Hello! I’m Shelly, the brains and brawn behind DIY Mama. I am a self-taught code monkey/web designer/artist/mama with the help from friends, family and Google. I earned my degree in Hospitality Management from Purdue University and have been around the block a time or two trying to figure out my fit. Some of the hats I’ve worn are: baker, house keeper, hotel sales, carni (in Disney World!), catering manager, waitress, bank teller and barista. I’m currently fortunate enough to be the Marketing Director at my daughter’s Montessori school and be a digital writer for Indy’s Child Magazine.
I started DIY Mama in 2013 soon after our daughter was born. I wanted to keep friends and family updated on our life since we live out of state. It gradually turned into my life raft as I was going a bit crazy without adult socializing or a job. I put my heart into learning as much CSS that I could get away with and have from there been working on branding my style, improving my photography and learning the social aspect of blogging. As the blog has grown, I stopped focusing on labeling my blog in to the DIY, lifestyle or motherhood category because it is so much more than that. Occasionally I’ll talk about cocktails, Disney or the books we’re reading for Page Turners. Through it all, I keep the tagline ‘Let’s try this again, shall we?’ as I show my successes and failures in crafting, cooking and parenting.
My handsome/techie/smart/personal cheerleader husband, Jeffrey and I just moved from our Craftsman style ranch home in Illinois that we were lucky enough to build. We now live in Indiana with our 3 year old toddler Sophie and 6 year old pup Lexi to be closer to friends and family. I would describe my style as ‘home-made modern’ (trademark pending.) I like a modern base but with lots of home made touches thrown in to make it feel inviting. This is how I am with my home, fashion and design of art/crafts.
I’m not sure what the future holds, but I know this, I want my family to be priority over everything. I may go back into the hospitality field or perhaps go back to school to get a degree in horticulture, art or design. I may move to Disney World to be a travel blogger. It’s possible that I’ll become the first female president (although extremely unlikely), start a podcast, be a YouTuber for Project Life, write an ebook on organizing, or just up and move to Fiji where I can listen to the waves on the beach while I do yoga every morning. But above all, I want to live a happy, creative and inspiring life filled with love from those around me. I’m so excited to have you following along with me on my adventure! Check the right sidebar for my social media links to get sneak peaks at what’s going on behind the scenes.
I’ve worked with brands like Nestle, Quaker, Target, Peter Pan and Downey. I’ve also been featured in Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine and on the WISH-TV IndyStyle news segment.
If you would like to get in contact with me, email me at: shelly[at]diymamablog.com or any of the social media buttons in the right sidebar.
All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use pictures as long as they are credited to me and linked to this site.
Big props to my IT husband for helping me do the background work of this blog when it’s 1am and I’m picking up my laptop to throw it against the wall!