My Journey Comes To An End!

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

Three months flew by so fast and I am in the final stages of my Multimedia Journalism class. Unfortunately, this is my last post on Create It Yourself Crafts. It was a great journey that taught me a lot and pushed me to work harder. I remember clearly the shock from the first class where we had to choose one blog topic and stick with it till the end of the semester. Crafting was one of the first things that came to my mind.

I love do it yourself projects, but with the busy college life I rarely get to create. This blog was the perfect opportunity to combine my hobby with studying. I didn’t expect to have that much fun meeting people who share my likes. One of the tasks from our professor Melody Gilbert in the beginning was to have a specific question for our blogs. Mine was: “How do you craft your style?” I found numerous great stories and I would like to summarize them in this final post.

Week 1: Where am I?

I will have to admit that during the first class, I was a bit overwhelmed. Creating a blog on wordpress and choosing the right design, account on twitter, facebook group… It involved new experiences but now that I look back on it, it was all very useful.

Week 2: Welcome to CIY Crafts

In this post, I introduced my blog and shared some of my favorite crafting projects.

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Week 3: First Interview

This was an exciting week because I did my first interview for the blog. The biggest challenge was that we had to interview someone from the opposite gender. I personally t was worried because crafting is usually something more typical for girls to like. However, Svetlin Ivanov proved me wrong. This was also the week where we started taking short audio bits and embedded them in the blog using Sound Cloud.

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Svetlin Ivanov with his Predator mask

Week 4: Home Decorations

Here, we again continued working with audio interviews but made it more complex by adding background music.

Popstoyanova's crafts

Popstoyanova’s crafts

Week 5: Great Gift Ideas

It was time for slideshows! It was a challenge for me to figure out how I can make my slideshow more interesting than just random photos changing. So I decided to do a picture tutorial on how to do a paper bouquet that Eli Schavuleva taught me. You can see the tutorial below.

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Week 6: A Crafting Architect?!

This was the time when we learned how to shoot and edit 5-shot videos using the YouTube Editor. I interviewed my friend Yana Karadzhova who loves crafting and made me a great set of paperclip earrings. In her interview, she showed me how architecture and crafting have a lot in common.

Karadzhova's crafts

Karadzhova’s crafts

Week 7: Keep Calm and Send a Postcard and a Midterm Craze

One of my favorite interviews was with Alona Zavgorodnia. I have known her for a while and she had shared with me her passion for postcards before. But I had no idea she was into crafts as well. She also introduced me to Postcrossing: a website where you can send and receive postcards from strangers all around the world.

Zavgorodnia's dorm room door

Zavgorodnia’s dorm room door

That week we also had our midterm assignment. We had to shoot and edit a news package on a topic related to our blogs. The catch was that we had to do it in only 3 hours! It was quite fun seeing more that 20 people running around the AUBG campus with their cameras, trying to get the perfect shots and interviews.

Week 8 and 9: Midterm Progress

After such a great, beginning of the semester, we made a short summary of the skills we had learned so far. A well-deserved fall break was waiting for us after that.

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Week 10 and 11: Bracelets!

In this post, I interviewed Slavina Glavcheva who is an extreme bracelet lover. She taught me a unique braiding pattern and I shared it with my readers in a video tutorial.

Some of Glavcheva's bracelets

Some of Glavcheva’s bracelets

Also, our professor introduced us to two new websites that every journalist should know: Storify and ThingLink. In my post “Storify and ThingLink? What is that?”, I explained how the sites work and created my own examples.

Week 12: Art is for Everybody

For this blog post I interviewed Stephanie Stoitsova who is the most artistic and creative person I know. I included a Storify link connected to the interview.

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Week 13 and 14: Patience is the Key!

I decided to use Milena Shavuleva’s story “Patience is the Key” for the last post because it was different than any other interview I did. She showed me that it doesn’t matter what age you are or what your job is, if you have a hobby that you love, you can always find the time and inspiration for it.

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The thing that unites all the people I interviewed is the relaxation they feel when crafting. DIY projects can take a long time to complete, but it is exactly this creative process that gives the mind a break from any problems or stress.

Even though for now I will not be able to continue blogging, I had a lot of fun doing it this semester. Not only did I get to talk about one of my hobbies, but I also learned a lot of new technologies and tricks connected to journalism.

It was a great journey and I am happy with the results!

Have a great week!

Tedi 🙂

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Patience is the key!

