I never intended to become a DIY blogger, it just happened by chance. Over a year ago I posted a tutorial showing how I had made a necklace, just for fun, and within a few weeks and many thousands of page views later, I started thinking of other tutorials I could share with readers. In a matter of months, I went from blogging about crafts and simple projects I was creating just for fun, to purposefully thinking of tutorials that would attract readers and would garner plenty of “Pins”. I slowly, but eventually fell into a trap last year where I wasn’t blogging what I created, but creating to blog. It got me plenty of traffic, but left me feeling tired and anything but creative. It also left me with very little time to complete the unfinished projects around the house, and the feeling to freely create on a whim. By the end of 2012, I knew I wanted to blog about the things I created in a very different way.
In 2013 I’d like to continue to offer you guys DIY’s, but also the other things we create for fun or necessity. Sometimes we(I) pigeon-hole ourselves into thinking that “creating” is all tied up in a perfectly styled tutorial, complete with pretty pictures and plenty of pins. We forget that we have the opportunity, and often do in fact create every day, several times a day. A freshly organized closet, a twist on a classic family recipe, a simple after school craft project with the kids; these are all ways that we in fact create a life and a home, and memories for our family. This year I’d like to update the 4 year old family framed photos around the house, finally hang some artwork in our family room, organize a good filing system, craft more with my kids, and yes, create some pretty and unique tutorials to share with you all. So I’ve set a challenge for myself. Each week I’ll create something, but my challenge is to share what I’ve created, whether it’s simple and imperfectly styled, shot with my iPhone, and not at all “Pinterest worthy.”
I have 52 weeks to create a home I feel happy and content in, free of blank walls and outdated pictures staring at me. 52 weeks to get creative in the kitchen and try new recipes. 52 weeks to make messy art with my kids and sit down and spend time with them. So going forward each Monday I’ll publish a new 52 Weeks To Create post showing how and what I created the week before. I’m excited and feel that this will be a big part of helping me find the joy in “craft and DIY” blogging again.
Care to join me? I’d love for us all to share ways we are creating in our lives and in our homes. Join me on Instagram all year long (I’m @fourflights), and post your pictures of how and what you’re creating. I find inspiration in so many things, from blogs, to magazines, books and most especially Instagram. I’d love to share with you my favorite sources of inspiration, craft items and projects, so I’ll be giving away something new each month to one of you that joins along on Instagram. No catch at all, you don’t even have to follow me on Instagram Just use the same hashtag each month, with the month at the end for ease of categorizing, so for January, tag your posts: #52WeeksToCreateJan (in February it will be #52WeeksToCreateFeb, etc). At the end of each month I’ll pick a winner out of those that participated! Remember, it can be anything from organization projects, to cooking and baking, to anything crafty. Use the tag and enter your photo in the creative pool! The January giveaway is a $30 gift credit to The Container Store! Start the year off right and help get your supplies and life a bit more organized and in order with the biggest selection of organization products around. I love the Container Store and can literally spend hours in there dreaming of ways to make my life complete
So ready to see what I have been busy creating this last week? Perfect organization for my craft supplies in my very own craft cabinet, that’s what. When Hayden took over the office, we were left with zero storage for the very large abundance of arts and craft supplies we own. In fact everything that was housed in the old office closet including extra blankets and table linens, are all now housed outside in the garage. Our house does not have a single linen closet. Our dining room addition does, however, have a huge recess in the wall, so it struck me a while back that it would make the perfect spot for a built-in. We sat on the idea for the last 2 years and got various quotes and shopped around until we found someone we could trust, recommended by our friend Shelly of VanRozeboom Interiors, and was within our budget. He completed the cabinet just before Christmas, and we spent the last couple of weeks adding lighting to the upper cabinets which saved us $1100 by doing it ourselves, and organizing it so that everything fit just right and made sense. Apologies in advance for the awkward pictures, as I don’t have a wide enough lens to shoot properly in this small space, but hopefully you get the idea.
The upper cabinet holds all of our china and white party ware. We wanted wooden shelves as opposed to glass, so we ended up having to add LED lighting under each shelf so the entire cabinet lit up, and we also added lighting underneath the upper so it lights up the serving area. The lowers consist of solid door cabinets on either side, and 4 nice and large self-closing drawers. All of the shelves are adjustable. At this point the overall look is very minimal and clean, and it’s taking me all my might not to want to fill up the uppers with little tchotchkes, or to place crap on the serving area. I see a horizontal surface and I want to accessorize it, I can’t help it!
While I had storage containers for all of our craft supplies, none of them were cohesive and when placed in the cabinet and drawers, they didn’t make the best use of the space, so I set out to find unison storage containers that would work and be affordable. After much time shopping around and roaming the aisles of the Container Store, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, I found our solution in shoe and accessory boxes from the Container Store. The shoe boxes were $1.89 each, and the smaller accessory boxes were $1.69 each. They are clear so I can see what is in each box and no need for labels, and the dimensions make the best use of space. The quality is excellent considering the price. I used 10 shoe boxes and 4 accessory boxes, making this organization project come in just around $25.canvas bags, wrapping supplies including cute bags, washi tape and bakers twine, and a whole box dedicated just to Mod Podge items! stencil crafts.acrylic containers pictures on top, which hold my thread and some beads were a bit more expensive, and are also from The Container Store, and were $3.99 and $4.99 each.
So that’s what I was up to this past week. I feel great knowing that all of our supplies are easily accessible and everything has a place. Organization isn’t necessary for many people to feel creative, but it’s essential for me. When our supplies are a mess, I’d rather ignore them than even bother digging them out. I’m hoping that this project will inspire much more creativity in the coming weeks and months of 2013.