Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Formal and Fond Farewell

It's embarrassing how long I've let this hang over my head. Part of me put it off because I really did think that I was going to pick it up again, despite the 400 other responsibilities I'm juggling. Truth is, I really loved this blog. I loved the process and the satisfaction it brought. I loved the creative outlet, and the edification brought about by all you fantastic readers. In the end, however, life got away from me.

For those of you that don't know, running a blog is easily a full time job. At my most successful point I was working 20+ hours a week on the blog, on top of the 50 hour/week at the job that pays the bills. It was craziness, and my hubby missed me. Shortly after I pulled back from the blog our little family of two promised to become a little family of three. After a pretty difficult 9 months the Lord blessed us with little Kaiya Paige.


After she was born, all bets were off. There was definitely no time for crafts, and certainly not for taking pictures, editing, and writing up my projects. 

It's a sad day for me because I've finally come to terms with the fact that diyordont is a dead project for me. BUT, with one door closing, another has opened, and she's the sweetest most perfect gift I could have ever asked for <3. 

So, in conclusion, I have to thank you all for the amazing amount of support you gave me in making my dream of diyordont a successful one. I wish you all the best and invite you to happily craft on :)

And, because I can't seem to keep myself from blogging, I've started a little family blog so if you miss me, feel free to stop by and say hi: www.overcomingmurphyslaw.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

{Totally Pinterested Tuesday} 1st Birthday Invitations!

Today's post is dedicated to my absolutely beautiful, heart-stealing, doll of a niece, Siana, who celebrated her 1st birthday yesterday. I completely adore this little girl and I'm only sad that I can't be there to help her celebrate.

Happy Birthday Little Siana Brin!!

However, just because I couldn't be there, doesn't mean I wasn't able to participate! My sister was kind enough to let me design and create her invitations (and was even sweet enough to keep from losing her mind when I took longer to finish than I had originally planned). It started off with an idea, and grew into something totally adorable...and crazy time consuming! There were SO many little pieces that had to be assembled for each invite! But, in the end, I really loved the product. Take a look:



Each one of those little photos were hand cut into heart shapes! And in case you're curious, they're pics of Siana at months 1, 3, 6 and 9. What do you guys think? I think they turned out pretty good, and my sister loved them so I'm thrilled I was able to contribute to this special event in some way.

As it's "Totally Pinterested Tuesday" I figured I'd share a couple of other cute 1st Birthday Invites I've found and pinned to my Kiddy B-Day Ideas board on pinterest.

I love these cute little boy-friendly birdy invites!
Find them on Etsy from ShutterbugSentiments

These are absoletely adorable!! You can get these cute 
western themed invites from InvitingPrintables

I'm a sucker for the circus, and these invites are perfect.
These invites are available from InvitationCrush

This giraffe is crazy cute, not to mention the little turtle! 
You can find these invites at MyExpression

If you want to see what other pins I've collected either for kid's birthday parties or for anything else:

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Friday, February 3, 2012

{Friday Finds} Valentine's Day Printables

Let me start this post by being honest. I can't take credit for any of the below awesomeness. I had great intentions, but ultimately I had to be honest with myself. I may be coming along in my digital design endeavors, but for the life of me I still can't figure out how to make a simple heart. Seriously. It's sad.

But just because I can't create anything pretty for your Valentine's Day, doesn't mean I can't share with you what many of the other talented peeps out there have created for you! Here a couple of my favorites...

Cards

Free Valentine's Day Card Printable @ Daily Suze

Buy these cute Valentine's Cards from Katie-did digital designs


Party Printables

Free Chevron Party Printables from DimplePrints via Tattertots & Jello

Buy these Lovely Party Printables from LovetheDay

Food Labels

Cute Printable Label @ Eighteen25

Buy these Super Sweet Labels @ ItsyBelle

So many pretty printables! Don't you just love Valentine's Day?!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

{Peeping DIYer} The (In)Sane Housewife

Yep, it's another blog series, but I'm pretty sure this one is going to be my favorite one. This series is where I get to peep through all your windows (blogs) and see what YOU'RE doing! Fun right?! Every week I'll browse around the blogs of my readers and pick a tutorial or project that I love and feature it here. Let's get started!!

My first feature here is a crazy awesome find. Joanne and Mindy from The (In)Sane Housewife have come up with a pretty great tutorial on how to make washi tape. That's right Ladies, DIY washi tape. What a great idea! The best part? All you need is scissors, double sided tape, and wrapping paper. I've totally in love. Click Here to visit their tutorial! Oh! And Joanne and Mindy are new to the blogging community so be sure to give them some love while you're there :)



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

{Wedding Wednesday} The Lawyer Wedding - Succulents!

