My name is Laura. I am a graphic designer by trade, but in college I majored in studio art, so really I am more or less very artisitc. I fix most things around the house and even put up our tin shed more or less on my own. I also fix my car when it is smaller stuff.
I knit, crochet, sew, craft, woodwork, know how to weld, take pictures (I won't call myself a photographer by any means, but I like them), garden and much, much more stuff. I am currently working on making a deck of Tarot cards as I am really drawn to the artwork and symbolism. (I also moderate tarot_guild (a tarot community on lj))
I do many many other things and am more or less the fix it person my friends go to when they want advice on how to get stuff done, such as making a plaster cast to fool people for a class.
I am also on Ravelry as diddimus.
One of my recent projects is a great starter DIY project for how to make planter boxes from old fence pieces.
I basically recycled some non-rotted boards from the six foot security fence that we took down when we bought our house due to most of it being rotten. I made my boxes be about a foot wide by a yard long and a half a foot tall. I used some two by fours I had laying about and made feet for my boxes and a six foot peice of a 1x2 that I had around as reinforcement. Here is the journal entry I made about it at the time arualanne.livejournal.com/16283.html#cutid1
. If you need more specifics on it, when I have time I will draw out the actual plans and the size of them and perhaps write out the pattern a little more concisely. I also used some screws to join them together.
The tools I used were a skill saw, a screw driver (electric), A T-square (I cheated and used the edge of a cabinet to double check that cuts were fairly straight, so my boxes were a little wonkier than they could have been, but I was in a hurry), and a tape measure. If you aren't useing screws, you will want a hammer instead. I then used Thompson's water sealer to seal the boxes so they last for a while and don't rot as I live in the south and rot is a big problem down here with it being really humid and all. If you want the boxes to be more natural, don't seal them. I left a small gap in the bottom so that water could drain, but not too big so that the soil won't run out the bottom too. More or less make a box without a top. Join the bottom with the 1x2's and then put on the two by fours as feet, I did mine the tall way as that way when the yard gets soggy as it does down here, my boxes are well out of the water, if you don't have that problem then it is really optional. I then filled them with dirt and started planting, The green beans did well and the weather down here overheated everything else so my garden didn't do great, but then I planted 4 o'clocks (flowers) in them and they are doing great and blooming and all, so the boxes work well as planters. Next time, I might make them deeper, but that is what I had on hand.
On another note, many projects and ideas for DIY stuff can be found at www.instructables.com.