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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. 



21 comments:

  1. this is awesome, i love diy-ing, even if it's the simplest things! i could never do those large scale projects, i applaud thee Julia! (hopefully 'thee' was used in the right context, i never know with middle English XD)

    ~ noor

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    1. EEEP that is so cool, Noor! Haha, middle english is great. Great to meet another person who loves DIY :)

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  2. I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH.

    I've never considered myself a DIY-er, but after reading this post... I relate to it so much! I'm constantly doing projects, from card making to painting our deck. XD But now I'm inspired to start doing more. o-o

    Lovely interview, Autumn and Julia. <3

    xx Mackenzie

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    1. AAH THANK YOU SO MUCH.

      Aw seriously? That's awesome! I think a lot of people are really creative. YOU GOT THIS! Thanks for reading and I'm glad it inspired you :)

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  3. Seriously Autumn, you're like the sweetest person ever! thank you SO much for asking me to do an interview. It was so much fun to do!!! <333

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    1. No problem! It was my pleasure :D Thanks for doing it!

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  4. Adorable! Great post! <3

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  5. I wouldn't say I've been too creative in the DIY department, but I suppose that term technically covers a whole lotta area. Last Summer I ended up doing a whole lot of painting as we prepared a house for my grandma to move into. We ended up doing three rooms and inside cupboards. Can I say painting inside of old cupboards is the worst thing ever? You have to stuff half of your body into them. Bleah. Not a highlight of my life, but I have to say painting rooms that start with an ugly or just a lifeless color is magical in a way and lots of fun.

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    1. I know what you mean! I've always been kinda interested in crafts and stuff, but I know DIY can cover a lot of ground. WOW that is a lot of painting :O UGH YES I'M SURE THAT'S ANNOYING. i don't think I've ever had to paint INSIDE a cupboard xD OOH YES. I painted my room recently and it's amazing to see how much it's changed.

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  6. This was so much fun to read! Julia, you really are the DIY Queen and your projects inspire me so much. And Autumn, this was a great interview!
    xo,
    -Anna
    www.lethologicablog.weebly.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! JULIA IS THE DIY QUEEN WOW. Thanks, Anna!

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  7. You are so darn creative!!! Gosh Julia YOURE SO GOOD AT DIYs. Loved this interview!

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    1. SHE IS WOW. Thanks for reading <3

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  8. This was so cool! It's always awesome to find another DIY blogger!

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    1. They're the best! There's a little group of us out here haha

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  9. I wish I could DIY that much! I can't find the time, but like Julia said, maybe in the summer??? I also am not that crafty, so there's that. XD

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    1. DEFINITELY. I think in the summer we usually have more time to actually do stuff like this. You can do it!

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  10. JULIA RYAN IS ACTUALLY THE COOLEST :'''') I wish I was more motivated with stuff like this omg SHE IS BASICALLY SUPERHUMAN. And those photos are so aesthetic <3333 All your questions were so good and thoughtful!! FABULOUS JOB BOTH OF YOU *hugs and waffles*

    rock on,
    abbiee

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  11. Any personal attempts at DIY on my part have usually failed, but it's so cool I HAVE SUCH RESPECT FOR JULIA RYAN! (ps - I kind of nominated you for an award on my blog if you wanna check that out?)

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  12. I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR KIND WORDS IM LIKE CRYING OKAY *hugs everyone*

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