About Idle Hands AwakeIdle Hands Awake is a DIY blog for people who don’t DIY.

Because if you’ve ever suffered from Pinterest paralysis (we heart you Pinterest, but your boundless inspiration can be terrifying), I want to let you in on the secret behind every DIY blogger: creativity is not some mystical gift from “the Muse” that we have and you don’t.

Creativity is a skill that takes practice, like any other.

Which means you, too, are creative.

For those of you that need convincing, I’ve got your back with:

+ clear DIY tutorials for makers of all experience levels

+ resources to unstick your creative stickiness

+ loads of inspiration to get you to stop Pinning and start doing

Plus the occasional cat photo. My inner crazy cat lady would have it no other way.

Some faves:

Creativity doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

Show me what you’re making—or what’s got you stuck—on Instagram with the hashtag


I’ll share my favorite projects (or problems!) on the blog every now and then because everyone needs a little cheerleading.

A little bit about Marlene…

About Idle Hands Awake

Tools, camera gear, and vegan food are the fastest ways to my heart.

In case you couldn’t already tell, I make dad jokes and I mean them. It’s embarrassing.

Two years ago I married the love of my life on my 30th birthday. We live near Boston and collect cats and Netflix marathons because we are totally cool like that.

I’m named after the German bombshell actress Marlene Dietrich. Which makes it mar-LAY-nuh, not mar-LEEN. Yes, I just wrote out my name phonetically on my about page.

Wanna know more about why I started this blog? There’s a post for that.

Let’s chat.

Questions? Collaborations? Cat pictures? Email me: { hello at idlehandsawake dot com}. Or use this fancy form that took me two hours to set up.

Still reading?

You are a champ. Here is a picture of my cat Champ for you:

P.S. That gorgeous logo was designed by the incredibly talented Bre of Brepurposed.

3 comments on “About”

  1. Your cat just made my day. I love your blog and everything about Idle Hands Awake basically screams my name and I have with no regret spent the past hour scrolling through EVERYTHING. Amazing posts!! xx Ellen from elleforlife.co.vu

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