Two weeks ago Wendy and I participated in our (nervously anticipated) DIY Q&A workshop at Red Barn Mercantile. We had a wonderful time and are so happy that Red Barn's owner, Amy, invited us to participate.

To be perfectly honest, we were both a little nervous going into it. This was the first time either of us have done anything like it outside of work-related public speaking, so we didn't want to be boring, obnoxious, or clueless, nor did we want to publicly humiliate ourselves. To our pleasant surprise, we felt like we were able to give some decent answers to the DIY questions from the group.

The thing is, Wendy and I have opposite presentation styles, so it made prep a little hard. She's a preparer and rehearse-er, where I'm a wing-er and prayer-er. But in the end, much like in life and our renovation, our opposite styles, strengths, and approaches helped to give the people who attended a (hopefully) entertaining and enjoyable evening. Let's be honest, it didn't hurt that there was wine and delicious cupcakes to be had.

And there were also plenty of great products around the store that could distract from any lack of knowledge we may have had.

Our invitation to this workshop and a few previous conversations with DIYers on the Internet got us thinking. We've gained a lot of DIY knowhow and understanding on how a project can be completed. Sure, we're not pros or anything, but if something we've done in the past can either help another person avoid some mistakes or end up with a job well done, we'd love to share. What's better? We have a very knowledgeable group of readers that frequent this site that can add to our answers, or possibly step in when we have nuthin'.

So as of today we're starting a new section called "Ask Old Town Home." You'll have the opportunity to ask and have your questions answered to the best of our ability. Just head on over to our "Ask" form and fill out any questions you may have about our projects, your projects, a recipe you saw on our site, Alexandria, Washington, DC, or or anything you think we may be able to help you with. 

You'll be able to get to the "Ask" form at any time using the "Ask Old Town Home" button (pictured above), located in the right hand column of the blog.

As we receive questions we'll review them and will do blog posts where we answer some of the top (judged arbitrarily by Wendy and myself) submissions. Best of all, if we haven't a clue, there's a pretty good chance one of our readers will be able to chime in to provide their insight.

What do you think? Do you have a burning question about any of the work we've done? Or maybe you're stumped on a project and want a little nudge. Shoot us a line and we'll give you our non-scientific approach and reply.

Comments 4


Karin K
5/10/2012 at 2:09 PM
This is GREAT!!!! I have been hoping that someday a blog I like as much as yours would do this, and instead I get exactly what I want. Thanks!!! I am SO excited. "Crumbling brick patio step" just may be in your box soon.
Wonderful, I'm glad we read your mind. Hopefully we'll have something useful to send your way once you send us your question. That's always the risk of things like this, it will keep us on our toes.
Kevin M
5/11/2012 at 12:16 AM
Just want to take a moment to commend you on your blog and your great home. I don't visit Alexandria as frequently as I'd like to, but appreciate how you share your great city with us.
Thanks, Kevin. We very much appreciate your comment, it's exactly the sort of thing that keeps us going.
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