“The Art of Handmade” –What DIY Means to Me!


There is something in me that loves to create, invent and figure out how things are made (yup, I love watching “How it’s Made”, and “Food Factory”!). “The Art of Handmade”…this is what I call DIY! It gives me this sense of satisfaction that I can’t really explain. It’s what I do in my “free-time”, and believe you me it has been known to lead into the wee hours of the morning!(No wonder I’m so tired when I wake up?! Totally worth it:-) I feel so much more accomplished and mentally stimulated spending my time this way other than watching hours of pointless television every evening. Don’t get me wrong…I do enjoy watching my favorite TV series/movie’s/documentaries etc…and I do watch plenty! But, I do feel it’s a drain on my creative “juices” when I get into the habit of plopping myself in front of the TV watching nonsense evening-after-evening.

I read an article once from a Hong Kong Billionare called Li La-Shing on “how to buy a car and a house in 5 years“. I found it to be very insightful in many ways, but one thing that really stood out to me is a Harvard theory he quoted:The difference of a person’s fate is decided from what a person does in his free time between 20:00 to 22:00 . Use these two hours to learn, think and participate in meaningful lectures or discussion. If you persist for several years, success will come knocking on your doors.” This got me thinking that what I do between those hours, will define who I am, so I’d better make it something great!

What Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Means to Me:

Do-it-yourself (DIY) to me ranges from a variety of things, here’s a few:

  • craft projects with the kids
  • putting together fresh recipe’s in the kitchen
  • making that jar of jam instead of buying it
  • crafting a one-of-a-kind present for someone’s birthday or to give as holiday gifts
  • making birthday cards
  • organizing themed parties for my kids birthdays
  • crafting cozy Christmas decorations
  • candle making
  • making natural skincare from my kitchen cupboard

Being crafty has helped me out in a few situations when I was out of items or when things in the house needed immediate fixing.

7 Reasons Why I like to DIY:

  1. Money saving – if I can do, or make something for a fraction of the price, than I believe I have scored! This may sound nerdy, and no, it’s not because I’m one of those scary “extreme penny savers”, but due to a variety of reasons…which I’ll explain in another post…I even cut my own hair! (more on this in a future tutorial)
  2. Unique – there is nothing worse to me then “generic” when it comes to gift options. Making a gift instead of buying one for a friend ensures that I’m giving something personal and unique.
  3. Educational –  do you like my blog/photo’s/layout? Ok, it’s not perfect…but I’ve done it all by myself! Lots of hours spent and hair-pulling involved (thankfully I have a lot of hair to spare), but I’m learning something new every day, and loving it!
  4. Affordable – want to take on a hobby but not sure you have the budget? I’ve started many hobbies from doing a bit of web research, picking up books from the library, and collecting my ingredients. It has definitely made my hobbies affordable.
  5. Business starter/income – you have your hobby but now want to take it a step further. I started “Layali Skincare Boutique” this way!! Entrepreneurship begins from Doing-it-Yourself.
  6. Health benefits – when it comes to the food department, making your own jar of jam for example, ensures that not you’re not consuming 50% sugar as per the average store bought jar. Scary! That goes for other pantry ingredients that are shockingly sugar-filled!
  7. Confidence booster – I’m a bit of a shy person, so explaining to someone that I’ve “handmade” a particular object not only gives me something easy to talk about, but also boosts my self-esteem to engage in a conversation.

My need to be “crafty” by dabbling in the “Do-it-yourself” section, has taught me so much, made life a bit more fun as I invent, put money back in my pocket, and is a trait that I hope to pass on to my children.  “The Art of Handmade” is slowly fading as the world of modern day living continues to progress at such a fast pace, I would encourage everyone to give it a go so we can keep it alive!

Watch this space for my new “Friday DIY” weekly posts where I’ll share with you recipes from my kitchen, to interesting things I’ve handmade, to kids crafts and party idea’s. Looking forward to sharing it with you!  

3 thoughts on ““The Art of Handmade” –What DIY Means to Me!

  1. Anna

    wow, that quote from the Honk Kong billionaire is really something! Really enjoy these articles and of course, the lay out and gorgeous pics!


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