Ladies and Gents, this is huge.

Remember that "no flower rule" the bride implemented? Well, to be honest I was kinda freaking out about it. Sure, there are lots of other ideas for centerpieces and bouquets, and I presented a few of them here, but none of these alternate solutions were really doing it for me. Truth is, I like living things. Flowers and greenery bring LIFE to an event, not just color and beauty. In a last ditch effort I threw a couple succulent photos toward the bride, and wouldn't you know, she liked them!! (We won't talk about the fact that I had presented those same photos to her earlier in the process and she had said no to them at that point. :)

We got the go ahead from the groom and then started brainstorming on how to incorporate them into the decor. Here are a couple of the ideas!

Boutineers @ Engaged & Inspired

Favors Oh Lovely Day

Bouquet @ Ruffled
(I realize this bouquet has actual flowers in it, but you get the idea:)

Centerpieces @ Style Me Pretty

If anyone has any other great succulent ideas send them my way!

Monday, January 30, 2012

{Monday Tips & Tools} Learning InDesign

If you haven't noticed yet, you will. I'm playing with a couple new blog series concepts in an attempt to come up with a blog schedule that is varied, interesting and fun. I like the idea of a "Tips & Tools" series because I'm constantly challenging myself to try new things and learn something new and a series like this would be a great way to share what I've learned with all of you.

As you know, my current obsession is Adobe InDesign. I love learning new technologies and adding new tools to my repertoire and I'm determined to learn how to use Adobe's InDesign for my digital and print design (in order to phase out Publisher). This weekend I spent a bit of time getting aquatinted with my new program and while I'm still a far cry from being very good, I think I'm getting the hang of it! (See my very first free printable here if you missed it!) There isn't anything overly intuitive about the program but I've heard it's easy compared to programs like Photoshop. Whether that's true or not it doesn't meant there isn't a learning curve involved. Luckily Adobe has recognized this and identified a need for some truly awesome video tutorials on AdobeTV. So I've shared with you here a couple of the ones that have gotten me started:




I hope someone out there finds these as useful as I did!

In closing, I'd like to ask you readers if there are any questions that any of you have or topics that you'd like covered in the "Tips & Tools" series. Instead of just telling you guys what I think is helpful, I'd love to cater it to what you think is helpful. Just leave a comment or email me at sarah@diyordont.com with your suggestions!

Friday, January 27, 2012

{Friday Freebie} "Stay on Task" Printable

I told you guys that I was determined to learn InDesign in order to have greater artistic capabilities with invites, cards and other digital design items. Well, I'm hard at work learning the ropes and becoming familiar with all the tools that the program provides, and believe it or not, I'm having a lot of fun doing it! As a matter of fact, I was learning so much that I decided to go ahead and create my very first printable to share with you guys. Anyone in need of a good looking To-Do List? If so, I've created a couple here for you to print and enjoy! Let me know what you think! (Click on image to be taken to google docs, where you can download).






Tuesday, January 17, 2012

{Totally Pinterested Tuesday} Digital Design Freebies!

I've been up in the air as to whether or not I want to continue with the Pinterest blog series. Everybody's doing them and I generally try to be a tad original in my methodology, but in the end it fits with my goal here at DIYOD. My goal is to share cool stuff that you can either make or buy, preferably both. This blog series allows me to find cool things on Pinterest and point you to them. And let's face it, Pinterest is, hands down, the best place on the internet to find inspiration in mass quantities. It may also be the nicest place on earth ("I LOVE THIS!"), but that's another story. With this in mind, I've decided to keep my little Pinterest blog series and continue to invite you to follow me and all my awesome Pinterest boards:)

So what am I going to share with you today? I'm going to share with you some of my favorite digital freebies I found on Pinterest. Why? Because I have been harboring a dirty little secret that I'm attempting to change. I (nervous and reluctant sigh) stillusePublishertodoallmydesign! Phew. I said it. That's right ladies. I create all my wedding invites, birthday invites, and various other digital design work on Publisher. It's all I know! But the reality is, it kinda sucks. It's clunky and hard to work with, and I needed something better. Today I downloaded the free trial of Adobe's InDesign and I'm determined to learn how to use it. To get me excited and inspired as to all the new goodies I could make, I decided to stop by Pinterest to see what was good. Here are some of my favorites! (For the full list, follow my digital design board on Pinterest!)

