handmade walls : a sneak peek

In the process of creating pieces for your home, a transformation occurs. In both you, and your lovely abode. You leave a personal impression…a mark if you will, on each project. With each piece, you lose a little fear. And gain a little bravery. Each creation is an extension of you. With every piece you create, you make your home yours. If your home is literally a piece of you… uniquely yours, how can you not help but love it? 

-Handmade Walls: 22 Inspiring Ideas on Bringing Your Walls to Life

We release our ebook one week from today.

Writing a book feels a lot like having a baby.

It took about nine months. I gained a few pounds. I’ve stayed up through the wee hours of the morning …with that last proofing segment and the final, tiny tweak… making sure that they were all completed. Even though our posting schedule is back up to speed, a few of my mental capabilities clearly, are not. I’m a little groggy. I’ve even reverted to throwing cheerios to my kids on the floor a-la chickens on a farm after the birth of our third. It’s been a real balancing act. But also a huge blessing.

Today, since we’re t minus eight days and counting, I thought I’d give you a visual sneak peek, and answer a few FAQ’s about our latest “baby”. Just a few glimpses of what you’ll find in our little creation. Some are spreads, some are a mix of small glimpses… So without further ado…

What exactly is your book about?

Have you ever struggled with your home? Struggled to make it feel more genuine… more like you? Have you ever felt inhibited from what you really wanted by ‘the rules’? What about your own fears? Have you ever been frustrated by the overpriced, overused selections in big box stores? We’ve been there and had a desire to explore options beyond the expected. Handmade Walls is a simple, inspiring, and realistically approachable springboard for making your home your own. Everything you see in this book was created with the hope that you’ll learn to shake off those fears and love your sanctuary as you create it. Just for you.

What’s in your book? What exactly does Ebook mean?

This book contains 22 projects, at over 250 pages chock-full of inspiration, creations, and plans for making it happen in your own homes. It’s a realistic, user-friendly fun approach on creating beautiful handmade pieces for your spaces. It’s available for $9.95 in a simple easy-to-use PDF format with an accessible and affordable approach for all. Just click, download, and read. It’s that simple, and if you have any questions, we’ll be here to help you.

Breaking it down:

More bang for your buck: Each project in this book averages at about 35 dollars. Compared to those big box store prices, this definitely puts you ahead in the pocket book department. Each project can be adjusted for your own individual needs.

Divided into three main sections: Frames, Art, and Functional: Handmade Walls builds on your personal skill level and it has an easy breezy learning curve. This means there’s something for everyone in this book. So whether you’re a DIY novice, weekend warrior, or just someone who appreciates a fun read, it’s our deepest hope that you’ll enjoy something we’ve created just for you.

Every plan in this book comes complete with step by step illustrations, photography, tips, and tricks. These are to help with those little known, frequently asked questions. Each one is even completed with a cut and supplies list, price bracket, difficulty level, and time required for each project. So you know exactly what you’re diving into before you even begin.

Beyond the basics: Handmade Walls includes a project reference guide and supplies glossary where you’ll find ideas for finishing off those projects. From advice on our favorite tools, to paint colors and step-by-step techniques to help you out as you create, it’s a great go-to for making your own works of art in your home. And in turn, making it your own.

Beautiful homes aren’t purchased in one day. They aren’t bought ‘as a room’, and they aren’t thrown together overnight. They probably aren’t even held in a collective grandiose round of applause, given their one of a kind unique nature based on who put them together. Maybe, one of a kind homes are only appreciated by the creator and those who dwell there. Truly beautiful homes are created over time. They’re crafted carefully by an artist who loves to tweak a canvas. They are an honest, illuminating reflection of those who live there. We hope you feel inspired to create a home of your own, and leave your stamp.

Finally, a big fat wonderful thank you to all of you. Our amazingly incredible awesome readers and friends. It means the world to us that you drop by here when you do, and we hope that you know this book is most definitely for you. We are so thankful that we get to share our part of the internet with you. Thank you for making it possible.

We hope you stay tuned, and we can’t wait to share this with all of you.

Can you tell we’re excited? Have an inspired day!

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Responses to handmade walls : a sneak peek

  1. Looks like a fantastic book, Ashley. Congrats!

  2. Beckie says:

    What a terrific round up and fantastic ideas! Love them all……Sharing over on my FB tonight.

  3. Samantha says:

    I’m so excited to get it and start on the projects. I love the style in your house and can’t wait to figure out how you accomplish some of it. :)

  4. Ashley, it looks amazing! I cant wait! But can you make it a real book? Then I could put the actual book pages on the wall and that would make it 23 inspiring ideas. :-) it looks like a beautiful book full of Ashley-ness.

    Also, what???!! I had heard that the Nester’s name was a female version of Michael in the Jaqueline form… But this is a major reveal!!! That spelling is awesome!!

    I’m at the Verizon store waiting for my turn to get a free iPhone. What else could we chat about while I kill time? My 2 year-old is wearing a padded, muscular Incredibles costume and dancing to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”. Verizon should pay us for the entertainment we provide.

    Love all you do!


  5. Haha yes! I should have saved her name reveal as a selling point. Dangit! And yes, you should start a traveling show. We could join you. It would be like a circus for people who are easily honored like us 😉

  6. Rachel says:

    I want the first copy!! :):)

  7. it looks like a beautiful book! all your hard work has paid off!

  8. Beth Miller says:

    I’m so excited about this book! I’m hoping to use it to make some art/frames for our new baby girl’s nursery. Who, by the way, will be named Malone! Any chance this will be made into a real, turn the pages book? I think it would be so pretty sitting on my coffee table with my Ana White book and soon to come YHL book!

  9. Crystal says:

    I have been waiting! So excited for this, I am going to go crazy making frames for my empty walls. May God bless your efforts.

  10. Congratulations, it looks great! I know you are so exited to have it finished. Can’t wait to read it.

  11. Heather says:

    SO excited for you!!! And I’m excited for me too! I soooooooo need to see what’s in those pages so I can deck my walls! Congratulations on your newest “baby.”

  12. Charron Ann says:

    I wanna try every idea you have in your book!! Can’t wait!

  13. Tennille says:

    YAY!!!!! I can’t wait to read it. My house is so lacking in personal touches but I have tons of ideas. Maybe with the help of your book I’ll make some of those ideas a reality. I’m a huge fan of the actual book, you know the old school kind with binding and real pages to turn. However, after just returning from a trip with the family where my carry on must have weighed more than one of my children due to the stash of “actual” books and mags, I’m learning to embrace the e-book. The countdown is on!!!

  14. Danielle says:

    Congratulations! I am inspired just looking at the pictures of your sneak peak! Can’t wait to look through it and look at my house with fresh eyes.

  15. Jami Nato says:

    this is so rad. really excited for you guys. it’s going to rock our faces off, i just know it.

  16. Allison D says:

    The book looks awesome. Congrats!