A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and contributor, Ellen is married to a man with a heart of gold and is a mommy to one lovely and exuberant preschooler who keeps life amusing with her happy hijinks.
I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range from decorating to demolishing. If I’m not covered in sawdust, I’m coated in stain, so it’s only natural that I landed at DIYNetwork.com.
Jill Werderitch is a search engine guru and trend forecaster who tracks design, gardening, DIY and travel trends for HGTV, DIY Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country. She believes that creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces with your hands keeps you happy. There is no such thing as garbage: every cork and container is an upcycle waiting to happen. Always on the lookout for a craft or recipe amazing enough to please her precocious young daughter, Ani, there isn’t anything she won’t try to make once.
I grow vegetables wherever I can find enough sunlight and forage roadsides and hiking trails for plants that can be used to make natural dyes. You can find both vintage and new-fangled versions of craft machinery, from sewing machines to letterpress, in my home studio, which I share with Derek, my design-junkie husband. A certified master gardener, I continue my mother’s tradition of constantly searching for four-leaf clovers and have been a home and garden editor for 13 lucky years.
Debbie and Mark approach the garden from different angles. An outdoor educator by training and plantsman by experience, Mark has an affinity for garden ecology. Debbie was educated in earth science and writing, and is drawn to the beautiful and artistic aspects of gardening. Mark and Debbie live and garden with their two young sons in Powder Springs, Georgia. Visit them at www.theprudentgarden.com where you can find more gardening tips, DIYs and garden-to-table recipes.