I’m so happy you were able to find my blog among the bazillion other blogs out there.  I am SO excited and honored that I get the opportunity to share my crazy, wonderful, beautiful life with you!

Let me start by introducing myself:


My name is Sarah, and I am married to my college beer pong partner, TJ. 


Look at those babies.  Red solo cup in hand.  #classy

He does “business” for a living (as I call it) but mostly is my go-to handyman. 

Fast forward 8 years and we have two crazy adorable boys, Liam and Charlie and two princesses, Evelyn and Eloise.  I spend about 90% of my day trying to get them to nap or sleep at night and refereeing fights I don’t understand (I’m not the only one, right??)

I lived a “normal” life before we had Eloise on 9/16/19.  Our whole lives changed when we found out she has a rare genetic condition called Aicardi Syndrome.  We don’t know if she’ll ever walk or talk.  But, she might.  I’ll be sharing more about this soon.  

We’ve lived in 500 houses since we got married.  Or 4.  But it feels like 500. (Did I mention I like to exaggerate??)


We started in a townhouse, bought a house in the ‘burbs, renovated and bought my husband’s grandparent’s old house in a trendy city neighborhood (Lawrenceville for all you Pittsburgh gals), and currently live in our dream home.  Dream home because of its size and layout and the wonderful community.  Not a dream house because GOOD LORD IS IT BEIGE.

How about a cool timeline thing:

Cool Timeline

October 22 2011

Mawage Is What Brings Us Together Today

August 18 2012

Liam is Born

January 28 2015

Charles is Born

November 28 2015

Bought our old Pittsburgh house

January 1 2016

The Blog Was Born

April 28 2017

Evelyn is Born

June 1 2018

Bought our current home

September 16 2019

Eloise is Born


  • DIY Projects: I’m obsessed passionate about anything I can do or make myself.  Nothing you find here will be elaborate.  I’m all about simple projects because I barely have enough time to shower in a day anyway ?

  • Design Tips & Tricks:  Need help choosing a rug?  How to hang a gallery wall?  Or just general living room inspiration?  You’re in the right place.  I’m constantly researching problem areas people have in designing and decorating their home and trying to solve those problems.  Speaking of which, if you have a design/decorating problem, contact mefor help!

  • Stories of Motherhood:  If you have a pile of stormtroopers and coloring pages littered across your living room floor right now, well, you get the picture.

  • Our Journey with Aicardi Syndrome: In October of 2019, our youngest daughter was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Aicardi Syndrome. We’re learning our new normal and sharing our story.

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You’ll see this motto sprinkled in around here – turn your pins into reality.

We can all spend hours sucked into the unrealistic beauty of Pinterest.  It’s not unrealistic for everyone by any means but for us mamas with littles everywhere, there’s a different type of reality.  

The sticky fingers reality.

The runny noses reality.

The omg-was-that-the-bus-that-just-went-by reality.

And I could go on.

But, let’s make a beautiful, functional, family-friendly home a reality for you, too.

Explore the blog, get decorating ideas, DIY ideas.  Hop over to the Facebook Group for inspiration and to get help on your projects.  Or, if you’re like “just do it for me”, I offer E-Design services too where I can actually just do all that for you 😉



I am a part-time pharmacist when I have to be.  I prefer to be at home, in sweatpants, coffee in hand, doing a DIY project next to the littles doing art of their own. I love all things Pittsburgh including the Steelers, Pirates, pierogies, snow, illegal left-hand turns and yinzers, n’at.

Motherhood is often exhausting and it’s difficult to see the joy in the mundane, everyday life. My blog is called Making JOY and Pretty Things because I want to inspire you to see the joy in your own home, and make pretty things along the way.  I’m so excited to share our life and adventures as a family with you!

Please feel free to contact me at any time!  I love meeting moms and crafters alike to share stories and ideas or just to talk.  I’ve found motherhood to often times to be a completely isolating experience.  The times I get to commiserate  share life with other mothers can bring a sense of peace to my soul, almost like “okay I’m not the only one going insane”.  So, please please please reach out if you need a little mama boost!

I’m also trying to actively find a community of mamas raising children with genetic conditions or learning delays.  I never thought I’d be a special needs mama.  But, here I am and I want to create a community where we can express our real emotions without judgement.  You can definitely expect my transparency on the subject.

I hope you find something here to spark your creativity and help you see the joy in your beautiful life.

Let’s turn your pins into reality!






So, where do you go from here?

read the blog

take the modern design style quiz

learn about e-design services

join the facebook group