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Nooks and Getaway Places: Pinterest Inspiration Board

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board, come sneak away with me!
Dec 15 2017 -

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board. It has been a very difficult few weeks here at Grandma’s House, tailing the end of a very, very hard year. I will tell you guys why and what’s been going on when I’m able to get my feet back under me again. To say the least though I have found myself on Pinterest, looking longingly at a getaway, places that promise quiet and PEACE. See you on the other side… Here are a few of my favorites. Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #66)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.
Dec 13 2017 -

Welcome to Link Party #66 at Grandma’s House! 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 »

Homemade Men’s gift basket – for the guys in our lives!

Christmas (or any occasion!) homemade men's gift basket, do it yourself present for the guys in your life, easy, homemade recipes that are sure to please!
Dec 11 2017 -

Christmas (or any occasion!) homemade men’s gift basket, a few treats I made myself just for the men in my life! I don’t know about you but I find shopping for men a whole heck of a lot harder then shopping for women. They tend to just run out and buy whatever they want and though I know a bunch of men who would be quite happy getting chocolate for Christmas I still find them darned hard to shop for. So, this year, I tackled a gift basket that I could easily put together just for the guys! Read the rest of the post »

3 Top Reasons Rugs add Value to Your Home!

Top 3 reasons that rugs add value to your home by Luxury Flooring of the UK. Whether their shaggy, simple or bright rugs create a cozy wonderful addition.
Dec 08 2017 -

I am SO pleased to share this sponsored post by Rug Mountain about the top 3 reasons that rugs add value to your home! I’ve already spent WAY too much time on their website lol Rugs are an absolute staple in my home because we have dark hardwood floors throughout, they don’t just serve as being pretty but also serve me in being VERY practical and important to keeping the dirt down! I even made my own braided rag rug last year and, though it was a lot of work, I still appreciate it in our living room every day! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #65)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.
Dec 06 2017 -

Welcome to Link Party #65 at Grandma’s House! 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 »

Homemade men’s hand scrub for a gift or for seriously stinky fingers!

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!
Dec 04 2017 -

Homemade men’s hand scrub recipe as a gift or for every day. Ever since I started making our own homemade foaming hand soap it continues to be the one recipe that my husband raves about the most. Without any shadow of a doubt it works better then ANY hand soap either of us have ever tried and it even takes off the fishy smell after we’ve been cleaning fish for hours! With Christmas here it dawned on me I might be able to take what I learned from our foaming hand soap and make something even more geared for our guys that know how to get dirty and stinky! (And us gals too of course!) Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse Hens Decorate: Farmhouse Christmas Tree Ornament

Farmhouse friends DIY christmas ornament using mod podge to transfer image to wood, easy do it yourself keep sake gift holiday, wood working, diy
Dec 01 2017 -

How to make a simple Christmas ornament with mod podge! When I saw that our next theme for the Farmhouse Hens was going to be a DIY Christmas ornmanet I have to admit that, initially, I hit a total wall and couldn’t think of anything! Then, finally (at the very last minute!) it came to me that I could make something using the mod podge photo transfer method. I used it a few weeks ago on a sign for our Fall Vignette and learned a lot on how to do it. So, I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #64)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.
Nov 29 2017 -

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 »

How I use my Amazon wishlist to stop impulse purchases!

How I use my Amazon wishlist to stop impulse purchases by waiting before I buy something a lot of times my family will get it for me as a gift instead!
Nov 27 2017 -

A post about how I’m using my Amazon wishlist to stop impulse purchases. I think we all know somebody (or many somebodies…) that when they “need” something they just go and buy it, which is all fine and dandy until you want to buy them a gift for their birthday or for Xmas! I’ve finally converted the majority of my family to the awesomeness of the Amazon wishlist but sometimes it feels like a job to get them to keep it updated. On the other hand I’ve become the easiest person on the planet to buy for because my wishlist is ALWAYS up to date and it has saved me from a ton of impulse purchases! Read the rest of the post »

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

Nov 24 2017 -

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! Fortunately I’m lucky enough to get a four day weekend so you know what that means? I can get some work done lol Can making Xmas presents really be called work though? Especially making homemade Xmas presents… One of my very favorite things is padding around my kitchen on a cold day with a fire and pot of coffee going… or is that a bottle of wine calling my name? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right? Remember to where stretchy pants and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #63)

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

I’m so sorry if you’re having trouble with my site right now! We are having technical difficulties at the moment but, hopefully, by the time you read this, everything will be working smoothly.

Well it was only 15 degrees this morning 🙁 However, I was reminded on Facebook that this same time last year we got hit by a winter storm and got over a foot of snow! So, considering we don’t have any snow, I’m not complaining anymore lol I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 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 »

Home Tour: The deck, our outside dance floor and living room!