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

You might remember that several weeks ago, I interviewed Eli Shavuleva and showed you her creative hand-made gifts. But what I didn’t know was that her talent runs in the family. Eli’s mother, Milena, is also a crafting enthusiast.

Milena Shavuleva discovered embroidering by chance about 10 years ago. At that time, she was unemployed and found herself with a lot of free time. One day, she stumbled upon a magazine with a tutorial on how to embroider. Soon after that she bought the necessary supplies and the crafting “addiction” was started.

“I was having a hard time at that moment and this new hobby was exactly what I needed to keep me busy.”

With time, Milena started learning new techniques in embroidering and bought more difficult tapestries. Her new hobby became something she was looking forward to every day.

“Embroidering requires a lot of patience, precision and great eye sight!”

The most difficult part of creating a tapestry is the fact that it take a long time to complete. Shavuleva’s longest project was a natural scenery with lots of details that took her 7 months to finish.

“It can take a few months to a year, depending on the size of the tapestry.”

At the moment, Shavuleva has a job but she continues to enjoy her hobby when she has some free time. She is now working on a new project that is meant to be a Christmas gift for her friend.

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“Even though I don’t have that much time now, embroidering is my favorite way to relax and get rid of the everyday stress.”

Check out the slideshow below to see some of Milena Shavuleva’s creations.

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Have a great week!

Tedi 🙂

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Art Is For Everybody!

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

In this week’s post, I got to interview one of the most creative and artistic people I know. She is currently a junior in the South-West University in Blagoevgrad, majoring in Psychology. Her name is Stephanie Stoitsova.

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Ever since she was young, Stephanie was interested in art and drawing, but she never did it professionally. However, for her, drawing is not just a hobby, it is a way to relax and get recharged with energy, emotion and inspiration.

“Art can teach you a lot. It combines all aspects of life if you are able to appreciate it. In a way, art is a whole separate philosophy.”

Stoitsova’s most favorite thing about art is that every person can interpret it in their own way, therefore, there is a unique “piece of art” for everybody. Also, art is her greatest inspiration in life and it helps her in difficult moments.

“If I am going through some hard times in my life, art relaxes me and helps me find new messages and emotions to overcome the dark moment.”

Being as artistic as Stephanie is, she manages to share her gift with her friends and family. She creates unique and personalized presents for her loved ones and each one of them represents the character of that person.

“I put a piece of my soul in every single gift that I make and as long as people take care of my gifts, they can be an eternal memory.”

Stephanie doesn’t have a favorite project because they are all so different and each one reflects the unique character of the person it is meant for.

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Stephanie’s creative nature is reflected in her personal style as well as her character. The world needs more artistic people like her. People who are not only talented, but also manage to share their gift with everybody around them.

Check out the arts and crafts Storify link below:

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Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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Storify and ThingLink? What is that?

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

Today in out Multimedia Journalism class at the American University in Bulgaria we are getting started with Storify.  Get creative for the Christmas season with my first story with tweets:

Christmas Crafts Ideas and Deals

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We also used ThingLink for the first time. In order to engage my readers, I added links to video tutorials on how to do the bracelet designs from the pictures as well as a link to amazon.com where you can buy loom bands.

Click on the link below to see the videos:

10 loom Bracelet Ideas

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Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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Bracelets, Bracelets, Bracelets!!!

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

It has been a while since my last post but I am back with a new crafting story!

As a person who loves Do It Yourself projects, I know that they take quite a lot of time. People who do them as a hobby should be patient and consistent in order to enjoy the final product. Having this in mind, my next crafting encounter was rather surprising because my “victim” doesn’t fit in the required characteristics.

Slavina Glavcheva currently lives in Blagoevgrad but she graduated from the Sofia University this spring . After that she decided to go to Germany on a Work and Travel program, as a change from America, the usual choice of students. She had just gotten home a couple of days before we did this interview.

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Glavcheva is full with energy and that doesn’t have the patience to do something that takes too much time. Sitting down for long is not an option for her. This is exactly why it is very surprising that she makes crafts.

“When I was younger, I often had problems concentrating on one thing. I was getting bored too easily and could never finish a project.”

Towards the end of High School, though, Glavcheva was getting very stressed with studies and she desperately needed a hobby that would calm her down. Once, as she was browsing the Internet, she came upon some websites with tutorials on hand-made jewelry.

“I have always liked accessories and decided to try these tutorials. I definitely didn’t expect them to be so fun and relaxing.”

