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The Behind the Scenes of a DIY-er's Life | Julia Ryan

Y'ALL.  Today's post...wow.  I am so beyond excited for it, let me tell you.  Julia Ryan is an amazing friend of mine, and she is literally one of the most creative people I know.  SERIOUSLY.  She has done so many DIY projects (and they're not even like little...we're talking BIG-SCALE), and wow.  SHE IS SO GOOD AT THEM.  Today's post is an interview with her, and she's here to talk about the "behind the scenes" of a DIY-er's life.  I've always wanted to know this stuff, right? xD LET'S GET RIGHT INTO THIS.
 1) LET'S GET THIS STARTED.  WOO!  WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS THAT YOU'VE DONE?  

Oooh this is a REALLY good question.
okay I think my parent's bedroom would have to be the project that I'm most proud of the end result, but I wouldn't say that it was my most favorite to do. It was a lot of hard work! But, I think my favorite would be the dresser in my room. I grew up with it as my dresser, moved to a different house with it, and somehow it ended up in the attic until last summer when I decided to bring it down. I repainted it, took two drawers out to make a shelf, and now it's full of stuff and memories. It's kinda sweet in a way lol #imsentimental 

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2) THAT'S AMAZING! PROJECTS WITH MEMORIES ARE ALWAYS THE BEST BECAUSE THEY MEAN THE MOST.  IS DIY-ING SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE TO DO? 

Oh yessss! Sometimes, I literally get an itch to do a new task. I adore working with my hands. The feeling of stepping back and knowing that the effort and time I spent on the project has ended in something looking new *sigh* basically, yes, I love doing it. also I've been called the DIY Queen and that's kinda a title you just can't let down, right?
3)  OF COURSE YOU CAN'T LET THAT TITLE DOWN.  THAT TOTALLY DESCRIBES YOU! HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED IN THE GRIND? OR DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO FINISH THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TIME?

I am a highly competitive person with myself and with others.  I often push myself probably a little too hard? I try to see if I can get the job done faster this time then it took me last time, if I can paint the ceiling and the walls in one day, etc. But for motivation and keeping myself going? Two things. Listening/watching something and ice cream. No joke. If there is ice cream in the freezer, I can get anything done! I am also very motivated by encouraging words - so when my mom, friend or sibling says "WOW JULIA you're doing great, it looks so nice!!" I can't help but smile and keep going. It's part of being an ISTP lol 

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4) WELL ICE CREAM NEVER HURT ANYONE.  SO, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PART OF A PROJECT? 

Cleaning the paint brushes. ACK. Like okay I really don't like doing that part at alllllll.  I've actually gotten to the point where I just throw them out now, after a project. But, that's like after using them for 4 solid days and boy, they're just a mess by then. It's just that's the end part, and I'm so tired.. Also, I can't stand painting doors. They're just *shudders* horrible..... *moans* And sometimes, they need two coats! Oh gosh, I need ice cream haha
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5) PAINTING IS A LONG PROCESS.  HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO DO IT? I KNOW FOR ME, I HAVE A MILLION OTHER THINGS TO DO, SO I TEND TO PUSH IT ASIDE.  DOES THAT EVER HAPPEN FOR YOU? 

dude YES. I seriously have an old sewing machine in our basement that I bought in like December ?? anyways, I've got a whole plan on how I want to completely revamp that thing. It hasn't happened! I've been cramming the school for graduation, writing books, blogging, holidays, phew! But, I know that I WILL get time for it come this summer. I'm excited for the possibility and excited for the project, even though I can't do it right at this moment. It's kinda like having a story plot all ready to go, but you have to wait a bit. It's hard but worthwhile in the end. Also, next week I get to completely rip apart my younger sisters room and EEK I AM SO EXCITED 

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6) THAT SOUNDS SO EXCITING! AND LIFE HAPPENS, DEFINITELY. WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU'D GIVE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START IF THEY WANT TO TACKLE A BIGGER DIY PROJECT? 

Don't expect your first big project to be the best thing on the planet. Your painting skills, decorating choices, whatever - they may not be as fantastic as you see in the magazine or on Pinterest, but you see, YOU DID IT WITH YOUR HANDS. there is nothing as rewarding as that. I know so many times where I can look at a wall or piece of furniture and know that I was able to accomplish it. It's kind of peaceful in a way. You have to just try. I never thought that I could of ripped up carpet, redo our carpeted stairs or painted ceilings at 16! It just happened and my skills have grown since then. It's exciting to know that hard work pays off! Don't let fears get in the way - it doesn't have to be perfect. As my mom would say, "we are going for better!"

