The day that DIY could have been my initials

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Normally DIY projects turn out to be DIDon’t for me.  I kind of gave up on the whole thing when I spent all weekend making a Martha Stewart-inspired cranberry wreath for my future mother-in-law.  I used fresh cranberries and toothpicks, stabbing them into the styrofoam  wreath form until my fingertips were raw.  My sweet mother-in-law was delighted with the gift and hung it on the front door.  We walked back into the house (I was more than a little smug with pride) just as we heard a loud splat-slash-bang.  We ran outside to discover that the meticulously tied ribbon bow holding the wreath on the door had ripped, causing the wreath to fall on the doorstep like a smashed pumpkin.  Grrrr….    Since then, I’ve just bought whatever was needed.  If it needed to look crafty, I bought it at Hobby Lobby or the Farmer’s Market.

There was, however, one day when DIY could have been my initials. Notice that I say it was a day.  One.  It all started with the big wooden fire station set I purchased online for my son’s Christmas gift.  One of our family’s traditions is that Santa assembles at least some of the kids’ toys before Christmas morning so they’re ready for play.  I’ll be up front and let you know that when “some assembly required” is on the package, it immediately gets passed on to the other Santa in the house because Mrs. Claus doesn’t do assembly, she pays the elves to do it.   This time, though, Santa bypassed the big fire station box and opted for the other toys instead.  The fire station never even made it to the fireplace that morning!

Huh.  Not wanting to naggravate my husband, I just let the box sit there.  For WEEKS.  My son’s birthday is in April and the box taunted me every time I passed it in its hiding place.  Finally, one day when my husband was out of town and I had nothing to do, I decided to put it together.  Once the kids were in bed I unpacked the box, which weighed at least thirty pounds.  There was no going back once everything was on the floor; it had to be assembled.  It took me all night but I finally got all three levels put together.  This was the finished product:

My biggest DIY moment -


I set it out on the train table for my son to find.  He played with it for maybe 10 minutes.  Ten glorious minutes of fun.  My DIY moment was over but as you’ll notice, we still use the fire station as a tiered makeshift coffee table.  It’s a symbol of my determination to keep it all together.

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  1. Sherry Compton says:

    Awesome and good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back. It’s so nice when you can accomplish things on your own. When your determination actually becomes the ability to do it. I’m like you a DIY-Don’ter. Things never turn out quite like the picture and “some assembly” normally means “in a language you don’t understand.” Congrats…and celebrate by taking the rest of the month…year off from DIY.

  2. Haha. I hate when DIY turns into DIsaster. But I just keep trying!! 🙂

  3. Betsy Barnes says:

    Hahaha! Too funny! Sounds like my house every Christmas. Neither hubby nor I are good at DIY and crafts, I need step by step instructions, plus every part & screw better be included or it doesn’t get assembled 🙂

  4. Jeanine says:

    Lol, I love DIY projects! I would have built it as well!

  5. Stopping by from the Mommyhood Chronicles Blog Hop! Love the use of your term naggravate. I’ll have to remember this to use on my hubby. Also, congrats on your successful DIY. At least that one didn’t end up a splattered pumpkin!

  6. Jamie Martin says:

    I’m so proud of you!

  7. Very cool!! DIY is hard for me but your rocked it!


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