D-I-Yes You Can!

Things continue to move along at the rental house. My husband spent the day re-sanding the hardwood floors, to re-refinish them. I did running around to get supplies, and was also working on staining the rest of the shelves we’re going to put in the kitchen. They are going to be some really cool pipe shelves, made all the cooler because ours will be over the stove, and have the microwave installed beneath & between them, as shown to the right.

I have some of the pipes, and have the rest on order, so this project should be done and ready to install by next week. Next up is painting the U-shaped pantry shelves and the bench support for the mudroom, which will all be white.

The fact that I am doing this stuff amazes some people. And until about a year ago, it would have amazed me too, because it never would have occurred to me that I could. Painting and staining is no big deal; I actually stained every piece of trim in our second story when it was added on about fifteen years ago. There’s also a built-in bookcase; I stained the wood for that, too. Minwax and I have been good friends now for over fifteen years.

But it never would have occurred to me that I could design a project, or especially that I could cut and assemble it. Not until I discovered non-writing blogs last year (while not doing much writing), one of which was DIY Diva.

I found this on Pinterest, while I was looking for new house ideas–a blog post about how the author and her boyfriend built their own house from the ground up. The article was great. But what really drew me in was the writing.

I wound up reading her blog starting from her first post in 2004 (yep, she was an early adopter!) through the current one. Hers is some of the most witty, engaging, clever yet self-deprecating and just plain real writing that I’ve ever come across. For a good example, see her About page–for which the web address is diydiva.net/loose-screws/. LOL! I couldn’t stop reading that blog until I’d read every last post. Somewhere along the way, she convinced me that I could create and build things too. And I’m not the only one–plenty of times, I read in the comments how someone had been inspired to try building something because of reading her blog. And how this was one of the reasons she loves to blog–to empower others to create, and see that Yes, You Can.

Oh, and her blog was the first place I saw pipe shelves. Check out this master bedroom closet–so cool! Mine are much simpler, but I still think they will be a definite wow-factor in our house’s kitchen when it goes on the market.

She doesn’t blog often any more, but when she does, it’s still entertaining and engaging, and I smile every time I see a new post in my feed reader. So if you want some good, humorous reading with a bit of swearing and a good dose of Yes, You Can, check out DIYdiva.net.

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What I’ve Been Reading: I started a novel this week and am really enjoying it. I’ll blog about it next week after I’ve finished.

What I’ve been Writing: Finally! I managed to fit writing in two evenings, for a total of over 1,000 words. That doesn’t sound like much, but I’ll take it! So this week’s goal? Finish that scene!

How about you–have you ever read something that totally inspired you to do something you wouldn’t have before? Do you read blogs by people other than book-writers (because bloggers are writers too)? Either way, how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Wow, I like the pipe shelves. Very unique! I can see why you like DIYdiva’s writing. She has a good voice, very likable.It would take a lot for me to give power tools a shot. I pushed my luck when our front bushes grew too tall and I used the electric hedge trimmers up on a ladder. Amazing I didn’t cut myself and didn’t fall off, but I was 15 years younger. The older I get, the more likely I am to get lost in cutting in the paint near the ceiling and forget how high up I am and start to step off. I’m not cut out to be a DIY diva, unless it’s in a fiction piece. (Pun intended)

    Congrats on getting 1,000 words written! There you go, you’re that much closer to finishing that scene. Very cool. Yes, I read some blogs by non-book writers. I like photography blogs and poetry blogs and especially like crafting blogs, but I also like YouTube crafting tutorials. I need to limit how much time I spend on those kinds of sites because it’s so easy to get lost in them and not get much else done! Have a great week, Jennette!

  2. Hi Jennette: Let’s see, I renovated my website. From top to bottom, inside and out. MASSIVE job. One that took a lot of time away from my writing, but like you, I managed to squeeze in enough writing time to make progress.

    Life seems to be largely about goals and persistence!

    Thanks for sharing yours.

  3. The ONLY inspiration I got to do something I wouldn’t have before was reading Twilight and finally giving writing a go. Best decision I ever made!

    As for DIY projects, we used to do that, when funds were low. Now? Not so much. I keep hearing Danny Glover, from Lethal Weapon instead: I’m too old for this shit. 🙂

  4. Cool pipe shelves…and very cool website. My youngest son needs a girlfriend like her. 😀

    My husband and I have done a lot of DIY project over the years (including building two houses from scratch) and I can’t say that I’ve ever really enjoyed the work. Truthfully, I prefer building websites over wielding a hammer. But in the end, every bit of sweat and blood was worth it (and it kept us in good physical shape too!).

    Go, Jennette, go!

  5. I love the shelving! Looks like scaffolding but cool. Very urban chic. Although, it looks a bit complicated to make. All that measuring and cutting and fitting.

    Please post pictures when you’re finished. Perhaps you’ve found a new career in Tennessee – Tennessee fixer-upper. You’ll get your own HGTV show. It’ll be groovy!!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Lynn, DIY can be challenging for us clumsy people – but DIY Diva is clumsy too and so far has managed to not injure herself too badly. 🙂 You’re right, it’s so easy to get sucked up by blogs!

    Lynette, your new website looks great! That’s something I need to do, too. This site is way too 2011.

    Stacy, writing was definitely a great decision on your part!

    Sheila, I think she’s single… 🙂 but pretty attached to her farm in Michigan. I think one reason I like building shelves is because I build websites for my day job. And not one, but two houses? Color me impressed!

    Thanks, Patricia! I’ll definitely post pics when they’re installed. Don’t know about HGTV, though, LOL!