Grandma's House DIY
Dec 10 2018

Farmhouse Tree and a Holiday Living Room – Christmas Blog Hop

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop an entirely homemade farmhouse tree for my 100 year old house, come see how I made all of the ornaments and country decor

It’s Day 10 – Our Christmas Tree! The last day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop for me: A farmhouse tree all ready for Christmas! With the decision that I was actually going to put up a tree this year there were purchases to make and a whole bunch of things to make! I wanted my xmas tree to be all about farmhouse and all DIY because it just wouldn’t be right for Grandma’s House otherwise. Read the rest of the post »

Dec 07 2018

Personalize gift wrap with a Red Bow – Christmas Blog Hop

It’s Day 9 – Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas! My favorite money saving trick when it comes to gift wrap is, whenever I see a sale, to always purchase solid colors or stripes. That way, I always have wrapping paper on hand that can work with any occasion! I found this lovely striped silver and white paper over a year ago and it has worked for me through a baby shower, two birthdays and now I’m using the last of it for this christmas! Read the rest of the post »

Dec 05 2018

Apple cider in a Jar with a Sweater Koozie – Christmas Blog Hop

I think we all have different things we relate to specifically for holidays. For me absolutely nothing says Christmas more than a hot jar of apple cider.

It’s Day 8 – Christmas In A Jar Ideas! I think we all have different smells and things we relate to specifically for holidays. For me absolutely nothing says Christmas more than hot apple cider. So, when it was time to make “Christmas in a jar” for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop it was obvious what I was gonna do! Read the rest of the post »

Dec 03 2018

Holiday Decor, a Farmhouse Mantel – Christmas Blog Hop

Holiday decor, decorating my mantel and entertainment center for Christmas! Mini clothes pins, burlap bows and mason jars just in time for the holidays.

It’s Day 7 – Holiday Decor Ideas! Decorating my mantel and entertainment center for Christmas! I already confessed in my last post about my homemade Farmhouse ornaments that I had not intended to put up a tree this year… Well that lasted about ten minutes lol I’m definitely having a tree this year! Besides that the rest of my living room was just crying out for some holiday decor. Read the rest of the post »

Nov 30 2018

Four Home Made DIY Farmhouse Ornaments – Christmas Blog Hop

Three easy home made DIY farmhouse ornaments - pine cones, mason jar lids and burlap bows with mini clothes pins! Do it yourself, how to, simple crafts

It’s Day 6 – DIY Ornament Ideas! Four easy home made DIY farmhouse ornaments – pine cones, mason jar lids, Red bows and burlap angels with clothes pins! Welcome to day Six of the 12 days of Christmas Blog Hop! Today we are making ornaments and I am so excited with how mine turned out. I ended up making four different ornaments because, this year, I was totally starting from scratch with a brand new tree. Read the rest of the post »

Nov 21 2018

Relaxing Homemade Foot Soak – Christmas Blog Hop

Relaxing Homemade Foot Soak and Scrub. A lovely handmade gift for just about anyone Christmas Blog Home a lovely, simple and easy DIY gift idea.

It’s Day 2 – DIY Gift Ideas! As often as I can I prefer to make a gift as opposed to buying it. So day 2 of the Christmas blog hop was right up my ally! Today I’m making something for my five co-workers that I know they’ll love. Every year I make and giveaway foot scrubs, homemade lotions and body butters and every year I get requests for the recipes. This one is SO simple and this year I made it especially for the holidays by adding essential oils of cinnamon, eucalyptus and clove! Read the rest of the post »

Nov 19 2018

Small DIY Pine Cone Wreath – 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

DIY How to Pine Cone Pinecone wreath. How to make a small wreath out of pine cones. Easy pine cone diy wreath with wire and a big red bow, do it yourself

