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DIY

Make your own DIY Blanket Ladder

I recently discovered the concept of “hygge,” the Danish concept. Pronounced “hooga,” this doesn’t quite have an English translation, is roughly close to “coziness,” but means so much more. Hygge is “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” A big way to achieve this in your home is lots … Continue reading »

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DIY Chicken Tractor

Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red … Continue reading »

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Installing a Woodstove on the Homestead

Most of you have seen our little Jotul woodstove. It barely comes to my knees and is in our kitchen/ sitting area. I love it. It’s adorable and puts off a lot of heat for as tiny as it is. But with the layout of our house, the heat from this little stove doesn’t really … Continue reading »

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Cable Knit Baby Blanket

The weather has cooled off, and I’ve been in a knitting mood. When I first started knitting last fall, I loved everything cable knit. See my first project – Cable Knit Coffee Cozy– here! (Get the free pattern too!) I’ve always loved the cable knit pattern. Those traditional, iconic Irish fishermen sweaters are amazing! I’ll … Continue reading »

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Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Some of you know I refinished the hardwood floors that came in our home about four years ago. The pine flooring went from a dark walnut to a light natural, and I loved them. But unfortunately, thanks to two sets of renters for two years and 8 extremely large dogs, the floors were in awful … Continue reading »

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Knit Hooded Scarf

I’m a sucker for hoods. If it has a hood, there’s a very good chance I’ll like it. So for my most recent knitting project, which took me quite a while, I made a Knit Hooded Scarf. I love it.   When I thought of the idea, I looked at quite a few different patterns … Continue reading »

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ever since we returned to Alaska, the mixture of no humidity and cheap store bought laundry soap has been wreaking havoc on our skin- very dry and itchy.  Add that to the fact of buying liquid laundry soap at $15+ for less than two gallons (which is mainly water anyways) I was ready to find … Continue reading »

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Rustic Christmas Joy Sign

Ever since I first saw this rustic Christmas Joy sign, I wanted to make my own.  It took me several years, but I finally got around to it. I found a rough milled piece of lumber in my handy-dandy lumber stack. (This was actually part of the same piece I used for my bear skull … Continue reading »

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Rustic Christmas Tree Skirt

The hubby and I have always referred to all the quirks and oddities and not-quite-professional-finishes of our cabin as “rustic”. The ceiling sheetrock patch isn’t invisible; it’s rustic. One of the entryway tiles sticks up a little further than the others; it’s rustic. The pine wood floors squeak in spots; it’s rustic. Rustic can cover … Continue reading »

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Knitting Beginner Cable Coffee Cozy

A few weeks ago, I decided it would be fun to learn to knit. As a child, my mom had taught me the basic knit stitch but I had long ago forgotten it. But these days, thanks to YouTube and Pinterest, you can learn how to do almost anything. I discovered a basic how-to set … Continue reading »

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