With summer in full swing for most of you (Taylor still has 8 days left of school and it's only 75 degrees here), I thought I'd write a post a little different than the norm and share some thoughts and ideas on DIY'ing. I know summer is the time when a lot of you ramp up on projects or look to start new projects with the kids, so I wanted to share some tips to help you choose DIY projects that you'll love, not get frustrated with.
- first and foremost, start with one-three mediums and build from there. For me, my primary mediums are fabric paint, jewelry, and paper supplies. These are the things I'm drawn to and so I focus my energy, time and financial resources on those types of projects. I stray every now and then, but for the most part my projects reside in those areas. Narrowing your focus down will save you time and money!
- find inspiration in places other than Pinterest. Pinterest is amazing, don't get me wrong, but you'll be surprised what you can be inspired by when you look around. Magazines, books, browsing Michael's for two hours, thrift stores, fashion stores, beauty supply stores, whatever. Spending too much time on Pinterest can also leave you feeling down and like your project will never be good enough, look pretty enough as A, B or C. So get in and get out, don't linger for hours on end.
- don't create a DIY just for a blog post (if you blog), create it because you want it or need it. I've done this before because I think readers will love it, and I tell you, it's just a waste of time. My most well received DIY projects are the ones I created for myself because I really did want it, or the ones I thought very few people would love (case in point this seed bead necklace and the statement necklace I created for Making It Lovely - who knew those would be such big hits?)
- know your limits and stick with your skill level, or slightly above your skill level. It's great to challenge yourself, so if the pattern says for advanced beginner, and you're a beginner, go for it and teach yourself new things! But save yourself tears and agony and don't go for the mega-advanced complicated pattern, no matter how cute and amazing it is.
- factor in your cost of supplies and time to decide if a DIY project is even worth it financially. I was recently considering make baby #3 his/her own crib skirt, but after factoring in the cost of fabric plus the hours it was going to take me to sew something new, I decided to just buy the $60 crib skirt I found online. I think I made a good call here.