Meet the Maker: Brooke Ulrich

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Brooke is a former college professor turned blogger with a passion for decorating. She is a treasure hunter who loves finding a good deal and creating low-cost, DIY design solutions.

What inspires the work that you do? Is there a special place, person or thing that helps fuel your creativity?

We bought our first home in 2009, and that's when I got my start in thrifty decorating. I started All Things Thrifty to share our projects and help other people save money. Creativity is an outlet for me. I love to decorate as a hobby and I naturally like change, so I'm always searching for a new project around the house.

Do you have any golden rules or essential tips for saving money on DIY projects?

Yes, thrift stores are a great way to get cool items for super cheap. It's amazing what you can find there! I have an article with advice about how to shop at thrift stores that will help out any newbies.

What are some of your favorite DIY Holiday decorations? Are there any in particular that would make an easy weekend project during the busy holiday season?

I love my colorful wooden stockings on my mantle! I also created a cute DIY wooden gingerbread man with a few inexpensive supplies and some Dremel tools. He looks awesome and cost me less than $15 to make.

What are some things to keep in mind when creating DIY holiday gifts for friends and family?

I'm a huge fan of DIY holiday gifts. I think hand making something expresses a lot of love to someone. Just make sure you make them something that is their style. If you have a picky loved one, maybe get together for a craft night and make things together. That way they can pick out their own paint colors!

What are some of the tools that are always at your desk or workbench?

A jigsaw, a brad nailer, a miter saw, and of course, a Dremel rotary tool and my cordless Dremel Multi-Max. I use my Multi-Max constantly!

Do you have any advice for new Makers?

Don't get overwhelmed by thinking you have to make everything for every single room. One of my favorite quotes is from my friend Stacy Risenmay, and it says, "If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point." It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn (but loved) things in your home that make it your own!

To see more of Brooke's work, check out her blog.

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