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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 spaces I would feel compelled to fill…

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 that I wouldn’t have to run the dryer…

Composting: The Slightly Less Hillbilly Version

Even though the kitchen at the Liberty House is mostly functioning, it has still taken me a few months to get my waste management routine…

The Slow Eradication of Hunter Green

Now, I’ve been pretty quick to knock what– at one time in the 90’s– was my very favorite of colors. I mean, there’s something about…

Things That Make Me Shake My Head: Fence Fixin’ Edition

One of those pesky little items called out in the appraisal of the house that needed to be fixed before the bank will give me…

Barn Burning: Big Progress

Before I tell you about the impressive bit of work that got done on Saturday, I have to admit something. This weekend… I fell in…

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…

It’s Not Just What’s Inside That Counts

At least, not in home-building. With any project of any size, as far as messes are concerned, things will always get worse before they get…

A City Girl Plans a Garden

I haven’t had a ton of success with my previous gardening attempts, despite the fact that I come from a long line of women who…

April 25, 2011 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lots of Little Things

I know that it’s shocking– the fact that I might start several hundred projects around the house without actually finishing any of them– but this…

April 11, 2011 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Gimme a Brake.

No, that’s not a bad homonym (somewhere, my fifth-grade English teacher sheds a tear of pride) after this weekend I really do want a brake….

September 13, 2010 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Stain on the Brain: Is this a fix?

Well, two good things happened today which means I’m in a much better frame of mind than I was yesterday. 1.) I had a blast…

August 24, 2010 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Locked Down (These doors were SO worth it.)

Add “getting up to install hardware on my new solid wood doors” to the list of things I will willingly get up before 7AM to…

How to Install a Woven-Wire Fence

Miniature donkeys, we are ready for you. I can’t even explain in words the number of hours we spent contemplating this fence. What type of…

December 7, 2009 | 46 Comments | Read the Full Article

Sunday Night Fence Edition

The fact that temps were in the sixties and– gasp! — seventies this weekend  (In Michigan. In November.) almost made up for the fact that…

November 9, 2009 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article