Blogger Interview: Thanks, I Made It

If you haven’t stopped by Thanks, I Made It yet, you definitely need to update your blogroll. Erin, the lovely DIYer behind the blog, constantly wows us with her inspiration posts and creative projects. Our personal favorite is this DIY necklace,which she created with trim from M&J Trimming. We chatted with Erin about her blog, her DIYs, and her favorite products – see our interview below!

How did you get started as a blogger and a DIYer?

I’ve always been very hands on and making things, something that runs strongly in my family. I love the sense of accomplishment I get from doing it myself, from changing my own car battery (that was major for me!) to creating a new necklace. I was a “lurker” for a while on a lot of other DIY blogs, and thought I should show off my ideas and creations too. It started just shared with friends, but it became such an important personal and creative outlet that I loved putting the energy into making it grow.

Where do you find inspiration for your DIYs?

I spend too much time on my computer perusing other blogs, Pinterest and online retailers for ideas. I love to check the day’s popular posts on Bloglovin’ and Style.com’s accessory index is another go-to. Offline, inspiration comes from everywhere, like magazines, museums or people I see on the subway.

Which of your DIY projects is your favorite?

My Dannijo-inspired chain and rhinestone cuff definitely ranks high. It’s made from pieces from my grandmothers, and I was so excited when a woman at Bendel’s asked me if it was from Dannijo!

Have you noticed any upcoming DIY trends?

I think embellished shorts are really popular with summer coming. Other style trends, like neon and florals, definitely will influence people’s DIYs. DIY can be such a fun and low-cost way to try a trend.

What advice would you give to DIY beginners?

Be flexible–not everything will turn out the way you had in mind, but you can find a way to make it work differently or become something new all together. It can be a lot of trial and error, but don’t get discouraged. Take a break and then come back to it with an open mind.

What are your DIY must-haves?

Strong super glue (I like E6000) is probably the most used thing in my tool kit. A set of pliers (round and needle nose) are essential for jewelry making. I also think having a stash of old jewelry (from hand-me-downs or thrift stores) is very useful– you can reuse old or broken pieces so many ways!

Thanks, Erin! Stop by Thanks, I Made It to see more of Erin’s DIY projects.

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