Darby Smart Mystery Box – January 2015
I’m excited to share a look at my Darby Smart Mystery Box – January 2015 with you! If you’re not familiar, Darby Smart has leading designers that launch simple DIY craft projects based on the latest fashion and home trends. They turn their projects into kits that include chic materials and simple instructions, and they send them to you. You can purchase a single kit, just supplies or subscribe to their monthly MYSTERY BOX!! Then you can create a unique design and show off your own style! If you love crafting and surprises then this box is for you!
With each kit you receive all the supplies for the project, plus a code on the back of a card so you can log into their web site and see the instructions.
Normally the Mystery Box is $19 a month but if you click though my link you can get a 3-month trial for just $38!! In addition, when you go through my link you will get an “additional” $10 off if you use code “howdydarby”…so that makes the 3-month trial just $28!! WOW…how can you pass that up, awesome!
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Here is this month’s Mystery Box ~ Tea Towel Block Printing!
So here is the “after” of our project!
As I said in the video, I have been getting these projects for my mother to do (and me when it comes with more than one item). She is 84 years old and has dementia so I like to find things for her to do that use her brain and motor skills and keep her interested in things. She actually dislikes doing craft projects but I encourage her to do them anyway, lol!
So my mom DID do this project but it took a LONG time! She decided to carve a sun with rays coming out of it on the block. I told her that every line she drew with pencil on the block she would be carving out. I warned her that doing all those sun rays would take a while. She didn’t listen and it took her like 2 hours to carve them all, ha ha! The carving tool had 3 different grooving heads. She used the medium one.
Then it was time for the ink. We discovered that you better cover the block well the first time as we apparently didn’t so the imprint on the left is lighter than the others. My mom wanted to put her sun design on the 4 corners of each of the two tea towels. Doing that of course made it so they didn’t really show when the towel was folded up (probably a good thing, lol!).
Tip: I think if we were to do this again we would pic a design that could be repeated over and over all along the bottoms of the towel.
Tip: Next time I would carve MORE and leave LESS that would actually be imprinted on the towel.
Tip: Iron your towels first! We didn’t and it showed when we tried to apply the pattern.
Result: I am glad these won’t be leaving my kitchen! They will make great rags to clean with.
Like I said in the video…I have been MUCH happier with the individual projects I have purchased off of DarbySmart than the “Mystery” box ones.
I cancelled my Mystery Box subscription after this and I am happy to report that they responded to my request for cancellation email within 24 hours, which was nice.
I WILL continue to purchase individual projects from DarbySmart because I have enjoyed the project we have purchased so far…especially the stencil projects, those have been fun!!
Check out my coordinating video for closeups of each product and to see my reactions as I open the Darby Smart Mystery box:
Don’t forget….I have a giveaway to share!
I switched my giveaways to ONE big giveaway per week! So you enter the normal ways on the Rafflecopter app, THEN you can get 5 extra entries per day by watching that day’s video and knowing the “secret of the day” revealed in that video. This will allow you to enter EACH DAY for this week’s big giveaway!
One LUCKY person will win this week’s “Big Giveaway” as in the picture above!!
- Ofra Absolute Cover Face Primer (swatched)
- SPOT Holiday Pets Penguin Dog Toy
- Silver & Torti Dangle Earrings – By Abdelmajid Aouja of Morocco w/woven box
- Pocket Huggie – Bottle Size Fabric Beverage Insulator
- Wood Bracelet – By Albina Ustyugova of Russia
The giveaway is open to USA residents only. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below. The giveaway will be open for 7 days and the winner will be drawn randomly. No cash value.
I’ll announce the winner on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email. Good luck and have FUN!
Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.
I am curious to see what is in January’s Mystery Box! Stay tuned for the next Darby Smart Mystery box review…it’s like Christmas every month!
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