Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Born Pretty 10% off coupon for my dear craftlings!

Hello all! I've got some exciting news to share with you all today!

I was recently contacted by Born Pretty asking if I would like to review some of their products and they have so kindly offered my lovely readers a 10% off discount with my coupon code:

VUT10

As you may have noticed, I'm a huge jewelry hoarder so I was absolutely delighted to find that they have a lot of Korean-style jewelry (obsessed!). Plus, I'm a sucker for free shipping! Hopefully the cheap prices don't reflect cheap quality; I'm waiting on my order to arrive so stay tuned for my honest product review!

Check out their awesome selection of unique and ridiculously cheap jewelryhair accessories, phone accessories, and so much more!

Let me know down in the comments if you used my discount code or have any questions/complaints. Tag me #cafecraftea on Instagram so I can see what you got!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DIY | Alex & Ani Inspired Adjustable Bangle

As you may or may not know, I'm tiiiiny. I literally haven't grown in about nine years and can still fit into dresses from eighth grade. I've the wrists of a 10 year old child so I'm unable to wear bangles (unless I wear them on my upper arm, #tinyasiangirlproblems). I've been a bit on a wire kick lately and this project was inspired by Alex & Ani's adjustable bangles so feel free to customize with any charms you'd like :)

My version (left) | Aunt Charm Bracelet photo credit of Alex & Ani (right)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

DIY | Mini Whisk Necklace

I'm always a fan of wearables that both show your passion are quirky conversation starters (see my knitter's necklace DIY). Although I often don't have the chance to update my "things to bake" part of my blog, I still consider baking as one of my favorite hobbies.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

DIY | Rhinestone Wrapped Charm Bracelet

Google "wrapped bracelet" and you'll have to wade through the multitude of DIY bracelet tutorials out there...and it can be a bit overwhelming! I wanted to put my own spin on the wrapped bracelet, reminiscent of those sixth grade friendship bracelets except a bit fancier!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

ReadyCart

*Disclaimer: I was neither paid to endorse nor received any compensation for this initial review/blog post. I do, however, receive a small commission on any sales made through this service. All comments are my own honest opinion*

Hello dear craftlings!

I received an e-mail from ReadyCart.com yesterday about their awesome new service and wanted to give y'all some updates.

So as you may have noticed (if you've been following my blog for a while), I used to have some ads floating around on the sidebar and bottom of my blog. Since Google Adsense disabled my account for some supposed "invalid click activity" a couple months ago and also unfortunately denied my appeal, I've been trying out different ad services as alternatives to Adsense. After looking around though, I wasn't able to find one that fit my blog since I didn't want ads to distract from my blog content. I do, however, have some spaces available for people who wish to advertise on my blog as long as I feel the content is appropriate and the service/products are something I would personally purchase.

Since I post a lot of DIYs, I often get e-mails/comments about where to find certain supplies so I like to provide links to Amazon for readers looking for the same materials I use. ReadyCart approached me about their service, which basically builds upon what I already do (linking you to Amazon) except makes it even easier for my readers to see all the photos/links to the materials in one easy, convenient place.

And of course, I'd love to hear your feedback about ReadyCart. Let me know if it makes shopping for supplies easier for you or why/if you don't like it.

I'll be working on ReadyCarts for each of my DIYs so be on the lookout for this button for a one-stop way to get all those hard-to-find craft supplies :)

Click the button to find everything you need in my ReadyCart!
(This isn't a working button, just a preview) 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

DIY | Glitter Hexnut Earrings

I love how the hardware store has recently been a treasure trove for us crafters looking for unique supplies to work with. I've seen a ton of awesome hexnut projects around the web but wanted to make something more subtle, that didn't scream out "I picked this up for 29 cents at the hardware store" (even though it's true!).




Sunday, March 9, 2014

DIY | Kate Spade Inspired Striped Phone Case

I hope you all aren't getting too tired of my Kate Spade inspired crafts because I've got another phone case tutorial to share with you today! I saw this phone case while browsing around online and couldn't justify the price because it's so DIY-able! All you need is a plain phone case, metallic tape, and some patience! :)


Photo credit of Kate Spade's Diagonal Gold Stripe Hard Case | My version & Polka Dot Phone Case

Saturday, March 1, 2014

DIY | Upcycled Studded Leather Purse

Since I splurged on the Silhouette Portrait last November, I've been trying to spend less on frivolous things as of the new year. However, H&M had this 20% off + free shipping offer in January that I could not pass up... Digging through the sale section, I stumbled upon this fabulously versatile black leather handbag (with double zips and crossbody strap!). I looked over at my current forlorn-looking purse with its ripped handles and figured it was time for a replacement!

Using my coupon, I was able to snag this for, wait for it... $12 (original price $35)! This bag is really lovely in person and of pretty good quality, but it was a little on the plain side. I opted to upcycle it by adding some cone studs, which made it look way more expensive than it actually was! Here's the link for it but it's sold out online; perhaps it may still be in stores? This is so darn easy though; you can grab any ol' bag (think thrift store finds!) and add little stud accents to it as well!


Picture copyright of H&M


Friday, February 21, 2014

RECIPE | Pandan Coconut Mochi

I made Pandan Coconut Mochi for Chinese New Year a couple weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar with pandan and mochi, this probably looks like an unappetizing squishy green blob...but I assure you that this is absolutely amaazing!

Pandan comes from extracting the leaves of the Pandan plant and its flavor is somewhat like a mixture of vanilla and coconut. Mochi is typically an Asian sweet made with glutinous rice flour with a springy, chewy texture.

Traditionally coconut mochi lies more along the Vietnamese spectrum of sweets and usually doesn't include the pandan. Feel free to omit it if you wish though I personally think the pandan brings out the flavor of the coconut as well :)



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DIY | V-Day Felt Arrows

I don't usually do holiday-themed crafts on my blog because I never have any place to put them when the holiday passes! My kidlings ended up doing this for Sabbath School last week, so I figured I'd might as well post a DIY for it. This is super simple to make and makes a really cute (and inexpensive) gift! 



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