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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drywall 101: Drywalling Basics

“Let’s hang and finish some drywall!” Yeah. Here’s my guess at the three most... 
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Bats, Chalk, & Splinters

This is not going to be coherent post. I’m just warning you ahead of time, and if you want to blame someone for my inability…

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Name This Farm

I mean, unless you’re brand-spanking-new to this website, you’re familiar with this farm… It has two miniature donkeys… The Nuggets… Three Barns… The Liberty House……

Happiness Is a Big Black Truck In My Driveway

So. This happened. You’re looking at a very large, very unexpected, F250 Powerstroke Diesel parked in front of my barn. I’d like to take a…

Getting Through

Saying “some days I’m all over the place” is like saying “I have a couple of tools in my garage”: an epic understatement. This website…

A Day Away

A month ago I might have mentioned that I was never leaving the farm again. Ever. Even in the event of the zombie apocalypse (which…

A Long Time Coming

I mean, there’s nothing in the world that can reach down deep into your soul and make you feel all warm and fuzzy like taking…

For All The Things I Can’t Ever Find

Do you have any idea how much time I spend running around the house, waving my hands in the air, and asking the cat where…

Around The Farm: Introductions & Eating Well

In the last couple of weeks the Nuggets have developed the endearing habit of following me around the property like a disjointed, clucking shadow, pretty…

That Big Parking Lot in the Sky

Last week I had to say my final goodbyes to this big yellow beast, which at different times has been referred to as “the beast”…

Barn Envy

Living in the middle of nowhere has its advantages. There may not be pizza delivery or high-speed internet, but if you’re running late for a…

Coop Additions & Awesome Timing

If you haven’t noticed, those tiny little nuggets that were living in my spare bedroom just a few months ago are now full grown chickens….

Stormfront

Last spring, right before I moved into the place (and on the exact same day the roof was torn off to replace the shingles, excellent…

For The Record

If there was ever an inquiry regarding my sanity… Them: Please state, for the record, how long your vacuum cleaner was broken… Me: Uh. Six…

So, About That Work Truck…

For the last six months I’ve been saying that I need to figure out the right “truck situation” for the farm, but honestly, I haven’t…

DIY Weekend Project: Vertical Garden Beds

I live in a half-torn apart house on six acres of land that are under a constant threat of being reclaimed by the wilderness, so…