Introducing: Kristen our Newest Contributing Writer

It’s been a while since we had a new face around here, which is why I’m really excited to introduce you to Kristen from In Her Garage! She’s actually making her way virtually into our garages tomorrow with a brand new tutorial you’re going to love.

But, before we get to building, I want you to get to know Kristen a little better. She’s lives in a small town in central Minnesota with her husband and two girls.

Kristen is a registered nurse who became interested in building furniture after building their house and she realized how expensive it was going to be to furnish her new home. Lucky for us, she has a real passion and a skill for breaking down how those expensive pieces of furniture are made.

Want to see some of her furniture builds? I know you’ll love these herringbone side tables.

This little desk was built for her daughter using scrap lumber!

You’ll also love this tutorial for building a rustic buffet table.

Before Kristen comes over tomorrow, you’re going to want to see all the amazing builds she’s shared on her blog, In Her Garage. Especially this beautiful farmhouse console she built for a friend.

I hope you’ll give her a big warm welcome! Don’t forget to stop by her blog and tell her I sent you.

Introducing Charlee from Build and Create Home
Introducing another New Contributor – Charlee from Build and Create Home

I’m super excited to introduce our newest contributor! Her name is Charlee, and I’ve known her for about nine years now. If you were an early DIY blog follower, you might remember Charlee from her first blog, Attempting Aloha. She took a little time off but is back with a vengeance and a new blog name. Please welcome Charlee from Build and Create Home!

Charlee Build Create Home Headshot

Charlee is a woodworker and DIY’er who makes her home on the island of Oahu. (I know, I’m super jealous too.)

Charlee takes on many home renovation projects and loves to share them with her readers. My favorite place to watch her latest creative endeavors is on Instagram.

Her current project has been a big kitchen and pantry renovation. She hasn’t shared the projects on her blog yet, but stay tuned.

In the meantime, you’ll love some of her smaller projects like this DIY Modern Christmas tree box.

And you’ll love her Barn Door Inspired Bi-Fold Door tutorial.

Barn Door Inspired Bi-Fold Doors

If you love DIY tutorials, be sure to check out Charlee’s small beginner woodworking projects.

Please stop on by tomorrow to give Charlee a big friendly welcome to the blog! Until then, you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, or on her blog.

Introducing Our Newest Contributor – Karen from Decor Hint

I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest talented contributor, Karen from Decor Hint. You are going to love her because Karen is one super talented woman.

karen from decor hint

Not only is she an avid DIYer and maker, but she’s also an extremely talented artist. You’ll definitely want to check out her Etsy shop filled with beautiful prints.

Karen lives in Seattle with her hubby, two wonderful children, and their spunky wheaten terrier. Isn’t she adorable!!!

Karen loves crafting and coffee (just don’t ask her to chose a favorite!) When she’s not crafting, she can be spotted rearranging furniture or moving lamps from room to room. Karen is often sharing her decorating secrets on her blog and will help you make your house into a home.

Karen’s specialty is creating beautiful budget-friendly home decor items, like this beautiful designer wreath…

…or these Turkish tassel hand towels.

But, these trendy wood bead garlands might be my favorite.

Please go visit Karen at Decor Hint and be sure to give her a warm welcome tomorrow when she arrives with a fantastic new tutorial for us.

In the meantime, you can always find Karen on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.

Introducing Our Newest Contributor – Lara from The Unprofessional

I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest talented contributor, Lara from The Unprofessional. She says she’s no expert, but you’d never know it by looking at her renovations and DIY projects!

Lara has been correcting a multitude of sloppy work the jerks folks who flipped her 1940’s cape cod left behind. She’s customizing her home, room by room and making her house safe and functional for her family.

One of Lara’s recent projects was hanging a wall-mount sink in their attic bathroom. Not only will you love Lara’s tutorial, but you’ll be especially charmed after meeting her trusty sidekick (aka her three year old son) who acts as her advisor and personal assistant.

I love that Lara is learning as she DIYs in her home. We can all relate to learning on the fly. She’s made a few screw ups during the learning curve, but she’ll never let it stop her. Lara’s motto is: “I believe you can do pretty much anything with a few good tools, a stack of wood, and a half-baked idea.”

For example, when her 3-year-old son complained that he couldn’t reach the picnic table, she designed an easy-to-build folding booster seat perfect for camping trips and beer gardens. This idea is genius and I think she needs to patent the idea.

When the low ceilings in her cape cod wouldn’t accommodate a bulky barn door, she found an alternative approach to turning any interior door into a space-saving barn door.

Finally, Lara hacked her son’s IKEA bed into a super modern headboard. I love this project and might be copying it in my house.

You can find Lara on Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. And be sure to pop in tomorrow to see her tutorial right here!

Welcome Our Newest Contributor - Sheri

I’m super excited to welcome our newest contributor – Sheri, from Hazel + Gold Designs! You are going to love her and all her creative ideas. Shari is a fantastic woodworker, crafter and artist. She has a flair for creating stylish home decor, furniture, and more!

Some of my favorite tutorials Sheri shares on her blog are this reclaimed barn wood art.

You have to admit this unique console table she made is amazing! If you like this, you’ll love her next project…

…this textured headboard!

Want to know a little more about Sheri? You must head over to her blog and learn why her blog is named Hazel + Gold. Plus, take some time exploring all her fantastic DIY tutorials.

Welcome Our Newest Contributor - Sheri

Get ready to be wowed tomorrow when Sheri creates something that will keep your desk more organized. Again, Welcome Our Newest Contributor – Sheri to the blog.

Welcome Diane and Dean to the Team

It’s a new year and we have more new talent joining the Pretty Handy Girl team. Today I am excited to welcome this DIY Duo: Diane and Dean.

