Taking the house my mom grew up in, the farm my grandparents shared for over fifty years and making it a home for us to grow old in.

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Free House Plan: A two story single family country home.

- Apr 21 2017
Free house plan of a single family, two story country home with a fantastic master bedroom, lots of storage and an open floor plan

This plan pushed me out of the themes I’d been focusing on in the past. I decided to try a slightly large plan with two stories that would fit a small family better then the retired couple I had been designing for in my head. Still though, like all of my plans, this one boasts an incredible master suite with a huge walk through closet and a shower and separate soaker tub in a spacious master bathroom. At nearly 1,400 square feet this is definitely a larger free house plan than those I have been doing that also includes a cute front porch and a massive breezeway that runs down the entire length of the garage and home. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #32)

- Apr 19 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey guys, I hope you had a wonderful Easter and even managed to squeeze in a little bit of relaxation time! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How I organize my blog and why you need Dropbox right now

- Apr 17 2017
Blog organization, link parties, submit places, how and why you need to start using Dropbox for your blog

This post is in answer to the many questions I received about how I organize my blog after publishing my post: 15,000 Pageviews a month: How I did it in 1 year & how I do it every day! In that post I detailed my nitty gritty day to day schedule on how I promote this blog. But, like all schedules, mine keeps evolving with me, my time and what works best for me. For example: in that post I talked about how I was putting together posts that would then literally publish that very day. I don’t do that anymore. Now I am finishing posts and scheduling them at least two weeks before they go live on the blog. This has lessened my stress level considerably! I am no longer frantically putting posts together the day I want them to go live! … read the rest of the post »

Spring is truly here and I have begun remodeling “The Little House”

- Apr 14 2017
A veggie garden with railroad ties, some mystery seeds, new flower boxes and a new remodel project called the little house!

Oh my gosh you guys I am just bursting at the seems to tell you all about my next project! The Little House! Ok, some back story first. This little 500 square foot place was initially built around 60 years ago by my grandpa for his dad and then my grandma’s dad lived there for awhile too! Since then its gone through several remodels and renovations. Decades after it sat empty my dad and brother added a slab foundation to the back of it that contained a tiny bedroom/closet and bathroom, a well and a septic tank. They also insulated it, sheet rocked it and gave it new shingles and siding. They also poured the basement floor (it was dirt before) and also carpeted it to increase the living space. So many members of my family and friends have called this place home off and on throughout the years and the last ten years my dad lived there after my folks’ divorced. This little place is literally not 200 yards from my front door. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #31)

- Apr 12 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

No green house? No problem! My unconventional solution that worked great!

- Apr 10 2017
Inexpensive way to create mini green houses to start your own seedlings! Plant and grow your own vegetables by starting them from seed, easy and frugal!

It occurred to me last year when I purchased a few bell pepper plants at a local green house that if I was going to give this gardening thing a real shot then I was going to need to start my own seeds. (The cost of buying plants being a little too high for my frugal self.) However, I had two major obstacles in my way, firstly I don’t have a green house so I had to start my seedlings indoors and secondly I don’t have a good south facing area in my home for decent sunlight. I tackled the first problem by going to my drawing board because the second problem isn’t going to be changing anytime soon. It came to me when I was at Walmart and I stumbled upon the perfect mini green houses. “Disposable” roaster pans with clear plastic lids! … read the rest of the post »

Hometalk: For you book lovers out there!

- Apr 07 2017
An inspiration board of six projects from Hometalk that are totally devoted to books. Book knife blog, book coat rack, floating book shelves.

If you’ve ever checked out my Pinterest account then you know I have one board totally devoted to books and everything having to do with books. I’m a writer, an avid reader and a book designer, to say that I love books is putting it very mildly. At one point when I was younger I was convinced that I was going to make my living designing books and book covers, and though I am not “making my living” I am still designing 2-3 books a year and it is one of my very favorite side jobs. So I thought it was about time I devoted one of my Inspiration Board posts to a few of the fabulous projects I’ve spotted over on Hometalk that are entirely devoted to books! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #30)

- Apr 05 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

I am so excited to report that my seedlings have sprouted!! Oh my gosh I didn’t kill them! Or… at least I haven’t killed them yet lol I just can’t wait to plant them here in a couple of weeks and get my hands dirty 🙂 Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

DIY wood working Ice fishing rod rack with a shelf for tip ups

- Apr 03 2017
How to build an ice fishing rod rack with a shelf for tip ups out of barn wood and 2x2s, wood working, work shop, diy, do it yourself, how to, tutorials

