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002: Scroll Saw for Beginners β€” DIY Signs & Home Decor with Lizzy Luder

Cara sits down with a scroll saw artist to talk about how to DIY gorgeous home decor & wood signs for your home using a scroll saw. We talk about why the scroll saw is an approachable power tool & why its so versatile. We also cover tips for designing a piece and how to create stick-on stencils for cutting out wood pieces. You'll learn some tips for just starting out with a scroll saw.

We also dive into how the creative process can be therapeutic and even healing, plus the deeper meaning behind making that can help make your pieces amazing.

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CHATTING WITH...

Today I'm sitting down with Lizzy β€” an incredible scroll saw artist I met on instagram. Lizzy shares all about how to use a scroll saw to DIY gorgeous decor and wood signs for your own home, plus some tips for how to launch an entire business making & selling signs.

get in touch

Instagram: @thehouseoftimber

Lizzy's list of must-have snacks:

  • Cheez It's β€” White Cheddar
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Limon Lays
  • Veggie Straws
  • Treat yo' self drink β€” an Icee

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what i'm loving this week

Bracelet Key Chain β€” This keyring lets you slide it on as a bracelet and go hands-free. It also can hang on a variety of wall hooks vs regular keychains which are limited to smaller hooks. You can snag this one HERE for only $18.

WAIT, WHAT?!

stuff we just need to talk about

Blush Pink Trend: A light faded pink that's popular for furniture, drapery & wall color

This trend is sticking around β€” it feels a little vintage-y and is a great way to add color while still keeping things light & airy vs bold & bright.

key takeaway

Blush pink is a subtle way to add color to your space. It keeps things feeling light & airy and pairs well with neutrals like white & beige.

let's talk about it!

Do you love the blush pink trend? Have you not thought about it or maybe not tried it yet? Are you wanting to give it a try β€” if so, how do you see yourself incorporating this trend into your space?

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EP 02 TRANSCRIPT

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INTRO

Intro: 00:18 Welcome to make space a home design show made to inspire you to create spaces you truly feel at home in Kara Newhart sits down with amazingly brilliant gas for conversations that dive deeper than Penn worthy rooms to tease out the essentials of creating spaces that feed your soul and inspire your creativity from home design strategies to decor, advice to interior design, tips and tricks. These conversations help you dream up a beautifully lived in home. Kara is the designer and chief creative enthusiasts behind never skip brunch. Her work has been featured in print publications like people style watch and Denver Soule magazine as an influencer. Kara has collaborated with brands like Amazon, h and m, Twitter and Thrillist. Here's your host, Karen Newhart.

Cara: 01:17 Hey guys, it's Cara and welcome to make space. So today I have an amazing interview coming up plus some other fun stuff to share, but first of all, that new new a Facebook group. I launched this as a new way for us to dive deeper into some of the topics on the podcast so we can discuss them together and you can ask questions. So you do have to be a subscriber of the podcast to join this group. Subscribing is totally free. Itunes is my favorite way to subscribe. If you're listening on Itunes, you probably already know how, but if you don't know how you could go to never skip brunch.com/make space and there is a video under the subscribe section that shows you exactly how to do it. So yeah, if you're already a subscriber and you want to hop in this group, I'm just go to facebook.com/groups/makespace podcast or you can just search, make space podcast and find the group and request to join.

Cara: 02:16 I'd also just love to hear from you any feedback you have or recommendations. I have some really amazing guests plan that I know you guys are gonna love, but if you have someone you really want to hear from or a topic you want to discuss, be sure to let me know. You can ask questions directly in the Facebook group. You can DM me on Instagram or there is a listener feedback form on the show notes in the podcast page on the website. So there's a ton of ways to get ahold of me, but I want to hear what you guys have to say. So now we're going to dive into this interview with Lizzie from the House of timber. She's seriously an amazing scroll saw artist the other day. I think I called her a scroll sod Queen and she was like, no, I'm just a scroll saw Princess. But either way her work is killer. Before we dive in, I have to say that I forgot to ask Lizzie about her favorite snacks on the podcast. So her list of favorite snacks will be in the show notes, so be sure to hop over and check those out if you need to know what her best snack recommendations are. Okay, let's dive in.

Cara: 03:25 Hello? Hello. Hey, welcome. I'm so excited to have you on today.

Lizzy: 03:32 I am excited to be here. I'm glad you got a hold of me.

Cara: 03:36 Yes, it's hard. As I thought before we start, you're going to want to go look Lizzie up on Instagram because not only is her work amazing, but we're going to say scroll saw about a hundred times throughout this episode. And if you don't know what that is, you're going to want to like check out her Instagram so you can see what it is. And like all the types of decor you can create like her custom what side? So go look her up I guess. I guess we have to tell them where your Instagram is.

Lizzy: 04:04 No, they can just find me. Just send them on a search. I'm the Lizzy with a y not the IEE.

Cara: 04:10 Perfect. They can find me at the house of timber. Perfect. Okay. So let's dive into this interview. So this show is all about home design and creating a space you truly want to live in. Um, so I wanted to bring you on because I've been following, well really creeping on your work for a while now and I'm totally obsessed. But also I feel like the scroll saw is an approachable power tool compared to like a lot of them. Not that it's easy because it's not, I just got one. It takes a lot of practice, you make it look so easy, but I think it's a tool that can have a big impact when people are like DIY ang their own decor. Yeah. I also feel like I barely knew this tool even existed before I got way into DIY. Um, so how the heck did you know it was a thing and how did you become a scroll saw artist?

Lizzy: 05:03 I'm so glad that you brought up the point that you didn't know that even existed because neither did I. I actually started my little woodworking journey making huge projects. I mean I made dressers taller than the kitchen tables when I was living in Nashville. I was working for a store that created custom farm house pieces and things like that and I was building those and honestly she had cute little painted signs in a shop and I thought, I want some three d signs. What do I, how do I make those? Yeah. Then you know, you Google that and you find, oh, I can buy this CMC. Yeah.

Cara: 05:44 For $3,000 I could buy this laser glow forge for $5,000 I haven't like there's just gotta be the Lizzie version of this somewhere out there. Yeah. So I'm

Lizzy: 05:58 just googling around seeing what I can find. And I was also new to the Instagram world. I have no social media besides the house of timber. I've never been on Facebook, I'm not that type of person. So I knew to the woodworking community, I hadn't seen the buzz about it yet. So I found a scroll saw, just digging. I was looking at Hashtags, like three d signs and things like that. And I ran across this page called willows would works on Instagram. Her name is Jenny. She was doing everything with this girl saw and I never seen one before. They don't carry them typically inside of the Lowe's or home depot, they're usually an order item. They have one, at least the ones that were local to me. So it was just something I hadn't even laid eyes on yet. So I did what you did and I ordered for you be scroll saw.

Lizzy: 06:53 I thought man, for $100 let me see where this gets me. I will admit that I sit on that Rio before about three days before I returned it and, and I'm not tool brand trashing here all, I am just in one of those people that in the scroll saw category. So I know it might be scary to die wires, but you're going to see a price jump from $100 to $500 to the next version of the tool. And there's a reason for that. Like I feel the same way. We're like I own like Ryobi everything because it's every tool. But like the scroll saw is one thing they should have stayed away from. I mean I've told them that. They actually asked me my thoughts on it and after they found out about me I think on Instagram and in schoolwork they said we'd love to send you a saw.

Lizzy: 07:43 And I'm like, oh no needs that one. I returned it. What people need to remember. Even getting into the DIY world. My biggest anthem, or like I guess thought to tell people, is that a quality used tool? A crafty new tool any day? Yes. If they get on craigslist, I highly suggest they start looking at like a de or Delta and they can find a used one of those for 300 $350 and I know I've heard this from a lot of people wanting to get into, I just can't invest that much in myself. And I say, okay, we'll go by the hundred dollar one. And then when you get the little knack for it, but your head telling you this has to be easier, it is. You can hackery Eob, then you're gonna upgrade your saw in the very near future and be amazed at everything you can do with more quality the tool.

