I almost started this post with, “this is long overdue” but I don’t think that is actually true. First, Life Outside the Shop hasn’t been around for long so “overdue” doesn’t really exist yet. Next, loss feels almost impossible to verbalize when you’re in the thick of it. And, writing things down feels vulnerable, permanent, […]

October 7, 2020

On Lincoln, Loss & Looking Forward

On Lincoln, Loss and Looking Forward

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 […]

September 28, 2020

Life Outside the Shop Weekly Wrap-Up #4

Weekly Wrap-Up #4 – What a DISASTER

Sure, DIY and step-by-step how-to videos are fun (and we have that coming your way soon too), but it is the behind the scenes stuff that really takes the cake if you ask me. Thats why we’re taking you behind the scenes of our pallet wood decor project day! Sundays are sacred days around here […]

September 25, 2020

VLOG: Pallet Wood Decor Behind the Scenes

Pallet Wood Decor VLOG

T-minus almost exactly two years ago, Sam put out a DIY YouTube video walking through the steps to make a plyometric box. We’re huge CrossFitters and the owner of our gym needed more boxes as our membership grew. Sharing is caring but in the middle of a fast workout, it can definitely be a tricky […]

September 22, 2020

Plyometric Box with One Sheet of Plywood

DIY Video: Plyometric Box with One Sheet of Plywood

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 […]

September 21, 2020

Weekly Wrap-Up #3 – Houston, We Have a Hater

Life Outside the Shop Weekly Wrap-Up #3

Oh Trader Joe’s, you did it again. As always, this year’s Trader Joe’s Fall Haul did not disappoint. They brought back old favs and I found some new products I can’t wait to try. If you know anything about me, you know that Trader Joe’s is my FAVORITE place to shop. And Sam? Well, this […]

September 19, 2020

Trader Joe’s Fall Haul: Top 10 Seasonal Food Favs

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 […]

September 14, 2020

Weekly Wrap-Up #2 – Ali’s First VLOG

Sam Macy Designs Weekly Wrap-Up #2

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 […]

September 12, 2020

Learning to edit with Premiere Pro

VLOG: Ali Edits her First Premiere Pro Video and Almost Burns the House Down

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 […]

September 6, 2020

Weekly Wrap-Up #1 – 9/6/2020

Weekly Wrap-Up #1

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 […]

September 5, 2020

Our Covid Wedding Story

Our COVID Wedding Story: One Month Countdown