To The Person Who Hit My Dog

This morning started out normal. Pretty much the same as every morning has started this week. Eyes open to a semi-kind of-daylight leaking through the window. Coffee downstairs followed by the pattering of little feet and impish giggling in the hallway. Cartoons on the television, cereal pouring into plastic bowls, the house suddenly coming awake.

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This Sudden Change Of Weather

When we first told our family that we were moving to Iowa, my grandpa asked me if I knew that Iowa gets “weather”. That wasn’t the first time we were asked that question, nor was it the last. Even when we finally did make the move, well-meaning Midwesterners asked us if we’d experienced Iowa winters

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Rustic Art Frames

I’ve wanted to come up with a creative way to display the kid’s artwork they bring home from school. Anything would be better than it sitting in a pile on the kitchen counter. This project didn’t start out as a solution to this problem, but in the end I think it works well. So what

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Reclaimed Wooden Guitar

Maybe you’ll remember the junk pile at the edge of our property?  (Click here to see what I’m talking about) Well I pulled a bunch of wood from it a while ago and set it aside for later use. Old door jambs, window headers and such. It had such a cool chippy look to it I

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New Bathroom For Christmas

All I want for Christmas is a…bathroom? It was one of the first things on the list when we bought the old farmhouse. A hundred years ago, families were big right? Lots of children running around the house. And only one tiny bathroom? Well, they certainly knew how to make do with less back then.

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A Little Story About a Bookcase

This post is really about a distressing technique I tried over the weekend and wanted to share with you. But it’s also a story about a tired old bookcase that’s almost 40 years old. When I was growing up, my parents were extremely poor. My dad worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad until he hurt

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DIY Early Century Bench

I have an affection for benches. Especially old and worn benches from days gone by. And since we have some space to fill in our turn of the century farmhouse, I thought a turn of the century bench would be a good addition. But I didn’t want to go out and buy one. I thought

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Choosing To Be Thankful

A few years ago, a friend of mine was battling cancer. During the tragic last year of his struggle he chronicled the events of each day for his friends and family and for the online world to see. His goal was to simply not let his sickness erode away the joy in his every day

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Dream With Me For A Bit

We’re having new electricity run in the corn crib and the wood shop, and it won’t be finished until Wednesday. No power, no tools. So it’s forced me to do other things. And that’s good, because I’ve realized there is still a lot to do on the property before winter really sets in. We’ve been thinking

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Easy Fall Centerpiece

Crisp mornings. Falling leaves. Thanksgiving. Autumn is in the air and that means the outdoor activities will soon move indoors. Family and friends sitting around the table, sharing a meal and good conversation. Why not make an eye-catching centerpiece that will serve as a focus point and bring it all together? It Started With A

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