Hey! I’m Emilee

And I’m the mama behind Mama Needs a Project. Welcome!! 🤗

Over the last 8 years I’ve gone from not knowing how to turn on a drill to building my own furniture and teaching hundreds of women to do the same!

At Mama Needs a Project you’ll find detailed tutorials and advice from DIY adventures (and misadventures).

It’s my goal to not only provide you with the instruction you need to finally get started with DIY, but also the encouragement to keep going when things don’t as planned. (It’s going to happen!)

DIY is so much more than saving a couple bucks on furniture and home repair. It’s a path to confidence, empowerment and pure joy that I think every woman should experience 💕 (more on that below)

My Mission

I truly believe that the world needs more women leaning into their creativity, believing in their abilities and experiencing the joy of creating with their own hands.

As women, we often push our interests to the side in order to take care of everything (and everyone) around us. But, truthfully, in doing this we aren’t doing anyone any favors – not others and not ourselves.

We deserve to feel fulfilled. We deserve to do things that make us happy. And we deserve to do those things without reservation. Our lives are richer, fuller, happier, bigger, better… when we decide to drop our apprehensions and let ourselves explore our interests.

Making time to follow our interests makes us better moms, friends, partners, community members – everything – because when women are happy they spread that joy to everyone and everything around them.

The world is a better place when women are happier and I’m on a mission to spread that happiness by equipping women with the knowledge, confidence and support they need to turn their interest in DIY into a reality.

In 2022, Emilee decided to walk away from the blog but is still pursuing her passion of woodworking and DIY crafts anywhere she goes.

Wondering how we do reviews? Read our reviews process to understand how be review products that we recommend.

Meet the Team

Tom Scalisi

Tom Scalisi

Author, DIYer

Tom Scalisi is a freelance writer, blogger, published author, and website owner with over 20 years of experience in the trades, DIY, and construction. Today, he’s mostly hung up his professional tool belt (though he’ll still tackle a DIY job every now and then) for writing, as he loves teaching DIYers how to accomplish their goals and get the job done. 

Tom has written for some of the industry’s most popular websites, including Bob Vila, This Old House, The Family Handyman, and Forbes. He also runs his own pest control blog, RiddaBugs.com. You can connect with Tom on LinkedIn here.

Miriam Ronne - Author

Miriam Ronne

Author, Sewer, & DIYer

Miriam Ronne wears many hats, including but not limited to freelance writer, blogger, professional quilter, serial DIYer, and obsessed dog mom. She loves to teach beginners how to do all sorts of crafts and techniques. If she’s not writing her next blog post, she’s either sewing a new project or playing with her pup. You can find Miriam on her blog, Stitch Obsessed, or connect with her on Instagram.

Jessica Vaillancourt


Jessica Vaillancourt is a freelance writer and blogger obsessed with the Travel, Wellness, and Personal Development industries.

She has 5+ years of experience helping human-first agencies, global companies, and entrepreneurs crush their content marketing goals, and serve more people. Jessica’s work has appeared on leading websites like UpgradedHome.com,  BetterHelp.com, and TheDiaryofaNomad.com.

Today, her sole focus (besides finding the world’s best coffee shop) is writing to serve humans, and slow traveling abroad to expand her mind. You can get to know her work at JessAnneWriting.com.

Benjamin Lyle

Benjamin “Bear” Lyle


Fueled by a passion for working with his hands, Benjamin “Bear” Lyle makes a living running his home improvement business, but also has an extensive background in woodworking. Craftsmanship being one of the key components he prides himself on, his work is intricate and sometimes ornate in nature.

Mixing a passion for duck hunting into his love for woodworking, he is also a highly awarded custom game call maker competing in some of the country’s most prestigious shows like the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Some of his physical work, as well as additional reading material can be found on his website www.bearkraft.com.

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Randy Tucker

Author, DIY Expert

Randy grew up on a ranch in central Wyoming. At an early age he learned that if you didn’t do things yourself, no one else was going to do it for you. He worked in sawmills, on heavy construction jobs, and learned to pour concrete, tie iron, weld, and operate heavy equipment during his summers in high school and college.

As a teacher and coach, he augmented his income running summer construction businesses with fellow teachers. In rural Wyoming, you don’t need a trade license to work on your own projects, so he learned electrical, plumbing, earthwork, and finish carpentry. He is also an accomplished DIY writer, producing a wide variety of content found on publications like ManMadeDIY and others.


Nancy Schaffer

Author, Home Improvement Expert

Nancy is a freelance writer that specializes in home improvement, woodworking, and craft projects. Her work has appeared in many popular woodworking and home improvement publications over the years and she has a strong passion for helping others learn about DIY and home improvement projects.

Jalin Coblentz

Jalin Coblentz

Author, Home Improvement Expert

Jalin is a seasoned professional content and copywriter in the construction, DIY, and remodeling spaces. Prior to his writing career, he worked as an HVAC technician for seven years and successfully flipped and remodeled many homes. When he’s not busy performing DIYs and remodels around his home, he loves traveling in his RV and travel trailer and writing about his adventures at ProsOnTheRoad.com.

Let’s Connect

For inquires about collaborations and partnerships please send an email to hello@mamaneedsaproject.com