I love a good DIY, and i’ve done a few for my new place that I am hoping to post on here sometime soon. I will admit that I came to the realization while making my Ikea Hack nightstand (coming soon), that you don’t always save money. After buying all the supplies, and spending the time doing the work, I realized that I really could have just bought a finished piece at Ikea for the same price. That being said, I really enjoyed the process and the challenge of saying that I can make something, having a vision of how it will turn out and then actually doing it and being proud of the results. It’s thrilling to me, but I know it’s not for everyone. Plus with a DIY, you then have something unique, that you can’t find in a store or anyone else’s home. I don’t know, it really depends how much time you have on your hands and how much importance you put on making things by hand, but personally I know that even if it’s hard work, I am going to keep DIYing because I find it so rewarding and fun!
How do you feel about DIYing? As I mentioned earlier, sometimes it ends up costing more, but is it always about the money or is it about the challenge and fun? I found this article on Huffington post that says to use a flowchart when trying to decide on whether to DIY it or Buy it. Could be a helpful way to decide! Check it out here.
I am big on making my own cards, and have been for as long as I can remember. There is something really special about spending time creating something from scratch rather than running to the nearest store to buy a card that everyone and their grandmother is going to get.
This year I have been falling more and more in love with typography and the art of lettering. I bought some calligraphy supplies and have been slowly trying to teach myself how to use them properly to create beautiful script. It is a true art, and a lot harder than I ever imagined, but I am enjoying the process. I also bought myself a little watercolor kit for kids. I haven’t done watercolor in some time, but it is so therapeutic and fun! It’s also really inexpensive, I got some brushes, a water-colour tablet and the paints for under 10$.
I decided that this holiday season, I wanted to create a card that felt holiday, but wasn’t just about Christmas or Hannukah, and I wanted it to have beautiful lettering and water-colour graphics. Here are some beautiful cards that I am drawing inspiration from, most of which are from Etsy!
1. Happy Holidays Card by Shannon Kirsten on Etsy
2. Give Thanks free download by Jenn of Ruffled Sunshine
3. Illustrated Menorah by Rifle Paper Co.
4. A Very Merry Christmas to you by 1 Canoe 2 on Etsy
5. Happy Holidays Illustration by Lily and Val on Etsy
6. Cones and Acorns Card by Small Adventure on Etsy
This year there is a big emphasis on shopping local, it’s a great way to keep small businesses thriving, and It makes gift giving a little more personalized. Check out Etsy for some amazing handmade cards that you can purchase (if you are too busy or not the crafty type), it’s the next best thing! There are also some great free printouts from freelance graphic designers that you can find on pinterest, like these!
I had this realization the other night that even though I’ve had my camera for more than 8 years, and use it often, I still haven’t changed the strap. Yes, I’m that person that still has the original one that comes with the camera when you first buy it. Big bright red Canon letters sewn on… not so pretty, so unprofessional and uncomfortable to boot. I can sort of get it to hang across my body, but it’s tight, and now with winter here, there’s no way I could wear it comfortably over my coat. So being the impulsive person I am, I figured out a way to make a new strap at 11 pm on a monday night. With all the stores being closed, I had to think about what I already had on hand. All it is, is a spare strap from one of my totes and some key rings, there’s really nothing to this DIY. It’s a quick fix if you’re impatient like I am and itching for a change. You just need to make sure that you attach the rings securely to the camera so that you can be sure the strap is on safely, preventing any accidents!
Here’s a self portrait of me and my new camera strap! I love it, and can now wear it comfortably across my body when not using it. Isn’t the colour fun?
Having this new strap will definitely encourage me to bring my camera out with me more often! I always found excuses to leave it at home and use my iphone instead, since it fits comfortable in my pocket and my DSLR does not. Looking forward to taking it out more often!