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The Best Two DIY Projects I Ever Made

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I wanted to share with you 2 of the best DIY projects I have ever made.  I started working on them many years ago.

I can’t take full credit for how wonderful these two projects have turned out, as they have been a joint DIY effort that I could not have completed without the able-bodied assistance of my hubby, Ed.  He has been at my side since both projects conception.

The Top 2 DIY Projects

I can’t say these projects were easy, as they are still on-going and have come with many of the usual DIY glitches, mistakes, and frustrations.  We didn’t  have a step-by step tutorial to follow, we just followed our gut – tender loving care and lots of time and attention.

You may be working on one or more of these projects yourself, as they are a common do-it-yourself project.  Yours may not be as far along as mine, but the steps involved to complete them is still the same.   Working on these projects can be exasperating at times, especially when you have been working on them for about 13 years, but I think in the end you will be just as delighted with how your projects turn out as I am with mine.

The Two Best DIY’s I Ever Made


When I think back to when these two projects were still pretty new, I  laugh and cry at the same time as they change so fast – one minute they are your real life little dollies that you can carry around with you where ever you go.

But they keep growing.

The Best 2 DIY Projects to make

Wait rewind, stop the clock!  I can’t .  These projects are perpetually moving forward.

Then in what seems like a blink of your eye – they are pretty much complete… all grown up.

The Best 2 DIY Projects to make

It seems like yesterday they were playing on toy horses.

two little girls on an outdoor rocking horse in a garden.

Then before you know it – they are  riding the real thing.

Young girl equestrian going over a jump.

When they were still sort of new.  My 2 projects could not be left in water alone and had to wear “water wings“.

Then blink – they can fly through the water with no wings at all.

Bucknell rowing

They used to drink formula out of baby bottles.

Now they belly up to the bar for Mardi Gras – tasting beer out of bottles.

Mardi Gras

She used to love driving her Barbie car

Barbie Car

 Or getting to drive on the bumper cars on the Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk

Bumper cars

Then blink – she is driving the real thing.


They used to love getting dressed up.


And had many dresses…. worn only once.

Prom Dresses

The first day of school …

First Daty of School

to graduations from Pre-school

Preschool Graduation

High school


and College.


Crooked teeth, years of orthodontist visits and thousand’s spent –


But worth every cent!!!

Mandy and kelly at lunch Kelly's Graduation

The next thing you know, you are saying goodbye with tears in your eyes at the station as #1 embarks on a 27- month journey across the globe with the Peace Corps.

30th-street Station

And just this week, Ed and I helped move  # 2 into her first college apartment outside of the dorms.  She won’t be home this summer as she will be working in her college town.

Lake Champlain

You only have one chance to make these projects turn out beautifully.   Tomorrow will be here before you know it.  Enjoy every moment you can because in a blink of your eye – your yesterday’s are gone, your memories will be sweet, and your nest empty.

The house is quiet now.  It’s just Ed and I.  None of their friends coming through the house – saying,   ” Hi, Mr and Mrs H, how ya doing?”  No more speakers up to full volume, or junk food in the refrigerator and pantry.  No more pool parties with their high school XC team trying to create a world record to see how many of them can  fit into the hot tub.  There is less laundry,  practically none.  Their rooms are like museums, empty of life – but exhibits of their childhood.  The house is no longer filled with their presense, laughter, and goings-on.  There is a stillness about that I am just getting used to.

I could not have made these 2 projects come out as well as they did without giving my hubby half the credit.  He has been the best hands-on dad  ever- so thanks honey   x o

Green shirts
Bucknell Rowing

A fun new adventure… time for me.  When most of you are having to adjust to your project’s being out of school for the summer, I am on the other end. My first summer without #1 & #2 around.   I now can read a book on the beach without having to worry that I will lose sight of one of them, no more carpools, or teacher conferences, homework to help with, recitals, dances, bag lunches to make, etc.   I will enjoy this new time in my life as it is nice to see them all grown up and happy, but in my heart they will always be like this – my precious real life little dollies.

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  1. It’s a bittersweet time, isn’t it? Mine are 23 and soon-to-be 20 {next week actually and he’s in Ireland/England right now!}. There are days I long for those days again and then there are days when I wonder why they are still living in my house! : ) The daughter’s back home with a fiancee and baby on the way, and my son has two more years of college {local university}, but I love having them near even if they do eat my Klondike bars!

    1. Hi Kathy-

      Having any kind of junk food in the house last anymore than a day or two is one of the biggest changes. I am shocked at how much my food bill has gone down. You don’t realize how much they eat.

  2. Toni passed this on to me today. Even though you live down the street, I haven’t seen the girls in awhile – just beautiful! With TJ graduating next week, then on to W&M in August, I’m not far behind you. Perhaps Jill would like to borrow one of those worn-once dresses! Congrats to you & Ed for your DIYs!

    1. Hi Tara –

      We gave away a few of the dresses, but there are still some hanging around in the guest room closet. Come shopping anytime.

  3. I had tears too. I am where you are as well, creating a new life after my two DIY’s are grown. (One is still at home while attending college, but getting closer to moving on) I am over the top at how well my two DIY’s turned out, but I think that as the nest empties there is a form of grief too. We all share these mixed emotions of relief, pride and sadness.You should be proud to have raised two such lovely daughters. Thank you for sharing this, Pam

  4. Diane-I have tears in my eyes at 6:30am. What a beautiful tribute to your family. Enjoy this new phase of your life….I’ll be coming to you for tips as that time will be here for us before we know it! Toni