A post revealing our deck, our outside living space and living room, our 700 square foot dance floor, how we built it, designed it and finished it!
Nov 20 2017 -

A post all about one of my favorite “rooms” of our house: our outside deck and my dance floor! When my grandparents’ lived here this was their least utilized outside of the home – the only way to reach it was to walk all the way around the house! My plan to add this deck came naturally and was one of the first things I was certain I wanted to add and, like most of the projects on this renovation, Joe and I built our deck together. I put in almost every joist hanger (all 8 million of them…) Joe dug almost every 4×4 post and we dropped the joists in together. From there Joe took it over and laid down every last deck board over the course of three days. With the depth of the deck 11 feet all the way around we used 12 foot green treated deck boards that Joe put in as tight as he could together and then cut off along the edge with a skill saw. Read the rest of the post »

Thinking about Christmas already!

First snow and thinking about Christmas already, fixing our dishwasher by cleaning out the water inlet valve and taking a night away with a hot tub.
Nov 17 2017 -

I’ve been getting kinda urgent about Christmas gifts already and thought, even for me, it is a bit early to start panicking lol its not even Thanksgiving yet! Of course I am always one to get things done as early as possible (last minute things just don’t jive with me) I think what’s doing it actually is the fact that we already have snow on the ground. Is this going to be yet another post about my grumbling about our weather? Not entirely I promise! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #62)

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

Hey gals and guys, ugh we’ve finally hit a little bit of a “heat wave” here in northern MN and actually some a high in the 40s! So, yay, the snow is gone! 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 »

Deck gates: a simple wood working project how to!

How I built deck gates for our outdoor deck to match our steel conduit deck rails out of 2x4 green treated wood, hinges, gate latches and steel hangers
Nov 13 2017 -

How to build a simple outdoor deck gate! With our deck railings finally complete it was time to figure out how I was going to build the gates across the two entrances we have on our deck. My first issue was pretty obvious to me, I wanted them to swing entirely out of the way and remain open year around if we wanted them to be. I also wanted them to “match” the deck rails we had already made. So, I built my gate frames out of wood first! Read the rest of the post »

Zero to 1.5 Million Monthly Pinterest Views – Ebook now available from Smashwords!

Ebook. How, in just two years, I'm bringing in over 40% of my website traffic from Pinterest. This is an in-depth, step-by-step guide utilizing BoardBooster
Nov 10 2017 -

After publishing my last three blogging tips posts I fielded A LOT of questions from other bloggers who were just like me wondering if I could help them step by step do exactly what I’ve been doing to create the traffic from Pinterest that I’ve been getting for Grandma’s House DIY. After tackling a huge blog post in an attempt to answer all of your questions it dawned on me that I needed to publish it as an ebook so it would make more sense and be easier to follow. So, here it is, my first ever ebook. I’ve learned a ton of lessons over the past two years and I really hope they can help you with Pinterest as much as they’ve helped me! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #61)

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

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I don’t know about you but I can’t believe November is here already! I also can’t quite believe that its snowing outside 🙁 Have I mentioned I’m not a real big fan of winter? 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 »

DIY Inexpensive deck rails out of steel conduit, easy to do!

DIY inexpensive how to deck rails out of steel conduit to look like steel wire deck railings, tutorial on how we did the railings on our deck!
Nov 06 2017 -

A post on how we built inexpensive deck rails out of steel conduit. Have you seen the gorgeous steel wire railings that have been populating Pinterest the last couple of years and gaining huge popularity? Well I sure have and I’ve been drooling over them for months and months… at least until I saw the price tag. It was an absolute no go for us, on top of that they do require tightening over time and that kinda bugged me too. I was leaning toward just wire fencing (yes like hog panels) but that felt a little rough even for us and I would have wanted to frame them out in wood and that would have been labor intensive and costly. Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse Hens Decorate: Wall Art – Build a frame out of barn wood!

Building a frame out of barn wood and plexi glass for artwork, farmhouse wall art, wood working, how to, build, diy, do it yourself, farmhouse hens decorate
Nov 03 2017 -

A post about my farmhouse wall art in collaboration with six other DIY bloggers: Farmhouse Hens Decorate! This post is all about how to build a picture frame out of barn wood. My aunt’s birthday was fast approaching this last August and my mom purchased a print for her of a gorgeous old barn painted by a local artist (D.L. Housman). It only seemed natural then for me to take some barn wood and build her a frame to produce some really pretty wall art. The barn on our property is really my aunt and mom’s barn just as much (if not more) then me and Joe’s barn – my aunt and mom grew up here when it was still in its prime and helped their folks (my grandparents) milk cows, bring in hay and garden their entire childhoods. So we really didn’t even discuss who was going to frame her print out and what wood I was going to use to build it! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #60)

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

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I don’t know about you but I can’t believe November is here already! I also can’t quite believe that its snowing outside 🙁 Have I mentioned I’m not a real big fan of winter? 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 »

Outdoor stool: Simple, modern wood working project for our deck!

