Monday, April 8, 2013

Best of DIY!

I've vaguely mentioned here and there that I've been working on a big project. I tossed up a very brief announcement about it on Friday, but with the link party and it being the end of Spring Break for so many of us, I wanted to give it its very own post! If you read Centsational Girl, then you probably saw her announcement on Friday. Not-so-coincidentally, my announcement goes along with hers!
Best of DIY at Centsational Girl!

Most of you know that I work with Kate to put together a "Best of the Blogosphere" column several times a month. The column features the latest and greatest from blogs all over the world. Awesome home improvement projects, great design, easy-to-follow sewing projects, painting how-tos, you name it. After a couple of years of sharing all that fabulousness with readers, Kate decided it was time to put together a comprehensive, searchable library of all those fantastic more.

So we got started. 

And, many months later, Best of DIY was launched this past Friday! 

We both put in a lot of long hours and late nights on this project. Each of the photos you see on the site had to manually clipped, saved, resized, saved again, coded and added to the appropriate galleries. Along with coding for each website link. Times 1000+. I only tell you this so you can see that a lot of thought and dedication went into this site. It's meant to be a go-to resource for anyone looking to make their home a meaningful space. It wasn't an afterthought or something Kate said, "Hey, let's throw this baby together and post about it next week." Nope, it was carefully planned and thought out. 

You'll find everything thoughtfully organized in categories like Building ProjectsIKEA HacksWall and Art ProjectsSewing ProjectsBaby and Kids, and more. The drop down menus make the site easy to navigate.
Best of DIY at Centsational Girl

Most importantly, as a blogger, I appreciate that Kate made the call to have each and every link take you directly to its original source. We all adore Pinterest, but it can be a real pain in the rear to click around or scroll through sites trying to find the source for projects. Best of DIY truly is a wonderful resource!

I have to tell you all what a pleasure it is to work with Kate, who is as friendly and kind as she seems on her blog! I can honestly say that this is my favorite job I've ever had, and I'm so very grateful that she offered me the work. Kate gives credit where credit is due, and I am impressed with her willingness to feature small, up-and-coming bloggers along side some of the mega-bloggers we all love. To me, that's what makes Best of DIY a real treasure...because it focuses on great DIY, regardless of whether the blogger is well-known or just starting out.

I encourage you to head over to Best of DIY today. I will warn can addictive to see all of that fab inspiration in one space! 
Best of DIY at Centsational Girl

*If you'd like to be Featured on Best of DIY and the Best of the Blogosphere column, you can email us a link to your post at bestoftheblogosphere(at)gmail(dot)com. Helpful Tip: We look for large, well-lit photos!

Happy DIYing! I'll be back tomorrow with a mouth-watering recipe!


  1. Great work! I can't wait to dig in and get more ideas for my home! Thanks for the hard work--I can't imagine the hours you put in!

  2. I'm so proud of all of our hard work, thank you so much Amanda, you are the best!!! xoxoxoxo

  3. Congratulations on the new site! It looks great and will indeed be a great resource to many.

  4. Congratulations! How exciting for you and Kate...and for the rest of us looking for tips, tricks and tutorials! Off to check it out, thank you!
    Debbie :)

  5. Cool! I'll definitely have to check it out. How fun you got to work with Kate soo much. She seems really sweet.

    ~ Catie


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