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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Kiterpillar (Yeah, that’s a real thing.)

If it’s not quite Monday yet when you’re reading this, it’s close enough. And, while there are a lot of things I could say about…

A Week of Farm Work

I’m on “vacation” from my day-job this week, which, naturally, means I have a list of projects to tackle on the farm that even my…

Around The Farm: Out & About

Through all of the snow, and plowing, and shoveling, and the general freezing-off of our collective ass this Winter, everyone on the farm dreamed of…

Post Holes & Happy Dances

You guys! Right?! I feel like words are superfluous at this point and that my feelings of joy can only be expressed through the art…

Friday Fence (In Progress)

This is the best Friday of the year so far because it started with a trip to the lumber yard. Twenty-six fence posts, fifteen bags…

Around The Farm: DIYing Tough Tomato Cages (thanks to Mom)

I’d like to pretend like I was a total badass this weekend and finished ALL OF THE THINGS. But. Ah. If we’re going to be…

The Wurst Projects: Bigass Draft Board

I’m going to have to apologize in advance for all of the puns I think I’m going to make in this post but, 1.) I’m…

I Dream of Chickens

I keep telling myself I haven’t turned into a crazy chicken-lady (I haven’t… right?) but lately the Nugs have been top-of-mind, what with the building…

The Merging of the Nuggets

It turns out there are a lot of theories on when to move young chickens in to an established flock. Some say you’ll know when…

Beer & Building with Friends

Listen, logically you might think mixing alcohol and power tools is a bad idea… and, well, you would probably be right. But you know what…

There’s Chicken Shit on my Knee and Other Important Things

People talk a lot about “crazy cat ladies” and I can only assume that none of those people has ever seen a woman who lives…

Gearing Up & Baddassery

Here’s the thing about Spring in Michigan. Sunday, I spent almost the entire day working outside, and do you know how many sleeves I was…

Life Imitating Art Imitating Life

One of the things I love most about my life is that I’m pretty sure the Universe is constantly messing with me. This, I suspect,…

Plowing & Planting

It only took two years of living on the farm for me to recognize that there’s a very fine line between holy-effing-freezing and holy-shit-my-garden-should-have-been-planted-already. As…

Things I Should Have Done Years Ago: Workshop Edition

Okay, so I’ve recently established that I haven’t been just sitting around doing nothing over the last couple of years, but there are a couple…