March 13, 2014
I often get asked how and where I find inspiration for my DIY projects. So today I’m partnering with Bing to share a part of my inspiration process. Although some projects just pop in my head, typically first thing in the morning, many of my DIY projects start with an idea and involve some research. Bing asked me to give their search engine a try, where I can earn rewards every time I use it. Since the rewards can be used at places like Amazon, that means I can use them to purchase nearly any craft supply I may need. I decided to give it a try since I find myself searching for things several times while working on a project and I’m always in the need of more supplies.
To be completely honest, I’ve always kinda defaulted to using Google for searching. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how Bing immediately found relevant images and even found great, related suggested search terms too. For those of you who also aren’t used to searching with Bing, I found the layout to be really easy to navigate. I especially like the grid layout of the videos page which makes it really easy to skim through several videos at once.
What’s even better is that each time you use Bing Rewards you earn credits towards gift cards to places like Amazon which means you can earn rewards to buy supplies for your next DIY project. Once you sign up there are even more ways to earn rewards (and supplies!); just set your homepage to Bing or explore their search tips and tricks. The program is now also available for iOS so you can earn rewards while you’re on the go by using it on your iPhone or iPad. I always find myself searching for something on my phone while at the craft store so why not earn rewards while I’m there too.
As spring arrives, I’m excited to spruce up our home with some brighter colors and patterns. One of my favorite things to do is swap out with the seasons is our table runner. It’s just such an easy way to add some color, pattern, or texture to a space we use everyday. So I gave Bing a try and used it to search for DIY table runners. After skimming the images, I’m immediately drawn towards the kraft paper ones. I then searched for DIY paper table runners and found tons of inspiring images. The use of laying paper shapes, like doilies and circles, makes me want to try my own approach using another shape like faceted diamonds, spring flowers, or even lace. Now I have a great starting point for my next DIY project.
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