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Giveaway :: For the Makers

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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This month’s “June Bloom” theme is about to get real, folks. You know when someone comes up with something so simply brilliant that you wish you had thought of it first? And then you realize that you could never do the project or idea justice and so you find yourself thanking your lucky stars that someone capable went ahead and did it? That’s where we’re at today. A monthly subscription service of amazing DIY projects complete with materials you could never source yourself and detailed instructions that make you feel like a pro.
Katie Covington and Janet Crowther have a background in style and design (and awesomeness) and  started For the Makers “to share materials with makers that were previously only available to designers.” Their mission is a trifecta of genius:

  • We believe DIY should be fun and easy.
  • We believe in making what you want to own.
  • We believe that we tell the world who we are through the things we create, discover and share.

From a girl obsessed with DIY, this is a dream subscription. A box of blooming inspiration, monthly. I’m all in. Who’s with me?

For the Makers is giving away one 3 month subscription (past collections can be seen here) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 2nd. *Giveaway open to US residents only!*Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit For the Makers and tell us: What kind of DIY and/or craft projects are you drawn to? Or if you haven’t attempted them before, what kind would you be interested in tackling first?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 8th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    what a fun idea. I like to get old bits of furniture and paint or stencil them. I haven’t been brave with smaller projects.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i really want to make wall perches/bookcases for my cats. 

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    Kate B says:

    I really want to explore printmaking, either with linocuts or screenprinting. I would love to print onto really fantastic luxury papers and make notecard sets for my loved ones (and myself, let’s be real). I know it’s something I want to DO, but I haven’t the foggiest idea how to START.

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    Gali says:

    Lately I’ve become rather fascinated by tiny DIY nail decorations. The easiest is, of course, the simple nail polish flower design on saran wrap that peels off but there are also tons of other decorations one can make and then put on nails. It’s quite a lot of fun although a lot of precision is required.

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    miss james says:

    i’m a sucker for projects involving scraps of pretty fabric.  i’m drawn to the ephemeral quality of diaphanous fabrics and materials, and love to experience the interplay between materials that appear to be something different than they really are.  
    i have a collection of beautiful objects that have been waiting years to come to life again in a different form.
    sadly, most of the items in my collection have become curated pieces rather than parts of a whole transformation.
    i’d love to get to the point of transforming those pieces into projects!

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    Shary says:

    I have recently bought chalkboard paint. I want to transform a picture frame (without the glass) into a small portable chalkboard .. 
    The biggest project I’m ever so excited about, will take some time. I have been collecting my favorite t shirts from my son, I want to sew them into a blanket. He’s only 4 so I have quite some time to learn how to sew, as I seemed to have fallen asleep during home economics in school and I can barely fasten a button.

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    JJ Keith says:

    I want to make all the things on that website! Such cute stuff! I used to craft all the time before I had little kids eating all my glue. I sew a little bit (just made DIY t-shirt pillowcases for the kids’ nap pillows for school), but now that I have more time I’d like to get back into make jewelry and bags. 

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    Jennifer says:

    My favorite DIY project EVER was when my husband made my wedding bouquet from vintage pins. It was a project that I had wanted to attempt, but I’m really not very crafty. He took it upon himself to make my bouquet and it was so much nicer than I could have ever imagined. It was a labor of love on his part and a testament as to why I married him.

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    Heather T says:

    I love DIY stuff – I’m usually drawn to things that can be transformed rather than things you can make from scratch. Spray paint is one of my favorite things (besides yarn of course).

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    sam says:

    I like the DIY crafts that are instantly gratifying – like when I am done making a bracelet or necklace and can put it on and admire it right away!! Though I also like projects that can be completed in stages – just longer to see the amazing results.

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    Oh my gosh, I couldn’t imagine a more awesome prize!  In my dream world, I would spend every free minute of my day working on some kind of craft!  I love the process of creating, and I love having pride in the things that I make.  
    ALL of the projects on For the Makers look wonderful, but I am most drawn to the jewelry projects (the headband is so cool!), the fun fabric treatments (like the dying and the stenciling), and the unique ideas like that beautiful paperweight.  I can only imagine how fun this must be!

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    Rachael says:

    I *love* all kinds of crafts!! From papercrafts to jewerly to my current project-subway art!
    Browsing through the collections on For the Makers, I don’t think there is a single one I wouldn’t want to try!!

