Hello dollies…thanks for joining me for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 03.2021: Did It Myself. Today, the ladies and I are talking about DIYs (or as I like to call them DIMs – did it myself), craft projects or WDIYWYCJCs (why would you do it yourself when you can just call someone). Before diving into this post, I wanted to be sure I had a clear understanding of what exactly constitutes a DIY project.
According to Google THE authority on everything, DIY is:
the activity of decorating, building, and making repairs at home by oneself rather than employing a professional.
So thankful that I am no longer the person responsible for doing repairs around the house. When I was a single mom, it was I who climbed on the roof to work on the evaporative cooler. I caulked and re-caulked the master bath tub. And learned to handle all things related to our pool at ‘little house.’ But PC is more an authority on repairs so I have happily retired my shingle and moved over to let him take on those projects.
The only DIYs this girl is doing now days are craft projects. Insert ear-to-ear grinning emoji.
WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE 03.2021
In case we’ve just met, an explanation about this series. Where Bloggers Live is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Each month I am always happy to see that my Where Bloggers Live posts are among my most popular. Probably because we are all a little curious about other people’s homes and lives. For last month’s post, we provided a look at our entry way, the area where visitors get a first impression of our home. The theme of January’s installment was sharing where we get our inspiration for different aspects of our life. In the post before that, we opened up our guest bedrooms. Glad you have stopped by today.
Many of my past craft and DIY experiences can be found under the Craft and Create section of my blog. They include:
- painting alone and with PC – signed up for painting classes at Hobby Lobby for a short time a few years ago. They were a little out of my price range for long term so I just took them for a few months. Several times for pre-Covid date nights, my Prince and I have enjoyed painting through I Painted That. Check out those projects here,
- collage – in desperation for something to do during lockdown from the global pandemic, I discovered several online collage workshops. So much fun. Check them out here and here.
- scrapbooking – my sister Valerie and I Facetime and scrap at least once a month.
- craft projects for around the house – I always enjoy creating seasonal crafts I discover on Pinterest. Shared 2 quick spring projects last year, here and another Pinspired craft, here. More Pinterventures here, here and here.
- photography – this counts, right? Photography has become one of my favorite creative endeavors lately. Doing 3 photo challenges this year.
- creative writing – have shared a few pieces of creative writing with you all over the years. And have several unfinished stories floating around in my head and on paper.
I have several craft projects in the works right now. All are a part of my #100DayProject. Which means I am probably not following the guidelines of the #100DayProject to the letter because I am working on multiple activities. My overreaching project is to finish several crafts that are in various stages of completion by the 05.10.2021 deadline.
- mosaic – you are probably tired of hearing about this!! I think I’ve mentioned it in every post this month and last. Just know that after allowing my mosaic table top to sit idle for about 6 years, I am finally finishing it. Began work on the piece in January, right after I retired in 12.2013. Then set it aside for years. Have found renewed enthusiasm for it after visiting with a mosaic artist on how best to finish the project. Here’s the latest photo of the mosaic.
- Valentine wreath – bought all of the supplies to make this wreath early in February. Just ran out of time before Valentine’s Day to get ‘er finished. So now I am working at my leisure, if you will. But with the pledge that I will have the wreath completed by the #100DayProject deadline in May.
- notes – one of the projects I have enjoyed this year has been making little note cards to send to family and friends. Nothing fancy, but made with lots of love.
This post is going to be unusually short-n-sweet by my usual standards as I am having a world of trouble with my Internet connectivity. It has been unreliable for about a week at our house. Along with our land line phone service and cable TV. Thought I could wind this post up while on holiday this week but the Internet is even less reliable in our rental condominium.
Hope you will run by to visit the blogs of my comadres to check out their wily, crafty DIYs.
Thanks for popping in. Please be sure to say hi in a comment below and let me know what kinds of DIYs you are working on this spring.
Hugs and kisses,