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Living the diy life, leading the way.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

thediypage.com-logoLiving the diy life  and helping you create the diy life you want is my goal. I don’t think of myself as bold or a trailblazer, but that is the role that I’ve chosen.  I am creating the life I want to live, and I want to show you how to do it too. I aspire to John Quincy Adams’s definition of a leader.

All my life, I have been interested in  how. How do things work? How is that done? Can I do it too? I leave why to the philosophers. One of my favorite toys was the original Mr. Machine, a top hat wearing transparent robot. I loved taking him apart and putting him back together. In my pre-teen days I was a compulsive fort builder, my sister and I once tented over the entire backyard with the family’s bedsheets. After reading KonTiki, I decided to build a raft and sail to Hawaii.  Unfortunately, the lagoon at the community park had to no outlet to the ocean and my creation mysteriously disappeared.

On my facebook page I suggested that a friend could make his own almond flour. He answered  me that the idea had never occurred to him. It never occurred to me not to try making my own. Even if the diy project doesn’t work out, you learn something. For example, I have learned that I enjoy buying fabrics for a quilt, but doing the actual piecing and quilting not so much, so I limit myself to small quick quilting projects.

This blog is about living the diy life, trying out new things, and creating the life we want. There are opportunities all around us, new things to try and experience, from new recipes to new countries. I am chronicling my adventures and projects to inspire you to live your diy life too.

I don’t have a lot of money, but I do have a lot of imagination, and an ability to think outside of the box. Let’s peek over the edges of that box together and see what’s there. If I can do it, so can you. Sure it can be scary to step out of your comfort zone, but you can do it. Let’s learn about nutrition together, build furniture, cook some great meals, sew some amazing clothes, and create a fabulous diy life.


I’ve organized this blog in a magazine format, with sections showcasing the most recent posts and other posts that I want to call to your attention under the featured heading. Above the fold, as they say in the newspaper business,you will find my most recent posts regardless of category. Don’t stop there, featured posts  are located  below the recent posts. Featured posts currently contains posts pertaining to the new website format, Mr. Dog’s eulogy is there too. This is the place for posts that I think you may find interesting but might have missed the first time around. The bottom part of the home page is for the recent posts by major category, Creativity and DIY Projects, Health and Nutrition (homebase for my recipes), and Various and Sundry.

I need your help, what sorts of projects are you most interested in? Is there anything you think I can do to add to the blog? Is there anything you really dislike? How can I help you  create your own diy life?


About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. I’m a very DIY kind of person, and came from a very DIY family. My experience of people who don’t DIY is their universal belief that they can’t do a project. I think this self-imposed mental barrier is the biggest and the most insurmountable. Once you believe you can do something, the rest is learning about technique and taking the time to execute the project.

    Maybe you should write a post or two about the right mentality to attack projects. I think once people try to do something and have success, they’ll find they have unleashed a new personal power.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I give up on very very few things.

    • Kim,
      That is a brilliant idea! I am a firm believer that you will find what you look for. So if you look for success you will find it, if you already believe you will fail, the universe won’t disappoint you.

  2. Hi Melissa,
    You are so kind to say these things. I did make those puppets and do the beadwork, I had a jewelry biz, way back when, but my downfall was marketing. I also made dolls which was a lot of fun. If you do a search for puppets you will find the rest of the puppets that I made. “Just call me Geppetto” is the first in the series .

    I think that I would have been happy to have been an engineer, but that wasn’t even offered as an option to me.Like many of my generation, boys and girls, I was told that I needed to go to college but never given much guidance as to what to do when I got there.

    The idea that money solves your problems is overrated, but having been one of the working poor most of my life, I can tell you not having enough money for necessities is very stressful. I won’t diverge into politics.

    The next piece of furniture that I refinish, I promise to do more photos. I have a project in the works which I think you will like.


  3. Theresa,

    The puppets are adorable and perfect for little hands and if you tell me that you did that beadwork yourself, I will be officially jealous…

    As for suggestions; your furniture refinishing is wonderful. Maybe next time you can provide a short video on how to apply that more “involved” techniques.

    Tackling a new project never tried before or finding a solution (colander planters for ferns) is so satisfying, isn’t it?

    Thanks for the inspiration! Your imagination makes you a wealthy woman…money is over rated!

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