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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Leopard Print Crookedbroom

As promised. The leopard broom! Handle close-up. MysteryMan demonstrating improper sweeping technique. This was an experiment gone right, and thank god since it was a…

Reason #372 Why I Don’t Clean

Intro Maybe you haven’t been around here long enough to notice, but I don’t generally take on small projects. Mostly not even regular sized projects….

Free Shredding of Legal Documents

Last week one of the fine upstanding officers of the law decided that the six mph I was driving over the speed limit was recklessly…

Miscellany

First, MysteryMan stole back his camera for unknown purposes before I could get the baby miniature donkey pictures off of it… an now he insists…

Redeeming myself, yet again.

Enough talk about basket-ball shaped heads already. MysteryMan often gives me the “what else do you have to do??” line, which he may be right…

April 30, 2008 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

In desperate need of shedding a few pounds.

I am not the type of female who obsesses over my weight. For a good part of my life this was probably due to good…

April 27, 2008 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Another reason why boobs are singularly annoying appendages.

(aka The Death of a Dremmel) This is now the third time my breasts have tested the limits of my dremmel, and this time, they…

April 24, 2008 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY and the TV

I recently had an email conversation that sparked some thoughts about the love/hate relationship between my DIY Philosophy and the television. First of all, if I’m…

April 21, 2008 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

Thoreau on Loneliness

I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs so loud, or than Walden Pond itself. What company has that lonely…

April 17, 2008 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

Suprised I still own all ten toes.

I received this comment yesterday on this post and it made me laugh: DIYD, Mowing a telephone wire!?! That’s a new one! We’ve heard concern…

April 15, 2008 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

He’s Getting Older.

At dinner last night. Stepmother: LittleFish is learning about the “birds and the bees” in school this year. Me: Really? LittleFish: <Heaves a big sigh.>…

April 14, 2008 | 1 Comment | Read the Full Article

This man is smarter than I am.

This picture is appropriate because it looks like MysteryMan could be either reading or praying, two things that both of us will be doing a…

April 10, 2008 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Redemption

Mother nature decided to cut us a break here in Ohio, and the last four days have been so beautiful I almost feel human again….

Not the kind of girl your mom wants you to bring home for supper.

What does it mean, being a girl while simultaneously being a powertool wielding badass? I can tell you this. Being a girl will often mean…

Recycling Cabinet Progress Overseen by Harold the Critic

I’ve been letting an idea about the lid for my recycling cabinet marinate in my brain for a little while. Do you ever get the feeling that…