PHG_ContributorsLeft to right: Jaime, Jacque, Matt, Jessica and Melissa

I’m so proud to introduce you to the Pretty Handy Girl contributors. Each writer has been hand chosen by me because I already followed their blog and I think they are DIY Rockstars! I hope you enjoy all of their amazing projects and recognize that together our goal is for you to be able to complete your own DIY project!



Hi, I’m Jaime and I write That’s My Letter, a DIY project focused blog with an emphasis on building, painting and sewing.  All my life I’ve been painting, drawing, crafting and making things.  I grew up in Minnesota and then majored in Studio Arts at a liberal arts college on the East Coast.  While there, I worked in the costume shop for the theater department, met my now husband of 12 years and then went on to work for an interior design firm in New York City.  We have 3 young children and now that they are all school age I have shifted my focus to do what I love – build, paint and sew.  The real turning point came when we renovated our kitchen in the summer of 2010.  One project led to another and I started blogging about all my projects one by one which has ultimately led to a small business.

My goal with each project is to work smart, efficient and economical.  I love a good challenge whether it be designing a build to fit the space (entry locker unit), solving a logistical solution (portable lego tray), constructing a craft using unconventional supplies (plastic tablecloth rosette garland) or just a simple makeover with paint (front door makeover).  And I firmly believe you can do it too which is why write a majority of my posts as tutorials in an effort to share my experience with readers.

You can connect with me on facebookgoogle+twitterpinterest.

Read all of Jaime’s Pretty Handy Tutorials.


JessicaBioPicHi, I’m Jessica, and I live in Upstate New York in an old Colonial home with my husband and DIY partner, Dan. By day I’m a worker bee, but by night I’m a knee-pad wearing, drill-wielding, spray painting do-it-yourself project queen. I’m also a graduate student working on my Ph.D. Do I sneak away and redecorate the mantle when I’m supposed to be studying? More often than I can admit!

In between all that I blog at Décor Adventures, where I share DIY tips, furniture makeovershome improvement projects and more. That fun happens at our first home, which was built in 1900 and has lot of old house charm including fireplaces, original wood floors and trim, stained glass, and pocket doors. Generally you can find us renovating a bathroom, working in the yard, or figuring out what kind of project fun to have next.
I started Décor Adventures in 2009 as a creative outlet and a way to share what I love – home decor, crafts and DIY. It is a place for you to find decorating resources, creative ideas and to read about my project fun and mis-adventures along the way. I hope to give you useful, practical resources for styling and enjoying your life and home. You can find all of my projects here.
I’d love to connect with you on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+.

Read all of Jessica’s tutorials here.


katie-contributor-headshotHi there! I’m Katie and I blog over at Addicted 2 DIY. I’ve been married to my husband and DIY partner in crime for almost 10 years and together we have two awesome little boys and one very spoiled dog. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom and wife, I was a firefighter, which is where my husband and I met. When I made the decision to leave that career for a career in momhood, it meant that we had to get creative with our single-income budget. Convincing my husband to buy a $1,000 sideboard wasn’t going to happen, but figuring out that we could DIY just about everything for a fraction of the price opened up a whole new world of possibilities. When we started building projects like this pottery barn inspired console table, or our DIY laundry pedestal, I realized that I wanted to share my experiences with others. I began taking pictures of the step-by-step process and Addicted 2 DIY was born.

My goal in this DIY journey is to inspire and empower others to challenge themselves and build theconfidence to take on the projects they didn’t think they could do. One of my biggest DIY challenges was building this kitchen island for my mom entirely by myself. It took a little longer, and definitely tried my patience, but I had such a great feeling of accomplishment when I was done. I’m by no means a pro at anything, but I love to share my experiences, mistakes, and tips that can hopefully help others along the way.

Read all of Katie’s tutorials here.


Larissa of Prodigal Pieces



Hi, I’m Larissa and I blog at Prodigal Pieces. I’m a talented woodworker, crafter, gardener, painter, etsy shop owner —and as if that wasn’t enough — I’m a home schooling mother of 6 children. I really do sleep, honestly!

Want to see more of my handywork? One of my passions is performing amazing furniture makeovers. For example, my Free dresser I turned into an adorable VW Bus.

You will definitely love my beautiful farmhouse bathroom on a budget. It’s sure to knocks your socks off. My husband and I saved a lot of money on the bathroom, but didn’t scrimp on style.

I’d love to meet you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and HomeTalk.

Hello, I’m Colleen!  I share my love of all things paint and step-by-step painting tutorials on my blog, Just Paint It.

