Handmade Walls

Well, I was hoping to be over this cold by now, but not only is it still completely rockin’ my world- I woke up with pink eye yesterday, too. And by pink “eye”, I mean pink eyes. Sheesh! Anywho, I’ve been trying my hardest to take it easy. Resting, reading…all that good stuff. Yesterday, I e-read Handmade Walls, by our local friends, Ashley and Jamin Mills…


I knew those two were creative…




…but man it was cool to see how they break down the methods to their magnificence, step-by-step style!

Their e-book walked me through the creation of 22 different projects. Each of them varied slightly in cost-to-make and level of difficulty, and each of them had it’s own nifty name. One of my favorites is the Stanley. Here’s a sneak peek…


And here’s a sneak peek at some of the other goodies included in their book:


When I was finished reading it, I texted Ashley to see if I could purchase another copy to give away here today. She said yes (yay!), so if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment on this blog post (email subscribers will need to visit TheLetteredCottage.net to enter), and I’ll randomly select a winner at 10pm (CST) on Sunday night. (May 12, 2013)

Good luck and happy weekend!

PS- Alabama peeps: Ashley and Jamin are having a yard sale on May 18th!



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  1. Jan says

    What a fun way to add color, texture, and charm to your walls! Thanks for sharing this !

  2. Ashley Potvin says

    I live over in Valley Grande, AL and am a HUGE fan of your blog! And just found Ashley & Jamin’s blog this week!! I would LOVE to own a copy of this book!! & I hope to make it to their sale next week!! :)

  3. Carla says

    Looks like an amazing book of inspiration. Would love a copy. I have to go check out their blog.

  4. Katie says

    I love their blog. I’ve been thinking about buying a copy of this e-book for a while now. I’d love to win it!

  5. Lori O. says

    Exactly the inspiration I need to jumpstart my little creative business!! Love love love it!! :)

  6. Lisa P. says

    Looks like a great book – I’d like to tackle some homemade picture frames!

  7. Sarah says

    I love their backyard playhouse! I know my daughter would LOVE something like that. Unfortunately… I am not a DIY’er as an adoptive (and bio), single mom… but wish I was and almost feel like I am due to watching all of you do such fun projects! I actually want to redo my whole house to look like a cottage but have so many things from the past 20 years cluttering things up, I have no idea (and little money) how to start!!

    Thanks for always being so inspirational with all your posts! I am such an infrequent commenter but have followed you since almost the beginning! I am so excited about your adoption journey too!!

    Feel better soon!

  8. stacey says

    OH! I am always looking for ways to spice up our walls-especially living in a rental where painting is forbidden. :( I would LOVE to pour over this book!

  9. Jan says

    I have some walls that need inspiring! I would love to win one. Love the sneak peak , everything they do is so creative!! Thanks for sharing .

  10. Norma says

    I would love to win this. It would be great inspiration for some DIY projects!!!

  11. Amber says

    oh boy, I would love a copy of this as I need lots of help to complete anything DIY. Thanks!

  12. Bridget E says

    This book looks amazing! I am a DIY person in training. I can paint, but would love to learn different decorating techniques.

  13. terrillr says

    Looks like a fantastic book, I’d love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity!

  14. Kristen says

    Oh, I have heard good things about that book! I am really interested to see that!

  15. DeAnn says

    Awesome! I really, really want the little playhouse for the new place we’re buying!

  16. shar y says

    Sign me up! Would love to have this. Thank you so much for chance. Hope you feel better soon; i have a cold, too. So miserable…

  17. Stephanie says

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love all their styling in the pics above!!

  18. Karen says

    This looks so great – I have lived in my house for 9 years, and I still don’t know what I want to do with it. You always give me great ideas!

  19. Shelby says

    Ok. So not only would I love the book, but I want them to adopt me so I can live in their backyard, that’s rad, I would camp out in there and read my favorite blogs! It gets wifi right???

  20. valerie wingert says

    LOOVE these ideas! Layla, you are so inspiring, and I would love to win a copy of this book!

