Just DIY It

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


{This post was inspired by a paper daffodil class I took recently, taught by Brittany of The House That Lars Built…she’s my girl-crush, as documented in a guest post I did on Brightest Young Things here and such a Total DIY Rockstar that she recently appeared on The Today Show. Someday, I will be as cool…}

I’m not a DIYer. While I do consider myself as creative–I always have for aesthetic ideas bouncing around in my mind–I don’t really know how to sew or make jewelry or artfully distress a pair of jeans. I do, however, have several cool scraps of fabric laying around my house that I’ve been saving for the day when I magically learn to sew and decide to make pillows (I know, they aren’t hard). I have some amazing sea branches on my dresser from a trip to Puerto Rico that I imagine being really cool displays/organizers for my necklaces. Every time I dig through my pile of jewels, I’m reminded of my DIY-ineptitude.

I realize that part of the DIY-fun is trying it, figuring it out, and maybe failing, but the part of me that is wildly perfectionistic wants to just jump into being a Total DIY Rockstar.

Lately, I’ve noticed a slew of classes–online and in-person, that seem like the perfect solution. Here are some 4 options, 3 of which are local!


Topaz & Arrow: Creative duo Morgan Hungerford West and Virginia Arrisueno will lead monthly DIY classes for home and personal style. The first one, involving some sort of branch-and-feather home project, is next week.


Corcoran College of Art + Design Continuing Education classes: Classes are taught by pros inn their field, most of the instructors working artists themselves. Offerings include everything from printmaking and book arts to jewelry-making and 3D printing (that one starts September 8).


LivingSocial: LivingSocial, if you’re still signed up for those maddening emails, offers classes at its F Street location; courses have included flower arranging: https://www.livingsocial.com/events/cities/1-washington-d-c/647184-floral-arranging-class


PS I Made This on SkillShare: Erica Domesek, who runs the addictive DIY blog P.S. I Made This, is running online classes that you can take at your leisure. Coming up, learn how to make embroidered statement jewelry.

Any you know of/like?


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  1. Danielle @ tiny-trots January 19, 2014 5:18 pm

    LOVE the necklace from PS I Made This!! I’ve attempted to make my own jewelry (and I emphasize attempt), so some guidance would be awesome. Thanks for this! I had no idea!

  2. Aneela October 29, 2015 7:06 am

    If I remember cecrltroy, Tesla believed that there was a natural resonant frequency for the earth and if you transmitted at the right frequency, you could transmit the energy around the world with very little loss. Since there were no wires between generator and receiver, all one would need to do to receive power would be to string a wire and connect it to a load. The power was free in the sense that there were no wires going from the generator to your house, so there was no place to install a meter. He was able to light a string of lights, but he also did this out in the middle of nowhere where he didn’t have to worry about people being shocked from induced currents.