has declared that the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, which falls on this coming Sunday. So here are 25 ways you can celebrate this weekend by making any of these delicious homemade ice creams!

strawberry angel food cake ice cream via A Beautiful Mess

1. Strawberries + Angel Food Ice Cream via A Beautiful Mess.

Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

2. Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

rocky road ice cream recipe

3. Rocky Road Ice Cream via Create Celebrate Explore.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

4. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream via Poor & Pretty.

No churn blueberry and lavender ice cream via twigg studios

5. No Churn Blueberry and Lavender Ice Cream via Twigg Studios — no ice cream maker required!

salted caramel ice cream via brown eyed baker

6. Salted Caramel Ice Cream via Brown Eyed Baker.

red velvet ice cream via Tracey's Culinary Adventures

7. Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Swirl via Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

Lemon Curd Ice Cream via Food Babbles

8. Lemon Curd Ice Cream with Lavender Whipped Cream via Food Babbles.

cake batter ice cream via Baked by Rachel

9. Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream via Baked By Rachel.

vegan strawberry ice cream via David Lebovitz

10. Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream via David Lebovitz.

cookie butter ice cream via sarah hearts

11. Cookie Butter Ice Cream via Sarah Hearts.

Toasted-Smore-Chocolate-Fudge-Ice-Cream-Half-Baked-Harvest

12. Toasted S’more Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream via Half Baked Harvest.

butterbeer ice cream via sweet silly chic

13. Butterbeer Ice Cream via Sweet Silly Chic.

mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream

14. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via Cooking Classy.

orange cream snow ice cream via Handmade Charlotte

15. Orange Dream Snow Cream via Handmade Charlotte.

strawberry coconut ice cream via Pastry Affair

16. Roasted Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Delche de Leche ice cream via Smitten Kitchen

17. Dulche de Leche Ice Cream via smitten kitchen.

key lime pie ice cream via dessert now dinner later

18. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream via Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

19. Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

chai latte ice cream via sugar & cloth

20. Chai Latte Ice Cream via Sugar & Cloth.

oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream via dinner or dessert

21. Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream via Dinner or Dessert.

blood orange ice cream via view from great island

22. Blood Orange Ice Cream via The View From Great Island.

Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair

23. Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore

24. Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore.

ice cream cupcakes via sugar & cloth

25. Ice Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Liners via Sugar + Cloth.

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Wayback Wednesday: Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell cast

I’m not even a little embarrassed to admit how (re)obsessed I am with Saved by the Bell. It’s so fantastically 90s! I’ve been watching it almost every morning on Netflix before I go to work, and okay, sometimes I have marathon nights when Stan isn’t around.

zack morris saved by the bell

I had a major crush on Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who’s still pretty hot today). I remember my friends and I actually kissing the TV once or twice when he came on. We were such dorks!

Apparently, Lifetime is going to be making a behind-the-scenes movie about the show to air later this year, but it will probably be awful because a) it’s Lifetime and b) based on Dustin Diamond’s (Screech) scathing memoir about his fellow cast members. I’m just going to continue nerding out and wishing I had Lisa Turtle’s closet.

Lead image via New York Post.

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DIY Beauty: All-Natural Homemade Face Wash

DIY natural face recipe wash via @poorandpretty

I have been testing my all-natural homemade face wash for about two months now, and I’m happy to say that it has performed better than any store bought product! Because it contains no harsh surfactants, it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oil. Rather, the jojoba oil and castile soap combine to gently remove dirt without drying out my face. It’s pretty fantastic, and perfect for those with sensitive or problem skin, dry or oily. See more details about each ingredient below.

DIY natural face recipe wash ingredients via @poorandpretty

You will need:

  • 1 8oz bottle — I recommend these.
  • a funnel
  • 1 cup castile soap — a very mild soap made from olive oil
  • 1 tbs jojoba oil — similar to our skin’s natural oils; it penetrates deeply without leaving an oily residue & is suitable for all skin types
  • 1 tsp rose floral water or rose hydrosol (they aren’t exactly the same thing, but pretty close) — works as an astringent to balance skin; fights acne
  • a few sprigs of fresh or dried rosemary — rosemary is an antiseptic and encourages cell regrowth
  • 11 drops of lavender essential oil — antiseptic, heals blemishes

DIY natural face wash via @poorandpretty

Place the funnel on top of your bottle and add the castile soap, jojoba oil, and rose floral water into the bottle. Remove the funnel and drop in your rosemary, then add the lavender. Shake it up!

DIY natural face wash with lavender and rosemary via @poorandpretty

And that’s all there is to it! Be sure to shake well before each use, as your ingredients will separate. As with any new body products, you will likely need to try this out for 2-3 weeks before your skin becomes acclimated to it. I’d love to hear what you think!

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