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Curtains – What to do when you HATE closet doors…

Curtains, the painful only option that I've found for closet doors. I've had a love / hate relationship with closet

Curtains, the painful only option that I’ve found for closet doors. I’ve had a love / hate relationship with closet doors starting all the way back when I was a kid watching my mom having a fight with a set of bifold doors. Over the years I’ve lived with just about every option there is available: Bifolds, sliders, barn doors and hinged. Every one of them has failed me in some way and annoyed me in others. Read More »

How To Tackle Pests On Your Property In 2024

Figuring out the office furniture we want in our new space. With the rug layering situation figured out this room is starting to feel

Pests are a problem for many households and it’s something that you want to keep under control before it becomes a major issue. Pest infestations are not only a nuisance but they might cause major damage to your home both in your belongings and the foundations of the home. Tackling pests on your property takes time and effort. With that being said, here are some top tips that can help ensure pests are dealt with in the right way in 2024. Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #395)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #395

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #395. We’re finally seeing some rain here this spring which is really desperately needed. Not looking forward to another summer without rain! Seventy degrees coming this weekend and I know we’re all ready to get out into our yards. We had a lovely mild winter but I think this time of the year we all start feeling to itch to get outside! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

My laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and inexpensive storage!

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage! A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage!

These throwback posts every month are WILD. This comes from back in November of 2015 and I was so proud and so excited for this little makeover. Looking back it really wasn’t much lol but, like with everything around here I’m always just working toward better and never perfect. This was certainly better than it WAS but it was a long way (and lots more work) from the lovely room it is now! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #394)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #394

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #394. Well we got our one big snow storm and our two weeks of winter this year. Frankly could we have only two weeks of winter every year? We got about a foot of snow last week and its nearly already gone. Our highs are in the forties and fifties so its really looking like that’s it then. Spring is here already and I am really looking forward to getting outside and tackling the yard! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

March 2024 – I’m sorry to say I have some really sad news

In late February into March 2024 Lodi and I went on a cruise with his daughter and her boyfriend. It was lovely and very much fun but

Hey guys, I wrote this post pretty early in March 2024 to tell you all about our vacation and summer plans. I will keep that here after this but sadly I must first share some bad news. On March 20th Lodi came home and went down to feed our old horse like he always does. At first he thought Gar was just laying down but then he saw that he wasn’t moving. Read More »

My name is Tarah and its great to meet you!

It's been a hell of a ride since I started this blog and renovated and moved into this old farm house back in 2015. I got married, divorced, lost my doggo soul mate, spent two years as a single gal, remodeled everything, threw my back out countless times and was even found by an amazing guy in my own backyard! Lodi and I got married and I still can't believe I found a someone who loves this place just as much as I do. Our two senior dogs and a senior horse put up with all of our shenanigans too. (The story behind Storyhardt Farm.)

Around here we're totally fearless when it comes to bettering our home. We love to refinish old furniture, re-purpose old pieces, build it from scratch and totally renovate anything that needs it! If we can do it - so can you. We've got some serious plans for this old farm - for the first time ever, I have a real partner!

This is gonna be so much fun!

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Curtains – What to do when you HATE closet doors…

Curtains, the painful only option that I've found for closet doors. I've had a love / hate relationship with closet

Curtains, the painful only option that I’ve found for closet doors. I’ve had a love / hate relationship with closet doors starting all the way back when I was a kid watching my mom having a fight with a set of bifold doors. Over the years I’ve lived with just about every option there is available: Bifolds, sliders, barn doors and hinged. Every one of them has failed me in some way and annoyed me in others. Read More »

My laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and inexpensive storage!

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage! A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage!

These throwback posts every month are WILD. This comes from back in November of 2015 and I was so proud and so excited for this little makeover. Looking back it really wasn’t much lol but, like with everything around here I’m always just working toward better and never perfect. This was certainly better than it WAS but it was a long way (and lots more work) from the lovely room it is now! Read More »

Installing a New Light Fixture in our Office

New directional light fixture for the office. A few years back my mom hired me to update her little guest house and it was a big job.

