Sunshine, soul-comforting food, sewing & my DIY story.

Our weekend wasn’t anything extraordinary but it sure was a good one. I think those are my favorite :)

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Zack and I had a mini-date at home during naptime (sushi & thai tea, anyone?), we went on a long walk one afternoon, and I cooked soul-comforting meals. We napped, baked homemade chocolate chip cookies and visited my favorite thrift store in downtown Los Angeles. Maxwell (finally) kicked his cold to the curb and Natalie turned 12 weeks old. Life is blessing me, big time.

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And then the crazy thing? Zack and I got tiny sunburns Sunday afternoon while at the park. It’s been over two years since we moved here and we’re still getting used to California in January.

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Zack had to work a little on Saturday and while he was away I actually sewed something. (I know!) And it was amazing. Maxwell sat next to me at the kitchen table while I made a new zip pouch that serves as my wallet. And you know what else happened? He kicked me the entire time I was sewing. Ha.

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I wanted a larger wallet than I had been carrying so my envelopes would fit inside (we’re back on the Dave Ramsey cash-flow plan), and this new zip is perfect! Being able to whip up something like this is a  perk, for sure :) I had been wanting to sew for weeks and had made so many excuses. I finally broke this project into manageable tasks (plan out design, cut & iron, sew) and suddenly it felt super achievable.

As I tucked my babies into bed last night I felt a wave of gratefulness wash over me. The fog is lifting… I’m feeling creative again. I feel more confident raising two young children. I’m thankful for the relationship Zack and I have. Monday, we’re ready for you!

Oh, and before I forget… today is the LAST DAY to purchase The Ultimate DIY Bundle which includes 76 eBooks & eCourses. The price is fantastic — only $34.95 (with over $1,200 of content). It’s been seven years since I learned how to sew and this kind of library is exactly what encouraged me to learn the trade.

76 eBooks for only $34.95 -- hurry, this bundle ends January 26, 2015! (a $1,200+ value) | Maggie Whitley Designs

I know it’s so easy to talk ourselves out of making something because something similar already exists. But really, the truth is we need your perspective and spin and creative process.

There’s room for all of us. There’s room for my technique and there’s room for your technique. There’s room for me to sell my product and there’s room for you to sell your product. Run with your excitement and MAKE what you’ve been wishing to make :)

Remember how I learned how to sew at our kitchen table in Detroit from a pile of library books and many YouTube channels? My DIY story begins with making mistakes and ruining irons (#oops), but I always “tried and tried again”. It’s been a joy-filled journey and I’m so thankful for DIY libraries like this.

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For the Creative DIY-ers…

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When I first began to sew it was 2008 and I had recently discovered the goodness of Etsy. A few months later, newly married yet unemployed living in Detroit (what?!), I realized I had the power to take my addiction to sewing and turn it into a handmade business. All I needed to do was learn more about sewing, social media, and creating a community online. It took a bit of time but overall it was super easy. I loved each of these things and so it was a worthwhile investment.

I mostly used YouTube and library books to learn how to sew, but there are other resources available like eBooks — which are always updated and super relevant.

Fast-forward since 2008: have you heard of The Ultimate DIY Bundle? It’s a DIY library of 76 books on the topics of crafts, holidays & seasonal, home & garden, home decor, photography, scrapbooking & art journaling, sewing, the business of DIY, and writing. Can you even imagine the tools/resources this library can offer you personally or for your business?

A few of the sewing eBooks //

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The Ultimate DIY Bundle is your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.


Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 5 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

This amazing deal ends in just…
You may not feel like you’re ready to start a business, or feel like you have any time to DIY, but here’s what I do know: this is a great bundle of resources and they’re waiting for you to use them :)

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


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A special book for “the dreamers & the doers”.

Since September I’ve been praying over (and working on) a special group project, and today I get to share with you what we’ve been up to! :)


It’s no secret I’m a dreamer and a doer. Since I was young I’ve been creating and making plans. I love to sketch on paper my dreams to see how real they can become. But perhaps more than that I love how far an encouraging word can take my dreams. Do you feel the same way?

Last year I joined a group of women and together we co-wrote a book called, Thirty One Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer — and, it’s a lovely prayer book.

Lovely like, “my heart is re-filled with grace and overflowing encouragement to keep going.”

Lovely like, “I wasn’t sure how to pray over my situation, but now I have new-found direction.”

Lovely like, “I am not alone.”

31 days of prayer maggie whitley

Inside this 200+ page book are beautiful, real prayers covering the following topics:

prayer // God’s word // worship + gratitude // faith

freedom // seasons // rest + balance // wellness

authenticity // identity // grace in my home // simplicity

serving // loving {well} // singleness // marriage

motherhood // dreams // my spouse’s dreams // my children’s dreams

fears // comparison //confidence // goals

creativity // stewardship // success + failure // busyness

my business // branding + marketing // collaboration + opportunity // online influence // social media


Each of the 31 prayers includes a full-page prayer, four verses and three reflective questions.

I’ve written on the topic of simplicity. This was an opportunity for me to share my heart on living cozy in a big Los Angeles. It’s so important to be thankful for exactly what God puts in our lives. This community collaboration has allowed me to be vulnerable with so many others who may be thinking, worrying, and praying about the same things.


I’m so honored to be joining these women and my friends over at The {Well} Studio.

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Now booking our February giveaway bundle!

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We’re working on our February giveaway bundle with a focus on Valentine’s Day (surprise, surprise) and it’s off to a great start! I’m excited to share with you the shops and products we’ll be bundling and giving away on February 2nd. And perhaps the even better news is we’re still booking prizes for this giveaway! I’ll let you in on a little secret: Lisa Leonard Designs, The Printed Palette and Julie Ann Art have all said yes our February giveaway. It’s going to be super great, that’s for sure! If you are a handmade shop owner I’d love for you to join us in February. We host only a few giveaway bundles each year and they’re a fun way to stay connected to this community of handmade talent. Click here to apply to February’s giveaway, or click the graphic above. Have a great weekend! xo

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