It’s hard to believe that 12 months later, here we are, writing a year in review post about a year of DIY projects. Last winter when Christina put out a call for bloggers who wanted to join a year-long challenge I was so so excited at the prospect of being nailed-down to a year-long commitment. Not only that, but the chance to work with a group of bloggers that would push me forward and keep me challenged. As I sit and write this I am buried under disco balls, ribbon, paint and the detritus of a good year spent creating. So read-on if you want a bit of a peak behind the scenes.
You absolutely read the first part correctly: I was excited to be committing to a year-long venture. Most bloggers cringe at the prospect of that, but at the time it was the kick in the pants I needed. I was coming out of a really rough fall and holiday season, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep PMQ for two going. I decided to give it another year, and here we are. I’m now doing this full-time with the hopes of it overtaking my paying job within the next year. While that is in and of itself a complex story, this one is not. It’s about how I dug myself out of a really rough time thanks to a small tribe of women, that led me to another tribe which I now call my own.
As you may have surmised from hoping through all our 12 months of DIY challenges – mine usually sticks-out like a sore thumb. You’ll spot it in the collage as the colourful thing that doesn’t jive with the others. It didn’t always. I started in January with zero inkling for styling or photography, and no sense of colour. I thought I was a legit blogger because I made things, but nothing was particularly new or innovative. I was still unsure of how much I could do in terms of colour and creativity. I found the first few challenges hard. I was also working an insane job and was even more burnt-out than in the fall. The creative spark kept me going, but not by much.You'll instantly spot me in the collage as the colourful image that doesn't fit-in. Click To Tweet
Over the spring – through Snapchat of all things – I connected with a person who then connected me with a group of eclectic bloggers and I finally found my voice. As I grew secure in my styling and use of colour and pattern, I was able to cruise through the remaining half of the challenge and shine. This is where some of my favourite challenges have come from: DIY painted florals, DIY Coral, DIY Upcycled Velour Napkins, DIY Wrapping Paper, Thanksgiving Florals, DIY Felt Flamingo Beach Bag, Up-Cycled Tree Skirt & Stockings and of course my DIY Vinyl Otomi Chargers.
These projects are full of life, colour, whimsy, and are the true beginning of PMQ as I see it. Everything leading-up to the spring was a dress rehearsal, and I was just toying with pattern, colour and concepts. I was stuck somewhere in my own head and in my own way. The 12 months of DIY challenge really gave me the chance to test the waters and begin to explore my creative voice in a way the blog never did, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because at least 11 other people would pop by to see what I did, no matter how crazy it was?
The vinyl chargers were the first concept shoot where I just went for it, and the styling followed. It’s all been gravy from there, and you can really see the difference in my project gallery // here //
Throughout the series we lost a few bloggers and gained some new ones, and I’m so happy to have worked with all these amazing women and learned from them. I also learned to never say “never” and the power of a nice comment. Love you ladies! <3I also learned to never say 'never' and the power of a nice comment.Click To Tweet
Make sure you tune-in later in the month for my overall Year in Review post and reader survey.
Now it’s time to see which projects were my blogging friends’ favourites, and what they thought of our yearly challenge. Click on the project name to visit their project post, and their blog name to visit their blog and see their last #12MonthsofDIY post.