Why yes, I think this is the longest blog post I’ve ever written. It’s more along the lines of a book but if you’re interested in knowing a bit about the girl behind the blog, then I believe reading every word will accomplish just that! lol Warning: it’s not a suspense-type read, likely borderline zzzz if you’re a thrill seeker! I rarely have this much to say (I’m usually the quiet one in the crowd) so bear with me while I get longwinded and share my story.

Ever have one of those times when you’re feeling super blessed? When you’re so happy you could just burst? Nothing specific has happened. No awesome event. Not a special announcement or exciting news. I write for my DIY blog  (DIY Show Off and you’re here! “HI! Welcome! or Welcome back!”) and I almost always have a DIY project in progress. I looooove DIY. I love being crafty, decorating, improving my home, shopping, planning, organizing and even cleaning. I love learning. I love hands on. I love transforming ugly into pretty.  And I’m so thankful that what I love to do has become my career via my blog. It’s a dream come true and I’m thankful for each and every visit every single day, every link up, every comment, every share and every feature. And the encouragement and support I receive, that makes it all worth while. Thank you!

Hello! My e-friends call me Roeshel. My family calls me Shelly. Mr. DIY calls me Mittens. My girls call me Mim. What new baby grandson will call me is still up in the air.

Mom to Rosie, our Italian Greyhound, too!

Since I’ve been blogging for so long, sometimes I assume I’ve known my readers/blog friends all along. But my analytics shows differently most of the time. So, if you’re new to DIY Show Off {“Welcome! Hi! SO glad you’ve stopped by!”}…you may not know our story.

Here it is:

Growing up, my parents owned an old fixer upper farmhouse. We’re talking serious fixer upper. No bathroom. Chickens running through the kitchen. But, they used their small budget and turned that old farmhouse into a home filled with love and fun memories…the place I see in my head when I think about my childhood. I loved that old house. And I guess I turned out just like my mom in that way. She was always painting, the queen of wallpaper and super creative when it came to re-doing a house on a budget. She is my inspiration.

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to play with was my paper dolls. My sisters and I would create our own. We’d have dolls and clothes and I’d take the creativity a step further and make a paper house with furniture and accessories, a yard and barn with animals. Not much has changed. I still love creating a pretty home (minus the farm animals).

Gratitude: I’m so thankful for my family. I’m so blessed. I mentioned my mom above. I’m very close to my girls {Bri & Ali} who share my love of DIY and thrifty treasures. They’re both artistic and creative souls. They’re my best friends. They celebrate my small milestones.

My sister is always a great listener and has the best advice. She is always optimistic and supportive. She makes the best of every situation and always sees the silver lining or accepts things that cannot be changed. I could write 100,000 words on the people that mean the most to me. My long time friend always offers her help. My blog friends and readers…too many to list, but I can’t tell you how often my e-friends have left a kind comment just when I needed it or shared my excitement. These people make me want to give 100% and do my best when it comes to my blogging.

I haven’t forgotten my husband…

My partner: I refer to him as my Mr. DIY.

Mr. DIY is the one who encourages me daily to live my dream, to do what I love. He is amazing and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be a DIY blog author. He reassures me during those difficult times. We rarely argue. Our biggest argument: When something is lost. Nothing gets Mr. DIY’s blood boiling hotter than when he can’t find something. And 99.9% of the time it’s because of me. I’ve either

  1. put it away where it belongs and he’s staring straight at it but not seeing it,
  2. moved it somewhere without thinking as I was clearing clutter to stage photos for blogging and even I can’t find it for 20 years,
  3. or he’s left it where he last used it and doesn’t remember where that was.
His hobbies are DIY, cooking {specifically on his Big Green Egg}, gardening and home brewing. We’re considering adding his recipes to the blog. 🙂
When and why I started a blog: I started blogging in 2007. When we were looking to buy our home, it was after looking for a year and not finding the right place. We thought for sure we’d have to settle for something that wasn’t the perfect fit. But the day we looked at this place, despite it’s neglect, despite the fact that it was just plain gross, we couldn’t stop thinking about the things it DID have that we weren’t willing to compromise. The things that were most important to us: location and size. A vision for what we wanted had a starting place. I grabbed some graph paper and started making up designs. The next day, we put an offer on the house. A bidding war ensued and we weren’t sure we’d win, but it was meant to be. We are the lucky owners of a home that will always have a DIY project in the works and I love the challenge. I love the character in old homes.

DIY Show Off Home Tour

I started a blog to journal our home improvements at the time when we purchased this old fixer upper farmhouse. Those who started blogging around the same time might remember me from Evangeline’s Vine. I blogged about our life as well. Then two years later, I decided to create a blog dedicated to DIY / home related topics because I found that others enjoyed DIY home improvement and decorating just as much as I did. I wanted to create a place where others could show off their work and be encouraged. That’s when DIY Show Off was created. {I finally had the opportunity to give up my full time medical/administrative position for a part time medical transcription job from home for the same company in 2009. My medical transcription position officially ended in 2011 and I became officially self employed! Hurray!} I LOVE my job now and look forward to ‘work’ every day.

DIY farmhouse kitchen makeover

farmhouse kitchen

Personal:

I haven’t always used the best judgement or made the best decisions, but I’m learning and believe that my life happened the way it did because it needed to. I think I’m a better person because of the choices, and yes, sometimes mistakes that I’ve made too. Things I dislike most about myself: lack of confidence, indecisiveness and not being witty or talkative. I always think of things I should have said after the fact. Drives me crazy! Things I do like about myself: My faith, my determination, my creative drive, my life.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY DIY BLOG

I chose the name DIY Show Off because after my first blog, I wanted a name that shared my specific interest. DIY and sharing – and I never meant for that to be ‘me’ as the “show off”, but a place for readers and other bloggers to “show off” their hard work. We put so much time, thought, energy, creativity and hard work into do-it-yourself and getting a little recognition for a job well done is an awesome feeling! Now that there are so many feature blogs, I’d love to come up with something prettier but I’m torn because after so long, changing a name feels like starting over. So DIY Show Off it is.

I’m always working on something and taking pictures along the way. Sometimes I’m working on five things. All at once. I love being creative and productive. I’m so blessed {and SO thankful} to be doing what I love to do. I wanted to explain what my days are like for those who don’t own a blog. This is my average day: