What Fuels Your Need To Make Things Yourself?

I grew up in a home that encouraged the practices of making things for yourself instead of buying them. We made a great deal, we bought a great deal, but I know the balance between the two. Today, I am still fueled by my roots and would much rather create something for my home than buy it. What about you? What fuels your need to create? Money? Addiction? Tradition? The idea that I can create something for me home is quite gratifying, but more so than that, knowing that the product I create might last longer than something picked up at a big box store is rather awesome. I won't have to rebuy it as soon, or it might even be around when children happen some day.

The combination of needing to create coupled with a thrifty mind is a great thing. I'm curious: what fuels your need to create? Did you learn it from your parents? Are you just elated to not spend as much on your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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