Lizzy: 08:41 But it's super versatile. So when I bought it, I just wanted to start making things for my house. I bought it because I thought I want to make myself assign. I made that and at the time on my Instagram I got 500 followers. So I thought, man, how fun would that be to do a little 500 follower giveaway and someone ordered a logo. I put no stipulations on it. I said, if you want to last name, sign and nursery sign. So a guy, one Donovan and he said, well because you actually do my logo. And that was the first logo I ever made. So if someone's new to my page and they see all these companies signs, it didn't start like that. It started with a $500 giveaway making Donovan's logo and now I'm making my hundred a hundred and 12th logo right now. So I just order after order after order and that's what got me into it.

Lizzy: 09:39 I've never heard of this tool, searched around, thought it hated the Rio, we thought the duet loved it and just got order after order and each one kept getting better and better. And I think people think there's a capacity on a scroll saw or they see a CNC sign or laser sign and think, no way I can do that. And it's almost become a challenge to me to prove like, no, you can actually do more layering in more just hands on work. The scroll saw doesn't really have the capacity. A person might put the scroll saw that.

Cara: 10:17 Yeah, I love that. So I know like most of our listeners out there are really going to be interested in that in terms of like using the scroll stuff for themselves. Like you were doing it first to DIY custom decor, but I know there's also going to be listeners out there that are really interested in your journey as a maker. Um, can you share a little bit what it looks about, what it looked like in terms of taking it from like a passion to like a full blown business?

Lizzy: 10:43 So I've always, I graduated and I was 16 I graduated really young, I didn't go to college, had a super weird family situation. So for me I'd always been creative and making and always liked doing it and it was a little outlet. You know, whatever can happen in your life, that's fine. But I could sneak out to the garage for a couple of minutes and I don't know, just paint something pretty in the house or fix one thing on the wall or hand one pretty picture that I painted, something like that. And that always stuck with me. And it wasn't until I moved to Nashville and Nashville has such a good handmade, handcrafted scene. I started to think, oh, what if I did that? And when I moved there, I was working for a civil engineering company and I was doing our books and our payroll. So when I moved to Tennessee, my financial advisor actually got ahold of me and he said, Hey, I'm licensed in Tennessee.

Lizzy: 11:45 Could we get you to come interview? I'd love to have you on our team. And I thought, man, this is great. Perfect. I just moved here. I got my next job out. Yeah. And when they started to see all these pretty things and I thought, well, what if I really had the chance that I could make something here? So I called Dan back and I said, can I have like a week and a half to think about this? And he said, sure, just take your time. I called him back after that week and a half and I said, I think I'm actually gonna try to become a woodwork.

Lizzy: 12:20 Like, um, okay, let's see. That sounds pretty exciting, but you just have to take the leap. I'm fortunate in the fact that because I graduated so young and I was working in and have the same student debt, and I understand these things about my life, but if anyone has a drive to do something, they'll make it happen. Right. And I get really sad when people equate growth to Instagram. Numbers, gotten messages, Oh, must be nice to have 40,000 followers, but you can sell assigned no problem. And I said, yeah, but my life hasn't summed up in those squares. My business runs without squares aren't here. I'll still be selling signs. I've made contacts through my email, people I've met in real life, and I'm the type of person where I did not shut up about myself in the beginning. I was probably annoying to go get coffee with at the coffee shop and they didn't have a logo on their wall.

Lizzy: 13:18 You better believe. I'm like, Hey, where's your manager? Do you think I could talk to them about getting a sign up in here for you guys? So you have to just be confident enough in your current skills and also go a little bit outside of them. I took jobs that I wondered, could I really do this, but I would figure it out every place I went that had a sign that looked like crap that needed another one. Hey, how about instead of just having this a fan or you printed from staples, why don't you let me scroll this out for you? And that's where mine really started. And then the scroll work started to take off. I do a lot of nursery stuff too and you can make a whole business just making nursery signs. I mean we're all having babies.

