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

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

Homemade Lip Balm

This morning, my daughter and I have been experimenting with making homemade lip balm. She had to come up with a chemistry-based project for an upcoming science fair, so she decided to study emulsifiers and how they stabilize liquids. Since I have some experience with whipping up my own concoctions, I was enlisted to oversee the project.   Read more

Cute Find of the Week

I was driving through the alley behind my mom’s house yesterday and spotted this adorable little side table sitting out waiting for garbage pick-up (gasp!). Of course, I screeched to an immediate halt and threw it in the trunk.      It could use a little sprucing up (who couldn’t?), but I think it hasRead 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 couple ofRead 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

This Is Ridiculous

Okay, I realize we’ve got a million other projects on the go (the chicken coop being priority number one at the moment), but I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this: We seriously need to hurry up and build a laundry line. I really miss my clothes line!!


I’ve been living for the past year and a half with a dresser that only has two functioning drawers. The gliders for the other four have lost all of the little ball bearings that are supposed to make them slide smoothly in and out, and they’ve seized into a permanent state of not-quite-open/not-quite-closed. If I’mRead more

A Slow News Day

Things are still cruising along at a pretty slow pace around here, but I just had to share my big splurge! I’m not a woman with the stereotypical shoe fetish – I’m pretty monogamous when it comes to footwear. I have one favorite pair of boots which were a gift from my brother and sister-in-lawRead more