Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Guest Post - DIY Design Fanatic

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic is my special guest today and I am so happy that she agreed to fill in for me.  She is a wife and mom to 2 beautiful daughters.  Her home is stunning and she and Mr. Diy do such unbelievable diy projects.  Her home is full of fabulous inspiration and she is always doing something that will definitely get your creative juices flowing. Her style and attention to detail make her home such a beautiful and inviting place, full of tons of eye-candy and warmth. Thank you so much Pam for filling in, I can't wait to see your post.

 Must Haves For The DIYer
Hey everyone! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Pam from diy Design Fanatic and am thrilled to be filling in today for Marty while she is having a fabulous time on her Hawaiian vacation. It is such an honor for me to be here today! Thank you, Marty!
Since I'm truly a "do it yourself" at heart(hence my blog name), I thought I'd talk to everyone about some basic must haves for DIYer's, especially those of you who are new at this or have some hesitation to doing anything yourself.
If you've been doing some of your own DIY projects for awhile, I'm sure you'll agree with many on my must have list.

My list includes basic tools for doing projects from simple crafts to checking things off your honey do list.

The first must have for the DIYer is an adventurous attitude and willingness to try something new.
I believe you can do more than you think you can...and there's either a neighbor, or someone at the hardware store or even someone in blogland, that can help you if you need it. I love seeing someone share their first attempt at a project and it comes out really fantastic. That is so exciting!

The first tangible must have for the DIYer is a cordless screwdriver. I carry mine in the trunk of my car. A cordless drill is such a time saver when changing out cabinet hardware or putting outlet and light switch covers back on. My Skil cordless screwdriver is compact, lightweight and so convenient.(not that I'm partial to it or anything...lol!)

It's easy to carry anywhere in it's compact case.

The next must have on the list is your own DIY "toolbox". Mr. Fanatic gave me my own toolbox full of tools for Christmas many years ago. Don't worry, he gave me a girly gift that year, as well, ~ I have no idea what that gift was, but I still have and use the tools he gave me.
In that toolbox he gave me was a hammer that didn't weigh a ton, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, snips, a level, a six in one screwdriver, a box cutter and a fold out saw. You might not need the fold out saw, but definitely everything else. The best thing I like about having my own tools is that I keep the in my craft room and don't have to go searching in the garage to find them.

Of course you'll need a tape measure or two. Uh, I have a thing about having tape measures in several places around the house or in the car. It's always really handy to have a small one in your purse, too, so you'll know if that fabulous bench you just found at the Goodwill or HomeGoods is going to fit on the wall in your foyer.

As a DIYer, you'll definitely be doing some painting and you will be needing a good paint brush and painting supplies. You can do a lot of great projects with spray paint, but some makeovers need a good brush or two. My favorite brushes are made by Purdy. A good paint brush is worth the money and will last years if you take care of it.

One of my most used diy tools is my hot glue gun. Does yours look this bad, or is it just me?

And last, but not least, a sewing machine.

I can't imagine not having one (or two) of these, but then I've been sewing since I was 12 years old. My mom didn't know how to sew, so she had me take a class.
I know some of you use that fusing tape and are quite proficient at it, but I would encourage you to be brave and take a class and learn how to sew.

Seriously ladies(and gentlemen), I've seen some of the great projects you've done and I'm 100% certain you can do this:

Imagine the possibilities of just being able to sew a straight line! You don't have to spend a lot of money on a machine...the current one I'm using was about $100 and it sews great.

Below are just some of the projects I used my basic tools for:

I hope you've enjoyed my list of must have DIY tools and have encouraged some of you to be brave and try something new. Any takers?

Thanks again, Marty!


  1. Pam your projects always turn out AMAZING!! Martina

  2. I love all of your projects. I own all the same tools...I just love all the possibilities for what you can make having just a few basic tools.

  3. I'm impressed with your handy girl abilities. You are correct that the right tool or implement makes the job so much easier. By the way, I assure you my glue gun is much worse than yours. I am not so neat when I work, so I seem to get glue everywhere even on the gun.------Shannon

  4. great tips & great projects created. Never thought of using a pie plate to catch those "hot" drips from the glue gun. Thanks for the idea. I plan to check out your blog. So excited you helped Marty out, so she can enjoy her time away.

  5. Love your blog Marty, Now following xx Ava

  6. Great list Pam! My glue gun looks worse than yours. I actually bought a new one at Michael's yesterday. :)

    Nice job on your guest posting!

    Have a great day.

  7. OK that cordless skrewdriver will be on my Christmas list!

  8. Great projects...I think all I would need to add to that list (for me) is TIME...
    Enjoyed your post!

  9. Thank you for the tool list. I am going to check to see which tools I already have, and which I should get next.

  10. Pam, what a great list! I think I need to add some to my list of things to buy! Great post!


  11. Thanks, everyone! I'm glad to hear that the shape of my glue gun is isn't so bad! Of course, it's my 3rd one!

  12. Great post Marty and Pam!! I have tape measures all over my house too! :-) I definitely agree that you really have to get out there and just try things. Blogging has been the best encouragement to me and I always appreciate the tips I get from DIY'ers like yourself!

  13. Now why don't I have one of those cordless screwdrivers? I'm adding that to my wish list. And my glue gun is spotless. Of course, I just bought my third one as my last one was so glooped up it wouldn't work anymore! Your drawer of tools looks so inviting, great post :)

    Suzy xxx

  14. Hi Pam- You always do great projects and your abilities and talent show through them! I have tools but not in a tool box- they are spread about. My glue gun got pretty bad and I bought a new one! Your's looks par for the course! I always get out a hunk of tin foil, but the pie tin is a better idea! I hope most Moms show their daughters at least some things they can do on their own! It's a good thing to know! I started to learn about sewing at the same age of 12. I find it handy to know and think everyone should know some basics! You're a great inspiration!

  15. What a great post!!! Yes, I have a full big toolbox with all kinds of goodies, on of my favs is the ice pick, man, I use that for all kinds of things, and a large magnet. I have to laugh over the measuring tapes....my kids always teased me about being the "queen of measuring tapes", think I have one in every room of the house, in my purse and in my car!!! And there is a glue gun on every floor of the house with a piece of cardboard that I cut up from boxes for the drips. Now, for sure I am getting that cordless screw driver...and after that the cordless drill!!! hugs...cleo

  16. Great post Pam! And, your projects are always beautiful!

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