How did you get started in the DIY industry?
In addition to coming from a hardware store-owning family—I was an early-on Pinterest supporter, initially implementing ideas in my classroom. When I left my teaching career to raise our twin daughters, I found myself busy pinning projects for our fixer upper. Jason taught me everything I know about bringing projects off the screen and to life, and PIP became the avenue to share this experience with others.”
What makes your DIY studio stand out from the rest?
“Our beautiful venue in downtown Hopkins sets the stage for an extravagant experience, and we’re so proud of the quality projects our attendees make. Our staff is not only concerned about the project you build, but the experience you have creating it. Our step-by-step workshops are for beginner DIYers, but we don’t water the process down, so we capture the attention of the experienced, too. Each workshop provides the opportunity to use a variety of tools, with thorough instruction, and each project is built to fit each attendee’s home and style.”
Tell us about your biggest DIY fail.
“Well, Jason, an engineer, never makes mistakes – or doesn’t tell me about them! I personally find projects within my fails! I once thought I was artistic enough to use oil paints on a large canvas…it was a total – and expensive – flop. I ended up heading to a local fabric store and stapling layers of beautiful fabric over the piece. It saved the project and made for a great conversation piece.”
What inspires you?
“The pride we see in our attendees during, and especially at the end, of a workshop. We can only imagine the experience they recall every time they see their project living in their home.”
What’s one piece of advice you have for a beginner DIYer?
Studio name: Projects in Person (PIP)
What they offer: Guided DIY wood-based, home decor workshops
Year opened: December 2016
Studio address: 906 Main Street, Hopkins
Owners: Jill and Jason Miller
Studio hours: Open during workshop hours or by scheduled appointment only
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