Repurposed fabric: Curtain to Cross-back Apron

I'm thrifty. It's a point of pride. So when my neurotic border collie, Flynn, savagely chewed the corner of a 100% cotton curtain panel, it was too nice a fabric for me to waste it. 1) I replaced the nice curtains with a canvas drop cloth from Amazon. $12 vs $60? Yes, please. 2) Then, … Continue reading Repurposed fabric: Curtain to Cross-back Apron

French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

For the last...2 and a half years? I forget... We've been fighting against runoff from our neighbor's place. Technically, it's from the cattle pasture on the other side of our neighbor's place... I digress. Anyway, with the latest storm and flash flood, we (almost) lost our potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, kale, rhubarb, Fennel, Lavender, Swiss … Continue reading French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Last August (2019) we ripped out our pea-green 1970s shag carpet...yep... It was horrible. And since we hadn't decided what we wanted as far as long term flooring, we (I) decided to try a paper floor. 3 (now 4) kids, 2 dogs, and 10 months later, here's how it's holding up. The biggest issues are … Continue reading Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Lime Washing the Fireplace

One of the things I've both loved and hated about our house since we moved in is the brick woodburning fireplace. I love that it's brick and wood burning. I also love the design with he curved hearth and the recessed walls. I hate that the room, which is north facing gets so dark with … Continue reading Lime Washing the Fireplace

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

Prayers, Putty, and Patches

Still diligently working on the renovations around the house. We had an insurance inspector come to take pictures of our home. I'm so glad they didn't call to schedule, so I just had giant garbage bags I was filling with debris. Lord willing, we won't be penalized for purging our garbage; it's not our natural … Continue reading Prayers, Putty, and Patches

Simplicity in Hospitality

I've been working on about 1,000 projects all at once. Mostly because a lot of them require dry time. So while I wait on one, I start another. The front door was looking super rough thanks to my ridiculous dogs scratching the Dickens out of the brick mould and the door. Nothing a new brick … Continue reading Simplicity in Hospitality

Farmhouse Renovations Progress

Busy, busy, busy! We've been cleaning, and repairing, and updating like crazy! We got the barn wood plank wall up, and I started filling the seams with joint compound. I had the idea to pipe it in like frosting and then smooth it with a little bitty putty knife, which worked exactly as easily as … Continue reading Farmhouse Renovations Progress

Farmhouse Renovations Continued

This series of projects that has hit us in quick succession has been draining for me. Not because I've been doing a lot of work, because I haven't been. But the clutter of mid-project work is just overwhelming for me; it heightens my anxiety because nothing is where it should be. The dining room floor … Continue reading Farmhouse Renovations Continued