It is day ONE of the 12 days of Christmas blog hop I mentioned in yesterday’s post. First up: Wreaths! I wanted to make a wreath that anyone could make practically with what they had on hand. For me that was lots and lots of pine cones! I’ve seen pine cone wreath tutorials before and wanted to do something that would hold up a little better and not require a hot glue gun. Scroll down to see my tutorial and keep on going for the rest of the amazing wreaths this year! Read the rest of the post »

Nov 18 2018

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop – 50 Best DIY Holiday Ideas

I am so excited to announce that I am joining the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year! Over four weeks time (starting tomorrow!) 50 bloggers will be producing some amazing DIY Holiday recipes, ornaments, wreaths, trees, you name it, if it can be DIYed for Christmas than we’re doing it! I’ll be joining them for seven of the twelve days and can’t wait to share with you guys some of the ideas I came up with. Tomorrow is wreath day! For now, check out the 50 most popular Christmas posts from all of us! Read the rest of the post »

Oct 29 2018

DIY Build Cornhole Boards – My first Experience with Unicorn Spit!

How to build cornhole boards with 2x4s and plywood, bags, games, yard games, use unicorn spit, dragon's belly, pixie punk pink and blue thunder stain

How I built cornhole boards and stained them with unicorn spit. I’ve been meaning to build some yard games for family gatherings, parties and birthdays held at my place. My best friend’s husband was turning 40 in November and we threw him a surprise birthday party in October. Why a month before his birthday? Because this is Minnesota and we didn’t want to be outside standing in a foot of snow and freezing to death lol And I don’t have a house big enough to really accommodate 100 people! Read the rest of the post »

Oct 15 2018

Solar Light Basket using Insulators for Hanging or Table Setting!

A basket solar light made with old electrical insulators and dolalr store lights placed in an ainexpensive Amazon basket to hang or for table setting

An easy solar light basket! I purchased several of these baskets last year for Xmas and made gift baskets for my guy relatives. I filled them with homemade chapstick, hand scrub, cuticle cream and coffee. They were a hit! I had one basket leftover which I started using as a caddy for dinner parties outside. I would put in utensils, ketchup, mustard, extra napkins etc. and that got me wondering if I couldn’t improve on the idea. Read the rest of the post »

Oct 01 2018

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself project

Just a couple of weeks ago I fixed this old bench using wood putty and Dark Walnut stain. Of the three benches my grandparents made that I have this one had taken the biggest beating. But, with just a little elbow grease I had her looking almost like new again. After that I made a no-sew cushion for it complete with tufting and buttons! Check out the post all about it here. Read the rest of the post »

Sep 14 2018

Refinishing an old Storage Bench – How to make a No-sew Tufted Cushion

How I refinished an old Storage Bench and made a No-sew Cushion using plywood, drop cloth and staples and even added tufts to make it tufted with buttons

My grandparents’ built this bench YEARS ago along with two others that I have. (Check out the cedar-lined beauty I keep at the end of my bed.) This one has taken the biggest beating over the years and has needed to be fixed and refinished for awhile now. Every month the group I’m a part of (the Farmhouse Hens Decorate) has a theme. This month’s theme turned out to be for benches so I knew exactly the piece I would be using! Read the rest of the post »

Sep 03 2018

The Death of BoardBooster – 5 million views in one month with Tailwind!

After the death of BoardBooster I switched to Tailwind and went from 2 million to over 5 million views in just one month, how I did it - my pinning strategy

So, I don’t know about any of you other bloggers out there but when BoardBooster bit the dust at the end of June this year I literally lost days off my life in total panic. (Pinterest is a HUGE part of this blog’s world – I get over 50% of my traffic from Pinterest!) It all started with a great peak I had to over 2 million views a month on Pinterest back in April to a constant, ridiculous, steady decline that I could not stop no matter what I did. Read the rest of the post »

Aug 13 2018

When Someone We Love is in Heaven sign – Wood and a Vinyl Decal

When Someone We Love Is in Heaven Theres a Bit of Heaven in Our Home - wall decal made of wood, distressed paint, twine and sanding, easy heaven sign DIY

