Craft It Yourself: changing your whole outlook on "DIY"

As 2016 came to an end I spent a lot of time reflecting and thinking ahead to what I wanted 2017 to look like for me. Here I am in my first month of the new year and my first month post-graduation. Now is a time for me where I'm figuring out what direction I want my career to take me. I've dabbled here and there with blogging, websites, design, and Etsy but never really kept up in any one direction. Any article you'll read about blogging or starting a small business will tell you that you need to find a direction, or a niche. I never quite knew what that was for me, I like so many things, how do I only write about one? How would I only make one item, when I love to create so many different things? I want 2017 to be the year I make those though decisions. 

When I think about all the things I enjoy doing, enjoy reading about, etc. one over-arching theme is clear: I love all things DIY. I made my own wedding dress and many of the decorations, I make gifts for my family at Christmas, I make clothes, bags, items for my home. I have different reasons for making different things; sometimes I think I can make something for less money than it would cost in the store, sometimes I see a product but want to customize it to my liking, sometimes I just have an idea that I've never seen so I try to create it.

What it comes down to for me is that I really enjoy creating. I don't love the phrase "DIY" because it's so over used and some DIY tutorials tend to be an instruction booklet for people to follow exactly and things end up looking cookie cutter to everyone else's project. What I want people to get from my posts is inspiration, not an instruction manual. 

The reason I like making things is because it makes me feel good. Getting inspired, taking materials, and transforming them into an actual usable item feels pretty damn good. That's a feeling I want other people to have. Some people have a DIY Pinterest board a mile long but never feel confident enough to do a project, or don't feel capable. You can do anything you have a vision for! I'm not an expert at anything except researching a project I'm interested in and finding the resources to get me there (hello, the internet can teach you anything!) So if anything comes from this blog I hope it's that someone decides to make something. I want someone to see a project I've done and feel inspired enough to get out and make something of their own. You don't have to be an artist to be creative. You don't have to have a creative job, or any formal training. All you need is a Pinterest account, and some coupons for your local craft store!

Now get out there and create it yourself!