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Oh, friends. My excitement just might jump right off the screen out you this morning. If you’ve spent any time around these parts you know that we have a deep fondness for DIY projects as well as the art of creating in general. To finish up our month long theme of “Planting the Seed” there could not be a more perfect brand to share with you. There is something so incredibly fulfilling about making something with your own two hands. It is indescribable.

Mike Stone and Jawn McQuade created MakersKit as a way to bring their popular DIY workshops to everyone. Does anyone else ever watch a DIY example or see photos and think “I could do that!” Only to get the materials and realize that no, you need help.  MakersKit is the answer. Simply order the kit you want, wait for the package, then watch the video with step by step instructions and you will have taken the guesswork out of equation! Just watch the intro video and you’ll be sold!

MakersKit plants the seed of creativity, it’s up to you to harvest it.

MakersKit is giving away two prizes! The first winner will receive: one Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Kit, one copy of the “Cheap + Easy” Makers DIY Guidebook, and one $10 gift certificate to their online shop! The second winner will receive: one Mason Herb Garden Gift Set, one copy of the “Cheap + Easy” Makers DIY Guidebook,  and one $10 gift certificate to their online shop! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, May 7th.
Please visit MakersKit and tell us: What is one activity you have always wanted to try but never have? What is stopping you?
Please check the winner’s box on Tuesday, May 13th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Kate B says:

    (Oooh, I’m intrigued by the air plants! I would love that terrarium hanging in my window by my desk!)

    Up until a few weeks ago, I would have said that the activity I’ve always wanted to try but hadn’t was quilting, but I’m finishing hand-stitching the binding on the quilt I made for our first kid who should be arriving sometime in the next few weeks! It was so satisfying to learn from scratch how to design and construct a quilt and I’m beyond pleased with how it’s turning out. Yesterday I spent all day gearing up to make a Boppy cover with matching materials and installed my VERY FIRST zipper. Now that I’ve successfully sewn in a zipper and quilting has been conquered (but I’ve been bitten for sure, so my friends are going to get quilts for their first kids, too!), my next project to try is making clothing. I’ve always wanted to, but have been intimidated by sewing on curves and finishing details like zippers and buttons. I hope to keep pushing myself with this creative burst of enery and teach my kid a life-long love of creating things with his or her hands and the joy that accompanies it!

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    Trisha says:

    I’ve always wanted to try beekeeping. What’s stopping me is living in a city apartment, but in the next couple of years I’ll be moving to a more rural location. 

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    Susanna B. says:

    Cooking! Because my husband is SO good at it. But I need to suck it up and  learn myself- I do have an excellent teacher available after all!

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    heather f says:

    I would like to try an oil painting. I am just very very very afraid that it would be AWFUL!!

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    Tiffany says:

    I’ve always wanted to try weaving. The investment costs scares me because the type of weaving I want to do involves a larger loom that can handle multiple heddles. Then there’s all the necessary accessories and the costs continue to add up before I can even start.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i’ve wanted to try making kombucha. up until now, i didn’t have the space, but we’re renovating our kitchen and after that, i’m going to give it a whirl!

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    Lauren P says:

    I’d love to try my hand at woodworking. My grandfather was a carpenter before the Depression led to a change in occupation. My mom has shown me some of his beautiful pieces, including the staircase in their first home. Unfortunately, I have been apartment-hopping for the past ten years and haven’t had space for the necessary equipment. I’ll try it one day. I love the thought of making something that will last for decades.

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    chris b says:

    i’ve always wanted to to try canning. it seems easy enough but i’m always worried i’ll screw up somehow and give myself food poisoning. hehe! still thinkin’ about it. i have the jars!!

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    Emily S. says:

    I’ve always wanted to try candle making, and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to it.  I love candles, but really dislike the synthetics used in many store bought candles.  The artificial scents really bother my sensitive nose. I already own some of the supplies for making beeswax candles, and have read several online tutorials that make it sound super easy.  I need to purchase candle wicks and make it happen!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I dream of becoming a skilled watercolor artist and making art for friends nurseries as they all make their babies. The thing related to watercolors that I have participated in is the clean up after my 3 year old makes one of his “masterpieces”. I know there is a hidden Beatrix Potter in me!

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    Jennifer says:

    Making friends with an elephant… is that an “activity”?  

    I’ve always had an interest in elephants, and I truly long to know one…. I’m not sure why.  I think they’re fascinating in so many ways…..

    If I weren’t an acupuncturist spending my days in a clinic, I think I’d work at an elephant sanctuary…. maybe one day we can at least take the kids and visit one.

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    ren says:

    i’ve always wanted to try screen printing, but as a purely digital artist, it’s the potential mess that keeps me from it. while i don’t mind getting messy in the kitchen or at the easel, i am intimidated by the scope of screen printing. especially when i can make digital copies AND keep my hands clean. silly, i know. but i will get over it some day!

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    Samantha S says:

    I’ve always wanted to take cello lessons, but right now the costs are prohibitive on a graduate student budget, even if I rented an instrument. I like the idea of saving it for when I’m older and more established, though–of trying new and extravagantly risky things my whole life.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Several years ago, I read about a tiny, tiny house that the poet Mary Oliver lovingly made out of discarded scraps over a period of years, continually slaving away to reuse things.  I was sold instantly. Since then, I have sketched out the ideas in my head and on paper, but never done anything to get it started.  The truth is, I’m still in graduate school and don’t own someplace where I could build a little house (which I would use for a workshop).  HOWEVER, it’s still my dream.  I’m keeping it alive, even now.  Some day I will live somewhere and DO it.  (Then comes my second dream:  to have a fabulous dinner party where every part of everything I serve to eat is self-grown.)

