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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Roadblocks

A lot of times what you read here is simply a written manifestation of shit I have done. Like, I have built a thing ->…

January 15, 2014 | 62 Comments | Read the Full Article

Glad That’s Over

Today is the first day in about a week that I woke up and actually felt like a human being instead of some whining, disoriented…

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

I Saw That Going Different In My Head: Fieldmouse Edition

Yesterday, while feeding the donkeys in the afternoon, this happened… When I turned the camera on for the second time, I thought the mouse might…

January 9, 2014 | 27 Comments | Read the Full Article

Mind Over Fever

If the first week of 2014 is any indication, this is going to be the year of How Much Shit Can You Handle At Once?…

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

Baby, it’s (Really Effing) Cold Outside

For the first four days of 2014, I didn’t leave my property even once. Not because I’m lazy, but because Mother Nature unceremoniously dumped about…

January 6, 2014 | 15 Comments | Read the Full Article

Wildlife Interlude & The Last Lessons of the Year

Listen, just ’cause I drank one bottle of wine and sang a Christmas carol about my power tools does not mean we’re done talking about…

December 30, 2013 | 37 Comments | Read the Full Article

Christmas Carols about my Power Tools 2013

So. There might have been a bottle of wine and video camera involved in the making of this post. (What? It’s the holidays.) I’m not…

December 24, 2013 | 36 Comments | Read the Full Article

Christmas Presents for Me

Between work and farm and house and holidays, this is never a kick-back-and-relax time of year for me. Sometimes it’s a hide-under-the-covers-until-the-animals-threaten-mutiny time of year,…

December 22, 2013 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Story of a Girl and Four Boots

There was once a girl who believed that an old, broken-soled pair of work boots and some bright purple Uggs could get her through almost…

December 18, 2013 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Demolicious

Yes. That’s a word. I totally made it up and it does, in fact, make it even harder to take myself seriously. But then again,…

December 13, 2013 | 20 Comments | Read the Full Article

Liberty House Master Bath: Inspiration

Demo on the master bath is, well, occurring at the very moment I’m writing this. Goodbye black mirrors. Goodbye oddly designed vanity. Goodbye upright coffin…

December 11, 2013 | 34 Comments | Read the Full Article

That’s The Spirit

Has December picked anyone else up by the scruff of their neck and drop-kicked them into the middle of Holiday craziness, or is that just…

December 8, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Cold Weather Projects

It’s hard to believe I’m closing in on my second year working on the Liberty House, and if I’m going to be honest, I kind…

December 4, 2013 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lots of Little Things I’m Grateful For

Last week I wrote a really touching and sentimental post about how grateful I am for the farm, and then I was like, “Seriously? If…

December 1, 2013 | 16 Comments | Read the Full Article

Things I’m Grateful For: No More Rubble

No matter which way you slice it– by man-hours (235), weight (74,000 pounds), number of dumpsters (4), or amount of alcohol consumed in order to…

November 24, 2013 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article