Thursday, 24 April 2014

Do it myself

I've always been one of those people who think that they can do something themselves rather than buying something or getting someone else to do it.  Being a 'do it myself' kind of person is both a blessing and a curse though.  It does save me money, it does mean that I can get things that I other wise can afford and that I try to do new and different things. But, of course, it doesn't always work.
I blame my Mum, she's exactly the same.  When I was younger, it didn't matter what it was, Mum would be willing to give it a go and do it herself.  Not that I'm complaining really, it did mean that I ended up with the most fantastic hand embroidered wedding dress that Mum made me. She also made the bridesmaids dresses and her own outfit, I made our jewellery and did the wedding invites, and decorated the reception..... you get the idea.

A 'do it myself' wedding dress


Where it falls down, is that no matter how sure I am that I can do it myself, there are clearly some things that are beyond me, that I can't do.  I recently fell into the 'do it myself' trap with my phone. A little while ago I dropped my phone on the floor and shattered the glass (sob) with over a year left to run on the contract I'd got a few options: Buy another cheaper phone to get me through, pay someone to fix it, use it with a shattered screen, or try and fix it myself.  I suspect that you already know where this is going....
I ordered the parts from ebay, and then followed a video (a not very clear or complete video) on youtube.  After replacing the cracked glass, I tried turning it back on and...... nothing, it doesn't turn on or work at all now.  It looks great mind you, nice, unbroken, clean glass, but that's about it.  So now I'm back to square one, and wishing that sometimes I didn't try to 'do it myself.'