Dear Readers…

The first 12 days of this year have been rough – it seems like nothing in life is going right at the moment and I have really been thinking about all aspects of my life – including this little ole’ blog.

Spencer and I (yes, more me than him!) were so excited about this blog and the new adventures it may take us on. I was out and about and mingling with so many talented bloggers and wonderful companies and having a great time being a “blogger.” I was sharing home pictures and we had so many fun projects planned.

Spencer even took a hammer to a wall in between our front room and kitchen and started a HUGE remodel project…

and then life happened — and Spencer and the partner in his company – decided to dissolve their company. It was a time of uncertainty for our family and instead of using the money we had saved on the home remodeling projects we used the money to pay for our home – ya know… like the house payment and heating and all the “have to” bills and the “want too projects” were just cast aside.

To cope, I would build furniture projects here and there and even though building a dresser or bed from scratch saves money over buying it – wood still costs money and pulls and paint and sand paper.

It just got to the point where I stopped making projects.

I gave up.

and then I gave up on the blog.

because if I cannot make projects – how am I supposed to blog about them.

a vicious circle really.

I would look at other bloggers and think – “How to do they have so much money to do all of these project – they are so much better than I am and so much richer than I am” The comparison game is nasty business and only brings misery.

Then Spencer and I dug ourselves out of our hole and he is doing great on his own with his new company.

And I thought, I have a few projects I could blog – but I didn’t.

And then I was pregnant – so I was in baby stuff mode.

And then I had a newborn – so nothing really got done – other than holding her and smothering her with lotion and kisses and snuggling her.

And I am totally okay with that because I still have the mint dresser that I built for my daughter over a year ago – it looks the same (other than a couple pencil marks my three year old artist drew) and will still be the same for months – but my baby girl just turned 8 months and she is changing every day and I would rather have the snuggles as memories than anything else!

However, during this whole time and while going through this past year I still had the thought in my head that I need to blog. That I needed to share what I made and how I felt and little bits of our lives but (obviously) I didn’t.

Our house, still, is not finished – we have made A LOT of progress in the nearly 2 years since we pulled the wall out and only have a few projects left but I feel like I need to share our road of progress with you because I am sure there is someone out there with a torn apart house who wants to give up – and to you I say – that’s okay.

Take a break and focus on the things in life that really matter to you and in so doing you will somehow find the will to keep going and keep building – keep building a home for your family.

I don’t know what the rest of this year will bring – I mean it is only the 12th day of the year but really it can only get better from here. I can’t promise that I will be here every day or every week but I am going to try harder to let more people into my life. To share with you what is happening and how I felt as I navigated around a hole in my front room floor for weeks! To share more of my family and my life and chronicle our stories of making this house our home!


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Hey there! We are Spencer and Amanda, a DIY husband and Wife team, sharing projects we build and create together for our home. Since buying our home in 2007 we have had the saying that Spencer builds it and makes it work and Amanda makes it look good. We hope you will stick around because we always have projects in the works!

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  1. Stacy Risenmay says:

    Yay! I was so worried you were going to say you were done. I’m so proud of you for putting the most important things first in your life. I’ve never been pregnant or had a baby while blogging but I can imagine that it is near impossible. I can’t wait to see more posts 🙂

    • awww… thanks Stacy! I just don’t want to look back on life and have regrets so hopefully we can get all our ducks in a row and accomplish the things we want too! You are the best!


  2. Can’t wait to see all that you have to share and get to know you better this year! Thanks for sharing!! You guys are so talented and I know other lives will be blessed from what you can share! Happy New Year!
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  3. You know I always love to see your projects whether in person or on the blog! Finding balance is hard. I’m obviously no good at it. You have tons of talent whether it’s shared on the Internet or not.

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