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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Liberty House: One Year of Progress (and Swearing)

This week marks a big milestone at the Liberty House. It’s been one year since I first laid eyes... 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DIY House Addition: Building a House From the Ground Up

Building a house takes many things– tools, patience, several cases of beer, and most importantly,... 
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Sparing my Gentle Fingers… Or Not

Sometime in the next week or two thirty thousand bees are going to show up at the farm. Thirty thousand. That’s… not an insignificant number…

April 27, 2015 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

How To Build an A-Frame Coop (or Duck House)

I’ve built a lot of things in the last decade (and definitely a lot more coop-like structure than one would have guessed… thank you, chickens)…

April 19, 2015 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

Wherein Spring Is About To Kick My Ass

I expect I’m going to be in a full-on panic about ALL OF THE PROJECTS by the time I get to the bottom of this…

Duck, Duck… Done (Kinda)

If the success of a weekend is measured in how many splinters you have at the end of it, then, guys… I am killing it….

Happy Birthday from the Farm

So, I’m not naming names here, but it’s possible that someone might have had a birthday in the last week, and while that someone didn’t…

Building Fun & A Duck A-Frame

As a person who spent a fair number of years living in far more tropical climates, and then willingly and happily decided to move back…

No Place Like Home

I just got back from six days in Mexico… for five of those days I had a decent wifi connection and really good intentions of…

March 29, 2015 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

Wherein I Am Not The Crazy Bird Lady, I Swear

I don’t think we really need photographic evidence to prove that over the last three years I’ve become a crazy bird lady. But just in…

Down, Out, and Taking Off

Most days when I sit down to write, there’s a narrative just sitting there waiting for me to put words around it. You know, progress…

Liberty House: Master List (2015 Update)

So, I know, I did all of the gratitude/nostalgic stuff earlier this week–and just in case I haven’t made myself clear, I am grateful for…

Liberty House: Year Three

Three years ago, on the day I officially closed on this house, I started a fun little tradition of having a glass (or two) of…

To The Kids in Room 1554

A good friend of mine recently asked me to come speak to her class of college freshmen about, well, life. Specifically about how I chose…

Tile Progress, New Tools, and Ridiculous Headgear

Well, okay, so last week wasn’t my week for making progress on the actual tiling portion of the upstairs bathroom. The first time I wrote…

Downtime & Other Real Things

The thing I worry about most as a person who has been telling stories on the the internet for the past decade is… well, actually,…

February 21, 2015 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

Upstairs Bathroom Progress: The Part Where It Gets Better

Here is one of the truths we hold to be self-evident about home renovation… that shit is going to get worse before it gets better….

February 16, 2015 | 24 Comments | Read the Full Article