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151 Responses

  1. Roger West says:

    Love doing DIY projects since I retired a few years ago

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  3. Sue Battis says:

    You are hilarious! And creative too!

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  11. Allison says:

    Ihave just gathered the supplies for the wire balls and Im very excited!!!

  12. Judie Pius says:

    Thank you.

  13. Zoé Jean Grant says:

    HellooO Lynn… Loving what I’m reading, blown away by your heart and you fully have my attention! I’m brand spanking new at Coaching and I’m working on my website, which has an option for a blog. ROLLING THE IDEA AROUND IN MY HEAD FOR A WEEK. Took a break to BROWSE Pintrest and blamo HERE YOU ARE.
    I’m inspired and unnerved all at one time.
    Can’t wait to open the next door!

    • Hi Zoé !!

      Annnnnnnnd you are a fellow Canuck too! Woot woot! I loved the photo you shared on my Facebook page! If I can give you any online advice at all, it is to definitely have a BLOG on your website!! Here’s why… a website becomes stagnant fast (in Googles eyes).. but a blog is updated frequently.. and fresh news to Google .. is a good thaaaang. Definitely blog.

      Too funny, I fall in the Pinny vortex sometimes too. There’s no escaping it. It’s too fun 🙂

      Smiling right back with you xoxoxox
      Lynne xx

      • Zoé Grant says:

        FABulouuuus! You are opening my sleepy Google eyes. I’ve been reading your Google plus wisdom (which I set up back in college…Needed it’s mad skills for several projects),I’m floored, as I had over four thousand views on a site I’ve mostly ignored. The sleep is clearing from my eyes and pouring in the Google coffee!

  14. Cheri Head says:

    I can’t wait to see what else you have to teach me! My list is growing!

  15. Meagan Pearce says:

    I just read your blog on how to create Grapevine Balls! You had me laughing so hard, I really enjoy your sense of humor, and how detailed and easy to understand your instructions are. Keep up the great work! Look forward to reading more.

    • Ahhh thanks Meagan!

      The only problem is trying to keep makeup on my face. LOL. I need to start wearing waterproof mascara. I look like a racoon when I get laughing with my pals.

      Welcome aboard the blog 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo


  16. Sara says:

    As a mom {actually, as a human person}, I am so in love with your tree house! Inspiring 🙂 Looking forward to more epic shit!

  17. Jane Myers says:

    so very much enjoyed this blog. Anxious to make the Baileys. Need it with a kick. Store bought doesn’t do it.

  18. Leslie says:

    I hit unsubscribe by mistake.

  19. Deb Breivik says:

    Bring on the fun.

  20. Harriet Reinhart says:

    My sister & I share the same sense of humour & she thought I might enjoy your blog!
    She was right – again!!!

  21. Kathy Hilger says:

    I love the balls… 🙂

  22. Jody says:

    Epic Shit is what I came for, sign me up Lynne. Plus I LOVE this EPIC FONT…what is it?
    Today is my birthday, I am sharing my Happy with you 🙂

    • Hi Jody !

      ohhhhh My, I’m a month late but better late than never? ha! Happy belated birffffday girly!! It’s my 50th birthday on Oct 21st this month. We are exactly one month apart. Wooooohoooo.

      The epic font is called Architects daughter. Sahhweet, isn’t it? If you ever want to figure out a font on any website/blog you can do it with WhatFont ! I wrote a blog post about it here :


  23. Teri says:

    can not wait to see your blog !

  24. Amanda Lee says:

    Found your site when looking for a chunky blanket knit pattern. I am nervous about circular needles but I am going to take the plunge! I am very drawn to your aesthetic and conversational vibe, which is full of light and humor. Your family is beautiful, as are you. I hope your husband will be okay. I love the environment you surround yourself with and am looking to increase the artistry in my own surroundings. I live in San Francisco and I am a photographer, traveler, writer, actor and also on a journey to know myself. I like the idea of being more hands-on and becoming even more self-reliant! Looking forward to receiving your posts, whenever they come! Cheers, Amanda

    • Hi Amanda,

      THANK YOU for your beautiful note! Wow! Love it. You are a photographer,traveler,writer and actor?! We could be twins LOL except that I don’t act, I try to write LOL, I definitely travel and my photography is with an iPhone. But still. I LOVE your vibe too!

