My husband and I like to create things ourselves. Whether it’s a piece of furniture or art or an RV, DIY allows us to get exactly what we want with the added benefit of it often costing A LOT less than it would to purchase the same finished product.

For some projects, it helps to have a bit of construction knowledge (which, in our case, comes from my carpenter husband, Kyle). Other than that, all we’ve needed is a bit of imagination to create some amazing pieces that we’ll keep forever.

It’s wonderful to be able to look at the couch in our living room and, instead of having a memory associated with a fluorescent-lit warehouse furniture store, I remember Kyle and I hunkered down in the living room of our first home together. Plastic sheeting was taped to the floors and walls to try to limit the spread of sawdust. For our first big project together, we built ourselves a couch out of pallets.

A bit about us – Kyle and I live in Edmonton, AB, Canada in a house that is almost 100 years old. We are proud parents to our 3 fur-babies:

Bacardi – our oldest pup, but she’s the boss
Curtis – our very big rescue pup who just wants cuddles
Pepper – fluffy, friendly, and acts likes one of the dogs

Kyle is a carpenter, and I’m an environmental scientist. Our careers are both quite demanding, so working on projects leads to quality time together.

At the end of the day, DIY gives inanimate objects meaning, and I love that. Plus, it costs so much less! (I’m frugal, haha.)



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