July 28, 2014



This month our Makena collection embraces the benefits of herbal aromas.  Our Zozo Eye Pillow  combines chamomile and lavender for an ultra soothing scent to ensure some seriously chill moments this summer.  Here is a run down of common uses and benefits of aromas on your mind and body. 


  • / E N E R G I S I N G / 
  • rosemary, peppermint, juniper, lemongrass, cardamon, cypress, lemon


  • / B A L A N C I N G /
  • bergamot, frankincense, geranium, rosewood, vanilla, rose


  • / M E M O R Y /
  • lemon, black pepper, rosemary, peppermint


  • / R E L A X I N G /
  • lavender, chamomile, marjoram, orange blossom, geranium


  • / S T I M U L A T I N G /
  • clary sage, patchuli, ylang-ylang, jasmine, sandalwood


  • / C R E A T I V I T Y /
  • bergamot, lemon, frankincense, neroli, cinnamon, clove, geranium, juniper, eucalyptus

There are countless ways to incorporate aromatherapy in DIY, here are some of our past projects. 

Solid Perfume

Evening Grove Sachet

Hester Travel Candle

Yates Sachet

July 07, 2014


Summer 2014

For our second installment of what we're pumped for this summer we asked Tate, the FTM Creative Assistant what she'll be doing...

Wet / The Surf Lodge /  August June 23
Summer in New York is basically an excuse to have a gigantic party every night of the week. The best part? There's tons of free options, like Wet at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Saving money on the entertainment makes their $300 a night beachy chic rooms that much more enticing. 

GreenFlea on the Upper West Side / Every Sunday from 10 am - 5:30 pm
Does the Brooklyn Flea have you regretting that macrame wall hanging and tiny asian fusion empanada? Check out the GreenFlea on Columbus Ave and 76th Street. Make a day of it and skip on up to the 79th Street Farmer's Market for locally made cheeses, meats and breads, perfect for an impromptu picnic in Central Park

Peaceful Meadows / Whitman, MA
I try to visit extended family in Massachusetts every summer and Peaceful Meadows Creamery in Whitman is a mandatory stop. They've been making all the ice cream in house since 1962 (my favorite is walnut maple) and the best part is that you can meet the cows that supplied the milk for your sweet treat!

NYC Makers / The Museum of Art and Design / till October 12th, 2014
Being a part of For the Makers has introduced me to the vast amount of makers out there and I'm so happy to be working with so many of them. MAD is honoring a small slice of that community with the NYC Makers Biennial. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Hood by Air, Scott Bodenner and Confetti System came up with.

Outdoor Movies / Nationwide
One of the best parts of summer are the free outdoor events, my favorite being movies in the park. When visiting my parents in California I always make sure to catch a movie at San Anselmo Creek Park and when visiting friends in Philadelphia we like to take advantage of the amazing and bizarre screening they offer like 13 Monkeys at Eastern State Penitentiary several years back. This year there's a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a performance by Macaulay Culkin’s band Pizza Underground and a giant pizza party. Cowabunga!


June 25, 2014


Pumped for Summer

June is always the kick off for summer fêtes and this month's Honey Nectar collection makes it easy for you to go from frump to fabulous in 60 seconds. We're asking a FTM team member every two weeks to share what they're pumped for this summer. What are you looking forward to? Tell us on Twitter and Instagram @forthemakers and don't forget to flaunt your #makertakes when you're at it!

For our first installment of Summer 2014 we asked our creative contributor, Arielle, to share five things she's pumped about this summer. 

1 /  Swoon / Submerged Motherland / Brooklyn Museum 

I love street art, I am so excited to see the work of one of my favorite street artists translated into a museum exhibit.  Swoon is mostly recognized for her wheat paste and paper cuts that adorn buildings and urban pockets, her exhibit at the Brooklyn museum takes her work to another level with installations and structures built from her drawings.  


2 /  Bushwick Open Studios / Brooklyn

This is my first year touring the open studios in my neighborhood of Bushwick.  I was blown away by how many incredible artists make their work in Bushwick.  My favorite discovery was the work of Chiaozza, I love the colors and how they use simple materials to make such otherworldly forms.  


3 / Tara Donovan / Pace Gallery / Manhattan 

When a Tara Donovan installation comes to your city it must not be missed.  She makes giant, textural installations and sculptures with everyday objects.  The results are always stunning.


4 / Popsicles / The High Line / Manhattan 

Just north of the Chelsea market is my favorite popsicle cart, La Newyorkina.  They have delicious homemade pops with very unique flavors.  My favorites are coconut and cajeta (goats milk caramel).


5 / East River Ferry / Brooklyn 

I'm looking forward taking the girls from the office on a summer evening ferry ride after work.  The ferry will take us from our office in Dumbo over to Greenpoint.  I've been wanting to try the Balinese restaurant in Greenpoint, Selamat Pagi.  The menu and cocktails sound amazing!


