DIY Therapy

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In a world where so many things are uncertain, crafting is my sanity. I have little to no patience to wait for any real sort of accomplishment in my life so when I complete a DIY I am able to receive instant gratification. There were a few years where I seemed to be  running around too much, doing too many things for others and not nearly enough for myself. I felt lost to be honest. I discovered the crazy world of Pinterest & Blogging roughly a year ago and it has helped me to clear the haze in my world and give me more of a sense of purpose. I know, this is getting a little deep for a DIY post, but it's so true. Crafting, though not my religion, gives me similar comforts of one. I love being able to see a project and carry it out, I feel accomplished and more confident. Although I may not be able to feel the same sense of accomplishment in my current occupation, I know I can come home and find a piece of my true self.

Why am I even telling you this, you may ask? Well, I have seen a ton of DIY's and I have been dying to try them. In the next couple of months I am going to try to curb my spending at thrift stores (mostly because I'm out of space, but I also need to save more money). If I am not trifting, I'm going to need to occupy my time in other ways and what better way than to make things :)

Below I have a rather long list of DIY's that are on my to do list. I will keep you updated on my progress and if any of you complete some, I would love to hear about it!!


Elbow Patches

I am slightly obsessed with elbow patches and I cannot find the perfect sweater I so desire. I have given up looking I am just going to have to make my own!
There is no tutorial for this, I'm going to have to make it up

Embellished Clutch
This cute little suede clutch seems easy enough to make
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/studded-suede-pouch

P.S. On Ebay you can buy a 100 of these pyramid studs for Cheap!!


Beaded Necklace
This necklace is super cool! This blogger gives you the exact number of beads you will need to complete the pattern. It's a great DIY tutorial!
http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/07/knock-off-necklace-pattern.html

Unique DIY Necklace
This is a super cool idea, I really want to try it.
This one is made with metal, but they have plastic pieces in the craft section of stores. They're for all that shag carpet art that we used to do as kids, but I think they would work for this too.
http://threadsence.com/Blog/tag/diy-necklace/

Multi Chain Necklace
Chain jewelry is so popular right now. This tutorial looks really neat!
http://www.missomnimedia.com/2009/12/shes-crafty-diy-multi-chain-ribbon-necklace/


Rope Bracelets
This tutorial shows you how to use rope/fabric and create a faux metal finish, pretty interesting!
http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2011/12/rope-bangles.html

Double Braided Chain Bracelets

This is a very popular trend these days, I like that this tutorial used plastic lanyard.
http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2011/09/diy-lanyard-double-chain-bracelet.html


Painted TOMS
I love this idea of hand painting shoes, a must try!
There is no tutorial, just your own imagination :)

Knotted Rope Bracelet
Here is another rope bracelet but quite different from the previous one. Super simple and uses metallic rope.

http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-rope-bracelet.html



I hope you all have a great weekend, and I would love to hear about any DIY's or Thrifted Treasures you may find! If you're not a follower of my Facebook Page, I would love for you to "like" My Page. I love that Facebook is more interactive and you are always welcome to share your newest adventures with me, In fact, I love when people do!!

Here's my Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Thrifty-Chic/178453972185175

12 comments :

Patti Graveley said...

the elbow patches are also on my diy list!!! i think diy are a great way to save money and to refresh all pieces we don't use anymore, can't wait to see the result of your projects!!!


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Dora said...

I love the beaded necklace idea. It looks really pretty :)

Fashion Blends said...

I like elbow patches on sweaters. Just featured one on my blog post "Reflections"

http://fashionblends.blogspot.com

Crystal Haines said...

Ooo! Painted Toms! Such a great idea! :D

Lilpixie said...

I love elbow patches I want to try do this with my old jumpers

TheGirlAtFirstAvenue said...

So many great ideas! I must try them!
p.s am following you.. do follow back if you like my blog!

♥ www.thegirlatfirstavenue.com

Emi Coco said...

Lovely post!

Shall we follow each other? I'm following you.

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Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

these are amazing, I wanna try these..

The Key To Chic said...

I can relate. Creative outlets have a soothing/therapeutic effect. Do you ever sell your DIY projects? Also wanted to kindly point out an error in your first sentence. "Patients" should be "patience." :)

Tori said...

I do not sell any of my creations at this point, but I did just set up an Etsy account, so maybe I will begin soon :) Thank You for the spelling correction, I work with Patients and lack Patience :D

Tori said...

Thank You! I am now following you on Facebook, Bloglovin' and Google Friends :)

smk053078 said...

So glad I came across your blog. I am your newest follower! Thanks for posting all the DIY ideas. I am loving the DIY metallic rope bracelet. Super fab. Looking forward to future posts. Cheers!
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xo,
shanna