How to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourself
Oct 30 2017 -

How to build a simple outdoor stool for your deck or backyard! With the completion of my barn door table for our deck I’ve been needing to build something to sit on for the table ends. The sides easily sit three at a time on the workshop benches my grandparents’ left me but this summer we were hauling out our dining room chairs to use besides. With my deck build projects done (our bench, sun loungers and end tables) I had just enough green treated lumber to address my seating problem too. Read the rest of the post »

Inspiration Board: Six more Summer Projects I can’t wait to build! Wood working, DIY!

Need more summer projects for next summer? Table, buffet, porch, screened in porches, bench, swing, all for your outside patio or deck or fire pit!
Oct 27 2017 -

Six more summer projects I can’t wait to build for us outside and out on our deck! Some DIYs and things just have to wait for some nice weather not only for us to enjoy them but for us to build them as well. Currently I’m sitting here in late October and we have a winter storm warning 🙁 So, hears to dreaming about next summer and all the things to look forward to building. I posted earlier this year a few summer projects I just can’t wait to build but I’ve seen so many build projects on Pinterest I had to share a few more that I can’t wait to build next summer! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #59)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.
Oct 25 2017 -

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 »

Outdoor end table with built in cooler or flower planter! Wood working DIY

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial
Oct 23 2017 -

An outdooor end table build project tutorial with built in cooler or flower planter. When I built my sun loungers it was only natural to build a table to sit between them because, seriously, sun lounging is thirsty work! I was going to build the most basic of little tables with little regard for anything except a sturdy surface for my beer. But then I remembered seeing the most fabulous end table with a cooler built right in on Pinterst… Well, yeah, I’m definitely going to have to do something like that lol! So, I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

Frost warnings and using our heating blanket every day!

Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now
Oct 20 2017 -

A couple of weeks ago I came downstairs to find my husband outside taking pictures of the ice in our bird bath. Yup, that’s where we’re at folks, the freezing has begun. My phone has a perpetual red exclamation point on it from weather.com with frost warnings lol It was 57 degrees (fahrenheit) in our bedroom yesterday morning and it was damned hard to get out of bed! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #58)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.
Oct 18 2017 -

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 »

Outdoor sun loungers, chaise lounges, wood working project for our deck!

How to build outdoor sun loungers chaise lounges for our deck with a back rest that can lay flat or provide support, how to wood working diy do it yourself
Oct 16 2017 -

How I built simple outdoor sun loungers with changeable back rests for our deck. Way, way, WAAAAY back I was a little girl who spent the majority of every summer outside. I pretended I was Pocahontas! Now I am well away from those days lol I look more like Snow White these days but I remember my child hood in the sun very fondly and am always the last person to complain about any kind of summer heat. So, as you might imagine, I have had my heart set on an outdoor sun lounger project for our deck for a long time! Read the rest of the post »

How I’m living with diverticulitis, the four products that helped me so much!

How I'm living with diverticulitis, the products and the choices that help me every day to get through it and keep flair ups down to a bare minimum.
Oct 13 2017 -

How I’m living with diverticulitis, the products and the choices that help me every day to get through it and stop flair ups from happening. Most of you probably don’t know that I’m currently living with the bowel disorder diverticulitis. A lot of people are living with it these days without even knowing it. There is a TON of research out there and the only one true fact about it is that its different for absolutely everyone but I’ve found FOUR products that have helped me a lot! Read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #57)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.
Oct 11 2017 -

I’m excited to welcome our new co-host this week: Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs has joined our team! Go and check out her amazing website and some seriously cool DIY projects! 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 »

Outdoor bench for our deck: DIY wood working project tutorial!

Out door bench plan built into a corner of a green treated deck, wood working, tips and tutorials, how to, diy, do it yourself, backyard, outdoor project
Oct 09 2017 -

A wood working tutorial on how to build a corner built-in outdoor bench. This corner has always been a little bit of a “dead man’s land” tucked all the way back behind our home. I had considered a little seating area and even thought about building a tall pub table here but it didn’t feel like that was utilizing the space as well as it could be. A friend of mine has an outdoor bench running literally around her entire deck in place of a railing and the amount of seating offered is just amazing. However, we have way more deck then she does and certainly don’t need that much bench! But this corner spoke to me as being the perfect place for an L-shaped outdoor bench! Read the rest of the post »

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