I am SO glad you landed here!. My name is Janice Thomas and I am the voice behind the blog. I teach college kids full time. I have to unwind somehow, which is where blogging and DIY come in!
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but I have lived in Utah for over 25 years. I miss my tropical enchanted island, but love the family atmosphere of the state of Utah, even though I want to move every time winter comes.
I am married to the most awesome and amazing man, who supports me in everything I do. His name is Duane. He is perfect in every way, except he is not a handyman. See where I’m going with this?
We’ve been married since 1989 and together we have four beautiful children. Two are now married. We are the proud grandparents of Bridget and Thomas pictured below. We also have twin angel grandbabies, Joshua and Adelaide. Being a grandparent is such a blessing!
My summer projects and love of teaching inspired the making of Sawdust Sisters. I was motivated to learn woodworking because I wanted pieces that are unique and fit my space. I also was very interested in saving money! Can you relate?
DIY bloggers like the Shanty sisters, Ana White, Jen Woodhouse, and April Wilkerson kept me on my toes and taught me what I know today!. My own sister Beverly, who loves DIY, occasionally posts her projects on this blog. She is also a huge inspiration. I love learning new skills and do so every day!
- Ideas, inspiration, and DIY tutorials are FREE for you. I offer some wood working plans free for blog subscribers. I am working on adding plans for all of my builds, which is very exciting! And they will also be free. See the pattern here? I like free, don’t you?
- You will notice that most blog posts contain affiliate links through Amazon and other vendors. I only promote products that I love and you are under NO obligation to buy. But, if you choose to purchase an item through one of my links I may receive a very small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps cover the costs of keeping the website up and continue to provide all content for FREE. Thank you for your support!!
- New projects are posted once or twice per month, and more often during the summer! Yay summer! If you’re a teacher or know any teachers, you can relate to my love for summer.
- Newsletter. If you decide to join the sawdust sisterhood, you will receive a monthly newsletter. Yes, monthly. Because I don’t like crowding your Inbox, unless it is to share something that will knock your socks off.
So, grab your favorite beverage and find wood project tutorials, budget renovations, and some trash turned to treasure. And while you’re at it, why not jump in and become part of the Sawdust Sisterhood!.?
As a thank you gift for subscribing, you will receive free plans to build a set of 2×4 barstools, our most popular post.
Side note: Brothers are most welcome to join the sisterhood 🙂
And, if you EVER want to reach out with questions, project ideas, or just say hello, don’t hesitate to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love hearing from readers!