Poor & Pretty’s 5th Blogiversary Giveaway Bash!

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Five years ago, my friend Mish and I began Poor & Pretty as a way to share our frugal DIYs, beauty tips, thrifted outfits, and favorite places to shop, eat, and play in our great/tiny state of Connecticut. I took the reigns solo a few months in and have continued to pour my heart and soul into this blog. Other than my relationship with Stan, it’s the longest commitment I’ve ever had! This blog pushes me to be creative and live passionately every day. It led me to meeting some of the most inspiring people I know call friends, and empowered me to make the leap into entrepreneurship. And I could not have done it without all of you amazing readers!

To thank all of you for sticking with me these last five years (and hopefully many more!), I’ve got some fantastic goodies for you. I’ve partnered with a few of my favorite Connecticut-based small businesses and lady entrepreneurs to bring you the biggest giveaway bash I’ve ever hosted. These businesses embody everything Poor & Pretty readers hold dear: creativity, a sense of place, a reverence for quality handcrafted goods, and a zest for life. Let’s meet the makers:

Blogiversary Giveaway - cinder and salt

Remember Rachel DeCavage of sugarplumUSA? She’s transitioned most of her designs over to her new company, Cinder + Salt. Her focus remains on creating eco-friendly, sustainable clothing and accessories for men and women. The new brand is inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt water on your skin. Through Rachel’s hand drawn designs, she always aims to capture her appreciation for nature, whole living and authenticity.

Blogiversary Giveaway - cinder and salt gift card

Cinder + Salt is giving away a $20 gift card to their shop, so you can use it on any of Rachel’s hand-drawn designs — whether it’s on a tee, a comfy slouchy pullover, an overnight bag, skinny tie, or even ornaments! Check out her shop here. Details on how to win the $20 gift card is at the end of this post.

5th Blogiversary Giveaway - the confetti bar

The Confetti Bar’s Jessica Serra Huizenga is on a mission to “spread happiness & confetti all around.” She’s doing a great job of it, too, with over 40 unique handcrafted confetti mixes, including biodegradable and plantable options. She does customization for weddings, birthdays, or other fun events, and has worked with kate spade new york and West Elm. She’s one of my favorite inspiring Instagrammers.

Blogiversary Giveaway confetti bar - cup of confetti

Jessica has been sweet enough to donate one cup of confetti to the Poor & Pretty Blogiversary Giveaway Bash, so go look at all of her pretty mixes! I’m especially fond of Reindeer Food (made with real oats!) and Unicorn Dandruff (pictured above). Details on how to win is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway - Hartford Prints

Meet the Gale sisters! From left to right: Rory (younger sister), Callie (middle sister), and Addy (older sister), founders of Hartford Prints!, a boutique letterpress shop right in the hart of Connecticut. From stunning wedding invitations to offbeat greeting cards, Addy’s printing prowess, Callie’s killer style, and Rory’s graphic genius work together to make effortlessly beautiful designs. They just celebrated one year in their retail space on Pratt Street, and if you’re in the area and haven’t popped in, you should definitely visit the bright turquoise shop.

Blogiversary Giveaway Hartford Prints - punny holiday greeting cards

They’re giving away a 6 pack of their punny holiday greeting cards – 2 each of the above designs. A few of my friends can expect to see these from Stan and I this year. ;) Details on how to win the greeting card pack is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway - kate stephen jewelry

Like her unique, handcrafted jewelry, Kate Stephen is a total gem. She creates beautiful, sculptural adornments with natural and upcycled materials. Some of her favorite materials are copper, brass, handpicked seashells, sea glass, stones and vintage beads. She made me the lovely copper necklace and wire-wrapped quartz ring I wore in my Something Wicked outfit post. As a fully self-employed entrepreneur, Kate works tirelessly to inspire and foster community within the Connecticut maker community, which is why she co-founded State of Makers. Details on how to win is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway Kate Stephen Jewelry - half moon brass necklace

Kate has contributed one of her half moon brass necklaces as a giveaway item. It features a sculpted and hammered brass half moon on a brass chain. Kate would like you to know that copper and brass naturally oxidize over time and develop a patina. Some people love that look and some prefer to keep it shiny. Here are some suggestions for how to shine up your copper or brass jewelry using common household supplies like lemon juice or ketchup.

