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I have been teetering with the idea of converting our old stock trailer into a mobile pop up shop. Now I’m trying to do some research on it before we start. 

Stock Trailer Conversion

The 4 main conversions we are looking at (but not limited to)

  • Farm trailers – they have usually been through the ringer and seem like the most work to me. They usually have lots of rust to deal with and need a big cleaning. You will need a welder or some welding experience but they seem to be the easiest to come by. They also need extra protection from the elements because they are not water tight  
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  • Buses – they are harder to find, but usually in better shape. They are usually element proofed already. With buses you have to deal with more mechanical stuff. 
  • Campers – easily found but prices vary a lot. Conditions also very a lot.
camper pop up shop
  • Complete build ups – can usually find trailers pretty easy, but they can be very expensive. This route you can do exactly what you want, but the materials could be more expensive. Also no demo.  
coffee shop

Reasons for a mobile shop

  • You can travel wherever you would like to go. If you have to move you can take your shop with you.
  • No monthly rent or utilities. You can also use solar panels if you need some energy. You still have to pay for some shows or festivals but only the ones you choose to go to.
  • You can set up the store where ever they will let you, like shows, events, weddings, festivals, bars, etc.
  • It will also be less money upfront than a brick-and-mortar shop.
  • You can also use it for different things, like an office, a she shed, storage, or moving and delivering large pieces. 

Business Ideas

  • Bar
  • Boutique 
  • Coffee shop 
  • Farm stand
  • Food
  • Crafts
  • Furniture 
  • Art studio
  • Greenhouse/ nursery
  • Hair salon
  • Any mini version of a brick and mortar store really

So I think for us we’re going to go with our stock trailer because we already have it and it goes with our brand Emory Farm. We want to do different festivals and farmers markets to sell our homemade products, like farmhouse tables, cutting boards, candle sticks, jams and jellies, eggs, and etc.

I can’t wait to get started on this project. My husband and I are going to start a #husbandwifebuildoff challenge to start stocking our inventory faster, and make some extra money for this project. Once we get a few things built and sold, then we will start on the trailer. If any of you have some prior experience or knowledge about conversions I would love to hear from you and maybe pick your brain. Thanks so much for reading about our new adventure! 

Next week I will be hosting a #diyprojectchallenge our theme is Organization. I have chose to organize our corner kitchen cabinet! Check back next week for the build and other organization projects/hacks from other bloggers! If you missed it please check out my posts DIY Floating Shelves and DIY Window Farmhouse Trim!

Sarah From The Created Home – Discover the DIYer

Today I am interviewing Sarah from The Created Home. This is one of my favorite interviews so far. She has been an inspiration to me for a while now. Her answers have really resonated with me and helped me a lot. She is very down to earth, very helpful, and one of the most creative people I have had a chance to talk too. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned wood worker, you should check out her stuff! I’m sure there’s something from her content that will inspire you!

How did you get into DIY?

My parents (well, really my father) remodelled our house growing up, so the idea of being hands on wasn’t at all new to me. Even so, with three brothers in the house and an upbringing so traditional it’s a wonder my mom didn’t wear an apron around, I did not know how to use tools. My husband and I moved into a large home with an unfinished basement and a whole slew of bad cosmetic choices not far into our marriage. We remodeled that entire thing – every last room. He taught me how to use saws, and I took my natural tendency to jump into the deep end and really learn what I put my mind to doing to work, and that was the start. In our marriage I do the carpentry end of things with more precision, and he does the rough framing/remodeling wood work with the skill of many years of experience. All in all it works out very well, even if he constantly has to remind me that I don’t need to measure the studs down to the 1/32. 😊

How long have you been making things?

I started remodeling in late 2013, started playing with repurposing and doing small sign type projects in 2014, and jumped into building furniture in late 2015.

Where do you get inspiration?

From the world around me. I make it a point not to get on Pinterest. Sometimes a good knock off is really fun to make. But I like to tap into my own creativity by getting out of the shop and just being out and around.

What tools do you recommend buying first when your just starting out?

A drill, a circular saw, a pocket hole jig, an orbital sander…from there to a miter saw and table saw.

What can you get by without at first?

A lot of stuff, really. Just stick to the basics (the ones I named above), and feel out where you want to go from there.

What is your favorite tool?

