DIY Bobby Pins: Vine Style

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Who doesn’t love the simplicity of a 6 second DIY Video?

Thanks to Vine, I’ll skip the whole lengthy rant before giving you what you really visit my blog to see: easy-peasy DIY ideas.

So here it is guys. Before going out to buy $6 colorful bobby pins from Target, check out this Vine and save some money.

 

Other DIY Vines that will make your life easier: 

 

 

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Cal Poly Student Uses DIY Creation To Win Over His Crush

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Taylor Karst and Bruce Mitcher– a true DIY couple. Photo by author.

Bruce Mitchener knows a thing or two about winning over a girl’s heart…DIY Style.

You probably remember Bruce from the Beverly’s Fabric and Craft Store post a while back. Yes, he’s the childlike friend of mine who colored Scooby Doo and ran around the store like a five-year-old.

Sure, Bruce has his immature moments. But when it came down to wooing his current girlfriend, Taylor Karst, he’s anything but juvenile.

Bruce creates roses from cocktail napkins, a DIY project that has been passed down in his family for years. Check out my interview below on how Bruce won Taylor over with this simple DIY idea.

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The roses Bruce gave Taylor that she still keeps on her desk. Photo by author.

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They both have their immature moments. Photo by author.

5 reasons why DIYers should try craftgawker

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Whether you’re a DIY expert or just a crafty beginner, craftgawker is a must for everyone. Learn more below.

1. High quality projects you can’t find on Pinterest

This site beats pinterest anyday. Photo by author.

This site beats pinterest anyday. Photo by author.

Craftgawker is similar to Pinterest in many ways, but stands out by letting only the best of the best DIY projects show up on your feed. That means no more endless scrolling through unrelated posts. And most of all, it promises that all the images are nothing but professional and high quality.

2. Download the app, or use on your desktop

Download the app or check out the website. Photo by author.

Download the app or check out the website. Photo by author.

The app is completely free (woo-hoo!), and the design is even simpler than the desktop site. But if you’re desperate for a study break, the website is great for endless scrolling and has more options than the mobile app.

3. Simple layout= overall better experience

Quality is guaranteed when it comes to DIY projects. Photo by author.

Quality is guaranteed when it comes to DIY projects. Photo by author.

Personally, sometimes Pinterest is just a little too overwhelming. Posts on Pinterest are sometimes DIY projects, but most of the time they’re just links to other sites, pictures, etc. You’ll click on the image of a cool project, and what do you know, there’s no tutorial. With craftgawker, all posts are guaranteed to be projects you can actually do yourself.

4. 30+ categories to explore

From weddings to clothing, this site covers it all. Photo by author.

From weddings to clothing, this site covers it all. Photo by author.

From clothing to candles, this site will teach you how to make it all. Don’t know what you’re in the mood to make? Try clicking the randomize button found on the app. It’s a great way to explore multiple categories on your home feed.

5. Share on social media with the click of a button

Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is a piece of cake. Photo by author.

Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is a piece of cake. Photo by author.

There’s 100+ ways to share a post on the desktop site, from sites like Wanelo to Amazon. On the mobile app, you’re a little more limited. You can only share posts on seven different social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Pocket.

An Evaluation of DIY Dorm

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First off, I would like to thank all of you for helping me achieve 1,500 views. At the beginning of this project, I was nervous I wouldn’t even get above 100. All of your support means so much 🙂

Even though DIY Dorm as been a success, there’s always room for improvement. No body is perfect, right? Below are a list of pros and cons of DIY Dorm I gathered from some peers of mine.

Pros:

  • Headlines stand out and catch your eye 

  • Step-by-step pictures help when making projects

  • DIY projects are unique and interesting

  • Writing style is upbeat and fun

  • Overall interesting layout

Cons:

  • Sometimes the text can be lengthy (especially in “Expert of the Week” posts)

  • Needs to be more fonts bolded and colored to keep reader interested

  • Sometimes there are too many pictures 

  • Needs to be more multimedia (videos, graphics, etc)

  • Needs to incorporate more DIY topics to stay focused

Now, here’s a list of some solutions to your feedback to make your experience with DIY Dorm a great one.

Solutions:

  • The “Expert of the Week” Q&A can be cut down by quite a bit. Next time, there will only be three questions instead of five.

  • DIY Dorm has strayed into different topics sometimes, but stay tuned for next week for some new DIY ideas that will be featured.

  • Next post, I will be sure to add in multimedia features– stay tuned for an awesome interactive graphic on Thursday’s blog

  • Everyone seems to be more interested in the DIY project-themed posts, rather than the “off topic” story ideas listed in the cons section. I’ll be sure to stay more on topic.

Feel free to comment below if there’s anything else you think DIY Dorm can work on. Trust me, constructive criticism will only make this blog better! Heres some links to some sites that demonstrate the qualities listed in the “Solutions” section above. They’re pretty rad. 

Dateless Again: How to Avoid a Pity Party on Valentine’s Day

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Whether you despise the holiday or you love it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, my friends.

Ah yes– the holiday that can either help you fall head-over-heels for that special someone, or cause you to burn every romantic comedy in sight.

