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Mission to Make: Amy Bell Interview

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Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself and your work?

Creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember! My dad was an accomplished oil painter, and some of my first memories are of watching my mom as she worked her magic at her sewing machine. I founded my blog, PositivelySplendid.com, in 2010, with a dream to inspire others to harness their innate creative potential. Each day at Positively Splendid, you can find me knee-deep in my latest project, with ideas ranging from seasonal and home decor projects to sewing tutorials, craft ideas and recipes. It has been a fun ride, and I feel like if I have helped even just a handful of people try something they never would have dreamed to attempt before, my blogging career has been a success!

What does it mean to you to be a Dremel Mission Maker?

My goal as a Mission Maker really is to inspire people to be fearless about trying new things and taking creative risks. Dremel tools really are so accessible and easy to use, no matter your level of experience!

What’s the best thing you’ve accomplished/experienced while on your Mission to Make with Dremel?

No doubt, my favorite part of my Mission to Make was spending time at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, working alongside the amazing people from Dremel and Sculpey to host a make and take booth. It was inspiring to see people from so many walks of life--young kids all the way up to adults--experiencing the satisfaction that comes from making something to be proud of with their own two hands.

What sort of tools do you find yourself using the most?

It is so hard to choose just one! Right now, I have to say I am most obsessed with my Saw-Max tool. I am in the process of doing a revamp of our home's dining room, and that saw has made the trimwork so much easier to manage. I don't know how I ever lived without it!

Where do you find your inspiration?

The longer I have blogged, the more I have seen that old trends almost always make a resurgence. The macramé and weaving from the 70's are a perfect example of this! Those old, tried-and-true techniques are now totally fresh and current again. I love to scour thrift stores for old magazines, crafting books and cookbooks to find inspiration for ways I can breathe new life into old trends.

What’s your favorite project of all time?

My youngest child's nursery, hands down. Nearly every single project in that room was a DIY of some sort, from the crib bedding set and drapes to the painted antique dresser I found for a bargain just a month before his arrival. All of the moments I spent rocking my son in that room made the hard work worth it!

What would you say to someone who’s just starting to tackle more DIY projects?

Be fearless! Try new things, and don't be afraid to fail. Some of the best projects I've ever tackled have only been made possible through the things I've learned from my failures in the past.

Best tip you want our readers to know?

When it comes to using any new tool, always practice a bit to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of how the tool works before starting your actual project. This will help you achieve the most polished results without having to stress about possible missteps right out of the gate!

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