When my husband asked me to build him an ice fishing rod rack I got really excited and realized that that makes me either a rather awesome wife (at least to Joe) or weird as hell. Either way, I was stoked to actually be able to build and do something for him! Joe keeps the majority of his tools and toys in a storage unit throughout the year until he needs them and then he needs somewhere handy to keep them in the garage. I was just plain old excited to work on something that was A: not one of my own hair brained ideas and B: kind of like he was my client! I ran him through twenty questions, doing a bit of sketching as we went. I mulled the plan over in my head for a couple of weeks when he made a change: He also wanted a shelf along the bottom of it for enough head room for all of his tip ups. … read the rest of the post »

Free House Plan: A sweet little cottage that smartly utilizes its 1,100 square feet

- Mar 31 2017
A sweet little cottage that utilizes its 1,100 square foot one story design to create an open layout with plenty of storage and a big country kitchen!

If you guys have seen any of my house designs in the past you know that I focus hard on keeping the square footage as low possible, keeping an open design and really giving them the most amazing kitchens I possibly can. I love the older style kitchens that always included a huge gathering table in the middle of them. Not everyone utilizes dining rooms any more so why not just put it in the middle of a big spacious kitchen? I love love this kitchen so much, this is really close to what my “dream” kitchen would be! The other really cool thing about this house design is it big walk through storage/laundry room that connects the kitchen to the garage. What a great place to drop your shoes and coats at the end of the day! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #29)

- Mar 28 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

I am so excited to report that my seedlings have sprouted!! Oh my gosh I didn’t kill them! Or… at least I haven’t killed them yet lol I just can’t wait to plant them here in a couple of weeks and get my hands dirty 🙂 Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Pinterest Strategy: What I wish I had known and implemented when I started blogging.

- Mar 27 2017
Pinterest Strategy: What I wish I had known and implemented when I started blogging. Using BoarBooster, how to increase your Pinterest numbers over night!

There are so many instances now that I’ve been blogging for a year and half that I look back and think, “Oh I wish I had known that then!” Of course hind sight is always a b*tch but it doesn’t have to be for everyone. So, here is my entire Pinterest strategy, everything I’m doing right now on Pinterst and wish I would have done since the moment I started this blog. Right now I’m hitting around 20,000 page views a month and over half of those are from Pinterest and I’m getting nearly 100 new followers a day on my Pinterest profile. But I really feel like if I had implemented everything I know now at the beginning those numbers would probably be double that! I started using BoardBooster/implementing this strategy in July of 2016 and the numbers don’t lie, just look at what it did to my Pinterest Profile! … read the rest of the post »

I’ve started my seedlings and you know what that means: SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!

- Mar 24 2017
Spring is here in northern MN, I started my seedlings, I donated to the monarchs for milkweed and cold started them and I have myself a new rocking chair!

Hey guys, it is so wonderful to finally be able to say that spring is finally coming to our northern home in Minnesota! According to the calendar the official first day of spring has come and gone of course but being this far north means that that isn’t exactly translating to the actual outside temperature. Regardless, spring IS coming and we’re seeing temperatures now above freezing almost every single day. Could we still have a snow storm and see ridiculous cold? Of course we could! But we probably won’t. On average last frost for us will either be May 1st or June 1st so I’m a little early with starting my seedlings but that won’t stop me! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #28)

- Mar 22 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey guys! Well, spring is almost here for us in northern MN! It is official (at least for me) when I plant and get my seedlings started like I did last week – can’t wait to see them start growing! I’m sure I’m not the only Minnesotan right now who is just desperate to see something green. Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Heating your home with a wood stove: the good, the bad and the ashes

- Mar 20 2017
Heating your home with wood all of the tips and information you need to decide whether or not you want to heat your house with a wood stove

We are just concluding our second winter living in my grandparents’ 100 year old farm house. When we gutted the home we removed the old fuel oil burning furnace in the basement and all of the old corresponding duct work. Then it was the question on how we wanted to heat our home. My plan initially was to have a small wood stove in the kitchen to support electric off peak heat. Within a month of subzero temperatures though we knew we would never be willing to afford the electric heat… oh my gosh expensive! So, we kept our little wood stove burning hot all of the time and found out real quick a “little” stove was not going to cut it against a northern Minnesota winter! … read the rest of the post »

Hometalk: Repurposes that you have to see to believe!

