Yesterday, I hosted a par-DIY — or “crafternoon” as I’m calling it — in collaboration with Brit + Co and Timex. The two companies teamed up to put together a craft box with everything you need to embroider your very own watch.
The kit — similar to the ones I get from For the Makers — came with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, a set of embroidery needles, three colors of embroidery thread, and instructions. The kits are not available for purchase, but if you want to do this fun activity at home, you can pick up a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru here (in lots of fun colors!) and grab embroidery thread and needles from your local craft store. Brit + Co even published their tutorial here.
I wore lime green and orange (remember this outfit?) for the occasion, and chose the lime green watch.
After a few last-minute cancelations, my crafternoon ended up being a more intimate gathering of myself and five friends — Brittany, Michele, Mish, Nicole (Nic), and even Jeff came by!
Brittany chose the orange Weekender and created her own dotted Aztec pattern.
Michele went with the green watch and used the chevron pattern from the Brit + Co tutorial.
Mish also chose orange and went with a fun triangle pattern.
Nic’s green watch ended up being the party favorite — she also embroidered triangles on the strap, but she used the three colors of embroidery thread in her kit to create an ombre pattern.
Jeff impressed us all with a story about his very own symbol. “Like Prince?!” Brittany asked. Yep! When Jeff was in art school, he created this symbol that he has used as a signature ever since. Naturally, he stitched it on to his watch!
I set up a table in the kitchen as our work area and tried to add as much vibrancy and inspiration to the room as possible.
I also served snacks on colorful platters…
And drinks — including my delicious homemade sangria — in my favorite glasses, made by Rachel DeCavage of sugarplum USA. I wish she had been able to attend, but she was vending her new brand, cinder + salt, in Boston.
Can you believe I found these cute paper straws at Stop & Shop?! They’re pretty and biodegradable — double win!
The watches came out so great! I loved hanging out with a few of my craftiest friends to step away from screens and create and chat for a few hours. Thank you so much to everyone who made it, and to those who didn’t: maybe we’ll see you next time! I’m already thinking up ideas for crafternoon two!