From then on, Glavcheva started going to different craft stores and getting materials for her favorite type of jewelry: bracelets. It was the first time that she had a hobby she was so excited about. Adding a personalized bracelet to her friends gifts became her signature.

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But this hobby of hers didn’t stop when she went to university. Even though she was busy studying, she made her own tradition called “Crafting Sundays”. Every Sunday, no matter how much work she had to do, she would devote some time relaxing while enjoying her hobby. Glavcheva’s hobby followed her even on her trip to Germany. Even though she was working most of the time, she still managed to continue with her “Crafting Sundays”.

“The most exciting thing when I went to Germany were the crafts supplies stores. I got so many materials from there that I still haven’t had the chance to use them all.”

I hope that this story will inspire some of my readers to start crafting. You never know unless you try!

At the end of our interview, Glavcheva was eager to teach me one of her bracelet patterns. Check the video below for a fun tutorial!

 

Also, check my Storify story if you want to see some unique bracelet ideas!

https://storify.com/CIYCrafts/cute-and-unique-bracelet-patterns-and-ideas

Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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My Blogging Experience So Far

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

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It is already the middle of the semester here at AUBG and I decided to review the highlights of my blog experience so far.

In the past seven weeks, I learned several techniques that are useful when keeping a blog. I started my journey with simple voice editing in my interviews with Svetlin Ivanov and Ivana Popstoyanova. Then I continued with a fun slideshow tutorial in “The Best Gift”. Working with the YouTube editor and 5-shot videos followed in “A Craft-Loving Architect?!” and “Keep Calm and Send a Postcard”. Last, but not least, I learned how to write, shoot and edit a news package in my “Building with Clay and Mud” post. And what is even more exciting is that I have the second part of the semester for new adventures!

In my process of learning all those useful techniques, I had the chance to interview several creative enthusiasts who shared their unique crafts. Even though the projects that these people do are generally quite different, one feeling united them all. And that is the relaxation they get while they are creating.

“Every time, maybe, when I’m at some depression or something like that, I start making it and it chills me off. “ (Svetlin Ivanov)

“I am an artistic person and I love the whole process of creating something new.” (Ivana Popstoyanova)

“Knowing that a simple hand-made craft can bring so much joy to a person makes me want to create more and more! “ (Eli Shavuleva)

“I like how creating something can completely take my mind off any stress.” (Yana Karadzhova)

“When I’m home, my favorite way to spend time with my mom is to make crafts together with her. This is our special moment.” (Alona Zavgorodnia)

But crafting doesn’t necessarily have to be only about creating small things. You can take your hobby and turn it into a business. This is the case with the Bulgarian architects Iva Delova and Nikolay Marinov. They managed to incorporate natural materials into building methods and thus limit the amount of chemicals that are harmful to people.

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But what does crafting mean to me?

I believe that when you create something yourself, it is a part of your style. You put your energy into it which makes it a representation of your own character. With crafting both the final product and the journey of creating it are important.

Don’t forget that creativity is everywhere around us if we are willing to look at things in a different way.

Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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Building With Clay And Mud

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

Today in our Multimedia Journalism class we had an interesting assignment. Our professor gave us only 3 hours to write a blog post with a video! I hope that you will enjoy my result.

On the 8th of October, the popular Bulgarian TV show, “Close-up on Health”, introduced a new method of building homes using natural materials. Their guests were the architects Iva Delova and Nikolay Marinov, members of the Bulgarian Association of Building with Natural Materials (BABNM). According to extensive research by BABNM, today’s buildings hide many threats for people’s health.

In the interview, Marinov mentioned that there weren’t as many breathing related diseases among our grandparents. According to him, the main reason for that is the fact that they lived in houses built with natural materials.

Some of the disadvantages of building with natural materials are that it takes more time and there aren’t that many ready products. However, the materials are easy to find and cost less. Even though it is still not that popular in Bulgaria, Delova said that Europeans were interested in the idea. According to her, this is the future of architecture.

At this point you might be wondering what all of this has to do with crafts. Well, since building with natural materials still hasn’t gained much popularity in Bulgaria, BABNM is looking for people who can help in the making of such materials. In their interview, Delova and Marinov said that the process of making eco-friendly materials can be fun and relaxing. Their favorite part is playing with the mixture of mud and clay used for the bricks.

