Today I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind lately… YOU!
You know I love your comments. They make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I especially like the ones where you say that you’ve been inspired or motivated to tackle some project or to do something you’ve been wanting done but were waiting for someone else to do. THAT IS AWESOME! That makes it ALL worth while!
I love Warm and Fuzzy. It’s such a nice way to feel.
Interestingly, some of the comments (and emails) that create a warm and fuzzy feeling for ME, are also revelations about what some of you BELIEVE about you. Or, what you don’t believe about you.
So, today I decided to share my “TOP SECTRET” secrets to successful DIY’ing!
(Shhh, don’t spread this around, or soon everyone will be capable of making their homes beautiful and there won’t be any UGLY houses left for me to buy and make lovely!)
There are FOUR essential ingredients to successful DIY’ing.
1. DESIRE to DO it!
(Paint in hair, covered in sawdust, arthritic elbows from using so much elbow grease… It’s not for everyone!)
2. BELIEVE you CAN!
(It’s going to be done by SOMEONE, why not YOU?)
3. LAUGH at your MISTAKES
(Because you WILL make them, we all do!)
4. LIVE with IMPERFECTION
(Because nothing is ever perfect. Give yourself a break. Sometimes “good enough” really IS. Don’t stay awake all night thinking about what you could have done differently! Just do it differently next time.)
Live, Learn and Move On!
Along these same lines, I thought I’d share an interview I did with Kelsey, a college student, who had to start a blog for a college assignment. She sent me, and a few other DIY bloggers a whole list of questions that I answered with all my might and mind.
She didn’t use my answers in their entirety, so I thought I would share them with you…because , like I said, I put my whole heart and mind into answering them. And because they answer the question a lot of you have been asking, “how did you get started in your DIY journey?”.
Kelsey: What made you interested in doing do it yourself decorating? How long have you been creating DIY projects?
What are the advantages of DIY projects? DIy is about more than just saving money. Creating gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment. To me, Designing, building, sewing, crafting…whatever form of DIY project I’m doing, is a creative outlet. Why does a painter paint? A sculptor sculpt? Architect, musician, poet, writer… I am inspired by what I see around me and I use that inspiration to create something I want or need. My “art” is generally very functional but I love to make things beautiful and functional at the same time.
In terms of money, do DIY projects save you a significant amount of money? Not always. It is important to know what tasks your skill level will allow you to do.. If you have to hire a pro to come in and fix the bigger problem you just created, DIY’ing could end up costing you significantly more! Sometimes, people watch DIY shows and think, “I can do that” and so they try without doing the necessary research first ,and they end up in trouble. Most people can probably do most things themselves, but do TONS of research and know what you are getting into BEFORE you start a project.
*It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that I do not try to do EVERYTHING myself. There are some things that are better left to the pros. Anything that requires a permit, I prefer not to have resting on my shoulders!
Do you think it is a good idea for college aged girls to use do it yourself projects to decorate their first homes? Absolutely! If it’s something that interests said girls. Everyone is different. Everyone has their own unique interests, skills, talents as well as needs. Do you need curtains but can’t afford the cute, ruffled, $200 ones from Anthropology that you just fell in love with? Make your own out of a couple white sheets from the thrift store. (Wash and sanitize first, of course!)
Are their any projects you would recommend to college aged girls? That depends on the need. If a person wants a certain look, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to create it. Often times, that means thinking outside the box! You can DIY pretty much anything: Light fixtures, rugs, curtains, bedding, art, furniture. One of the easiest ways to transform a space is through paint. If you are in a rented space that doesn’t allow you to paint the walls, paint your furniture. If you don’t have furniture, go to a thrift store or yard sale and find some ugly piece that is just right for your space and needs some TLC — and paint it. There are literally thousands of “Trash to treasure” blog posts you can look at for inspiration.
Where do you find your inspiration for decorating? I read A LOT of decor magazines, web sites and blogs. Pinterest is a great new resource for inspiration!
What is your favorite DIY project you’ve done? I have a few. One was created by simply painting some picture frames and using black and white photos to create a unified collection. (Picture Frame Collage Wall)
My master closet that I’m working on now has been the longest single project I’ve ever done and I’m hoping it will be my all time favorite. It should be finished next week! (Executive Master Closet)
What is your favorite part about DIY decorating? Knowing that I can do just about anything I set my mind to.
(And one more time! ***I do not try to do EVERYTHING myself. There are some things that are better left to the pros. Most electrical, plumbing being a few! Anything that requires a permit, I prefer not to have resting on my shoulders!***)
I think of DIY’ing as an adventure or journey. We’re all at different stages of our journeys. Some are well on their way and some are just starting out! The important thing to remember is that we all started at the same place…the beginning. Remember that, and don’t expect to know everything all at once.
Start small…but start! You can do it!