introsPECtives


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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Season of Love?

Whether your single and ready to mingle, single and loving it or in a committed relationship (and all those relationship points in between) we all know February is the month of “love”. Usually all February gives us to look forward to is Valentine’s Day but since this year is a Leap Year we have a whole extra day at the end of the month! Now while that may not be exciting here, in Ireland Leap Day is a very romantic day. It’s the day that a woman can propose to a man without it being considered odd. Now I know gender roles are archaic but it’s a very old tradition dating back to the 5th century! Since this year’s February is so special we decided to come up with a few fun party ideas for your Valentine’s Day or possibly your Leap Year engagement party?

Try the DIY craze by making these crazy cute decorations! http://thehappyhousie.porch.com/adorably-elegant-diy-valentines-day-decor-ideas/

Making truffles at home means customizable flavors! Bailey’s anyone? http://vikalinka.com/2013/12/15/baileys-truffles/

Crafty type? Make something cute for that special someone. http://www.bombshellbling.com/75-amazing-valentines-day-ideas/

With all these do it yourself gifts and decorations, your February can be a lot more cost effective and a little more heartfelt. Handmade objects really add some love into whatever you’ve created and honestly, you don’t even have to be good at arts and crafts! These are especially good if you have a few kiddos around that need something to put their energy into. Half the fun of parties is the planning and set up! Between Valentine’s Day and Leap Day, may your February be packed with parties and fun!