Can you believe we are already halfway done with 2017. This year is indeed flying by! In fact it’s going so quickly here I am with another Featured MOMtrepreneur post. I am so excited about my July feature. She is extremely creative and handy, two things that I admire greatly. She shares her amazing creations on her newly launched Blog Little Bitti Living. I featured one of her handmade creations in the main image. Be sure to check out her Blog for detailed DIY (Do-It-Yourself) instructions.
If you are new to Organizing Motherhood then you have been missing out on learning about some amazing Moms! Every month I aim to feature a MOMtrepreneur, a MOMtrepreneur can be anyone. From a stay at home mom blogger to a 9-5 working mom that has a passion for sewing. I know so many remarkable moms out there that hold down a 9-5 job, have a side hustle and raise amazing kids. How do they do it, especially with only so many hours in the day. I am here to find out and share these astounding ladies stories with all of you in addition to promoting their businesses. Because most of all us mom’s need to help one another and support each others ventures!
This is my 5th feature, I literally can’t believe it. You can read my past features below. Starting with a very good friend that owns and operates a stunning baby accessory brand. You definitely don’t want to miss these fantastic ladies:
- Introducing MOMtrepreneur The Baby Atelier. An Amazing Baby Accessory Brand.
- Introducing April’s MOMtrepreneur! An Adventure and Homeschooling Blogger.
- Introducing May’s MOMtrepreneur! Raw, Honest and Empowering Mommy Blogger.
- Introducing June’s MOMtrepreneur. Create, Smile, Dream!
I was so lucky that Tylynn from Little Bitti Living emailed me at firstname.lastname@example.org. She ran across my Blog in her search for socializing and reaching out to other Bloggers like herself. When I started the MOMtrepreneur features I never imaged it would be so enjoyable, but it really is! It would be an absolute pleasure meeting more mom’s among my readers. If you are a MOMtrepreneur like Tylynn and would like to share your story on my Blog please send me an email at email@example.com. I will send you all the details! Please reach out and share your story with all of us!
Today’s feature of Tylynn author of Little Bitti Living is a special one. She is a soon to be mommy! Since I am currently in the same boat as her (expecting) I have no idea how she can create her amazing DIY projects and still have time to Blog about it. She is truly astonishing, and I know you will fall in love with her and her designs immediately. Meet Tylynn –
Hi All, my name is Tylynn and I am brand new to the world of Blogland! Yay for trying new adventures!
This story really all started right after our wedding. I had graduated college, got married, and moved – all in the month of May 2016.
Given the chaos and planning of that month, I had decided to postpone starting my “real’ job until sometime in July. So there I was. Newly-graduated. Newly-wed. Newly-moved. Alone. At home. Aaaall day. Meanwhile the new Mr. (more specifically known as Joseph) continued his normal routine of heading off to work, which was all great in the beginning. I had plenty of time to bask in the gloriousness (real word? We’ll just roll with it…) of having nothing to do and to get our new house set up.
But where to start? And how? I’m not one of those super creative types who can picture the perfect décor for a room or connect the dots between the look I imagine and what I see in the stores. But away I went, attempting to make our white-walled, empty new townhouse feel like a home. Where did I go? Thrift stores of course. And Craigslist.
It was all sunshine and rainbows to start off. I had a blast browsing Craigslist and the thrift stores looking for those steal-of-a-deals. But after about a week of organizing and thrifting while Joseph worked all day, I realized I needed to keep myself a little more occupied. Add that to the fact that, as most people have experienced at thrift stores, you can’t always get what you want, and I had the perfect recipe for a Rolling Stones song …
If that reference doesn’t make sense, just pretend it didn’t happen … Moving on …
I guess I just got to the point that I wanted to challenge myself some more. So I headed where everyone does when they need inspiration – Pinterest!
And what did I find?
A coffee table. Not just any coffee table. A DIY coffee table.
So I built it.
And it was all downhill from there.
Since this was my first attempt at building furniture, I wasn’t entirely sure how to go about the project. So I started with plans from Ana White’s website, modified them just slightly, and gave it a go. Now, I do have some experience working with tools and wood and such – so this wasn’t a total shot in the dark. However, I had never built furniture from beginning to end all by my lonesome. Of course, there were a few rough parts and mistakes, but I had such fun building something from scratch that it makes up for the couple bubbles in the polyurethane and the decorative side pieces that don’t exactly line up. Plus, it saved a ton of money.
Let’s just say, I was destined to catch the DIY bug after that coffee table. I’m a structural engineer by trade and grew up helping my parents on all sorts of projects – from home-building to remodeling to crafting to dropping a new engine in my first truck.
Just for fun, here’s one of my first DIY photos:
I’m the little one in front. Though I think my dad was doing most of the work on that project.
Nevertheless, I’ve always had that special place in my heart for making, fixing, and building yourself.
So, when you put “oooh fun coffee-table-building-project” and “destined to DIY” together »»» BOOM.
You get a woman on a mission to make awesome things.
Fast-forward to December 2016 – my husband and I found out that we’re expecting our first kid in August.
I would love to be able to stay home with our kids someday, so I hatched this crazy plan to start a Blog to share some of my DIY shenanigans and really dove in to teaching myself how to build furniture and all sorts of other random things (very descriptive, I know). DIY in general, let’s say.
Just one minor issue: we live in Minnesota, it was the middle of December when I decided to dive into this stuff, and our garage is not heated. But I set my mind to this grand idea and off I went with it … woodworking in -20°F out in our garage.
Approximately 15 layers of coats, 1 million layers of pants, and lots of hot tea got me through that experience.
Regardless, some of the projects ended up getting moved into the kitchen. No joke … I built a set of stools mostly in our kitchen.
I think my husband thought I was crazy was super impressed with my determination.
Fast-forward to spring and summer – things have been much more enjoyable, and I’ve been able to build a little quicker.
At this point, I’m trying to get this Blog thing up on its feet and then just see where it takes me!
Yes, I’m still working as a structural engineer. Yes, I’m about 36 weeks pregnant.
Again, I think my husband thinks I’m crazy is super impressed with my determination …
But anyways, this has become more long-winded than I originally anticipated. So I’ll wrap it up here.
As of now, I have a couple furniture build tutorials posted and a decent number of smaller DIY tutorials.
Some of my favorite projects include:
Coasters for my friends bridal shower.
My little brother’s nightstand.
And wall decor for the baby’s room.
I’m hoping to get a couple more big furniture builds done before baby shows up in August, but we’ll see how that goes … I’m kinda at his mercy right now.
If you get a chance, take a look around the projects, big and small, and let me know what you think! If you decide to try one, I’d love to see photos!
I hope you’ll join me in my DIY shenanigans!
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Hi, it’s me again Julia. If you loved reading about Tylynn and her awesome DIY blog Little Bitti Living, then you should definitely check it out! Also be sure to follow her and Organizing Motherhood on social media. You can find links for Tylynn above and links for Organizing Motherhood in my sidebar.
I just can’t believe July is almost over! But with a new month coming that means I am looking for a new MOMtrepreneur. If you are a MOMtrepreneur and would like to share your story on my Blog in August, be sure to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you all the details for the post! Please reach out and share your story with all of us, or if you know of a MOMtrepreneur that would be perfect for this feature send them my way!
Thanks for reading!!!