I am a fan/follower of Grosgrain and lately she has been doing a series on her blog about the top 10 big-ticket items every DIY-er should own. So far she has listed a sewing machine, a d-SLR camera, and Photoshop, together costing thousands of dollars, and we are only on day 3. I am sure that punctuating this list of expensive "must-haves" will be the Sizzix cutting machine that she has been
I understand that these items are "big-ticket" and therefore will be expensive, but I disagree with Grosgrain's approach them that every DIY-er should own them. I think that these are GREAT items for any DIY-er to own, and many of us probably aspire to them own someday, but just because you can't afford a $2,000 camera and a $700 computer program you shouldn't feel like you can't DIY something and be proud about it and have a professional result. So, in response to Grosgrain's list, I wanted to post my own.
The best thing you can do when you DIY is to get creative. Get creative with finding materials, think of new ways to use things you already have. Have a vision of what you could do with a dingy, scratched up table you find for a few bucks at the thrift store. Imagine what you could do with a box of old scraps you have in your craft room. Think of a clever way to photograph your finished project using your cheap digital camera, an old sheet as a drop cloth, and a desk lamp as your lights. The whole point of being a DIY-er is doing things your own way, not spending a ton of money because someone says you HAVE to have something. If I have to spend a ton of money to have something I might as well just buy it in a store and save myself some trouble.
This is a little harder than imagination. Now that you have a great idea you actually have to follow through. I've been struggling with this one lately, I've been wanting to make some plush to put in my etsy store for FOREVER, but it always seems to get pushed to back of my to-do list. To do anything that you're really going to be proud of, you actually have to DO it, I guess that's my point!
3) Good Attitude
Lastly, you need to have a good attitude and a sense of humor when it comes to your projects. Lots of times you'll have a great idea and the ambition to go through with it, but it won't turn out as you expected. You're going to get disappointed. But rather than forget about your crafting/sewing/cooking/creating days, analyze your project. Try to find what went wrong, what could be done to make it better. Everything has a learning curve, but once you keep practicing something you'll get better and better at it. OR you can take a step back, look at your project and say, "Hey, it didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, but I'm still proud of doing it all myself!" and just be HAPPY!
Anyway, I didn't mean this as a big pep-talk, but I don't think that we should feel like we are second class DIY-ers if we can't afford all the right toys. If you got the creativity, you can do it, no matter what the elites have to say!