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Anika Gandhi

00:02 all right so Annika Gandhi really happy 00:05 to have you as our work guest on the 00:06 everyday enthusiast we've actually 00:08 featured you as an everyday enthusiast 00:10 previously on our homepage so yeah I'm 00:12 very happy to have you 00:13 we're really happy to have you um so you 00:16 are a DIY enthusiast a blogger through 00:19 the woman behind 00:20 Anika's DIY life a really successful 00:21 blog with thousands of followers once 00:24 you share the audience I know you kind 00:25 of stumbled upon DIY he like tell us a 00:28 little bit that little bit about that 00:30 story and so yeah about almost nine 00:35 years ago now I I before that previously 00:41 I had no absolutely zero exposure to DIY 00:44 I grew up in India and we don't really 00:46 do any of that stuff there the most I 00:49 did was you know crochet and embroidery 00:53 and paper crafts and stuff like that so 00:56 when we came here I was actually looking 01:00 for some cool table and chair set for my 01:04 daughter who was just about 18 months at 01:07 that time and I couldn't find anything 01:10 all I found was like primary colors or 01:14 just really boring things and I really 01:16 wanted something with some character to 01:19 it so I went online to kind of research 01:23 and then I found that you know I could 01:26 actually paint IKEA furniture 01:28 interestingly I had not thought about 01:30 that myself 01:34 I realized I could paint it and it kind 01:38 of led me down the rabbit hole of 01:39 discovering all the things that you 01:42 could do the world of DIY and I actually 01:45 discovered that I could actually build 01:47 my own furniture and it wasn't that hard 01:49 at all so it's just kind of being down 01:54 you know down that path of making stuff 01:58 now when you were starting where you did 02:01 you research like bloggers kind of like 02:02 what you eventually became like is that 02:04 how you kind of learned the tricks of 02:06 the trade yes I mean I I had discovered 02:10 blogs and my search for all 02:13 the things that you could make and do 02:14 and I really really enjoyed and I was 02:19 really in awe of all the bloggers who 02:21 were out there that were sharing all the 02:23 things that they were doing they were 02:25 giving so freely and that was so nice 02:28 and I just in my mind I guess but as I 02:33 was doing projects I always pretended to 02:35 be a blogger you know like in their mind 02:37 if you're doing things and stuff and it 02:40 just kind of yeah I just kind of went 02:45 down it and then there was a time when I 02:47 had quit my job we had moved moved moved 02:51 cities and I had my second kid and I was 02:55 kind of taking a little break to enjoy 02:56 the kids lives and I but then you know 03:01 I'm a workaholic I can't not do anything 03:03 so I decided to start a blog I mean it 03:07 was always meant to be a site this site 03:09 hustle I was always going to go back to 03:12 work full-time but then I enjoyed doing 03:14 this so much and it just kind of worked 03:17 out so I never went back to work back so 03:22 when he first started the blog did it 03:24 how long did it take you to kind of take 03:26 off and get some followers like was it 03:29 hard in the beginning to get people to 03:31 be interested in your work yes I mean 03:34 the first few months it's kind of really 03:37 I mean right now and it already feels 03:39 like it's been it's only been four years 03:41 like it's just about over four years and 03:44 it was four years in January and it it 03:47 already feels like it was a long time 03:48 ago and things have changed so much 03:50 because when I started out I had to 03:53 really struggle to find information on 03:56 how to do stuff and figure out how to do 03:58 now there's all these people with all 04:00 these courses and all this information 04:02 out there 04:04 so in blog blog years I'm already 04:07 ancient but yeah it's it took about a 04:13 few months for me to actually figure out 04:15 what I was doing like it wasn't just as 04:17 simple as starting a blog like setting 04:19 up a site and just start writing stuff 04:21 yeah all the background the SEO and all 04:24 of that stuff that goes into it 04:26 it took me some time to kind of figure 04:28 it all out I want to say at least six 04:31 seven months I add the first six seven 04:34 months I didn't really know what I was 04:36 doing I guess yeah I mean I was learning 04:42 that's you know it that was a very 04:44 crucial phase for me to learn and to 04:46 figure out what I wanted to be what I 04:48 wanted my blog to be what I wanted to 04:50 teach the audience and I mean on my 04:54 originally I was doing a lot of crafts 04:57 as well a lot of painting and things 04:59 like that 04:59 so it it took me a while to figure out 05:02 what really what what it was that I 05:05 really had to give to my audience that 05:08 they would they would enjoy and I would 05:11 be helpful to them so yeah and then took 05:15 me out but so yeah so it kind of took me 05:18 a while to figure that out but then once 05:20 I figured that out I just had to kind of 05:23 mold myself to that and there's like a 05:27 like collaboration is really big with a 05:30 lot of a DIY enthusiasts like did you 05:32 find help along the way to people share 05:34 your blog like kind of bringing you up 05:37 you know absolutely yes yes it is it is 05:40 a really really supportive community and 05:42 I'm really thankful for that and I have 05:44 actually