DIY (do it yourself) is all the rage now. We’re all artists, chefs, seamstresses, carpenters, painters, landscapers and personal physicians (not to mention perfect parents too, but more on that later).
I’ve self diagnosed more diseases than I can remember – none of them were real.
I attempted to sew a personalized quilt made out of my daughter’s baby clothes, even had a friend spend an entire day teaching me how to do it. It’s still in pieces stored away in a plastic bin, sewing machine now given to my mom.
I’m also an expert gardener, who knows absolutely nothing more than how to buy a plant from a local nursery, dig a hole and throw in some organic soil.
Recently, I decided to refurbish an old bench for my office, envisioning its boho-rustic-chic, chalk paint distressed oh so perfectly. It was gorgeous (in my mind). After three failed attempts I painted it pink and it’s now in my daughter’s playroom displaying Lego. Jackie of all trades, I am.
Occasionally, you actually find something you really connect with. It turns out to be awesome and you just want to share it with the world. Homemade body products turned out to be my thing. That’s not to say there weren’t many failures.
Homemade shampoos did not go over well. I moved on.
Certain essential oil blends, while touted as holistic miracle elixirs, made friends and family have flashbacks from Woodstock. They politely asked for lavender or lemongrass instead.
Body scrubs kept turning into rock when stored in a moist bathroom, until I found the exact combination and quantity of oil to add to the mix.
Then there’s the whole creation process. The time spent in the kitchen with piles of pots, pans, spatulas, hand mixers, and floors covered in baking soda and melted beeswax – oh the glory!
But the end product makes it all worth it. Knowing exactly what is in the lotion you’re covering your child in, or seeing the excitement in a friend’s face when she gets a whole huge container of lovely homemade relaxing bath salts, (or sinking in to your own bath of homemade salts), makes you want to get the kitchen sparkling clean and start again.
Maybe homemade products will turn out to be your thing too. Maybe they won’t. Either way you can hang out, try it out, and if it doesn’t work – just buy it here and call it a day. Maybe try remodeling the bathroom or make homemade wine instead, both relaxing additions to a luxurious bath.
Much love and happiness,