Category Archives: How-To

A Year Later

Surprise!  It’s a New Year’s miracle!  I’m writing a blog post!

It’s been a year now since I’ve been moved in to the main part of the house.  There have been lots of little ongoing projects, but since we’re not knocking down walls anymore, it’s seemed like a pretty mellow year.  Here’s an update on what’s been going on – PLUS – a bonus DIY on the floating mantel shelf. Continue reading


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Happy Earth Day!

While I don’t think that Earth Day should be anything special or out of the ordinary – I mean every day should be Earth Day, right?  I did decide to do something a little special to celebrate the day this year.  It’s something I was planning on doing eventually anyway, today just seemed like a fitting day to get it done.

Today I decided to construct my rain barrel!  I had a few different sources for plans.  Like this one from Better Homes and Gardens and this one out of Workbench Magazine.  Initially, my plan was to make the one out of the Workbench Magazine article, but then I got to Home Depot and the plans started to seem a little convoluted, so I created a hybrid design (sort of) all my own. Continue reading

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Celebrating the last window – with a How-To!

I pulled the trim off of the last window tonight!  And I figured I should probably show you people I’ve learned something, even if it’s just how to take trim off of a window.  I mean, after 18 of these suckers, I’m pretty much the authority on the subject.  So I’m passing my knowledge on to all of you with a how-to.  I was an education major, sharing knowledge is what I do.

1. Find a fully trimmed window you’d like to dismantle.  It doesn’t matter why.  Continue reading

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