In a world of Pinterest and blog posts, How To’s and crafty madness is everywhere. And just like writing a great blog post, DIY-ing is most appreciated when the idea is original and creative. Although, I love following along to another’s directions, I often find the end result is much more celebrated when it comes from my own trial and error versus someone else’s!
Here are some tips and tricks to stay inspired in a world of been there, done that:
Follow DIY bloggers – Yes these individuals have wonderful creative ideas, but they also know amazing techniques and products for every project. If it weren’t for Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess, I would have never met up with my best friend Mod Podge!!
Build Vision Boards – Utilize Pinterest, a spot on your fridge or a folder on your computer desktop to gather photos and moving images. I love to collect things like home accessories, jewelry, hair and makeup, and furniture on my Pinterest. These beautiful images keep my spirits up for a long time and generally provide inspiration for my next project.
Team up with a friend – If you think a project is too daunting, team up with a friend that has a different skill set. For furniture building, I like to team up with my creative manager Adam. He knows power tools and is great at building puzzles. So I bring the drift wood and he makes things happen! Together we master the project with flying colors and gain knowledge from each other.
Never give up! – I have laughed through MANY How To’s. Sometimes you have an idea and it just doesn’t go the way you planned. Just keep your head high and your mind open. The resolution with come to you and most likely with beautiful results!
A How To should never be stressful. So let loose, put on your creative cap and have some fun!!