Category Archives: DIY

You can totally make it instead of buying it!

Playing in the Dirt

I started the morning by adding three nuisance birds to our bag in preparation for Nuisance Stew.  Since we have a lot of Starlings and similar invasive/nuisance birds around I had the idea of eating them.  A quick Google search … Continue reading

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DIY Potting Soil

Saturday, we started planting seeds for our garden. We wanted rich, composted dirt. We found it… in the chicken pen. This time, however, the dirt had been through chickens and goats and also had been the previous site for our … Continue reading

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DIY Duct Tape Mannequin

I have a fun one for you! Grab a friend (or a willing, sweet, and patient husband like mine), go buy a few rolls of duct tape, and make your own dress form! Customized to be just like you, your … Continue reading

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DIY Laundry Wringer Fail

We all know that clothes dry faster if you wring out the extra water first.  That’s the point of the spin cycle on your washing machine.  Well, that, and making cats really, really dizzy.  We can’t do a spin cycle … Continue reading

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Wall Mounted Laundry Drying Rack

Of course Bethany washing clothes with her homemade laundry plunger doesn’t make much sense if she doesn’t have a way to dry the clothes.  In the summer the clothes line works great.  The clothes are dry in a matter of minutes. … Continue reading

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DIY Laundry Plunger

Bethany has talked for a while about doing laundry by hand.  I think she might be crazy, but I’m happy to let her try it.  She found a plunger that she liked, but $30 seemed a little steep for a … Continue reading

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Pinterest

I have an addiction: Pinterest. I love to browse the education board. I find so many cool ideas! For example, I found these DIY pipe cleaner flags on Pinterest. They involve number recognition, counting, and fine motor skills; I love projects … Continue reading

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

After two years of buying the expensive but non-chemically detergent, I had had enough. I was tired of spending WAY too much money to clean our clothes. So I scoured the internet until I found ingredients for homemade detergent that … Continue reading

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My First Joint (Mortise and Tenon)

The weather today is the type of weather that might precede the cliché first line of a bad mystery – it was a dark and stormy night.  It’s cold, dreary, and wet.  Just the sort of day the trench coated … Continue reading

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Veggie Burgers, Anyone?

On one of our visits to Michigan, Danny’s parents served us veggie burgers. I seriously always thought of veggie burgers as… well, nasty food. This was based on what I’d read and heard, not on experience. These burgers were oh-so-good … Continue reading

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