Ana White says she is obsessed with wood. After visiting her blog - well, there's no question. Calling herself a "stay at home Mom with expensive taste and no money," Ana is a self-taught carpenter determined to inspire you to try it yourself. And she's arming you with specific plans, instructions and tips along the way.
If you gaze longingly at beautiful furniture in catalogs like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Land of Nod, etc., but find it all out of your budget - Ana's here for you! She loves all kinds of crafts and hobbies, but while sewing your own pillows might save you a couple of bucks, Ana declares (and rightly so) that learning to build your own furniture will save you thousands.
On her fantastic blog, Knock Off Wood, she shares plans (measurements and basic instructions) for replicating furniture she sees and loves. Some of it she makes for her own family. Others she draws up computer-simulated plans for you to use (and she'd love it if you sent her photos of anything you make from them - check out her Bragging Board).
In addition to full-size furniture, she's made plans for a kids' toy washing machine and dryer, play stove, play fridge, play sink, mailbox and what she calls Grace's Town which includes a grocery market, library, post office, and coffee shop. (Squeal!)
Our hat's off to you, Ana!
[Update: Ana's into more than just kids' furniture, read more about her furniture plans for every room in your house at ATSF.]