      Big love to you!
      Lynne xx

  25. Jay says:

    Who makes the beautiful hammock chair featured on A Beautiful Mess?

    • Hi Jay,

      I actually bought that hammock chair in Mexico! They would be great to buy in North America tho. So many people ask me about it. I need to research that some more!

      Lynne xx

  26. Diane says:

    Looking forward to seeing it all!!

  27. Kathy Putnam says:

    I love your blog!

  28. Debbie Roahrig says:

    Would love ideas on diy mosaic projects! 🙂

  29. Kelly says:

    KICK ASS, thanks!!!

  30. Lorraine Mannion says:

    Hi Lynne!!
    I feel like I just made a new BF! You have so inspired me… I came across your website through my stumbles (and I truly was stumbling) for what you do after you finish the Dr Oz’s 3 Day Cleanse… OMG when I saw your picture of the Lunch drink (#!%!!) in a soup bowl…. Loved it!! SO LOL cuz thats exactly what I was thinking.! Love your pics!
    xo Lorraine

    • Haha!! Lorraine, a fellow stumbler :))

      I have a blog post going out tomorrow about instagramming and how I stumble out of the bathtub. That seems totally unrelated, doesn’t it? {{Now that I say that out loud.}} haha.

      I’m a stumbler 🙂

      Lunch drink in a soup bowl. LOL. A girl has to do what a girl has to do.

      Lynne xx

  31. Penny Warner says:

    Good stuff! Look forward to seeing more, thanks for sharing.


  32. Linda says:

    love the blog!

  33. Annalise Kleine says:

    Wooooooh hooooooo im screaming to you from down here in Oz !!!!
    You sound truly inspirational…. I found you by accident…… OMG I can’t wait to read your blogs.
    Annalise (Australia)

    • Wait a sec. All the way from Oz-land?!!! I am so freaking jelly jealous of you right now, Annalise.

      If you tell me that you live near a beach, I will tell you that my bags are always packed and I’m on my way.

      Big love to you down under! Wait. That sounded all wrong. LOL.


  34. Wanda Lansou says:

    I have till this moment resisted signing up to subscribe to a blog….but yours pushed me over the edge. I NEED epic shit!!!! (And the info on kickass photos!) thanks. Looking forward to your next post.

  35. Melody Talley says:

    EEEEEKKKKKKKKK…… OMG! How the freak have I missed this site for so long.!?!?!?!?!

  36. Jenn Brouwer says:

    You are Awesome!! xo I want more epic Shit ala Lynne Knowlton once a week 🙂

  37. This is fantastic! Loving your blog, Lynn!

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  41. sidra says:

    Totally signing up. Check out my blog as well :)… Romance And Pearls

  42. Krista says:

    Glancing over your site and wishing for the time to get inspired!!!

  43. Maureen says:

    I love books in all forms – print, audiobooks, and e-books. Sometimes I read a library book and in the middle of reading it, I stop and go buy it because I want to own it. #addicted #notashamed

  44. Massina says:

    …posted earlier on another entry of yours cuz you’re so entertaining with useful information to boot (BONUS!)…BUT NOW I HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO RECEIVE YOUR BLOG POSTS!
    Whoop! Whoop! You’re my kind of Gal…who needs her own t.v. show…:)

  45. Sarah says:

    Please add me to your email list. I could not enter my email address with the underscore due to the font. Your blog is inspiring… and hilarious! 🙂 Thanks!

  46. Lynne,
    So inspirational what you are doing! My mother and father passed of cancer and I just started a heartfelt website of my own to inspire others. It feels good to be of service doing something you are passionate about.
    Keep up the good work,

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  49. Donna Gibson says:

    Lynne, I am SOOOOO HAPPY I FOUND YOU! You are a woman of my own heart & I LOVE that you really speak your mind! How coool are you! Totally All the way COOOOL! I am so looking forward to visiting your site as much as possible! STAY COOL GIRL!! (yea… I really screamed that! LMAO) 😀

  50. Dyanne says:

    Totally lovin’ your site Lynne! Awesome work here. 😀

  51. Paul Back says:

    That was an awesome video Lynne really excited to see the sort of results you’re going to get.


