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.

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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.

How to Personalize Your Dorm: Transforming Your Space from Drab to Fab

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Make the most out of what little space you’re given. Photo by author.

Whether you’re in a double or a triple, every dorm room feels as if you’re stuck in a jail cell. Maybe its the white cinderblock walls, the uncomfortable, squeaky bunk beds, or the room capacity of five people (and that’s really pushing it). Most likely, its because of the sudden adjustment to having a spacious, homey room to a crammed room shared with strangers.

“Honestly, after going back to my own room at home during break, coming back to my triple dorm was so difficult,” freshman Hanna Boehm said. “It’s hard to keep everything organized in such a little space.”

Whatever your reason is for disliking you dorm, here’s a couple of tips and projects to make it feel like home.

3 Simple Tips to Personalize Your Space

1. Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures

Obviously, this one is a “duh”. But take a look at the dorm room image above. If you were laying in that top bunk, would you really feel like you’re enclosed by cinderblocks? Didn’t think so.

2. Transform Your Mirror into Another Do-It-Yourself Project

A fun DIY project that took less than 30 mins! Photo by author.

A unique DIY project that took less than 30 mins. Photo by author.

Every college dorm either comes with a mirror, or its a “must” item to have (yes, even for you boys). Why not make it into something fun? For girls, take ribbon, flowers, or even sea shells and hot glue it around the border. Write your favorite quote on the mirror as a little reminder for every time you start the day. For guys, write little reminders in sharpie  to make your mirror into a to-do-list.

3. Decorate for the Holidays

There really is no place like home for the holidays. And until you actually go home, get yourself pumped up by decorating your dorm. Here’s some awesome Do-It-Yourself Projects that’ll get you in the holiday spirit:

But what if you’ve already done all of that? You already pinned up all your photos from Facebook and hung the halloween decorations your mom sent you from your window. Well for you Do-It-Yourself experts, here’s some different projects that will personalize your space and save you some money.

1. Make Your Own Book Cover

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

Most students rent textbooks to save money, but some of the student population decides to make a little profit. If students buy their books from websites like Chegg or Amazon, they can sell them back at the end of the quarter.

“The university store on campus is way too expensive,” freshman Rylan Younger said. “That’s why I rented my calculus book from Amazon for a fraction of the price.”

And depending on what shape the books are in, students can even can get more money back than they purchased them for. That’s where this Do-It-Yourself project comes in handy.

1. Find a paper grocery bag

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2. Cut bag along the edges, removing the bottom completely IMG_4263

3. Place book in center of bag, and then make sure both sides are completely even

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4. Mark the binding of the book on each side

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5. Make triangles from the lines on each side of the bag, and then cut along the outside lines of the triangle. Fold upward

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6. Fold about 1″ from the bottom (depending on your book size). Repeat for the top

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7. Fold in sides and tape down

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Now decorate the cover and ta-dah! If you got lost, don’t worry. Here’s a youtube video from Dulce Candy that will help!

2. Spice Up Your Phone Charger

Bet you won't ever lose your charger again. Photo by author.

Bet you won’t ever lose your charger again. Photo by author.

Mixing up phone chargers with your roommate can be awkward. Why not make yours stand out, while saving 10 bucks too? This project is very simple– all that’s needed is some duct tape (any color or pattern) and some scissors.

Wrap the duct tape around the base of the charger about two times. Cut off excess tape, and ta-dah!

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3. Design Your Own Quote Mug

Gotta love those cheesy and romantic quote mugs. Photo by author.

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

It’s this simple: buy a mug for $4 at a supermarket, and write all over it in sharpie. Doodle funny cartoons, write your favorite quotes, or even color in your own design. Put your mug into the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and be proud of your cool creation.

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And before leaving, check out the DIY expert of the week, Layne Hayward, who’s been a making DIY projects since age 5.

This Week’s DIY Expert: Layne Hayward from Southern California

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Focusing on beauty and fashion, Layne Hayward– age 13–is a master at making her own DIY projects from scratch. 

Q: What age did you start making DIY projects? 

Layne: I grew up making little necklaces or making my own pillows. I remember when I was five years old that I also went to different sewing camps.

