Allison is the hilarious ball of energy behind the always awesome Dream a Little Bigger. Her daily DIYs + maker tricks & advice are sure to get your creativity flowing not only in the craftroom but also the kitchen, garden, wardrobe and even inspire some delectable homemade beauty products!
Get the scoop on this clever creator and discover her top thrifting & crafting tips!
I have never been one to have idle hands. In the 7th grade, my constant need to be doing, making or otherwise keeping busy put me smack dab in the middle of a bona fide exorcism over the Jenn Air in my friend’s kitchen. Vegetable shortening took the place of holy water (this was kind of a spur of the moment realization, I guess, that I had a glitter loving demon harbored inside of me that needed immediate attention).
As an adult, I have to stay even busier to feel normal. On one of my many trips to the craft store I talked with an attorney who explained that he set a blog up for his wife so they could write glitter off on their taxes. I was in! Today Dream a Little Bigger is my career, my hobby and my way of staying sane and keeping my hands busy!
Allison’s Top 5 Thrifting & Crafting Tips:
1. Thrifting furniture is a great way to have stylish decor on a budget that can fit into any design style but only buy furniture with good bones. A missing leg isn’t going to regrow no matter how awesome that chair is and rebuilding it is a whole ‘nother skill-set over painting or reupholstering it.
2. When thrifting it is so easy to get carried away. The prices are great but it all can add up! But remember to only buy what you need or what you can see an immediate vision for. Leave some of the goodies for the others to play with, too!
3. Keep a crafty stash. It’s a lot more environmentally friendly and cost conscious to have several types of glue on hand, for example, than it is to drive to the store every time a googly eye needs to be stuck onto something.
4. Keep track of your crafty ideas and ambitions. Pinterest is a great resource to keep up with your DIY dreams but a notebook works just as well.
5. Don’t hold back on tackling a project because of fear of failure. With crafts and DIY you are going to experience some fails, but that’s just a part of it and the wins are so worth it!
A massive Canadian bear squeeze and sloppy German kiss to Allison for sharing!
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