How to build a sign, distressed in gray and yellow paint, to remember someone we’ve lost. Building a sign is such an easy and simple project. For anyone just starting out in wood working this would be a perfect project to start with. It required just a few cuts, six screws, wood putty, paint and a wall decal to create something beautiful that holds a ton meaning! Read the rest of the post »

Aug 10 2018

Broken clock goes Country with twine and rope

DIY how to fix a broken clock using twine, rope and glue, making it farmhouse country style. Clock makeover country chic, easy how to, diy, do it yourself

I absolutely loved this clock when I spotted it on Amazon. It hung on my wall for years until, one day, it just took a dive for the floor. So my beloved clock was now a broken clock. I’ve kept it for months now planning on doing something with it but hadn’t quite figured out one the creative angle how to make it great again. I wanted to frame it out with wood but, honestly, I can build a bench no problem because its square lol not ROUND. Read the rest of the post »

Jul 23 2018

How to make a Two Tiered Stand out of Thrift Store Items

How to make a Two Tiered Stand out of Thrift Store Items. Glue and white spray paint create a beautiful inexpensive cheap easy stand for my master bathroom

Ever since I began work on the refresh of the master floor of my house I’ve been considering something different for on my master bathroom sink. My little tooth brush holder had seen better days and then I saw this lovely project by Chas (one of my To Grandma’s house we go link party gals) and thought: I can make a two tiered stand for my master bathroom! Read the rest of the post »

Jul 16 2018

My New Outhouse is built – How I did it myself entirely with scrap wood!

How to build an outhouse, how I built a 7x4 foot outhouse out of leftover material and steel for the roof for my home and property.

My new outhouse is finally complete! After himming and hawwing and changing the location of my outhouse about thirty times… a weekend in mid June finally decided its location. My best friend Rachie and my mom and I did a walk about of my property so I could show them all the cleaning up and fixing I had been doing. We also talked about the new outhouse and how I couldn’t figure out exactly where I wanted it. Read the rest of the post »

Jul 06 2018

How to Make an Outdoor planter using Chicken Wire & Landscape Fabric

Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric and a long hanging plant over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal

Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal. When I moved and then spray painted my grandma’s shepherds hook plant hanger it just screamed for me to add a plant to the middle of it. But no pots would work in this instance so I set out to make my own! Read the rest of the post »

Jun 25 2018

Hummingbird feeder planter shepherds hook extravaganza!

Hummingbird feeder planter shepherds hook extravaganza painted bright red with six humming bird feeders hanging from it. And a whit flowering plant scaevola

Hummingbird feeder made out of an old shepherds hook carousal of my Grandma’s. For as long as I can remember this carousal has been between the road and the garage and was always full of my Grandma’s flowers. A couple of years back my ex and I moved it between the house and the barn and ever since I’ve wanted to move it again. Read the rest of the post »

Jun 18 2018

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights!

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.

How I made post solar lights on either side of my back gate on my deck by upcycling chandelier glass bowls. Awhile back I posted on how I made hanging solar lights out of four glass chandelier bowls and some dollar store items. I only had room for four hanging solar lights but I had six of these glass bowl shades so immediately I got to work figuring out how I could put them at the top of my posts! Read the rest of the post »

Jun 04 2018

A DIY sign just for Mom – Bestest mom in all of the land stencil!

Using a stencil and old barn wood, making a simply DIY sign just for mom - Bestest mom in all of the land! Wood working, do it yourself tutorial, easy sign to make for your mother for a holiday or for any time, pallet wood and white paint using a great stencil.

A DIY sign out of barnwood just for my Mom on mother’s day – The Bestest Mom in All of the Land! Is it just me are the most incredible women in our lives the hardest people to buy for? I saw a Facebook meme once that said, “My Mom deserves a tropical island all to herself and spa treatments forever and all I have in my bank account is $3.27” lol – that about sums it up! How on earth could we ever get someone so amazing anything that could begin to show us how important they are? Read the rest of the post »

Jun 01 2018

Hanging solar light using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store items!