June 12, 2014


Rhubarb Thyme Greyhound

Juicy, floral and refreshing, this cocktail is everything we crave at 5pm.  To make your own you will need a sauce pan, cocktail shaker, sharp knife, spoon, measuring cup, lidded jar and citrus zester. The recipe makes a nice batch of rhubarb syrup, so after your cocktail adventures, plan to make some mid day mock tails by simply mixing the syrup with sparkling water.  


  • Rhubarb syrup, makes a half pint
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • Strips of skin from half a grapefruit
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 honey stick, or 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups water


To make the syrup

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook on medium heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer until rhubarb softens and begins to break down. Carefully strain the hot liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Discard pulp and transfer syrup to a jar and set aside.  

To make cocktail

Cut grapefruit into wedges and manually squeeze juice through  a strainer into a measuring cup. Remove pith and pulp from one of the skins and cut thin strips of rind. Twist rind strips around a wooden spoon and curl into spirals. Pour syrup, vodka, and juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake for 15 seconds and strain into glasses. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and a twist.


June 10, 2014


Lip Balm Additives

Here at FTM Headquarters we understand the need to customize everything from our sunglasses to our lattes, and when it comes to our beauty products we're just as precise. Oils and perfumes react differently on everybody, some of us are allergic to certain products while others base it on preference. Either way we've come up with five ingredients to make our Wild Pollen Lip Balm yours. 

1. Remember when Lip Venom hit the market? We sure do! Make your own lip plumper by adding a small pinch of cinnamon powder and an even smaller pinch of cayenne powder to your lip balm. Take your cup off the burner when mixing in the spices and use less beeswax than the recipe requires for an extra glossy look. 

2. We love the subtle rosy tint the beet powder gives the lip balm, but if you're looking for a bolder color mix in some of your favorite lipstick. Only a 1/2 teaspoon is needed to give it a nice hue. Try using Ilia's lipstick in Voilà, it's all natural and uses minerals to get that party ready coral color. 

3. Abandon sugar-filled breath mints by adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your lip balm. Again make sure to take your cup off the burner when mixing in the peppermint. Not only will this recipe leave you with fresh breath, it also doubles as a body balm for sore and tense muscles. 

4. Need to slough off your chapped winter lips? Leave out the beeswax and beet root powder and replace them with raw brown sugar. Mix in the whole honey stick as well for an extra dose of antioxidants. 

5. Allergic to coconut oil? No problem. Replace it with olive oil or any other vegetable or nut oil that is safe for you. If its beeswax that you're more worried about replace it with Vaseline. 

Will you be adding anything to your lip balm? Share your #makertakes with us @forthemakers on Twitter and Instagram.


May 28, 2014


West Elm // DIY Summer Events

We've teamed up with the crew at West Elm again to bring you some DIY projects that are perfect for summer!  Janet, and the For the Makers team, will be on site making limited edition projects only available through West Elm. Each New York City store will be hosting different projects. Join us for one event or all three! Yummy drinks and treats will be served. Spaces are limited.

West Elm Chelsea: Thursday, June 19th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Summer time has us all yearning to close up the office and head to the beach. If the Hamptons aren't in your stars, bring the outside in with our Painted Paperweight kit...and, as an added bonus, we will be making painted planters for free! Stop by West Elm Chelsea or call #212-929-4464 to RSVP and purchase your paperweight kit! 

West Elm DUMBO: Sunday, June 22nd 12pm - 2pm

Get the party started with our Painted Leather Coasters kit. As an added bonus, we will be making personalized handmade canisters for free! To RSVP and purchase your leather coasters kit in advance, call #718-875-7757 or stop into West Elm Dumbo @ 75 Front Street in Brooklyn, NY.

West Elm Broadway: Thursday, June 26th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Summer is the season for house parties and barbques.  Don't show up empty-handed.  Gift in style with our Floral Gift Tags... and, as an added bonus, we will be making Personal Stationary for free! To RSVP and purchase your Floral Gift Tag kit, call #212 -247-8077 or stop into West Elm Broadway @ 62nd and Broadway.

Hope to see you there!


January 15, 2014


Road Trip Inspiration

There's nothing like a roadtrip to unblock any creative barriers you may be facing. They are welcome opportunities to experience new scenes, engage with different personalities and possibly alter your worldview. Certain cities hold a special place in your heart for their unique offerings and the memories they've given you, and Sedona, Arizona is one of those places for us. The entire journey is enveloped by a borderline-mystical vibe. The ride up feels magical, as the mountains on either side of your car transform from a dull, dusty brown to a lovely marbled mixture of rose, red and a variety of rich browns. When you finally enter the heart of the red rock land, you'll hear talk of energy vortexes, see a bevy of signs for palm readings and meet some truly fascinating characters. Many of the denizens of Sedona are transplants. They're typically artistically-inclined, spiritual and felt deeply called to this small, strange and wonderful city. Some intended to stay for a weekend and have simply never left. It all seems a little crazy until you stand on Bell Rock as the setting sun illuminates the red sandstone formations a brilliant orange color, and you begin to feel a little part of yourself called to stay in Sedona, too. For us, however, the trip was meant to be temporary, but the inspiration still remains.