- Mar 17 2017
Innovative repurposes of furniture that you have to see to believe! Creative Hometalk ideas, transforming a piece of furniture into something else entirely!

There are many words and phrases used throughout the DIY community for repurposing. Sometimes we call it upcycling, sometimes we call it reinventing. Whatever you call it, taking a piece of furniture that was meant for one job and totally transforming it to make it useful for another takes ingenuity and some very creative thinking! I haunt Hometalk a lot these days because so many bloggers (and some folks that aren’t bloggers at all!) share some truly amazing ideas every day. Here are six of my very favorite repurposing projects all of which I want to try someday! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #27)

- Mar 15 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey guys I am so excited to announce that Kate and I have welcomed a new host to our party! Allow me to introduce Stephanie from Abbott’s At Home!! Oh my gosh have you seen her Kitchen Remodel? Now that’s what I call pinworthy 😉 Welcome to the To Granmdma’s House we go Link Party! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Home Tour: Master bedroom refresh! Sweet country meets Hollywood glam!

- Mar 13 2017
Master bedroom refresh country, hollywood regency makeover, white tufted headboard, glass lamp and hardware, black painted furniture, dark hardwood floors

Several times in the past couple of months I’ve hinted at showing your guys our master bedroom refresh! It all started when we decided to move the head of our bed from under the south facing windows to the east wall. It opened up the room so much – we can dance up here now! But it left me with a couple of issues, the first big one was that I could no longer use my washstand as my bedside table (not enough room any more) and neither could Joe as he had been using his dresser. So, on I went thrifting on the search for bedside tables, their makeover was a fun and easy one, check it out here. … read the rest of the post »

Free House Plan: Dream Retirement Design

- Mar 10 2017
A dream small cottage design for a retired couple or child free couple, free floor plan, free home design, free house plan, one story

Though this 1,000 square foot cottage would work fine for a small family, in my mind, it was always one of the very best designs I had ever done for a couple in retirement or for a child free couple. What makes it ideal is the position of the master bedroom set entirely (privately) away from the extra bedroom, essentially giving whoever owns and lives in this home their own real escape if they ever do have a guest (or maybe grand kids?) visiting. With two bathrooms any guests staying would essentially have their own bathroom as well. Though this is certainly a small home I think it works well when it comes to flow, fully pulling the outdoors in and utilizing all east, west and southern facing walls with a ton of windows for light. (Because I live in Minnesota I most definitely keep the windows to a minimum on the north wall because of winter winds.) … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #26)

- Mar 08 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Well spring was here for about five minutes with temperatures hitting 55 degrees and then we have today: full on snow storm and wind gusts up to 45 mph. Wow. But, it is March, and that means we really are almost done with winter no matter what it looks like outside! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #26! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. … read the rest of the post »

Old tools: Planing/finishing a do it yourself butcher block counter top!

- Mar 06 2017
How to build, do it yourself a butcher block island and how to finish it by hand with a planer and sander, diy, wood working, tips & tutorials

Oh my goodness how time flies! Back in September of 2015 I posted about how I built/created my own butcher block for our red kitchen island I had upcycled out of an old radio stand. Finishing said butcher block has been on my list of to-dos ever since: over a year and a half ago! I created my counter top out of 1x2s I found out in the barn, a leftover from my grandparent’s days as wood workers who threw nothing away. Here’s a few pictures of how I built it: … read the rest of the post »

31st Birthday: I really can’t party like I used to

- Mar 03 2017
Partying like its 2012 on my 31st birthday, a big secret kept by my husband, my best friend and my mom! Best bday ever in my life!

So I mentioned last week that Joe had some big secret up his sleeve that he (and everyone in my life that knew about it) were very impressively keeping from me. All I knew was that it could be 4 hours away (maybe just one way maybe both ways) and that we would be spending the night on Saturday. After that, everyone either lied or said nothing lol They really managed it and, to this day, I am so impressed with my hubby that he managed to keep the secret for nearly a month! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #25)

- Mar 01 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #25! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. … read the rest of the post »

The five things in January that made my life a whole lot better!

- Feb 27 2017
The five things in january that made my life awesome. Bed buddy, silicone baking cups, Mason jars, spray bottle, hanging basket

I think I’ve said this 1,000 times since I started this blog: Sometimes the smallest things can make our lives dramatically better. It surprises me how the big projects can make as much of a difference as some of the smaller changes we make. I moved our living room around a tad the other day and BAM, no cost and now I literally love the room again! Sometimes it does cost a little, or require just a small change (or the purchase of a product) and it truly can change your life for the better. Here are the five things that happened in January that absolutely made my life incredibly better! … read the rest of the post »

Long overdue basement updates and what’s coming up next!