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Building a house with natural materials

When I found out about this new interesting method of building, I was interested to see what the opinion of other people is.

Angelina Markova is interested in living eco-friendly but, surprisingly, she hadn’t heard about BABNM. When I introduced this new idea to her, she got very excited.

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“I haven’t heard a lot about this new method but it sounds interesting and I guess it will be cheaper because people themselves can actually do it. ”

Markova had noticed that when she goes to her grandparents’ house in the village, she feels better. As for going back to building with natural materials, she would be willing to give them a try.

Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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Keep Calm and Send a Postcard

Hello, fellow craftspeople!

How many of you have sent a postcard in the past years? Do you think that this type of communication is outdated? Well, it sure isn’t for one girl.

Alona Zavgorodnia was born in Ukraine but fate brought her to Bulgaria. Currently, she is a junior at the American University in Bulgaria, majoring in Business Administration and American Studies.

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Zavgorodnia’s biggest obsession is postcards. It started about 10 years ago when she was exchanging postcards only with her family and friends. As time passed by, she got more and more into it. She started making her own postcards and wanted to share them with more people.

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Zavgorodnia’s dorm room door

Several years ago she discovered a website called Postcrossing where people can send and receive a postcard from a complete stranger from all around the world.

“You register there and you give your address. Then the system randomly gives you an address from another person somewhere in the world, it can be any country. You send a postcard to them and when they receive it, they respond to you, saying: “Oh, I received your postcard!” Meanwhile, you receive your postcard from a different person.”

So far, Alona has more than 50 postcards from different countries and she jokes that she has become addicted. Some of the most exotic ones that she has received are from Malaysia and New Zealand. Also, she has sent some to Egypt and China.

“Technology is such a big part of our lives now that we often forget about the old-fashioned ways of communication. I love how postcards make me connected to people from the other parts of the world. Every time I receive new ones, I feel like it’s Christmas!”

But Zavgorodnia does not limit herself to making only postcards. She also makes unique souvenirs to give to people together with the cards. Her love for crafts was inspired by her mother who loves DIY projects just as much.

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“Since I am in Bulgaria most of the year, I don’t get to go home and see my family that often. But once I’m home, my favorite way to spend time with my mom is to make crafts together with her. This is our special moment.”

Make sure to watch the video below to feel Alona Zavgorodnia’s passion about postcards!

Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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A Craft-Loving Architect?!

Hello once again, fellow craftspeople!

One more week has passed and I am here with another amazing crafting story to share!

This time I want to introduce to you Yana Karadzhova. She was born in Blagoevgrad but is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Structural Engineering and Architecture in Sofia.

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When Karadzhova was young, she was so good at drawing that she decided to apply at the National Humanitarian High School in Blagoevgrad. It was the only place that allowed her to study what she wanted.

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“At first, I was really excited about the thought of studying art. I have always enjoyed drawing and one day I realized that I shouldn’t just leave it as a hobby. However, as years went by, I realized that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Karadzhova was in search of herself for a while when she found out about the University of Engineering and Architecture: something she had never before considered and didn’t know much about.

“When I first decided that I want to apply, I was overwhelmed by the exams, which included math and physics. My mom is a math teacher and she managed to help me get ready for the exams for only two months.”

With a smile on her face, Karadzhova shares that when she found out she was accepted, she was both happy and terrified. Fortunately, this turned out to be one of the best decisions of her life.

By now you might be wondering why I chose to interview exactly her for my blog. Well, in addition to engineering and architecture, Yana also loves creating small crafts. When you think about it, crafting and studying architecture have some things in common. During her junior year, Karadzhova had an assignment where she had to build a small-sized playground with whatever materials she could find around her. Being as artistic as she is, this project was no challenge for her. It actually turned into one of Yana’s most favorite projects.

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Crafty Playground

“I make a little bit of everything: from small recreations of houses and home decorations to jewelry. I even put a huge wallpaper by myself on one of the walls in my student dorm!”

While interviewing Yana Karadzhova, I could definitely sense her creative nature. It was actually her idea to shoot our video outside in the nature. For less than 20 minutes, she made a set of earrings from a paperclip and fabric string.

Talking to Yana Karadzhova was a pleasure! I hope that her story brings some inspiration to all my readers!

An earring made from a paperclip, a fabric string and glue!

An earring made from a paperclip, a fabric string and glue!

Check out the 5-shot video of Yana making the earring!

Have a great week and see you soon,

Tedi 🙂

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