but a week or two ago I stumbled across a DIY site. Racking my brain to remember what DIY even stood for, the do-it-yourself reminder slapped me in the face.
And I wanted in. I wanted in the DIY club. Over the course of 48 hours, I spent every free minute I had looking up various DIY projects – and 49 ideas later, there is a new folder in my inbox labeled “DIY fun fun.”
Sad? Perhaps. But is it making me entirely too giddy to spend an hour here and there stopping by Home Depot and Lowe’s and Michael’s and Joann’s and Building REsources [no joke: I’ve been to all five of these places in the last week]? Um, yes.
Small as they are, I think they’re rather Pottery Barn-esque (or else I’m completely delusional). I gathered inspiration from Design Sponge, but wrapped the rope around the rings instead of braiding them. Continuing with the nautical theme, I then made a summer wreath, somewhat like Emily from Jones Design Company does.
In the works we have some signage: for the living room, this inspiration, and for the laundry room, this. Both have been put together (well, the former – the latter is just a piece of salvaged wood), and were painted/stained tonite. Perhaps the lettering will come tomorrow? Dun dun dun.
But in the meantime, I shall be offering NO tutorials whatsoever, as I have purely been stealing inspiration from all these creative types. I shall remain a nameless stealer. I will tell you what it’s like to go to the Home Depot all by your female self, though:
1. You will be stopped approximately 2,945 times and asked in a very sweet and gentle voice if you need any assistance.
2. This person asking you will always be a male.
3. They will play manly songs on the radio, no joke. Today’s song had something to do with “gettin’ my man on.” Just sayin’.
4. No one will offer you assistance when it comes to sawing your 12’x1″x2″ piece of lumber – you’re on your own there, and that’s when you’ll hear manly music playing.
5. If the saw machine is working, men will let you go ahead of them to get those said 12’x1″x2″ pieces of wood chopped – but will then very passively get very angry that you need each piece cut four times. If only they saw your vision of craftiness!
6. Hence, when you end up four pieces short of this famous 12’x1″x2″ piece of wood, you’ll saw it yourself the next go around to the store.
7. There are many different kinds of hammers – but don’t they all just pound?
8. Just use craft rope from Michael’s when it comes to making summer wreaths – the kind you use on fishing boats will cut up your hands and smell bad.
9. Don’t tell them what you’re making. It doesn’t go over well.
10. You’ll actually kind of like it, in an empowering sort of way.
Let me know if you need any more pointers!
Here for you, all two readers… chm.0