Remember the crafternoon I hosted a few weeks ago with Timex and Brit + Co? Well, I’ve got a few leftover Brit Kits so I thought I’d give them away to you, crafty readers! The kit comes with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, three colors of embroidery floss, a pack of embroidery needles, and instructions — everything you need to embroider your own watch. This is a super-exclusive giveaway, because they aren’t available anywhere else!
Here’s a side-by-side closeup of the two watches: you’ll notice the green is a bit larger than the orange.
This is just one of the fun patterns you can use to on your watch strap. See all of the patterns we chose at my crafternoon here. Feel free to think outside the box, too!
How do you win? Just leave a comment below and tell me which watch color you’d prefer: orange or green. That’s it! The contest will be open until Friday, September 5th, and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Open to US residents only. Good luck!
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…
…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!
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.
Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:
Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.
This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!
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. ♥
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Makena Collection is inspired by richly colored African prints and tropical paradises. I was most excited about making the 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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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!