Furniture Rehab: Turning Cast-Offs Into Family Heirlooms – Antique Restoration and Repair

Restoring second hand furniture.

My husband and I started our family shortly after graduating from university, so there was never really a time when we had extra money for things like interior decorating. Our apartments were decorated with hand-me-down furniture gathered from generous family and friends, and we were totally fine with that. Years later, with the advent ofRead more

How to deal with a hole in your shitkickers.

Waterlogged farm boots.

Excuse my colourful choice of words, I’m nothing if not a bit crass. Cheap too, if you ask my kids. My son swears I won’t buy anything that costs more than $15, and to be fair, that’s not much of an exaggeration. But you can’t live off one small income in order to homeschool inRead more

July

Okay, so another whole month without a post. I really suck at this. Here are some photos of July’s happenings:    I spotted these humongous mushrooms growing in the trees a few feet from my deck at the beginning of the month. After doing some research and talking to a knowledgeable friend, we figured out thatRead more

My Mind’s In the Gutter

I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce.   Ever since we built the coop, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but withRead more

Refurbished Freebies and Integration Questions

I was in the city last week delivering eggs to a friend, when I spotted some weathered but otherwise decent ¬†wicker chairs sitting out by the dumpster. I’ve been looking for something like this to put on our bedroom deck, so I nabbed them. In need of a little TLC. ¬† I bought a coupleRead more

The Laundry Line

We finally managed to get the clothes line up and ready before the warm weather hit (not that I have anything against hanging laundry out when the weather is bad), and it’s been seeing a lot of use, sometimes up to three loads a day when it’s hot. We dithered for a long time about whatRead more

Faux Flagstones

It’s a little embarassing to admit that we’ve been living here for almost two years and still have a mostly gravel front yard. We have grass growing over most of the back yard and the septic field, but the front is what suffered the most during constrution, and we’ve never really had a clear idea ofRead more

The Scoop on the Coop

Well, we have finally finished the coop enough that I decided it was time to tell you a bit about our summer project. We’re pretty pleased with how it turned out, considering that it’s made almost entirely out of leftovers from our house.  The only things that we had to buy were a few extraRead more

My Summer So Far

It almost seems unnecessary to explain my absence anymore – it’s pretty much a given that there will be a good month or more between posts these days. Here’s a brief update. We’ve been busy working on “outside” things while the weather is good, namely the chicken coop. The coop during the framing stage. There’sRead more

How is it already December??!!

This month seems to have snuck up on me. It feels like we’ve only just moved into our house, but we’ve been here for 5 1/2 months already! How can that be? I’m not even remotely ready for Christmas, and I see on my computer’s calendar that it’s two weeks away. Is this some kindRead more