Monthly Archives: January 2014

For The Makers – December Review

I got my first “For the Makers” kit this month and absolutely loved the projects!  The degree of difficulty varied between projects, but it kept me occupied during my time off and I had a ton of fun with the glitter.

Here’s what was included:

For the Makers

For the Makers

For the MakersThere were 4 projects total and here they are in the order I made them.

Chain necklace

For the MakersThis was by far the most difficult of the projects, and the most fun!  The chain was super heavy duty and none my jewelry tools would cut it.  I had to borrow a cutting tool from my husband’s tool kit and even with that I needed to wriggle the tool back and forth for some time in order to get the link apart enough to slide the other two sides off.  Later I even tried bolt cutters which  STILL didn’t cut through that chain!  It is seriously hard core.  I followed the tutorial online using my Surface so I could work at the kitchen table and finished the project in one night.  I really love the finished project and have already worn it twice.

Sparkly earrings

For the MakersThese were the simplest project of the bunch.  All you do is fill the center of these posts with glue, then dip them in the container of glitter, and voila!  Sparkly earrings.

Sparkly Votive holders

For the MakersThese were also relatively easy.  The instructions guided you through the one on the right, but I decided to try the one on the left using scotch tape to make the glitter stripes.  Fun and easy and I like the way they look on our sideboard.

Sequined Monogram

For the MakersThis one was also a bit challenging.  I found a “K” stencil online and traced it using tailors chalk on this velour hoodie I had then proceeded to fill it in with the sequins, beads, and rhinestones.  I ran out of the beads long before I was done and had to fill in the rest of the space creatively with rhinestones.  It took a good part of the afternoon to finish this one.

Overall Impressions

Overall, I really liked this kit.  It had projects of varying degrees of difficulty and it was nice to make things I wouldn’t normally do on my own.  So far I really like this subscription service and can’t wait to get my January kit!

More about For the Makers here.

Paper Pumpkin December Review

My first actual Paper Pumpkin box has arrived and it took a little longer than the trial kit to complete.  Here’s what was included:

paper pumpkin

paper pumpkinI was surprised to see it came with another acrylic block.  I’m guessing that after this they will just send the stamps since these can be reused.

paper pumpkinThe project was super simple and took maybe 20 minutes to complete.  I liked that they banners and green circles were actual stickers which made them easy to apply.  The ink blot stamp was interesting too and gave it a cool effect.  These seem like they might make a good gift to give someone.