I’m Participating in the Third Annual M&J Trimming Blogger Challenge!

mjtrim_bloggerchallengeboxI was so thrilled to be recently contacted by M&J Trimming to participate in their Third Annual M&J Trimming Blogger Challenge.

Alongside other powerhouse DIY bloggers (such as Kristin of Glitter ‘n’ Glue and Lia of Smart n Snazzy), I’m in amazing company!

M&J Trimming sent me a box full of amazing DIY supplies as you can see above…and I got super-busy creating!

Read the M&J Trimming Intro to All the Bloggers Here

…and tomorrow head over to the M&J Trimming Blog, where all my projects will be available!



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Bloggers DIY Collaboration Week Round-Up

pick your diy 2So everyone pinned, you voted, and we all DIY’d!

7 DIY bloggers, 7 projects – I think they all look amazing!  Which ones will you try?  Which ones will you DIY?

So, without further ado, the 7 DIY tutorials you asked for:       

amatterofstyleDIY Pom-Pom Shoes inspiration&realisation_diy_dolce_gabbana_rafia_coral_dress_summer_2013_tutorial

D&G DIY Raffia Dress

chicstealsDIY Chanel Butterfly Bag

daretodiyDIY Charlotte Olympia Kiss Shoes

catmorleyDIY Ruche Bow Bag

chiccheatdiyDIY Phoenix Necklacelavieenrose

DIY Cross Back Top

Thanks to everyone (Donatella, Alessia, Charley, Cat, Sylvia and Auna) for including me in this super-fun collaboration!

Everyone, please keep pinning to the Pick Your DIY board so we can repeat this wonderful week again!



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Free Product Isn’t Really Free

Found on CraftSnark, a really awesome website with a ton of snarky posters and graphics depicting what it’s really like to be a craft blogger.  Start reading the posts and you’ll get addicted.  Or at least, I am addicted.  It’s.all.SO.TRUE.

And yes, often companies contact me offering me free products to use in a tutorial on my blog.  When it’s itemized line-by-line like that….the time investment and financial investment doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  Thank you CraftSnark!

Check Out CraftSnark for the Snarkier Side of Making Things


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Inspiration vs. Imitation – Designer Jessica Hische’s Amazing Words

The art of DIY is something I believe, to be enjoyed for oneself, shared with others as means of inspiration and encouragement, but not something that should be applied to creating exact replicas or knockoffs to make a profit on sales of such items.  Inspired by, but not replicated if there are sales involved.  I get so many requests (even now!) for me to make a custom knockoff pair of those Christian Louboutin for Rodarte Super-Spiked Heels I DIY’d nearly 3 years ago, that sometimes I feel my intentions in sharing these how-tos and ideas on my blog are being misconstrued entirely.

Sometimes I wonder if I should only be sharing tutorials for items quite different from, but still inspired by, designer pieces.  It’s a tough call.

But for all of us out there who craft, who create, and who produce art, there is always the question of inspiration vs. imitation.  Though in her eloquent post designer Jessica Hische is writing about art in general, I believe her great analysis of the art of copying (and how to avoid straight-out mimicry) is a great read and utterly applicable to everything creative in life (including DIY!).

And especially DIY, and making your own projects for yourself, as well as to share with others.  Ideas are everywhere, and what you choose to appropriate, re-appropriate, and re-mix becomes art the further away it gets from its original inspiration.  I re-read this blog post all the time because it’s such a great one (and Ms. Hische is an amazing logotype and branding designer too!)

Read Inspiration vs. Imitation by Jessica Hische

Just some food for thought on this late, late evening.:-)


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