  21. Dawn says

    What a neat book full of awesome projects! I would love a copy of it so I could create some of them for our home.

  22. Kristin says

    What some neat ideas!! What kid wouldn’t love that treehouse? I’d love to see more :)

  23. Katherine Bryant says

    Those frames are awesome! My sister just adopted 2 little boys from Ethiopia and we were looking for cute frames to put their pics in! Now I am inspired!


  24. Tammy McClelland says

    I read your blog everyday…I feel like I know you, and love your posts. I wish I could be more like the bloggers that I read about everyday. You are very inspirational.

  25. Bethany says

    Yeah… thanks so much for the giveaway, but i’m more excited for the chance to say that I recently found your blog and I’ve been going through all of your archives and just falling in love with you guys. You are the cutest and have such amazing talent… it’s been a serious thrill reading about all you do, <3

  26. Lori says

    That looks like a great book! I wish I still lived in Alabama so I could take advantage of their yard sale!

  27. says

    Would love to win their e-book. I have been a follower of their blog for quite some time now. Love your blog and hope you are feeling better soon.

  28. Krista says

    I’m loving these frames. I dont have the budget to put into art for my walls. I have black picture frames with pictures that I have been wanting to put on the walls, but I feel as if my house will look like a shrine to my little boys by just using those black frames all over the house. I think these frames are a great way to add a little “art” while still displaying my boys and not looking like a crazy mom!

  29. Maggie says

    Hope you feel better soon!
    Love the pictures from Handmade Walls. My favorite is the “Yummy” over the kitchen cabinets!

  30. Raylynn says

    I love their site! Just like yours, I follow them everyday.
    My son will be playing baseball in Cullman on the 18th, or I would definately be at their garage sale.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Lori says

    Awesome artwork! We just did wood floors in our kitchen and have some scraps–will try something with the leftover wood!

  32. Annette says

    OH! that playhouse! I would love a copy of the book.
    I enjoy your blog, Layla, you have such a positive spirit! Thank you for sharing.

  33. says

    It’s my birthday on Sunday so I need to win some “inspiration” for walls I’m redoing in my office/studio!

  34. Pam says

    Wow. Looks like a great book. I will have to find a copy (unless of course I happen to win!).

  35. Martha "Mott" Smith says

    I definitely need visuals to create. They are awesome just like you and Kevin!

    P.S. I sure hope you get better soon. There have been so many people that are having a hard time kicking this crud! You will be in my prayers. <3

  36. Lisa R says

    Your blog makes me remember there is still beauty in the midst of the world’s ugliness. Get well soon!

  37. JoLynn says

    Oh, how I wish I could make it to their garage sale! :) Would love a copy of the e-book…thanks for the giveaway!!

  38. Karen says

    This looks so cool! I bet it would be full of great projects I could do with my kids this summer!

  39. Julie says

    I’m an RN, and here’s my $.02 – I bet you have allergies. At any rate, if you’re still not feeling better you might want to get to the doctor. A cold shouldn’t linger like this.

    In the meantime, clear your schedule for about 8 hours and take some benadryl. It WILL knock you out, but it’s the best way of figuring out whether what you’re dealing with is an allergic response or not. Obviously, it will do nothing to determine what you’re allergic to, but if it is allergic, you and your doc can come up with a plan to treat it, including possible (non-drowsy!) medication.

    Feel better!

  40. kathy hanson says

    I’d love a copy- can’t quite get the whole wall decorating thing down (if you’d seen my walls, you’d know I’m not lying!).

  41. Teresa says

    I believe that this e-book could guide me in a little project that I have been putting off for a while! Love the pics you posted from it!!

  42. Anitra Gordy Boyers says

    What a great book. I definately need some help in the decorating department so I need this! :)

  43. ry says

    hubby just got into woodworking-he made me a bench for our anniversary-so this would be great to tuck into his father’s day bundle! gotta plan ahead! thanks for the giveaway layla! get well soon! :)

  44. Pam M says

    Looks like a great book!
    I share in your misery Layla. Here we have the same thing going on, with a cough that won’t quit. Plus I did something to my back so it’s a hot mess at our house.

