1. When was your DIY wedding and what projects did you make?
I was married waaaaay back in the olden days when the Earth was still cooling and dinosaurs roamed the land circa: October 2000. Jason and I, along with our awesome helpers, made our invitations, seating chart, table decor, and favors. We also did our own music (DIY DJ).
2. Has the DIY movement changed in the last 12 years?
Yes and no. The majority of couples and their families have always done some sort of DIY. It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that rise of the vendor-led, 100% professionally done wedding became the norm. When I got married, DIY was something of a novelty - and certainly something only “budget” couples did - and not widely accepted as it is now.
I don’t see DIY as a movement anymore; it’s simply an option for those that want it which is glorious, really, when so many of us have worked hard to put creativity and control back into the hands of the couple.
What we’re seeing now with DIY is a swing back to weddings as being a community event with a large circle of participants in the planning and execution. It’s not solely about saving money as it was when I got married; it’s about personalization and hands-on participation to create something by and for the couple.
3. What excites you about DIY weddings these days?
That couples have the freedom to express themselves however they want in a way that’s uniquely *them* makes positively giddy. While I love tradition, I’m thrilled to see couples not just going through the motions and including things that have no meaning to them. That’s empowering and exciting. A wedding without elements of deep, personal meaning to the couple is empty and soulless.
The real DIY weddings we’re seeing right now are so fabulously creative and personal no matter what the budget, style, or theme. It’s a great time to get married!
4. What trends are you sick of?
None, really. Every time I think I’ve seen the all that can be done with xyz trend, someone comes along and puts a unique spin on it that makes me fall in love with it all over again.
I would LOVE to see more diversity in the kinds of weddings that are being published, though.
5. How hard is it to write a book? Do you have more DIY Bride books coming up?
VERY HARD. VERY, VERY, VERY HARD. Seriously, writing a book - especially a craft book with lots of instructions - is a daunting task.
I just released An Affair To Remember, my 3rd DIY Bride book, in January. There are no solid plans right now for another one.
This year is totally devoted to the websites (diybride.com and the upcoming homexcraft.com) and creating content for my DIYers there.
6. What’s in your personal WIP (work-in-progress) bag?
I’m all about nesting and home-decor crafts at the moment. Yesterday I ordered a bunch of mirror tiles for a mosaic wall-hanging project that I’m excited about starting. I just made over a hollow-core door trestle desk. I’m on the hunt for a great piece of furniture to reupholster.
7. What are your favorite crafts/craft techniques?
Rubber stamping, making things out of precious metal clay, screen printing, and most recently, papier mache.
8. What craft are you most proud of?
That’s like asking me which is my favorite child! *Today* I’m most proud of some curtains I made because I DO NOT SEW. Sewing is my sworn mortal enemy but I managed to crank out some lovely curtains for my living room without harming myself or anyone else in the process.
9. In your books and personal life, you do a large variety of craft types. How do you learn to do all of that stuff? How do you get over the fear of trying something you’ve never done before?
I learn by trying. What you see in the books and on the website are usually NOT my first attempts at making something. Often I go through many prototypes and attempts before I come up with something publishable for my readers or usable in my home. That’s the nature of learning, of crafting.
I’m not very fearful of crafting things. I’m bummed when I mess up $40 of precious metal clay, for example, but it’s nothing to be fearful over. It’s just … stuff. As a semi-control freak and something of a perfectionist, crafting has taught me patience and the art of not letting mistakes or “imperfections” be anything more than a minor annoyance. “Oh, it didn’t work. Bummer. Let’s try again.” is a big thing for me.
10. What’s next for you and DIY Bride?
DIY Bride is expanding this year to include a new digital magazine. I’m launching Home x Craft, for those who’re looking to home-related crafts and homemaking goodness, at the end of February.
The last 2 years have been focused on building my infrastructure and getting to a stable place with my sites and how they’re run. Now that I’m in a good place there, this year my focus is back on content and community; getting back in touch with my own crafting instead of spending so much time on administrative stuff.