New directional light fixture for the office. A few years back my mom hired me to update her little guest house and it was a big job. It was dated and ROUGH but we both really loved how it turned out in the end. I’m very happy with my choice in Grandma’s house to do mostly recessed lights throughout – I much prefer them to just one big light in the middle of a room. However, I wasn’t able to do that in every room of the house and this room is a good example. Read More »

Furniture for our new Office – Bringing in the Old and New

Figuring out the office furniture we want in our new space. With the rug layering situation figured out this room is starting to feel

Figuring out the office furniture we want in our new space. With the rug layering / floor situation figured out this room is starting to feel much cozier. It was time to start thinking about what I would be bringing back and, also, what we may have to purchase. Of course the two tables never left that I’ll be using for my desks. (I painted them both out in black Rustoleum last year.) So they are in position where they will remain along with the rugs. Read More »

Layering Rugs to Create Interest and Warmth

Overlapping rugs and layering them in my new office. Whenever I think of rug layering I think of my Grandma Eleonora (my Dad's mom)

Overlapping and layering rugs in my new office. Whenever I think of rug layering I think of my Grandma Eleonora (my Dad’s mom) as she took it to a whole new level. I spent hours in her home with her throughout years and years… and never realized it was carpeted. After she passed and the house was cleared out to sell I walked in and was stunned. I even asked if they had put in new carpeting for the sale. No, it was just covered for so many years by so many rugs that it was in practically perfect condition. Read More »

Counter tops DIY, fixing my oak kitchen counters

How our oak kitchen counter tops warped and split and then how I fixed them and got them beautiful again butcher block wood working diy tutorial How our oak kitchen counter tops warped and split and then how I fixed them and got them beautiful again butcher block wood working diy tutorial

Wow we really have come a long way since this post came out all the way back in November of 2015. Those counter tops I made were never “perfect” by any means BUT they did get the job done for me for many years. It was Lodi who decided I deserved brand new this spring and gifted me some beautiful butcher block for our kitchen! Read More »

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An old cabinet gets new life as an entertainment center!

Old cabinet made by my grandparents back in 1994 for me, trying to find a use for it my mom and I realized it would make her a great entertainment center!

Oh now this is a fun throwback! I had darned near forgot about this cabinet I painted years ago! I posted this back in November of 2015 and it served my mom as an entertainment center for years. It has just awesome storage and its not too stupid big or heavy that it can’t be used just about everywhere. It is no longer her entertainment center but it traveled with Mom all the way to her new house and is now her entry storage table! Read More »

An old washstand gets new life and purpose!

Giving an a coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs. Furniture refinish.

Aw this lovely little washstand I remember from my Grandparents’ entryway for literally my entire life. I painted it out with our two dressers for the bedroom to act as my bedside table way back but ended up changing the entire bedroom around several times since then. It worked fine as an end table but it was a bit big and I managed to find matching bedside tables since then that I even added power strips and USB plugins to for our master. I had no idea this little stand would actually end up working perfectly for me in my closet and now I use ever day! Read More »

Before and After: Refinished dresser goes Hollywood glam with black paint!

Refinished dresser painted black with a mirror and add glass knobs for an old Hollywood look and feel in our master bedroom!

This dresser (and its matching companion) are my two favorites of the pieces I’ve inherited over the years. This dresser is totally lovely but the way it looks is not actually why I like it so much. I love it because its LIGHT. Its not solid wood which means that from a purely usability aspect the drawers work perfectly and that I cannot say is true for our other HEAVY, old, solid wood pieces. I also didn’t feel at all bad for painting it out because it isn’t solid wood and I just love this piece in black! (See it here in our updated master too!) Read More »

My Grandma’s white cabinets get a face lift in my kitchen!

Using one of my grandma's old white cabinets and a set of her old cabinet doors in our brand new kitchen with new paint and new hardware! Country kitchen!

Moving on in our Throwback series from October 2015! I always loved these cabinets in my Grandparents’ entryway so you guys know immediately that I had to save them. Unfortunately the only thing I could salvage off of the top cabinet was the doors as the cabinet itself had been built in place. The lower cabinet though was a stand alone piece and I’ve always wondered where it came from!
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Doggie door flap, a Prettier Replacement using a Stencil

Replacing an ugly doggie door with a new flap and a pretty little stencil. A couple of years ago Replacing an ugly doggie door with a

Replacing an ugly doggie door with a new flap and a pretty little stencil. A couple of years ago we moved our back door into the workshop so we could enclose a big closet and hallway to give us a third room on the main floor. This worked well for us as it gave Lodi a room for his hobbies and moving the back door into the workshop has been really convenient. If I have big projects, pieces of wood or tools etc. now I can just bring them to the back of the house and right on in to the workshop. Also, the back door is primarily used by our dogs with their doggie door in it, so any dirt they drag in primarily stays in the workshop which is our “dirtiest” room of the house anyway. Read More »

An old cabinet: Paint and new hardware for a face lift!

Paint an old cabinet in our laundry room and add new hardware to give it a face lift!