become friends with a lot of 05:47 the bloggers that were originally you 05:49 know I looked like I I watched and 05:53 learned stuff from so it's and 05:56 everybody's supportive and everybody 05:59 helps you and you know works with you 06:03 collaborates shares your projects and 06:06 that's everything we all help each other 06:09 grow and that's the amazing part of it 06:12 and I know you so it's only been a short 06:14 period of time like four years since you 06:16 started but what would Jesus changed 06:18 like what would you say is the biggest 06:20 change since you started like what's the 06:22 biggest difference between now and then 06:24 I think there's a lot more clarity on 06:27 things so you mean what's the biggest 06:29 difference in my love like approach yeah 06:34 yeah I approached the blogging exactly 06:35 yes yeah I have a lot more clarity or 06:38 what I want to do are for the blog and 06:40 what I don't want to do and how I wanted 06:43 to grow so I have obviously a lot more 06:46 clarity on that yeah and then I know you 06:50 spoke a little bit about growing up 06:52 overseas now was there like a earning 06:55 when you were a child to start building 06:57 things like what you play with Legos or 06:59 anything like what was there anything 07:01 like I mean I know is a there's cultural 07:03 differences so maybe a woman wasn't 07:05 allowed to do something like that but 07:06 was there a yearning even as a child for 07:09 you to want to build and create I mean I 07:13 was always creative I was always into 07:16 making things and doing things whatever 07:21 opportunities I had I I've done some 07:24 pottery I've done you know so I always 07:28 loved working with my hands even as you 07:32 know even at school I loved all the lab 07:36 work you know like doing things and 07:39 stuff with my hands and I mean I sew in 07:45 grad school to a lot of my Abbas and 07:47 experimental physics so I had a lot of 07:49 things like we were building furnaces 07:52 and we were designing things I didn't do 07:55 the very Co hard core building but I did 08:00 you know put together things and stuff 08:02 like that so I did have some sort of 08:05 exposure I would say in my later years 08:07 as a grad student to building stuff but 08:11 it was not in relation to anything that 08:16 I'm doing now you've really done every 08:21 element of DIY pottery fabric arts 08:24 woodworking you really don't everything 08:26 yeah like is there one DIY activity 08:32 that's like haunted you or like that 08:33 you're too scared to try or maybe you 08:35 tried and failed and wasn't easy to pick 08:37 up like everything else or you just a 08:39 pro oh no I mean funny enough like I 08:43 hate sewing and I'm not going going and 08:47 I cannot sew a straight line so I really 08:51 don't care for sewing 08:52 at all sewing's a no-go well hey you're 08:56 better than me because I can't do any of 08:57 that and you know but you know there's a 08:59 pottery in place like down the street 09:00 where I always walk by and see people 09:02 doing it I'm like I should try that'd be 09:04 fun you know why not what would you say 09:08 is like the hardest creation I've ever 09:11 done be a woodworking pottery or 09:13 anything like what was the project that 09:15 you know when he completed it you were 09:17 most proud of I want to say well that's 09:21 kind of a hard one I have a couple of 09:24 them but I want to say the dining-table 09:25 that I built recently it was now that 09:31 I've built it I'm like that was not that 09:32 bad but as I was building it because it 09:34 was the first time I was actually using 09:37 hardwood 09:38 I used maple to make the top and getting 09:42 it plane making you know and I did 09:45 mitered cuts and beveled edges and to 09:49 get like a nice seam on the corners and 09:51 stuff like that so that really haunted 09:54 me and I took a really long time between 09:56 each step to kind of take my time to 10:00 figure out and make sure I did 10:02 everything right and also because I had 10:04 that was the most money I had spent on 10:06 lumber ever like well hundred dollars on 10:11 the top for the dining table 10:13 it's like yeah I'm sure even then no 10:16 spending even if that was like your 10:18 biggest spend at the time you were 10:19 probably saving money I you know doing 10:22 it yourself I mean oh yes yes no yeah I 10:25 mean for that kind of quality if you 10:27 went and bought something that was that 10:29 looked that for that size of course yes 10:32 yes but I just wanted to get a good 10:35 quality wood for you know cause it's a 10:38 dining table it's gonna be get used 10:39 every day so do you have any tips for 10:45 bloggers di wires just kind of starting 10:48 to get into the game you know any tips 10:51 for them to maybe be for what working 10:53 because that seems to be what you say 10:54 woodworking is your expertise I I guess 10:59 so yeah you're an expert in many fields 11:01 Oh 11:03 no I'm not but I think yeah I would say 11:06 60 70 percent of what I do is what 11:09 breaking and I really enjoy it a lot 11:11 yeah yeah well it must be so satisfying 11:14 and then and also you know when I talk 11:16 to stamp collectors coin collectors and 11:19 you know you know why people it's like 11:21 you know it's really that tactile 11:22 feeling of having it in your hands via 11:25 the stamp you've been looking for 11:27 forever or a coin or just being able to 11:29 see like this is something that I 11:31 created and you're looking at it that 11:33 must