When I was a little girl I was happiest in the mud or in my dads shop putting together bird houses. I’m not really sure why I favoured bird houses, maybe because I was only allowed to play with pre-cut square pieces of wood, a hammer and very few nails.
As I grew up I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my grandmother where she taught me how to bake bread and doughnuts. I started as her official taste tester but I quickly upgraded to helper.
The older I got the less time I spent in the shop and kitchen. When I went to university my love a baking/cooking was rekindled. As a procrastination tool, I would spend Sunday mornings making huge family dinners for my friends.
Making those Sunday dinners I finally understood something that my grandmother used to tell me “food is an act of love”. I always thought she meant that she loved baking but I think she meant preparing food is a way to express love. I think that’s why I love cooking so much it’s an easy way to say I love you. Do I think that every egg I’ve ever made is a profound expression of love? No. Do I think it hast the potential to be? Yes. Ok Desiree you’re getting a little too deep for an about me page, time to change the subject.
I had kind of abandoned my love of building things until I bought my first house. When I first walked in I knew two things, 1) I could call this home, 2) it needed a lot of updating. Like most first time home buyers I didn’t have a whole lot of cash lying around so with the help of family and friends I renovated. We turned hands on the clock forward and brought my house from the 80’s to now.
After the renovations finished I missed transforming old to new, so I started refinishing furniture. One day I was walking through Ikea with my official taste tester looking for bedside tables and a dinning room table. I was annoyed because everything I really liked was out of my price range. Frustrated I left the store went home and consulted Pinterest. I decided that I could make my own bedside tables. While renovating my house I got comfortable with a lot of power tools unfortunately none of them were saws, so I did what any sensible person would do, I watched YouTube tutorials. Just like that my love of building things was reignited and since then I haven’t stopped building things.
By no means do I profess to be an expert in the kitchen or the shop but what I lack in official training I make up for it enthusiasm and humor (I think). If you like what you’ve read so far, stick around, I’ll be bringing you weekly updates of my shinnangins in the kitchen and in the shop.