DIY // BLOG TOURS

Happy Monday!!
Have you all seen the DIY Blog Tours that have been going around the inter webs? 
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Well, last week I was tagged by Megan over at Homemade Ginger, which is an adorable blog chalk full of cute DIY projects. Head on over – I guarantee you will find some good DIY inspiration there. Thanks for tagging me, Megan.
I’m excited to participate – here goes!
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1. What am I working on? 
I usually have a handful of projects going on simultaneously, and that’s the case right now.
A big one: I’m putting the finishing touches on my new home office/craft studio, which was converted from our barely used formal dining room (updated last year for only $150). I found a cool desk and chair at a thrift store, and updated them to my liking. I also added a rug, accessories, furniture and decor from other rooms in the house. The whole office project cost me around $100. I’m waiting on my new pendant light to arrive, and once that’s in place I’ll reveal the before and after photos.
Another one: To make up for the loss of dining space, we’re building a custom banquette seating area in our kitchen. Hopefully that project will be completed in the next month. Hopefully.
 
And lastly: I’m working on some DIY Fall decor for my next Better Kansas City Segment
 
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
I have noticed that I share more free printables and downloads than most other bloggers do. I really just love creating and sharing them with my readers! It makes me so happy see an instagram photo with one of my freebies on someones wall or computer screen. I love it.
I wouldn’t say that my DIY projects drastically from other bloggers. I have found that many DIYers are fearless and aren’t afraid to dive right into projects. I love that! We are a determined bunch, ha.
3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
Much of my DIY project determination comes from buying a foreclosed house in need of many updates, but on a budget.
I love how much the house has slowly changed and how much it reflects our (mostly) my personal style (sorry Ted!). Our $500 DIY kitchen update is my fave DIY project to date. I love showing other people that anything is possible and you don’t have to spend lots of money to have nice things.
 
4. How does your writing/creating process work? 
I keep a running list of DIY projects that I want to try. I find inspiration everywhere I go, so I always keep a small notepad with me to jot down my ideas as they come to me. When I fill out my monthly blog planner, I pull the ideas from my list and schedule them. I’ve found that since starting to blog plan monthly, I have posted so much more often. It works great for me.
When I find the time to get to the DIY project ideas, I just dive right in – there is no stopping me, ha. I try to always remember to photograph each step, so I can share the tutorials with my readers (but every once-in-awhile I forget). Once the project is complete I take final photos, edit them and size them to fit my blog layout. Many times I place my photos first and then go in and add the copy and step-by-step instructions later.
I mostly write my posts in the evenings after Vivi goes to bed, and schedule them to run on social media in the mornings.
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I’m tagging Brittnee and Skylar, over at My Only Sunshine Blog to participate in the Tour next Monday.
MOS started only a month ago, but already offers so many cute and easy DIY tutorials. Please go show them some love.
Check out my fave MOS DIY project:
They turned these boring placemats…
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…into super fun watermelon and donut mats. How cute are they???
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Get the full tutorial here.