Does DIY Blood Run Through Your Veins?
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.
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 were......is it time for your own set?
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.
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.
- Power Drill
- Air Compressor
- Staple Gun
- Tape Measure
- Rulers and Straight Edges
- Sewing Machines
- Needle and Thread
- Work Gloves
- Safety Glasses
- Paint Brushes
- Hand Saw and Miter Box
- Circular Saw
- Table Saw
- Hammer and Nails
- Cricut Die Cutting Machine
- Paper Cutter
- Box Knife
- Dremel Rotary Tool Kit
- Electric Knife
- 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.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
[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.