An Interview with Dinah from DIYInspired
I have always been a career gal. I spent a lot of years in school (both teaching and learning), spent some time in the corporate world, and even had my own brokerage company. It wasn’t until I met my husband a few short years ago that I finally decided to settle down, stay home, and have a family. We have one daughter (so far) and she is the best thing that has ever happened to us. I started blogging because it was an outlet. It was a way for me to express my creative self, be completely in control, and create essentially a virtual resume of “stuff” that was fun and important to me.
Your site has tons of great craft and DIY ideas. What projects/tutorials on your site do you think would be great for crafty moms to work on during the spring time? How about children’s art and crafts projects?
My site’s focus is recycling and repurposing. I have some fun extremely budget friendly recycling tutorials, including making a picture frame or bowl out of recycled magazine pages. As far as children’s art and crafts, there are a few fun and easy paper flower tutorials that are perfect for the springtime.
What have been some of your favorite DIY projects you have done? Which projects are you most proud of?
I have two favorite wreath projects: 1) a DIY recycled book page wreath project and 2) a DIY coffee filter wreath. I do have to mention that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I would have to say that the post I am most proud of is How to Make a Headless Man or Headless Woman Costume.
Where do you get the inspiration and the motivation for all your DIY creations? How do you find the time to work on so many DIY projects?
Ever since I started blogging, I look at the world differently. I am inspired by everything around me, books, television, other bloggers, magazines, flea markets, thrift stores, nature, and my friends and family (especially my creative and talented older brother). As far as time goes, the answer is simple. I make it. Crafting/Blogging/Writing is something that I LOVE perhaps even a little obsessed about and there’s always time for it because it makes me happy… and that’s important.
Your site also has tons of great party ideas. What are some party ideas or themes that would work well for the spring and summertime?
Last weekend I threw a cherry themed baby shower that I will be blogging about soon. Also coming up on my blog is a Hello Kitty themed party and an Asian inspired party. I also created an inspiration board for a garden tea party that I’m thinking about doing for my daughter’s birthday coming up in July. The Budget Butterfly Birthday I have blogged about in the past if perfect for Spring or Summer too.
What are your top 5 tips for all moms?
- Don’t forget about yourself. All mommies tend to put our families first, which is how it should be. It’s innate. BUT, it’s important to have mommy time for yourself. For me, it’s blogging and creating.
- Don’t underestimate the capabilities of your child. If you let them, they will succeed in anything no matter how young (or old) they are.
- If you are in a relationship, don’t forget why you fell in love in the first place. Having a family gets hectic and it’s easy to toss your hubby to the side. A strong foundation between the two of you equates to a strong foundation for the entire family.
- Sing, laugh, and dance EVERYDAY with your kids.
- The magic eraser is really magic.