Lizzy: 14:05 Whole world's out there, but that's how it all started for me. I just decided, I moved here, I'm in a new place, I got a fresh start. Am I going to go back and sit at a desk nine to five or am I going to try something when I have the opportunity and so I just went for it. That's amazing. That's I feel like so many good tips for people that are trying to make like their make their side hustle, their full time Gig, but I would love to be able to make things for free and have a hobby all day and when I retire that's probably exactly what I'm going to do is still make pretty things charged for them or charge 50 bucks here and there for supplies are supplies you buy your supplies on. We'll get for free do that. But that is a hobby. A business is when you are selling and you're selling something handmade and hand crafted and that was one of my passions with the scroll saw too. Is it such a small tool? It takes up so little space and you can turn one tool into an entire profitable business if you just believe in yourself and value the work that you're putting out.

Cara: 15:12 Yeah, I think that's what attracted me to the tool in the first place is like on the other projects I build, I need like a gazillion different size and a drill and like I have to carry all the heavy wood. But like for scroll saw that you can, you can do it on such a small scale that it's so attainable for people that only have like a tiny

Lizzy: 15:31 area or a garage. Yes. If you have a scroll saw or a drill, so you can drill your pilot holes for your inside, kind of like the inside of an old right. And you have a, even a router with a circle Jig, you can run a whole business making nursery science and other little things. Get yourself a cheap little nighter chop saw. So you can have home depot and Lowe's, you know, other thing down your sheets. You can do a little more of that at home and you're set. Who took up one square of your garage floor and you'll be selling signs that average, you know, 230 bucks a sign. So it's amazing what you can do with so little space in such a relatively small tool.

Cara: 16:19 Right. So I know you do like a lot of client work. Um, so maybe some of this is like thinking about what your customer wants, but what is your process that you go through when you're designing a piece?

Lizzy: 16:32 They're all still different. People have asked, Oh do you do your own designs? But yes I would when I was making stuff for people's homes or nurseries, things like that. Typically now I'm cutting somebody's logo and so the art my artists, because I love to draw and paint comes in with bringing that logo go to life cause you see a logo and I mean you can think, man this is really ugly, really ugly. This person has woodgrain a saw blade and a name and just a really boring, what am I going to do with this? Well you can put it on a pretty hard wood backer. You can upgrade your finish on the back of that I'll think of how can I layer this cause that's what I love about the scroll saw. I think a lot of times with the laser, like a CNC or cutting down and with the scroll saw, they're actually building up.

Lizzy: 17:30 So I'll put LEDs on the back of signs or raised lettering on standoffs or think, okay, this is a black and white on paper, but how would this look if it was out of oak or walnut and things like that. So that's where I come in on the logo side of things when they're designed. But when it comes to pieces for people's homes, I'm asking them things like, well, what is your wall color? Like? What are the wood tones in your house? Is this going in your kitchen? What color are your cabinet? And that's when it really starts to get fun designing something that they can't pick up off the shelf. That hobby lobby. Yeah, and it's the same with people's nurseries. I mean these floral rounds that I've been making with these wreaths, it's so sweet because, oh my daughter, her birth flowers, this. Do you think you can draw that on this sign and where are you going to go find on a shelf? Your daughter's birth flower in a color that matches her nursery and has your grandma's middle name of Marguerite. I promise you're not going to find that on the shelf. And that's what's fun about getting to design those as those get to be so customed to what each person is wanting.

Cara: 18:47 Yeah. I wish I knew about you back when I was having Ella because her nursery could have totally used this side. Everyone's, everyone's like, man, I'm just over having kids. My kids are like 30. I'm like, buy one for yourself. I did.

Lizzy: 19:06 I had a woman starting a clothing line and she's named each, I guess, branch of her clothing line after, uh, important member of her family. So she ain't ordered herself a floral sign with one of her knees. And I thought that was hilarious.

Cara: 19:21 Oh, that was so cute. I know. So sweet. Yeah, you guys definitely have to hop over to Lizzy's Instagram and see what we're talking about. Cause they're gorgeous and you're going to want to, I mean, I want one for every room, just like different versions of things, like names or, I don't know. But they're amazing. Um, so for people that maybe can't draw and just like raw sketch something awesome like what tips do you have in terms of like making a template? How do you like get it to stick on the wood? Like what or someone just for that.

