do it yourself

it’s frustrating to me when i have to buy something and can’t seem to find a right one.  for example, say i want to buy a pool accessory.  i want it to have certain specs, e.g., certain functions, a particular look, etc.  i look and look and look, and i just can’t seem to find the one that will fit all the criteria.  you may have gone through the same thing, whether it’s a pool accessory, a cake pan, a music player, a pair of jeans, or whatever. what do you do?  well, if you’re explorative or have the propensity, you can try making it yourself.  i know a score of people who will happily construct a computer (or even a laptop) instead of plunking down money to buy a premade one.  my fellow blogger q&b does handmade quilts that’ll kick your a~*.  of course, the multitalented omg does a bunch of stuff, including keychains, coffee mugs, jewelries, t-shirts, cryogenically birthed sharks with frigging laser beams, and bionic eyeballs that’ll shoot out little poisoned ninja stars.  at least i think she does.

i have to say, diy projects are quite freeing.  you don’t have to ask anyone to make something to your specs.  there’s no communication error, no back and forth with the designer, no second-guessing or having to deal with the craftsman’s inclinations to “put on his/her personal signature touch” or some such bulls~*, because you may or may not like your project to be touched in that kind of personal way.  i guess it’s kind of like asking someone to design your blog/website versus being able to do it yourself.  there’s no need for someone to translate your vision into the design; you do that in your head and it’ll come out exactly the way you want, or at least as close as you can get it.  you can include extra features on your blog that’ll truly be the extras you’re after.  the list goes on and on.  the downside, of course, is the blood and sweat you have to put in yourself; apply own elbow grease here.  is it worth it?  i think so.  if you’re willing to spin ye ol’ grey matter a bit, test out your designs a few bazillion times, and go through the trouble to locate all the tools and materials, i think you’ll find the end result quite enjoyable, even if you don’t have a final product in the end.  half the fun can be the process itself.  i like to imagine that many of the cuemakers started this way–trying to find an ideal cue, he ends up making it with his own hands from scratch, knowing next to nothing about cuemaking.  a certain romance to it, no?

oh, for my smoky brethren who are getting the munchies, here you go.  yup, doritos has a tapatio flavor.  the burger is from a dinner with friends.

after you get your munchies on, you can copy maru doing his stretch.  😛  ciao.

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5 comments on “do it yourself

    • i’ve not heard of it until your mention. it’s hilarious, and in a way heroic. appreciate you sharing this ms. minnow! (man, i wonder what would’ve happened had he tried to make a tv. :P)

  1. When you find something that you really like, buy a bunch. It sucks down the road when you no longer can find the product because they have changed it or no longer carry it. For me, this goes for shoes and jeans. No, I am not a horder, but the perfect shoes and jeans are so hard to come by. As long as your feet and waist / butt don’t grow, you’re pretty much safe.

    In terms of diy projects – sometime it is not enjoyable, other times it has it’s rewards. I see it as a learning process. Learning new techniques, methods and troubleshooting. It takes endless hours to perfect something. My quilts are never perfect, but no one but you know the imperfection.

    As for being a cue maker, it is not for everyone. The cost to get into the industry is high, the equipment especially. For quilting, the initial investment is not that high, only a sewing machine which one can borrow from somebody. I don’t think you can borrow those bigger equipments that the cue makers have.

    My next trip to the supermarket, I’m going to be looking for those Doritos. I have no idea what Tapatio flavor is, but it looks pretty exciting and hot!

    • i know what you mean by jeans. guys have the same problem, although probably not nearly as bad as girls. for the guys, if you stick to some old favorites, say wrangler, you can pretty much find them easily. as far as diy projects go, i always think it’s pretty cool that someone can make something from scratch. you’re probably right about the initial start-up cost for cues; i think you’d have to apprentice under someone first if you’re new, since those lathes are expensive.

      the tapatio doritos are decent. it’s worth a try, but they’re not nearly as hot as i thought. hope the stores have it near you.

    • I agree that once you find something you like, you’d better stock up. I did that with my favorite boots when they were being discontinued. I’m on my fourth pair! (But then, my shoes take more abuse than average.) Happens with food, too. Like how my supermarket no longer carries maple bacon. The bastards.

      Eek. I should restock my etsy store instead of finding reasons to procrastinate!!

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