“Do It Self” was the most common phrase from my three boys as the triumphed through their terrific twos. They were just learning to be independent and self-sufficient. Like them, I get a sense of freedom and satisfaction from being able to accomplish something all by myself. I know that I can by trendy jewelry at a department store or that I could pay someone to alter my clothes or that I can purchase a dragon themed birthday cake for the grocery store for my son’s 5th birthday party, but these choices don’t fill me with the bliss and self-satisfaction of creating my own custom, in-style necklace or recreating old clothing and turning it into something new.
I have always had a hard time wasting resources – throwing away something that is 80% useful just because it has a small defect. At the same time, I don’t want to live in a cluttered environment full of semi-useful items. That is why I am especially passionate about quick and simple projects that recreate something that may otherwise be trashed into something useful, fun, and unexpected. Recreating these items is in line with my goals to simplify life, live frugally and simply, and create less trash to go into landfills.
A little about me… I work full time as a technical project manager. I am married to an excellent and supportive husband who joins me on most DIY endeavors (he has many of his own as well). I have 3 wonderful, energetic, and talkative little boys (3 yo twins and a 5 yo). I have always been interested in creating items. I bartered babysitting for art lessons in junior high school, at 12 in the 80s I had my own little hair bow business”, in high school and college I made and sold beaded jewelry and polymer clay picture frames. In college I taught classes at our craft shop in candle-making and jewelry-making. My mother is a knit and crochet teacher and has taught me everything I know. I hate to measure, I hate to worry about gauge, I just like to jump into projects and see where they take me.