Established in 2013, The Merrythought is a Western New York-based lifestyle site devoted to simple living. We share many creative and useful DIY projects with a focus on natural and affordable materials. We also share a lot of recipes, fashion, home décor, travels, parties, and bits of our daily lives.
About @themerrythoughtRead more about us below…

Caitlin @themerrythoughtCaitlin
I live in a little apartment in the same small town I’ve lived in my entire life – there’s a bakery and a bowling alley within walking distance and I’m a-okay with that. I’m a lifetime crafter that thinks that everyone can and should take the time to make things every now and then. I love spending my days hiking, taking photos, and just being with friends and family. Most importantly I’m thankful to live a life being known and loved by my creator and hope to live a life that will make him and his perfect love known.

Find me here:   Instagram   |   Pinterest

Manda @themerrythoughtManda
I live in the countryside with my husband, Mike, and our three boys, Lincoln, Malacai and Levi. Our life is filled with lots of noise, laughter, cups of coffee, endless legos to step on, goldfish & root beer, and trying to catch up on that never-ending to-do list! I am saved by His grace and pursuing His love. I love coffee, a lot. I love to bake. I love white and natural wood, especially together. I love to laugh. I love sleeping. I love to play with my food, mostly while taking photos of it. I love camping and road trips with my love. I love reading. I love spending time with my family. I love Mexican food. And pizza. And donuts. Always donuts. I’m very indecisive. I have surprisingly developed a love for running. I am happiest at home.

Find me here:   Instagram   |   Pinterest

You can read more about us & the blog here!

Marla @themerrythoughtMarla
I met my bearded mister when I was 17 years old. He still makes me smile every day. We have three little ones who keep us running, laughing and, more often than not, prevent us from sleeping. I believe in a grace filled and loving God. Things that brighten my day: pour over coffee, pinterest, knitting, brussels sprouts, traveling, hiking, camping and anything in the great outdoors.

  • Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Brandi - Just fell in love with all 3 of you. So glad I stumbled across your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    Christy Kelly - I was thrilled that your DIY painted acorn string was easily located and gave complete instructions. I subscribe to Earth 911 and usually just have time to read it. The Nov 8 email had your acorns pictured. I clicked and it took me to their page about 12 new DIY fall foliage crafts. You were #3. I started with the first one and by the second one I was getting p.o.’d. I spent 30 minutes before I gave up looking. Some folks don’t want to share if you don’t tell them your life story first. I love your site. I love your autobiographies. I’ll be back.ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:05 am

      marla - Glad you found the DIY useful, thanks for your kind words. And we hope you do come back!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Noni - This blog is beautiful! It instantly became a blog I check regularly. Your DIY posts are so creative and inspiring! Love what you do! Thank you for sharing your creations and lovely thoughts!

    Love from Minneapolis!ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:04 am

      marla - thanks for your kind words! and thanks for stopping by from Minneapolis. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Bethany - These bios are lovely! I look forward to shuffling around your space.ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    kemurray333 - love musty basement smell!!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:22 pm

    Neissa Gattis - just found you via Pinterest. I love anything with lemon and after checking out your June 2 Mocktail Cocktail I decided to do a little perusing. Loved finding out you three love the Lord. Look forward to sharing your page! And still continuing to follow your blog!


  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Karrie Oasis - You’re all from Western New York?! Me too! (Although now I live on Long Island) I just found your blog and I love it! Can’t wait to peruse it some more!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, July 6, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    The Renegade Seamstress - I love your site and you all are so talented! I was wondering if you’d like to join us in the third season of Refashion Runway that I host over on my site, The Renegade Seamstress. You can see what it’s all about here: https://chicenvelopements.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/yay-its-back-open-casting-call-for-refashion-runway-season-three/

    The last two seasons have been quite popular, my site receives over 500,000 views each time I host Refashion Runway.

    Let me know what you think. We’d love to have one of you join us!
    Beth aka The Renegade SeamstressReplyCancel

  • Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 1:38 am

    Ayesha - I just got really excited seeing that you’re from Western New York. I’m from Olean! Great website, I plan on trying some stuff from it 😀ReplyCancel

    • Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 11:10 pm

      Manda - Small world – I was born in Olean!! So glad you found us! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    Christy DuBois - Trying to subscribe by email but I don’t know that this will work. I’m on my iPhone and do not see a box to subscribe.ReplyCancel

    • Monday, December 7, 2015 - 3:52 pm

      Manda - Hi Christy – we added you to the email subscription list, you’ll be receiving a confirmation email from Feedburner, that you’ll need to click the link to activate your subscription! Thanks for reading along! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monday, January 25, 2016 - 3:31 pm

    Carrie - I just found this site through a link in one of my emails from Aboutsewing.com. I am living on my family farm in western Oklahoma. Looking forward to making the cedar bath mat.ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 8:37 am

    Annikaa - Hii!
    I just startet my blog and wanted to know if you have some tips for me to get startet 😀

    Greetings from Germany


  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 2:39 pm

    Brittnay - I stumbed upon your site while looking up DIY swinging beds, I definitely think it was of the Lord. It’s so rare to find positive people/sites online that are crafty yet not pushing something. I’m non-denominational, I believe in sharing the love of Christ and you ladies do it in a way that isn’t pushy, but rather a hey this is who we are. I really admire that. Keep up the excellent work!!ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 1:02 pm

      Manda - Thanks so much Brittnay! And so glad you found us! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    Sandra Stocking - Thank you for the pumpkin swirl cheesecake recipe from Cook’s Illustrated!

    I will have to try this at Thanksgiving this year!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 1:36 pm

    Jojo - Hi ladies.
    I’m sooooo excited I found you on Pinterest. I just love your style, it’s everything I want my home to be like.
    And I love even more that you love Jesus; I’ve never found a style blog like yours that also openly shares a love for Jesus. I’m a fan for life!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 9:46 pm

      Manda - Thanks so much Jojo! So glad you’re enjoying our site and what we share. It’s so encouraging to see comments like this and know that others appreciate our work as well as see our love for Jesus coming through in what we share as well. Glad to you have reading along!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 8:27 pm

    Larisa - Hi girls:)
    I came across your blog by looking for a hanging table. Your blog is very cute, love your style and have same love for God. May God continue blessing you all!!!
    I was wondering if I can purchase the hanging table from you? Or where can I find a similar one? Please pleas let me know.
    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:32 am

      Manda - Thanks for the kind words Larisa! We just sent you an email regarding the hanging table!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 2:39 pm

    gloria - I love what you do. I am a christian from Chile, mom of 4, a lawyer. I like crafts, but I dont have much time.
    I loved the hanging lounge chair, that I first saw at Better Home and Gardens.
    My best to you¡

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