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My First Post: What’s to Come

Hello there and welcome to Designed on Sunshine!  The name was derived from my personal philosophy of finding joy in everything you do.  To me the name says everything was created in a happy, bright, cheerful, fun, and adventurous way!  I’d love to hear what you think of the name and logo in the comments section below.

I started this blog because I thought it would be so much fun to share my projects and ideas.  Plus, I thought what a fantastic opportunity this would be to open myself up to making new (DIY) friends all over the world!  I’ll explore home improvement, cooking, landscaping, organic gardening, sewing, and crafting projects.  You name it, I’ll tackle it, and also show that you too can surround yourself with beautiful creations you’re proud of utilizing savvy spending, some ingenuity, a lot of patience, and a sense of humor.

What’s to come in the first few weeks you ask?  You’ll see us (the hubby included) paint our house, share our new landscape design, build a greenhouse/garden shed, and remodel the fireplaces.  Here’s a few pics you’ll definitely recognize as ‘before’ shots. Please forgive the quality and angles as I didn’t know I’d be sharing these with the world on a blog:

 (Click on the picture for the lightbox gallery to start. The picture description can be found at the bottom of the lightbox.)

What did you think?  We have a lot of work ahead of us, yes?  Well, we’ve made quite a few improvements in the short time we’ve lived here.  We’ve gotten dirty, made some mistakes, and had an abundant amount of laughs!  Stay tuned for the ‘after’ shots in the next couple of weeks!  In the meantime, happy creating!





admin - Thanks mama! Hope to see you soon for some good laughs!

Aida - I have to tell you that I am so impressed my your tenacity and sheer fearlessness!! Beautiful and really quite stunning results.

Lisa Simmons Schinkel - Oh No I can’t wait!

Lisa Simmons Schinkel - The cool part of this is that I have gotten to see most of the before and afters of all of these things.

Designed on Sunshine - Thank you! Love you too!!

Designed on Sunshine - You’re going to be so happy when you see something in a couple of days. It’s a surprise! 🙂

Lisa Warden - @[238984936199094:274:Designed on Sunshine] I’m afraid the FB page is second priority. A friend of mine is helping me with my website (, and that’s top priority, so hopefully there will be some nice changes on that soon!

Lisa Simmons Schinkel - Oh My Farmer Mel, how I love you and your projects!

Shelly Warden - I LOVE the name as you have captured the essence of you and how you are in the world. The colors are soft and companionable and the whole look just invites you in. Designed on Sunshine is now a fixture on my desktop. Love the site, love you and can’t wait to watch it grow!

Mom in Fairbanks.

Designed on Sunshine - Thanks for the nice comments, Lisa! As soon as your page is up let me know!

Lisa Warden - Hi Melanie, love the name and the idea! I’m looking forward to everything to come, and you’re inspiring me to work on my business FB page!

Melanie Warden - You are so sweet, Laura!! Thanks for sharing it! Have you created a page on fb yet for your biz?

Laura Martinez - Melanie, this is absolutely wonderful. I love it and I can’t wait to see all the stuff to come. I have shared this with my friends who will also enjoy this. I love the name and logo- great job and congratulations!

Designed on Sunshine - Yay! Glad you like the name, Treva! Yes – keep reading for those inexpensive yard ideas!

admin - Thanks and love you too!!

Treva Gonzales - p.s. I forgot to mention… I absolutely LOVE <3 your creative name.

Treva Gonzales - I am SO excited to watch your progress! (p.s. I am not a big fan of Junipers!)
Can’t WAIT to see your first “after” pictures!
I have big dreams and no money for my backyard, so I’ll watch with anticipation your savvy spending in the yard!

Connie Abram - From the time you first held a crayon, our home was filled with various projects of your creation. Thanks for bringing back all the memories. Especially love the sepia-tone photos with a hint of more to come.

Love you always,

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