When do-it-yourself jobs are best left to the pros

Wannabe seamstress winds up threadbare

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Three hours later my husband and I meet in the kitchen.

He's so angry his eyebrows are touching! And he is very, very dirty. I am likewise frustrated. Forget about those directions, and bobbins, and pins and kitchen scissors that can't even cut through thread.

We call the plumber, an HVAC professional and grandma. Yes! She does want a new sewing machine!

Do-it-yourself enterprises are really awesome-- when you possess abilities and talents that fit the project. I've learned to leave the "Martha" projects to Melissa, and to just be a really good friend (and make sure I get invited to her cocktail parties and outdoor barbecues).

I now know that I will not be making "Welcome Home" aprons for my buying clients. I'll have some new address cards printed instead. And ... I might suggest that a fellow broker in my office forget about learning HTML and just hire somebody to build his really amazing website.

The last thing he needs is a wrench through the computer. As for my husband? Well, he gets lots of awards and praise for letting the plumber put the sink back in the countertop.

Alisha Alway Braatz is a buyer's broker for Coldwell Banker Advantage One Properties in Eugene, Ore., and a real estate humorist.

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