Welcome Back The Domestic Arts
May 9, 2013

Welcome Back The Domestic Arts

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is a phrase that many adore, myself included. When I could not find the scarf I wanted, I learned to crochet. When I tired of paying tons of money for earrings, I began beading and making my own jewelry. When I wanted a quilt, but did not want to pay the exorbitant price, I started looking into learning about quilting. When I learned of all the bad ingredients in store-bought bread, I learned to make my own. And these just brush the surface of my interest in arts, crafts, and do-it-yourself. I am a DIY-er in all I do.

Now, CNN reports that one DIY company is taking arts (and crafts) and adding a bit of personality and technology. Brit + Co. is that DIY company. The Brit + Co. website has DIY guidance from foods like homemade Oreos to all-natural cleaners to how to make skirts, rugs, and necklaces to beaming videos from a phone to a TV to any number of other arts, foods, crafts, and technology. I mean, this DIY website has it all.

I just learned of it for this blog, but already I have bookmarked it for future use. Even just scrolling through the posts had my creative vibes jamming. I wanted to put down my responsibilities and start right way. The Gin and Tonic Cake post almost had me doing that, but I resisted to write this blog because it really is a cool sight for all interested in arts, crafts, technology, and do-it-yourself. I just had to write about it for others.

The brains behind Brit + Co. is Brit Morin, a former Google and Apple employee. Obviously, technology interests her, but so do the domestic arts. As CNN explained, the Brit + Co. website “has created tons of step-by-step posts, filmed how-to videos staring Brit, brought in user-generated projects and started selling merchandise such as crafting starter kits, books and subscription boxes called Brit Kits. For $20 a month, Brit + Co. will deliver a Brit Kit box filled with crafting materials and instructions for projects such as gloves that work on touchscreen devices…On Thursday, Brit. + Co entered its newest stage by branching out into content aggregation with a feature called Brit’s Picks. The company is pulling in posts from 25 popular crafting and style sites, including Style Me Pretty, Oh Happy Day and Smitten Kitchen, and hand-picking the best posts to share with the Brit.co readers.”

Morin acknowledged that today’s younger generation just did not have the instruction or even inspiration for do-it-yourself, arts and crafts, or the domestic arts otherwise. Her goal is to help fill in those gaps and help others to enjoy arts and crafts just like she does. Plus, add in technology and it’s a triumvirate of awesome creativity.

One example of this is a LED cowboy hat Morin wore to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. She stitched wire using littleBits pieces into the hat to spell out her Twitter handle. Creative and fun and, for Texas, also stylish.

Check out Brit + Co.’s website the next time you’re looking for a DIY activity. Or if you regularly want something, get on with her Brit Kits. Spread the word and fun of DIY arts. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must check out that Gin and Tonic Cake. Toodle-Ooh.

Image Credit: Photos.com

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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