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Does DIY Blood Run Through Your Veins?

Updated on July 27, 2014

Does DIY Blood Run Through Your Veins?

Do you get itchy when you pass a home improvement store? Then you might be a DIY'er.

Do you love creating something new for your home, yourself or a friend? Then you might be a DIY'er

Do you get caught watching 'How To' programs? Then you might be a DIY'er.

Do you love working with your hands? Then you might be a DIY'er.

Do you get tools as gifts for Christmas, your birthday or anniversaries? Then you are definitely a DIY'er.

Does some or all of these sound like you? Then we have a lot in common.

Hi, I'm Teri and DIY blood runs through my veins. I'm third generation carrying on family tradition from my Mother back to my Grandmother and I want to share some of that tradition with you.

I have done so many DIY projects over the years that I felt it was time to start sharing some of them. You know DIY'ers....they always love sharing their stories, where their inspiration came from, how they did it and how much money they saved by bargains and doing it themselves.

Do you have stories to share?

If you are a DIY'er then I want to hear your voice and see your projects, please show lots of pictures. I want to feature you.

Let me share just a bit about my background and then why not jump on board and start sharing your DIY projects with me and all of us here, I look forward to hearing from all of you DIY'ers.

all images credit: Momma's Pajamas

How I Got My Start as a DIY'er

My Teacher and Mentor

Having grown up and worked in my Mother's custom home decor sewing business I learned a lot from her.

I'm glad I paid attention.

Mother ran a full service home decor and accessories studio out of her home. Full service meant consultation and design to construction and manufacturing to deliver and installation. There wasn't anything we didn't offer.

Our products and services consisted of anything that could be created, redone, repaired or refurbished with our hands out of fabric. That included window treatments, bedding, slip covers, upholstery of any kind [furniture, cornices, headboards] as well as all kinds of accessories.

It seemed like Mother never turned down a challenge and she and her help (mostly family, very close friends and any of her children she could solicit help from) did all of the work. It was generally on the job training.

I grew up around that and began working in the business as soon as I was able to pin hems. As I got older Mother eventually trained me to become her full time installer. I embraced it all because I discovered I liked it, I enjoyed working with my hands, touching and handling fabrics, inspired by the colors but most of all playing with power tools. [knock on wood, I still have all 10 of my fingers, too!]

The most difficult assignment that I remember while working with Mother was creating, covering with fabric and installing a bed canopy. WOW, I'll never forget that one and what a learning curve! But it turned out great with Mother's guidance along the way, [I'll have to see if I can find a picture of that one]

My biggest challenge working with Mother and the one I'm most grateful for was conditioning myself to keep up with her and her thought process. Her challenges drove her. But boy what an education and little did I know, at the time, that it would carry me through life.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

Proverbs 31:13

A Highly Skilled DIY'er - My new favorite addicting program

As a DIY'er I love watching others go through the process of using their skills. This is my favorite show on right now.

Treehouse Masters with Pete Nelson on Animal Planet channel Friday nights at 10 p.m. est.

This is way beyond my skill level but I find his show very inspiring and motivates me with my own little projects.

If you haven't seen this program yet and you are a DIY'er beware that you may find it addicting as I have. I watch for the show marathon days.

This is a very inspiring show for me right now. Pete is my hero.

What I Did.... - with the knowledge I learned

When I married I left the area to be with my husband but I started my own home decor sewing business, carrying on Mother's tradition and quickly realized I was not my Mom. I eventually trimmed down my services and just specialized in making custom slipcovers, accessories and installing window treatments.

My husband had just bought a fixer upper right before we married and that gave me LOTS of practice and he was gracious enough to allow me to practice to fine tune my skills and come to find out he was a DIY'er himself.

We have shared lots of projects over the years and surprisingly, yes, we are still married, happily, at that...22 and counting

My learned skills allowed me to remain flexible for my family (my first love) and work from home, but I also found that being a full time mom in order to stay home without a full time income I had to find ways to cut corners.

In addition, if I wanted to have a well decorated home I had to figure out how to do it myself since there was not money in the budget for contractors.

I still occasionally do some custom sewing and have worked recently with another mother/daughter team as their installation contractor. It has been fun seeing peoples reaction when a woman shows up at their door with a tool box and ladder in hand to hang their window treatments,

I have always been well received and I feel very special having acquired these skills plus it brings back those sentiments of when I worked closely with my own Mom. Having my own experiences outside of Mother's business allowed for some great phone calls talking shop with Mom and comparing our notes and stories when we were both working our sewing businesses.

It's been a blessing and has served me well, just think of all the money I've saved over the years.

The main thing I learned from my time with my mother's business was that 'You Can Do It - DIY'er Attitude'.

I now have grown to the point though where I would rather teach others either through my writing or demonstrating vs. doing it for them. That's where Squidoo has come in, providing a prime opportunity for me to share with you, stay home and have more time to work on my own projects.

Using the Right Tool for the Right Job - So you're a DIY'er

A little joke around our house is that my husband has to ask permission to use my tools. Reality is that we are both DIY'ers and support each other with home projects. He has his specialty and I have mine. Mine mainly include using power tools and most of his projects are hand tools (paint brush and wrenches). At some point though I finally had to break down and get my own set of tools and told him hands off so I could always know where my tools it time for your own set?

BLACK+DECKER LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit
BLACK+DECKER LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit

Do you have your own tool kit or do you share with your spouse? Maybe it's time you got your own set of tools.


They Say Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.... - I don't think so....

For Christmas 2013 I rec'd a jewelry box size gift from my husband, but to my surprise when I opened the box I found a tape measure.....He always knows what I like.

You know you are a true DIY'er when you would rather receive tools for Christmas than jewelry. It was one of my favorite gifts for the year....that is next the new set of scissors I also received.