- Feb 24 2017
Long overdue updates about how we're coming along with finishing my basement wood workshop, second kitchen and tool cave, pallet wood, wood working, diy

I have a way of finishing something and then procrastinating on telling you guys about it because then I get distracted and on to something else. The basement is basically done with just a few more finishing touches that I want to do along the way. I finished covering all of the walls with either old doors, plywood, pallet wood or barn wood. (And anything else that I could find.) From there I told you guys how I finished the bathroom and remain totally stoked about it – though it is still missing an actual toilet. I also told you guys how I finished building my big shelf a while ago and then proceeded to hall all of my tools down there and get them all organized. For the first time in my life when I need a screw driver I know exactly where it is lol. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #24)

- Feb 22 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey guys, how has your February been going? My hubby is planning to take me away somewhere for my birthday this weekend but it remains one big secret – love that man so much! I’m turning the big 31 this year on the 24th and this just so happens to be our 24th party! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #24! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Build your own platform bed frame DIY

- Feb 20 2017
Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.

So, it finally happened guys, we got our bed frame done!!! I think its been like two months since I mentioned to you that I was finally working on our bed frame plan and how excited I was at the time. But, the weather and just plain life got in the way! And, goodness knows, I always have something I can work on that makes it easy to put off the bigger projects until later. I knew this one was going to be a big project for one main reason: A very narrow stairwell. At the time of the renovation moving our load bearing wall for a few more inches of width in our stairwell just didn’t seem worth it. SO, to get to our master bedroom on the second floor, every single thing I do has to be calculated around that stairwell. Which meant I knew I would have to take every individual piece of the bed frame upstairs and put it together there. Not to mention I had to haul the old bed frame out of there all while trying real hard not to put holes in every wall on the way down. … read the rest of the post »

Valentines day on the old farmstead

- Feb 17 2017
Valentines day at Grandma's House DIY. Getting through the winter blues and rut and crabbiness, looking forward to vacation.

I’ve been thinking about spring a lot lately. (This time of the year I think just about EVERY Minnesotan is thinking about spring!!) After getting absolutely hammered with snow and cold like hasn’t been seen in nearly a decade we have received our first real reprieve. For the last two weeks we’ve seen highs in the above freezing temperatures and some serious highs are coming this weekend! After that? Well… lets just say its pretty snowy and cold on the extended forecast. (Which should surprise no one.) For now though the sound of water dripping off the roof and the bare patches of ground showing through all of our snow is absolutely incredible and seeing multiple folks wearing shorts (including my husband) is always great for making me feel like summer really is coming! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #23)

- Feb 15 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey everyone, how is your winter going? We finally got a nice break from the hard core cold temperatures and actually saw some days in 30s! Another blast of cold for us this week (and apparently a hard core snow storm no one predicted that’s going on right now) but now we have a high of 40 on Friday and all 30s in the forecast after that! Dare I hope that this might be our real break toward spring? Oh I hope so! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #23! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

The four recipes that save us over $1,000 a year!

- Feb 13 2017
The 4 household homemade DIY cleaning recipes that are saving us over $1,000 per year! So easy to make and better for us and the environment!

If you’ve ever bought organic or “natural” anything you know that you’ll probably be spending more then any other version you could buy of the same product in the store. So, my expectation here was that by making my own homemade cleaning products I would be choosing to spend more money for a healthier and greener home. And I was ok with that. (Our health is kind of important to me.) But, as the months went by and I eliminated one product after the other I couldn’t believe it but every single time: WE WERE SAVING MONEY. Every time! Every product! We make all of our cleaning products now and it’s saving us over $1,000 a year! … read the rest of the post »

Free House Plan: Modern country home

- Feb 10 2017
In this two story free house plan of a modern country home outdoor space is everything with a front porch, covered breezeway between the garage and home and a screen in porch out back.

