Crafternoon: Par-DIY with Timex and Brit + Co!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY feature pic

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - my watch

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.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Timex Weekender BritKit in lime

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.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - lime green + orange

I wore lime green and orange (remember this outfit?) for the occasion, and chose the lime green watch.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - guests!

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!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Brittany's watch

Brittany chose the orange Weekender and created her own dotted Aztec pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Michele's watch

Michele went with the green watch and used the chevron pattern from the Brit + Co tutorial.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish embroidering watch

Mish also chose orange and went with a fun triangle pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Nic's ombre watch

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.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Jeff's watch

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!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - guests

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.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

Stan and I have yet to tackle the horrific green walls and countertops in our kitchen, so I put up a few handmade tissue paper pom poms in various colors. (Learn how to make your own here.)

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - fruit kebabs

I also served snacks on colorful platters…

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - sangria in multicolored glasses

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.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - pink paper straws

Can you believe I found these cute paper straws at Stop & Shop?! They’re pretty and biodegradable — double win!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish's watch

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - my watch and matching outfit

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!

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DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces.

poured mica gold teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of various sizes, I used about 5 cups of soy wax (measured prior to melting), 3-4 tbs of fragrance oil, and 2-3 dye chips.

poured mica gold teacup candles closeup via @poorandpretty

I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…

Finished teacup candles via @poorandpretty

…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

They did turn out to be beautiful centerpieces though. I paired them with a few sprigs of lavender or butterfly bush that grows outside of our building at work, and tied them up with ribbon.

vintage doilies and handkerchiefs

Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.

Wedding shower purple teacup candle via @poorandpretty

This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

Of course, it ain’t a real tea party without tea! The other bridesmaids and I got together for a craft night to make these homemade tea bags, using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a lot more work than we thought it would be, but they came out so cute and Jordan (and the guests!) loved them, so it was worth it. ♥

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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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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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DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

I wanted to break up my road trip updates a bit with a quick & easy beauty tutorial. This isn’t your standard chemical facial peel. It won’t give your skin second-degree burns or make you look like Lucille Bluth. Lemon juice acts as a natural “peel” because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed, but also more exposed. As such, I don’t recommend using this right before heading to the beach. And because of the combination of lemon and baking soda, it may burn sensitive skin. Please test on a small patch of your skin before spreading it all over your face.

Lemon and honey facial peel ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients/Supplies — this makes 2-3 uses:

  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tbs baking soda
  • ½ tbs honey
  • a glass jar (if you are storing leftovers — remember, lemon is acidic!)

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Tip: If you mix the honey and baking soda together first, it won’t fizz as much when you add in the lemon juice.

2. Wash your face as you normally would with your chosen face wash, then pat dry.

3. Apply your lemon and honey peel liberally, and rub in gently with fingertips for about 30 seconds.

4. Let sit for up to 10 minutes.

5. Rinse off and follow with astringent or toner and your favorite moisturizer. Use moisturizer with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you use this peel.

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