Lizzy: 19:54 So I am so ghetto and so cheap and I haven't really bought anything. I bought a few fonts I would say. But if you got your iPad or you have your computer, there's a wonderful app called pages and I will download fonts from default.com they're all free. You can make a donation to the creator, so highly suggest doing that. All the fonts are free. You can download the fonts, throw them in the pages. I bought an APP called, which is basically a converter cause I know people are thinking all these fonts that are, you know in word or whatever is installed on their computer. So ugly and they're right there just basic. But with any font you can convert any font you find online into the right type of file that you can drop into pages and you can play around with how you lay things out.

Lizzy: 20:53 And the way I find works best is I just let stay pools, Fedex, any printing supply place they can print on engineered prints, which I know we've seen floating around Pinterest for like family portraits. It's the same thing with making templates for your larger signs for like a dollar 30 they'll print them on an engineer print for you and you can get your layout printed on this piece of paper. Well then how do you move the piece of labor to your wood? So if you check my story highlights on Instagram, I actually have one saved called templates, but you get cheap contact paper, which is like the kitchen drawer or shelf lining, that really cheap stuff. You can lay that on your material spray adhesive, that paper template you only paid about a dollar for sprayed. He said that to your wood and then get to cutting and you'll have a template that we'll peel right off of. Your would leave your wood glue free and then you can get to painting your piece.

Cara: 21:53 That is an amazing tip. First of all, I did not know that they were that cheap. New engineered prints are like cheap. That is really cheap. Also. Totally gonna Laugh at me. But I was literally like printing things off on paper and then just like spray adhesive it like gluing it to the wood and then having to like sand it off.

Lizzy: 22:13 Wearable met. I did the exact same thing and I sat there on the garage floor. So frustrated, so frustrated. I just sit on the floor like a toddler and then I thought there has got to be, there's gotta be a better way. And so at first I was using blue tape. I'm like, okay, I just need something between the glue and this would that I'm using. So I thought blue tape and blue tape works. It's wonderful. Blue tape is way more expensive than contact paper. And like I said, I'm cheap on this contact paper. Multiple people suggested it and to be honest, I had no clue what it was. So then we'll contact paper. Realize that kitchen drawer or shelf lining stuff, you can buy a roll of that and like a dollar 20 at the dollar store. So awesome. I know. And that's all it takes. And then your stuff is glue free. Ready to paint right off of this. Ah, perfect. Well I know what I do. I'm doing with my free time.

Cara: 23:15 So do you have any tips for people like totally new to using a scroll saw? Like they're literally just starting out. They bought it. They, they brought it home and that's about it.

Lizzy: 23:25 Yes. So look up. Youtube is a wonderful world, but I do understand that on youtube we'll send the people instructing us are like 60 year old men named out in really, really bad lighting. And I love, I love Al for all his tips. I've watched his, but uh, I learned better from like seeing relatable people in better lighting, not the corner of somebody's garage. So get on, get on Instagram, follow my first follow, which was willows would works. She gives great scrolling tips. If you follow me, I give all my tips on my stories. I need to save more than my highlights, but I promise you if you're somebody who watches my page for a week, there will be scrolling, painting, all sorts of tips happening. So just stick with me a little bit. Make sure you're on my stories. You can skip through the dog picks if you're not into them, but they're, so pick up tips there but say you bring your scrolls our home and even if it is a real, I'm not trashing anybody's purchases out there, it's always good to just buy whatever you can at the time to get your foot in.

Lizzy: 24:38 One thing to do with your scroll saw is actually mounted down to work bench, so that will help you cut down vibration. If you're using any song you're thinking there's no way they look so smooth, how's this going? So easy for them. Your scroll scroll saws like dancing around while you're trying to cut your piece, screw it down and there's holes for it. That will help people at time. You can get an anti vibration map for super cheap from like tractor supply or somewhere like that and then just don't give up when you're breaking blades like it's going going to happen. Don't start with the most complicated project. Don't start with lettering. Try cutting out or shapes first like an outline. Cut out a flower caught out of heart. Straight lines are the hardest, so don't get confused. Like I know you might think, oh, I'll just kind of straight line real quick.

