Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I can do that!

How many times have you looked at a project on TV or in a magazine or book and thought, Great idea, I can do that.
Yeah, that’s me too, I’m the queen of I can do that or better still my husband can do that. 

So here I go again... I’ve got a bare wall that’s driven me crazy for years. It needs something. I’ve tired stuff but nothing works so my latest brainstorm is a stencil, a BIG stencil. I’m going to do it just like this picture.

 Don’t you love it? All across one wall trees in various hues of blue/gray. The wall’s yellow and the colors in the room are yellow and blue. What do you think? Got any suggestions on doing stenciling? I’ve done it before but never anything this size. Yikes!

I love to do things for the house on my own. Here are the curtains I did for the guest bedroom. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I made them. I always make my own shower curtains. That’s so easy.

Here’s a wreathe that was simple and a fountain that was not simple at all. That took teamwork with my husband. We did it about thirty-five years ago and it’s still going strong. This pic is from this year.


Here is the dried arrangement  that I wanted to make, couldn’t find the right dried elements, what I did find turned out looking like a weed patch from my back yard

so I finally went to Etsy and bought one from the pros. 

So, what about you? Got a fav project that turned out good? Any horror stories of do-it-yourself projects that went really wrong? Got a DIY project lined up? 

Hugs, Duffy


Unknown said...

I am also a master of "I can do that". I have a craft room packed with enough supplies to do just about any kind of craft you can think of. I have been collecting supplies for a lot of years, so I could spend my retirement years doing crafts. Unfortunately, since I retired, I've been so busy (with family issues) that I haven't been able to do many of the things I had planned. But I'm still hoping that "someday" I'll be able to get back to my passion - crafting. So, in the meantime, I keep collecting more and more ideas.

In addition to crafting, I love decorating and doing improvements around the house. One thing that worked out well for me is that, in my office (which was a spare bedroom), I took the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors off the closet and made it into an open/usable space. I made a curtain that hangs from the ceiling, down far enough to cover the upper shelf, so I can store things there. I added another smaller shelf below the built-in shelf. Then I put a large wooden file cabinet (equivalent of two 2-drawer file cabinets) and a small narrow cabinet in that area. I keep office supplies and other things I use in the office in that area, and it has really given me a lot more usable space.

I love the idea of the trees on the wall. I don't have any open wall areas. If I did, I would probably try something like that. In my old place, I had an open wall area, and I ended up painting a mural of some palm trees. I even attached some palm leaves I made and some 1/2 coconuts, so it was 3-D. I also added a couple cute little gecko sculptures I got in Mexico. They looked so cute climbing up the trees. I just love stuff like that.

Good luck with your project. Be sure to let us know how it turns out.

Grandma Cootie said...

I always tell myself that I can learn to do anything but my hands and whatever parts of my brain are necessary for DIY haven't gotten the message. I laughed when I read "I always make my own shower curtains. That’s so easy." It took me years to figure out how to buy curtains that actually covered the entire window. I did make curtains for the children's rooms when they were small, along with handmade Christmas gifts - they all looked like the children had made them themselves. Oh well. I can cook and I can type really fast so I guess I'm not totally without skills ;-)

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Duffy, you are amazing! You have the "Martha Stewart" gene!! I wish I had even a smidgeon of your talent and I would try to do some of these things. You are truly gifted.

Diane said...

I have always been able to do crafts but seem to have gotten worn out. Now I don't have room to put anything I might make. I do love the stencil. I think I would go with the color that is shown. That would look lovely on a yellow wall even with blue in the room. Just my opinion.. Whatever color you choose, be sure to show us the end results.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Lynda! Wow! You are indeed the master of DIY! Wish I could have seen your palm trees, what fun. Wish me luck on getting my wall done. Company’s coming! Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Grandma Cootie! If you can cook and type that is truly DIY! Bet you cook up the best goodies ever. We need to do a blog on Christmas Cookie recipes. We can’t exchange cookies but we can exchange the recipes! Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

HI, Diane. The color is going to be tricky. I’m off today to get paint samples. The way I look at it that anything will be better than the boring space there. Just sooo dull! Hugs, Duffy

NoraA said...

My way of doing crafts is by choosing the child who is best at what I want done. My part is supplying the money for the supplies and taking photos of the work as it progresses. I shows them that I appreciate their skills, and that I can still make them do what I want "because I said so". LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Nora, you are so funny! I got to try that approach with my kids. Great idea. :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You are obviously very creative and talented! What fun to see how this shows up in parts of your life. Currently, I am sticking to cooking and knitting projects where I do think I can do that. I never think that my hubby can!

Thanks for sharing these projects with us.



Anonymous said...

Your garden is so beautiful! I wish I could hire you to come to NY and fix mine!