Sawdust and Embryos

We are Beth and Nick… just a couple regular folks living the dream on our 5-acre slab o’ land in rural Iowa. We bought our 115-year-old house as newly-weds in 2009, and have been making it our own ever since (home tour here). We love documenting our progress and transformations here on the blog, and provide tutorials to empower and inspire others to tackle their own DIY projects on the cheap!

As passionate as we are about design and carpentry, nothing compares to the passion and love we have for our twin daughters (Paisley and Adelyn), and our new little miracle Cypress. When we found ourselves in the trenches of infertility, there was no choice but to work our tails off for our future family. This struggle brought us closer as a couple and shaped who we are with regards to character and work ethic.



On a hot July morning in 2011, we welcomed our girls into the world, and have been completely smitten ever since. Granted, some days they make us want to run for the hills… but I’m going to assume that most parents feel that way when they have toddlers running around.

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Paisley and Della {Sawdust and Embryos}
After saving and painting backsplashes for 6 months, we had our last little embryo put in (FET) this past June, and are overjoyed to introduce Cypress Jean!
Cypress Jean 28 weeks {Sawdust and Embryos}
We’re so blessed to have so many amazing readers, and we truly think of you guys as real-life friends! There’s nothing better than knowing that you inspired someone to create. THANK YOU for making our dreams a reality!
Here are a few of our favorite room transformations (click on each pic below)!
Living Room by Sawdust and Embryos Laundry Room Transformation {Sawdust and Embryos}
Master Bedroom {Sawdust and Embryos} Kitchen by Sawdust & Embryos
Nursery {Sawdust and Embryos} curtain and final
Twins' Room {Sawdust and Embryos} Bathroom {Sawdust and Embryos}

If you’re new(ish) to our blog, or just want to take a gander at all the updates we’ve done to our house (including before pics), click here! To read about our battle with infertility and how we conquered, click here! Our girls are our biggest accomplishment, and the ultimate DIY.

Thanks for reading! Let’s stay in touch!