Q: What was your inspiration for your work?

Layne: My inspiration for making DIY projects is from seeing something I want, and then going home and making it. Another inspiration are my parents because when I was little, I remember watching them doing their own DIY projects.

Q: What items have you created and sold within the past year?

Layne: Last year, my two best friends and I made a bow making company , and we made around $60 each. In the past year, I have really gotten into making DIY things: headbands, bows, high-waisted shorts, dresses, bandeaus, an overall dress and decorated towels.

Q: Why do you love DIY projects so much?

Layne: I love making DIY projects because they don’t cost as much as buying it. Also, I make something that is one of a kind!

Coming Up Soon: Valentine’s Day Projects for Your Special Someone

Microwavable Mug Creations: A Great Way to Avoid Campus Food

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After looking through St. Louis Post-Dispatch articles on food recipes (found here and here), I was completely inspired to show everyone how to avoid campus food the easy way: by simple coffee cup recipes you can make in your dorm microwave. Trust me, it’s as simple as that.

Let’s be honest: here at Cal Poly, we don’t necessarily have the best dining options. And after a quarter of eating the same food at VGs and Metro, face it— you’re finding any way you can to avoid campus dining.

All would be dandy if we could just simply cook our own meals, but not every student is blessed with a built in kitchen in their dorm.

But what about the downstairs kitchen? Ahh yes, every red brick dorm has one on the first floor, available to everyone. Sounds like a great alternative, right?

Maybe not. Basically, it smells like a cross between a dead animal and a fridge that hasn’t been cleaned in months. I think this picture is worth a thousand words in this case.

Muir Hall community kitchen at its finest. Photo by author.

Muir Hall community kitchen at its finest. Photo by author.

Pretty sure this tray was responsible for the dead animal smell. Who knows what is growing in there.

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Baking sheet in community kitchen that has been there for 2 days. Photo by author.

This is where microwavable mug recipes become your best friend.

  • But I found that even the recipes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted, as well as other mug recipe blogs, were missing one thing: they still were not easy for college kids to make in their dorm. The articles claimed they were “dorm oriented” but things like
  • white flour
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • rising flour
  •  thyme
  • chopped green onion

…were ingredients needed in a lot of the recipes that I know students would never go out and buy.

I now present to you three truly easy microwavable mug recipes that anyone can make in less than 2 minutes, inspired by the mentioned articles above.

1) Chilaquiles in a Mug

Nom nom nom. Photo by author.

Nom nom nom. Photo by author.

Things needed:

  • Mug
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS of Milk
  • Chips
  • 1 TBS of Cheese
  • Salsa and Pepper (Optional)

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Stir the milk and egg together in the mug. Add pepper or salt for flavor.

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Add in squares of cheddar cheese (or shredded cheese) and mix well. Then break up chips, and stir well.

Put in the microwave for about 1 minute and 10 seconds, plop on some salsa and more chips, and ta-dah!

2) French Bread Quiche

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Oui Oui, this quiche is yummy. Photo by author.

Things Needed:

  • Mug
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 TBS of Milk
  • Pepper/Salt
  • 1/4 Einstein’s Bagel
  • 2 teaspoons Einstein’s cream cheese
  • Ham (optional)

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Mix egg, milk, and pepper in mug like the last recipe. Stir well

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Mix in dime-sized bits of bagel, and stir well. Add in cream cheese and stir well. Add in ham

Microwave for one minute and 20 seconds, and bon appetit. The French would be proud.

3) Strawberry Angel Food Cake

(with sprinkles of course)

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My favorite mug recipe. Photo by author.

Things Needed:

  • Mug
  • Mug Cake Mix (half angel food cake, half strawberry cake mix)
  • Water
  • Sprinkles

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This was a gift for Christmas. My roommate’s friend filled the jar half with angel food cake mix, and half strawberry cake mix. Totally simple and a cute gift idea!

The image above is self explanatory with instructions included, but here’s a link to my video just in case!

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Well that’s all for today! I hope these recipes save you money, and save you from Cal Poly’s campus food.

Check out some other blogs with mug recipes!