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Meet the Maker: Roeshel Summerville

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Roeshel knows that making a fixer-upper a dream home takes a lot of work; she’s been blogging about it for more than 10 years now. On DIY Show Off, she shares her many reno-ventures, from home improvements to DIY design and décor, and shows off projects from readers.

Tell us a little bit more about your blog. What inspired you to not just Make but also share your work with the world?
When we purchased our home (a nasty fixer upper) 10 years ago, I started blogging to journal the before and after transformation, as well as the projects we were working on. I enjoyed sharing the process and friendships with others who shared my same DIY interests.

What are your favorite types of projects to DIY (and then show off)? How do you incorporate Dremel tools into your work?
My favorite types of projects are ones where I surprise myself … where I go from overwhelmed and doubtful to on-a-roll and accomplished.

And I love using Dremel tools whenever I can! I love that my Dremel tools aren’t intimidating, and it’s satisfying to be able to grab a lightweight but powerful tool to get the job done for both home improvement and craft projects.

How did you get into Making? Have you always been a Maker, or is it something you discovered as an adult?
I’ve always enjoyed DIY and being creative ever since I was a little girl. I think my childhood influenced my passion for DIY. My parents bought an old farmhouse and took on a lot of the work themselves.

Do you have any advice for new Makers who just picked up a Maker Kit and are ready to dive in and start making?
Deciding on one project out of so many is going to be your first challenge! But no worries, choose the one that best fits your comfort zone and go from there!

What’s an example of a project that didn’t turn out how you hoped it would? What did you learn from it?
I can’t really pin down one project that didn’t turn out. It happens. Imperfection adds character, right? I don’t tend to put a lot of pressure on myself, so mistakes or things not going as planned don’t really cause me a lot of drama or stress.

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

I either learn to embrace the end result (sometimes loving it more than my original vision), learn from mistakes (which I can then share!) or scrap it and start over. If the project is big, then a little prep work and research go a long way.

Get ideas for projects, home improvements and décor that you’ll want to show off on Roeshel’s blog, DIY Show Off.

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