DIY – abbreviation for ‘Do It Yourself’
-- Webster’s Dictionary
|The Scout completes the clothes line|
To be honest, it has tested the skills and abilities of these two city-slickers from suburban America, each of whom are more comfortable and confident at a computer keyboard than brandishing a hammer or screwdriver.
|Dozens of parts and directions in Greek|
By the way, ‘It’s Greek to me” is favorite phrase we use when directions for the DIY are written in Greek. Thank goodness for illustrations: we’ve often resorted to matching parts and screw sizes to the drawings and then guess at what we are to do with them.
|The Stone House on the Hill - the Mani, Greek Peloponnese|
Slowly, slowly, or siga, siga as they say in Greek we’ve strung a clothesline, assembled coat racks, and constructed book and storage shelves. Each completed project bolstered – a wee bit --our DIY self confidence! Just enough that by last fall we were dreaming up things we could DIY at our Stone House on the Hill:
|Chalk painting the chest of drawers - DIY project|
Our first project – such a tiny step for most DIY folks but a giant leap for us -- required finding a paint store in Kalamata (our big city an hour north), then explaining we wanted to purchase craft ‘chalk’ paint, wax to finish the project and the tools to apply both. (Keep in mind neither of us had ever ‘done’ chalk painting but I’d been insistent we do it – after reading those darn inspirational DIY home decorating blogs. . .)
“You know, you create your own hell.” --Warren 'Dean' StarrWhile we still had the painting bug -- and upon discovering they make a paint for bathroom grout, we tackled our guest bathroom. A dark-colored gray grout had apparently been popular (because it didn’t show the dirt) when our 10-year-old house was built. From ceiling to floor it was used, making the room look, well. . ., dirty.
|Painting the grout white - a DIY of tortuous, tedious measure|
If we each painted, we reasoned, we could probably change that room in a day. Once started we couldn’t change our minds either. So with teeny-tiny brushes and cloths to wipe the excess, we set forth. What. A. Joke. Hours and hours, days later, our DIY was done. Happy with the end result, but vowing never to do that again!
“Life is trying things to see if they work.”
— Ray Bradbury
|So how much stone did we order anyway?|
Having spent a week of gloriously beautiful fall weather indoors on that tedious project we headed outside for the next. We had a vision for our garden area, so we set to work. You might say that we had rocks in our heads, both literally and figuratively, on this one!
|First step, hauling the stone down the steps|
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge
-- Robert Fulghum
-- Robert Fulghum
|The 'before' garden DIY project photos|
|Garden in front of The Stone House on the Hill|
From the front of the house down into the grove. . .
|Olive grove terrace garden - The Stone House on the Hill|
To the side garden. . .
|Our vegetable garden - The Stone House on the Hill|
And in the upper garden. . .
|We added a winding pathway through the upper garden|
“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Before we returned this spring we told ourselves that this stay we’d get out and do some hiking on those wonderful old trails that still link the villages scattered about our hillsides. We’d go to the beach – something we have yet to do. We ordered books that we’ve been wanting to read. But then I saw a cute little strawberry planter on FB that you could make from a laundry basket. . .it just required a few supplies. Then a video came across for making concrete plant stands and stools which could be so cute . . .
So what will we be up to this spring at our Stone House on the Hill? Not sure yet. But we do hope you’ll be with us again next week as we settle into life in Greece. And if you are in the neighborhood in real life, stop by. There’s always time for a visit! As always, thanks for the time you spend with us at TravelnWrite ~ Safe travels to you and yours.
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