Looking on the Bright Side

Lifehacker points to at least two blogs see the current financial troubles as a golden opportunity to improve your do-it-yourself skills. Can’t afford a new car? Just repair your old one! Don’t have money for new furniture? Build some out of scrap lumber! Can’t afford a hat? Knit one using cut-up beer cans for decorations (as my grandmother did on many an occasion).

Here’s one sample quote:

We can invest in hobbies that will give back, like electronics, woodworking, and DIY in general. Being able to make, fix, repair, and build might be the most important skills to develop. We really only have each other, and I think we’re all better off when we’re able to be self-reliant when we need to be.

Postmodern Art Gallery

Yesterday, our daughters spent part of the afternoon painting outside on our patio.  When it came time to put away the paints, our 4-year-old had a stack of wet paintings that needed to be hung up and dried.  “Aha,” I thought, “I’ll just get some twine and clothespins and hang them on the deck.”  My next thought, however, was, “Twine and clothespins?  What is this – Little House on the Prairie? We don’t even have twine and clothespins!”

So I created a hanging wall with the contemporary equivalent: DSL cable and binder clips.  Problem solved.

Pictures drying on the deck

Pictures drying on the deck

DSL cable as twine

DSL cable as twine

Binder clips as clothespins

Binder clips as clothespins