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Learning the Hard Way

Let me tell you something. If there is an easy way to learn things that are totally beyond your current realm of expertise, that shit…

Getting Through

Saying “some days I’m all over the place” is like saying “I have a couple of tools in my garage”: an epic understatement. This website…

Unsolicited Advice: The “OK I’m pissed so I’m going to DIY” Edition

Over the weekend I received email with what may be the best subject line ever to ever come through my inbox… Makes my little heart…

2012: The Unexpected Year

Hey, do you guys remember that time that I drove by an old farm house on a random Monday afternoon, and then 6 hours later…

January 1, 2013 | 10 Comments | Read the Full Article

Relisting: The Next Five

Over the summer I had a really good run of projects that just sort of came together in a puff of sawdust and magic. Sometimes…

December 13, 2012 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Renovation Roadtrip: Things I Learned from Meryl and Chris

Let’s have a moment of truth here, because if nothing else I like to be honest with the entire Internet about my personal strengths (i.e….

October 24, 2012 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Eighteen Hours of Floor Sanding: A Video Diary

So, how was your weekend? Did you injure your left butt muscle lifting a two hundred pound sander into your vehicle after eighteen hours of…

October 8, 2012 | 18 Comments | Read the Full Article

Putting Down My Paintbrush. Kinda.

I have a love-hate relationship with deadlines. I mean, judging by how often they are preceded by swearing, you would think I loathe them, but…

October 4, 2012 | 32 Comments | Read the Full Article

One Hundred and Eighty Days of Stuff I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, But Now I Do

I was going to say that if this time last year you told me I’d be living on six acres in the middle of nowhere…

September 12, 2012 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Texturing Ceiling Patches: An Epic Failure

I don’t want to give anyone the impression that it’s all “oh, look, I’ve never roofed a donkey barn before but I gave it a…

September 5, 2012 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

What You DIY and Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger

The only way I can describe what it feels like inside my body after five days of hammering, hanging 10 foot sheets of barn siding,…

August 15, 2012 | 63 Comments | Read the Full Article

Front Porch Breakfast & Reflections

Remember those two years where I lived in a garage and spent every. single. free. minute. building a house? I do. Vividly. The truth is,…

Sunday Night Sneak Peek

It’s safe to say I’ve been on a roll around the house for the past few weekends, and the question I get most often from…

I Hear Admitting It Is The First Step

Conversation I had with my new plumber today: Me: So how big do I need to dig that hole? Plumber: Big enough for my ass…

Weekend Warrior Women & An Invitation

It’s fair to say that I’m genetically predisposed to “working with my hands”, so to speak, a trait I inherited¬† directly from my grandmothers that…