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Photography Gear: What We Use, Love, and Recommend!


Today I'm here to talk about photography gear. We haven't written a post like this in two years, and a few things have changed in that time (although not as much as you would think—we're still using a LOT of the same equipment).

Reno Update at our HFHS House Project


Last month we shared some updates about our Habitat for Humanity house project renovation planning and some details on the overall budget (you can read all about it here).

150 New Additions to the #ABeautifulMess App!


We're super excited to share that today there is a new update available in the iTunes store with lots of fun additions for the A Beautiful Mess app.

Try This: Illustrated Tree Slices


Decorating a nursery can be a lot of fun, especially where DIY projects are concerned! I must admit, while I am rather crafty and handy with power tools, I certainly am not talented in the area of illustration.

Talk to Us? (Reader survey time!)


Hi, friends! Today we want to invite you to take our reader survey. This is your opportunity to weigh in and help us learn more about who you are, why you read ABM, and what you would be interested in for the future.  But first I want to open up to you about how we're doing and what our intentions are for the new year.

Reno Update at our HFHS House Project


Last month we shared some updates about our Habitat for Humanity house project renovation planning and some details on the overall budget (you can read all about it here).

Sister Style: Cold Front


Hi friends! Can I just be an old person and talk about the weather for a second? (k- thanks!) The weather here is so indecisive this week.

Make Your Own Photo Soap


I love to make homemade soaps. You can customize the ingredients, fragrance, and even the look of soap.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread


I love the smell of freshly baked bread. They should make that into a candle (surely someone has by now).

Simple Winter Village DIY


One of my favorite childhood Christmas memories is setting up our holiday village every year. My mom had collected several ceramic buildings with electric lights inside, including houses, a church, a school, and a general store.

January Book Club Selection


Hey, guys! Just wanted to let you know what we'll be reading for the A Beautiful Mess book club in January so you can order or put your copy on hold at the library soon.

15 Sweet Treats for the Holidays


It's the time of year when you are surrounded by all kinds of treats and goodies and you indulge and don't feel guilty about it because it's the holiday season, right?

Cards & Tags with A Beautiful Mess Stamps


You never know when you'll need a cute greeting card or gift tag, and that's why I love making bunches of them to keep on hand.

Holiday Shopping Home Stretch (ModCloth Giveaway!)


We are in, what I like to think of as, the holiday shopping home stretch. I've got about half of the folks on my holiday gift list done.

Palm Springs Gingerbread House (OMG!!)


You may not know this about me, but I am a champion gingerbread house maker. No really, when I was growing up I won the gingerbread house contest at the library three straight years in a row.

How to Scrapbook Your Memories with Not-So-Good Photos


This week I want to talk about a subject that's pretty dear to me. How to still make a special scrapbook even when your photos are bad (or non-existent even!

Woven Stocking DIY


Let's continue with the weaving trend this year, shall we?  Handmade stockings are always my favorite—so much so that I've made a new set for our family each year as our decor has changed.

12 Days of Giveaways: Win a Camera + DSLR E-Course (CLOSED)


It's a bittersweet day because today is our last day of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series. That's the bitter part.

How to scrapbook your memories with not-so-good photos


This week I want to talk about a subject that's pretty dear to me. How to still make a special scrapbook even when your photos are bad (or non-existent even!

Paper Ball Ornaments


 Are all your holiday decorations out? If you're still wanting to to add a little more decor, this simple ornament made from cut out circles is something you might want to try.


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