Wednesday, 20 July 2016

INTERVIEW WITH CRAFTY HANDS CLUB

I had the opportunity to interview the lovely Carriece who owns Crafty Hands Club, thank you to Carriece for answering my questions. I recently came across Crafty Hands Club on Twitter and, being someone who loves crafting, I loved the idea and wanted to know more so of course I jumped at the chance of a little interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Carriece Jefferson born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to being owner of Crafty Hands Club, I’m also author of Short Stories Collection, Love Theories, a blogger, playwright, magazine contributor and public speaker. I enjoy reading, crafting, dancing, writing, business, and traveling.

Growing up as a creative child, it was difficult for me to stay focused when it came to learning boring school subjects and my social interaction with others was almost nonexistent. Between school and doctor’s visits, both professionals soon labeled me as a “special needs” child. Refusing to believe such diagnosis, my mother continued to exercise her faith and spent more time in my classroom to ensure that I my ability to learn was there. Weeks later a door of opportunity opened. Girls Scouts was starting a chapter in the neighborhood in which I resided and my mom immediately signed me up for it. It was those Saturday mornings where my love for the craft community began. Obtaining badges in Girl Scouts usually involve completion of a craft project or demonstrating leadership ability using skills of thinking, active listening, and reasoning. I still recall creating pot holders, friendship bracelets, custom laminated cups and wall decors for my parents. The one thing I loved most was how crafting brought a sense of joy and community. Within a year of spending Saturday mornings in Girl Scouts, my attention span was longer, my focus was much better, my listening skills improved and I started socializing more.

As a child I did basic jewelry making such as friendship bracelets and other bracelets using rubber materials. It was in 2012 when I saw a chainmaille design and I was interested in learning the media. After one class in the local area, I was hooked! To further my weaving skills, I started watching tutorials on YouTube, going to classes at Blue Buddha Boutique and downloading online tutorials (free and paid ones). In a year I started making my own jewelry and people asked who made it.

Can you tell us a little bit about Crafty Hands Club. 
The beginning of Crafty Hands Club actually can from two incidents: 
#1. One the jewelry-making side, people not only asked for order but they would always say things like “I wish I knew how to make jewelry” or “Too bad I don’t understand the tutorials”. At the time I didn’t bother to further inquire because I assumed that there were plenty of craft stores that offered instructional classes. Well one day I decided to try a stringing class at a local store only to be disappointed. The price of the class and supply purchases were close to $125. Adding to that, no salesperson had knowledge of the materials at all. Third, the instructor wasn’t good at instructing those new to jewelry-making. Lastly, out of the 30 of us in class, only 5-6 of us had a finished product.

#2. I was tired of starting a project and having to take time to browse online or brick and mortar stores because either the tools broke or I ran out of materials. While driving across town looking to replenish materials, sometimes the store discontinued the product or they had it in another size or color. I would be so frustrated that I ended up not completing the project and I was accumulating “odds and ends” materials.

By this time I felt there had to be a better way. Even though the demand for custom jewelry was there, it wasn’t going to get me to the ultimate goal. That’s when I started looking at the subscription box industry. As a child I remembered getting monthly boxes of reading workbooks from Morning Star and Highlights. I remembered how excited I looked forward to the next month of goodies. At first I thought the subscription service was just a phase but seeing that it’s still existing, I felt it was time to consider it. My mission is to build a community where people can connect and create through jewelry-making. Crafty Hands Club save people money, time, and frustration by sending everything needed to complete a project to their doorstep.

What Items can we expect to receive in the subscription boxes?
Customers can expect supplies, tools, tutorials, and surprise items (history of jewelry, handmade item, etc.) in their monthly boxes.

I love the idea of 'theme-of-the-month', can you let us in on any of the themes?
As far as them-of the-month boxes, I will say that future boxes will be focused on seasonal, awareness, country, and colored themes.

How are you pricing your subscription service? Is is monthly/yearly?
Crafty Hands Club is in the startup phase and starting in July we will be launching open enrollment for subscription sign up service. We will offer 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month services. However there will be a gift option for single box purchases. In the future we plan to offer special boxes for bridal parties, sororities, school colors, and mother & daughter time. Pricing for the boxes will be $60 (3 months), $120 (6 months), and $220 (12 months). Single boxes will be $19.99 plus shipping. Aside from the boxes, CHC offers jewelry-making parties, group classes, and fundraising opportunities

CHC also started a meetup group here in Chicago back in January of this year. The purpose of the meetup is to allow individuals who are either interested in learning jewelry-making or seasoned hobbyists to meet at a common location and craft. As of date there’s around 60 members.

Interested parties can join our mailing list at www.craftyhandsclub.com

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

25 QUESTIONS TAG

Hello my lovelies, today I'm here with a little tag post, I was tagged by the lovely Alisha to do the '25 questions tag' so here we go!


What is your middle name? 

I don't actually have a middle name.


What was favourite subject at school? 

I used to love English, although I used to hate having to read out loud!

What is your favourite drink?
I've been absolutely loving cherry coke and cherry pepsi recently.


What is your favourite song at the moment? 

