Then I found Pinterest. I realized that I could make legit decorations. I could use crafting as an inexpensive way to make my home cute, trendy, and personalized. Since then I've made several crafty things--still I prefer to call them "projects" or "DIYs."
If a DIY is too complicated, though, count me out. I tend to like projects that are mindless--the kind I can do while watching TV. I craft to relax. I can't handle things that require too much precision or skill.
So when my husband unleashed me in Craft Warehouse, I kept these things in mind while looking for a project. I thought about buying burlap, or a mason jar, or chalkboard paint, or a picture frame but then I saw them: artificial succulents.
I LOVE the way succulents look. But, I have not had much luck with planting the real deal. I had heard they were easy to grow--aren't they native to the desert or something? So I thought I'd give it a try. Well, my poor succulent didn't make it longer than a week. Apparently I am less nurturing than a desert. So why not have a fake one? Succulents almost look plastic anyways?
This was so easy that I don't even know if you can technically call it a "DIY," but hey, I could have just bought something similar at IKEA so I'm counting it dang it! My project required only three materials, and less than three steps.
Step one: Place succulent standing up inside the pot. Step two: fill with rocks. Step three: admire.
Here it is on a desk in our room. Oh, hey, that's another craft I've made. A giant letter "A" with covered in old hymns and modge podge. Easy-peasy.