Lizzy: 25:32 Nope, that's not gonna happen for a couple months. Some Fante stuff like some scrolly stuff and probably blade tension. I know with other tools, especially if you're new to tools, you think, nope, I don't want any movement on this thing that's cutting. That should not be going anywhere. Bull crap. Yes. However, with the scroll saw, you want a looser tensions that you can make those turns in, that you can get into tight areas. If your blade is sitting rigid, super, super tight, you're going to be breaking your blades constantly. It's going to be really hard to turn and you're going to get pretty discouraged. So I like to keep whatever saw I'm on. I always feel like my intentions about half for the saw. Although like if your ratio is one to six, I'm usually like three and a half. But on the real you do have to be a little bit tighter. Yeah,

Cara: 26:26 I'm laughing because I've literally was like the story of my life for sleep with watching Ella and youtube is dim garage too. Like couldn't figure out how to cut a straight line. Um, so yeah, that's all good tips. But let seriously you guys, you have to go, um, Lizzie's Instagram highlights because that's where I've learned most of what I know. Like literally started following Lizzie and that is the reason I went out and bought a scroll saw and now I have one for sales. So if anyone needs a ride eating,

Lizzy: 26:59 yeah. So worth the upgrade. And if you're thinking about it, and I mean, I completely understand. We can't all go out the door and drop 500 bucks on this school. So I like, I understand this, especially if it's for a hobby. So what I tell some of the hobbyists and they're like, oh, I haven't really earned that. I'm like, yes you did. You did your time on that thing. Upgrade. But sell just even three signs. Just some friends. Get yourself the Rio. We get your foot in the doors in the hundred dollars me a cute little bathroom, wash, brush, floss, sign. Make a little family sign and make a gatherer sign. Sell those three things. You'll have 300 bucks in your pocket and then you can return your Rio wheat for technical difficulties because I promise you will. I've had them now you got 400 bucks in your pocket and you can buy a new school. So yes.

Cara: 27:56 So you share a lot on your Instagram about kind of like your personal life and how making things like helped you get through some pretty rough times. Um, can you talk a little bit about like the creative process in terms of it being like therapeutic or maybe even healing and kind of what you love about that?

Lizzy: 28:13 Yes. So I think I first found, granted I was this kid where like my parents' presence to me always came from hobby lobby. It was paint pens or maybe have those cool scissors that like cut designs on that into your paper. Yes. I had every design of those scissors and when they came out with the new ones, oh yeah. I would say I watch, I watch the Carol Duvall crap show. No one remembers her. Do you remember her?

Cara: 28:43 I know her name, I swear if I like saw it come up, I, I'd remember it. But

Lizzy: 28:48 she did stain glass, she made cards, all sorts of things. I watched Carol Duvall every chance I got and I was obsessed and my parents, you know, my trouble was, oh, you're grounded, go to your room. And my mom said that she was so annoyed because I'd never worked on me cause I would like fine. Shut me in my room where my brother's leave me alone and I get to craft in my closet all day. That sounds perfect. Ground Meat and that's the same. And that's always stuck with me. But then, you know, life hits you. Like I say, my family was, I was raised a little differently, so I did move out when I was 16 started working. And then when you start that young and you're kind of out on your own there, it's just all about making money to survive. I never really thought about my creative outlet being something that could fund my life.

Lizzy: 29:36 You know, I'm here working a restaurant. I worked at the cell phone store, finally a decent job at a farm and home store. Worked in a bank and it's just always finding that next job that pays a couple dollars more an hour and it's like you come home and you just, I had no satisfaction from that. But what would make me happy is coming home and painting my kitchen cabinets or painting a color on the wall or sneaking out to the garage. And my husband at the time, his dad owned a lumber yard and that was just dangerous for me because I had touched paint brushes and things that I'd never touched. Power tools. So now I had access to all these power tools and I'm very open about my life, but I've shared multiple times. He was a drunk person and a little bit abusive and that took a while for me I guess to recognize how bad it was.