Blogiversary Giveaway NoRA Cupcake Co

Who bakes the best cupcakes (and sometimes s’mores) in Connecticut? Carrie Carella, founder of NoRA Cupcake Company, nestled North of Rapallo Avenue in downtown Middletown. With over 100 flavors, I can’t say I’ve tried them all, but believe me I’m working on it! So far, I’m all about the Bananas Foster, Irish Car Bomb, and Raspberry Lemonade.

Blogiversary Giveaway NoRA Cupcake Co - cupcake 6 pack

Carrie is giving one lucky Poor & Pretty reader a coupon good for any 6 cupcakes from her bakery. You can bring ‘em to your next holiday party (they’re big enough to share), or you can keep them all to yourself while muttering “my precious” under your breath. We won’t judge you either way. ;) And if you’re nearby this Thursday, stop in for NoRA’s First Thursday to stroll, shop, eat and drink in the local vibe! I’ll be there with my Apothecary products. Details on how to win the NoRA Cupcake Company 6-pack coupon is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway - Northeast Nutmeg

Northeast Nutmeg is the new kid on the block, having just launched last month. Founders Erin and Allie have a knack for inventing deliciously creative handmade candles that both smell and look incredible. Each candle is made using soy wax from soy grown right here in the USA and feature lots of local Connecticut small business ingredients.

Blogiversary Giveaway northeast nutmeg - soy candle

Erin and Allie are giving away one of their hand-poured candles! All of their scents are wonderful — I just bought a bunch of them and haven’t decided if I’m going to keep them all to myself or give them as gifts. It’s been that kind of holiday shopping season for me! They will also be at NoRA’s First Thursday this week. (I’ll have to control myself.) They’re also hosting a candle-making demonstration at the Haven Collective on December 14th. Want to win the Northeast Nutmeg soy candle? Details below.

OMG How do I win?! I know, it’s a little overwhelming. What do you choose? So many awesome things! Here’s the deal: Scroll through the items in the Rafflecopter box below until you’ve selected the item you’d like to win and enter your email address. Then, leave a comment on this blog post about what you entered to win (and if you’re going to keep it or gift it ;) You can score extra entries by sharing this giveaway with your friends or following any of these wonderful companies on Twitter. Please only enter once, and for one item. We want to spread the joy around by letting lots of people win this holiday season. If we catch you using alter egos or different email addresses, we’ll sadly have to disqualify your entries. :( The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only until 11:59 pm Monday, December 8th. Good luck!!! This contest is closed – thank you for entering! Congrats to the winners!

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Winners:

  • Cinder + Salt Gift Card: Laura M.
  • The Confetti Bar Confetti: Suzi J.
  • Hartford Prints! Holiday Greeting Cards: Jessica B.
  • Half Moon Necklace by Kate Stephen Jewelry: Brittany D.
  • NoRA Cupcake Co. 6-Pack of Cupcakes: Anne M. C.
  • Northeast Nutmeg Candle: Sue V.

If I have not contacted you yet, I will shortly. Thank you again for participating!

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Maker Takes: Veritas

For the Makers Veritas feature

For the Makers - Veritas

Veritas, the latest For the Makers collection, is all about back-to-school marbling. But I have to be honest: I’m not really into the marbled look. I think it’s a beautiful art form, but it’s not really my thing. So, I color-blocked everything in my kit instead.

For the Makers Veritas - finished projects via @poorandpretty

This may come as a shock to you, but I’m more into pink than blue. (Who knew?! ;) So I did a lot of color substitution.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook supplies via @poorandpretty

For the Honor Society Notebook, I mixed together magenta and white acrylic paints (actually, I think the magenta is a fabric paint) for a lighter pink color.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook painting via @poorandpretty

I taped off the section I wanted to paint with washi tape and used a foam brush to slather on the pink. Don’t forget the spine!

For the Makers Veritas - cork stamp via @poorandpretty

While I waited for the paint to dry, I made a heart cork stamp using leftover supplies from the Toketee Collection.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook via @poorandpretty

After affixing my label, I dipped my stamp in the paint and stamped little hearts all over the front of the notebook. Cute! Here’s a tip for stamping: it’s better to apply the paint to the stamp with a brush, rather than dipping it in the paint. As you can see, I have a few half circles from the cork getting into the paint.