  52. You have totally got my attention! Needless to say, I’ve just signed up.

    Let’s do this!

    Maria xx

  53. Bell says:

    Sounds good 🙂

  54. Kat says:

    Epic shit! Ha love that you just said that but now I am expecting great things…

  55. Iona says:

    Your tree house is amazing how beautiful for your family I live in Suffolk in the uk trying to juggle working full time and being a mum to two boys and a wife, it’s hard and joyous at the same time ! X

    • I hear ya Iona. It is a big juggling act sometimes.. and all part of the journey of life 🙂

      You are in Suffolk ?! I adore the UK ! What a great place to live. We lived in Paris for 2 years, and I often hopped the train to the UK for my English fix. Ahhhh. It was lovely!! … and your accent is just the very best on earth 🙂

      Much love from across the pond in Canada,
      Lynne xx

  56. sbort says:

    errrmmmmmm this is the best (pseudo) “about me” ever. i want to hug you, and high five you for writing “EPIC SHIT” …. so many bloggers are obsessed with a squeaky clean image… FINALLY- someone real- tearin’ that shit up 😀 i think i’m gonna effing like it here… (that was the original draft of the song, but they later took out ‘effing’ for cadence sake…. and i mean sake like “sah-kee”… not just sake. knowledge. you’re welcome) LOVE TO YOU!!! 😀 <3 -sb

    • Oh I think I love you already !! You go girl ! I agree…. squeaky clean isn’t REAL.

      I like to keep it real. And fun. If it isn’t fun, I don’t do it 🙂

      So happy to have you hanging out on the interweb with the rest of us here 🙂

      Lynne xx

  57. Tanya smith says:

    Hey! How did I only just find you? We are fellow Canucks and not far away either! I live in Milton, Ontario and probably have a pretty good idea of where you are ! (wink!)
    I have been looking around your site and have subscribed to your feed. Yay!
    I am in the process of figuring out my blog, and going to get my art/craft/diy blog back up and running ( I was great 4-5 years ago, but stopped for personal reasons, but now I am ready to get back into it!)
    You will hear from me again.
    P.S. I would like to live in your treehouse. Thanks

    • Shut the front door Tanya ! We are practically neighbours, by Canadian standards. Anything within a 3 hour radius qualifies as neighbourly ! LOL.

      You are in Milton? I have a fellow bloggy pal named April from Money Pit Love. She’s in Milton too, I think !!! You need to meet her ! She’s a doll. LOVE LOVE LOVE her.

      Happy to meet ya, you fella Canuck, you 🙂

      Lynne xx

  58. Meghan says:

    I just wanted to let you know that the link for the ebook has been disabled. I clicked on the link and it took me to a broken page.

  59. ~ Lisa ~ says:

    Lynne !!!

    Enjoyed the YouTube video, hearing you inspire ‘ in person ‘ ! ; ) Well done you, wonderful as always !

    Spring is here, sort of, bit of Monsooon weather before sunshine ! Soon you’ll be up in the tree tops, blogging away !

    Have a lovely week !

    Lisa aka Greentartan

    • Hi Lisa !!

      Thanks sooooo very much ! My little deer in the headlights was quite an attempt. LOL. The treetops are calling my name 🙂

      Big love to you girly !

  60. Dolores Raker says:

    I am interested in making a barn door (2 of them) for covering bookcases. I’d be very interested buying the wheels you made. I need to cover an area of 86″ plus the track. My doors will both open to one side only. You gave me some great ideas for doors; I think I will look at Habitat for Humanity for used building materials. Love to hear if you’d be interested in selling some wheels. Did you use any lubricant on the wheels or washers? I like the idea no wires are used for opening the doors.

