My favourite day of the week, the day I get to ask myself; what can I do today that will make you happy’?
This weekend I decided I wanted to do something different, to get my creative on and build something. I had been wanting a herb garden for a while, just hadn’t decided how exactly I wanted to do it (apartment living = limited space).
So I decided I would use stacked wooden cubes to create an aesthetically pleasing garden utilising the corner space I had allocated.
So, to begin my building adventure, I headed to Bunnings, dressed in high heals and exuding enthusiasm. I was ready to take on this DIY.
Herbs, succulents, Lavender (I am in love with the powerful calming effects Lavender has on the nervous system).
Wood; anything Rustic looking.
A Hammer, some nails.
So, I started with the pots, chose the ones I liked and I thought would ‘match’, this was fine, no help required. Next stop; outdoors. Aimlessly strolling through the aisles, really just trying to decide what would look pretty and was low maintenance. Help required. A kind young man must have seen the ‘not quite sure what I am doing’ expression on my face and decided to assist me. Together we chose succulents that would fit into the pots Id chosen, Kale, and some herbs. Not to difficult.
(I chose lavender as I often struggle to sleep, Lavender is brilliant to calm and relax and I intend to cut a flower each night for my pillow).
Next stop. Timber.
Have you been into the Timber section of these stores??? By now I was starting to realise the task I had thought was simple, wasn’t so.
So, as I was wandering around the timber section, trying to look for anything that had a rustic look whilst using the trolley to lean on (these store are also HUGE, and I would highly recommend flat shoes), thankfully a man appeared and listened to my excited description of what I was hoping to build. Not quite sure what was going through his mind as I naively explained the wooden cubes/hammer & nails scenario, but I’m quite sure he was trying to hold back a smile. After a (masterpiece) 3D drawing, he got it and decided to use treated Pine; perfect. Next, we chose the sizes, he even kindly cut them (and for a price of $1.50, being nice is ALWAYS effective, everywhere).
He then proceeded to tell me I couldn’t ‘just’ nail them together (this was disappointing as I was going to trial the hammer/hitting as a stress relief technique), instead I would have to drill them with a cordless drill, I asked why not with a cord and he said it would just get in my way, and that I would also need to drill pilot holes before drilling the screws in.
My simple building adventure had just become…not so simple.
So, with my trolley laden with pots, plants, chopped wood, I headed to the Tools section and purchased my very first cordless drill.
I was excited and ready!
So, first things first, I wanted to tackle what I thought would be the most difficult (and it proved it was) the wooden cubes.
Now, I haven’t owned a cordless drill before and the last time I used one was probably in high school, so I started charging the battery, reading the directions, and…
Well…its really quite funny, for about 10 minutes I was sitting re reading the page on how to open the ‘chuck’ (for anyone that doesn’t know that’s the part at the top that opens and closes so you can use different size screws).
This chuck just wasn’t opening. I was half laughing at myself, half frazzled, I had thought I would get further then just turning the drill on before getting frustrated. But it just wasn’t happening. So… back to Bunnings; turns out it was a faulty drill (of course my luck).
Back home, take 2. Started drilling, got a few done and then the drill starts to slowwwwllllllyyyy run out of battery. (GRR). Charge. Start again. And repeat x 6. (I replanted my plants and herbs during this time).
So the frames were built,. but I discovered that the lovely guy that helped me, hadn’t cut the inside ‘support’ blocks smaller as I had requested. Back to bunnings.
So 3 trips to bunnings, a beautiful Saturday and some Reggae tunes…my DIY project was complete. And wow. Yes, I was proud, my idea had worked! And it was perfect! The wood cost me approximately $23, my time was invested and I had completed my very first building project ON MY OWN. (The small frustrations were definitely worth the sense of accomplishment).
Todays Self Love advice; do something different, think outside your square…what is it that you would like to do but never thought you could? Why not give it a go. Because, believe me, you CAN do it. Anything.
Now, as for me…Ill be contemplating what else I can put my new found building skills to whilst I get some High Intensity Sprints done pre Yoga.
It is a beautiful day, a beautiful life; live it.
Love and light, Charlie x.