About

Well, hello there!

Welcome to HomeJelly, a home decor/design blogazine – the sister site to DiggersList (the home improvement classifieds) – with all the great ideas and inspiration readers have come to love since January 2010.

Edited and written by Skaie Knox (along with a talented group of contributing diyers, crafters and long-time friends), HomeJelly is jam packed with simple and doable home improvement and decor how-tos, design inspiration, green-friendly repurposing and refurbishing ideas, as well as the latest goods and gadgets for the budget- mindful home owner and renter.

About Skaie…

Skaie in HomeJelly workshop

Skaie in her HomeJelly workshop.

I’m Skaie(sky), a blogger, editorialist, DIYer, decor nerd and repurposing/refurbishing nut.

I have been in training all my life, learning, practicing and experimenting with all things home-related, thanks to the tutelage of my Minnesota farm girl mom, Lois. She was born in 1930 on a homesteaded dairy farm – with no running water, electricity, or indoor facilities. She and her six other siblings, mom and dad had to grow and raise their own food, sew their own clothes, build their structures and refurbish their furniture.

And, yes…my mom’s taught me everything she knows.

Additionally, for the past 20 years, I have loved living my life as a published singer/songwriter – I’ve recently been signed to Fervor Records. My song, Gimme Your Love appeared on Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce”, Episode Season 2, Episode 5. You can stream the full episode HERE.

The self-titled 80s album from my band, Simplistics, was published and released on Fervor Records…and it only took 30 years! Click in for information on how to purchase a copy!

I’m also a kid’s book author (Big Bug Lunch!, ASCAP/Splashing Mermaid Books & Music), animal advocate and a former national champion and world-ranked springboard/platform diver, professional balloon artist and English teacher.

You might say I’m a Jackie of all trades. Meh. I get bored easily…so, sue me!

Skaie in her passion-web

Skaie in her passions. Photography by Oscar Zagal.

FAMILY: The smartest thing I’ve done is marry my Energizer Bunny husband, Matt, along with adopting our 4-legged sons, Krinkles and Little Bear, HomeJelly’s NEW official “project foremen”.

Matt 'n Krinkles

My boys…Matt ‘n Krinkles…and, our NEWEST addition…Little Bear!

Little Bear 4th of July 2016 copy

HOME: We rent a sweet 1948, 840 square feet bungalow in Manhattan Beach, California, which has greatly increased in value since we’ve moved in and made tons of improvements these past ten years.

You’re welcome, Mr. Landlord!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have released a home decor ebook series called, Project Pillow, created a limited line of custom made “peek-a-boo” lampshades, and have had original projects featured in Woman’s Day, Canadian Home Trends Magazine, AOL’s DIY Life, Disney Family and babble (to name a few).

I have been the on-camera, DIY expert for HomeAdvisor’s Home Hacks video series. Here’s just 1 of 20 I hosted:

I was also selected as a DIY Star Finalist by Hallmark Chanel’s Home & Family show and had the honor of DIYing with Academy Award winner, Geena Davis and hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare. Um…hello!  Since then, I’ve appeared as a DIY expert, demonstrating fun how-tos. I look forward to the next invitation!

So, why should you get your ‘home jam’ on with HomeJelly?

HomeJelly Succulent - web

Succulent by HomeJelly. Photography by Oscar Zagal.

I’ve had loads of experience not having loads of money, so I mostly blog about projects I can do for as cheap or FREE as possible, which is always surprising…attempting and succeeding at many home projects often requires jump-off-the-cliff courage, patience and the willingness to try!

I share step-by-step projects that are simple and creative, give y’all a musician’s perspective on hip and current design trends that I FEEL and DIG, and only chat about things I find interesting, relevant and entertaining.

Remember how easily I get bored.