My SawStop table saw. It’s the heart of my shop. I use it for so many things. It’s kind of amazing how much can be done with a good table saw.

Which skills should you work on first?

Measuring. Sounds silly, but everything depends on accuracy. People try to build fast too much these days. Focus on accuracy, take your time, and make it right the first time.

What are some of your favorite resources?

People – friends in the woodworking community who are happy to share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas. There are good books and websites out there, but community kind of trumps everything.

How do you manage your time efficiently?

I do the best I can, and try to make peace with the rest. My kids are young – the oldest in kindergarten and the second in part time preschool. A year ago my husband left his job and started a house flipping business. So basically my priorities are: 1. Wife/Mom, 2. Business partner, 3. Business owner. The trick, I think is to resist comparisons, in my case with those who may or may not have more time. Balance looks different for everyone, and that’s okay.

As a more concrete answer – I try (emphasis there) to prioritize time with my kids first, then an hour or so in the shop. It works better in theory than practice, but I want them to know they come first. I do my computer work in the evenings, after they go to bed. My husband does the same, and it is not uncommon for us to be up until 1am.

What is your favorite project to date?

Our mudroom. It was a bit of a mammoth undertaking that my husband and I took on together. We ran new plumbing lines and built a dog bath. We moved all of the electrical around to line up four chandelier lights. We were able to raise one structural beam up into the attic and raise the other up a good 6” or so. I tore out the old closets that were in that space and opted for a pony wall that, while it wasn’t plan A, has ended up working perfectly in the space. We moved the house’s main heat stack from that hallway to a central location in the other hallway we renovated at the same time. New flooring, a new small walk in pantry on one end, reframing of an old window that came out, a new exterior door from a 100 year old local farmhouse, two sliding doors I built, and two walls that each moved back about 9 critical inches.

And after all of that I built a large mudroom with a locker type area and drawers for each of my family and a cabinet with pull out trays for shoes. The cabinet is topped with my first DIY concrete counter top. I also learned how to build my own shower pan and we tiled the dog bath. All of that work turned a formally kind of awful area of our home into a functional show piece. It utilized all of the skills I have been building since renovating that home five years ago and getting into woodworking. So in that way it is kind of the current crown I’m wearing. Until the next big project, of course. 😊

What is the project that gave you the most trouble?

The very first dining table I ever made. I was not familiar with the concept of wood movement and had no idea what I was doing. I built it with 2×6’s from the local home improvement store  and pocket holed the whole shebang together. Then I sold it for a song, and over the next couple months as the seasons shifted and the moisture levels of that construction grade lumber dropped it proceeded to rip itself apart. I was horrified. Over the next month I committed myself to learning all I could about wood movement, moisture content, and proper joinery methods. It was a painful, but ultimately necessary learning experience.

My focus these days is on improving my accuracy and expanding my skills in joinery. I have a long, long way to go. But I try to make sure I’m always building interesting projects that I am personally excited about, and opportunities to improve are always part of each of those builds.

Do you ever sell any of your projects?

I haven’t for some time. I used to build commission pieces, but stopped for various reasons that basically amount to it’s an absolute beast to do. Establishing oneself in the local market is probably the most profitable when it comes to selling larger items at least.

Does your blog contribute to your income?

Yes. It mostly treads water until my kids are in school, but it supports itself, the services of a tech-type person, and a part time VA, so that’s something.

Do you have a shop/workspace?/ Do you have any bad habits/ dirty little secrets in your workspace?

Yes, my garage. Not really. I like to keep it clean when possible.

What are your favorite things to do when your not working on projects?

I live in the gorgeous pacific northwest, so hiking is always a win. Reading if indoors. Photography. Mostly just being with my family.

In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about DIY?

Probably that it’s all pallet wood and rustic chic. But then, it kind of is when starting off, so maybe it’s not a misconception.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to be consistently putting in at least 20 hours in the shop each week. That is what comes to mind first because it’s the biggest struggle I have now. I also want to have a separate shop. If we still live where we are now I have plans sketched for a shop we will build on our back lot. Additionally, I would love to teach woodworking classes for women.

What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone just starting out in your niche?

Know the why for what you are doing. If it doesn’t come from a deep passion and drive to be better, it probably isn’t enough to get you through any of the less than glamorous parts of blogging. Or remodeling. Or probably anything else for that matter.