I just can’t get over how amazing it is for me revisiting these old posts. I guess this blog really is a diary of sorts but I totally forgot how long I lived with a REALLY crappy laundry room lol. It had no storage and it was just plain UGLY. Even after this “update” it went through many over hauls and took me a lot of time and work to get it into something that actually worked for us. It all started with this cabinet that my Grandparents’ made and, of course, its still there and going strong. Read More »

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March 2024 – I’m sorry to say I have some really sad news

In late February into March 2024 Lodi and I went on a cruise with his daughter and her boyfriend. It was lovely and very much fun but

Hey guys, I wrote this post pretty early in March 2024 to tell you all about our vacation and summer plans. I will keep that here after this but sadly I must first share some bad news. On March 20th Lodi came home and went down to feed our old horse like he always does. At first he thought Gar was just laying down but then he saw that he wasn’t moving. Read More »

February 2024 – So I guess we’re not doing winter this year

I'm starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

I’m starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside. It rained in January this year too… In fact, we basically have no snow right now and this will certainly get rid of the last of it. We’ve consistently broken record highs since the start of 2024 and its just awesome but, I will admit, its also a bit creepy. I saw a picture of a bank sign in late January on the day we hit 50 degrees in 2024 and the same sign on the same day in 2023 when the temperature was negative 38. Read More »

January 2024 – The hits just never quit last year

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I’m trying to figure out how to NOT write something that is downright depressing. Guys, frankly, I won’t blame you for skipping this one. 2023 started out in the worst way I can imagine for my family. On January 9th I received the call that my nephew had passed away that morning. He was only two years old. And it was my dad’s birthday. Those weeks of January 2023 are a bit of blur as we supported my brother and his family as best we could. It just sucked. Read More »

December 2023 – What a nice spring we’re having…

As usual I start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on. Its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently... RAINING.

I always start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on in the month. So its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently… RAINING. Some pretty funny hazing on Facebook has begun as the few brave souls wish for a white Christmas and… not many people agree with them lol. A brown holiday in December would be a welcome change for me as well. I actually don’t think that’s ever happened here in northern MN before… This rain will turn to snow this evening but there’s no chance of it sticking around. Read More »

November 2023 – Thankful for some really nice Weather

November 2023 came and went beautifully for us here in northern MN. Not that it was "hot" out by any means but it was really mild

November 2023 came and went beautifully for us here in northern MN. Not that it was “hot” out by any means but it was really mild for this time of the year and we still have barely any snow! Crossing my fingers that December might give us much of the same. We had a hell of a winter last year (broke snow fall records of over 90 inches) and a really long wintry spring that would just not end. We absolutely deserve a mild one this go around! Read More »

October 2023 – How the impending winter Spurs us On

October 2023 as per usual winter stars breathing down our necks and suddenly we so many things we want to do.

October 2023 as per usual winter starts breathing down our necks and suddenly we have so many things we want to do… that we totally could have done in the last four months when the weather was nicer. It does seem like a tradition for us though so it is what it is lol. I’ve mentioned many times about the idea of building another building out here at some point but it just seems ridiculous. We really DON’T have an unnecessary amount of crap but what we do have is a three stall shed, a three car garage and two smaller out buildings – shouldn’t that be enough? Read More »

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Office Workshop Reveal

The final reveal of our office workshop! I'm sure its old news at this point but I'm just so happy with my new office here. How long

The final reveal of our office workshop! I’m sure its old news at this point but I’m just so happy with my new office here. How long has it been since I moved it from the entryway? Over 6 months for sure! But every time I come in here I am still just smitten and so glad to have it. Finally some space to work and play. I think just about everyone can identify trying to work from home without actually having a real office. Whether we’re trying to work on the couch with a laptop or at the dining room table… We can make it work but frankly there is nothing like having a REAL desk… not to mention an actual dedicated office space. Read More »

New Entryway Design… and some thoughts on rugs

A new design for our entryway... and some thoughts on rugs. So I did a rug count in the house a while back and ended up feeling quite

A new design for our entryway. So I did a rug count in the house a while back and ended up feeling quite annoyed with myself actually. How many rugs does a 1,500 square foot main floor actually need? Apparently it was 19?! Now that was just seem borderline silly lol. To be fair most of them were the rag rugs that I love and a few came from my Grandma so I loved those even more. However, the majority of them had also seen better days. I started removing rugs or replacing them with more toned down and better alternatives. The entryway redesign here was my first opportunity to do just that! Read More »

