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Good Intentions & Unexpected Projects

On a long weekend I usually like to plan for a big project, as if that one extra day somehow transforms itself into a an…

September 2, 2014 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

A Ride Around the Farm

When I tell people I don’t actually own a working TV they’re often like, “What the hell do you do for entertainment?” Uh… this? That’s…

August 29, 2014 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Working on the Workshop: Goodbye Rusty Cabinets

You know what my workshop needs? A hammock. I’m obsessed with hammocks lately and it might be because I’m so effing busy that I barely…

August 27, 2014 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

Around the Farm: The Golden Days

I don’t know if you can overstate the amount of work that even a so-small-it-can-barely-be-called-a-farm type of property takes, which is something I think about…

August 25, 2014 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

Jammin’ & Cannin': Raspberry Jam Edition

You guys, I accidentally made something delicious. It was an accident because I planned to pickle things over the weekend. Pickle. Not jam. But lo-and-behold…

August 20, 2014 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Working on the Workshop: Finding the Floor

The workshop is one of those areas on the property that has been driving me nuts for the better part of the year, because it…

August 18, 2014 | 25 Comments | Read the Full Article

In the Garden (and Kitchen): Green Bean Fry-off

There are a lot of things going on in my garden right now. Garlic, and cucumbers, and tomatoes, and peppers, and corn, and green beans….

August 15, 2014 | 9 Comments | Read the Full Article

Days Off

I like to think the Universe and I have an understanding about our relationship. It likes to fuck with me just for the fun of…

August 14, 2014 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

Around the Farm: Bird Lady Edition

I have a Tupperware full of crickets in my refrigerator right now. This is one of those moments where you picture your life a few…

August 10, 2014 | 13 Comments | Read the Full Article

Things I Build When I’m Supposed to be Writing About Building Things

This week I started a fun little side-project writing a DIY site for Lifehacker. (More on that later, but if you want to check out…

With a Little Help From My… No.

Here’s a thing you might not know about farm animals… they love to help. Seriously. Well, technically they love treats, but when you’re a chicken…

Things I’ve Learned from a Bigass Chalkboard

The very first thing this chalkboard taught me was that when given the option between being crushed under two hundred pounds of slate and wood…

August 1, 2014 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

In The Garden: Pickles & Dilly Beans

I feel like the only appropriate way to start this post is with an admission: I have no idea what the eff I’m doing in…

Visible Progress

Ten years of DIY has taught me a lot of things, but the longest running lesson is how to keep myself going when I’m feeling…

Putting Up a Fight

When I bought this old house I was prepared for a lot of things. I was prepared for the plumbing and electrical to be shit….