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I’m Sarah – – a wife, boy-mom, procrastinator, part-time pharmacist, full-time crafting addict and lover of joy-filled days. This is a creative space for all my DIY and home decor projects and making our house a JOYful home.

I love hearing from you!!  Send me an email at makingjoyandprettythings (at) gmail (dot) com.  Ask me a question or just chat!

Making Joy and Pretty Things is my creative space, housing all of my DIY projects (most are farmhouse/rustic style),  some kids crafts thrown in, and daily life as a mom of two (almost three!)


  • Hope everyone had a great weekend! We are in fullhellip
  • Alright friends I need your help!! We are picking painthellip
  • Lets all take a second to be jealous of theinspiredhivehellip
  • Shared ontheblog a few days ago this sweet wood slicehellip
  • I think we all wished our bedroom looked at amazinghellip
  • Today ontheblog Im sharing my top 5 posts from 2016hellip



Survey Results and Projects for 2017

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who completed last week’s reader survey. I was completely blown away by how positive and encouraging everyone’s responses were.  It’s so truly humbling to…

Making joy in January. Living a joyful life in this stage of motherhood. Advice and support for other moms.

Making Joy in January

What better time than the New Year to start new traditions here on the blog. There’s something about New Years that signifies a new beginning, a fresh start, a chance…

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

Personalized Nursery Wood Slice Name Sign

Decorating with natural wood elements can really add farmhouse style to your home.  Check out how I made a personalized nursery wood slice name sign to give my nursery a…

top 5 farmhouse style DIYs of 2016 | farmhouse DIY | farmhouse decor DIY | DIY farmhouse

Best of Making Joy and Pretty Things 2016

It’s that time of the year – here are the top 5 posts from Making Joy and Pretty Things in 2016. Hello, sweet friends!!  I hope ya didn’t forget about…

furniture tutorial: distress & antique

Side Table Makeover: How to Distress & Antique

Hi again! Kelly here from North Country Nest, back with another DIY project. Like most farmhouse-style lovers out there, I often find myself swooning over a good antiqued and distressed…

dutch tulip crate

Dutch Tulip Crate

Hi everyone, this is Sabrina over from Meet Our Life and I am so happy to be here today.   I don’t know about you but I have a thing…

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

Hi! This is Kelly from North Country Nest and I am so excited to share a fun industrial DIY with you today. This past summer, we replaced a few windows in…

How to Make your own garland | Garland DIY | DIY Garland Ideas | DIY Garland Christmas | DIY Garland Greenery |

How to Make Your Own Faux Garland

This faux greenery garland took only a few minutes to make but saved tons of money and adds rustic, farmhouse charm to any season. Well, I can’t believe it’s going…

diy rustic farmhouse glam wall planter stained wood with bold black stripes and gold anthropologie planter

DIY Farmhouse Glam Wall Planter

Hello, friends!  I have something SO exciting to share with y’all today. I’m going to be taking the next two weeks to improve my blog but didn’t want to leave…

Mason Jar Infused Vodka | Farmhouse Style | DIY Ideas | 12 Days of Craftmas | DIY Gifts | Crafty Gifts | Christmas Gifts DIY | Gift Ideas | DIY Christmas Gifts

12th Day of Craftmas – Mason Jar Infused Alcohol

On the 12th day of Craftmas we have made for you a Mason Jar Infused Alcohol. Hello and welcome back for the final day of Craftmas!!  I hope you loved…