  45. Lisa R says

    Everything is so beautiful and cheerful! Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance! Feel better soon!!

  46. Christine Belk says

    I would LOVE to have this!!! Thank you
    p.s. not trying to butter you up, I promise, but we adopted too and it has been the greatest blessing the Lord has ever given us!! So happy for you and your future

  47. Jessica says

    I found the handmade home a few months ago and instantly LOVED their style. I wish I had the guts to use all of that funky fun color in my house! I think I “pinned” just about every picture of their home on my pinterest boards (as I did yours) :) I would love to read their e-book. I bet it’s full of some amazing ideas just like their blog!

  48. DeDe says

    Thanks for always bringing us such creative folks with their very doable projects. I am inspired!

  49. De says

    Sorry you’re still feeling icky!! But glad it gave you the opportunity to re-read what looks like a great e-book!!
    Looks like they have some great ideas!!
    Feel better!!

  50. Mary says

    Hi Layla, I love reading your posts from here on the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast in South Africa! My hubby and I adore DIY and we would LOVE to read Handmade Walls and get some new inspiration. Thanks for The Lettered Cottage X

  51. Karen says

    I would love to win that book and find out how to build that fabulous treehouse for my grandkids! – Karen

  52. Susna Bizzell says

    Layla Honey,
    If you have a cold that is lingering too long, please consider it might be allergies. I have a long history with seasonal allergies and tis the season. Even if you have not been allergic in the past, our bodies change. Plus, this seems to be a year of excess with pollens. Before I got a handle on this, I was sick every spring.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    OH, I would love to have a copy of this book!

  53. Julie says

    What a great ebook. Thanks for the opportunity to take advantage of all that creativity!

  54. Rhonda says

    Looks like a great book to add to my other blogger books! Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Bridget Helmcamp says

    Wow! Love their ideas! I will have to check out their book for some inspiration this summer!!!!

  56. Sunni says

    Just the picture of the kitchen alone makes me realize my style sense matches theirs completely!!! Can’t wait to see the whole thing!
    Btw – on Day 6 of my battle with bronchitis…I feel your pain!

  57. Melanie says

    I would love a copy of that book! Sounds like there is a lot of creative stuff in it!

  58. tomena says

    OH! I love their approach, would love this book and get a lot out of it I am sure.

  59. says

    Once again with the feel bettah!
    I’m going to go out on a limb + guess that the mirror is not your amigo today. :-(
    (Trust me, I know that it normally is!)
    TY for sharing this — I super love the personality that’s in these interiors, don’t you?
    I don’t think a house is a home unless one can walk into it + know that it’s mine!
    K A Y

  60. Lindsay J says

    Would LOVE a copy of the book – we’re in the process of buying a house right now and I need lots of ideas and help for it!

  61. says

    I love this stuff! So creative and designer-looking. Love that there’s an e-book that can take me step-by-step on stuff like this. Everyone thinks I’m creative, but what they don’t realize is that I’m just really good at following directions! :)

  62. says

    Would love a chance to win this e-book!!! Loved all the ideas in the post. Really inspirational to see all the things that you can create with picture frames, paint and a paintbrush!


  63. Nancy says

    Inspiring diy book! Now I want to get out of work on this sunny day and go make the creative frames you show here. Would love a copy of this book : )

  64. Debbie says

    Love everything about that book! So far anyway :). The frames, the striped walls and OHHH that playhouse tent thingy!!!!!!!!!!! I have to get this book (if I don’t win of course :)) and show it to my son-in-law. He is so crafty and would love to and will create this for my grandbabies who are 4 and 1-1/2. Thank you Layla and I so hope you’re feeling better SOON!!!!!!

  65. says

    Awesome book, I’d love to win! Oh, and I hope you feel better…STAT!! (That works on medical shows, so it MUST work in the real world, right??) :-)

  66. Naomi W. says

    Ashley is so creative. I would love a copy of her book. She did a mood board for my living room in 2011.

