Hi! I’m Alicia DiRago. I’m a recovering chemical engineer turned DIY/fashion/design/craft enthusiast. I started Dismount Creative in an effort to make friends after my husband’s job took us from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX. When I couldn’t find the kind of classes + events I was looking for I decided to start holding them myself. (By the way, it worked. I have friends here now!)

I decided to start blogging to connect with other DIY craft and fashion lovers and share my projects and inspiration. When I’m not blogging, teaching or traveling I enjoy yoga, snowboarding, homebrewing (and drinking!) really hoppy beer and watching the Chicago Bears with my husband.

In December 2011 I launched Whimseybox, an online community and monthly subscription for craft and DIY projects. We’re now a team of 6 and growing!

The dismount  in Dismount Creative comes from my background as a competitive gymnast. I wanted my blog and classes (not currently offered) to give women the opportunity to dismount, or step away from, their busy lives and experience the joy of making something. So many people tell me that they “aren’t creative,” but I often find that they haven’t even given themselves an opportunity to try! I create that opportunity. (Wine helps.)

I have twice designed and taught DIY craft projects at MAGIC, fashion’s largest tradeshow.  In September 2011 I spoke at the first BlogHer Handmade held in conjunction with The Creative Connection Event in St. Paul, MN. My blog,  DIY projects and business have been featured in the news including The Chicago Tribune and The Houston Chronicle and on tv on Great Day Houston, Fox Houston and Deals. I’ve also been featured on blogs and websites including Martha Stewart Living, BurdaStyle, CRAFT, Craftypod, Curbly, Design for Mankind, Design Crush, Glitter Guide, I Spy DIY, M&J Trim + many more.

Email me at alicia@dismountcreative.com! Or you can also reach me by phone at 713.581.0122.