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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Definition of Unfinished

This is the current state of my indoor workbench… It’s a pretty good metaphor for my life. Little bit of awesome, lot unfinished… I used…

February 12, 2015 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Upstairs Bathroom Progress: The Beer Edition

I’d like to make a public service announcement about sanding ceiling drywall without wearing safety glasses… Don’t. Also, the t-shirt-as-a-dust-mask is not recommended, but it…

February 8, 2015 | 17 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Really Good Day

Yesterday was a really good day. Which may seem weird, because I woke up to two feet of snow blocking my driveway. My heat went…

February 3, 2015 | 26 Comments | Read the Full Article

2014 Lessons Learned: Farm Edition

I know we’re at the tail end of January already, but I’m still just kind of easing myself in to the new year. I’ve got…

January 28, 2015 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Bird A Day

For some reason I’ve put up a hoover-dam sized mental block about installing the tile board up in the upstairs bathroom. Because god forbid I…

January 22, 2015 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article