How to make DIY hanging solar light bird feeders by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier. Easy bird feeders with additional $1 solar lights from walmart, lighting for your backyard and deck as well as a great spot for squirrels, chipmunks and birds to eat all year.

How to make a DIY hanging solar light by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier and a couple of dollar store items. So when my mom and I gave her house a makeover it also included replacing several of the light fixtures. She has a small, quaint little place and the light fixture in her dining room was just way too big for the space so it was the first one that we replaced. I didn’t keep the actual fixture (Ah hindsight and regret!) however, I did keep all of the glass bowl light shades because it just seemed like I could use them somewhere… Read the rest of the post »

May 21 2018

Attempting to get rid of my endless lawn: An annihilation plan using clover!

My grandma Charlotte spent YEARS with nothing but a hatchet and straight up will power to create the 2+ acres of nothing but grass and giant trees that you see here today. One of her favorite things in the whole world was picking up sticks and mowing. One of my least favorite things in the whole world? Picking up sticks and mowing! Read the rest of the post »

May 07 2018

My new workshop relocation: Day ONE – Where is everything going to go!?

Relocating and redesigning a wood workshop, hauling tools, planning for tool storage, diy, do it yourself, relocation of a wood and tool workshop, future plans for how to design and organize a space to get dirty and truly work in. New workshop relocation.

Tackling my new workshop relocation, day one: making a plan and figuring out where my entire workshop is going to get relocated. So, as most of you already know I am officially a single gal and I am currently in the process of totally rethinking my entire home. It started with my new guest bedroom and library converted from my old office by moving my “office” to my entry way. That left my previous guest bedroom totally empty so, with the commencing of operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY I am returning to the plan of putting a rental suite in my basement which means my workshop needed to move out of there… Read the rest of the post »

May 04 2018

Farmhouse Picture Frame – Easy Wood Working DIY Using Barnwood

Unique, easy to build, barnwood industrial picture frame with the Farmhouse Hens, how to build, diy, do it yourself frames for prints and pictures, woodworking tutorial, how to. Easy picture frame using old pallets for pics, photos or prints.

Unique, easy to build, Farmhouse picture frame. I’ve been thinking about a different way of creating a picture frame ever since I built a “typical” frame for my aunt for her birthday. (See that project here.) I wanted something easier to build that didn’t require mitered corners etc. I got to looking online and saw several gallery ideas using big pieces of wood, some out of pallets, some using barn wood and some using purchased wood that they built big backs out of. Read the rest of the post »

Apr 23 2018

Custom canvas prints with wall decals. Don’t throw away those old prints!

Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!

Don’t throw away those prints that you hate, you can make your own custom canvas prints! With the divorce well behind me I still have a pile of shiiii…. stuff in my closet I have every intention of burning in my fire pit this summer. HOWEVER, I happen to be in a family of several artists and know full well what a pain in the butt building and stretching your own canvas is and how expensive it is to buy it…. DANGIT… *throws up hands in defeat* so I couldn’t just burn them! Read the rest of the post »

Apr 16 2018

Shelf in my Master Bathroom using galvanized pipe hardware!

Adding a Shelf in my Master Bathroom using galvanized pipe hardware for storage, plants and creating a homey, comforting, green space that just says, relax and enjoy and bathe in peace and quiet. DIY, do it yourself, how to hang a shelf using pipe hardware store.

About a hundred years ago (February of 2016) my best friend Rachie and her husband Shane gave me this hardware and a shelf for my birthday. They finally gave up asking me if I was ever going to put it up because I just kept telling them, “I have a plan! I will use it soon!” And then a whole bunch of stuff happened (including my divorce) and FINALLY I got to the project I had been planning on for two years! A shelf for my Master Bathroom above my very very very favorite double slipper bathtub! Read the rest of the post »

Apr 13 2018

Two thrift store lamps, a glamorous makeover creating cohesion!

