DIY Bride Interview and Giveaway!comments (5) May 14th, 2008
Although I’ve been married for close to three years, I was excited to pick up a copy of DIY Bride. Author Khris Cochran designed a lovely collection of projects for all things wedding—from paper crafts to decorations—and the ideas are versatile enough to recycle for entertaining and decorating any time you’re throwing a party! I had a chance to talk to Khris about her jewelry projects and other crafty endeavors, and her publisher, The Taunton Press, is donating two copies of the book for CraftStylish readers to win. Read on for all the details at the end of the post!
Susan Beal: What jewelry or other projects did you make for your own wedding?
Khris Cochran: For my own wedding, I did most of the stationery and favors—the easy paper stuff. That's what really got me started in crafting. Until then, I hadn't considered myself to be crafty at all. Even though I'm totally obsessed with it now, jewelry-making is still very much a new craft for me. I didn't start making jewelry until I wrote DIY Bride in 2006 and 2007, learning the basics so I could include some easy handcrafted accessories for my brides.
SB: Tell us a bit about your website and the community there.
KC: What started out as a humble little hub to share a few of my wedding craft templates is now a growing community of awesomely crafty brides and grooms. There are now more than 200 free templates and goodies to share, articles, tips and advice—plus a lot of great interaction between me and my audience. What I love most is—hands down—the community. I feel so lucky to know and hang out with such an amazing group of fun and creative people that are my readers and fellow bloggers. The generosity, creativity, and all-around good will of this group is awesome.
SB: Do you make jewelry for fun? Any favorite sources or shops for supplies?
KC: Oh, yeah! It has quickly become one of my favorite hobbies. I love shopping locally when I can. I'm lucky to have a great little bead shop in my town that has a delightful semi-precious collection. Beyond my borders, I love Fire Mountain Gems, Artbeads, Rio Grande, and various Etsy sellers.
SB: What inspired you to write your book?
KC: Oddly enough, I had no real aspirations to write a book until I was approached by a partner at The Stonesong Press, a book packager. She was in the process of planning her own wedding at the time and kept seeing my site mentioned at places like The Knot. She thought DIY Bride would make a great book and asked if I'd like to work together to make it happen. It came at a time when I wanted to explore new things, and the experience did not disappoint! The book and the projects were really inspired by all of the do-it-yourselfers who've come into my life over the last 7 or 8 years. They've helped expand my creativity and my concept of how amazing a DIY wedding could be. I hope I've given some of that back to the bridal community!
Here’s a peek at the DIY Bride jewelry projects:
Vintage Necklace Tiara: This was one of Khris' favorite projects because it was done for a close friend. The friend had a family heirloom that was in pretty rough shape, but they were able to transform it into something lovely and unique. It was a meaningful addition to the wedding day and a fun project.
Ridiculously Simple Earrings: These earrings are actually the first jewelry project Khris had ever done! She figured if she—a complete jewelry-making newbie—could do it so could her readers.
Ready to win a copy of DIY Bride for yourself? Just leave a comment here within the next 7 days, and we’ll pick two winners at random and get their mailing addresses by email. Thanks so much to Khris and Taunton for their generosity!
Wow! It's been a week already! The DIY Bride giveaway is officially over. Our thanks to all of you who participated and left comments your comments below.
And the winners are...
JessicaCurtsies and Melissa_S. Congrats to the both of you and we hope that you enjoy your prizes!