Lessons in Do It Herself Homemaking
After many attempts to feather her own nest, Veronica Chambers has learned that there's much more to do-it-yourself than just knowing how to handle a power drill.
By Veronica Chambers
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the Spring 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
My friend Patty is like the cobbler who has no shoes. She builds sets all day as the creative director for a television show, but she rarely has time for projects of her own. Still, it's Patty who inspired my desire to learn how to use a power drill. She also showed me, through example, that knowing your way around Home Depot can be powerful, in an Aretha Franklin-Annie Lennox, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" kind of way.
"I work with an assortment of guys," Patty says. "And when a new one comes in and I start to show him the ropes, I can tell he's thinking, Wow!, when I first pick up a 12-volt drill. It's an interesting reversal of the sexes when you're a woman teaching a guy carpentry. But after you prove yourself, nobody gives it a second thought."
It certainly doesn't hurt that Patty is a six-foot-tall former model with gorgeous red hair. But could it be that a power drill is as sexy an accessory as four-inch Louboutins?