New Living Room Layout, Redesign and Rearrange

So, it is interesting that we love this new redesign so much because it is LITERALLY my old layout plan for the living room that we tried and hated a few years back. There’s only one difference and I refuse to believe it’s actually why we hated this before. When we tried it back then the sofa encroached into the “hallway” by several more inches, making walking behind it feel kind of tight… Could that be it? A few inches on that side of the room? I talked about why we hated it before and it was because the room felt closed off… but somehow now, it feels bright, intimate and open all at the same time. Read More »

Master Bathroom and Master Closet Tour

Master Bathroom and Master Closet Tour it dawned on me this is the first time I’ve done a full reveal of these two rooms together. WAY back in 2015 was the last time you guys saw the closet and, even then, it wasn’t much of a reveal. You know I’ve been working on our master suite second floor for nearly a year now. I refused to stop until every. last. thing. I could think of was completed and / or fixed. I’m very happy with how it all turned out! Read More »

Elegear LED Lights! – Adding warmth to our main floor for Xmas

But, first, what Lodi did with these incredible Elegear LED lights that were gifted to us! Adding warmth for the holidays to our main floor

There’s been some changes here at Grandma’s house that you will definitely notice in the pictures! I’ve moved my office into our workshop thus freeing up our entryway entirely. There’s lots more to do and posts coming out all about my new office workshop and our new open plan entryway. But, first, what Lodi did with these incredible Elegear LED lights that were gifted to us! Check them out here on Amazon and make sure and use the 10% off discount code: DHSCZOTA Read More »

Holiday – a little autumn Home Tour

I admit in the past I haven't done much decorating for the holidays around here. There was just always this little thing about budget lol.

I admit in the past I haven’t done much decorating for the holiday around here. There was just always this little thing about budget lol. Not to mention generally far more important projects that I needed to put my dollars and time into. Things are changing around here though. We’ve managed to take several big projects off our plates so I realized we could afford to do a little holiday decorating. Read More »

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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #395)

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Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #395. We’re finally seeing some rain here this spring which is really desperately needed. Not looking forward to another summer without rain! Seventy degrees coming this weekend and I know we’re all ready to get out into our yards. We had a lovely mild winter but I think this time of the year we all start feeling to itch to get outside! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #394)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #394

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #394. Well we got our one big snow storm and our two weeks of winter this year. Frankly could we have only two weeks of winter every year? We got about a foot of snow last week and its nearly already gone. Our highs are in the forties and fifties so its really looking like that’s it then. Spring is here already and I am really looking forward to getting outside and tackling the yard! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #393)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #393

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #393. Well it took us all the way to March 23rd before winter arrived here in northern Minnesota lol. Over the last couple of days we got about eight inches of snow here and I can’t say I’m at all bothered by it. I’m not really a “winter” person but even this isn’t going to stick around, spring is right around the corner and we’re in a terrible drought so anything we can get at his point is welcome. Did you guys get hit by this last storm? Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #392)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #392

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #392. Guys I don’t think we’re going to be doing winter this year lol. I do feel a little bad for our snow enthusiasts. A lot of people who live here love to snowmobile, ice fish etc. and for good reason because usually they can enjoy their winter fun for three or even four months every year. I’m loving it though! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #391)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #391

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #391. Lodi and I went on a cruise over the last weekend and we had a blast but, I will admit, I am very glad to be home! It was a three day cruise where we stopped off in Cozumel before cruising back to Texas and then flying home. I would totally recommend a cruise, its just so relaxing to not have to worry about anything. All of our meals were included and it was pretty much all you can eat the whole time lol and the boat was gorgeous! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #390)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #390

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #390. Hey all! Sorry the features were late this week. Lodi and I actually went on a three day cruise! We had a lovely time but, I have to admit, I am very glad to be home 🙂 Hope you all had a great weekend. Here are the features, see you next week! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

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OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board

OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Inspiration board, wreaths, decorating and autumn inspiration for your orange and yellow with flowers and pine cones

Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board! Summer is absolutely my favorite time of the year – you will NEVER hear me complaining about the heat lol But I honestly think that’s a fact simply because fall and spring are such short seasons here in northern MN. Fall for us could truly last all of three weeks like our spring did this year! And that’s just depressing lol because that means we’re settling into at least four months of some serious cold and snow. Read More »

Hometalk’s Outdoor Projects I Can’t Wait to Build! Do it Yourself!