    • Hi Dolores

      I am looking into having the wooden wheels made and will be sure to write a blog post when/if we can make it happen 🙂 I’m super excited, since the wheels are sooooo cool !

      Habitat for humanity is a great idea for a place to look for building materials and doors.

      The wheels are mounted with washers, and no lubricants. That just sounded funny. LOL.

      Lynne 🙂

  61. Karen Karo says:

    You are funny. Quite right you don’t have to do things right, just do it for YOU and the rest falls into place.

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  64. Catherine Beattie says:


    Thanks so much!


  65. Ginger says:

    You made me laugh, and that’s always a good thing.

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  72. Sabrina says:

    Just loved watching u play with your grapevine balls. Thinking about playing with my own balls on the deck rails. Won’t the neighbors be surprised..

  73. Lisa says:

    Hey Lynne! Thanks for the ebook! I cant wait to check it out! woot! 😉


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  75. Janet says:

    Love your photos – want to learn more

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  77. Priscilla says:

    JFK ( jesus f…..) Damn….who knew that trolling the internet for barn door hardware would shake this hermit girl-woman face first out of her cozy cottage and smack dab on some strangers email mail blog list. But I could not resist. Or should I. ( pondering the power of delete). After laughing my guts out and drooling over the door porn that I too have been addicted too with no plans for hypnosis, rehab or therapy to end this guilty pleasure… I admit I am smitten. Damn it. I This never happens! .I thought I had really accepted my solitary existence of creative isolation since building my first fort in a neighbors abandoned shed…(till I was harshly evicted by my father once the neighbor narced me out.) Yet this sharing concept you speak of….so .not a fan…I don’t share my email, phone number, last or middle name, any beer loaded with extra hops or my firepit with anyone but my dog….Wyeth. ( named after the awesome Andrew Wyeth painting Master Bedroom…talk about rustic lust….check out that painting ! ….Any who…I guess my control freak nature had to crack eventually. WHo ( YOU) knew it would be a chick with a passion for all things cracked, peeling , used , abused and hardcore beautiful. Thanks for lighting my inner lantern . It was getting dark and cold in here. Let alone my creativity really took a detour toward IKEA I confess. My dog thanks you too. Now off to swing my hammer and hear myself roar inside my cottage under the Catalpa Tree ~ Enviroscigirl

    • Priscilla

      You are an absolute HOOT !!!!! AND you have a way with words AND you can swing a hammer AND build a fort ?!! I think I love you. Just sayin’.

      Thanks for hanging out on the blog … it’s a pleasure to have you here. I hope to hear from you again. You have me laughing and wanting to meet your dog. LOVE his name !

      Much love & happy creative awesomeness !
      Lynne xx

  78. LuAnne Schenck says:

    Happy New Year!

    • Hi LuAnne !!!!

      How are you girly ?!

      Happy New Year to you too. We are all stuck in the HUGE snowbanks of Canada. How is it in your neck of the woods?

      Have a fantastic year … 🙂

      Lynne xx

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  80. WOWZA! Now THAT’s an e-book! I’m really not much of a photo gal myself….or WASN’T before I read your book, BUT I am NOW!! My pics will now be almost as pretty as yours!! Mystery almost solved! Thanks so much for that! Wait, now smile and CLICK! Puuuuuuuurfect!
    NOW, I’m waiting for the next one!!
    Cheers, Robin xo

    • Thanks Robin !!

      I see you are using the photo apps on your bloggy ! Great job.

      And….drum roll… you are on instagram ?!! Holy batman, I am so impressed right now!

      You are on a roll…

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  81. Cate Moore says:

    ok….Miss Lynne, how long did this take you to write? It is awesome! If people only knew how *easy* it is to get good at this & and how it personalizes everything! *sheesh*

    I had no idea. Your photo app book breaks it down beautifully!

    Thank you for making it so easy to understand & for saving ME the time it would take to sift through the endless apps on the internet!!


    • Hi Cate !

      So happy you love the ebook. I think I should write a bloggy post about it to teach others how to do an ebook like it.

