Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Come Make Something with Tested and Approved DIY

I LOVE this season's theme here at the library, DIY. As someone who absolutely believes in the old aphorism "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without," DIY is my bread and butter (which I've learned to bake myself). I patch, mend, darn clothes until they can't be used anymore. I unravel old sweaters and use the yarn to knit new hats and scarves for my kids. I cut old, gross, holey t-shirts into squares and make them into reusable paper towels and napkins. I fill old leggings with dry rice, sew the ends up, and they become microwavable hot packs for the winter (great if you want to keep the heating bills down, but don't want to freeze). And these are all just aside from the DIY skills I've learned, like embroidery, that are purely a relaxing hobby. I LOVE DIY. DIY around the house is green, it's fun, and it's often much, much cheaper than the alternative. DIY on the artsy/crafty end is relaxing and therapeutic. It's just all around great.

These are some books and magazines that I have personally used in my daily DIYness that I absolutely loved, and have checked out more than a few times. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our DIY materials here at the library. You can find out how to do literally almost anything, from cooking meals from scratch to building a shed. I am always on the lookout for one more thing to add to my DIY repertoire (next up: growing my own food), and our materials are usually my first stop. Come see what you can do for yourself!


Linda K. said...

Jackie - loved your green ideas. I also knit and once found an article on spinning cat fur into usable yarn for scarves. While I had plenty of "spare" fur (semi-domesticated long hair cat that just exploded fur puffs as he walked thru the house) somehow I never got around to trying that idea.

Fiona Dinwiddie said...

Love this blog post. Great ideas. Thanks Jackie.

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