This is ultimately a blog about inspiration. I’ve come to realized almost every “wonderfully original” idea I have gets quickly relegated to “things I just haven’t Googled yet.” There is a wealth of information available to us. It’s powerful to have that kind of rapid, instant gratification. I have to say, the only time the internet has let me down is retrofitting/updating our square recessed lighting. More on that later.
My grandmother served as my first source and wealth of information when it came to all things crafty. She was a wonderful sewer, knitter, cook…and a wonderful person. Back in a time before the internet she had books, magazines, patterns, and recipes. She passed some of that knowledge to me through instruction and personal interaction. She is one of my inspirations in life and in this blog. I inherited her model 3-120 Singer sewing machine. It’s probably older than I am but still runs beautifully. It won’t do a zig-zag stitch or button holes. Straight stitch or nothing. But I can’t imagine sewing with anything else.
I have the greatest parents that made sure I had an endless supply of rock tumblers, looms, bedazzlers, fabric, and yarn. I spent countless Sunday mornings watching This Old House with my dad. I spent my entire childhood being encouraged to create.
How many of us started this way? Realizing this love of crafting and DIY was fulfilling not only because of the feeling of accomplishment. It was a connection with another human. Connection and community. Maybe it was through a personal interaction or through reading blogs or taking classes. If you’ve ever stayed awake at night because that shelf isn’t quite level or agonized over uneven stitches or wished your personal style was more effortless. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And this is why we blog.
No surprise that home ownership would open up an entire world of DIY, crafting, and design. Our circa 1983 house was upgraded with new appliances, marble counters in the bathrooms and kitchen, marble fireplace, new flooring, and wainscoting in the living and dining rooms. It has a beautiful deck out back. At 1500 sq. ft. and three bedrooms, it’s not the forever home. Most of the DIY work is coming up with practical upgrades that will help sell this house at some point.
The front door was a big selling point. Here a pic of the front entry before we bought it.
We loved the door instantly and vowed to keep the color. The electric lime green color suits us. Even after all the doors and windows got replaced we recreated the door color…and kept the old door for some future, as yet undefined, DIY project. Here’s the front porch now:
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