We get it– for those single folks without a Valentine, the beginning of February brings on the Valentine’s Day Blues. It’s hard to hear about all your friends’ cheesy plans without wanting to roll your eyes. Well, if this is you, than you have two options:

1. Wallow in self-pity while eating all the chocolate you bought yourself this holiday, or

2. Reward yourself and your loved ones with some tasty Valentine’s Day treats from DIY Dorm

Or you can do both. Either way, DIY Dorm promises all you single folks to help this year’s Valentine’s Day a little less painful.

DIY Mason Jar Sweet Treats

Don't hog all of it– give these jars to your friends, co-workers, and family. Photo by author.

Don’t hog all the good stuff– give these jars to your friends, co-workers, and family. Photo by author.

1. Grab a jar, any jar.

(You can get them in bulk, or for about $2 each at most grocery stores)

2. Get some ribbon, bag tags, and some hot glue too.

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3. Glue pieces of ribbon onto the lids for decoration.

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4. Write the names of your friends, co-workers, and family on the tags. Glue them on the lids.

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4. Fill the jar with popcorn, candy, or even homemade chocolate-covered pretzels.

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And what a wonderful way to get out of the single-life blues! But what about some other DIY ideas to rebel against Valentine’s Day? Here’s a list of some personal favorites. Don’t forget to stay tuned for next week’s Valentine’s Day themed posts, and to check out this week’s DIY expert!

How to Beat the V-day Blues

  • Make these cookies from The Curvy Carrot. They will do wonders for your cranky mood, and you don’t have to worry about sharing. 
  • Avoid romantic comedies at all costs. That’s right… put down The Notebook and walk away. Instead, check out Mashable’s list of the top 11 movies to watch alone (and they’re all conveniently on Netflix too!)
  • While you’re watching that movie, why not get creative with your popcorn too? You can add in M&M’s for a salty-sweet treat, or pick from one of these recipes.

Student Opinion: Do you like Valentine’s Day?

“I’ve only liked Valentine’s Day when I’ve had a date.” – Ryan Werth, freshman

“Yes, because it’s a great excuse to eat all the lovely chocolates everyone has sent you, or that you sent yourself…” – Tess Engel, freshman

This Week’s DIY Expert: Frances Dodson from Etsy.com

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Image of rings by WikiMedia and used here with a Creative Commons license.

After losing her husband to cancer a few years ago, Frances Dodson began designing personalized, hand stamped rings and is now a successful Etsy shop owner. Check out her store here.

Q: What got you started on making the jewelry in your shop? 

A: I had a different life planned for myself a couple of years ago. My husband and I took early retirement so we could enjoy our new Colorado Mountain home, travel around on our motorcycle touring a lot of the U.S. and just visiting and enjoying our grandsons. 10 months into that life, my husband passed away of pancreatic cancer.

My daughter has a shop here on Etsy. She kept encouraging me to find something I liked, and open my own shop. I was very scared, went to lots of craft shows, and just started watching what others were doing that seemed to make good money for them. I saw someone making the name rings, and decided I could do that– it seemed like something I could handle.

Q: Are they costly to make? How easy are they to make? 

A: Sometimes, I can start a ring and it only takes me a few minutes to get it stamped, then it goes to coloring, then clean up and packaging–pretty decent profit for that one item. The next time, I can work for what seems like forever, scrap three or four rings before I get it right, and there is no profit in that one at all, but I keep going.

Q: Over the years, have they made you any profit? 

A: I have only been working this venture for just over years. The first year, I think was at a break even point. This past year, I am thinking I made a decent profit. I am pretty much able to live on my Etsy income. Now don’t think that is huge, because I am a single person with no huge bills, and a very low standard of living.

I also like my Etsy shop because every sale I make gives me the feeling that someone out there likes my stuff and– in a small extension of that– me.

Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts Store: A DIYer’s Best Friend

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If you’re a student here at Cal Poly, chances are you’ve heard of Beverly’s. Need to make a last minute halloween costume? Want to get some holiday themed room decor? Need paper or art supplies for class? Get it all with one stop at Beverly’s. The store literally has anything you can think of– from coconut bras to birdhouses– and is an essential destination for any DIYer. Click the on the first circle below to see our journey to Beverly’s downtown.

Extra, Extra, Tweet All About It: Your Favorite DIY Blog Hits Twitter

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Our lives have been drastically changed by social media– there’s no getting around that one. When we want information, we demand that it’s fast, accurate and accessible 24/7. We get bored by long articles, in-depth passages, and yes… even lengthy blog posts. Whether this change is good or bad, DIY Dorm has adapted to your social media needs.

That’s right folks– DIY Dorm is now on Twitter. For all you avid Tweeters out there, this means quick, easy Do-It-Yourself ideas and projects that you can start with the click of a link. And for all you viewers who truly love my lengthy rants, don’t panic– I will still be updating this blog twice a week.

Also, check out the five Twitter accounts @DIY_Dorm is following so far. They’re quite impressive, and all have really neat Do-It-Yourself inventions. Vote for your favorite below!

Follow DIY Dorm on Twitter HERE!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post.