Category Archives: Life

My Biggest, Most Important DIY Project

Yesterday, I began the journey of what may be the most important, hugest DIY project of my life. It’s going to take some time but I hope to have it completed by May of next year. This project will be a huge makeover of both the interior and exterior. It may even mark my television debut.

What exactly do I have in store? Continue reading to find out. :)

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Random or Meaningful Occurrences?

I’m a thinker. A big-time thinker. All my life. I imagine, I play out scenarios in my head, I have lots of what if’s and tons of why’s. My theory is that because I think so much, I have a much lower chance of having Alzheimer’s when I get old. Or maybe it will be the opposite–that because I’ve used my brain so much, it will one day just give up.

So, it’s no surprise I’ve been pondering why a particular occurrence has been happening lately. I wonder if it’s not really random at all and if the universe/God trying to speak to me, trying to give me signs…

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Heading Back to College

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In January, I made a resolution: to finally go back to school to become a certified interior designer. And in true Angie fashion, I’ve put it off until the last minute possible.* Going through the application process lately has me in a state of mixed emotions.

*9/18/14: This post has been edited to reflect a slight change in plans.

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The DIY Homegirl Expands: More DIY, More Homegirl


When you hear “DIY,” what do you think of? For me, it’s drill bits, primer, moodboards, and paint cards (the more the better). I’m guessing most of us also think along those lines when we hear “DIY.”

In reality, we DIY in many different ways; we just don’t realize it. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, healing, even exercising can be DIY activities. DIY isn’t just for our homes, it’s also for our bodies, minds, and souls.

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I’ve come to a turning point with The DIY Homegirl. I’ve felt the need to connect with more people plus I the pressure of creating material that’s fresh and unique—while only about decorating. That’s where the expansion comes in: my blog is going to be more DIY and more Homegirl. Read along to find out more!

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How to Be an Imperfect DIY’er

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Contrary to popular opinion, I am not perfect. (Shocking, right?) I’m definitely a perfectionist, though.

You may recall one of my past posts, When the Mystery Smell is Your DIY Project. The failed project that inspired that post taught me a lot… and yet, after another recent DIY fail, I found myself frustrated.

So, I resolved to turn around that negativity. During the process, I learned a few things about how imperfection can be a wonderful tool. Read along for my tips on how to embrace imperfection and how it can be beneficial.

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My 10 Creative Resolutions for 2014

Last year, I started a new tradition of tending to creative resolutions. This year, I’m continuing this tradition and taking inventory of how I did last year.

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Let’s see how I did with these and find out my new list of resolutions for 2014 after the jump.

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How to Have a Minimalist Christmas

Can you believe Christmas is already done? It seems like it went by faster than past years. Perhaps that’s because of how much less stressful my holiday was this year.

In the past, I’ve tried different approaches to limit the craziness, but none of them worked as well as my approach this year. I’ve gone the route of homemade gifts, online orders, gift cards— all of which brought about some convenience.  However, I still felt something was amiss.

Ready for a change, I tried out a new philosophy: a minimalist Christmas. Read along to find out how I accomplished this and why it was so wonderful.

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Liebster Award

I first have to admit, Laura from Makeshift Living originally nominated me for this award a few months back. I was just a big lazy-bones and never posted my questions and nominees. So now that another wonderful person nominated me, Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, I knew I had to finally do this. Yeah, I did say I wouldn’t post anything new for a bit, but this was pretty easy.

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Follow along for my Liebster nominees:

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Moving Again?!

Perhaps I should’ve changed my site to “The DIY Nomad” instead.

donkey carrying load movingBecause of some big maintenance issues with the apartment I moved into this summer, I will again be moving into a new place. I’m able to end my lease early and get outta here.

This time, it will be a totally different location, totally different management, and totally different style of apartment. (Hey, I can’t just do it half-assed, right?!) Oh, and I can paint the walls in this new place—NICE!

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