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.
Building a sliding barn door for our walk-in closet has been one of the top priority projects on our list since renovating our house in 2017. Learn how we did it in our “How to Build a Sliding Barn Door” instructional YouTube video and with the steps we’re sharing today! Before the Barn Door: Our […]
And she’s DONNEEE! Our dream office is finished, decorated, and ready for us to get to (actual) work. Enjoy <3
Welcome to Part One of our two-part home office renovation series. We take you from idea conception to, well, the giant hole in our house. This project — like most of our projects — was a long time coming and an even longer time desired. Before the reno, our (now) bright and airy office was […]
The 2021 Woodworking Shop Tour with Sam is here! This is a tour of his two car garage work shop where he creates Shadow Boxes and gets after whatever I’ve thrown on his honey-do house list! Sam made this video per the request of Burlington City Arts. He has been working with them to get […]
The most recent Sam Macy Designs youtube video explains how to glue up and center words or images on wood signs easily, leaving your text perfectly centered on your background. Tips to Center Text/Images On Surface: Make sure you have all your tools and wood pieces laid out. I work with superglue which has a […]
The most recent Sam Macy Designs youtube video shares 9 tips for a successful art show. These are things we learned through trial, error, and a lot of question asking! We get it, if you’re an artist trying to book your first show it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. We suggest starting […]
The Sam Macy Designs Shelburne Farms Collection is complete. It is now hanging in Burlington and Shelburne Vermont. Check out the videos for a behind the scenes look at the pieces in the collection, how they were made and where you can find them. Shelburne Farms Collection Trailer Before Sam began building his seven-piece collection, […]