• Sewing

    A Dress for Fun

    In February, I got motivated to do some serious sewing for the first time in a long time. I have always wanted to make a Regency Era dress. I love Jane Austen novels, and I just love the simple feminine style of the gowns that they wore during that time period. I spent 3 afternoons working on the dress, so it was a pretty quick project. A few hours a day in the afternoon isn’t too bad for making a full-length dress! I do so little sewing these days, that I was pleasantly surprised at how easy I found the dress to cut, assemble, and finish. There’s nothing too fancy…

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    The Kitchen Counter

    Most years, I spend the week before Christmas in a flurry of baking, gift making, and gift wrapping. This year, I spent a few days replacing the kitchen counter around the sink. You may recall that a few years ago, I put in a whole new cabinet, sink, and countertop in the kitchen. The cabinet setup that had been there was very badly damaged and rotting, and we ended up replacing everything. We decided to put in a tiled countertop the first time around, but not without some apprehension. The biggest concern was that we were not sure how well it would hold up over time. But tile countertops are…

  • Projects

    Painting the House

    It took 5 years, but we were finally able to make get the house painted! We did not undertake the massive job of painting the house ourselves, but instead, hired our neighbor. There are a lot of pictures in this post (slideshow format for most). It may take awhile to load. This project would not have happened at all if it were not for a hail storm that came through several years ago. The house was in need of a paint job prior to the storm, but after the storm and a couple more years of wear, it needed it more. Insurance covered the cost of painting. It took until…

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    A Mudroom for the Homestead

    “Here me out… What if we turned my office into a mudroom? We could even put the washer and dryer in there so you have a first-floor laundry.” -Scott And that’s how we ended up with a mudroom for the homestead. The house just finished getting painted, and Scott was talking about putting a porch on the back of the house. We were debating what to do about with the current entryway of the house. It’s tiny, and not nearly big enough for a family of 8. Plus, the back stairs (concrete) are damaged and will end up needing to be replaced or repaired at some point in the next…

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    October 2020

    Praise the Lord! This election cycle is almost done! What a ridiculously stressful year when it comes to all things politics. I don’t think it matters where you stand, this political season has been awful. But I digress… October has turned out to be a surprisingly productive month for us. The house is being painted, the yard is almost completely cleaned up, the small garden beds have been put to sleep, the plowing is almost done, the outbuildings are getting cleaner, and the house is being purged and organized and almost done. We’ve tackled a few big projects in the house that really helped facilitate the cleaning process, and we’re…