Do you D.I.Y?

on Jul 24, 2009 @ 04:33 pm

So i've been eye these cut out leggings and i was just searching around the internet and there are so many tutorials and videos that teach you how to do it on your own. I haven't tried it myself, but it got me thinking about D.I.Y projects. I haven't really done a whole lot of D.I.Y but i'm interested to see what people make on their own?

So do you D.I.Y. Whether it is fashion, beauty or wellness, share with us and maybe we can all learn a new trick or two!

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sewing DIY on Jul 24, 2009 @ 09:28 pm

I've sewn reusable grocery bags from remnant fabric.

I've made curtains specific to our window sizes.

I've tailored shirts so they fit better.

I've made pillow cases.

My next project is to replace a broken zipper from one of my favorite hand bags w/ a new working zipper. Oh, and I also need to replace some broken straps on a nightie.

frozen meals on Jul 25, 2009 @ 11:02 am

We make huge batches of "freezable" foods and package them into big
(dinners) and small (lunches) containers. eg. Lasagna, sheppards
pies, soups, meat balls, etc. So instead of buying frozen meals, we
just take one of our own from the freezer. More economical, healthier
and tastier.

I also used to hem my own pants. I've made curtains and little
cosmetic bags. I also used to make my own cards (eg. b-day, thank you,

Sew, Cook, Paint, Decorate, Monogram... on Jul 26, 2009 @ 04:36 am

I am a huge DIY! I think it started for me because I had issues finding exactly what I wanted so I figured out ways to create it myself. I sew and am currently redoing the cushions for my screen porch furniture. I paint and have done a mural of fairies on my daughter's bathroom wall, I have made window treatments, flower arragements for my home, faux finishes for walls etc! Many people do not think they can DIY but they really can! All it takes is a little courage to try! They might surprise themselves!

A LOT on Jul 26, 2009 @ 08:46 pm

I have soldered pipes, plastered drywall, rewired electrical sockets, sewn curtains and seat cushion covers, painted a boat, painted the interior of a house, painted the exterior of a house, installed hardwood floors, built a deck, assembled furniture (good ol' Ikea), stripped & stained antique furniture and the list goes on! I love doing stuff myself! Fun times! :o)

wow! on Jul 26, 2009 @ 09:45 pm

I'm really impressed (intimidated? maybe a little)! You guys are braver than I am.

My proudest moment was jumpstarting my car one frigid Winnipeg winter morning. My hubby was out of town and didn't believe me when I told him I had done it.

I have also assembled a lawn mower, switched out a fuse, and put down caulking around the bathroom sink. I do sew (poorly) and I cook all the time. I have recently taken up canning and so far haven't completely messed it up... time will tell ;)

Ali de Bold
I am impressed on Jul 27, 2009 @ 01:54 pm

What a resourceful bunch!

I'm not the greatest DIY. It really depends on the project. I love business and using my mind to figure things out vs. my hands. Based on past experience, it's best if I stay away from any sort of handyman type task!! I also struggle with things like painting my own nails. Looks like a child did it.

Thankfully, I'm good at negotiating, hunting down deals and hiring other people to get things done. For example, when we reno'd the apartment for this episode of ChickChat TV I got my round of initial quotes, then found people to do it for 50% less. Niiice.... ;)

I love D.I.Y. on Jul 27, 2009 @ 05:34 pm

I spent this morning elbow deep in thin-set laying slate tile on my laundry room floor! I've dry-walled and mudded, painted, floored, tiled and grouted, re-shingled my roof (with help! That was a big job), land scaped.... and much more I can't remember. My house is old and needs a lot of work!! The day after it changed hands we completely gutted it and tore out every wall!! My bedroom is where the kitchen used to be! It has been a lot of work. But I enjoyed most of it! There is a lot of satisfaction to be had by doing it yourself!

I used to sew a lot, no room or time for that lately, but when I did I made purses, pillowcases, recovered an entire couch etc. I make my own jewelery. I make cards; planning on making the invitations to my sisters wedding next year. I have been toying with the idea of taking a cake decorating class and attempting to do my sister's wedding cake as well!

I also knit. A lot of my christmas presents are handmade. My friend is teaching me how to do pottery!

I love being able to create things with my own hands!

half DIY....half on Jul 28, 2009 @ 06:57 am far as any type of home improvement, i let my fingers do
the walking and hire a professional. you will NEVER see me in Home
Depot unless I am there to ask for directions to another place of

The same goes for sewing....tried it and have accepted the fact that I just can't!

However, I used to actually work with a general contracting company
(construction), so I can handle some serious power tools...and I know
how to pave a parking lot...weird, right? I even have my own hot pink
hard hat.... :)

I am a total mess up when it come to DIY on Jul 28, 2009 @ 09:51 am

WOW I am very impressed with what some of you can do!!!!!!!!

I have tried to DIY but everything I have tried to do myself it looks like a mess.

This one time I tried to make a pair of jeans into capri pants and OMG they looked awfull, I dont know if I cut them too short or what, the knees stuck out and the shape was just all wrong. I have sealed my bathroom floors after my husband tiled them and so far no stains....its a good thing somebody around here knows what thier doing...haha...because I sure dont!!!!

clothes on Aug 02, 2009 @ 01:25 am

I love finding cool clothes from the thrift store then adding my own design. I recently got this awesome art deco dress. I made some alterations to it and added buttons.

You can make a plain shirt interesting by adding fringe, sequins, lace, etc. There are tons of interesting add ons at most fabric stores.

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