Crushing On: Homey oh my!

April 9, 2014

Hello from Germany! Today I’m so excited to share another blog crush with you. Because my favorite part about blogging DIYs is finding—and sharing—the fabulous bloggers out there.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Homey oh my!, but if not, you are missing out on an amazing blog!

Crushing On: Homey oh my!

No-Sew Tote Bag || Graphic Circle Art || Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

All of this brilliance is created by Amy, an LA gal and one of the nicest online pals I’ve met. She’s also my copper/brass-loving twin—obviously a girl of good taste.

I was flabbergasted to discover that Amy has only been blogging since September 2013; you would never know it from her pro site design and her popularity on Craftgawker and Pinterest!

Besides great DIY projects, Amy also blogs decorating advice and inspirationAnd today (well not actually today, I’m on the other side of the world right now, but you know what I mean), Amy was kind enough to humor me in an attempt to play journalist and interview her. Here are my National Enquirer-worthy questions and Amy’s fabulous responses:

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What inspired you to start DIYing? Do you remember the first thing you made?

I got this question a lot from my friends because they always followed it with “I didn’t know you were into DIY…” It makes sense why they’d say that, because I didn’t REALLY start DIYing until I started my blog! It was around that time I moved into an apartment that I adored and still do, which inspired me to do a lot of DIY decor since I’m decorating on a budget. Before that though, all I remember ever making is jewelry, and I’m talking about during my childhood years—friendship bracelets, earrings, clay beads, none of which I’ve kept but man would it be fun if I could look at them now.

What’s your favorite tool or material?

Spray paint. Always. If I love the shape of an item but not the color, spray paint will usually save the day. I will never get over its transformative powers. My spray paint projects tend to be my most popular ones, so I think everyone else is enjoying the magic as well!

What advice would you give to new DIYers who don’t know where to begin?

Start small. I majorly felt the fear of messing up when I started DIYing (still do sometimes), and I think the key to keeping yourself from being discouraged is to start with projects that don’t heavily rely on practiced skills or a large number of resources. From there you’ll get a feel for what crafts you want to explore more and start taking bigger risks. Research is also very important! I try to research tried and true practices related to my project ideas before doing them, especially if it requires a new skill I’ve never tried before.

What’s your favorite thing to eat on toast?

Ooo, this is a tough one. I love cream cheese and lox on toast, but if I really listen to my heart, it says butter. Most preferably Kerry Gold Butter, the best butter ever.

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Thank you so much, Amy, for letting me feature your beautiful blog!

If you somehow got through this whole post without clicking on any of those links, be sure to hop on over to Homey oh my! now and show Amy some love! Which of her projects is your favorite?

And I’m Off

March 31, 2014

20140331-164825.jpg Its happening—I’m off to Germany!

Actually right now I’m sitting in the airport trying to write this mini post with painfully slow wi-fi, but soon—SOON—I’ll really be off.

Just wanted to remind you all that I’ll be in Europe until April 30. I will have occasional internet access during that time, so there may be some updates here, but the best way to keep up with me will be by following me on Instagram! #travelinthemaking is happening.

I’ll do my best to reply to comments and emails every few days, but please know that even if it takes me a little while to get back to you, I read and treasure them all!

Now I need to go sedate myself for this flight. Did I mention I’m a nervous flyer?

Bis bald!

Make it Friday: DIY Travel Must-Haves

March 28, 2014

One of the downsides of writing a DIY blog is that I’m so busy creating my own projects, I rarely—let’s be honest, never—have time to make others. (I know, it’s a rather luxurious “problem” to have…)

Usually I just shrug off the sadness of seeing or sharing another beautiful tutorial that will stay Pinned and never made. But since being engrossed in planning my trip to Germany, it’s driving me nuts! Look at those luggage tags! I NEED them! And a tissue holder! I’ve always wanted one of those!

What can I say, I get a little excited about organization, especially when planning a trip.

DIY Must-Haves for Travel || via Jade and Fern

Art Gallery Fabrics tissue holder || I Always Pick The Thimble travel journal

Lia Griffith makeup bag || Lovely Indeed luggage tags

Design Sponge tech organizer || Onelmon travel sewing kit

Organization-obsession confession: I’ve had my list of what to bring/buy/do before leaving for Germany on March 31st ready since January. Guess my years as a Girl Scout really stuck.

What’s the one accessory you can’t travel without?

Leaving on a Midnight [Plane] to [Germany]

March 22, 2014

Going to Germany || Jade and Fern

Is it just me or does this picture make my legs look weird?

This title is slightly misleading since my plane won’t be leaving AT midnight, but it’s true—in just a little over a week I’m going to Germany! For a whole month! Somebody pinch me!

It’s been 7 years since I’ve seen my family and friends in Germany, so as you might imagine, I am beyond excited.

I know I haven’t been super on top of blogging so far this year—what with being semi-blind for two weeks, the domain name fiasco, and prepping to leave my life for 4 weeks, there’s been some lapses.

But even though I’ll be away, I am not abandoning you! I have a few posts lined up for the month of April, including a very special guest blogger. And I should be able to do at least one post while traveling, more depending on how many of my relatives have finally installed internet in their homes.

Plus, you can follow me on Instagram to keep up with my tripI’ll be hijacking #travelinthemaking. Deal, one person who’s used it so far.

When I get back…DIY madness. MADNESS, I tell you. Be prepared. After I recover from jet lag and the 20 lbs. I’ll inevitably gain from pretzel-eating.

And in case the title put you in the mood for some Motown: