Blogger Highlight: Freshly Picked & Cyber Monday Deal

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If you haven’t stopped by Freshly Picked yet, you should definitely check it out. Susan creates incredible leather DIYs, as well as many other stylish projects for the home. We absolutely adore her DIY leather packaging bow, and we’re dying to replicate her DIY glitter skull votives. We gathered some of our favorite projects below, but don’t forget to stop by Freshly Picked to see more!

Also – don’t forget that we have an awesome Cyber Monday deal for you! Take 25% off sitewide! This excludes gross packs of rhinestones, but everything else is fair game. Just use code CYBERSOCIAL at checkout and you’ll receive 25% off. Hurry, offer expires tonight at 11:59 PM EST!

DIY Leather Packaging Bow

DIY Ombre Bag

DIY Origami Lights

DIY Glitter Skull Votives

Blogger Highlight: Elisa McLaughlin

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Elisa McLaughlin is a crafting genius, and we’ve been reading her blog ever since we stumbled upon her DIY lace headband. She creates pretty, delicate DIYs, and we keep coming back to her blog to see her new projects. Check out a few of our favorites below, and head over to Elisa McLaughlin to see more!

DIY Double Strand Lace Headband

 

DIY Dreamcatchers

DIY Bow Tie Ring

DIY Pom Pom

Blogger Highlight: Inspiration and Realisation

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Inspiration & Realisation has been one of our favorite DIY blogs for a while now. Donatella creates incredible DIY projects that are based off of designer pieces, and we can’t get enough of her helpful tutorials. One of our favorites is definitely her DIY flamingo beach tote – isn’t it adorable? See our favorite projects below and head over to Inspiration & Realisation to see more!

DIY Rope Bracelets

 

 

 

DIY Flamingo Beach Tote

DIY Rope Trivet

 

 

 

Blogger Highlight: Rock Mosaic

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Lately we’ve been obsessed with the DIY blog Rock Mosaic. Gina Michele makes trendy, designer-inspired DIY projects, and she also shares her adorable outfits on her blog. We especially love her DIY wrapped headphones – isn’t that such a good idea? Head on over to Rock Mosaic to see more of her awesome projects!

DIY Wrapped Headphones

 

DIY Knit Cat Ear Hat

DIY Snake Earrings

DIY Sunburst Jeans

 

Blogger Highlight: Made In Pretoria

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The DIY blog Made In Pretoria  recently caught our eye, and ever since, we’ve been addicted to Anje’s lovely DIYs. Anje creates awesome designer-inspired DIY projects, as well as simple trendy accessories. We gathered a few of our favorite projects – see them below and stop by Made In Pretoria for more!

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Clutch

DIY Rainbow Shorts

DIY Lip Print Shirt

DIY Easy Friendship Bracelets

Blogger Highlight: Ching Makes Things

 

 

We recently stumbled upon Ching Makes Things, a DIY and sewing blog run by the oh-so-crafty Ching. And now we’re pretty much addicted to her leather DIYs, cute accessories, and awesome photographs. Check out Ching Makes Things for more!

DIY Studded Hair Comb

 

 

DIY Painted Belt

DIY Fabric Wrapped Hanger

 

 

Blogger Highlight: Hello Whimsy

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If you’re looking for a blog with great jewelry tutorials, look no further than Hello Whimsy. It’s filled with lovely earrings, chic metal accents, and gorgeous photography. We’re obsessed! We picked out some of our favorite projects below, but we definitely suggest heading over to Hello Whimsy for more.

DIY Collar Necklaces

 

 

DIY Pearl and Pastel Earrings

 

DIY Ear Cuffs

DIY Metal Ponytail Cuff

 

 

 

Blogger Highlight: Say Yes To Hoboken

 

We recently stumbled upon Liz’s blog Say Yes To Hoboken, and now we’re dying to replicate all of her DIY projects. She creates adorable accessories, lovely decor, and also shares delicious recipes. Check out some of her projects below and stop by Say Yes to Hoboken for more!

DIY Leather Fold Over Clutch

 

DIY Gold Dipped Holiday Glasses

DIY Polka Dot Shorts

 

Blogger Highlight: A Girl Who Makes

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We recently stumbled upon A Girl Who Makes, a DIY blog run by Laura Parke. Creating everything from leather belts to napkin rings, she truly is a “girl who makes” and we’re following her every step of the way. Her tutorials are incredibly easy to follow, and we love getting a peek into her crafty life. See our favorites of Laura’s tutorials below, and head over to A Girl Who Makes for more!

DIY Wrapped Napkin Ring

DIY Braided Drink Markers

DIY Painted Wooden Bead Necklace

Blogger Interview: Syl and Sam

Ever since we saw the awesome DIY studded camera strap by sisters Sylvia and Samantha of Syl and Sam, we become huge fans of their blog. The sisters are constantly adding creative tutorials, nail art, and recipes to their blog, and we definitely count it as one of our daily reads. We chatted with Sylvia about their DIY projects – keep reading to find our their secrets!
How did you get started as a blogger and a DIYer?
We started becoming active in the early 2000’s on livejournal.com. Samantha had started selling our handmade purses and accessories online under our business name Lipgloss and Black and we were just becoming a legitimate online company. During this time, we were also frequenting an online community that was solely for posting your “t-shirt-surgery” projects. This forum was a huge inspiration for us because we saw that there were other girls around the world reconstructing their XL mens band t-shirts into amazing dresses or into purses. This community is where we first started “blogging” our before & after reconstructions. Our mother had taught us to sew and reconstruct clothing at a young age, so we were comfortable with tearing apart clothes just to re-sew them. Over the years, we fell in and out of blogging and tried our hand at writing about personal style and fashion, but in the end, we went back to our roots and our tutorials are the most popular corner of our blog.
Where do you find inspiration for your DIYs?
We find our inspiration from everywhere! It can be directly from the runways, from fashion magazines or what we see girls wearing on the streets. Our one condition for projects is that we personally want to use & wear our DIYs after we make them.
Which of your DIY projects is your favorite?
My current favourites are our studded loafers (because of the amount of time, effort and blistery fingers involved), and our designer camera strap because it’s something I get to use everyday!
Have you noticed any upcoming DIY trends?
The only “trend” I’ve really noticed is that there are more & more people out there blogging about DIY! It’s actually wonderful that this niche is getting so much more attention now because everyone should be inspired to create. With fashion being such a wasteful industry, being able to rework unloved items is invaluable.
What advice would you give to DIY beginners?
I recently read Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder (the founder of Boing Boing). Although the book was preaching to the converted here, it was amazing reading about someone finding meaning and purpose through DIY. The one thing that really resonated with me was how Mark wrote about how we’re taught to feel like we’re failing when we make mistakes. When you’re learning to DIY, there’s no rule book or proper way to make things because you’re often making up the project yourself. This turns out to be a major hurdle for beginners in DIY, but if you can learn to work through your little accidents you’ll only get better!
In short, my advice is just to not fear the mistakes you make. Embrace them & learn to fix them; the better you are at improvising, the better you will be at DIYing. :)
What are your must-have DIY supplies?
Our sewing machines & our stockpile of fabrics and sewing supplies!