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About Me

I am the creative force behind DIY Passion; a home and lifestyle blog established in 2012 . I still pinch myself every time I get to say this is my full-time job – because working on this passion project has never, for a moment, felt like a job. The road has been long and winding and the journey has been INCREDIBLE.

 I decided to follow my passion for being real, honest and building a life on a foundation of calm confidence and not the constant climbing of the corporate ladder.

DIY Passion | My Anchor

Like any living entity, DIY Passion has evolved and grown over the years. It began as a simple DIY blog, focusing on simple projects, crafts and decor, and has morphed into a hub for everything DIY – creating happiness, finding joy, building a business and developing the courage to tackle projects head on.

Over the years, DIY Passion has developed a solid readership of tens of thousands each month; an audience that connects with my real life portrayal of family and self and who look to me for trusted advice and honest experiences. 

 My Family | My Reason

I met my husband in a record store in 2009. Yes. You read that correctly. It was like something out of a romantic comedy except without the pay checks or cool wardrobes. After dating for four years and buying a small condo in the city together, we finally got hitched and bought a house in the suburbs right beside the Atlantic Ocean in June 2013. We share our wonderful life with our two kitties, Louie and Zuzu and our 14 year old rescue “puppy”, Buddy. (And in 2016, we added a tiny human to the mix! Little Bird (LB) is our sweet baby girl.)

Buying a Small House

Buying a Small House


Our house is now our castle. It’s where we celebrate victories and suffer defeats as we DIY our way to making it our own.At the Halifax Airport

Since we’ve been in this house- watching and experiencing, documenting and celebrating the ways in which we are building our lives together- my philosophy has become one of unabashed positivity. I believe there is always something beautiful to be seen; we just have to have the courage to create space to let it come to us.  Living with this mantra has allowed me to continuously create DIY Passion from a place of extreme honesty and happiness and flow.Air Dry Clay Rustic Photo Board

So while I by no means am an expert, I am honest in my portrayals of experiences. I hope that translates through the computer screen to you! To sum it up, this isn’t a blog that will tell you what to do or even how to do something, but rather simply a place where I share ‘how it’s been for me’. 

Now – where’s that paint brush? 😉



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Thursday 26th of December 2019

Hello, I am looking at buying the HAVSTA shelving from IKEA. I appreciate your reviews on it. Do you have instructions on how to anchor to wall, for a total beginner - drill virgin? Thank you


Monday 18th of September 2017

Love the story of your start-up. Is there any better place to be living than along the Atlantic in Nova Scotia? I've been browsing your DYI's and enjoying your adventure and your podcasts.


Saturday 29th of July 2017

Erin! Seriously, I connected with every single word you wrote. It sounds like we have similar stories in so many ways. Though meeting your husband at a record store is much more rom-com than meeting at a small town "octoberfest" When we walked through the doors of our home we knew it was the one for us. We just knew this was the one. It's kind of a weird feeling hey? Stuart and I looked at eachother just knowing what eachother was thinking. I'm always dreaming of different things to make this tiny space work for us, and Stuart's always helping me along with the DIY's. We have always dreamed of building a house, but we have kind of decided we can't leave this place! Our heart and soul has gone in to everything. Even down to each tree we have planted. I think we should be friends, I've decided. Too bad we are a little too far away for a coffee date! :)

Eleanor Huskins

Friday 31st of March 2017

I am so excited to find a blog from here in Halifax that related so will with my situation. I also have a 3 bedroom semi-detached home with all the fixings you have described. I am looking forward to reading your journey and getting inspiration and ideas from it.

- Eleanor from Metro N.S.

Jayne McLeod

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

"there is goodness in every situation and in every person" may I please have your permission to write out and put this lovely phrase on my fridge to start off each morning .... you two are just beyond DELIGHTFUL and a real hoot to follow along with .... keep up the good work !! I too hang out at Martinique beach, its a great place to have your heart and soul refreshed. Enjoy the SONshine, Jayne

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