hi, i'm Ali
Photographer, dog mom, daily walker, reader, and wife to a busy maker. I'm the voice you hear and read at Life Outside the Shop.
From new project how-to's and DIY home updates to the ins-and-outs of building a family & multiple businesses, Life Outside the Shop shares what is really looks like to figure it out as you go.
The Sunday before our wedding, we dusted off the old (and Sam’s brand new!) pew pews and went skeet shooting with his parents, family friends, and our friend, Chuck! Is there a better way to let off some steam and stress the weekend before your wedding? The only rules we had while skeet shooting were […]
We’re actually calling this wrap-up 4.5 because we had to do two takes. One on Friday which was the HOTTEST of messes and then a redo on Monday morning. Thank goodness we both took the week off from work before the wedding and had the time and space to get after it this morning. On […]
Welcome back to our weekly wrap-up where we share what is going on both inside and outside of the shop! Hmm… what were we up to this week? Sam is movin’ through some pallet wood wedding signs for our big less-than-2-weeks-away day and I’ve been chipping away at my second video editing experience. We’ve also […]
Welcome back to our weekly wrap-up where we share what is going on both inside and outside of the shop. We had some BIG things going on this week. Sam finished up two Shadow Boxes, we filmed and published his CNC Enclosure Tour, and MOST excitingly (to me, at least), I edited my very first […]
GUYS I DID IT!! I officially opened up Premiere Pro and gave video editing a shot. Sam has a million things on his plate, and I decided it was finally time for me to step up, put on my big girl pants, (start to) learn how to use Premiere Pro, and get after some video […]
Welcome to our first-ever Sam Macy Designs/Life Outside the Shop (LOTS) Weekly Wrap-Up! We decided to shoot a quick video each week to keep you in the loop about what is going on in Sam’s shop and on the blog. Although, if I’m being honest it didn’t feel quick while we were getting all set […]
We’re getting married in t-minus 30 days!!! Let the countdown to our COVID wedding begin! Shelburne Farms Engagement Shoot, 2019Ellen Sargent Gosh – I wish I had started Life Outside the Shop three years ago when Sam and I bought our house. What a cool way to have documented a renovation and beginning to build […]
Ever try paddling without a fin? We gave it a shot last weekend and here is what happened… After we created our DIY pallet puppy decal a few weekends ago, we got a lot of requests from friends and family members for cut-outs of their pups. So, we spent the following sunny Saturday cutting pallets […]
Welcome to Life Outside The Shop’s first DIY video teaching you the best way to break down a pallet! I wish I could say that we get up to a lot of DIY stuff over here but that would definitely be a lie. You know that saying, “the shoemaker’s kid has no shoes”? Well, the […]
Welcome to Life Outside the Shop – the blog accompaniment to Sam Macy Designs and a way for us to share the adventures we get up to when Sam isn’t head-down in his scroll saw. Sam and I always have our best ideas (or, what we think are our “best” ideas – you’ll have to […]