DIY! It's good for you and your country

This article really struck a chord with me. I am a self professed DIYer. My shop overflows with tools, sawdust, and electronics. I plan to port this obsession into a business but that's a story for another post.

Read the article and tell me what you think.


Reetsyburger said...

I grew up in a DIY home. I grew up fixing things and making things. Somewhere in my late teens, something changed. It got to a point in college where I'd scold my mom for trying to fix something.

"Mom, we can buy a new one for $20! Why waste the time?"

The backlash came to me in decorating my apartment in Oshkosh with the help of my friend Nick. I painted, I fixed up antiques. I made my own headboard for my bed (granted, it broke). I learned how to bake my own bread.

These days I do more for myself. And I appreciate the value in something well-crafted, whether it's art, furniture, or food.

When people won't try to do something for themselves, I suggest that they try it. I wonder why all these college grads give themselves so little credit. They think they don't have the skills to fix or build something.

arah said...

Great article. I'm gonna go fix or make something new. No, really. Is it realistic to try and do that at least once a week? I'd like to try.

Ok, I already do that, with cooking. So, it'll have to be non-edible stuff.