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Hey there. I’m Abi, a stay-at-home-mom with a hard-core DIY addiction. Some people say I’m creative. I’m really just cheap budget conscious and determined to get what I want. This is where I share my latest projects, ideas and inspiration.

josh smiley 750 sq

My husband Josh is the real brain behind this operation. Without his math skills and sense of logic none of my plans would become a reality. He’s a city boy from Kansas. I’m a farm girl from Oklahoma. We got together and made two ridiculously cool kids. We all live merrily in the Chicagoland area.

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One more thing. The name Laughing Abi has nothing to do with DIY or the creative projects I write about here. I picked it because it describes me and my very big, very “distinctive” laugh. One day you’ll meet me, say something funny, and know exactly what I’m talking about.

Wanna know more, click here.

Have a question? A comment? You can find me at abi@laughingabi.com





12 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Hi! I’m Sandy. Just discovered your blog by seeing a comment on Thistlewood’s awesome laundry room. Love your about page. Yes, life is random and sometimes hard. It’s a choice to see it differently and find the humor in the tough times because it always passes.

    • Thank you Sandy. A positive outlook can make such a big difference. I bet we would both be more positive if we could do our laundry in Thistlewood’s laundry room!

  2. Hey,

    I just noticed the picture of the family taken at GoGs. You do realize that was not taken in 2001, correct? I think it was four or five years ago. Perhaps you meant to write 2010! 🙂

  3. Hi Abie, hope you see this. I have an iphone and can’t find a link to subscribe to your blogposts. I love your painting projects. Please help. Not sure if you still have a blogpost.

    • Hi Dorothy. If you log on to laughingabi.com on your iphone and scroll allllllll the way to the bottom of the page there’s a place that says “follow via email”. Type in your email address and click “subscribe”. Hopefully that works for you. Let me know if you have any more trouble with it.

  4. Hi from one Abi to another! I just read your post on Scary Mommy about the multiple personalities of your tween girl. It made me laugh out loud. I have tween TWINS! Both boys. Your article was fantastic and right on the mark. So glad I am not sailing this boat alone. What stage are you at now? Are you through it yet?? All the best on this rollercoaster, it came a bit soon for me (ours are 11 and three qtrs).
    Respect! Abi.

    • Thank you Abi! The best part of writing that post is hearing “you’re not alone” from readers. It really does make it a little easier to handle the day to day challenges. That daughter is 15 now and while she has fewer personalities, they’re scarier. Also, her sister is 11 so I’m getting buckled up for round 2. Thank you for your sweet comment and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you!

  5. Hi Abi,

    I wished you lived closer to Maryland. You have some really cool ideas. Can you tell me what’s the best way to frame or shadow box ballet shoes? I would like to include a picture and/or leotard. Also, if you have time can you tell me kind of step by step what you did to mount the tap shoes….I’m a slow learner :0 Love them!
    Thanks for your help,

  6. Hi there! Just read your piece on Scary Mommy and thought it was a terrific piece of writing. I have a very similar 9yr old (going on 19) who loves to torture me!! You might dig my blog too called ‘Going To Seed’.
    Much Love from Australia, Katie.

  7. Hello Abi!!!
    Can’t wait to start seeing all the different diy projects. I know what I want to do, but don’t know how to get started. I have 4 sisters and wanted to give them each a coffee mug from me!!i googled it and it brought me to your wonderful website!! I totally agree with you laughter is the best medicine!!! I am disabled now after working for 23 years! Raising 3 children and a husband!!! Married 39 1/2 years to my best friend!!The kids have gone, but I don’t have any empty nest syndrome, I don’t have time. 7 grandchildren and 1 more on the way. I look forward to more of your blogs!!

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