I’m Jeremy Hoffpauir. I make content to help people with woodworking, home improvement, home repair, and various DIY projects.
I am the creator of this DIY blog (aka Do-Daddy, aka Pahjo Designs) and Rustic Sea Relics.
I’m just a regular dude who loves the beach, my freedom, creating things, and helping others.
I believe we should all have the courage to be true to ourselves by doing what we love to do regardless of whatever or whomever tells us it is not possible, practical or financially fruitful.
This is the reason I created my DIY blog – I love creating useful and helpful content.
I love making old things look new and new things look old.
I love building things I need and documenting the process to help others.
I asked myself the following question before starting this blog.
If money were pulled from the equation, what would I do?
Would I continue to work in the field I am working?
Maybe, but probably not.
Would I watch reruns of ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Game of Thrones’, or ’The Walking Dead’ all day?
No, I cannot sit still for that long.
I would create something of my own doing something I enjoy while helping others.
So, I took a small step.
How I Got Started
I’ve always been sort of handy around the house.
I actually enjoyed fixing/improving things around my home without needing to hire someone.
Essentially, I like the independence and sense of satisfaction.
I wasn’t taught how to fix or build things when I was growing up as I spent most of my youth/adolescent years playing sports.
By utilizing a ‘google is my friend’ & ‘I can figure it out’ mentality, I plowed through the most common DIY projects around the house.
Of course, I stumbled and made some things worse at times.
However, I enjoyed the process of learning new skills.
In 2012, my wife and I bought a 2nd home on the Florida panhandle that was in foreclosure as many homes were after the 2008 real estate crash.
As a side note, we now live here permanently.
To make a long story short, we purchased the house without stepping foot inside the property b/c it was in our price range and in a great location.
The house sat vacant for 2 years before we purchased it and it was in very rough shape – we had no idea what we got ourselves into at the time.
DIY Renovation Project
Stacey and I quickly realized after purchasing the house and fixing the core components (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, etc.) that we didn’t have the money to furnish or decorate.
I used the aforementioned ‘google is my friend’ & ‘I can figure it out’ mentality.
Over the next year, my wife and I furnished just about our entire house by building our own furniture and creating our own art.
We also bought cheap, used furniture and refinished them using various painting/distressing techniques.
The sense of pride and accomplishment I felt after this process sparked my passion.
I began building just about anything/everything I could find online (blog, video, tutorial, etc.) based on my interest & need at the time.
Consequently, I developed my own style by following my instinct, imagination, & allowing joy to steer my ship.
Maintaining this DIY blog requires a lot of work, but I’m enjoying this journey.
Joy is the feeling we often get from doing the thing we are fashioned to do.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to help you in the future.
My blog has tons of DIY projects and resources such as my tool list to help you make things.
Thanks for stopping by!