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Welcome to Girl, Just DIY!

Hello and welcome to my newly rebranded website!!  I’m so excited you’re here 🙂  Seriously, this is a huge day for me and one I’ve been working on for a few months.  If you were expecting to find Small Home Soul and are a bit confused, don’t worry, you’re in the right place 🙂 I promise.  I’ve been working hard recently DIY-ing a new name and a new look for my blog.

Seriously, I’m so excited!!

I even went into the backyard with a selfie stick to take a new picture t

 

o celebrate my new blog name.  OK, I took 124 pictures to be exact, it’s kind of hard making yourself smile naturally when no one else is around.  The dog, and I’m sure the neighbors, thought I was nuts.  But I managed to have a little fun with it ??

 

Girl Just DIY About Me Collage

And to celebrate and keep the fun going I have a little surprise to share with you in a second.

My blog was pretty quiet this summer,  I know you love seeing fresh new ideas regularly, me too.  I got really busy working on fun projects for my daughter’s wedding.  It was so AWESOME, and I’ll be blogging about some of those projects in the coming months.  Right after the wedding was over I decided to rebrand my blog.

 

I’m sort of an all or nothing kind of girl so I threw myself into creating my newly updated blog.  And in the process didn’t create or share anything new with you guys.  But not to worry I have some cool projects in the works.

I’ve been wanting to change my name for a long time.  I hadn’t planned on doing it right now, but when motivation strikes sometimes you just have to move with it.

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What is a Rebrand?

A rebrand is when you decide to change the name of your website/blog from one name to another.  And you still want to have all your content (posts and projects) on your new website.  Basically www.smallhomesoul.com became www.girljustdiy.com and you’ll still find all my original projects right here.

 

Sometimes website owners also want a new look.  I wanted both.

I’ve been jotting down new names for a long time but nothing really seemed right.   Then a few months ago, while I was drying my hair, a name just popped into my brain,”Girl, Just DIY!”  Maybe because I’d just started reading “Gi

 

rl, wash your face.” Awesome book by the way 🙂

That’s usually where God likes to whisper things to me, standing in front of the mirror drying my hair or putting on makeup.  No, it wasn’t a big booming voice I heard audibly, just a tiny whisper on my heart.  I knew it was perfect! ❤

Girl, Just DIY is born

As soon as the name popped in my head I ran to the desk to write it down so I wouldn’t forget.  Thankfully it was available in all the places I needed it to be (of course, right? insert happy dance).

You might have noticed that I already changed the name on my social media accounts a few months back.  When I saw they were available I switch immediately; I wasn’t taking a chance that someone else could get them first.

If you aren’t yet, go ahead and click over and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Like a lot of things I do, the rebrand took me longer that expected because I DIY’d all of it.  Well almost all of it.  I could have paid someone to do all the nitty gritty stuff like change and update the look.  But in addition to being a DIY girl, I’m also kind of cheap thrifty 🙂  I’ve been doing all my own blog stuff since the very beginning.  Learning the hard way sometimes but and I knew I could do most of it myself.

And I may or may not have some control issues 🙂

 

My friend Anika from Anika’s DIY Life, rebranded a few years ago so she shared the name of the book she used as her guide, “The Blogger’s Guide to Rebranding” By Cori George.  It was a life saver with a lengthy checklist that covers most tasks.  And there are a LOT of little tasks.

Creating the perfect look

The single thing that took me the longest was creating my new Logo.  I wanted something fun and colorful and more girlie than my old logo.  There are lots of designers and I could have paid someone several hundred dollar$ to create one, but I really didn’t know what I wanted until I started playing around.  I really love what I ended up with.

 

Girl Just DIY Logo Circle with colorful tools.

I’m no graphic designer and while I use Photoshop Elements for editing and resizing my photos, that’s as far as I’ve learned so far.  Canva.com is an awesome online tool with a free version and lots of free images and fonts.  I use it to make all the pinnable images for my posts, like the collage I made for the 2×4 Side Table, or the 4th of July Wreath Roundup.

I just started playing around and ended up with a fun and colorful logo and new blog colors that fits this color-lovin’ girl so much better than my old logo and colors ever did.

 

Old Small Home Soul logo

So much better, and I love the font and the little wheel of tools.

Girl, Just DIY Logo

Surprise Time – A Giveaway!!

 

UPDATE- this giveaway has ended.
Thank you to everyone who entered and for all the positive and wonderful feedback on my rebrand.

To help me celebrate and thank you all for supporting me on this crazy blogging journey I’m giving away a cool prize.

If you’ve always wanted to dive into DIY, or you’re an active DIY Girl like me, a Gift Card from Home Depot would be a great start for your first or next project.

 

Girl Just DIY Gift Card Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive a $40 Home Depot Gift Card. See Rafflecopter Terms & Conditions for Details. Giveaway not sponsored by or affiliate with Home Depot in any way.

Random winner of the Giveaway

Randomly selected single winner-prize fully claimed-giveaway is closed.

The single-prize giveaway ran from 12am 10/13/18 to 12am 11/1/18 and was open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 yrs and older.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner was notified by email on 11/1/18 and the prize claimed the same day.  Thank you to all who entered, you blessed me with all your lovely comments!

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ae minx

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I love the pumpkins, also I love that you're re purposing dollar store items. It's so much fun to make things on the cheap!

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 5th of November 2018

You are so right, I love thrifty projects. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and enter the giveaway. I'm going to try to do a giveaway a few times a year so be on the lookout.

Marie C

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I love, love, love the dollar store glass splash back! It's inspired me to do something similar in my bland bathroom. I'm currently gathering ideas and that one is by far my favorite!

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thank you so much Maria, I really love how that project turned out and I keep looking for other areas in my house to do it again.

bn100

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

DIY Light Up Pumpkins

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 5th of November 2018

I loved those too, and so did my neighbor kids when I took to to their house for them to enjoy for Halloween. One day I'll be making cute stuff like that for my future grandkids :D

Michelle James

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

Love your new blog name & rebrand! I think my favorite project of yours is the L shaped desk you made! I’d love to have that in my craft room! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thank you Michelle, I'm sitting at that L-shaped desk right now. It is great to have so much space to work (when it's not covered by random craft supplies LOL)

Kelly D

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I like your Outdoor Plant Stand – From an Old Basket project. This was a great idea.

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thanks Kelly, I love that project and it's still sitting on my front porch to great me every time I come home.