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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Maker Takes: Soft Focus

Soft Focus - For the Makers

I’ve written about the monthly craft subscription For the Makers before, and you’ve seen me wearing or carrying a few of my finished creations here on the blog or on Instagram. So I thought I’d make a habit of sharing what I make on the blog every month. This month’s collection is Soft Focus:

For the Makers Soft Focus April box - @poorandpretty

I was surprised this month to find Kool-Aid in my box!

For the Makers Soft Focus - Kool-Aid dyeing station via @poorandpretty

It turns out the Kool-Aid was for dyeing bead chord, stationery, and the hanging planter that came with this kit.

For the Makers Soft Focus - Whitney Bracelets via @poorandpretty

The Whitney Bracelets were my favorite project from this box, and it was so fun to experiment dyeing with Kool-Aid!

For the Makers Soft Focus - me wearing Whitney Bracelet @poorandpretty

They’re so tiny and elegant! I’m not a fan of chunky bracelets as they tend to get it the way while I’m typing.

For the Makers Soft Focus - Andie Gem Necklace supplies via @poorandpretty

The Andie Gem necklace was very simple and easy to make, especially since Stan bought me jewelry-making tools for Yule.

For the Makers Soft Focus - Andie Gem Necklace via @poorandpretty

I’m a big fan of minimalistic jewelry.

For the Makers Soft Focus - me wearing Andie Gem Necklace @poorandpretty

I’m thinking of giving it to my Mom for Mother’s Day, but I do like how it looks on me… ;)

For the Makers Soft Focus - Beau Hanging Planter via @poorandpretty

The Beau Hanging Planter was fun too, but we don’t have a plant small enough to fit in it! All of our succulents are too big!

For the Makers Soft Focus - Heather Stationery via @poorandpretty

Lastly, is the Heather Stationery. I’m not very artistic with a paint brush, but I liked giving a little personality to plain white paper. It reminds me a little of marbled paper. Maybe I’ll use one for a Mother’s Day card!

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Say hello at Brit + Co.!

So you know how I mentioned working on some exciting personal projects? I am so psyched to be guest blogging at Brit + Co.! I can’t think of a more fun & perfect blogging partnership. Check out some of my latest posts:

Natural Beauty DIYs Brit + Co.

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for under $15 – Of course my first post would be a roundup of my favorite natural beauty tutorials. ;)

Tea Treats Brit + Co.

Better Be-Leaf It: 14 Tea-Infused Sweet Treats – Yep, 14 delicious cookies, cupcakes, ice creams, and even a crème brûlée that you can make with tea. Double-yum.

DIY Valentines Brit + Co.

We Heart These 14 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards – Okay, Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make any of these sweet cards year-round!

DIY Jewelry Gifts Brit + Co.

12 DIY Jewelry Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Wear – these aren’t your run-of-the-mill summer camp gimp bracelets, ladies. There are some seriously nice handmade necklaces, earrings, and bangles in this post.

P.S. My Etsy shop is only open for another week, so grab up my vegan & non-toxic cupcake soaps, jars of frosting, coco balm, and coco body balm before I’m closed! Everything is 25% off!

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