Spring term is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for the new season than to take “spring cleaning” to the next level with a few home décor projects? At least that’s what DIY guru Dianne Kelley would say. Now a featured artist/designer for Anthropologie’s local spring fashion show, she has been “doing it herself” since birth. I sat down with Dianne to take a peek into her world as a crafter and see what tips she has for those looking to do it themselves.
Whitney: Have you always been into crafts and DIY projects?
Dianne: Yes, for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I was sewing Barbie clothes by hand, crocheting, painting, you name it – I always prefer to make it myself versus buying it.
WB: How often do you have a project that you’re working on?
DK: I am pretty much in the midst of a project (or two) all the time. It’s my way of relaxing, believe it or not. I can forget about whatever is stressing me out and just throw myself into the project.
WB: Where do you draw your design inspirations?
DK: I’m inspired by so many things: color, fashion, trends, magazines – but I am constantly finding ideas – to jump start my own version on Pinterest. I see great ideas on there and change them to suit my style and vision.
WB: What are some ways pursuing this passion has impacted your life?
DK: My passion for crafting and DIY-ing has given me an outlet to express myself and to relax. I am a Type-A person, and sometimes find it hard to relax, but when I am creating something, all my cares and worries go on the back burner and I am able to completely engross myself with it.
WB: You started a blog and a small online shop to share and showcase your work. How and when did you decide to do this?
DK: I created my jewelry shop online, back in 2009. I originally just began making jewelry for myself, but when I was out in public, I was constantly being asked, “Where did you buy your necklace?” So I thought launching a site was the answer. I started the blog as a way to show my family and friends my creations and now I have regular readers and my blog gets thousands of hits each month.
WB: What is it about DIY projects that you love most?
DK: My favorite thing about DIY projects is the satisfaction I get from a job well done. I love to know the items in my home are made by me and are one of a kind.
WB: What advice would you give someone interesting in taking on some DIY projects or pursuing a similar hobby?
DK: My advice to newbie DIY-er would be to try, try again. Your first attempt may not be what you hoped for, but with each mistake, you learn how to perfect your craft.
WB: Do you think you’ll always be a “Do-It-Yourself-er?”
DK: Yes, I will always be a DIY-er. For me, it’s not a hobby, it’s part of who I am.