Crafts and DIY

HOME MAKEOVER FROM A NON-DIYER

Searching for a home is an exciting yet tedious process. You scroll through photos, hope that you are one of the first people to walk through the home and you fall in love with it much like how you fall in love with a human. You picture the future, your life there, the possibilities, and it’s heartbreaking when you put in an offer and it doesn’t get accepted. But, that’s not how this story ends. We put a bid in, we wrote a letter and we were chosen! We live in charming Clintonville, Ohio and picked a home on a beautiful tree-lined street. We aren’t DIYers. Not for lack of trying, but for lack of time. We decided with this home we were going to try and fix it up ourselves. I think we did one hell of a job. Special thanks to both of our parents as we couldn’t ha...

5 ITEMS TO INVEST IN WHEN DECORATING A ROOM ON A BUDGET

You and your bestie just picked up the keys to your new apartment; congratulations! Now for the fun part: decorating your room! If you’re ballin’ on a budget, the idea of decorating can be a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Creating a comfortable and personalized living space on a budget is totally doable. The trick is knowing what to invest in and what you can buy on the cheap. Here are five items you should splurge on to create the perfect canvas for your ideal bedroom. 1. Containers — Work With The Space You’re Given It’s no secret that clutter can make a room feel smaller (especially if your space is small to begin with), so make sure to utilize all the space you’re given wisely. The area under your bed is prime real-estate for storage. Pick up a few cute and durable contain...

#SUPERWOMAN BEGINNING IN THE MIDDLE | CO-FOUNDER CATHERINE WILLIAMSON TALKS TO HARNESS

On renovating homes, working with her husband and quitting her job The before and after pictures are truly spectacular — from broken walls, floral wallpaper and old tiles, Catherine Williamson and her husband, Bryan Williamson, transform lifeless spaces into bright, welcoming homes. The images speak for themselves as Catherine and Bryan build an empire. With reality television show offers, 50K followers on Instagram and features on sites like Oprah.com –we wanted to learn more about the co-founder of Beginning in the Middle, a former accountant from New Jersey. Catherine is the oldest of five siblings. Growing up, their mom did not want them to have cable, so they played with each other and made crafts. “That fostered a lot of creativity in all of us,” Catherine said. “I just r...

A DIY GUIDE TO OPENING AND ACTIVATING THE 7 CHAKRAS

A chakra (pronounced ‘cha-kra’) is an energy centre within the auric and physical body. The term chakra, derived from Sanskrit, means spinning wheel. A wheel spins like a vortex, or a whirl wind, as each chakra is a disc or node that serves as the nonphysical highway through which energy travels. These energy centers, when even, restore harmony, which translate into a sense of well-being, health and oneness. Though we commonly talk about the seven main chakras, there are 114 chakras in the body and many more on the outside of the body. However, let us focus on just the seven to get us started. Chakras restoration is not some hippy dippy trend or movement; its roots lie deep within pre-historic Indian society. Though empirically we cannot prove that chakras reside within us, we certainly ca...

FINDING THE COURAGE TO START MY BUSINESS

Hello, fellow bloggers, entrepreneurs, designers, DIY-ers, and everyone inbetween! My name is Kathryn Wheeler and I’m the owner of The Paper Studio, an online business for all your printable, décor, and design needs. I’m brand-new to blogging and even less experienced in running my own business. That being said, I know I’m not the only one. I hope that sharing my process of opening a business will be beneficial for other burgeoning entrepreneurs. I’ve had this dream for quite some time, so making it this far is a huge step for me. My biggest obstacle (so far) has been finding the courage to start. Learning what you want to do comes from knowing what makes you happy. Figure Out What Makes You Happy I’m sure that everyone says something along the lines of, “if you told me two years ago that ...

7 THINGS TO CONSIDER AS YOU SELF-EXPRESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Make gifts this year! Here’s some ways to stay sane and motivated as you crash through your holiday projects this week: 1- Please don’t say “I’m not creative.” That’s like saying, “I don’t have brainwaves.” If you are awake, you can create. Draw someone’s name on a card and color it. Frame it in one of those $1 clear acrylic frames from Walgreens. They can keep it on their desk (just ideas). 2- Every human is an artist, period. If you attempt a stick figure or doodle, you are making art. Because you are creating lines in a moment in time. And those lines can only come through you and every single life experience of which you are comprised. Therefor those lines are 100% unique. Therefor you are an artist. Therefor everyone is an artist if/when they feel like it. 3- Whether you are making a ...

CELEBRATE SELF EXPRESSION THRU GIFTING THIS SEASON

CELEBRATE SELF EXPRESSION THRU GIFTING THIS SEASON 1. Personalized Binder: These days, everyone keeps their notes, etc, in their phone. But there is something to be said for having a binder in case there are physical mementos you’d like to save irl. Materials: magazines scissors mod podge binder (any size) holepunch and mini padlock if you want to be cute and make it like true diary-style. notepaper Instructions: Clip things from the magazines that make you think of the recipient. Glue them onto the binder cover. Put a layer of mod podge over top to seal. Punch a hole on front and back cover to accommodate lock (if you choose). Put a few sheets of notebook paper inside so your receiver has a place to jot notes, if they so desire ☺ Also, some clear plastic sheets will give them a place to s...

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