For the Makers Veritas - color block pencils via @poorandpretty

I liked the pink color so much, I decided to color block the pencils with it! I also used the gold fabric paint that came with my tote bag Brit Kit I picked up during my road trip! I did 3-4 layers of gold because it was a bit more translucent.

For the Makers Veritas - color block aurelian locket supplies via @poorandpretty

Occasionally, For the Makers will share an alternative way to make one of their projects on their blog, The Source. They suggested painting their Aurelian Lockets with nail polish for an enameled look. So I grabbed a hot pink OPI color and painted away! You can see the finished locket below:

For the Makers Veritas - Dalton Pennant Create via @poorandpretty

I squeezed the word “CREATE” on my Dalton Pennant, which of course is also very pink. I love how it came out! So inspiring. :)

For the Makers Veritas - finished projects via @poorandpretty

I went a bit outside the box, but I really love how everything came out. Yay creativity!

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Full disclosure: This post is not sponsored by For the Makers, but if you sign up for a subscription using the link above, I will receive a small discount off of my next box. (Lead image is from For the Makers.)

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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 Framed Jewelry Organizer

Guys. This is what my jewelry collection used to look like:

Jewelry tree disorganizer by @poorandpretty

It drove Stan nuts. And me, too, honestly, because I still had to untangle necklaces. This is how it looks now:

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer after by @poorandpretty

Way more organized! (I’m doing my best to keep up my resolution to Be Organized.) It’s off my dresser and it’s wall art! I’m going to teach you how to make this framed jewelry organizer. As with most of my DIYs, I promise it’s easy! You don’t even need glue.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer supplies via @poorandpretty

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a big photo/poster frame. (I found this creepy cat framed poster at a thrift store.)
  • cardboard, cut to fit into the poster frame.
  • pretty fabric, big enough to cover the cardboard.
  • a stapler.
  • pushpins.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer fabric @poorandpretty

1. Iron your fabric, and smooth it out on your work surface.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer step 2 @poorandpretty

2. Flip the fabric over (so the back is facing you) and lay your cardboard over it. It just so happened, my creepy cat poster came attached to cardboard.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer step 3 @poorandpretty

3. Fold the fabric over the cardboard and staple — yes, staple — the fabric to it. Trim your fabric if necessary.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer step 4 @poorandpretty

4. Pop the fabric cardboard in the frame.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

5. Hang it up, and add your jewelry with pushpins!

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Maker Takes: Toketee

For the Makers Toketee Collection

This month’s For the Makers collection jived really well with my birthday getaway to Lake Placid. Inspired by “epic waterfalls, precious minerals and endless hiking trails,” the Toketee Collection is all about getting back to basics and seeking adventures in our natural environment.

For the Makers Toketee Collection - supplies

The kit came with a lot of natural colors — wooden knobs, a natural cotton four sack towel, and leather chord — offset by blue and green paints and semi-precious stones, and glittery gold-plated brass beads.

For the Makers Toketee - Confetti Trail Tea Towel supplies via @poorandpretty

I’m not normally much of a painter (except for the occasional succulent sprucing), but I really enjoyed the Confetti Trail Tea Towel.

For the Makers Toketee - Making the Confetti Trail Tea Towel via @poorandpretty

Who knew making your own stamps could be so easy? All you need is cork and sticky back foam! Or a block of wood and foam would work too.

For the Makers Toketee - Confetti Trail Tea Towel via @poorandpretty

I made it easy on myself and just did one shape and color, but I think it came out pretty neat, if a little uneven.

For the Makers Toketee - Tasi Wall Hooks via @poorandpretty

I stuck with solid colors for the Tasi Wall Hooks, which will likely go either in my office (which you might remember has bright yellow walls) or our bedroom.

For the Makers Toketee - Triangle necklace & bracelet via @poorandpretty

I usually stick pretty closely to the projects in the kit, but I can’t wear normal earrings due to my orbitals:

orbital piercing via @poorandpretty

So instead of making the Little Point Earrings and the Nebi Ladder Necklace, I combined supplies from each and made a matching bracelet and necklace:

For the Makers Toketee - Triangle necklace & bracelet worn via @poorandpretty

I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box! Sign up for your subscription here.

Full disclosure: This post is not sponsored by For the Makers, but if you sign up for a subscription using the link above, I will receive a small discount off of my next box. (Lead image is from For the Makers.)

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