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There sure
has been a rise in DIY or do-it-yourself crafts and projects these past years.
I think a part of its popularity is due to the fact that do-it-yourself
supplies are easily available now in stores or even online. Printers are
becoming quite affordable, too, so, when someone wants to cut letters or print
his own wall décor, he can easily search online because the internet is so
accessible nowadays, get the design he wants, tweak it a little with the use
of Photoshop, print it and…voila! All he needs is a frame bought or DIY-ed
and his décor’s set.

But what if
these weren’t the case? Would people still prefer to DIY or just opt for the
easier choice – buy ready-made decors, furniture and the like? After all, isn’t
doing that a lot easier?

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My DIY Story

I started
DIY-ing when I was 10 years old.

I was a
fidgety child, restless and full of daydreams. Looking back, I believe I had a
mild form of ADHD. Art was my escape, my outlet. I made hand-drawn cards the
drawings I copied from magazines and children’s books with my original poems
inside. I dabbled with paper cutting when I got tired of drawing and coloring
pictures. I even went on to make my own designed paper alphabets which I still
do whenever the need for cut letters arise.

DIY-ing, I learned good color combinations, achieving the ombre look on paper
for letter cutting I do this by cutting strips of various colors belonging to
the same shade – let’s say shades of blue – then gluing them on top of one
another the lightest color at the topmost and the darkest at the bottom, color
layering, painting and even beautifying my handwriting simply put, handwritten


These things helped me a lot, especially in
school. We didn’t have a computer back then and printing bulk projects and
pictures were quite expensive. So, I improvised. I wrote my projects, cut
pictures from old magazines and newspapers for visuals and those I couldn’t
find, I drew. I even went on to earn money designing and cutting letters for
school programs.

It was a lot of work but I loved it.


A decade or so and three kids later, I still
DIY. You may think “Oh because she has a
lot of time in her hands that’s why she’s able to do these things”.
Actually, I don’t. I have to find time for my do-it-yourself projects in
between work and taking care of an energetic two-year-old, a chatty
seven-year-old and a nine-year-old who’s starting to get addicted to computer


I could just give up this hobby. I don’t
really get paid for it, anyway. However, I couldn’t for these reasons:

–       I
feel fulfillment every time I get to complete a DIY project and see the end

–       I
get to be as wildly creative as I can be when I DIY.

–       I
get the results I want. Example, I want to find a certain kind of décor but
scouring through shops end up negative. So, I make one.

–       I
may get all out of effort but I get to save up on everything else, money being
at the top of these.

My seven-year-old is starting to get
interested in my DIYs and I hope she’ll take up the hobby. More than that, I’m
hoping that my DIY-ing is teaching my kids the lessons I want them to learn – beautiful
things don’t have to be expensive, that being creative is awesome and that not
everything is meant to be bought, some have to be made.

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