Welcome to ABM

You might be wondering what this site is all about? We are sister team, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. If you’re new, Elsie has dark hair and Emma has light hair. Elsie founded A Beautiful Mess back in 2007 as a personal blog. She never intended for it to grow into anything else, at least not at first. Emma started a food blog a couple years later and it wasn’t until 2010 that they decided to combine their efforts into one blog, this one here, and the rest is history.

Over the years we have shared MANY posts. Currently we have well over 6,000 blog posts on this site. We mainly write about crafting, DIY, home decor, and recipes; while still sharing some of our personal lives with you. Over the years we’ve grown our writing team so you’ll hear from not just us a bunch of other talented women as well. The aim is to share the best content possible in the hopes that you’ll find something useful here, or get inspired to go do your own thing. If you haven’t guessed by now A Beautiful Mess is all about living a creative, and sometimes messy, life. We’re gonna give you the highlights though, don’t worry.

In addition to all the free content we produce through our blog we also have an online shop which we call Oui Fresh. We are passionate about natural makeup and clean living so a lot of our products reflect that, like our own line of essential oils. We also have plenty of fun too with cute daisy sunnies, tees, and two subscription boxes. We’re adding new products all the time!

Since we blog about so many different things we thought we’d give you a few highlights to start with from our top categories.

Crafts:
-We’ve got tons and tons of soap, bath bomb, and natural cleaning DIYs for you to try.
-Do you like to make jewelry? We have lots of tutorials for you then.
-We’ve got some awesome stuff in our sewing archives too, for beginners to experts.
-Ever wanted to make some DIY furniture or easy wood working projects?
-Do you like scrapbooking, stationary, and paper crafts? (You can’t see it but we are raising our hands high!)
-There are LOTS of awesome weaving tutorials for you to try.
-And if you’re looking for projects that are kid friendly or for kiddos check here.

Home Decor:
-Check out all our woodworking projects if you like easy DIY furniture and other decor projects.
-Are you a plant lady or aspiring to be? Here are all our indoor plant projects and tips.
-If you are looking for some great renter-friendly home decor projects then look no more!
-We also have a whole archive of projects for small spaces.
-Or maybe you just want to browse Emma’s and Elsie’s home tours, or our (amazing) archive of featured homes. Major inspiration vibes!
-And check out that time that Elsie helped Kacey Musgraves makeover her living room and dining room. Pretty!

Recipes:
-We love sharing easy, at home cocktail recipes. Check out our archive here..
-But if you’re in need of something healthy, we feel you, check out these recipes. Yum!
-And after all that healthy eating we’d say you’ve earned a dessert! See some of our favorites here.
-Our favorite meal is brunch. So, we’ve got some great breakfast recipes as well.
-If you’re looking for healthy eating info check out our Ask a Dietitian series.

We’ve written three books over the years: Photo Idea Book / Happy Handmade Home / Weekday Weekend 

Advice:
-We’ve shared tons of advice about blogging in case you are starting or growing your own blog.
-We also have a best-selling online course on the subject called Blog Life.
-Sometimes we share resources or tips for small business owners.
5 Secrets to Success
10 Tips for a Productive Life
-Our mom wrote a beautiful post: Raising Creativity

Photography:
-Better black and white photos
Light painting with sparklers
-How to create shapes with bokeh
-Our camera gear + underwater camera gear
-And if you are serious about learning to take great photos: DSLR Basics

Here are few personal posts from Emma + Elsie:
Elsie’s wedding
Emma’s wedding
Emma on Changing Dreams
Elsie and Jeremy adopted their daughter, Nova

We also own an app company, A Color Story, which has photo editing apps for both iOS and Android as well as desktop actions + presets. We are immensely proud of our apps, we’ve seen well over 8MM downloads to date.

And if you want to read more about Emma, Elsie, or the ABM team just click the buttons below! We hope you’ll stick around (aka click around… he he:) make some crafts and maybe sip a cocktail with us!

This has been fun! Thanks for taking a tour of our site! We’re glad you are here.

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xoxo. Elsie + Emma