I’ve been in denial long enough. As much as I love DIY — Do It Yourself — projects, I just don’t have the time it takes to do them and enjoy them. Often I’ll come up with an idea for a project, pick up everything I need to make it happen, and then put everything in a corner until I have time to make concrete my vision.
Until I have time.
I’ve had 2 very large wooden frames without glass or backing sitting in various places in our house for 3 years. Why? Well, I’d read the book The Dot with the kids. It’s a book about a young girl, Vashti, who doesn’t believe she can draw and, in her frustration, punctuates her drawing paper with a dot at the end of art class. The next day, Vashti returns to school to see that her teacher framed the dot and hung it above her desk. “It was the little dot she had drawn — her dot — all framed in swirly gold.”
Wouldn’t it be great to put the kids’ artwork in swirly gold frames?
It would be. If I could just get someone to DIY for me. I know that’s sort of not the point, but isn’t part of having DIY projects to create unique pieces that are local and hands on in their creation?
One spring during my time at St. Andrews School in Delaware, a student (I’ll call him Steven) who was interested in building his interior design portfolio offered to complete various projects for faculty. I took Steven up on the offer and passed along a large jar of old buttons (they’d belonged to my mother and grandmother), a frame, a stool, and a remnant of fabric. I asked him to recover the stool. Then I told him I’d seen frames decorated with old buttons and I wanted something like that for Logan (she was 2 at the time). Steven came back to me after a week with a recovered stool and the cutest frame-turned-mirror for Logan. His DIY for me was better than my DIY idea.
Wouldn’t be great to have someone in the wings ready to make your DIY visions into completed projects or items you could enjoy? Or a place where you could go and barter for DIY time? It could be called DIY-FM (DIY for me). I’d gladly cook banana bread for someone if it meant getting these frames done. (I’d probably do that anyway).
This Christmas I had sketchy plans to make wands for my kids and nephews. They are all into Harry Potter. I went online and found DIY instructions (to be fair to myself, this was at the prompting of my students who said that the commercial wands break easily). At the last minute, I checked etsy on a whim and found really cool handmade wooden wands there. With options like etsy, I may ween myself from my DIY impulses yet.
Anyone else out there a reforming DIYer? Is there something you keep trying to do despite undeniable evidence that you have no time to do it?