I love a good DIY project, but Michaels is the bane of my existence. I can't walk inside the craft store and find what I need in less than 45 minutes. Where does one even start when looking for a mason jar or a bottle of gold vermeil? I'll never know.
Luckily, one League City entrepreneur is making it easier and more time-efficient to get crafty. Keitha Moseley-Dendy started blogging five years ago when her twin daughters were born as micro-preemies so her family in Barbados could stay up to date on their health. She soon discovered that she loved the blogging community, and as her girls got older, she transitioned into writing about all aspects of her life—from recipes and parenting advice to holiday decorating and DIY projects—as The Bajan Texan.
"I'm a mom, I'm a wife and I'm super busy, so to reduce stress, Friday night is mom night—I'm going to get some wine and I'm going to craft. All moms deserve that time to craft or do what they want," says Moseley-Dendy.
Out of this passion came Home Made Luxe, an idea to help other crafters "stop pinning and start making." It's a monthly subscription box that arrives with everything crafters need to create something custom and handmade for the home, with projects inspired by her blogger friends and things she finds on Pinterest, amongst others.
"I'll walk through Z Gallerie and say, 'That's way too expensive—how can I do that myself?'" says Moseley-Dendy.
Since the service launched in March, her favorite craft is a mid-century-style gold starburst wall mirror. "I would say my style is contemporary and modern with very clean lines. There's lots of marble and gold accents—the metallics are really big."
Each month's project is voted on by subscribers, who also have the option to skip a month if the winner isn't their style. And though Moseley-Dendy insists that each one offers style and substance to your home—no make-it-just-to-make-it tchotchkes here—it's also designed to be easy for a beginner to execute successfully.
"We do have 12-year-old subscribers. Everything is very simple—simple but high impact."