Still crazy after all these years


When it goes quiet on the 'ole blog for so long you know I'm either working too fast and furious to sit down and write an update or I've gone on vacation...or both.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you always get "real time" updates on projects as they are happening so you know what I've be Continue Reading

Repurposed Metal Fireplace Screen


I had SO MUCH FUN this week creating this DIY wood frame with a metal insert made out of a fireplace screen that I repurposed.  I've had this old fireplace screen for years.  I've moved it from house to house even though we didn't need a fireplace screen because I knew that someday, I would cut off t Continue Reading

Superb Summer Salads – that make a meal!

4 amazing salads that will delight and satisfy you! Full of nutrients and flavor!

I love salads but, I love a salad that can be a meal all on its own even more! This post is dedicated to us folks who love our greens, crave them all summer long....but don't like goin' hungry! Here are some ways to eat light, local, and in season. The benefit are numerous and you can find out m Continue Reading

Barn Door Installation

Barn Door

This barn door has been months in the making.  It is made up of 10 planks glued together which I glued up in sections.  While glue was setting on each section I worked on other projects and we got a new puppy so the glue-up took a really long time. Then I finished one side and let the finish cure Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

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I made a decision.  I am not going to slave over a hot stove this summer.  Not that I had any intention of doing that anyway, but I have officially declared 2014, the summer of the slow cooker.  I quite often underestimate the usefulness of my slow cooker, and I don't really think about it as being s Continue Reading

How to install a cabinet base with a floor vent

How to install a floor vent in a cabinet base

Sometimes there are obstacles in your way when installing cabinets and built-ins.  Sometimes you move the obstacles and sometimes you work around them.  I'm building a window seat and there happens to be a floor vent under the window so I'll be building a base that will direct the air out the front o Continue Reading

Simple Salmon Recipe ready in less than 20 minutes

Salmon in under 20 minutes

Have you ever heard the expression "everything is better with bacon"?  If you haven't, you need to hang out with me and my sister!   This post isn't about bacon though, this is about salmon. A lot of people have had bad fish experiences but if you have - don't  give up yet! The trick t Continue Reading

How to hang a Cabinet using a French Cleat


Using a French cleat is probably the easiest way to hang a cabinet on the wall when working alone.  You secure one half of the cleat to the wall and the other to the cabinet and then simply set the cabinet onto the cleat.  Done!  It is as simple as that -- but I have a few tips to share because if yo Continue Reading

New – New Pantry

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Remember my new pantry that I tore out so I could build a bigger one?  I'm done.  Many of you asked if I planned on leaving it open or if I had plans for doors.  It will have doors eventually.  It is a functional pantry and as you can see, the items that we are storing do not make for an attractive d Continue Reading

SNACK ATTACK – healthy snacks

Healthy Options to the Snack Attack

The end of school is rapidly approaching and after having kids home from school this past weekend (when it was gloriously summer like) I realized - these kids don't stop eating!!   Maybe it's the increase in activity level, the sunshine and fresh air....or maybe they just like to constantly Continue Reading