April 11, 2012

Review: I Spy DIY Style

I was so excited to receive a copy of I Spy DIY Style by Jenni Radosevich, the blogger behind ispydiy.com. Her blog is one of the original do-it-yourself sites that gave me the inspiration and motivation to begin my own blog.

Sometimes with project-based DIY books, I feel you read it once and then you've exhausted the content. Jenni's book, however, has a lot of information beyond the step-by-step tutorials (including past projects from her blog along with new ones). These features include advice from other bloggers, editors, and designer and feel fresh and relevant.

My favorite input was from the DIYer's paradise, M&J Trimming, who summed up do-it-yourself perfectly by saying, "Sometimes, after growing up, we often forget what it felt like to be creative in our younger years. It brings back great memories and often helps relieve stress." For me, getting back into DIY as an adult and launching TIMI was (and still is) my creative outlet, filling in the needs that aren't completely satisfied by my day job. It's impressive and inspiring to see Jenni not just using DIY as a similar outlet, but building a career out of it.

Here's a peak at my favorite project from the book. I won't give away the how-to, but it's the perfect idea for making necklaces like this Orly Genger piece I've had my eye on.

You can find details for purchasing a copy on I Spy DIY's site.

1 comment:

  1. That book looks great! I'm always so happy when people not only have that creative outlet, but can support themselves with it. :)


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