      Who knew it could actually be easy after the looooooong learning curve. I think I should help everyone skip the long curve and give them the Coles notes version.

      Sound tempting?

      Love ya !
      Lynne xx

  82. Jo Lynn Deal says:

    I love your energy. You are such an inspiration. 🙂

    • … and I like your cuppa Jo 🙂

      PS. You are right (in your bloggy) ~ every business has a story.

      I think the whole online world would be more of a beautiful place if more business peeps were storytellers. It makes life so much more interesting, don’tcha think?

      Social media is like life. It’s social. 🙂

      Thanks for the luuuurve !

      Lynne xx

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  84. Reneta Kawcak says:

    Lynn ,

    You are such an inspiration! Love the new techniques you so graciously shared with us. Can’t wait for my Friday emails. Best Wishes in 2014!

  85. Cindy says:


    Great job on the e-book! I will be glad to like you on Facebook and tweet about you. I will also write about you on my blog and Facebook. Hope I can ask a favor in return. I’m trying to help two great ladies who just published their first novel. I did a post where I interviewed Kristy, the author. The other lady did the art for the cover. We would be so grateful if you would go to Kristie’s Facebook and leave a comment about “what is your gift and how do you use it”? You have a chance to win her book (I totally loved it)

  86. shirley says:

    Lynne, that is a super beautiful and informative photo app guide! I’ve bookmarked it and look forward to trying some of the apps in the New Year when life settles down or is at least marginally less hectic. I’ve also passed on your message to my three daughters-in-law who are all very interested in photography. Thanks so much for all your hard work and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Thank you soooooo much Shirley !

      Holy Batman. It was fun to make AND it was such a learning curve to create an ebook. It makes me wonder if I should teach others on the bloggy ~ how to make an ebook! LOL. I love sharing short cuts so that they aren’t the long cuts for others.

      I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Merry HoHo

      With much love,
      Lynne xx

      • Hi Lynne,
        I don’t know how you found me on twitter but I’m glad you did! I love your writing style! I subscribed to your blog via email. I have an Etsy shop and I definitely could use some help with my shop photos so your ebook will definitely come in handy. I would like to see your blog about how to make an ebook because I want to do one for my new website (which is under construction), I’m looking forward to reading all of your blog posts in between making new stuff for my shop!
        See you around!

        • Hi Denise !

          Thanks for subscribing ! That’s so very cool that you have an etsy shop ! I will be sure to check it out !!

          Are you a Mac user? If so, check out PAGES for writing your ebook and it is an easy convert to a PDF. To finalize my ebook, I used iBooks Author (LOVE !!) and bought a template to make my ebook pretty. I bought it from a site I found online. I can send you the link if you like.

          Happy writing !

          Lynne xx

          • Hi again! You do actually respond to posts! No I don’t have a Mac but I’m sure I can figure out what to do. When I finish reading your ebook I will definitely share in on my Facebook page and tweet it and put it on my website when I get it up and running. I’m looking forward to reading your blog posts!


            • Hi Denise,

              I just wanted to say that I loved your emails to me. I really did. Thanks for writing. You just grabbed my heart. Okay, that may have sounded corny… but you did. Anytime you need a hand with your website/blog … just shout.

              PS. Here are some blog posts that may help you with some ideas for blogging and setting up your site


              Many hugs,
              Lynne xx

              • Thank you Lynne. I feel the same way about you. 🙂 And I will definitely be needing help with blogging and that kind of stuff. I’ve tried it before and the only followers I ever got was my kids! So this time I will do it right. Thanks for the links!

                Have a great day!


  87. Michael says:

    Wowsers! You’ve outdone yourself. This book is beautiful, fun, creative and helpful. All the time you spent writing it shows in this EPIC book. Kudo’s and Congrats. Now go reward yourself with a drink… or a trip to Barbados 🙂

    • Thank you darling ! xoxo

      I couldn’t have done it without YOU. Now, hmmmm… that trip to Barbados. Did I hear the word BARBADOS? I’m still dreaming… that beach hut dream is always in my line of sight AND someday I am going to make it happen 🙂 xo

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