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7) WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT DIY-ING?

Knowing that I was able to help my family, inspire someone to try the DIY project, and knowing that they never stop. For myself, I have this part of me which always desires a little something new - nothing huge, nothing crazy changing, but the ability to take on a larger task and get it done! It's very fulfilling. Also, I've learned so many new things! Oh, it's just a blast. 

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8) SO WHAT ARE SOME 'PRACTICAL' THINGS YOU'VE LEARNED FROM YOUR CREATIVE ENDEAVORS? 

Hmm, that's actually a very interesting question! I'm a pretty practical person as it is - I try to see the end result as I work. I've learned that if you expect too much in the beginning, the end will be a disappointment. It's hard to not notice the flaws in your own work, but I guess that's how I learn and grow. Maybe I'll be a little less messy in a few years when I paint, but for now, I still have a lot of touch ups to do in the end, and that's okay! Besides, nobody else see's what I see. It's a truth - we are our hardest critics! Try to see your finished project from the eyes of someone else. Believe me, it's beautiful. 
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9) YES YES YES!  EVERYTHING DOES HOLD SOME BEAUTY TO IT, IF WE LOOK FOR IT.  WHAT' S AN EXPECTATION VS REALITY FOR YOU?

My own strength. I tend to push myself super hard, working from 10am to late in the evening. I often work alone too - sometimes my sisters help or I get my brothers to help rip the carpet up with me - but I usually do it on my own. It's actually kinda something I struggle with..wanting to do it on my own. The first day is always easy but the second day? Phew! I'm tired then.  I hold myself to a high expectation lol 

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10) HAHA, DON'T WE ALL?  ANY LAST WORDS FOR ASPIRING CREATIVES? 

I would say JUST DO IT. but then Liz would comment "nike" and then I'd realize that's probably trade marked or something. But, I'm serious. Don't waste your life with someday's. Live today's. They're beautiful and waiting to be used. I can tell you right now that my life is happy and full of sunshine filled moments. It makes me smile to know that I'm so entirely blessed and even on the days where its just kinda rainy, it'll be okay. Also, don't ever tell yourself that your creativeness left you. That's like the saying "you're as old as you feel." and it's true. Sometimes, nobody is there to push you and say "c'mon you can do it!" - sometimes, you have to pick yourself up and just do it. *rolls eyes at self* sorry you guys, couldn't help myself. 

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Pretty sure that I'm going to like...DIY my whole house or something now.  WOW. Hello, inspiration!
 Thank you so much for doing this, Jules! You're so incredibly talented.  AND WOAH.  Your pictures.  GAH! #aesthetic 

So let's talk! Are you into DIY-ing? Done a lot of it? Don't like it? Hate it?  
Have you done a lot of projects like some of the ones in this post? I think I would be a little nervous before ripping apart my floor, but it would also be like...the coolest thing ever.  (AlsoGUYS. Technically, DIY-ing isn't even a word?! WHAT.  Whelp, it's a word now.  xD)
 What have you been working on lately? 

-autumn

Pssst, and don't forget to visit Julia's blog.  IT'S AMAZING. 



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Pink Cherry Blossom Tree
Low Section of Man Standing in Forest

bread, cherries, daisies

Selective Focus Photography2 Blue Egg on Nest

Green Leaf Plant With Fruit
berries, blueberries, blurred background
Green Grass Field and Green Tress during Day Time
“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” - Mark Twain


 It's finally starting to feel like a real spring here.  Today was in the 80s, and the weather has been absolutely perfect.  Life is beginning anew, hope is fresh, and life is beautiful.  Easter is this Sunday.  God is good.  
S P R I N G ♥

How's April so far, y'all? I feel like I've been a little absent from the blogging world this week, but NEVER FEAR.  I was away at a writer's conference, so obviously life decided to catch up on me. BUT I'll be visiting your blogs as soon as I can ;D How's your spring? Tell me, what's been your daily inspiration lately? 

-autumn 

March Wrap-Up | April Goals


WELL.  There went March.  BOOM.  And apparently April marks 1/4 of the way through 2017? HAHA YEP WE'RE GOOD.  Definitely not freaking out at all!

