Fly DIY
A new Chicago-made book seeks to outfit the world-traveller on the cheap

by Lizzie Duszynski | Photography by Carolina Mariana


For Jourdan Fairchild, the Chicago editor of the now defunct Daily Candy, finding her footing after a job loss required a passport. One moment this writer and former magazine editor was at the helm of a bustling fashion and lifestyle publication—and the next, she was rolling up her sleeves in southeast Africa, working to help bring healthy drinking water to villages in need.

Six months into her gig at Daily Candy, the company announced it was closing its doors for good, shutting down its publication and laying off its staff. Reeling from the news and unsure of her next move, Jourdan received the offer of a lifetime: To follow a family friend to Africa to help grow awareness for her non-profit, Watering Malawi. The organization focuses on funding water projects and providing poor villages access to clean, safe water.

“It was a wonderful trip to go on after losing my job and feeling frustrated with my current situation. It was really eye-opening and made me feel very fortunate for the life I have,” says Jourdan.

“It was a wonderful trip to go on after losing my job and feeling frustrated with my current situation. It was really eye-opening and made me feel very fortunate for the life I have.”
Throughout her trip, Jourdan was tasked with helping to build press, keeping detailed records and snapping photos to share back home. “There are a lot of water projects happening in Africa,” she explains. “Watering Malawi has been around since 2005 and to see the need and the appreciation—well, it’s hard to put into words.”

When her time was up and Jourdan was back stateside, she once again found herself asking, what’s next? “One thing I learned through the years is that if I can keep busy and do things, then I’ll feel fulfilled,” Jourdan says. “I wanted to do something to help give back to this organization.”

The result is Fly DIY, a newly released e-book teeming with original do-it-yourself crafts with the world-traveller in mind. With every purchase of the book, Jourdan will donate 10% of the cost to Watering Malawi, spreading the word about this lifesaving group—and helping to ensure they can continue their good work.

“You know, you spend money to buy things to go on a trip, and you end up spending some of your budget before you even reach your destination.”
So, what’s it all about? Travel products made easy, fresh, and entirely modern—not your grandmother’s crafts, Jourdan assures us. “Travel accessories are expensive,” she says. “You know, you spend money to buy things to go on a trip, and you end up spending some of your budget before you even reach your destination.” Tapping into her background as the one-time crafts editor at Country Living magazine, Jourdan seeks to change all that, filling the pages of Fly DIY with affordable and easy designs to help inspire you to prep for a trip on the cheap without sacrificing style.

Flip through a few of Jourdan’s favorite crafts from Fly DIY below and just see if you don’t get bitten by the travel bug. Smitten? We knew you would be. Click over to JourdanFairchild.com to purchase a copy and get crafting.
Photography by Carolina Mariana
Photography by Carolina Mariana
Photography by Carolina Mariana
Photography by Carolina Mariana
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