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    Valerie C. says:

    I want to paint. I think I need lessons though :)

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    Nikki says:

    OOoohhh, I’ve always wanted to try fine metal soldering and casting.  It used to be that money to learn a new skill was not in our household budget but I have been working a job that changes that issue. Now the only thing stopping me is time!  But I am hoping for some freedom over the summer to start learning how to do this. I’ve even talked to a local artisan and arranged the cost of learning from her in her studio space and I am SO looking forward to it happening!

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    sam says:

    I cross stitch and all the ones that I have done over the last 20 some years have been gifts for family and friends (graduation, weddings, babies, etc…).  I have often been told that I should stitch and sell.  What keeps me from doing that is that I don’t think that people would actually buy.  

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    jane says:

    for me it would be dressmaking, it just seems more practical to make stuff i’d like to wear since many of us don’t have “standard” bodies and i don’t really agree with hem lengths these days ie. most are too short. but being an undergraduate i don’t really have the finances to invest in a sewing machine and buying cloth to practise with, or take classes (although i’d prefer to tackle the challenge on my own)… i do have 2 old sewing machines in my house currently but they belong to both my grandmothers respectively, and i’m too afraid of spoiling them as they’re both rather vintage pieces (one of them was handed down from my greatgrandmother!) but i keep telling myself that someday after my exams i’ll get around to making my first skirt :) which is pretty soon since summer is approaching!

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    Emma L says:

    I’ve always wanted to go skydiving but the contract I am under does not allow me to engage in any dangerous activities. Apparently jumping out of an airplane is dangerous. Stupid employment!

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I have been wanting for a long time to learn how to make resin jewelry with the flowers inside.  It’s my goal to get it figured out this year!

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    Angie says:

    I’ve been wanting to try a pottery class, but there’s none in my area as far as I know.

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    Crystal Sell says:

    I have always wanted to try to get into a kayak! They kind of scare me. That is the reason why I haven’t tried yet. But I also think it would be so much fun to go exploring in one!
    sellcrystal2 at yahoo dot com

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    brenda says:

    Ive always wanted to try silversmithing…but, it’s always only been a desire and I’ve never seriously pursued the idea. someday..

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    Veronica says:

    I really want to learn to knit, but I never have. I just never really get around to it.

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    Tiffany says:

    I’ve always wanted to try leather craft…especially shoe making! My most favorite shoes ever were handmade in New York State; I want to be like that cobbler when I grow up!

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I’ve always wanted to try carving! I have never tried because I never knew where to begin. :)

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    megan says:

    My husband has done some home brewing. I’m much more into wine so I’ve always wanted to try making my own at home. What’s stopping me? Primarily, I’m lacking space in my downtown apartment for the operation. I also work at a winery so I get some of my wine-making creating juices flowing but I can’t wait until I move to a larger space one day and can make some wine (and grow a garden! and adopt a dog!). 

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    rachel says:

    I want to make croissants.

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    Sparrow says:

    I just spent the week with a friend whose home is full of beautiful, well cared for plants. I have been somewhat of a black thumb and have never tried my hand at growing indoor plants. But recently, we moved to the desert where everything living outside dies midway through the summer and the only plants that live are those living inside. I want to cultivate an Eden in my living space, to fill the air with oxygen, for green lush life to surround me when everything outside is a vista of yellow and brown. She takes such care of her plants, fingering each leaf, clearly concerned with the well-being of each and I want to be a plant whisperer like her.

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    cindy says:

    Swing dancing! I think i missed the boat in the 90′s when it had its big resurgence, but I still want to learn! It looks like so much fun and any time a swing song comes on, I wish I knew the moves and could start jump, jivin and wailing! And seriously!! Why haven’t I already??? Thanks for the reminder! :)

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    Jan says:

    I have always wanted to raise chickens.

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    Susan F says:

    I was introduced to “Geocaching” and it seems like such fun – thanks for the reminder to make the time to add some more fun in my life

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    Eliza Elliott says:

    I’ve tried to knit a scarf for years – I thought it would save money but yarn is so pricey – I still have it and continue to tackle it occasionally but don’t really have it down.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Sky diving.  I am waiting for my kids to grow up and maybe one of them will go with me.  My husband won’t because he is afraid of heights.  

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    Rinny says:

    I have always been interested in photography. And, honestly – nothing has been stopping me besides sheer inexperience and lack of knowledge. I’m researching which camera is a good option to buy and where I can find a class to learn how to use the camera and photography basics. There’s so many things I’d love to try and explore through the camera’s lens.

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    Jennifer says:

    I would love to be a runner. I’m not saying that I’ve never jogged on the treadmill, but I aspire to be one of those people that NEEDS to run. I know it’s an addicting and if I stuck to a routine I would probably achieve my goal, but I just can’t seem to put on my sneakers and go.

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    Rachel says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn to play the cello.  I love the richness of the sound it makes. Time and cost have been factors preventing me to play it, but really it’s the fear of failure.  I hate being afraid of anything and so I’m planning to rent a cello and conquer this fear. Hopefully I’ll be making beautiful music soon :-)

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    Sue F says:

    I always wanted to take a pottery class – what’s stopped me ? fingernails :)

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    Jamila says:

    I’ve always wanted to surf but I’m not a very good swimmer. Surfing with floaties… is that still cool? :3