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The following is a list of all entries from the Crafting category.

We all love a little DIY

Do-It-Yourself….. for some people those words are energizing and for others they strike terror in the heart. So where do you fall in when it comes to a little DIY?

I think everyone can feel good about a little DIY. There is something pretty amazing about creating something with your own hands and seeing it all come together. Pride of accomplishment at a job well done encourages you to try the next thing and before you know it….you are a full–fledged DIY’er.

It seems to be even easier to do-it-yourself because you can literally find YouTube videos on how to do just about anything. These videos make tackling projects a little less daunting. Add to that the fact that you can research anything on the web and it opens up everything as a possibility for DIY as long as you are willing to put in the time and energy to take on the project.

So what are some DIY tips and/or projects that are popular right now?

  • Use bright colors or at least one pop of bright color.
  • Use of geometric shapes is really fun and simple to do.
  • Rustic is all the rage right now.
  • Right along with rustic is vintage or restoring a retro look.
  • Converting garage sale finds into refinished furniture
  • Creating your own artwork

People want uniqueness. You can now have your own unique item. Exclusivity is very important to lots of people now days and with DIY it’s literally at your fingertips and up to your own creative thinking. Give it a whirl!

 

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That Creative Spark

Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. Anyone who has been involved with the creative process knows that getting stuck or hitting a wall is part of the process. Everyone struggles sometimes to renew their creative spark. Being in a business where we need to stay creative makes that a bit of a bigger challenge so we have to have ways to re-energize that creative spark. Here are the just some of the ways that we do that:

  • connect with someone you think is creative and let their creativity generate some new ideas for you.
  • change up your routine.
  • doodle
  • play a game
  • free write
  • listen to new music
  • keep an idea journal with you at all times
  • play with toys
  • color
  • listen to a TED talk
  • take a class
  • get cooking in the kitchen
  • explore the outdoors
  • research on Pinterest
  • create a vision board
  • talk with children
  • walk through an art gallery
  • watch movies

Creativity is all about being open to the impressions of life as they flow and swirl around us. Its about letting that energy flow out of you and create something unique to you. Enjoy the process and don’t give up when you feel like you’ve hit a snag in the creative process. It’s easy to spark again.


“I Can Make It”

I have a disease. It’s the “I can make that” disease. Maybe it comes from years as an event planner, or maybe I was just born this way. Either way it’s an ailment that I am constantly battling.  I will see something that I love and convince myself that it will be cheaper to make it than to buy it. So inevitably I end up either  A. Not making the item ever, or B. Trying to make it and end up spending more money than I would have if I would have just purchased it. Don’t get me wrong, I am a crafty gal and can hold my own. Not every project ends up in the trash bin. That said, I am trying to be better about assessing when it’s actually better to buy something instead of trying to make it. It’s a balance, and it’s not going well. Just last week I was convinced that I should just try to make my own Book Purse and here we are two weeks later, no book purse so to speak (lots of parts, hot glue burns, odds and ends, some failed trials…) but yet I have mysteriously dedicated $25 towards the project. All this to say, sometimes we should appreciate some one else’s talent and spend the money for great one of a kind crafty purchased. Here are some things I am stalking and plan to purchase (after I quit trying to figure out how I can make them in my head and give in to the purchase!).

  1. Amazing Recycled Book Purses  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ConduitPress?ref=seller_info
  2. A pair of these amazing earrings by Octavia Bloom http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?search_submit=&q=Octavia+Bloom&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US
  3. Mason Jar Chandelier for my deck: http://www.etsy.com/listing/84571945/mason-jar-chandelier?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=mason+jar+chandelier&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all
  4. Mason Jar Wine Glasses (For backyard BBQ’s!):
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/94772525/mason-jar-wine glasses?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=mason+jar+wine+glasses&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

Amazing jersey convertible dress: http://www.etsy.com/listing/70936431/swallows-tail-navy-blue-octopus