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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 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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

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

Probably the most important item on my “prep for winter” list was to stock up on hay for the donkeys. Since they came to the…

October 29, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Around The Farm: Holy Shit it’s Almost Winter Edition

There has been a slight constriction of my chest muscles regarding Winter since sometime back in August, no joke. It may seem melodramatic that a…

October 28, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

New Homeowner Survival Kit

This week one of my dearest friends– a girl who has stuck by me on my crazy DIY journey since the day she helped me…

October 24, 2013 | 23 Comments | Read the Full Article

Fixing the Truck: The I-saw-that-going-different-in-my-head Edition

One of the interesting things about being somewhat proficient at “building stuff” is that people naturally assume I’m also good at anything mechanical, like, say,…

October 20, 2013 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Short List

This morning I woke up with my face smashed up against something unyeilding that clearly wasn’t my pillow. And of all the exciting ways a…

October 17, 2013 | 32 Comments | Read the Full Article

All This for a Little Ass*

These are the type of posts that I like to start with a litany of injuries, just to set context: strained shoulder, moderately-bloody forearm gash,…

October 15, 2013 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Farm in Fall

This may be the single most beautiful Fall I’ve ever spent on the farm. Which now number, ah, two. But still… Beautiful. I took full…

October 13, 2013 | 10 Comments | Read the Full Article

Fenced In (Almost)

Tuesday, when I got home from work, I found this… Really, donkey? Outside of the fence… napping. It’s like he’s just doing it on principle…

October 9, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Donkeys on the Loose & Chickens in the Road

Yesterday, I’m at work, an hour away from the farm, and I get call that goes a little something like this: Kit, this is your…

October 8, 2013 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

The First Loss

Today was the first real test of my ability to handle the harsh realities of farm life. I’ll admit, there’s a large part of me…

October 3, 2013 | 20 Comments | Read the Full Article

Revisiting Rooms: The Living Room

When people visit the Liberty House for the first time, I have a hard time describing just how, ah, different the living room used to…

October 2, 2013 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Revisiting Rooms: The Office

I wouldn’t be surprised if, over the last four months, you forgot that I have an actual house with actual rooms in it instead of…

September 30, 2013 | 15 Comments | Read the Full Article

Around The Farm: Space To Breathe

These days, the air around the farm is crisp and cool. It smells like ripe apples and woodsmoke. Before I started buying houses and tearing…

September 26, 2013 | 21 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Pirate’s Life For Me

Did you guys know that last Thursday was National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Yes, that’s an actual thing, and it has come and gone,…

September 23, 2013 | 18 Comments | Read the Full Article

Canned

So, remember that time I spent a month building raised beds and putting in gravel walkways and shoveling 3000 pounds of soil in the rain…

September 17, 2013 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article