photo by Pearl Beerhorst
In Edith Schaeffer's classic The Hidden Art of Homemaking, she says this;
"Doing something yourself will fulfill a need in you. And living with what you have made or restored will help you to express something which is you, living with an originality which speaks of diversity of human personality as against the machine. Creativity is a part of personality. Surely the place where you as a personality live should speak of your creativity is some way!"
I have often thought of this passage over the years and think it has become one of the guiding principles of our family's home life together. Doing things ourself often began because we simply didn't have the money to go out and buy it. When Brenda and I needed a bed, I took a giant old pocket door a neighbor had passed off to me when he was cleaning out his garage, along with some scrap lumber and I built the bed that we have been sleeping in every night for the last two years.
It is as if we tease out more of our personality as we make our own stuff. Our homes become more uniquely beautiful as our personalities become imbued with more potent color, and -as this happens the factory made world we leave behind looks even more dull and lifeless.