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About Do It Yourself Darlin
Do It Yourself Darlin (DIYD) hosts educational, hands-on home repair workshops for new and veteran homeowners, renters, and everyone in between. Our workshops aim to empower you to feel comfortable and confident understanding the components that make up a house while learning basic home repair skills along the way. DIYD's workshops are geared toward beginners and focus on home maintenance, tool use, and basic home repair “DIY” skills. All workshops are donation-based and open to everyone ages 16 and up. Do It Yourself Darlin is a social enterprise based in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio and is a program of the non-profit CDC Price Hill Will.
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Do It Yourself Darlin was founded in summer of 2020 by Annie Darlin Gordon (yes, Darlin is really her middle name!). Originally founded as a sliding-scale kitchen and bath renovation service for Price Hill homeowners with an opportunity to learn-while-doing, DIYD pivoted to the workshop model in 2022 to broaden its capacity to connect with community members with an interest in growing their home repair knowledge and skill sets in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Annie’s knowledge of home renovation skills was developed in 2018 during her AmeriCorps service term on the Construction Crew at Habitat for Humanity, where she built new construction houses from the ground up. For the next 3 years, Annie worked on the carpentry/installer teams with two private Cincinnati-based home renovation companies, and operated solo during the first phase of DIYD, before establishing the Do It Yourself Darlin workshop program in 2022. Annie owns a 1916 home in East Price Hill and is also a professionally trained flutist who performs and teaches in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Lynn Lorio attended a DIYD Tiling 101 workshop in the Fall of 2022 with hopes of developing some home improvement skills. Through this class she became acquainted with Annie and discussed the potential of working together in doing a horticulture related workshop. This discussion became reality with Lynn instructing two DIYD horticulture workshops the Summer of 2023.
A huge supporter of the DIYD program, with a passion for community engagement and education, and a desire to learn home improvement skills, Lynn jumped at the chance to join the DIYD team. Lynn is a professional horticulturist, however, is currently focused on raising her family. With more time spent at home, she hopes to tackle much needed updates to her 1911 home in East Price Hill that she shares with her husband and two girls.
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