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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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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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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Quick & Dirty Farm Update

Quick and dirty basically describes every aspect of my life right now. And I know last week I promised a quick update on the garden…

In The Garden – 2015

You might think now that I have a perfect lounging spot on my porch I’m just going to loll about all summer, drinking wine and…

The Happiest Girl Who Ever Had To Pull A Bee-Stinger Out of Her Neck

Guys. Guys. I don’t even know where to start on last week, but, okay, let’s start here: That’s me in my car. With 30,000 bees…

I Used To Feel This Way About Houses

My lawn mower has been broken for six months. This is mostly a non-issue on the farm (despite my previous posts about things that happen…

Around The Farm: Spring Maintenance

This is my fourth spring on the farm, and, I’ll be honest, the first three all found new and fun ways to kick my ass….

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…

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 | 7 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…