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Mrs. Green Beans crafting her way to recovery

Hello, my name is Ginny and I am not a blogger.

This is my first blog post. I am a do-it-yourself addict and pusher. I need help. I want to do it all. I want to make it all. I want to show others how to do it themselves as well. I can’t wait to find the next great project. I would really like this blog to be an environment for sharing ideas and inspiration with you. Together, I think this will be an amazing space complete with discovery, new ideas, and hopefully a lot of fun.

As a more official introduction, my husband, Trevin, and I own Mr. Green Beans: DIY Coffee Roasting and More, a shop on Mississippi Ave. in Portland, Oregon, which inadvertently has made me “Mrs. Green Beans.” Trevin is the coffee guy. He orders the green coffee beans, roasts our coffee, teaches others how to roast their coffee, finds new, fun brewing systems,—you get the idea. I am the “and more” part of the equation. As far as the store goes, the “and more” refers to homemade soap making supplies, essential oils, homemade cheese making supplies, canning and preserving, glassware of many different types, and cultures and starters. I am pretty much a do-it-yourself (DIY) addict and I love to feed other people’s addictions (metaphorically speaking, of course).

My DIY odyssey began 15 years ago when some friends invited me to make a batch of soap with them. I hadn’t realized that soap could be made at home. I mean, I knew it didn’t grow on trees, but I assumed it required a factory of some kind (other than my kitchen). The realization that I could make soap made me wonder what other things I could make myself that I previously thought I had to buy. My thinking quickly changed from, “Wow! I don’t have to buy that? I can make it?” to “Why would I buy that when I am sure I could figure out how to make it?”

This new way of thinking has been a blessing and a curse. It allows me to have my champagne taste on a beer budget. I don’t have to spend $17 at Williams Sonoma for handmade marshmallows when I can make my own for a fraction of the cost. For the same price as one body scrub at Bath and Body Works, I can make one for each of my sisters-in-law and still keep one for myself. My family doesn’t have to be satisfied with a 10oz. bag of Moose Munch at a dollar an ounce; they can eat a roaster pan full! But, I have found that sometimes it is cheaper and easier to just buy something. It doesn’t save me anything to buy all of the supplies to make paper only to find that it just isn’t my thing. There are times that the equipment and time necessary to make a project require too large of an investment of both resources and space. From time to time, I need to realize that it is okay to just support someone else in their making endeavors; it is not a requirement for me to make everything myself.

Anyway, long story short (which my family will tell you never really happens with me), in the store we have some really fun conversations with our customers. Through those conversations, I have seen others start their own DIY odysseys, and I have discovered new ideas that I had never thought of before. I see this blog as a chance to expand on those conversations and start some new ones. I find great pleasure in igniting others’ love of all things DIY. You will probably have interests and ideas that vary from mine and I can live vicariously through you (without the need to make it myself). I think this will be really fun. Let’s make something together!