Meet Ash & Eileen
"I can build that."
That was one of the first things Ash said to me.
It was back when he starting taking the same spinning class as me at the gym. He was the only male in the class, as he had been attending to drum up conversation with me.
As our friendship progressed, I remember telling him how I wished I could design my own elliptical/bike with customized features (I was really into working out back then).
I could not tell you what those features were, but at the time, I thought it was a great idea.
Without missing a beat, Ash confidently responded by telling me that he could build it.
I laughed because what could a computer programmer build besides a website?
Who knew that ten years later, we would be married with a sweet little son (and a hairy little dog), and Ash, my tech-savvy husband, would have taught himself how to build literally everything we’ve imagined – well, that is, except for my elliptical-bike.
Ash has no carpentry experience and I have no design background, yet our passion for making our home more functional and aesthetic motivates us. I create the vision and Ash makes it reality.
Our first project was a bookshelf for my dozens and dozens of books. I had been eyeing an awkward area between a door and closet, dreaming about a floor-to-ceiling shelf. Ash built it without hesitation, exactly the way I had pictured.
Giddy with the results, we continued to work on more home projects.
We soon became a family of three and were starting to outgrow our first home. So, we worked quickly on more projects, knowing our home would soon be on the market.
We focused on DIYs that would increase our home’s value – porch railings, French
doors on the pantry, outdoor pathways, and room makeovers. (The house sold in less than a week!)
Now in our second home we are continuing to dream, build, and create.
Our favorites are the shed that Ash built from the ground up, an old CD tower that we repurposed into a pantry shelf, and my new floor-to-ceiling, full wall bookshelf with a window seat.
Amidst all of our projects, I started to settle into motherhood.
I found myself spending more time planning parties, putting together gift ideas, making holiday crafts, and working on activities with my son. It must be the teacher in me.
Our friends and family really fussed over these crafty creations– so much, that Ash and I decided to share these stories too.
Now our blog is a true DIY haven – from home projects to crafty endeavors, and we love sharing all of it with you.
So, what do a computer programmer and a teacher have in common – besides a spinning class we used to take?
We love channeling our creativity, we love inspiring others, and we love finding ways to complete our projects while saving money.
After all, we are just trying to measure up.
We're making headlines!
- Life Hacker recently wrote an article on Ash's folding workbench called "This DIY Floating Workbench Folds into Place When It's Time to Work, Away When You're Done."
- Make Magazine also featured Ash's folding workbench in a post titled "Building a Folding Shop Workbench."
- Apartment Therapy wrote a piece on our pantry doors. We replaced our old pantry curtains with French doors. It was quite an upgrade and Apartment Therapy featured it in a piece called "Before & After: Adding Some Pretty to the Pantry."
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