Vintage Apothecary Bottle Labels
(source: eatdrinkchic)


Printable Recipe Cards
(source: heartmadeblog)


Super Cute Door Tags
(source: designeditor)


Ticket Place Card
(source: lovevsdesign)

Do you guys know of any other great design oriented printable sites? Please share!!! And don't forget to follow my pins on Pinterest!


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Friday, January 13, 2012

{Friday "Food" for Thought} Your Crafting Space

So, here's what we're going to do. I'm going to pretend like it hasn't been over 3 weeks since I posted the last "I'm so sorry I've been MIA" post and you guys are going to pretend not to notice. Sound good? Great ;)

It has come to my attention that there are are a select few women out there in the world who are blessed with spaces like this where they can create their masterpieces:

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and this:


But then there are those of us that aren't quite as blessed, and have to squeeze all of our supplies and our work space into a mere corner of our living space. That means organization is critical! I, myself, am lucky enough that my husband has let me have a corner of our living room (which often creeps into the WHOLE living room...and dining room... and sometimes the guest bedroom). This is what it currently looks like:

Here's the right side of the "corner":


and this is the left side:


I struggle to try and find a place for everything, especially since I collect EVERYthing. "Hun, don't throw that can away, I might use it," "Oh, you're not going to keep that wrapping paper you just tore off that gift? I might have a use for it," "Look! This is on sale! I could totally craft something with this!" It's a sickness. 

So, as my collection of supplies has grown, I need to find new and creative ways to organize my small space. In case you're also looking for some new organizational ideas, here are a few ideas I found around the big ol' net:

Use bead board and cans!
01 Get Organized: 14 Organization Station Ideas!!  

Clear out that old armoire!

Buttons and Baby Food Jars
Pinned Image

Some Simple Shelving

A Frame and Tension Rods!
Be Different...Act Normal: DIY Gift Wrapping Wall Rack

A Knife Strip!
Knife Strip

Do you have any other great ideas that'll help me re-claim my mini-craft space?! Send them my way!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Where the BLEEP Have you Been?" (and Christmas Wreath Tutorial)

Wow. Has it really been nearly a month since my last post?! There's no denying it. I officially went AWOL. Where have I been? One things for sure, I have not been taking a break from crafting! So many good things have come from and been the result of this little blogging hiatus. I was able to finish a bunch of projects that had been looming over my head just waiting for a number of uninterupted hours, and I was able to start a bunch of others. The time off also allowed me to reassess and revisit my goals for DIY or Don't! 

Sometimes you just need to step back and take a look at the big picture in order to decide what you're next step should be.

So what are these next steps? Well, DIYOD will be getting a face job! There will be more details (very visible ones:) shortly, but for now, please accept my up-front apology that the site is (and will continue to be) a bit disorganized with limited functionality as we make the transition. It shouldn't affect content much, but some of the extra functions may be missing or glitchy.

In addition to a new look, DIYOD will have a bit of a new feel too. When I first started the blog, my goal was to unite the world of great tutorials with fantastic options for purchasing the finished product. As I started blogging regularly, I got caught up in the actual crafting and sharing of my own stuff and let my own projects dictate the content. As much as I love sharing my own projects (and I think you guys appreciate it too) it doesn't really highlight the type of depth and variety that I was hoping to depict on here. I'm going to start highlighting the awesome tutorials that many of you create as well. Be prepared to see lots of features of tutorials (and products) created by others.

Unfortunately, my little vaca coincided perfectly with the Christmas crafting season so I've largely missed the opportunity to chime in with all the fun and festive holiday projects. With the Thanksgiving/Christmas season being my favorite time of the year, this is super disappointing, but I think I managed to get back on the wagon just in time to share a couple of my favorites before the season ends. 

This weekend, aside from all the Christmas gift projects I have going on, there is one specific holiday project I'm working on. I'm making an ornament wreath! While the idea came to me while taking stock of the mind-boggling quantity of ornaments we had that won't fit on our modest sized tree, I found the actual tutorial on Tip Junkie (one of my favorites!) I decided I really should share the find:) 
Click on pic to be directed to tutorial

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As usual, should you not be inclined to undertake this project, but are interested in procuring the finished goods, I've got you covered. Dottiegray makes some beautiful ornament wreaths with some of the most reasonable prices on Etsy. Plus, in case you're looking for some additional team spirit, she creates ornament wreaths with team themes! My hubby would love that Tennessee wreath...

COLORFUL CHRISTMAS Ornament Wreath

P.S. Did I mention how HUGELY appreciative I am to have such loyal and dedicated readers? Despite my vanishing into thin air, you guys stuck by me and patiently hung in there. I won't forget it!
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