We spent the better part of last year tearing apart our homes, working weekends, and trying (and retrying) projects for the book. I still have scrapbook paper plastered to one of my bathroom walls from an experiment we were doing in making your own wallpaper (it really works—haha!). It was a crazy experience, and I treasure the funny memories we made during the process. Did you know we had to reshoot our cover image three times? Emma and I were even more bonded (like old married people) by the end of this project. Books will do that to you. Nothing like knocking through a 300 item checklist together to teach you to value and appreciate the other person (or in our case, team!). It’s intense, but at the end of it all… so, so gratifying.
This book was a passion project. A dream to create. It was a collaboration and a team effort. Today I just wanted to say thank you to each of your who is celebrating along with us.
Extra thank yous to those of you who have been loyal readers for years and years, those of you who have seen us try, fail, move forward, mess up, rework, and keep going.
Thank you so much for encouraging and supporting us as we live our dream, one milestone at a time. We hope you enjoy our new book. The most fulfilling part of the entire experience is seeing those Instagram photos come in of you guys trying our DIYs at home. If you share a photo of our book or of a project you make from the book, please tag us (@ABeautifulMessOfficial) or use #HappyHandmadeHome so we can see your photos!
Credits // Photos by Sarah Rhodes and Janae Hardy.