DIY bloggers

Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of Alice & Lois // Behind The Blog Scene


It's one thing to write a cute, clever, crafty blog but it's another thing altogether to be able to do it with your twin sister! I couldn't imagine anything more fun than to be a blogging family and that is exactly what Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers have created with their blog, Alice & Lois.

Sharing their inspiration, projects and celebrating the good in life in general, these two are just as hilarious and fun to be around as they come across on their blog. I had a great time getting to meet and hang out with them in Salt Lake City and had far too many laughs while posing for photo booth photos at the Downton Abbey themed party and other blog shenanigans. I'm thrilled to have them both here this week, sharing their blog tips...

Describe your blog in 3 words…
Sisters, Creativity, Inspiring
What is your blogging manifesto?
Celebrate the good in life.
Top 3 blogging essentials?
Google Calendar, laptops and a 50 mm lens
Our biggest blogging moment/milestone was?
Working with brands such as the Honest Company, Zappos and Munchkin. Also when people first started contacting us to tell us about making our DIY projects… so sweet. Oh and we recently were nominated by Better Homes & Gardens as one of the Top 10 DIY Blogs - something we are so proud of given we've only had our blog for a year and a half... dare to dream!
Best piece of advice we’ve been given?
Stand behind your content. If you are not proud of a project and how it looks or turns out, you don’t have to post it. You want to stand behind the project or post that you’ve created. 
We’re dreaming about traveling to…
A family trip to Sayulita.
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger?
Just go for it. Don’t be afraid and dream big. We’re in a very creative business and it’s so easy to fall prey to comparison. But at those points of comparison, get off your computer and go get inspired. Look for what inspires you in your everyday life. You’ll soon have a list so long of ideas you won’t know where to start! And always, always be proud of what you do. Stay true to who you are.
If we weren’t blogging we’d be...
...If we lived in the same town, we’d own a shop together by day, hosting workshops, dinners and speakers by night.
Behind the scenes of our blog looks like...
For Sara – shooting projects at her dining room table overlooking the cable car line and Alcatraz in the fairytale city of San Francisco.
For Melissa – shooting projects at her dining room table surrounded by the organized chaos of a highchair, stuffed animals and ski boots overlooking the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado. 
This year we’re most excited about...
Growing our community, making new friends and celebrating our 40th birthday together.


Images: Alice & Lois, Headshot by Alex Fenlon

Behind The Blog Scene // Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth


Some blogs just make you happy. They are bright, bold and visually addictive. They provide an escape, can cause party planning envy or this case offer up endless inspiration. Today we say hello to Ashley from Sugar & Cloth, a US blogger who I've watched for a while and who consistently crafts up Pinterest-worthy projects and visual delights that I'm in awe of.  One of the things that I most admire is the way she effortlessly partners with brands - something I think Australian bloggers are still struggling to do or at least in a way that works so organically - we can all learn something from Ashley's partnerships - and don't even get me started on her new studio (I'm SO jealous).  So grab a cup of tea and enjoy her interview below... 

Describe your blog in 3 words… 
DIY inspired living
What is your blogging manifesto?
From home decor to recipes and all of the pretty things in between, Sugar & Cloth is meant to be a resource for modern and bright DIY inspired living.
Top 3 blogging essentials?
Your own creative, original ideas, a DSLR camera, and spell check ;)
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was....
Getting contacted by Martha Stewart Living to style a Christmas shoot as my very first brand collaboration after almost a year of blogging. So surreal! Looking back on it I was an uniformed mess, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
My dream collaboration would be?
HGTV! I would freak out, ha!
Right now I'm listening to...
Gungor, love them!
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger?
Don't underestimate the amount of time you'll put into, but you'll reap what you sew.
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
Probably working a 9-5 graphic design job, no thanks! ;)
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like..
Organized chaos, but some might beg to differ, haha.
In 2014 I'm most excited about...
The new Sugar & Cloth studio. It's the most exciting and terrifying thing I've ever committed to, but it's already been the most rewarding step I could've taken for my business.