I started painting after a long hiatus when my boys were small and my anxiety was large. Painting was my salvation. I’m primarily a self-taught artist, despite a brief class in college that discouraged me. Twenty years later, I finally picked up the brush again and created a painting for my boss. This lead to wall murals in our home. Soon friends wanted murals too. And before I knew it, I was a muralist. The rest is history.

My favorite DIY project to date has to be my blog. I love sharing and teaching there, and have met the most incredible people through blogging. I honestly believe that anyone can paint! Do you doubt yourself? Check out this simple 15 minutedipdot flower project. Or with a little more time,  you can learn how to paint a simple tree mural. Still need more persuasion? Try these quick ‘n easy holiday projects and ways to spruce up thrift store finds.

My goal with my blog is always the same – to encourage and inspire others to find the same joy that I find when I paint. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.

You can connect with me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest & YouTube.

Read all of Colleen’s Pretty Handy Posts.



Hi, I’m Jacque and I have been creating for as long as I can remember. DIY is truly my passion.  I created the blog The DIY Village with my husband Matt.

My father was taught by his father.  In turn my father taught me how to create with my hands and not take the easy way out of building things.  As a child drawing and crafting were high on my list of priorities so as an adult it isn’t much of a stretch that I still love to paint, craft, and DIY.  And with a completely renovated craft room, I’m always in the mood to create! My favorite part of doing this as an adult is the opportunity I have to share my loves with others, and hopefully inspire them to try things on their own!  I am constantly adding new things for Matt and I (mainly Matt) to add to our never ending honey-do list.  With two creative minds in one house we are never short on projects to work on!

Read all of Jacque’s Pretty Handy Tutorials.



Hey, I’m Matt, 1/2 of the husband and wife team that makes up The DIY Village!  I’m a pretty simple guy that has a love for all things DIY.  Jacque and I live in East Tennessee. I graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  I am a firefighter for a local fire department.

When I’m not fighting fires, I’m letting my creativity spark. Whether I’m working on a project involving home repair, giving new life to a piece of furniture, or even building something from scratch, I’m up for the challenge!  I consider myself a helper by nature, and hope that by sharing my DIY successes and even mishaps, that I might make your next DIY project a little easier to conquer!

You can connect with Jacque and me on facebookgoogle+twitterpinterest. flickr, hometalk.

Read all of Matt’s Pretty Handy Tutorials.


Melissa_contributor_picHello there! I’m Melissa and I blog at The Happier Homemaker where I share my journey to create a beautiful life through easy DIY home decor, crafts, and simple yet delicious recipes.

My background is eclectic with a stint in art school and years working in cancer research but I have spent the last seven years as a full time mom to mythree little boys.  I began my blog in 2011 as an outlet for creativity and way to connect with others during one of my husband’s deployments with the Army and it has slowly turned from a hobby into a passion and profession!

We recently built a new home and we have been slowly taking it from builder grade blah to our dream home.  Along the way, I’ve decorated our home the DIY way, with projects like this giant wooden world map. Whether building and revamping outdoor patio furniture or creating a serene office retreat, you can be sure that the projects I share are easy to do and easy on the wallet!

Read all of Melissa’s tutorials here.


Jeffs_headshotHi everyone, I’m Jeff Patterson, a dad and husband from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers) who spends my not-so-spare time doing home renovations.

Over the last 10 years I’ve conducted some pretty cool repair projects on my own house and the rental homes we own.  I’ve also shared some time saving shower cleaning tips. All my projects are meant to be done over the weekend and can be accomplished by anyone who knows how to swing a hammer ;-). You can find me and my entertaining DIY videos over at Home Repair Tutor.

You can connect with me on facebookgoogle+twitterpinterest, hometalk.

Read all of Jeff’s Pretty Handy Tutorials.




Hi, I’m Cristina the blogger behind Remodelando La Casa (Home Remodeling), a blog dedicated to anything and everything to do with revamping a home.  I’m obsessed with design and decor, but most of all with all things DIY.

I started blogging in January 2012 after finishing my kitchen renovation.  I was very grateful for the amount of inspiration and help I got from other blogs to complete the job.   My way to say thanks and give back was by chronicling all the work so others behind me could benefit from it.  The kitchen was transformed but many other projects were (and continue to be) completed!

More recently, I renovated my teen daughter’s bedroom, where I learned that not everything has to be new. I also learned to listen to the requirements of my “client” :-).

I live in the Washington D.C. area with my husband and two children.  I love paint changes, working with wood, sewing, biking, the beach, and having a hot cup of coffee with my husband.  You can connect with me on facebook, google+, twitter, pinterest, linkedin.

Read all of Cristina’s Pretty Handy Tutorials.


  1. Tell Jeff the best turtle name in the world is Murdle.


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