Oo, that's a hard question and i'm not really sure. I've been listening a lot to my playlist of songs that are from animated films - you can have a listen by clicking here if you like (it's mostly disney hehe).


What is your favourite food? 

I've been loving tuna pasta bake recently and my new favourite pizza (peppers, cheese, red onion, sweetcorn and mushroom mm!).


What is the last thing you bought? 

Does a taxi count? If not then, magic stars I think.


Favourite book of all time? 

This is the hardest question in the history of hard questions, I don't even think I can answer this without giving a long list, maybe that's a good one for a future blog post? Let me know if you would like to see that :)


Favourite colour? 

Green.


Do you have any pets? 

I have a dog named Kim, a parrot named Brian and lots of goldfish.

Favourite perfume? 
I love 'Splender' by Elizabeth Arden and 'Deep Night' by Ghost.

Favourite holiday? 
York or Edinburgh, I love historical places and exploring.

Are you married? 
No I am not.

Have you ever been out of the country? 
I haven't.

Do you speak any other language? 
I don't, but I do know a little bit of French and Italian.

How many siblings do you have? 
I have a younger sister named Jodie.

What is your favourite shop? 
I love Select, H&M and New Look.

Favourite restaurant? 
I don't think I actually have one? I really enjoyed Death Row Diner.

When was the last time you cried? 
Last night, I cry at everything aha.

Favourite blog? 
I absolutely love Life, set sail ans have done for ages, Brittany is actually the person who inspired me to create my blog and it's one of the best things I have ever done.

Favourite movie? 
I have far too many and I can't think of just one. I'm not sure, but it'd most likely be a horror film aha.

Favourite TV show? 
Bates Motel!

PC or Mac? 
PC.

What phone do you have? 
I have an iPhone C and I love it so much.
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How tall are you? 
I am 5"4.

Can you cook? 
I like to think that I can aha, who knows.

Danielle xo

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

As I've recently done a post on my evening skincare routine I thought that I would do a morning skincare post, both routines use different products and are completely different so it only seemed fair that I do both right?


I always start by brushing my teeth and washing my face with cold water and a flannel/muslin cloth, then I get into the products.

I start with my 3 in 1 Micellar Water by NIVEA, I just put a little bit on a cotton pad and wipe it over my face and that's basically it. This leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed and also helps wake me up a bit which is always helpful.

I like to moisturise in the morning instead of at night as I feel like this works with my skin more, it also leaves a nice smooth base for any makeup I may apply that day. I currently use Simple's Kind To Skin Replenishing Moisturiser, I just apply a thin layer all over my face and neck, it really is an amazing moisturiser.

This is a new product that I have adopted into my morning skincare routine, it's the Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream. I received this in a goody bag from the Marie Claire and Pandora event that I went to recently, It feels so lovely and I feel like it's also acts as a really good primer for eyeshadow and concealer which is also lovely. I basically put this around my eyes, it's also good for no-makeup days as it's tinted and covers those dreaded eye bags.

I finish off by applying a little bit Vaseline to my lips and I'm all set for the day!

What products do you like using in the morning?
Danielle xo

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

My last skincare routine post was in July 2015 and my whole routine has changed completely, since then I have been switching and trying out new beauty products and I've finally found a routine that works for me and more importantly my skin.

I still no longer use face wipes, I don't like how they make my skin feel although I will use them as a last resort to remove my makeup if I run out of cleanser. My last skincare routine was pretty much full of Simple products, I no longer use them either! Yes they saved my skin and cleared it up a LOT but I don't feel like my skin needs them anymore. I've received quite a few of skincare products in goody bags from events that I have attended in the last year and I've found products that save my skin in ways that it needs saving - my routine now is like 90% products that I have received, including the best cleanser I have ever tried.

To remove my makeup I use Tropic Skincare's Smoothing Cleanser (I did a detailed review of this product which you can read HERE), I can see myself using this for years to come as it really is the holy grail of skincare products. I'm not going to say much about the product itself as I've just recently posted a detailed review on my blog.

I just put one pump of this on my hands and massage it into my face then I take a flannel/muslin cloth, run it under some warm water and wipe all the product (and makeup and dirt) off my face.

This product removes every little bit of makeup I have on, leaving behind the lovely scent of honey & lemon and leaving my face feeling so clean and cleansed. This product is also brilliant at clearing up blemishes! 

This is the point in my evening skincare routine where I like to brush my teeth and just splash my face with some cold water.

Next up is toner, I currently use Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner which is amazing and smells like heaven. As you can tell by the photo, I am in desperate need of some more! I may try out something else though, so if you have any recommendations then let me know! 

I basically just spray this over my face and pat it in with my hands or a cotton pad.

I am a HUGE fan of lavender and this is one my favourite lavender-scented products.

On to oil, I use MOA Aphrodite Facial Oil which is just wonderful. I use this on the dry parts of my face and leave it on overnight, it's also really good for sunburn when your skin starts to peel!

I put two drops onto my fingers using the little applicator, then I massage it into my skin.

This product smells wonderful and has done wonders for my skin, I highly recommend it.

I finish off my routine by applying some lip balm, I'm currently loving my Blistex Happy Lips in Mango.

Now I'm ready for bed.

What products do you use?
Danielle xo

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