Two thrift store lamps from two different eras and places get new shades and a paint job that bring them together and create cohesion between them for my master bedroom in chrome spray paint and shiny rustoleum black gloss paint. How to, diy, do it yourself lamp makeover, how to

Two thrift store lamps get a glamorous makeover for my master bedroom! I found these lamps on two different weekends in two different stores and just knew I could make it look like they belonged together. Ever since I started working on my latest Master Bedroom Refresh (that you guys saw last week) it felt like I really needed taller and larger lamps to help balance out the headboard and the bed. After finding one of these lamps I knew I could find another that was similar and then I spotted it and it was only $3! Read the rest of the post »

Apr 09 2018

My top 10 Home design tips for functionality and beauty for years to come!

My farmhouse living room reveal Grandma's, country chic, thrift stores and refinished hand me down furniture pieces make for a cozy and comfortable space!

Deciding on your floors, your trim, your paint colors and your finishes can be very daunting! These are my top ten home design tips to help you along the way. I concluded the renovation of my Grandparents’ 100 year old farm house over two years ago and I really spent a lot of time agonizing over my paint choices etc. I learned a lot along the way on how to not only make a home last in functionality but also how to make a home I could love for years to come. All of my tips are based on a place that will be your forever home. Read the rest of the post »

Apr 02 2018

The splurges after the divorce that helped me find my happy again!

My splurges just for ME after the divorce! New sheets, new bed spread, new hangers for my closet, brand new rug off of Amazon and a case of Surge, a pop from my childhood. There is no reason to me miserable and its ok to buy yourself something once in a while!

My splurges just for me after the divorce – how they helped me find my happy again! It’s easy in times such as divorce (and after that REALLY rough winter) to basically do nothing but wallow in your own black cloud. (Don’t get me wrong, I did that too!) But, thanks to my Mom, I’ve always had the attitude that being miserable is pretty damned miserable and, generally, we don’t have to choose misery and the ONLY person who can ruin your life is YOU. Read the rest of the post »

Mar 19 2018

Making a new sign out of a bad memory using vinyl letters!

Using vinyl words and lettering to make a new sign for the front of my house. Storyhardt Farm est. 12/15/17 Welcome to Grandma's House. DIY Do it yourself, tips on how to apply vinyl lettering and paint to an old sign with rusty old hinges for a farmgirl and country girl look!

Making a sign for the front of my home with paint and vinyl lettering – creating something good out of a bad memory. One day I came home and noticed how bare the front of the house looked. Once upon a time my Grandparents’ made a sign with their last name on it which my ex had replaced with one that had his last name on it too. (You can see the shadow left behind from my grandparents’ sign, it was in the shape of a loon and I just haven’t had the heart to paint it gone yet.) It was very clear that I absolutely needed my own sign ASAP! Read the rest of the post »

Mar 12 2018

Blog Cost and Income Report – how I made over $900 in January 2018

Grandma's House DIY blog cost and income report, how I made over $900 in January 2018 on my blog, affiliate networks, amazon,, google adwords, selling sponsored posts, joining the hometalk helpers, the blogger hustle, how to

Nothing held back: my blog cost and monthly income report – how I made over $900 in January 2018! Over the last 2 1/2 years at Grandma’s House DIY (since I started the blog) I have been fully introduced to what I have come to think of as the “Blogger Hustle” which, if it were a dictionary term, would be described as, “A blogger trying every conceivable thing that they can possibly think of times a million and a half and then some more in an attempt to figure out what works for their blog to increase their traffic and then, by some kind of miracle, also maybe make a little bit of money.” Read the rest of the post »

Mar 09 2018

Island centerpiece using milk glass with Farmhouse Hens Decorate!

Island centerpiece using milk glass with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate! Milk glass for a country chic and farm house style using some old and some new pieces to create something fun and beautiful. DIY Do it yourself farm house and country decorating and design!

