I don’t think of myself as a talented person, or even a creative one. And there are days or weeks at a time where I can be quite idle, at least in the ‘non-aerobic’ sense (especially when the weather turns colder). But I almost always have a project of some sort or another going on. In the winter it could be anything ranging from knitting or sewing to home improvement. Once the weather warms up the projects move outdoors – gardening, landscaping, improvements to the chicken coop, etc. The small ‘crafty’ project is thrown in here and there regardless of season.
I have always been an independent person. From early on both of my parents took care of all of our home improvements themselves rather than hiring out to do it. Mainly it was to save money, but they always seemed to find a way to do it and usually do it well. They have both been an inspiration to me in that aspect. And now in the age of You Tube and Google, as long as you have internet access you can learn to do just about anything you put your mind to. I recall in years past looking up how to change my own spark plugs on one occasion and removing the blade on my circular saw on another. Turns out my saw was one of the only models that the bolt had to be turned clockwise, instead of counter-clockwise! ‘Lefty loosey, Righty tighty’ only made the already impossibly tight bolt that much more tight! I am a firm believer that if you have the desire to do something, and the patience to follow through, it can be done. Granted there are times when, as a woman, I have had my limitations. I have no problem conceding that there are times when men are superior. For the most part they can reach further, have a stronger grip and – lets face it – they think differently from women. While I may be able to come up with a solution on my own to a problem I’m having it can sometimes be a more complicated and round about way.
Independence aside and I enjoy getting myself immersed in a project, especially one where I can let my mind drift. It is calming and almost therapeutic. And the accomplishment and pride at the completion of the project that much more sweet. I love my significant other, and I love when he offers to help and appreciate it every time. But it is never expected or taken for granted that he will do it for me. For him it is the same of me. That is one of the keys to our happiness. I do find joy in working together as a team and am never stubborn enough to insist on doing something myself that we can do together. But as I said, I do enjoy, and prefer, working solo much of the time.
I decided to start this blog, not to brag or boast, but to hopefully encourage and inspire others to do for themselves. Make your house (or apartment, condo, etc) your home. To put a little piece of yourself into a gift for someone else, or a gift for yourself. With the completion of every new project that starts with the glimmer of an idea, comes self-worth and accomplishment. I firmly believe that it is one of the keys to happiness and good health. My Granny, who lived fully every day of her 96 years, is testament to that. She began hiking the mountains behind her home at 40 and rarely missed a day – rain, snow or shine – for the next 56 years. That kept her body healthy. But she also took on new hobbies and never let her advancing years stop her. That kept her mind health. She learned to Tole Paint back in the 80’s (she would have been in her 60’s then). Bought a skill saw and created all sorts of woodcrafts with it in the 90’s. Every grandchild got their own nativity scene for Christmas that year. Every figure cut out and painted by her hand. Her sewing machine never sat long enough to gather dust. When she was in her 80’s she took classes in oil painting and watercolors, took up Tai Chi and volunteered with a hospice group. And in her 90’s she took up a hand needle and learned how to quilt. When she passed away she had completed dozens of quilt squares, intended to make quilts for all her her grand and great-grand children. Outside of my parents, my Granny was my greatest inspiration. I always told her that I wanted to be like her when I ‘grew up’. My wish to all my readers, if there are any, to find what inspires you – and to the health and happiness it may bring.
Every time I start a new project I am halfway into it before I think ‘I should have taken a before photo’. Dang it – too late! *Sigh* I have vowed to myself in deciding to create this blog to get better about that. So while I will be posting some of my past projects throughout this site without the ‘before’ shots the new projects will have them included.
I hope you enjoy.