  67. Kellie says

    I love their blog and would love a copy of their ebook! Hope you feel better soon!

  68. Cheryl G says

    I would love, love, love to have this book! Sending you lots of sunshine and healing energy so you’re back to 100% SOON!!!

  69. Penny says

    I just moved into a log cabin and need some inspiring ideas. This looks great. Thank you for introducing us to this blog.

  70. Kelley Kay says

    My walls could use some Handmade Wall love!

    p.s. I hope you get to feeling better very soon!!

  71. Christina says

    Layla, I loooove your blog! I started reading it last year and get so excited when I get a new email! I do hope you feel better and know how yucky that crud is. We had it last month! Anyway, just wanted to say hello and thank you for all the inspiring ideas and stories!

  72. Stephanie says

    I have really wanted to check out this e-book, and would love to win a copy… Thank you!!

  73. Thalia Swensen says

    Hope you a better soon, lots of handwashing and chicken soup will help! Would love this book, always looking for ides to share with 3 daughters and 7 granddaughters. There is always a room or a wall looking to be made over.

  74. Gretchen says

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’re still under the weather! Not fun!

    This is totally off topic, but if you need something interesting to think/blog about while you’re resting, I’d love to have some tips on how you keep your house from looking too “girly”. I love your soft color choices and rooms, but they always look like your man would feel right at home too. I’m doing some decorating at the moment, and while I’ve never been a ruffles/lace decorater, I still feel like I need some masculine touches for my Beloved. Wonderful husband that he is, he says everything I do looks great! He’s not at all picky. I’d just like my house to look like he lives here too. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  75. LaVonna says

    Layla & Kevin: get well so we can see more of your latest project. :-) Please enter my name for the Handmade Walls giveaway. Lv. U2

  76. Jennifer says

    Hi Layla!
    What a great giveaway. Please pick me! We just purchased a new home well new to us and I could use some great DIY ideas to decorate it.
    Thanks, Jen

  77. grace says

    What a great book!!! Love the preview so far, and hope to win this book, would be a great projects book to do this summer, thanks for the chance.

  78. says

    I follow this blog and would love a copy of the book! So, Layla, I assume we won’t be getting any photos of you today, eh? Unless pink eyes are a good look! :)

  79. Jo Mathis says

    Oh, I would love to have this book! I wish I lived close enough to attend the garage sale; there’s no telling what kind of fabulous treasures I’d find there.

  80. Jennifer says

    wow. Now that would be a fun yard sale to go to. I love that elevated fort with the slide!! Looks like a fun book to read!

  81. Christie P says

    Thanks for the chance to win this creative book. I really enjoy reading/ seeing what adventures ya’ll are up to! Feels like we are friends from way-back, know what I mean? Lots of love & hope you feel better soon!

  82. Sarah says

    Oh- do their ideas look great! That would be one awesome rummage sale to go to-too bad I live in Wisconsin!

  83. April Obersteller says

    I would LOVE a copy!!!

    Have a great day! Hope you get to feeling better!

  84. says

    I’d love to win!! Hope you feel better soon….I’ve had bronchitis all week too…not cool to be sick all week!!

  85. Jackie Schulz says

    Awesome ideas!! you always find the neatest things and I always seem to get lost in all the wonderful ideas. I would live to be chosen to be the recipient of this book! Thanks for the chance ;-)

  86. Shirley Miklusicak says

    Love their ideas the have. Will have to invest in their book. Would love to go to their garage sale. Sounds like it would be one NOT to miss. :)
    Hope your feeling much better.

  87. Jenny says

    This book looks so fantastic. I’m not sure if you’d send it to New Zealand (where I live) but thought I’d give it a try anyway – wish me luck!!

  88. Renee says

    I love this book – Great ideas and beautiful colors! Thanks for thinking of us through your pinkish haze!!! Feel better soon.