Or.....not.

March whizzed by so fast, but it honestly was a month in which so much craziness went down that I'm actually kind of sad that it's over.  April's going to be an amazing month too, but it's still mind blowing how fast the time flies. March was a busy month, but a really good one.  SO.  What even happened this month?




+ I made soft pretzels.  Obviously, as you can probably tell, food is a big part of any month for me so usually I like to start off with that xD BUT THEY WERE GOOD, YO.  Better than mall pretzels any day.


+ National Peanut Butter Lover's Day happened.  To be fair, I didn't even know this was a thing until my Spanish teacher brought it up and literally brought us a ice cream/peanut butter dessert on March 1st.  HOW SWEET IS THAT.

+ A blizzard happened. Yep.  We got a seriously warm winter and the cherry on top was a blizzard.  Not going to lie, I didn't really mind it though, because we got barely an snow at all this winter (which is REALLY strange), and it was in the middle of the week so...those days off were awesome.  I also did a post on it actually, if you want to check it out! 

+ I got to attend an open house of my local printing shop.  This was kind of a last minute thing, but I'm so glad I went to it BECAUSE IT WAS SO AWESOME.  Basically there's a print shop that we used to literally live right down the road from, and they were having an open house where they showed off a bunch off their equipment and the basics of how it all works.  But honestly the whole time my mind was thinking about how this could be applied to printing books xD THAT'S THE REAL DEAL.  And it was also crazy how many people I know work there.  wAhT.

+ Read Ecclesiastes.  That book is fire, yo. I reread it this month just because I felt that it was really applicable to what's going on right now in my life, and WOW.  It's so practical, and so true.  AND ALL THE REMINDERS OF THINGS I FORGET.  "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth..." YEP.  God is good.

+ Last quarter of this school year! It's absolutely INSANE how fast the time flies, and I can't believe that this school year will soon be over.  HOW EVEN?  This year I've started thinking a lot more about the future and you know what, it can be intimidating.  But thankfully I serve an all-knowing God.  So right now I'm just trying to learn to live in the moment and enjoy each day that comes my way.

+ I took a lot more photos.  This was something that I had wanted to work on for a while and I never got around to doing, but I actually picked up my camera more and started taking more pictures this month! WOOT.
+ Read more. lol nope.  I might have read like one or two books, but definitely not enough for what I had in my mind.  It was just a really busy month :)

+ Start my plants for my garden.  This happened! I started them, and what's really funny is that all the zucchini I planted is GROWING CRAZY, but some of the other stuff hasn't even sprouted at all?! LIKE WaHt.  PLANTS, GET WITH IT.

+ WRITE. Ehh....kind of-ish? I seriously should've done a lot more of it, and I really don't think I have much of an excuse.  Although there were a few days I literally made myself sit down and write, and those were good writing days.  So I think I'll cross this one halfway off.

+ Plan things out more/bullet journal. Oh, Autumn, you're hilarious :) This didn't really happen either...because if I don't have enough time to even write, I definitely don't have time to sit around and bullet journal xD


+ Have a good time at the writer's conference.  EEEP SO STOKED ABOUT THIS!!!! It's the same one I went to last year , except this year I'm dragging a friend along with me because trust me, anything is better with friends =D I'm literally SO SO excited for this though and I can't wait!

+ Enjoy the SPRING WEATHER.  Y'all, it's spring.  And surprisingly, it's actually starting to feel like it too, which is QUITE NICE.  So I want to do all the spring-y things, you know? It is April, after all.  The epitome of spring.

+ Just freaking write already.  If you guys have any amazing tips on how to stop being a procrastinator those would be greatly appreciated xD One thing I learned this past month is that I get distracted so easily and that I don't work very much if I'm distracted.  *pounds head* I NEED SOME MAJOR HELP IN THIS DEPARTMENT.  I'm very much a procrastinator, and it's pretty much the worst thing ever *sigh* Also added to the fact I'm a bit of a slower writer anyway? *wail*

+ Read three books.  Because three is better than zero. Also it would probably be a miracle if I'd reach this goal, considering...life ;)

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WELL, it's April. Another month.  Another amazing month.  How's it going for you so far? Is the weather nice? Eaten any good cake recently? ANY TIPS ON HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING? Let's talk about alll the things :) How's life? 

-autumn