Today with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate the project is milk glass! I had to call my mom in for this one because I knew she had several lovely dishes from my grandma that would be just perfect. With my guest bedroom reveal coming out earlier this week my thoughts turned to, “What could I setup to greet my guests in the morning?” Read the rest of the post »

Feb 26 2018

Refinishing an old door for my new guest bedroom and library!

How to refinish a 100 year old door by sanding down and restaining on one side and painting it out with two coats of gloss rustoleum black paint on the other side. Reusing, recycling, solid wood antique door with old brass knob for my new guest bedroom and library.

How I refinished a 100 year old door for my guest bedroom. I have a confession to make – I’m actually a pretty terrible procrastinator… I’ve had two doors in my workshop literally since before I even moved in here waiting for me to cut them to fit and refinish them for my house. My master bedroom has never had a door on it (its on its own floor so its never been weird) and the other room that still needed a door was my old office which is now becoming my new guest bedroom and library which, ya know, REALLY DOES NEED A DOOR. Read the rest of the post »

Feb 05 2018

No-sew curtains, sheers for my guest bedroom and library!

How to hang and make no-sew easy curtains for my guest bedroom and library. Covering up my big stained glass window between the guest room and my living room so guests get some serious privacy but my living room still gets some light!

Easy, no-sew curtains! With the completion of my old steel bed with a brand new makeover (and several pieces yet to come) I made an easy no-sew bed skirt out of canvas drop cloth and, at first, I considered using the same material here. But canvas over this gorgeous old stained glass window just felt too heavy and harsh to me. I wanted something light and I really did NEED something because that big stained glass window lies directly between my new guest bedroom and my living room! Read the rest of the post »

Feb 02 2018

Country Girl Desk Furniture Makeover with Farmhouse Hens Decorate!

A little black desk gets a full on farmhouse country girl style makeover with flat gray acrylic paint and a lovely wall decal "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning to Dance in the Rain" Easy DIY farm chic style makeover! Farmhouse Hens Decorate

This little desk was built for me by my grandparents MANY years ago, I painted it black to match up with my old guest bedroom scheme that was a compromise for my ex. Now that I’m a single gal I’m taking back all of my furniture and making it mine again so everything is getting a full on country girl furniture makeover and moving to my whole new guest bedroom and library! I already painted the little end table (makeover coming next week) and the steel bed frame so it was high time to finish this little desk too. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 29 2018

Making a country girl no-sew bed skirt with canvas drop cloths!

How to make a country style, farmhouse girl, no-sew bed skirt using inexpensive canvas drop cloth and staples. So simple this DIY is super easy, makes an inexpensive bed skirt that NEVER moves or falls off the bed and is customization to any size you need!

Now, more then ever, budget is an issue in my new life as a single gal so when it came to putting the finishing touches on my new guest bedroom I knew I was going to have to get really creative. Once I completed the old steel bed frame (check out that transformation here) I really really really wanted some ruffles for a bed skirt. But not like really girly ruffles, they still needed to be farmhouse and country ruffles, nothing too feminine because that just wouldn’t be my style. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 19 2018

The flexibility of ship lap both permanent and as a back drop!

The incredible flexibility of ship lap either as a permanent application or as a back drop ship lap is easy to install and can be used in multiple applications, it can be painted, sealed, stained or left as is. In my farmyard I've run into a lot of old ship lap that I've used extensively throughout my home.

Ship lap is easy to install and can be used in multiple applications, it can be painted, sealed, stained or left as is. In my farmyard I’ve run into a lot of old ship lap that I’ve used extensively throughout my home mostly in permanent situations but it doesn’t always have to be permanent. What’s great is how flexible it is depending on your choice of finish and application but it still always adds that certain bit of country charm! Lets all give a big welcome to Leanna from Faeries and Fauna who will be joining me today to talk about how she used ship lap as a backdrop! Read the rest of the post »

Jan 15 2018

30 things I stopped buying and started making, growing or harvesting!