Be willing to work hard, because the idea that it comes easy for anyone is just not true. Find joy in the challenge – the challenge to do build complicated things, to manage a business with all of life’s competing factors making it seem impossible, to put yourself out there regardless of what cruel things might be said, to fail and to try again, to get frustrated and quit but to start again, and again, and again. Silence the voice in your head that says you are not good enough, not popular enough, not enough in any way. Never settle for half way, and know that your best will look different with every passing day. Don’t be afraid to show your mistakes, but equally so, don’t hold back from owning your success. Say no when you need to. Find your tribe, find your niche and be comfortable in your own skin. Build something you are proud of.

To find out more about Sarah and get more inspiration check out her website, Instagram, or Pinterest!

Thanks so much for reading these interviews! Check out Angela Rose on the last Discover the DIYer! This has been so inspiring and helpful to me on this DIY journey, that I’m going to make this, Discover the DIYer, a regular series on the blog. Let me know what you think about the interview, the series idea, and the questions? I’d love to know who inspires you to DIY, and what you would ask them, if you had the chance? I also have some very cool interviews coming up with Jen Woodhouse, Donny Carter from, and a few surprises!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

DIY Inspiration for St Patrick’s Day

Most of these could be easily made or found on Etsy to purchase. Check out the links below!! I love St. Patrick’s Day! I was browsing the internet trying to find some projects that weren’t too gaudy and found these! Hope these 33 projects inspire you this St Patrick’s Day. 


Most of these signs are farmhouse inspired. 


I love these banners, not tacky at all! 


Sweet crafts for Patty’s Day that could easily be great gifts for family and friends. 


It’s so hard to find cute sophisticated, decor for St Patricks Day. 


I’m a sucker for a good drinking T-shirt! I need to break out the silhouette and make some of these!!! 

Thanks for browsing through my St Patty’s Day inspirations. I hope you find something useful! Please pin for later. Also check out my Valentine’s Day Post and my goals for woodworking this year!


Discover the DIYer – Angela Rose

Angela Rose is an extremely talented artist and mother that decided to create her dream home with her own 2 hands! This sweet mama answered some very valuable questions for me that I would like to share with y’all. As a creative mama myself I really wanted to know how she did all this and stayed sane. 

*How did you get into DIY?

10 years ago I was tired of having college furniture and wanted an upgrade. I didn’t have the budget, so I started building my own furniture. As the years have gone on, building and DIY have been an emotional outlet and stress relief. I now have 3 children and 2 are on the Autism Spectrum.

Doing projects is something I can do to occupy my mind and calm down my worries.

*Where do you get inspiration?

I love searching *Instagram, *Pinterest, and following my favorite accounts

*What tools can you get by without, at first? 

All you really need is a drill and a saw!

*Which skills should you work on first? 

Just have to start. Hang a picture, paint a wall! Start and build on that success. Be prepared to make mistakes. It’s normal and happens to me all the time.

*How do you manage your time efficiently? 

ha! I don’t. I stay awake until 2 am almost every night. Being a full time mom takes up all my time so I have to do everything when the kids are sleeping!

*What is your favorite project to date?

I love my accent walls and barn doors. Huge impact for a small budget, and a project that others can do!

*Do you have a shop/workspace?

my garage floor! ha. 

*Do you have any bad habits\ dirty little secrets in your workspace?

I got stung by a scorpion last year. Eek!

*In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about DIY?

That we know what we are doing…and don’t make mistakes.

*Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I would love have finished redoing my home and be working on a second home! 

*What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone just starting out in your niche? 

You need to love it and be passionate. Don’t be afraid to work hard and play up your strengths. It’s always a big learning curve, but that’s okay. Feeling uncomfortable helps us grow. 

I first discovered Angel Rose on Instagram. I saw her DIY barn doors and her crazy accent walls and had to follow her. Her stories on there are great too. You have to watch her fireplace redo in the highlights. It’s a total mystery, thriller! 

Thank you so much Angela! Please hop over and follow her on Instagram @angelarosehome , Pinterest and check out her new enlightening blog 

This has been so inspiring and helpful to me on this DIY journey, that I’m going to make this, Discover the DIYer, a regular series on the blog. Let me know what you think about the interview, the series idea, and the questions? I’d love to know who inspires you to DIY, and what you would ask them, if you had the chance?