Okay, maybe DIY isn’t dead but it definitely has grown up a bit. DIYers have been at it for over a decade — crafting and creating new things, making something out of nothing, reinventing old things into new. On the blogs we read this typically shows itself in ways of fabulous party garland, a new way to display your jewelry or a sophisticated typography print just waiting for you to download. In a parallel (yet equally thriving world), a culture of garage tinkers and hackspace inhabitants have been head-down making things too. New products that solve every day problems and innovating products that have existed for centuries, giving them an upgrade. They’ve been making things; just like DIYers have been.
Despite the clear similarities between the DIY and Tinkerer communities we have (until recently) been living in different realms. In fact, I would argue each group wouldn’t have wanted to identify with the other before — as they have historically seen themselves very different from each other; one side “craft” and the other “tech.” How many DIYers attended the Maker Faire in 2009? Likewise, how many garage tinkerers opened up an Etsy shop in 2009? Exactly. Not until the past few years have these world began to merge into what we are now calling the Maker Movement. But why now? (more…)
I am a firm believer that people come into (and out of) our lives for a reason. Our family is lucky enough to have some pretty awesome neighbors move in recently and we’re feeling super blessed.
After thinking about a thoughtful (yet simple) housewarming gift, I had the idea to put some of my family’s favorite “must have” kitchen items into a jar. I love that everything is contained in a nice glass jar that the family can repurpose once they’ve opened up the gift.
We added a welcome home tag (which we printed from our home computer), tied a piece of twine around the lid and voila! We’ve come up with a simple, yet thoughtful welcoming gift.
In October I shared with you that I would be starting to publish more posts on business related topics in my At Work column. Now that we’ve learned what not to do from Martha Stewart when it comes to social media, how about a few how-to tips that you can put to use today? Whether you are just jumping in on social, or are a seasoned user — I hope these simple tips will help you get started or provide a little refocus.
I was recently looking for the perfect canister to use on my office desk. I began searching around my house to see what I could re-purpose into some DIY office decor, when I had the idea to transform discarded soup cans into new chic decor. I started by gathering a set of three cans in a variety of sizes. I then removed the labels and washed the cans. Once dry, I masked off sections of the can using painters tape so that I could spray paint them to give them a trendy look.
Since mixed metals are in style, I decided to leave some of the silver can visible and paint stripes using gold and copper spray paint.
I lightly sprayed on two coats of paint and once completely dry, carefully removed the tape.
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My approach to holiday decorating is pretty much like my approach to everything else — keep it simple but make a statement. I love those simple DIY ideas that just make something so much better. Case in point: turning plain white serving trays into festive holiday serving trays!
A great quality wrapping paper with a fun modern print is the only new holiday decor item I need this season. You can do so many things with it, the DIY Christmas decorations are almost endless. As for the paper itself, I am in love with Minted’s new line of wrapping paper. The designs are modern, festive and unique and the quality is amazing. Good bye shiny, thin gift wrap. My favorite designs are the handdrawn herringbone, berry kraft, and on the grid (which you can customize with your own photos, see below!).
I’m popping the champagne this weekend to celebrate the new look of Thoughtfully Simple. I started this blog back in 2008 and never. once. updated the look. That sort of feels like wearing the same shade of lipstick for 5 years. It was clearly time for a little makeover.
The entire spirit of this blog is to keep things thoughtful and (why yes) simple. So I was determined to find a look and feel that rang true to my mission. You’ll notice a lot more white space which will allow our photos to pop off the page, a more neutral color pallet of black and gray but with some personality with a subtle pop of coral. Do you like it? Oh I hope so.
I’ve made a pinky promise to myself (which was totally awkward looking) to be present a lot more here. That means more posts, better posts, and more of me. Hope that’s a good thing friends.
I have great stuff in the pipeline for you — just is time for the holidays! Thank you for reading, pinning, commenting and being patient with my sometimes periods of silence. I’m back — let the glitter fly.
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