Giveaway – Craft Box Overflowing with DIY Goodies


Hi friends – and Happy Tuesday!

I’ve gotten behind in the past couple weeks due to a lot of travel I’ve been doing for work, but I’ve put together some fantastic items for my April Email Newsletter Giveaway!

Have you signed up to receive my email newsletters yet?

Well if by some small chance you haven’t, it’s high time you did! I’m giving away a craft box overflowing with supplies to 2 different subscribers on my email newsletter list! (And you gotta be on the list to enter to win.)

From my huge crafting stash: items I’ve bought myself and supplies I’ve been gifted to create tutorials for, these boxes are stuffed with crafty goodness. Most items are brand-new and never-used, some have been used a little in tutorials I’ve featured, but all are still usable and ready for you to get making! Here’s what’s in each:

Blues Craft Box

chic-steals-april-2016-email-newsletter-giveaway-blues-craft-box  Fabrics

  • silver-grey poly satin lining
  • cactus-print quilting cotton
  • navy poly chiffon
  • turquoise poly chiffon
  • navy satin lining
  • crushed blue poly shantung (I think)
  • blue denim and crochet cotton
  • printed colorful poly chiffon
  • black stretch lace scraps


  • Deco Art Ink Effects paint (2)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint (1)
  • Terra Cotta Outdoor Paint (1)
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (5)
  • Scribbles Dimensional Paint (1)
  • Tulip Black Light Paint Pack

Jewelry Supplies

  • silver aluminum curb chain
  • black glass bugle beads
  • glass flower beads


  • Tulip Glitters (5)

Reds Craft Box



  • peach poly crepe
  • peach satin voile
  • pink and black Gothic Lolita print heavy-weight cotton
  • red velvet
  • yellow quilting cotton
  • leopard-print velvet
  • white gauze
  • beige twill scraps
  • striped stretch cotton jersey
  • cactus-print black quilting cotton


  • Deco Art Ink Effects paint (2)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint (4)
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (2)
  • Tulip Slick Paint (1)
  • Orange fabric paint pen
  • Tulip Glow Paint Pack

Jewelry Supplies

  • silver aluminum curb chain
  • red heart crystal beads
  • wooden pendant
  • bee pollen in resin pendant on gold unfinished chain


  • Tulip Glitters (5)
  • DIY geometric stamp

How to enter? Sign up for the Chic Steals weekly newsletter below. On Thursday, May 19 at 7 AM P.D.T. you’ll receive an email where you can choose the Craft Box you want. I’ll then choose a winner randomly from the entries! (I’ll ship your box anywhere in the world too; the only restriction is you must be 18 years or over to enter.)

Sign up here now. You’ll get weekly digests of Chic Steals posts, exclusive content and giveaways, and there’s a lot more on the way for you guys.

There will be another giveaway to enter at the end of this month (time is flying by fast!), so see you again then!



2 email subscribers will win 1 of the craft boxes pictured. The subscribers will be chosen randomly based on their selection of box they want to win in an upcoming email. ARV of the box contents range from $50-75. Entering your email in the Subscribe box subscribes you to a weekly digest of posts from Chic Steals, as well as occasional emails announcing products or services that may be of interest. I do not use email for anything else. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

Inspiration – Success is No Accident Typography Quote


Success is no accident gold typography quote

“Success is no accident.”

Despite the questionable personal life of the person to whom this quote is attributed (and his immense success and recognition otherwise as being exemplary in his sport)…this quote resonates as a truism across all disciplines.

Success is never by accident, only by years of hard work and dedication. By the time the world sits up and takes notice, success may seem accidental, but you can be certain there has been immense struggle and perseverance behind every success story.

Food for thought.


Inspiration: Each Day is an Opportunity to Improve

Each day is an opportunity to improve gold typography quote

Each day is an opportunity to improve.

This is an adapted quote from marathon runner John Bingham: “Every day gives you an opportunity to improve.”

Hear, hear. Will you be a better version of yourself in 8 hours, 10 hours, by nightfall? Who do you want to be then? And who do you want to be tomorrow?


Have a Cute, Quirky Mother’s Day with ModCloth

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Cute and Quirky Mother's Day Gifts collageIs your mom just the greatest??

Unique, special, one-of-a-kind? Hard to find gifts for?

This year, ModCloth to the rescue…with fun, funky gifts sure to please even the most discerning Mom. Their cute and quirky, geeky gifts are great for that special lady in your life. Here’s my wishlist for mine (and maybe something for myself too…maybe my 10-year-old will take note 😉

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Click through the below link to see all the cute Gifts for Gals that ModCloth has – and maybe get a little shopping done for yourself while you’re at it 😉

Modcloth gifts for gals ecommerce page


Shop Mother’s Day gifts from ModCloth!

Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful moms, grandmoms, new moms, old moms, and all those special women out there! (ModCloth has something fun and quirky for each and every one of you 💋



Celebrate the Unique About Mom for Mother’s Day with UncommonGoods

FTC Disclosure:This post is a paid post in collaboration with UncommonGoods. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

Unique Mother's Day Gifts collage from UncommonGoods

UncomonGoods is my go-to for unique and uncommon gifts.

I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for more than 10 years – and the recipients of any gifts I buy through them are always delighted. All of the items they sell are handmade, and they are dedicated to featuring products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur. Besides being a founding member of B Corporation (click to see how cool this organization is!), UncommonGoods even lets you choose a nonprofit at checkout for them to donate $1 to with every order. They have a great selection of personalized gifts as well (see here) or gifts for all of those baby showers you’ll be attending this season (here). And who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive any one of these keepsakes for celebrating a milestone or anniversary?

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

Unique Mother's Day Gifts collage from UncommonGoods

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(I gave my mom the Tea Party Soap Set (9) last year for her birthday and she just loved it!)

See more amazing and unique gifts to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day at UncommonGoods.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, definitely do so – and get all your eco-conscious, socially-responsible gift-shopping done in one place.

Shop for Gifts at UncommonGoods



Inspire: Live. Love. Laugh. Typography

Live. Love. Laugh. gold typography by Chic Steals

Live. Love. Laugh.

Advice for the every day. Something I endeavor to do.

Adapted from the 1904 poem “Success” by Bessie Anderson Stanley:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.


Review: Sip x Swell Ecofriendly Bottle

FTC Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary bottle from S’ipxS’well for review purposes. The below opinions are my own. I have not been otherwise compensated for this post. My full Disclosure Policy is here.


You may have already heard about S’well, an innovative stainless steel water bottle in a variety of fun prints that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, and gives back to the community by partnering with charity partners. (They also have a super-cute dedicated cleaning brush + brush-stand that I wish I had had all these years for cleaning out all my pesky water bottles in the past!)

But have you heard of S’well’s sister line, S’ip by S’well? Available at Target in a 15oz size, S’ip x S’well comes in 19 fun colors and patterns and retails for $24.99.


These bottles are a super-easy shape to grip – look chic whether on your desk or in your gym bag – and do indeed keep your drink at the correct temperature for an unbelievably long time. Hello, Summer workout partner!



Hydration becomes fun – and beautiful – with S’ip x S’well. Check them out at Target, or online here:

S’ip x S’well Official Website