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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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For the First Time in Years

This weekend marked a special occasion on the farm. It’s the first time in years (yes, years) that all of my tools have been properly…

September 28, 2014 | 24 Comments | Read the Full Article

Chainsaw Practice & Other Progress

Last week I shared my big list of shit to get done before it starts snowing, and while it may seem like I’ve just been…

September 24, 2014 | 17 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lessons in Letting Go

When it comes to the farm, there are certain things I would like to have control over. For example… ah… everything. You’d probably never know…

September 23, 2014 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

In The Garden: The Most Delicious Egg Recipe Ever

When things start to get a little fall-like, I start baking. Well, first, obviously, I start panicking. Then I start baking. I actually like baking,…

September 19, 2014 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Checking Things Off the List: Winter 2014

My internal clock is set for some time back in June, but according to the calendar it’s already effing September. That’s how we’re going to…

September 17, 2014 | 29 Comments | Read the Full Article

Shit I Should Have Done Sooner: DIY Console Table

There are a lot of little projects on my list that I put into the “you know, sometime I should… ” category.  This area of…

September 16, 2014 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Now With 50% More Nuggets!

People say that having chickens is a slippery slope. Like you get “just a couple chickens” and then one day you’re going to lose your…

September 14, 2014 | 21 Comments | Read the Full Article

Knocked Down

It’s been a while since I’ve been laid up with a sickness, but one definitely knocked me flat on my ass for the last 24…

September 8, 2014 | 12 Comments | Read the Full Article

In the Garden: 3 Summer Salads

Since I got a bit sidetracked from my plan to buy lumber and build a chicken run over the long weekend, I decided to spend…

September 3, 2014 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

Good Intentions & Unexpected Projects

On a long weekend I usually like to plan for a big project, as if that one extra day somehow transforms itself into a an…

September 2, 2014 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Ride Around the Farm

When I tell people I don’t actually own a working TV they’re often like, “What the hell do you do for entertainment?” Uh… this? That’s…

August 29, 2014 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Working on the Workshop: Goodbye Rusty Cabinets

You know what my workshop needs? A hammock. I’m obsessed with hammocks lately and it might be because I’m so effing busy that I barely…

August 27, 2014 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

Around the Farm: The Golden Days

I don’t know if you can overstate the amount of work that even a so-small-it-can-barely-be-called-a-farm type of property takes, which is something I think about…

August 25, 2014 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

Jammin’ & Cannin’: Raspberry Jam Edition

You guys, I accidentally made something delicious. It was an accident because I planned to pickle things over the weekend. Pickle. Not jam. But lo-and-behold…

August 20, 2014 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Working on the Workshop: Finding the Floor

The workshop is one of those areas on the property that has been driving me nuts for the better part of the year, because it…

August 18, 2014 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article