  89. Tammy says

    Layla I love your blog, and have recently discovered ‘The Handmade Home’ all of which is gorgeous, their ebook sounds fun. You are all so talented a true inspiration to me across the other side of the world here in Australia.

  90. Gretchen Schaumann says

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick with a cold and pink eye. :(. That’s never fun… Here’s to a quick recovery.
    On the other hand it sounds like you made good use of your down time and that Ashley and her husband have a wonderful e-book And that you got to spend some Extra time viewing it and reading it. How fun that there’s a giveaway, count me in please.

  91. Ashleigh H says

    I love their style!! Such great colors!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! :)

  92. Dicksi says

    Thanks for the chance! Love your inspirational ideas! I would love that book!

  93. says

    I would love a book like that! Will come in handy in August when I am an oficial empty nester after the youngest (fourth) little birdie takes flight!
    P.S. Sounds like you have “The Lum-puck-a-roo!”
    Hope you feel better soon!

  94. Lisa says

    I am always itching to try playing with wood. This book looks like just what I need to get the nerve to try. Thanks for showing it!

  95. Lisa says

    I’ve been wanting to get a copy of this book… the projects look amazing! Thanks for the chance to win.

  96. says

    I’d love to read their book. I’ve looked at it a couple times and thought about buying it. Thanks for the contest!

  97. Corissa says

    I would LOVE this! We are just breaking form the dark, cold Alaska winter and this is the sunshine bright goodness I could use right now!


  98. Amy says

    I’m having a baby soon and these handmade frames would be perfect to complete the nursery!

  99. Marianne in Mo. says

    My oldest daughter would love this as a gift from mom! She turned into a craft-gal, just like dear old me. Shocks the knickers right off me. WHEW!

  100. Lynette says

    I love the “tree house!” Not only would I love to look out and see it in my backyard, but I’d love to hide out in it too!

  101. Bridget says

    Please pick me! ;-) I would love a copy of the book…I just moved into a house with lots of empty, very beige walls that need some love!

  102. judy says

    This looks like a book with fantasticly creative ideas on every single page!!!!!! I would love to have a copy!!

  103. Jeannie says

    I have been itchin’ to get some projects going…looks like some great ideas to get me going!:)

  104. Tiffany Miller says

    I was so happy to receive this cheerful email. All of the colors and seemingly simple ideas really have me curious! This book would be magnificent to read and apply. I LOVE the children’s cottage like treehouse that is not too high! Showing that to my husband!

  105. Shell J says

    That looks like such a fun book! I am so grateful for creative people that come up with fun things that I could never do on my own!!!

  106. says

    hey there layla!! looks like lots of great inspiring stuff for some super creative walls!! thanks for the offer to enter!

  107. Sandi O says

    I love these ideas so much! I’d love to win the book! Maybe I’ll need to fly out there to get to the garage sale….

  108. Cynthia says

    I love The Handmade Home! And since we just bought our first house, we have a ton of walls that need some love.

  109. says

    Oh man, this looks so great!! I just love the kids playhouse!! Since it looks like we are staying in our flat a bit longer (houses are just sooo expensive here in Austria at the moment) it would be nice to give our walls a bit love with the help of this book!! Have a great weekend! Ulli

  110. says

    Hi Layla,
    I would love to have a copy of this e-book. I live in upstate NY (the tughill region that is always on the news) it is grey and blah here 6 months of the year. We had a couple of nice days then today back to grey, rainy and blah. I need something to inspire me! I hope I’m the winner of this e-book, but if not, I will just have to purchase my own copy! LOL Thanks for all of your email inspirations, I look forward to reading them! Shelley

  111. Elena says

    I love both of your blogs sooo very much!! If I could just get my hands on that e-book . . . {squee}

  112. Angelica Norris says

    These are awesome projects; I’d love to build an outdoor play area for my kids!

  113. Angie says

    You don’t know how bad I need inspiration to freshen up this ol’ bungalow in Canada eh !

