“I believe we are all creative by nature & that creativity is the best therapy!”
Incredibly wise words from Hanna, the brilliant maker-babe behind Pearls & Scissors. On her beautifully photographed blog Hanna is constantly creating & adding to her fabulous collection of refashions, DIYs and styling tutorials making Pearls & Scissors a wonderful source of thrifty inspiration!
Get to know this rockin’ refashionista + learn her top DIY tips:
I started Pearls & Scissors 2.5 years ago as a way to share my creative adventures, inspire others and connect with like-minded people. It is actually my third blog. Refashioning has been a big part of all three, but I feel each blog has evolved with me and taken me to the next level.
Pearls & Scissors is the culmination of everything I’ve learned about blogging and about myself in the last 6 years, but it’s still always a work in progress. I think since blogging is such a personal thing, my blog will change as I do. In the last year and a half, I’ve started to write more about my personal life and I’m really enjoying that part of blogging. Creativity and making will always be the center of Pearls & Scissors though. I mean, I can’t even go one day without creating something.
Hanna’s Top 5 Refashioning & DIY Tips:
1. Just start. When it comes to any type of creativity, we are not born masters. It’s easy to feel intimidated by all the gorgeous, perfect-looking DIYs we see on Pinterest, but just remember, that behind that is years of trial and lots of errors. If you want to start refashioning or doing some other craft, just start. Take on your first project and go on from there.
2. Mess up like you mean it. Which brings me to my second tip. You’ll probably learn so much more from your failures than you do from your successes, so when you do mess up, embrace it. We’ve all been there. Have I ever ruined a refashion beyond repair. Hell yeah! Like this one time I tried to bleach a silk blouse Shibori-style… Let’s just say it did not turn out as I hoped. But, I learned a valuable lesson that day.
3. Experiment. Refashioning is not like regular sewing. There are no patterns to follow and every garment has the potential to be turned into so many different things. There are no rules of thumb or a right and wrong way to do it. Sometimes, it’s the craziest ideas that turn into the best refashions.
4. The more creativity you use, the more you have. When it comes to refashioning or making something yourself, the more you do it the more creative you get. When you think you don’t have enough original ideas, start with the ones you see on your favorite blogs or Pinterest boards, and I guarantee you’ll get at least one new, original idea with each project you make.
5. Have fun! Last but not least, creativity for me is all about having fun. Of course I get mad when something I spent hours on didn’t turn out the way I’d hope, but at the end of the day, it’s not only about the result, it’s about the process. Making stuff helps me feel more joy, motivation, energy and inspiration. For me, creativity is the best therapy.
Tänan teid väga & vielen lieben dank to Hanna for sharing her story & magnificent tips!
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