"If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again."


Nicole Curtis has been very candid about her challenging past. The single mom worked a myriad of jobs, from Hooter's waitress to house cleaner, before entering real estate and striking it big with her hit HGTV show Rehab Addict. Today, Nicole is not only a shining success story, but she's also helping other makers use their creativity for the greater good by working with Bernzomatic, manufacturer of handheld torches, on the Find Your Fire community grants program.

"There's 135 million people in the United States that would say, 'I'm a maker.' I think that number always blows me away because we think that everyone's so hooked on technology . . . but there's still all these people out there handcrafting things," Nicole told us recently. Makers can apply to be awarded part of $38,000 in grant support. "I hope everyone applies. It's worth it!" Nicole told us.

When Nicole isn't helping fund the next generation of makers, she's dolling out sage career advice. We asked Nicole what it was like to break through in a male-dominated industry - and we weren't prepared for her answer.

"You only have to break through if you follow their game that there's actually a barrier for you to...


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The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.