For this interview, we talked with Kate from Organized Dream. She’s a DIY blogger with lots of really beautiful projects (some of them below, be patient!). She also has an Etsy store that has some pretty cool stuff. Anyways, I digress. Kate is really cool. check out her interview below:

How to Start a DIY Project and Stay Motivated:

1. How many years have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for five years.

2. What is your favorite DIY project that you’ve ever done?

I would have to say that my favorite DIY project would have to be my book page Dahlia wreath. It was the first big project I made as a blogger. I still have it hanging in my bedroom. The book pages have colored slightly since then, but I love the vintage vibe it has.

3. Which project are you most proud of?

The project I’m most proud of would have to be the Dahlia wreath. I have made quite a few wreaths since then, but the Dahlia wreath took the most time. I was pretty sure throughout the process that it wasn’t going to come out right and it did.

4. What does a day in the life of a DIY blogger look like?

I’m constantly on the lookout for inspiration and new projects to tackle. I spend a little time every day looking and planning out projects. The key to starting a great DIY project is to be original or to at least put your own personal twist on an existing idea to set yourself apart and stand out.

5. What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?

I try to use natural light as much as possible, but when I can’t I opt for LED.

(source: The Fancy Things)

6. Have you ever used a lamp or string lights in a project? 

I have used string lights in a project once before. I used fairy lights to accent a centerpiece I designed for Christmas.

7. What is the greatest tip that you could give?

I would have to say that the greatest tip that I could give it to be yourself one hundred percent with everything you do. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t add a little of yourself into every project that you do. It will make it all the more special. This also goes for blogging. If you’re a blogger, being yourself in your work and your writing will have your readers value your opinion and creative aesthetic a whole lot more.

8. What is the hardest thing about doing DIY?

The hardest thing I have come across when doing any sort of DIY would have to be dealing with a failed project or the thought that you’re completely wasting your time. It can be tough getting out of that mindset when you think your project just isn’t going to work out. Honestly, I feel like having this mindset can ultimately lead to a failed project. It has happened to me before. Pushing past that feeling or thought can be hard.

9. What’s your secret to staying motivated & inspired long term?

My secret to staying motivated and inspired would definitely have to be setting up content. I will sit for a day or so and plan out what I would like to do. It makes me feel more organized so I’m less stressed. Being less stressed and feeling like I have the upper hand definitely makes me feel more motivated to get to work and more inspired to create better projects.

10. What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?

The biggest impact on making my blog a success would, again, have to be setting up content. I have a game plan at the beginning of each month. I set up a monthly calendar in my planner where I plan out what days I want to post. This works so well for me because I’ll know what projects need attention first and it allows me to schedule and free up time that I could use either on other blog-related things or personal time to spend with family. I have utilized this for quite some time and definitely recommend it for anyone looking to get organized and stay on-task.

Interested in learning more about DIY? Check out our DIY guide to minimalist design and an amazing guide on how to use vibrant colors in your design.

Hope you enjoyed the interview! And please leave your comments and/or questions for Kate below 😊.