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Keeping It Together: Chalkboard Chip Calendar

It’s Wednesday confession time! That’s right, it’s the point in the week where I shuffle... 
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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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Organization 101: DIY File Crates From Pallets

A recurring theme here over the last couple of weeks has been watching me desperately trying to dig myself... 
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Words on a Bathroom Wall

Here’s something that is not going to be a shock to anyone who has been reading this website for,... 
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Rustic Wood Wall Art: Part 3

Creating this rustic wood wall art was a simple project when it came to building the panels and thinking... 
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And Then I Bought a House

No. Not property to build my Hillside Cottage on, but an actual house. A 150 year old brick farmhouse,... 
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How To Build a Kickass Chicken Coop

So, a few weeks ago I set out with the intention of building temporary housing for the Nuggets–... 
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DIY Weekend Project: How To Build a Kickass Clothesline

Since it was ninety-seven degrees in my house last weekend, it seemed like building a clothesline so... 
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Tile 101: The Basics of DIY Tiling (Any Kind, Anywhere)

Once you learn the basic principles behind installing tile you can apply them to any number of projects–... 
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DIY Wall Art: Fly Away Home

The options I was faced with this weekend consited of, on one hand, more wallpaper removal. Or, on the... 
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Things You Do With a Six Foot Chalkboard: #1 Frame it with Barn Wood

Here’s the litmus test for whether or not you’ve completed a successful “old barn wood”... 
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DIY Spice Jar Labels

It might seem a little strange that even though I don’t have a working kitchen (or even really... 
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Old Barn Wood, New Basement Door

This one tiny little hallway– literally the smallest space in my house– has officially become... 
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How To Build a Pottery Barn Inspired Vanity

I think the most important thing on the list of stuff you need to build a vanity is the pervasive belief... 
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How To Make a Glass Jug Lamp

When I decided to rent an old farm house with a bunch of falling down buildings on the property there... 
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Chicken Coop Turned Coffee Table

First of all, I am admittedly not a chicken expert (yet) but I’m pretty sure this isn’t actually... 
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Weekend DIY Picnic Table Project

See this picnic table? I love eating at this thing almost as much as I loved building it. Detached benches,... 
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Weekend DIY Project: Rustic Wood Patio Table

One of the many things I didn’t anticipate about buying a huge old farmhouse was how many outdoor... 
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By Tools, For Tools: Quick (and Fun) Wood Toolboxes

During the Great Migration of One-Thousand Tools that has occurred over the last several weeks, it became... 
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Joinery 101: Using a Kreg Jig

Interior work brings with it the joy of figuring out how to attach two pieces of wood in a slightly more... 
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An Abundance of Awesome

Well this week has been an epic emotional roller coaster, and it’s not even goddamn Wednesday yet. So that’s going to give me five new gray…

August 25, 2015 | 18 Comments | Read the Full Article

Unexpected Adventure: The Farmland Edition

If you’re reading within an hour or two of when it was posted, picture me like this: sweaty palms, bags under my eyes, bidding-card in…

August 24, 2015 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Finished Space, Finally

I have a long tradition on this website– and in life– of not actually finishing things in such a way that there is a beautiful…

August 18, 2015 | 45 Comments | Read the Full Article

Pergola Progress

After a solid two days of repeatedly lifting fourteen-foot boards over my head I can definitively state two things: 1.) Ouch. 2.) Holy shit, this…

August 10, 2015 | 24 Comments | Read the Full Article

TV Cameras & Checking Things Off The List

So, here’s a thing… in two weeks there is going to be a film crew at my house, ostensibly to shoot some footage of me…

Farm Happenings: The Good News Edition

There’s nothing like a week off of the day job to make a girl think life is pretty effing easy, and then a week (or…

Emergency Coop Building

Well, so, here’s the thing. I have a whole post on farm updates that I’ve been working on for you–but it was feeling a little…

Holy Shit, The Garage

Okay, so there is no hope of starting this post with some clever opening line because I just can’t wait to show you guys something……

A Week Without Lists

Otherwise known as VACATION. Right? I have this week “off work” which is a bit of a misnomer when you live in a half-torn-up house…

Seriously, I’m Not Starting the Kitchen Renovation

I’m not. Because I’ve got a barn to paint, and a garden to weed, and a pergola to build. I’ve got chickens and donkeys and…

When Things Come Together

You know, I measure most days (and weeks, and months) in lists of shit that I did not get done. In projects that take longer than I thought,…

Adventures in Beekeeping: The First Swarm

Do you know what is the worst? Starting off blog posts. I’ve been doing this shit for ten years (eleven? It may be eleven years…

Shit That Happens on a Farm

Here’s the honest-to-god truth about living on the farm: Shit happens. A lot of time we’re talking about actual, literal shit (so many animals, you…

Muzzled

Oh, guys. I hate this. I mentioned last week that Doc is showing signs of founder– probably from overindulging on spring grass–so I’ve restricted the…

Things I Do When I’m Having a Bad Day

So, listen, you don’t buy a farm with a 150 year old house and pick up fun little hobbies like “drywalling” and “tearing bathrooms apart”…