My DIY Philosophy


Have you clicked lately on my “DIY” sidebar at left? This is the list of projects awaiting you. I update this list every now and then, so be sure to check back from time to time and see whats up!

My DIY style in general is “Make it easy to create cool things”. I’ll admit, I’m kinda lazy. I like to do projects in an hour or two. I’d say 80% of the projects below are just that!

I can’t really say that I have a particular style. Yeah, I like bold and colorful, but I also like sophisticated and pretty and artful. I do this with my graphic design. I love being able to tell a story, capture a mood, or add a personal touch to my projects. 🙂 And admittedly, I’m a sucker for viral trends as seen in the Double Rainbow Shirt, Rebecca Black Cupcake Picks, and the Snooki Pumpkin.

I make an effort to make the photography “pop” so the project can shine. I think this makes a big difference in people liking your project or not. Admittedly, I have some hits and misses when I create a project. Some go over really well, while others are pretty lackluster and don’t get a peep. For me, this is just part of the process. It gives me a good idea of what people like vs. don’t like and let’s me know what to do more of or less of.

Down the road, I’d like to take on some more challenging projects and learn some new techniques (foil leafing, more painting techniques, building/stretching canvases, etc). And of course, much more home DIY when I get my own home one of these days.

Do you have a philosophy when it comes to making your own projects? Do you take on certain projects over others?

And here’s the same project listing that appears on the DIY section on the sidebar. I actually have more to add to this list. It’s when you see a visual list like this that you realize that you’ve been quite busy. Sometimes it feels that I’m not doing anything!

Jewelry and Accessories
jewelry 1
Graffiti Glam EarringsGraffiti Rose Pin/HairclipJ’adore Junk Earrings

accessories 3
Pencil Grip JewelrySwell Belt BuckleButterfly Pendant Necklace

jewelry 2
Ribbon and Felt BroochesModern Statement RingClear Pendant Necklaces

Decoration and Décor
Fashion Graffiti PillowFontalicious Wall ArtTelephone Book Graffiti Lamp

decor 2
Mosaic Wall on the CheapJournaled Photo MatDotted Tissue Paper Lantern

home decor 1
Hipstamatic Photo LightboxFont LightingJust My Type Pillow

home decor 2
9 Font Wall Art IdeasRainbow Paper LanternNested Photo Frame

Paper Crafts
Patriotic Poster Drink CharmsNeon Idea Book“Trashy” Valentine’s

paper crafts 2
Doodled LeavesFontalicious Gift BagCute Cupcake Bow

paper crafts 1
Personalized Wrapping PaperPhoto Strip BowDoodled Flowers

Until next time Swellions!


Colorful Collage Cluster Bottles

colorful bottles

Here’s a fun and colorful project to finish out summer with! I love bright colors and I love to collage. I thought I’d mix the two along with my love for embellishments to create this easy DIY project. It’s a great way to make something super pretty on the cheap! Here’s how you do it!

Gather your supplies. I used various magazines, different sized and cleaned glass jars, Collage Pauge® Instant Decopauge, lid or plate, scissors,brush, and various embellishments including buttons and Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™. I also used Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue, but I forgot to show it in the photo.

Cut out various images from magazines. Choose a color scheme like that is in the same color family for the monochromatic look.

The magazine clippings shouldn’t be too large, more around .5″ to 1″ in width and height.

Dip brush in Collage Pauge® Instant Decopauge and add a layer of medium to both front and back of clipping and adhere to jar.

Overlap strips of paper until entire jar is covered.

add buttons
Adorn bottle as desired with embellishments. Let dry.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Until next time Swellions!