a little elbow grease

our new bed, made by my dear husband

If I have learned one thing from my husband, it’s that sometimes things are better done ourselves. Nate comes from a family steeped in do-it-yourselfness (made that up) and I am slowly coming to appreciate this way of living. For instance, he is quickly becoming quite the woodworker: he refinished our dining room table– an heirloom from his gran– and built our new bed (above). From plywood and beams and floorboards. It took him months, but good grief! he is proud of it. And it’s beautiful beyond words. We’ll have it a lifetime, hopefully, and appreciate it so much more because it was Nate’s hands that made it.

Homemade, homegrown, homebuilt… these words describe some of the best things in life. They’re not free… they cost much more time and effort but perhaps its the time and effort that increases their value in the first place. How much more would I enjoy my lunch-time sandwich if I could remember the hours I spent baking the bread on both sides?

I would love to take on more and more of this mentality and see where it takes us in our every day living. Does this mean I make our own bread, or can our own jams, or grow our own vegetables? Frame our own photos for our living room art? I don’t know. We’ll have to find what works for us on a practical level and go from there. I hope my creativity and imagination will grow in the process.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anita
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 15:19:33

    Love reading your blog Katie…signing up to follow you!


  2. Chrissie
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 17:43:47

    Wow he did a great job, that bed is beautiful! I think that when you begin to slow down and live a more homemade life style, you automatically find that you are slowing down and smelling the roses. I made some amazing homemade bread in our breadmaker last week. It took me months to get the machine out of the cupboard, but it was so easy and smelled and tasted so good I know I will be using it more frequently now.


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