Lizzy: 30:32 But when you're walking around with a secret phone in your shoe and you're wearing ugg boots in any weather so you could hold your phone in there and you're sneaking out the window and things. I just had so much unhappiness. I had no happiness, was not happy at home. I hated it. I walked my dog for hours if not be inside of it. Then you go to work and I had no satisfaction from that either and it's just like, man, what do I have to do here? But there was so much relief in knowing like he could rip the door off the hinges, but I knew how to put it back. I learned how to use that drill a hole in the wall and I could patch it and make it look better than before because I knew how to use my multi-tool. He chucked the table, got all dinged up, I knew how to fix it.

Lizzy: 31:22 I could build me legs for that table and I started just find this little piece of myself I didn't know was in there because almost in him breaking everything I could always fix it. And that felt really good. So when I finally was brave enough, and I think that's probably what made me brave enough to leave as I just found so much confidence in fixing all of those broken things that you leave. And I took all those tools with bea, I don't care if they were his or her mind, they came with me. So I had a crappy little miter saw and a crappy little apartment and I was out on my own still going to the job. That didn't necessarily make me happy, make me happy, but then I could come home. He wasn't there, I didn't have to spend time fixing his things.

Lizzy: 32:08 I could build things for myself. And that's the first time building, I guess pretty pieces that weren't going to get broken. And that meant so much to me to be able to have that part of making in my life that when I moved to Tennessee and had my little fresh start, I just could not bring myself to sit at a desk anymore. And I think there's people who make for pretty things and they make for a hobby, but I can always tell when someone is making, because they have experienced some life, there is a different path in that person. They will be successful, their pieces will work out and they will get there. It's always going to be a struggle, but I can just tell the people who are making, because they're doing it for themselves. I always say how you feel about my work as a byproduct. I mean that's just awesome. It's a bonus on top of it, but I didn't make that sign. Even if you ordered it, I didn't make it for you. I made it for me and I'm super glad that you get to enjoy it, but even if you didn't order that, I would still be making pretty pieces. Yeah.

Cara: 33:14 Your story is seriously so cool. And I really love that part about kind of the why behind making cause I think it's easy to focus on like, oh how did you do that? Like it's so beautiful, but like the why is really what kind of drives you and, and the piece is way better when you have like a strong reason and kind of, you know, there's more,

Lizzy: 33:34 right. And you can tell the people, I think you can tell a difference. I mean you and I are in the same boat. We're all starting with our green tools and then reno or upgrading. But yeah, I know people where they have every expensive tool in their shop, you know, they've been gifted things or their parents gave them this or you know, boyfriend sent this and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But that's not what makes a maker because they can have $10,000 worth of equipment in their garage and still not have the skills. If they didn't have that, those upgraded tools, they probably wouldn't be able to build the pieces you're building. A maker comes to me, those people who you can have your hundred dollars scroll saw and make beautiful stuff with it and upgrade later, but you don't have to have all of those things. You have to have the drive and the things will come later.

Cara: 34:25 Yes. That's amazing. So just to kind of wrap up, we already told everyone where they can follow you on Instagram. I did like a thousand shameless plugs all deserved. Um, but how else can people connect with you? Are you still taking ordering? So on our,

Lizzy: 34:43 maybe I have a, a much sweeter person in my life, Colt, so we hear unexpectedly expecting a little timber peanut here soon. So I'm actually closed for orders, but I think I'll probably have time to do a little few Christmas orders. So a few are just dying to get a Christmas ordering. I think I'll be taking a few of those is like my first start back and then 2020 it will be completely fresh.

Cara: 35:12 Perfect. So you're going to have to wait a little bit, but it's worth the wait. Well thank you so much for coming on. This conversation was amazing. I know everyone's going to go out and buy a scroll. Saw Graham and listen to this. Well,

Lizzy: 35:27 if anyone is just sitting, any homemaker wife knew mommy and they're sitting around their house and they're thinking, oh I want this. I need that. I don't have the time. I can't get out there to hobby lobby. But the great thing about a scroll saw is you can get out to your garage for you know, 15 minutes at a time in your sweat pants while your baby's sleeping. Yeah. In a scroll you something perfect for your house. So it's the perfect tool to start out with. It totally is. Well thanks again. Talk soon. Okay, bye bye.

