Watching the birth of a DIY Dad

DIY Dad     It all started on Sunday night. Our basement loo (toilet) has always been a bit damp but we could not figure out where the seeping was coming from. We had removed various chunks of the wall thinking the problem was there but to no avail. It wasn’t until my husband started following the wet marks that it lead him to the floor, under the tiles and to the loo. Having lived with the problem for nearly 2 years, Hubby decided enough was enough and, after careful consultation from various YouTube videos, removed the loo. Not only did he find the problem (it had been replaced and never sealed) he discovered the previous owner was absolutely sh*te at DIY – and he’s done a lot!

Long story short, Hubby completely fixed the loo, re-sealed it and replaced it. But that wasn’t the end of it, oh no! There was more water coming from somewhere! This time is was the drainpipe leading from the kitchen down to the laundry room and it, too, had a slow but messy leak. I’ll never forget the look of slight dubiousness in Hubby’s eyes as he made the decision to cut all the old pip out and replace it but he did a marvelous job!  Oh, did he look proud of himself! He walked around the house with his chest out for a while afterwards. It is amazing how much one can learn from YouTube. Hubby must have watched at least 10 videos before launching into the job. His mecca is now Home Depot and he’s eyeing up power tools the way a woman might eye up a pair of shoes or a new handbag!

I think doing DIY is a right of passage for a man and if the job is done properly, true pride just flows from him.  I don’t know if the previous owner ever felt like that and if he did then he was very deluded. Unsealed pipes and unsealed loos aside he also saw fit to glue a bookcase to the dining room wall – WHO DOES THAT?! All it would have taken is 2 screws, already there and ready to go…but he glued it. WITH MIGHTY PUTTY! I now have to repair two walls and repaint them. He also silicone sealed a plastic dryer pipe to the vent when it specifically stated on the dryer not to due to danger or death. Didn’t family safety ever cross this guy’s mind? I know people might like to cut corners but when something says not to do something due to the fact it could kill your family, you would want to follow that instruction and do the job properly, no? Thanks to my DIY Hubby, we now have a very swanky, clean not to mention fire hazard free steel pipe.

That’s just a few of the crazy DIY jobs that we have discovered. The really scary thing is the deck was built by him too…

What do you get when you cross ‘Clone Wars’ with Chiyogami paper?

This:

The latest and greatest!

Some people listen to music, others might have the news on. Me? I watch the animated series ‘Clone Wars’ while I create new books. This one is probably my best effort to date. When I look at it I remember Ahsoka having visions of Padme being assassinated (Ahsoka saves the day, naturally.)

If only there was Star Wars themed paper…I’m going to have to look into that…

 

UPDATE! April 5th 2014 – you will find this book, and others, in my Etsy shop!

I Love Paper!

Recently I discovered a passion for bookbinding and book craft. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for all things paper and stationery related so I suppose this newest hobby was a natural transition in furthering my obsession! A few years ago, before I had kids, I had a little online shop on a wonderful site called Etsy. Etsy is a site devoted purely to all things handmade. You can find anything through the site and I have regularly made it my go-to for birthday/Christmas present hunting. My little shop was called FingerprintPeople. Through this site I sold hand ‘printed’ note cards. I had designed little characters using my fingerprint and colorful stamp ink. I also painted pictures and sold quite a few little works of art! Now, however, my store is slightly dormant due to not having the same amount of free time to make things.

That may change in the future though. As I said previously I have a new passion and it has brought me back to wanting to constantly make things! The first book I bound by hand was a week long project, one in which my husband jumped in on. He  helped me find all the tools I would need in order to construct my book; he patiently wandered around with me in my new found FAVORITE paper shop in Toronto, The Paper Place. I could loose hours here! They have the most amazing selection of Japanese papers, pens, origami papers and other paraphernalia. I found everything I needed and got ridiculously excited about the project! After a week of carefully cutting and folding and binding and ironing and gluing and sewing, I had my very first hand made book -  although nothing near a professional finish, I was very happy with it and that was all that matters. Now I want to make books all the time! This weekend I built a book press and am in the middle of making my third book.

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My other new artistic passion is making pictures using vintage comics. It was actually my husband who started this first and then I got into it. We had several old comics lying around so we picked up a plain black frame from Walmart that had an inner boarder and proceeded to cut up the comic into strips and paste them onto the boarder. By the time we were finished we had a small masterpiece! We had a vintage comic framed with a unique comic strip boarder. I’ve now made three pictures; Transformers, Avengers (for my Godson) and a Tomb of Dracula picture.

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With all this new found artistic love pounding through my veins, I was suddenly struck with a small problem.There is only so many books and pictures I can make before my family get worried, so what will I do?

The Answer: Etsy!! I’m hoping that maybe one day (in between kids, school and work) I will be able to post up some sellable items and join the ranks of the professional artists who proudly show their works through the site.