Here are some of our favorite snaps from our trips to Sedona. Photos taken by the lovely and talented Betsy Newman

Taking a rest after a hike.

Feeling the love on an energy vortex.

Taking part in the city's iconic Pink Jeep Tours.

And of course, nothing beats a Sedona Sunset.


December 03, 2013


Our Holiday Bucket List

Happy December! We're sure we're not alone when we declare December one of our favorite months of the year. From the cozying up next to the fire with a cup of hot cocoa warming our palms to wrapping handmade gifts, each day is full of some festive activity. Here's what's on our holiday 2013 bucket list, what's on yours?

Watch Elf on repeat. While wearing this shirt

Actually send out handwritten holiday cards. Bonus points for making DIY cards

Make handmade ornaments and gift tags while listening to A Very She & Him Christmas.

And also Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You.

And Orange is the New Black's Taystee and Crazy Eye's (aka Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba) Jolly Christmas Medly.

Build a fire (or for those of us in the city, play this video while burning this Henri Bendel Firewood candle—it almost does the trick).

Decorate a tree (or once again, for the city-dwellers out there, come up with a creative alternative to the conventional tree). 

Go ice skating at an outdoor rink.

Don't trip. 

Have a snowball fight (and win). 

Don't be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins! Get into the holiday spirit and make a seasonal bucket list of your own.



November 01, 2013


DIY Holiday Ornament Workshop with For the Makers at West Elm

NYC DIYers: Mark your calendars! This November 20th, For the Makers will be hosting a Holiday Ornament Workshop in collaboration with West Elm. This time of year is really about spending quality time with those special to you, so get into the festive mood with a few friends and bond while creating a variety of gorgeous, original ornaments, including geometric paper ornaments and hanging glittered agate slices. 

Get your tickets here. The cost includes all the materials to make up to 10 ornaments—enough to decorate your home and tree and gift a few to loved ones, all while mastering new techniques and skills. No better way to get into the holiday spirit. 

Hope to see you there!

September 29, 2013


All the Things We're Doing Besides Unpacking

Boxes are everywhere. Crafts are everywhere. The new office is coming along but we've got a ways to go. We'll share sneak peeks with you soon via Instagram, so follow along!

Pretty on top of pretty. Miss Moss gets it every time. 

Breaking out all our plaid shirts for fall.

Gorgeous oversize stone prints from Scout & Catalogue + Debbie Carlos.  

Making a case to our landlord to let us do this to the office floor.

Instagram inspiring fashion designers. Fashion designers inspiring Instagram.  

Eating all the guacamole at Gran Electrica, our favorite neighborhood hang.

Obsessing over the new Lizzie Fortunato collection.

Refering to anyone younger than you should go like this.

Reading the book to hold us over until next season of Orange Is the New Black.

Pinning some inspirational images and getting ready for the next collection, Field Guide.  Can't wait.


September 04, 2013


Introducing For the Makers Weddings

Wedddings are the perfect excuse to learn (or show off) new DIY skills. Whether you're planning an intimate city hall affair or a rambling barn wedding, get your family and pals together to share stories while you DIY. With a little effort, you'll create pieces destined to become family heirlooms. We're firm believers in picking a few key things to DIY, spending a little bit on quality materials, and taking the time to make them shine. We're teaming up with My Wedding to bring you one wedding DIY every month along with a For the Makers favorite, re-imagined for your wedding day. Just like any For the Makers DIY, we'll make it fresh and fun, without a ton of stress. We're so excited about the line up of projects coming your way. We'll be tackling everything from serious statement necklaces to photobooth backdrops. 

Our first DIY is something that Janet created just for her wedding last fall, and while this vintage stunner makes the outfit, it's surprisingly easy to make. Find the DIY over on My Wedding and make sure to bookmark DIY Tuesday! 

We'd love to know.. are you getting married soon? Did you make any DIY projects for your wedding? Are wedding DIY kits something you'd love to see on For the Makers? 


August 29, 2013


A Workshop

In New York City? Join us for a DIY workshop tomorrow, Friday, August 30, 2013! We'll all hang out and create customized leather pouchettes. They're perfect for stashing love notes, calling cards, metro cards and cell phones. Personalize yours with Blick Studio Acrylics and bring it home.

Sign up for one of three 60-minute demo sessions.  All supplies will be provided.  You will also have the chance to win a 3-month subscription from us and tons of dicounts for picking up back to school and office supplies. We have all the russell + hazel paper goods on our list to pick up after the class.  

Space is very limited so sign up today!


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