Cara: 36:07 Hashtag obsessed.

Speaker 5: 36:12 Yeah.

Cara: 36:13 Okay so the thing that I'm obsessed with this week is a bracelet key ring. Basically it's like a big round leather key chain that you attach your keys too. And then if you need to go hands free, you can just slide it on your arm and wear it like a big bangle bracelet. But your keys are attached to it. So the reason I love it is first of all, I have to go hands free all the time with the toddler plus shopping for wood at home depot and really a lot of other shopping scenarios. Um, but I also like it because, because it's so big, it lets your keys hang on. Um, a lot of different kinds of hooks versus like a regular key ring is pretty small so you're limited where you can like hang your keys up. The Hook has to be kind of little.

Cara: 36:57 Um, but with this one it could hang on like a big decorative cute hook. Um, and also the one I have is like a pattern. So it's blue with a gold little key ring thing and it's like a blue floral pattern. So yeah, I'm really obsessed with this thing. I'm talking it up like it's such a big deal, but it was only like 18 bucks off Amazon. Um, I will link it in the show notes because you need to get yourself one. Um, mine is the Lilly Pulitzer one, but there's also quite a few other versions that are like leather and 55 bucks. If you want to go that route, you can do that option. But I'm all for it being under $20. I also predict these are going to be a huge trend for the summer because I'm in a lot of like boutique buying groups, um, for the shop, for home decor. But there's also a lot of fashion going on in there and all the botique people are like teaming up to buy big bulk orders of these. So I feel like their thing, I feel like it's a trend and I feel like this is a good thing to hop on because it's super functional and it will look really cute hanging up in your house, in your mud room by your door anyway. You need to try this. You're gonna love it. And I'll link it in the show notes.

Speaker 6: 38:18 Wait, wait,

Cara: 38:18 what? So the thing we just have to talk about this week is the blush pink trend. Now if you've seen my Instagram, you know, I am partial to blush pink. I like it if painted quite a few things. Pink in my house, uh, my peg boards in my garage workshop. A lot of decor elements in my office. Um, but blush pink is kind of a trend that's sticking around. It kind of feels a little vintagey and like a throw back. But I think the reason that people like it is cause it's a really good way to add color in a subtle way in your space in a way that still light and bright versus dark and heavy or really kind of deep hues. Pink feels more soft and subtle. Um, even guys are getting on board and it also pairs really well with other neutrals. So combining pink with Beige and white is a really soothing look in a way to get that light and bright airy feel without it being overly stark and overly white.

Cara: 39:27 It kind of adds a little bit of warmth and anchors the space. I personally love pink because I think it gives kind of like a warm glow and I think it feels pretty soothing. I've done a lot of pink in my bathroom. That's the other spot. My master bathroom, I have like blush pink rugs, um, pink in the floral curtains. And I really love it in that space because it is somewhere where I want a lot of natural light and I want that airy look. So I am obviously 100% on with this trend, but I want to hear what you guys think. Do you like the blush pink? Have you not tried it? Do you hate it? What do you thinking about it? And if you haven't really thought about it, are you willing to try it? And if so, like how would you want to do that?

Cara: 40:16 Would you want to do like a full piece of furniture or maybe just some throw pillows or like an accent wall. Um, how do you think you would incorporate it into your space if you're interested in hopping on board with this trend? So let's talk about this. Um, you can ask questions in the Facebook group, you can leave a comment on the post, on the show notes and then you could shoot me a DM or use Hashtag make space podcast. If you are sharing your thoughts on social. I want to hear what you guys think because I'm obviously all for it, but I want to know, well, you guys are thinking about this trend since it seems to be still happening, even though a lot of us thought it was going to be kind of overly trendy, it seems to be sticking around. So what do we think? Let me know.

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

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