be like the most complete feeling 11:37 you know when you see something that 11:38 you're created and people are eating 11:39 dinner on it and enjoying it it's like 11:41 it must give you a feeling of pride 11:43 right yes that's exactly that yes when 11:47 you walk into a room and you see almost 11:49 everything is something that you made 11:52 specifically because you wanted it that 11:54 way and it's what you love and that's 11:58 it's just an amazing feeling you have 12:01 your fans contacted you for like 12:03 schematics or anything so they can kind 12:05 of copy your designs oh yeah I actually 12:09 provide them on my website i dont rek 12:12 sai had for almost all my builds I have 12:15 plans available for people to use in 12:18 Vienna and a lot of people build it and 12:21 I love you know of course making things 12:24 for myself is one of one of the exciting 12:27 parts but also every time I see a user 12:30 sorry a reader project I love I mean it 12:34 just makes my heart mouths to see 12:35 someone who picks up your idea and makes 12:39 one for themselves is really it's 12:41 amazing to see that and we'll start to 12:45 wrap things up what do you see for the 12:48 future of DIY like obviously in the past 12:51 four years it's gone really digital I 12:53 mean YouTube channels are really blowing 12:55 up I mean I always see DIY stuff on like 12:58 the trending tab so you know that 13:00 they're choosing this stuff cuz people 13:01 are watching it like in five years how 13:03 do you see it transforming well I think 13:07 of course it's going to be a really huge 13:09 thing especially because a people 13:12 especially with the current situation 13:13 people realizing that there are things 13:15 that they can do themselves they can 13:17 save money there it is definitely going 13:20 to be a really huge thing and there is 13:25 DIY there are projects available for 13:27 every design style I think it's just 13:31 going to expand on that I think I also 13:34 see DIY getting larger and larger you 13:37 know people are doing more complicated 13:42 projects like like the what's that 13:46 called 13:46 the mini house what's that called Oh I 13:48 know your time now where people just 13:50 building little mini homes everything 13:52 yeah yeah I just don't remember that 13:54 word right now but it's you know that's 13:56 a big thing right now yeah people are 13:58 transforming school buses into living 14:01 Wow 14:03 so that's a huge thing right now so it's 14:06 it's just going to get bigger and 14:07 abstract and I think it's yeah in the 14:12 future were creative and more fun yes 14:15 yes 14:17 now with this you know current pandemic 14:19 it seems like more people spending time 14:21 at home so they're picking up these 14:23 crafts and stuff learning how to sew 14:25 learning how to do different fiber arts 14:27 and whatnot have you noticed uptick in 14:30 the people you know inquiring about DIY 14:32 stuff have you seen more interest in the 14:34 last couple months absolutely yes a lot 14:38 more now would you say that you think 14:41 that that's gonna last do you think that 14:42 people will stick with these hobbies or 14:44 maybe once we finally are able to go out 14:46 of our houses that maybe wants to drown 14:48 but it's it's interesting it's a time 14:49 like unlike any other in history or a 14:51 really long time where people were 14:53 spending so much time on their board so 14:54 I you know people are making bread at 14:56 home they're you know they're learning 14:57 how to you know so and stuff and it's 15:00 just interesting you know the what you 15:02 know spend more time and doors leads you 15:04 to do has there been a particular like 15:08 quarantine project what are you working 15:10 on right now right now I'm just slowly 15:13 chipping away at redoing my garage it's 15:18 been a really really long project so 15:20 when we moved it and it was from the 15:23 sixties it had like dark paneling and 15:25 old cabinets that we're falling off and 15:28 stuff like that so 15:29 we completely ripped everything out and 15:31 we did it so it's almost kind of done we 15:35 have to replace the lighting and the 15:37 ceiling and then we have to do some more 15:41 organizational projects so smaller 15:42 projects and then the fun you know 15:44 decorative projects and stuff like that 15:46 so my my parents have been meeting to 15:50 redo their brush and renovate it because 15:52 every time I go there I see this paint 15:54 job that me and my sister did 15 years 15:56 ago and it's horrible so maybe when you 15:59 finish your project we'll follow your 16:01 tips because I think we're gonna 16:02 probably need it and maybe I won't do 16:05 the painting this time to a pro I'm sure 16:08 you've gotten better I don't know yeah 16:09 oh wise your videos and I'll yeah I'll 16:12 learn I'll figure it out this time all 16:14 right great 16:15 on a good do you anything else you'd 16:16 like to share no I mean if anyone's 16:20 looking to get into DIY just start doing 16:22 it just pick up something pick up a 16:23 small projects to start doing it exactly 16:26 right on okay cool and we'll share all 16:29 your socials and everything down below 16:30 yeah thank you so much Hanukkah this was 16:32 great thank you so much for having me on 16:35 yep all right take care thank you Annika 16:37 thank you bye

theTUNDRA sits down with DIY Enthusiast Anika Gandhi of the successful YouTube channel and blog titled “Anika’s DIY Life”.

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