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    Jessica says:

    I started crafting after I got married. A poor newlywed, I couldn’t afford the things I wanted to decorate. I started crafting the things I wanted and have been addicted ever since. My favorite projects are home items. I like things that are beautiful and useful.

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    Kelly M says:

    I love DIY projects, but particularly homewares. There are so many neat tips and tricks on how to update cheap, mundane home decorations into fantastic, one-of-a-kind treasures that look high end and spruce up a room. 

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    My mom was so crafty that when I was growing up I never really made anything for myself since she loved doing it for me. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve started crafting with my daughter. We love string beads to make necklaces together.

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    Lindsey says:

    I’ve been wishing to rediscover my creativity for years. I used to write poetry, keep a journal, craft, and take, develop and print my own photos – and then I guess life happened. I have a big, great life but it is filled with work and spending time with family and friends, very little “me” time if you will. I love For the Makers because I think it could get me over the hurdle to get back to creating a bit at a time. Here’s to hoping it’s a gateway back to the things I used to love!

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    Nikki says:

    Genius!  I love to craft things and my criteria is only that the finished product be something I love, and that it looks as good as something I would buy already made! So far,  I am mostly drawn to crafting items that I can wear, like jewelry, but I love the look of paper crafts like collage (which I love, love, love to do) and quilling (something I’ve never tried but really want to try).  I want to make notebooks and journals, and sew little zippered pouches but I tend to stick to painting things (even little plastic animals with glitter and metallic paint for fun to set around the house).  One of my summer projects is to make a fairy garden in a pot (something I’ve never done before) and I’ve been planning out what I want to set in it.  Today I painted a house shaped notepaper holder from the thrift store that I plan to shingle with pinecone pieces to make into a house in the fairy garden.  

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    Courtney J says:

    I’ve been looking at cut-paper crafts, such as layering paper to create collages or recreate famous artworks. I’d love to use these on canvases or cards. I am also drawn to craft projects where you can create jewelry using fabric and simple materials. I’d also love to learn how to create resin pendants, but avoid using sparkly stickers.

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    Wehaf says:

    I like projects that don’t require a lot of expertise.  I’m willing to put in a good amount of work and be detail-oriented, but I don’t want to need years of experience in an area (knitting, painting, etc.) to tackle something.

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    Trisha says:

    I really like making my own jewelry. I love the idea of paper crafts, but not the reality of them.

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    cindy says:

    I am currently drawn to any crafts I can do with my daughter. It is so much fun to see what she gravitates towards and what an amazing product can come out of enjoying the process and not really worrying about the end result! 

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    Emily B says:

    I love to try refashioning, sewing DIYs. I love to make things in the kitchen that you would normally buy (like DIY butter, crème fraiche, ricotta, buttermilk, etc.). I love to make jewelry out of found items. And I like to try and spice up my boy’s room with random DIY décor. Bring it on. This sounds AMAZING!

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    Cate says:

    I love making anything and everything.  I’m especially drawn to jewelry, handwork with fiber, and printing.  Anything that combines all three is great.  New technologies are fun too: conductive thread, inkodye, metal sculpy, etc.

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    Lauren P says:

    I’ve crafted since childhood, so my projects have run the gamut over the years. Now that I’m 30, I’m drawn to anything that involves power tools. I started my collection with a drill, but I often use my father-in-law’s amazing workshop. I mean, who else has a sand blaster in their basement? I’m so jealous.

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    Meg T says:

    I’ve made crafty items in the past that collected dust, but when I find just the right project it makes me SO happy. Luckily, I have a sweet sister in law that is always up for a project, which makes tackling something new way more fun and doable. I made a growth chart for my kids that is one of my most prized possessions and a plush doll for my daughter that is also super special. There’s nothing like making something with your own two hands and feeling the pride of a job well done (even when it can be more expensive and time consuming : ))

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely ones that use common household items. I hate it when you see a DIY project that looks like it could be fun and easy, but you need all these unique craft items that you buy and use a little of once and then never again.

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    Jenni says:

    Right now, I am in full decor mode in my home. We have lived there for a number of years but got hit hard during the recession. We are finally back on our feet and i’m ready to bring some color into our living room. My two wish projects right now are creating a lamp out of a vase (once I find the right one) and making lots of pretty pillows for our couch! I love projects that make an impact like these, but I also love making jewelry and would love to learn to make beautiful paper flowers!

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