DIY diva

Something strange (and a little magical) is happening here…

January 27, 2013 | 23 Comments | The Liberty House
DIY diva

Let me start off by saying that I don’t believe in fairy tales, or maybe more accurately, fairy tale endings. (I also don’t believe in using consistent capitalization in the titles of my posts… has anyone ever noticed that? I’ve been doing this for eight years, and still have no concept of properly titling something. Or properly anything, for that matter, but that’s a topic for a different day.) What I do believe in is working your ass off, believing in yourself, not sitting around and waiting for awesome things to come to you when you can go out there and build them yourself.

I also believe in magic.

I do. There’s a certain magic in constructing something, right? In taking something that wasn’t and bringing it into existence, piece-by-piece. But I’ve also heard rumors about a different kind of construction magic. That if you’re in the right area at the right time, if there’s just the right mix of sawdust and imagination and belief in the air, if your heart and eyes are open, you might start to notice things…


Like a little extra sparkle in your sawdust…


And if you keep working away, in the midst of the mess, you might find something special. A hint that maybe you’re not working alone…


And if you’re really lucky, and if you don’t stop believing…


A little magic just might move in for good.

Something strange is happening in the Liberty House these days– there’s definitely a little sawdust and magic in the air– and we’ll just have to see what comes of it…

DIY diva


  • Amy

    It looks like you may have a fairy infestation. :)

    • Kit

      I can speak from experience that that would be much better than, say, a cluster fly infestation! [shudder]

  • Guerrina


  • Lou

    Ahhh! Miniatures! MIN-EEE-AH-TURES!

  • AZ DIY Guy

    Of course they are miniatures. Have you ever known a three inch tall, construction fairy to use full-size tools?

  • Marnita Parry

    Ahhhhhhh glitter, it makes everything better!

  • Kym

    I’ve been reading your blog for just under a year now….and I’ve really enjoyed it. This post may or may not have made me shreik out loud something like “OhmygodthatissoFREAKINGcool”. Can’t wait to see where this goes….

  • Anne

    I have the SAME problem with capitalizing my post titles. Rampant inconsistancy.

  • Sarah In Illinois

    LOVE IT! Can’t wait to see what the sawdust and magic produces!

  • Linzy

    Aaaaaaand we’ve officially lost her.

    • hjc

      Yes, but she’s happy, and that is what’s important.

    • Kit

      Hahaha. My favorite part about this is that we’re operating under the assumption that I was ever fully there. lol. As if buying houses online and making up songs about my tools were totally normal things to do…

  • Kay

    Ummmm…am I the only one that thought maybe she’d found a secret hiding place from residents long ago with treasure in it? I seriously thought you were going to whip out a gold bar and a note from your knocking ghost friend. (I don’t believe in ghosts)

    • GG

      Nope, I thought the same thing!!!!

    • Kit

      Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle style? Nope! But I may build a few secret hiding places of my own for far-far distant future residents.

      Have you heard about the architect that created DaVinci Code-esq puzzles to be found in this house? That could totally happen here.

      • Sarah In Illinois

        I hid beer bottles and a note in my walls for future renovators. I really wish I had found one myself!

  • GG

    YES!! Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!! That Mystery on 5th Ave. story is great, I can’t wait to see what you do in your house:) The possibilities are endless, I’m rooting for the bookcase door/secret room to happen as well.

  • Laura @ Clydesdale Ranch

    Why are construction fairies so small? If they were large, say larger than humans, couldn’t they get the job done faster? Just sayin..

  • Chaucea

    😀 😀 😀



  • Sarah @ St. Paul Haus

    Love this–super cool. Unfortunately, if I left stuff like that in one place too long my cats would have put it in my dirty laundry or under my bed by now…

  • Becky

    That sparkle looked like fairy dust to me! I love fairies. I have them in my garden.

  • Mia-Jane Detton

    That’s all great & wonderful! I was just wondering though, have you slept recently?! :c)) LOVE your blog! You’re an inspiration!

  • Yasue

    First, thanks for an amazing blog. We just made a giant leap and we’re in the process of buying a house, so you’re helping to prevent me from exploding into a million tiny pieces from waiting to start my own projects in there, by distracting me and educating me with yours. 😉

    English major nerdy title tip: generally helper verbs (can, has, does…) and articles (a, an, the, be…) aren’t capitalized unless they’re at the beginning of a title. Capitalize the heck out of pretty much everything else. It’s not the precise rule, but you’ve got magic to build.

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