Introducing our DIY Contributors (Part 1)

Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself “How did I not know this person before? We’re kindred spirits!” That’s exactly how I feel about Jess, the founder of Scratch Mommy. A couple of months ago I was introduced to Jess and her husband Nick by Karen (the Scratch Mommy Parenting Editor). How had I not known about Jess and Scratch Mommy before? Well clearly I was an idiot and wasted over a year of basking in Scratch Mommy greatness… don’t worry, I’m catching up one post at a time.

I was ecstatic, when Jess and Nick told me during a Google Hangout that they liked my style on my blog Sew Creative and wanted me to join the Scratch Mommy team as the DIY editor and “social media maven.”

Not only was I excited that I’d get the chance to work with Jess, Nick, Loriel and Karen to launch the new site but  also because I knew it would open a door to meet many wonderful, talented, smart creative women who are living life from scratch.

Today I’m introducing you to 4 of these women, one half of my DIY Contributors all-star team (don’t worry, you’ll get the chance to meet the rest of them on Sunday). As a team, we can’t wait to bring you the best DIY projects– whether you are new to DIY or have been Doing It Yourself for years. We’ll walk you through the basics (like what tools you need to get started making skincare from scratch) to the more complicated (how to hunt for great vintage furniture at the thrift shop and then restore it yourself).  I can’t wait to learn from these ladies and see all of the great projects that we inspire from our readers!

Let me introduce you to our DIY Gals!

Amanda Lopes

Blog: Refocus on Being

Bio: Amanda is the founder and writer for Refocus On Being, a blog about navigating life, parenting, family, and going back to simplicity through healthy living, holistic remedies and essential oils while having fun with DIY projects and crafts. She lives in Maine with her amazing boyfriend, Jedi son and Princess daughter (twins!) and a very furry Maine Coon cat named Simone.

What does living a DIY life from scratch mean to you? For me, living a DIY life from Scratch means using our imagination and resourcefulness to create beauty, happiness and health in everything that surrounds us, including ourselves.

 Favorite post from Refocus on Being: Handmade Hair Accessories Wall Frame

Favorite Scratch Mommy post: Natural Tattoo Care

Connect with Amanda:

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Anne Shetty
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Blog: Anne Shetty

Bio: Anne Shetty loves painting furniture, dresses and where she lives! She is on a journey of life through knowing people and the arts. 

What does living a DIY life from scratch mean to you? Recycling, Repurposing and Minimizing waste.

Favorite DIY post from Anne Shetty: From Dull and Lifeless to Bold and Beautiful, The Red Table

Favorite Scratch Mommy Post: Seriously? Just Eat The Damn Cookie! A Homemade Icing Sugar Recipe

Connect with Anne:

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Cortney Munro

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Blog: Daily Pea

Bio: Cortney blogs at Daily Pea about sustainable living, organic gardening, real food and natural parenting. She believes strongly that every small step towards a greener, healthier lifestyle counts in a big way!

What does living a DIY life from scratch mean to you? Living a DIY life from scratch with my family helps us maintain a more natural lifestyle. Making my own cleaners and personal care products keeps our household safe and healthy for us, and also helps us save money. By incorporating DIY projects into our daily lives, we’re often reusing items that would normally be thrown away. It inspires our kids to live sustainably, and also creates memories that we’ll treasure forever!

Favorite DIY post from Daily Pea: Homemade Keepsake Ornaments

Favorite Scratch Mommy Post: DIY Sunscreen- Easy to Make (and why you NEED this recipe)

Connect with Cortney:

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Samantha McClellan
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Blog: Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Bio: Samantha is an apartment homesteader, childbirth doula, and advocate for nourishing, real food diets and natural living. Samantha’s blog aims to encourage others in taking steps towards healthier living as well as offer simple, easy and helpful tips and resources to make the journey easier. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2011 she has been on a personal journey to find healing through food and is currently following (and finding great success in) the Autoimmune Protocol Diet. She lives in North Carolina with her awesome husband.

What does living a DIY life from scratch mean to you?  Living a DIY life from scratch is about turning my home into a place of production rather than consumption. Its about making the most out of my resources and taking an active role in creating the life we want to live.

Favorite DIY post from Sweet Potatoes and Social ChangeEasy DIY Laundry Detergent

Favorite Scratch Mommy Post: Ultimate DIY Detoxing Salt Soak & Scrub

Connect with Samantha:

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