This two story modern country home plan boasts some really great spaces that embrace the outdoors to the fullest. The covered front porch attaches to a breezeway that runs the length of the garage and home, connecting them comfortably through all the elements and ending up at a quaint screened-in porch out back. It is not a large home at less then 1,200 square feet but it could easily accommodate a family of 3-4 or a couple on their own in need a guest bedroom. It boasts two full bathroom with the master really getting the best part of the deal. The landing at the top of the second floor staircase offers a little laundry room that is just essential in a two story house (who wants to lug laundry up and down stairs?!). … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #22)

- Feb 08 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey everyone, how is your winter going? We finally got a nice break from the hard core cold temperatures and actually saw some days in 30s! Another blast of cold for us this week (and apparently a hard core snow storm no one predicted that’s going on right now) but now we have a high of 40 on Friday and all 30s in the forecast after that! Dare I hope that this might be our real break toward spring? Oh I hope so! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #22! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Country bedside tables get a glamorous makeover for our master!

- Feb 06 2017
A couple of very country bedside tables get a chic glam hollywood makeover using glossy black paint for our master bedroom! Furniture before and afters

So, awhile back I mentioned to you guys that we had decided to move the head of our bed to the east wall of our master bedroom. So I’ve been in the process of moving our headboard, fixing the holes left behind from the headboard on the wall and fixing the floor caused by the awful steel wheels of our bed frame. We LOVE having the bed in its new position but it created a real problem for us, before Joe’s bedside table was also his dresser (Check that out here) and my bedside table was my grandparents’ old washstand I gave a makeover to (Check that out here) but neither now would fit. In fact I was left with less then two feet on either side of the bed to work with!
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Hometalk: Flooring ideas that will floor you!

- Feb 03 2017
Hometalk inspiration board: Flooring ideas that are totally out of the box, inexpensive that you can do yourself and that look absolutely incredible!

Many of you know that I spend a good amount of my online time over at Hometalk. They’re so great to bloggers like me and I am endlessly inspired by what is submitted there! You guys also know that I am one unconventional kind of gal and, honestly, it’s gotten so bad that the idea of buying flooring out of a box at Home Depot kind of makes me shudder. Years ago (like over a decade) I was shut down in my suggestion of using plywood (cut into strips) to make inexpensive hardwood flooring ourselves – I’ll never get over paying an arm and a leg for carpet instead because my idea was just too weird. Well, I’m pretty stoked to see that I am not the only unconventional person out there and it is official: It does NOT need to come out of a box (or from Home depot) to make a gorgeous floor and you can absolutely do it yourself! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #21)

- Feb 01 2017
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Hey guys I am SO pleased to announce that we have an additional host now added to our link party! It is my pleasure to introduce Kate from The House of Hollingsworth Blog! I first “met” Kate through her incredible post about how she reupholstered and fixed her captain’s chair so when she contacted me to become a host here it was a no brainer! Make sure and go check her features this week too! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #21! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Kitchen organizing – a hanging basket that has changed my life!

- Jan 30 2017
Wrapped twine hanging basket how to make it country for our kitchen organization

After building our kitchen sink base to fit our antique cast enamel sink I thought I had all of my storage needs well in hand. Well, it just goes to show that you really never know until you live in it for awhile! As for general storage the shelves and wicker baskets I put beneath the sink do a great job for us. In the bottom basket I keep our onions and garlic, in the top basket I keep all of our kitchen soaps, extra sponges etc. However, no matter how many times I tried it, there was just NO keeping our day to day foaming hand soap down there (check out my recipe here), it was just way too inconvenient! I also never wanted to drop our wet sponge or potato scrubber down there either because seriously wet + wicker + a wood shelf = just not a good combination. … read the rest of the post »

A winter weekend in the life of: Grandma’s House DIY

- Jan 27 2017
A winter life a Grandma's house DIY in northern MN, ice fishing, heating with a wood stove in our kitchen, chopping wood and filling the horse's water tank

Joe is always up before I am and when he gets up his first priority is to get the fire going. We heat entirely with wood in our wood stove that sits in the kitchen so, during the winter months, keeping the fire going is a full time job. I have a “kind of” smart clock by my bed that includes a little sensor I stuck outside so the minute I wake up I get to see what the temperature is outside and inside. Right now its 62 inside and -12 outside. I double check my phone and it is actually -17 outside, oh fun *sarcasm*. Today Joe’s plan is to spend it in the wood shed, chopping, stacking and bringing more wood in to fill our closet under the stairs. I will help him later but first I have to fill the horse’s water tank and I am not looking forward to it. Last weekend we had trouble keeping it from freezing because it was REALLY cold out (closer to -30) after two days of hell we finally figured out the right combination of two tank haters, one on either side of the tank. (I’ve already ordered another tank heater just to have on backup.) … read the rest of the post »

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