DIYs I’d like to try

Admittedly, I haven’t been in much of a crafty mood as of late. I don’t have my space set up and my supplies aren’t super accessible at the moment.  It doesn’t mean that I’m still not incredibly inspired to try new things, just getting around to making them is a whole other story!  So in a nutshell, here’s a few crafts that are ticklin’ my fancy right now that I have scoped out!

This textured wall string art by Blu Kat Kraft is so easy to make and looks so modern and fresh. I would almost even say that it reminds me of mid-century art of yesteryear.  She has some other great wall art art ideas like this canvas with bottle cap lids. I love taking the ordinary and making something extraordinary with it, don’t you?

I love these DIY chipboard letters from Puma Life Blog. It’s so interesting how a simple and understated edging can make all the difference in a project!

Apartment Therapy reader Chris made this super cool modern succulent planter using cinder blocks. I don’t have a green thumb AT ALL, but I just really love succulents and they look really easy to manage. I love the way these cinder blocks house them in a modern and functional way!

I just adore these little billy balls made with seed beads by Orange Kitty Crafts.  So cool.  I could see making them with orange seed beads for Halloween and putting them in a black and white vase!

Do any of these projects suit you too?  Or are there other projects you are hankerin’ (yes, I just used that word, I’m a Kentucky girl after all) to try?

Until next time Swellions!


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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. πŸ™‚ 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
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Graffiti Glam Earrings – Graffiti Rose Pin/Hairclip – J’adore Junk Earrings

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Pencil Grip Jewelry – Swell Belt Buckle – Butterfly Pendant Necklace

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Ribbon and Felt Brooches – Modern Statement Ring – Clear Pendant Necklaces

Decoration and DΓ©cor
Fashion Graffiti Pillow – Fontalicious Wall Art – Telephone Book Graffiti Lamp

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Mosaic Wall on the Cheap – Journaled Photo Mat – Dotted Tissue Paper Lantern

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Hipstamatic Photo Lightbox – Font Lighting – Just My Type Pillow

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9 Font Wall Art Ideas – Rainbow Paper Lantern – Nested Photo Frame

Paper Crafts
Patriotic Poster Drink Charms – Neon Idea Book – “Trashy” Valentine’s

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Doodled Leaves – Fontalicious Gift Bag – Cute Cupcake Bow

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Personalized Wrapping Paper – Photo Strip Bow – Doodled Flowers

Until next time Swellions!