Introduction: DIY Keeps Me Going. I Have Posted 23 of Them.

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Hi, I am Patty Schuttenhelm. I live in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and winter in Fountain Hills, Arizona. I do DIY projects inside and outside of both of my homes. My hubby and I make a great team on a project. We feed off of each other's projects. I do all of my own carpentry, prcelain tile installation and all of my landscaping and gardening. I also make all of my own window treatments. I love Hometalk. I get to share my projects and learn new ones from others. My project "Polatems" was one of my most fun projects along with the Mexican tile wall I did at our home in Arizona. I have just celebrated 16 years cancer free and on January 15th, I will celebrate 8 years since my open heart surgery. My love for good hard work and creating beauty keeps me going.
q diy keeps me going i have posted 23 of them
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  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jan 04, 2017
    So many accomplishments! Thank you for sharing!

  • Candy Walsh Candy Walsh on Jan 04, 2017
    Good for you!! Is your project "Polatems" on Hometalk? I'd like to see it and some of your other work. May you have many many more years of crafting and DIYing in your future!!

  • Candy Walsh Candy Walsh on Jan 04, 2017
    Your work is absolutely beautiful~you are very talented!! I love all of your colorful painting!

  • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Jan 05, 2017
    Hi Patty! So nice to meet you and hear your inspirational story!

  • Linda L. Siemers Moran Linda L. Siemers Moran on Jan 05, 2017
    Congrats on all your accomplishments - your good health and DIY ones! Your talent and creativity are wonderful to see. Creativity keeps me going, too!

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 05, 2017
    Wow, Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us!

  • Laura Previte Laura Previte on Jan 05, 2017
    Wow, Patty, that's wonderful!! Keep creating!!

  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 06, 2017
    Isn't that great that you have your health and still enjoying life and being able to share your ideas with us.. I have a friend 89 yrs young she had the C word and open heart surgery and was gluten intolerant and she is a quilter of some high standing. Designer of many things. She really inspired me along the way. Good luck with all your hobbies and keep sharing.

  • 861650 861650 on Jan 06, 2017
    You are so blessed, Patty! All the best to you and yours in 2017

  • Patty S Patty S on Jan 07, 2017
    Thank you Karen.

  • S Davis S Davis on Jan 07, 2017
    God bless you girl; recovering from both cancer and open heart surgery (I had this one in '15 so know it's a toughie). Look forward to following you and learning much! Take care of yourself. Sue

  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Jan 07, 2017
    You are amazing. Thanks for sharing all your projects and after having serious health problems, you are a true energizer bunny. Keep up the good work, girl, you are an inspiration.

  • Mary Mary on Jan 07, 2017
    You are a wonder! So inspiring. I loved hearing your story. Keep up all your fabulous activities. My mother's people come from up near your area in Wis, Kewaunee. Take care and God bless.



  • Jarrard Strickland Jarrard Strickland on Jan 08, 2017
    Hi My name is jarrard and I live in Malta well done and I also create wood work Manly children's toys.

  • Stephen Scott Johnson Stephen Scott Johnson on Jan 08, 2017
    Great to hear how you are still striving after going through all those life struggles. I think we sometimes underestimate the thereputic effect of hobbies and working with our hands. God bless!

  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Jan 08, 2017
    Lady, I wish you many, many more happy years of decorating and re-purposing !! Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin? I have a large signed and numbered painting ($5.00 from Goodwill!!). I actually bought it for the frame until I saw a signature and realized this was no run of the mill print. It's 'White Oak' by Gerhard C.F. Miller who, if memory serves me, has a gallery there. Of course, he's passed on but I became fascinated with the man! Not only a painter but a world traveler, writer and poet.

    • Patty S Patty S on Jan 08, 2017
      Yes Gerard C.F Miller is a very well known artist here. One of the best.

  • Celtictherese@hotmail Celtictherese@hotmail on Jan 08, 2017
    That was a very inspirational read and so cheery. Here was me 'all down' haha
    looking at a very rainy day in Ireland and your post has got me moving!

  • Patty S Patty S on Jan 08, 2017
    I am so glad to touch hearts of those who can't get moving, so happy that you saw this. God Bless.

  • 12003543 12003543 on Jan 08, 2017
    Here's to 2017 for you!!! Love ideas to do...I take many old things and redo them. So much fun since I am retired. Congrats to you on being cancer free and open heart surgery..both scary but it proves you can do it!!!!
    Sheboygan Wi

    • Patty S Patty S on Jan 09, 2017
      Hi fellow Wisconsinite, hope you are staying warm. DIY is so rewarding.

  • Terry Lowry Terry Lowry on Jan 08, 2017
    Hi there patty congrats on going 8 yrs after surgery well done .Not enough time for u yet i am now in my 18th year following quadruple surgery so hang in there girl still heaps to go take care Terry

  • Kay7250014 Kay7250014 on Jan 09, 2017
    Just read this wow what an inspiration. I have been depressed and too anxious to try anything for ages but if you can do it Patty I should try to get moving and creative again. Thanks for that chink of sunlight.

  • Kay7250014 Kay7250014 on Jan 09, 2017
    Ps hope you have a wonderful healthy and creative 2017 and celebrate many more anniversarie.

  • Patty S Patty S on Jan 09, 2017
    Thank you.

  • 12003543 12003543 on Jan 09, 2017
    Always finding something I want to try.

  • Terry Lowry Terry Lowry on Jan 09, 2017
    u have a great day woops not sure of time difference here in NZ its 8am

  • Wendy Nielsen Reynard Wendy Nielsen Reynard on Jan 10, 2017
    I love ready what everyone has to say. The one big thing I get from it all is we are Strong. We can do anything if we just don't listen to the (I can't do it little voice in our heads) and listen to the (I CAN DO IT). We have all fought our battles in life and have become stronger, kinder, more forgiven, and more compassionate. DIY and Crafting makes me feel like I can do whatever I want. I love when I make something and someone buys it that lives all around the world from me. I don't do it for the money. I do it because I love it. I have bought things from People from all over the world and love looking at it on my art wall. Things don't have to be perfect because life is not perfect. We can do whatever we want. Beauty is in the perfect and imperfect. Love the Ideas I get from reading about what you all are doing. Ireland is on my bucket list. Just remember there is beauty in rain. It is raining here in California too. Love watching the birds eating, and the water dripping off the roses. I have been Cancer free for over 10 years. We just need to keep fighting. Just know that things will always be the way they are meant to be. Love how talented everyone is on here. This is what life is about. Love, Creativity, Sharing and Caring. Thank You.

    • Patty S Patty S on Jan 11, 2017
      Thank you Wendy. Glad to count you in as a survival sister.