How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

Winter time is project time around these here parts. Our winters are long. Cold. Dark. And did I mention…long? As of right now, despite spring’s arrival on the calendar, we’re still under several feet of snow and seeing below-zero temperatures. But that’s life in my part of the world. And so deal with it we […]

The Beauty of Sustainability

The Beauty of Sustainability

“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and find enjoyment in his hard work…” – Ecclesiastes 2:24 It was almost dark and we were still outside tossing large hunks of the rotten Mountain Ash tree that my husband finally cut down for me. It laid the foundation for the final […]

How-To: Hugelkultur Raised Garden Bed Start-to-Finish

How-To: Hugelkultur Raised Garden Bed Start-to-Finish

***Please see my more recent article on hugelkultur, with a start-to-finish slideshow of the 2015 hugelkultur garden***   Welcome to a new How-To Monday: Hugelkultur! Every once in a while, my  husband gets a little chainsaw-happy. You see, in my neck of the woods, we have an endless supply {or, rather, infestation} of what we […]

How-To Monday: Successfully Ventilate the Cold Climate Chicken Coop

How-To Monday: Successfully Ventilate the Cold Climate Chicken Coop

Being that we’re in the heart of winter, it’s likely you’ve come across an article or two pertaining to protecting your flock against the elements or at least on how to keep them comfortable. On my own blog I’ve discussed winter chicken keeping and the best breeds for cold weather climates, and I’m back at […]

How-To Monday: Canning Turkey Stock {from Thanksgiving leftovers!}

How-To Monday: Canning Turkey Stock {from Thanksgiving leftovers!}

Your big Thanksgiving meal is done and over- but what to do with that big ole’ turkey carcass? In the rising movement of self-sufficiency and cutting down on waste {or better yet- eliminating waste!}, it’s time to give a second thought to throwing out the “scraps”, get back to the basics which the earlier generations […]

DIY Pallet Duck House {& Pallet Dangers}

DIY Pallet Duck House {& Pallet Dangers}

Pallets are all the rage, aren’t they? In a wide movement of self-sufficiency (and thanks to Pinterest!), pallets have become a hot number, and for good reason. Why? Because you can make a billion things with them! Just type “pallets” into a search at Pinterest and you will be greeted with countless possibilities for every […]