To The Non-confident Handyman: The Future of Craftsman Drive


Hello All! This is a blog from left field. It’s Sunday night and LMB and I are now back home. As exhausted and excited we are to be home, we cannot tell you how much fun we both had at the Haven Conference this weekend. For those of you who don’t know about the Haven Conference, it is a wonderful-inspiring conference that welcomes, teaches, and introduces DIY bloggers to one another and various vendors. This conference is filled with all different levels of bloggers from the famous Miss Mustard Seed to a few people that started their blogs days before they came. The Haven Conference really strives to bring this wonderful community together to help each and every one grow just as a big family. While LMB has had the pleasure to attend and even speak at this event in the prior years, this year she brought me along to meet many of these wonderful bloggers that have grown alongside her, motivated her, and helped her stay on track with this wonderful career she is still creating. This conference along with this industry is primarily driven by inspiring confident-wonderful women. At the conference you will find designers, adventurers, even one master electrician, host classes, share contacts, and provide their own personal lessons learned to help save others from the troubles and hassles of uncharted territory. I picked up on a few items that stood out to me and I wanted to take time to sit and focus on and express my intent as well as a few areas I struggle with my blog. Each of these featured projects, at times I felt poorly built, or other overall unappealing. I did not enjoy the entire journey and that leads me to this post, with the hopes of addressing some non-confident handyman fears that plague us all.




As of right now I have geared a lot of my content from the messy side of LMB. The projects how-to’s, or the furniture builds. I try to capture the unseen steps to get from one of LMB’s before all the way to the amazing transformed spaces. We are so humbled and moved when people share pictures of spaces we have inspired them to do, or furniture they have built based off of a post. I realized that this content is short and to the point, essentially not a lot of me in the post. While I truly enjoy sharing those how-to’s, I wanted to share a few key motto’s that I will be focusing some directional changes with my content (over there next few posts), to help blend with what I think is a lack of character with more of my original type of content. Starting with my weakest point in blogging, confidence in my work. I would classy myself as a Non-confident handyman, and I find a lot of reassurance in the first motto I want to share and focus much of my direction on is:


Nobody knows what they are doing, they are figuring it out too.


I spend a lot of time worrying and wondering if what I am doing is good enough. In the basis of furniture building or home design, LMB has her great vision, and I continually question what I am building or creating fits in that vision. Will it be as aesthetically pleasing as expected. The second fold of this is comes down to the actual build, or handy work being up to par with that of the pro’s. I have very minimal experience with building or fixing this and remodeling that. LMB puts up all of my work, and to think about all of the talented builders or general handyman, seeing the work, it can become overwhelming. Sometimes I spend too much time trying to perfect a project with the thought of what others are going to think, rather than how I am tackling the project and enjoying the ride. Over the last 6 months I have realized that nobody knows what they are doing half the time, and they are just trying to figure it out too. I would catch myself wondering what a professional painter would think, or how a general contractor would judge my work. I try not to be Tim The Tool Man Taylor, and fix something only to fall apart a few minutes or days later. I take very much pride in my work, and I want that to show through my quality and technique. One mystery that has plagued me for years was how did our fathers learn and become… well, our fathers. I feel like most dads and grandpas, fixed their own cars and trucks, reinforced/rebuilt crumbling barns, re-wired their home, and knew everything else under the sun. Besides countless hours away from a computer that didn’t exist or a Netflix show that wasn’t yet produced, how did they become this all knowing handyman? Here is the most direct answer to that question, they figured it out! An overtime they build experience, experience that portrays our fathers as this infamous wealth of knowledge. The take away is the term handyman/handywoman, not professional. Yes, professionals typically will come in, do it faster, it will cost them less, but this does not help your wallet. The cost is what usually drives people to the DIY world, as well as the experience. With the abundant amount of how-to blog posts that are out there, you can collaborate ideas to figure out any project put in your path. Enjoy the ride, and take pride in a house made into a home, that came from your own two hands. Don’t get me wrong, there are many areas where contracting out is the right thing to do, but many parts of the handy-work there is someone will help you get the desired look you want at the cost of a little unknown journey.




Looking back at the projects over the past few years, they all turned out great, styled beautifully, and I just wish I enjoyed the journey more. I was very concerned and stressed with the quality of the build and how they would translate online. Regardless of the turnout we took it on, we learned, and we now can reflect. Enjoy your journey and fight those non-confident handyman fears.

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  1. Jose, my motto is to revel in the imperfection. Your projects are quirky and full of wonderful rustic character. And you help Liz in realizing her dream. You should be proud of your work. And it is so true that none of us know what we are doing, we are all learning from each other as we go along. Just the other day I built a “drunk” pallet table with my husband. I had the best time, because of the shared experience we had. Enjoy the ride Jose, you are doing great. I’ve been following Liz’s blog for 2 years now and she was one of the reasons I started blogging. I am so proud of you both, live your dream and follow your vision.

    • says:

      Thank you so much Mary. What kind words. Those random projects, that bring back so many fun memories are why we do it. I get a kick out of watching those history channel shows, not for the stuff, but to see the collections people have gathered and how excited they are to tell the stories. I want to get there some day… stories for days. Thanks for reading, and such the kind words, I’ll be sure to pass your comment on to Liz.

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