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Inspiration Board of the Outdoor projects on Hometalk that I’ve been drooling over! I received a comment on my outdoor bench saying, “You’re SO crafty, that’s amazing!” And I admittedly got a bit offended, eventually I just laughed about it but I’m not sure how I can build a wrap around bench for my deck and still be called “crafty”. I could’t help but think that if I was a guy she certainly wouldn’t have looked at that bench and called him crafty! I am a builder at heart and I spend most of my time building things in my head or drooling over outdoor projects like these: Read More »

Let’s build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board!

Let's build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board! Wood Working, DIY, Tips and Tutorials, Wood Working, How to, Build your own swings, some out of pallet wood, some from scratch for a fun way to enjoy a spring or summer day in your backyard or on your deck! Swing Away!

Well now that spring has FINALLY arrived, my dreaming has turned to swings! Let’s build some! These are some of my favorites I’ve found on Pinterest and stashed away for a later time because, seriously, who doesn’t want to swing away a beautiful summer day? Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT feel that swings are for kids in any way. Many of these are very grown up swings for us “adults” lol Read More »

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!

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 getaway places and nooks that promise quiet and PEACE. Read More »

Inspiration Board: Six more Summer Projects I can’t wait to build!

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!

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 More »

Inspiration Board: Gorgeous Bedrooms to swoon over!

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

I spend a certain amount of time on Pinterest gazing with my mouth open at some of the gorgeous bedrooms people have. As far as Inspiration Boards go I’ve published quite a few over the years but I think this one might take the cake. I am absolutely in awe of a few of these. Considering how much time we spend in our bedrooms (albeit it is with our eyes closed) I am a firm believer that they are a VERY important part of our homes. From gorgeous colour palettes to hardwood bedroom furniture options, there’s always amazing bedrooms to look at when you are scrolling through Pinterest. In fact, the inspiration doesn’t stop coming the moment you type in beautiful bedrooms into Google! So, without further adieu here’s some gorgeous bedrooms via Pinterest!! Read More »

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How To Tackle Pests On Your Property In 2024

Figuring out the office furniture we want in our new space. With the rug layering situation figured out this room is starting to feel

Pests are a problem for many households and it’s something that you want to keep under control before it becomes a major issue. Pest infestations are not only a nuisance but they might cause major damage to your home both in your belongings and the foundations of the home. Tackling pests on your property takes time and effort. With that being said, here are some top tips that can help ensure pests are dealt with in the right way in 2024. Read More »

Fighting Grime: Tips for Tackling Tough Stains with Surface Cleaners

I ran into an image of a kitchen sink with a sink protector in the bottom of it years ago and had a light bulb moment. I had no idea!

Sometimes even the most natural cleaners can’t tackle all of the tough stains. I make almost all of our own cleaning products but even I’ll admit there are some jobs that vinegar cannot handle. Our toilets for example (because of our hard water) are very difficult to keep clean. I combat them with bleach Clorox tabs that I drop in the back of their tanks and I clean them at least weekly with the toughest toilet bowl cleaner on the market. Read More »

Understanding the Holistic Benefits of Home Pest Control

Spring / summer deck tour! I actually wrote this post over a year ago in the spring of 2021 when I was still young and full of hope lol.

Fortunately for us this far north in the United States we don’t have as many issues when it comes to pests like the southern states do. Termites are pretty rare and even carpenter ants don’t usually pose much of a problem. That doesn’t mean we don’t still have to deal with pest control from time to time. It usually mouse infestations etc. when they try to find a warm place when winter is coming. Read More »

Garment Fabrics 101: Beginner-Friendly for Your Sewing Adventure

I'm starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

I’ve always dreamed of becoming a sewer one day. Both of my Grandmas were excellent seamstresses which was extremely common back when they were my age. My aunt and Mom were also incredible at sewing, tailoring whole dress suits for themselves not to mention skirts and blouses as well. I’ve only gotten so far now as upholstering furniture but, one day, I sure would like to try quilting! Read More »

DIY vs. Professional Window Replacement: Making the Right Decision

New window treatments up here in the master bedroom! As most of you know I've been excitedly hacking away at our second floor for awhile now.

When I started the renovation here in 2014 I knew I would be replacing all of the doors and windows in the phone. None of the windows were younger than 50 and the window on the third floor were original to this 1915 farmhouse. I kept the majority of the old windows though and used them for projects and things. Windows are such a huge place in energy loss in a home that many states even have incentives for home owners to replace them. Read More »

Innovative Storage Solutions: Tips for Organizing in 2024

Good storage solutions can literally make or break a living space. When everything has a place and is in its place its really amazing how it brings peace of mind and creates a much better place to simply live. My current favorite storage solution I found last year was vertical storage for all of our lumber out in our garage. Talk about life changing! Read More »

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