Lufkin L725SCTMP 700 Series Self-Centering Tape, 25-Feet
Lufkin L725SCTMP 700 Series Self-Centering Tape, 25-Feet

This is a staple in my tools, generally you will find 2, 3. 4 or more in my stash and always one in my purse as well.


Tools of the Trade - that a DIY'er might have on hand

Being a DIY'er is a broad topic and covers a wide variety of areas. These may be some tools of the trade that you may find in any DIY'er work shop, studio or craft room.

Some of these are on my wish list....I hope Santa is listening for next Christmas.

  • Ladder
  • Power Drill
  • Air Compressor
  • Staple Gun
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape Measure
  • Rulers and Straight Edges
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machines
  • Needle and Thread
  • Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Paint Brushes
  • Hand Saw and Miter Box
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Table Saw
  • Hammer and Nails
  • Cricut Die Cutting Machine
  • Paper Cutter
  • Box Knife
  • Dremel Rotary Tool Kit
  • Leveler
  • Electric Knife
  • Velcro
  • Glue, glue and more glue

"They say behind every good man is a woman with power tools."

— Teri Hansen

My 2014 Honey 'I'm gonna' Do List

Master Bedroom Headboard

Guest Bathroom towel bars

Finish Daughter's Closet Make-over

Laundry Closet Shelves

Create New Wall Hangings for LR

Rejuvenate Living Room Clock

Fix Up Hubby's New Office

What's Ahead for this DIY'er

Lots of Projects

Check out my 'Honey, I'm gonna do list' for a preview of what's to come but I will also be sharing some stories of projects from the past.

Digging through old pictures to find a few for this page brought back to light so many things I had forgotten. So I'll be sharing some of those projects and we'll see where it goes from there.

Most important though is that I want to hear your stories as well. If you have DIY'er blood in you then I know you are chomping at the bit to share it with someone. Why not let it be us. I can help.

I'll be waiting to hear from you.

In case you might be wondering.....that is my daughter on the riding mower with me.

DIY'er Area


[no hard hats required]

I need your help. I'm looking for your DIY stories from your own projects. I need you to be part of the equation, we are a team.

So here is what you need to do....share your story with us...whether it's a home improvement, a repair, a yard project, maybe a freshened room project, how about a gift or anything that you did yourself using your imagination and creativity. Whatever area it is that 'you did it yourself' to save either on your budget or just because you enjoy doing it we want your stories to inspire the DIY'er in all of us. You won't be alone I'll be here to help along the way. I'll be looking forward to hearing from you.

Let's hear from you.... - I know you are a DIY'er one way or another

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      A neat lens! Thanks! I turned to it because of the link you gave elsewhere for the before and after pictures. Great idea for using before and after pix, as well as ideas for DIY.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      The side-by-side photos really help us see the project in stages. Thanks for showing this and sharing your ideas. I like that you have made this "your own." You DIY :) A Proverbs 31 gal - gotta love it!

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @Im2keys: Very cool! I think it's fun hearing others stories with their experiences growing up. If you have done any DIY pages share with us. thx stopping by for a visit.

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      Im2keys 4 years ago

      Yes, I am a die hard diy'er. Can't help it, its in my blood! My parents built our house when I was 13- I got training in electrical, plumbing, and insulation. I didn't think it was cool then, but I value the knowledge now, and do so much home improvement on my own.

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @IanTease: Hi Ian; I'm quite envious of your training. Thx so much for your kind words and glad you enjoyed your time here.

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      IanTease 4 years ago

      This is a great lens and a great project to bring all the DIY stuff together. I'm a builder by profession and the skills of so many non trades people never fails to amaze me.

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Moms...what treasures they pass along when the young ones pay attention. How fortunate you and I both have been having good ones. Thx for visiting.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I remember many things I learned from my mother, when I was younger. At the time, I thought the things she had me doing were tedious, but because of her, I can now crochet, and I found my love for herbs, because of my summers in the vegetable gardens and taking care of the household plants. I'm so very thankful to her, and your story and journey with the fixer upper is so wonderfully done. Thank you!

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @CherylsArt: Thanks for sharing that tip, I have always wondered about the curved shower rod. We are just now starting a new bathroom redo we may have to consider this....

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Thank you, thank you for your support and especially sharing your own stories, I love hearing what others have done I always learn something new. I'll be by to visit very soon.

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @Brite-Ideas: Too Funny and yes please share any of your own DIY stories. I get my greatest inspiration from hearing about others project, stories and events.

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @badmsm: Thx for the love,

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I don't mind the DIY, but I married a builder so he knows best ;) with me telling him how best to do it ;)

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: A really good contractor always wants to please their client especially when the client is the spouse......very funny!

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      Teri Hansen 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Ah yes, I'm not stranger to that, I feel that starting is half the challenge, the other half is finishing.....welcome to the club. sounds like a great topic for a new page.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I've done small jobs, like installing a curved bathroom shower rod - it really does help in giving more shower space in the bath tub. I've also installed organizers under the kitchen sink - they come in so handy.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Congratulations on being the DIY contributor. I wrote this lens about decorating with a rustic home decor theme: and I wrote a lens about do-it-yourself party lights and yard lights: . Maybe you will find one of those stories helpful. If I come up with any other DYI ideas, I'll let you know! I'm the biographer bookworm contributor, so let me know if you have reviewed any great bibliographies and I will put a link to them in my lens!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm a DIYer 'delagater' (lol), - when I have a story to write on this, I'll be sure to come your way with it

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      badmsm 4 years ago

      Love me some DIY! <3 Great topic!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We have a problem with finishing our DIY projects, I'm sorry to say. Your projects are definitely inspiring!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I am definitely a DIY'er and I thought I was experienced until I read about you and your mother! Wow!