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I’m a DIY kind of girl. I’ve had to be. Most of my life, I could not afford to hire someone to do things for me, so I’ve always had the mindset of make do, figure it out on my own. DIY.  My mother, bless her heart, taught me to sew before I ever started Home Economics (I don’t think that still exists, does it?) in school. At about the age of 5, she sat me down and taught the art of hand embroidery. I was her shadow in the kitchen, learning to cook. Mom did well at preparing for me for as lot of things in life. Because of this, I’ve never been afraid to tackle something if I thought I could do it. Things didn’t always work out, but I tried. I do know my limitations, most of the time, and if it’s something out of my league, I leave the project to someone else.

I scour the internet and YouTube looking for instructions on how to do things all the time. I recently made my own bar soap. The kind made from lye, the real deal. It turned out lovely and I gifted some at Christmas time. I also tried homemade laundry soap, but I’m still perfecting the recipe. Not so sure about that one. I was taught a couple of very basic crochet stitches and have since taken to YouTube and have followed along teaching myself more.  I gift my crocheted projects all the time.

I’ve painted and laid tile. I added shelving in the kitchen, bathroom and garage. It seems as though I’m always tackling a do it yourself project. There is a lot of satisfaction that comes from doing it yourself. Being able to stand back and look at what you’ve accomplished.

The VW Bug above was pictured in a article about DIY gardening. While a lovely thought, I’m afraid that I would just end up with a rusting hulk in my yard. I know my limitations. 🙂

How about you?  Do you DIY?

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Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

40 thoughts on “DIY

  1. I love it! I’m a DIY girl too 🙂 I’ve always love trying to create something out nothing. My mom and I use to pick up stuff the rich people tossed out and then transform it into something we could use.

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  2. Penny, I’m impressed by all you’ve done. I used to do more with my hands, including sewing. I stitched mostly all my clothes during high school and sewed dresses for my grandma. At some point, while a young mom, I didn’t have time for that any more. But I’m thankful for that skill, taught in home ec, today consumer science (if it’s even offered). In my opinion, schools need to return to offering some of these basic life skills classes.

    Keep using your talents and skills to create with your hands. You are a multi-talented woman whom I admire.

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  3. My DIY skills have always been rudimentary (and were never necessary or requested whilst growing up), but I have my eye on getting better. My goal is to make clothes for my toddler, as they are so expensive. I hope that it will teach him the value of relying on oneself instead of always expecting others to do the hard work!

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  4. This is a fun post, Penny. I’ve always had to do everything on my own — never having been blessed with helpful people around me. Hence my ruined back — doing the impossible too many times. I do enjoy the “upcycle” kind of DIY. After moving all the way across the country (for the 3rd time) I’ve been thinking of ways to re-purpose cardboard boxes, rather than just recycle or trash them. There are some very cool ideas for that on YouTube and Pinterest. Not sure I have the cutting skills (or tools)… LOL — limitations. Hugs.

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