The 30 things I stopped buying in the store and now either harvest, do without, make myself or grow in my own garden, frugal living, cheaper, thrift. How to live on less to save money and live a better healthier, greener life!

A post all about the 30 things I stopped buying and started making, growing or harvesting! I was having a conversation at work the other day, chatting about what I did the past weekend etc. I mentioned I had finished making seven quarts of chicken stock and I had several pairs of eyes blink at me, “You did what?” Oh, I just broke down two organic hens, freezing five meals worth of meat and then I proceeded to make seven big jars of chicken stock out of the carcasses and leftover veggie scraps… not weird at all, right? At this point there aifre many things that I stopped buying and do very differently when most people would simply add it to their grocery list. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 08 2018

Workshop stool: DIY recycling scrap wood and using galvanized pipe!

How to build a workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of scrap wood and galvanized pipe

How I built a simple workshop stool using almost only materials that I had on hand. So, we’ve had several of these “bases” sitting out in the barn since the beginning of time. Honestly I really don’t know why my grandparents’ had several of them or what they were used for but I kept them in a safe spot anyway. When I started looking into building some stools for my deck I ran into stools built using galvanized pipe that I really liked. At first I started thinking about how to build a base to attach my pipe to and then, of course, I remembered these just sitting out in the barn. I grabbed three of them and got to work! Read the rest of the post »

Jan 05 2018

Farmhouse decorating – a winter vignette with inherited objects and keepsakes!

Farmhouse Hens Decorate DIY winter vignette with inherited objects from grandma, farm style, country girl decorating, quilt, oil lamp, red bows, hydrangea, dried hydrangeas, plaid, blanket ladder rack, do it yourself with what you have on hand!

A winter vignette inspired by both of my grandma’s, farmhouse decorating using some of my very favorite keepsakes. Every time I reach to decorate my home I want to include the old oil lamp I found in the basement. Cleaned up, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! So, when it was time to put another vignette together with the Farmhouse Hens, I just had to include it like I did last time with my Fall Vignette! Read the rest of the post »

Jan 01 2018

How to clean hardwood floors without losing your mind! My tips & tricks!

How to naturally keep your dark hardwood floors clean without losing your mind, vinegar, water, essential oils and the perfect mop that saved my life

A post about how to naturally clean hardwood floors using vinegar, water, essential oils and the perfect mop that saved my life! I dreamed of it, truly, it was my biggest fantasy when it came to a home: endless dark hardwood floors that were AT LEAST 100 years old. It was all I ever wanted… Until, of course, it was a reality. Don’t get me wrong, I would never go back! I love my hardwood floors: however managing to keep them clean is another story entirely… Read the rest of the post »

Dec 25 2017

Homemade salt and sugar body scrub recipe without using oil!

Homemade epson salt and sugar body scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your skin

Hey guys, so I was racking my brain on some homemade gifts I could make for both the ladies and the guys in my life. You just saw my cinnamon hand balm here on the blog last week and the men’s hand scrub and gift basket too. But I wanted something geared for the gals and, seriously, who doesn’t love a good salt and sugar body scrub?! When I went looking online, however, I was really disappointed to find that many of the recipes called for coconut oil. Coconut oil and drain pipes just DO NOT mix so, unless its going to be used in tiny quantities, I needed to come up with another idea! Read the rest of the post »

Dec 18 2017

Hand Balm for Working Hands, Cinnamon salve recipe for dry, cracked skin.

Hand Balm for Working Hands, Homemade Recipe, green living, healthy household, non toxic, hypo allergenic, health, rough skin cinnamon healing salve

Hand balm for working hands and dry, winter-cracked skin. The majority of the men in my life have notoriously dry skin. My dad’s hands are so dry they literally crack and bleed in the winter time. My cousin is a mechanic and with all of the constant washing and scrubbing etc. it really leaves his hands desperate for any kind of moisture. This hand balm would be wonderful for winter dry and cracked skin too! Read the rest of the post »

Dec 11 2017

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!

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 »


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