Diane and Dean Contributor headshots

They are the talent behind (surprisingly) Dianeanddean.com, a DIY Home and Garden Blog. When I said talent, I meant they are both incredibly talented and bring a variety of skills with them.

Dean is a Landscape Architect, Sustainability Director, Master Gardener, Public Speaker, and former DIY Network co-host for Grounds For Improvement. Diane is a writer, Certified Health Coach, Calligrapher, and she also has a Florida Real Estate license. They believe in helping people realize they don’t have to be millionaires to make their home a sanctuary.  Diane and Dean will help provide knowledge and you provide the effort to make your home improvement dreams come true.

Want to be wowed by some of their “talented” projects? Check out this DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Farmhouse Table they built. It’s beautiful!

Diane & Dean DIY Farmhouse Table

On the other end of the size scale, take a look at these fun DIY Cement Succulent Planters they created. I’m headed to Lowe’s right now to buy some cement to make my own.

Sometimes Diane and Dean like to take on huge DIY projects like this Backyard Gabion Wall.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to have a Landscape Architect and a licensed Real Estate agent joining us! They’ll be back tomorrow with a project sure to bring the outdoors inside during this cold weather.

Please give them both a big happy welcome! And, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Welcome Julie from Love My Simple Home

I’m super excited to introduce another talented DIY educator who will be bringing us some fantastic upcycling projects, beautiful home decor ideas, and all around amazing ideas for making your home gorgeous on the cheap.

Julie from Love My Simple Home

Please join me in welcoming Julie from Love My Simple Home. She is an incredibly creative person who shares a variety of quick, simple, and original repurposing tutorials for your home. For example, she created an excellent tutorial for making your own driftwood sailboat.

Love My Simple Home Driftwood Sailboat

She also has a passion for interior design and sharing affordable and creative home decor ideas. Some of her favorite projects are furniture painting and occasionally a whole room makeover (like this beautiful coastal living room she recently completed.)

Love My Simple Home Coastal Living Room

Oh and did I mention she can whip up some scrumptious treats? You have to make these mouth-watering Jammy Sugar Cookies to appreciate her baking skills.

Easy Jam Sugar Cookies from Love My Simple Home

When she’s not creating or blogging, you can find Julie shopping garage sales, thrift stores, and hauling something off the side of the road. Who can relate to those adventures? One of her favorite roadside finds is this Night Table in her Guest Bedroom.

Love My Simple Home Rescued Nightstand

But, her favorite repurpose tutorial is a DIY Tin Can Vase. I know you’d easily pay $20 for that at Magnolia Market, right?

DIY Rustic Tin Can Vase

Are you as excited as I am to see what Julie has in store for us? She’ll be stopping by tomorrow with an amazing upcycled project! Let’s give Julie a warm welcome and be sure to stop by her blog. And then find her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest talented contributor, Sarah from The Created Home. Her DIY blog focuses on woodworking and anything that needs doing around her home.

Sarah has amassed a wealth of knowledge from renovating her home with her husband, Eric.

What started with her asking him to teach her how to use a miter saw blossomed into her own DIY workshop and a love of woodworking that started her own business. She has a passion for salvaging old material and creating furniture for her home, like this DIY Printmaker’s Coffee Table.

DIY Printmaker's Coffee Table by The Created Home

or this  Sliding Barn Door Hutch and Buffet.

Sliding Barn Door Hutch and Buffet by The Created Home
Sarah has two toddlers that keep her busy, but they also serve as a source for her creativity. Like this cabin themed playroom that needs an award for most creative kids’ playroom EVER!

Cabin Themed Playroom by The Created Home

Sarah lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, which allows her to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. And who wouldn’t if you built your own frugal pergola like Sarah did.

DIY Frugal Pergola by The Created Home

Head over to The Created Home to visit Sarah and truly witness her building superpowers.

Be sure to follow The Created Home on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest for a peek into her workshop and home.

Brooke - Killer B Designs

I’d like to introduce our newest contributor, Brooke from Killer B Designs.  I’ve been a long time fan of Brooke’s blog. She has loads of talent and creative ideas to share with you.

Brooke has the skills and talent to make any builder jealous. She hand built most of the furniture in her home. Like this Restoration Hardware Knock Off Storage Bed based on Ana White’s plans.

She also has a wonderful love of color. Her pantry door is truly a show stopper!

But, her building tutorials are what you’ll really appreciate. From this adorable toddler work bench. . .

. . .to this Chunky X Base Farmhouse Table:

See what I mean? She’s talented! Check back in tomorrow to see the amazingly creative DIY project Brooke made just for you.

I am so excited to introduce another all star DIY educator to the Pretty Handy Girl team. Shara comes to us from the blog Woodshop Diaries (a DIY blog with a focus on DIY crafts, furniture building, and home improvement projects.) This rock star is an engineer by day and a DIYer every other chance she can get.  She lives in a small town in West Kentucky with her husband, Danny, her dog, Lucy, and their assortment of barn cats that accidentally became pets.

She and her husband fearlessly tacked a kitchen remodel in their “accidental fixer upper” two years ago. After that, she was hooked and started taking on more and more DIY projects.

With a limited number of rooms in their home, she began thinking of other projects besides remodels. Building furniture (like this coffee cabinet) was the next logical step. But, she also enjoys creating other fun crafts (like this Grinch pillow).

The Woodshop Diaries became her classroom for sharing tutorials for projects she has completed. Be sure to read more of Shara’s story here.


You’ll also want to find her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.

Stay tuned because Shara has a great farmhouse inspired tutorial for us tomorrow. I hope you’ll leave her lots of warm welcome comments!