  114. Allison says

    I would love to win this! I have pinned many of their handmade wall creations and it would be great to have them all in one place!

  115. Elaine says

    Gorgeous. I’d love to win this book, though I highly doubt any project I tried would turn out that lovely! =)

  116. Bev S. says

    I NEED this book to give me some ideas for these old walls of mine!!! Pretty Please???

  117. Jane McCarthy says

    I love the book! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I hope you get well very soon.

  118. Ann says

    HI! Hoping to win the book! Thanks for your blog, it is a bright spot in my day!

  119. Carol Sullivan says

    Oh Wow!! This looks like its right down my alley!! Fun!!
    Get well soon!

  120. Kelly says

    That play fort is ON our list of things to accomplish for our little Miss O.
    I would love to see the other projects!

  121. Heather says

    I love the handmade home! They are (ok they seem like) so much fun. Would love a copy of the ebook, and while I’m wishing the energy to create something half as adorable as they make ;-)

  122. says

    That book looks amazing! So many great ideas that I would never have thought of! I love creative people– wish I were one of them! :)

  123. starr says

    I love The Handmade Home and would love to win their book! Like Ashley and Jamin, we live in a new house that we’re trying to make our own by adding treatments, repainting furniture, etc.

  124. Cindy says

    Looks like an awesome book! What great projects! Now I’m on my way to check out their blog! Thanks!

  125. barbara says

    Hope the eyes and the cold are better soon! And thanks for a chance at the book.

  126. SharO says

    I’d absolutely love a copy . Thank You
    Your site is so inspiring with the fresh, clean colors.

  127. cathy says

    I would absolutely love to win – of course….jus’ like everybody else. It looks so inspiring! Thanks for the chance! Hope you are feeling better real soon.

  128. Pat beever says

    How much better can it get? Seeing ideas in a beautiful color book?. SO SO INSPIRING AND MOTIVATIONAL…… I NEED SOME ,!!!!!!!!! Thanks, pat

  129. Val says

    I can’t make it to their sale cause I live in Ohio, but I’d love a copy of the book—thanks for the chance, and hope you feel better soon!

  130. Dianne says

    My beach cottage needs artwork/photos/something on the walls! Those sneak peaks have “peeked” my interest, for sure…. LOL!

  131. Brooke Densing says

    It’s Mother’s Day, a day to honor all mommies both here and no longer with us. My mom is a force to say the least. My dad passed when we were young, and to say that she picked us (and herself) back up is not touching the tip of the iceberg when describing her independent spirit. She has taught me so much, and I cannot wait to share all of her teachings with my family (something my husband and I are thinking about). Most of all, she taught me things that have really helped me out over the years; how to properly use every kitchen utensil in the house (watch out Ina, I love to cook!), how to change a tire on my car (this I can do), bought me my first toolbox, teaching me how to use (and the name) of every tool in it, and always, always made sure I was able to do anything I wanted on my own. This has came in handy when restoring my home with my husband. I think of her every time I start a project and can say to myself (you can do this). So, this book, is an inspiration to many DIY-ers such as myself, and to all of the inspiring women we celebrate today on Mother’s Day. Thank you for letting me share!

  132. JolieAnne says

    Oh what fun, I enjoy adding paint to photo frames…I play around with different paint patinas. I would love to win!

  133. Barb says

    This book looks like it would be very helpful. I need some ideas for my living room walls!

  134. Anna T says

    I love their blog! And have been wanting to look into their book. It looks so awesome!

  135. Laura M says

    Looks like an awesome book, have my fingers crossed. It would be a great mother’s day gift.

  136. Cinya says

    This book looks very inspirational! I’ve been trying to spruce up the walls of my apartment and significant others’ grandparents house without destroying the walls, and this looks like a very easy and handy way to add some life and color!

  137. Dana Kelly says

    Love their blog!! We just moved into a new house and would love to have step-by-step instructions for some of their ideas. What a cool giveaway!! Thanks!

  138. Treesha Moore says

    I would love to have a copy of this. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Love your blog!