Hi, I’m Toni and I’m so glad you’re here! If you’re new here welcome, welcome, welcome! If you’ve visited before and your confused by the new look of my blog, I recently rebranded. Rebranding means I’ve changed my blog name (from Small Home Soul to Girl, Just DIY!) and I gave my website a makeover too. I hope you love it, the fun colors really fit more of who I am, a color-loving girl (just ask my husband).
Don’t worry, you can still find all the projects I created as my old name right here. Thanks to the magic of the internet.
I’ve been on this blogging journey a few years and there’s never a dull moment. I used to have a boring corporate job but after a layoff I now work part-time for an old co-worker. The extra time in my day allows me to be creative, and build things, and make cool DIY stuff that I get to share with you.
God gave me this opportunity to shift gears in my work life and for that I am so grateful! I’m very thankful to my husband too because he fully supports this job shift to get me doing something more creative. We have a grown daughter who just got married. They are a huge part of my support system and they gave me blanket permission to share all the DIY stuff I made for their wedding (some of it’s coming soon). I must give a special shout out to my husband for putting up with the constant chaos in the garage and the office (that’s true love friends).
I’m definitely not an expert (be sure you read my disclosure page) and I have my share of failures. But experience, necessity, and lots and lots of home DIY projects over 20 years in our “starter home” have taught me a lot. I’m so happy that I get to share my experience and my projects with you. I hope they encourage you.
I’m a California girl born and raised with lots of siblings and parents who worked hard to give us a good life. I’m the youngest and growing up money was tight. So while dad worked long hours to support us, my mom learned how to fix all the things that broke. My mom was a DIY queen decades before DIY became a word. I learned so much just from watching her, and handing her the wrench when she was under the kitchen sink fixing a leaky faucet.
Our “starter home” turned into our forever home. She’s a 60 year old 1300 sq ft “mid-century modern-esq” home that we’ve fixed and tweaked to our liking since 1998.
We’ve done most every improvement ourselves, doors, windows, bathrooms, floors, you get the idea. Mostly because we couldn’t afford to hire anyone, and partly but we love knowing “we did that!”
My tastes have changed over the years and I’m tired of playing it safe with my decor. As I said before I’m a color-loving girl so it’s going to get more colorful around our house. And I’m not just talking about the language 🙂
Life would be boring if our surroundings didn’t change from time to time. Sometimes all you need is a few “new” things to give your home new life. Those new things don’t have to cost a fortune.
I’m so happy to have you along for this crazy DIY ride. It’s going to be a lot of fun creating some really cool stuff that I hope inspires you.
Let’s get DIYing,
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