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Monday, 18 September

19:00

A Midwestern Home Goes from Unlivable to Enviable "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A Midwestern Home Goes from Unlivable to Enviable, Design*Sponge

One day in 2011, while searching Craigslist for rental properties in Minneapolis, MN, graphic designer Claire Moyle and animator Jeffrey Grutter came across a rather odd listing. The landlord of an early-1900s-era bungalow was offering free rent to any family willing to renovate it. Intrigued, the couple immediately set up a showing and prepared themselves for an encounter with what could have been a disastrous home and/or a rather interesting owner. Instead, Claire and Jeffrey found themselves touring a house full of untapped potential accompanied by a landlord who was both friendly and humble. All they truly wanted was someone to help them make the property a winner.

I think youll agree after taking a peek that Claire and Jeffrey have done just that. During their time renting, theyve had floors stained, combined neutral-colored accessories to create an environment thats perfect for unwinding, and painted nearly all the walls. The new paint jobs are amplified even further thanks to Jeffreys artwork. He went to school for painting, and his ability to create simple yet evocative pieces is truly admirable.

During their time renting, the space was revitalized beyond recognition, but it got a second (even more dramatic) boost when the pair purchased the home in 2012. Since then theyve replaced the kitchen, landscaped the entire property, nearly finished the basement and painted the exterior a brooding navy that has surely made them the envy of every neighbor. Overall, its a space youre not going to want to miss. Scroll down to check it out, and enjoy! Garrett

Photography by Hannah Voermans

Image above: The Craigslist listing for this home caught Claire and Jeffreys eye because of the odd proposal that accompanied it: the landlord was offering free rent to anyone willing to re...

18:46

Register Today for the Make: Education Forum "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Join us on Friday, September 22, for the third annual Make: Education Forum in New York.

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17:00

Wooden Knots by Katie Gong "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I spent a big chunk of this weekend digging into some fascinating (and also terrifying) research about Instagram and how difficult it is to make traction there as a small business these days. While I spiraled deeper and deeper into a hole lamenting the days before the algorithm, I found myself also following little paths here and there on different artists pages. So what began as research into one of the less fun parts of Instagram became a reminder of the parts I love so much: discovering great artists and designers.

I spent at least a half hour in awe of Katie Go...

15:00

See a Light Show at Grand Central Station Celebrating Women in STEM "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Unseen Stars, a light show celebrating women in STEM, will be projected onto the ceiling of Grand Central Station from September 19-21.

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15:00

Crystal Corners "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

One of my absolute favorite things about design is its ability to add something fun, unexpected and different to a space you wouldnt normally notice. Whether its tiny decorative hinge heads or custom DIY window films for privacy, I like when design can take a small, overlooked spot and make it feel special.

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14:00

Draw Abstract Art with a Random Number Generator "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This number generator squiggles the numbers it produces as a flurry of random lines in an artistic interpretation of abstract art.

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13:00

Ian's One Year Book + Magic Memories Giveaway "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This post is sponsored by Magic Memories. All opinions are my own.

Ok, first of all: yes, Ian is already 14 months. So yes, I'm way behind with this post. But better late than never right??? I always wanted to make him a cute one year baby book, but we were so busy this summer that it slipped down the priority list. So when Magic Memories reached out to me last month about creating a photo book with them, I was super happy for the reminder (and the extra motivation to get it done). And I love how it turned out! I'm so glad I didn't give up on this idea just because it didn't get done before Ian's birthday. Also! I have TWO $50 gift cards to give away at the end of this post so you can create your own photo book (or calendar? jigsaw puzzle? canvas for your wall? There are lots of options, and they all would make really cute personalized gift ideas too).

Baby's first year photo book

Magic Memories has a variety of pre-designed templates to choose from, for everything from baby books to wedding albums and more. They also have a "Blank" option that allows you to design your own book from start to finish. I went with the Blank for Ian's book, so I could have total control over the design, colors, number of photos, and everything. I'm used to working in Photoshop, so I created all the pages there, then uploaded them once I was happy with how they looked. But Magic Memories also has a built in editor you could use, with options to add text, photos, and effects. You can also save your progress as you go so you can work on your project over multiple days. And of course, if you prefer something that's less work on your end, they offer a number of cute templates that are ready to go.

One year baby milestones photo book

I chose to split the year up by different topics: the ultrasound, Ian's birth story, each season, and milestones like eating, growing, talking, etc...all the way up to his first birthday party. I created a template with a colorful background and descriptions in white, then I put full size photos on the opposite pages.

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03:17

48in Bathroom Vanity "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

The granite was sourced from a local granite yard where they had some remnants laying around. They were able to cut and polish the edges and sink hole. They also installed the...

03:03

HelpX "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience. In the typical arrangement, the helper works an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts. This time range can vary considerably depending on the tasks at hand and the hosts preferences. Some hosts may require just 2 hours per day for accommodation only, and ask you to provide and cook your own food.

Others may expect 6 hours per day in return for meals, your own room and sometimes other benefits such as free Internet use, horse riding, kayaking, bikes, local sight-seeing trips, yoga or English lessons, etc. Helpers often live with the host family and are expected to join in and offer a helping hand with day-to-day activities.

Search their site for the country you want to travel and explore.

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I had fun skimming through this site the other night for a couple of hours. HelpX is similar to other WOOFer work exchange websites. Lots of the places may not be a good match, but with hundreds or thousands to choose from you should find plenty of ones to pursue. My main interest is in finding sustainable farms who give garden and natural building tours. Sometimes you can pay a very small fee for meals and a bamboo hut and not have to work if you dont want. Most places are in scenic rural areas. Some require only 3 hours a day doing easy tasks. Some obviously want workers to do lots of hard dirty work. Each one is different. Over all it holds great promise for some trips in the future.

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Sunday, 17 September

21:14

The shed of the year 2017 is The Mushroom Shed "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

MUSHROOM WITH A VIEW! 2017 SHED OF THE YEAR WINNER REVEALED The ultimate treehouse has beaten stiff competition to be crowned overall winner of the highly coveted Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition 2017 Millions of Brits across the nation tuned in to watch George Clarke announce the winner during the final episode of Channel...

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15:00

This Week in Making: Combat Arthropod, DIY Standing Desk, and Maker Share "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This week, check out these combat ready robots, build your own standing desk, and create your Maker Share account (if you haven't already).

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02:52

Homeacres no dig garden fifth summer: veg, fruit, flowers, intense cropping and easy weeding "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


Join me on a tour of my garden, just less than five years since I started with a weedy field.

No dig means surface feeding of soil organisms, which then aerate soil and make food available to plants: see how this results in my abundance of veg, fruit and flowers, and few weeds.

Filmed & edited by Edward Dowding August 2017.
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We showed one of Dowdings videos about 1-2 years ago, but the progress theyve made is so stunning that their garden deserves an update. With the incredible beauty and productivity it looks world class to me. In contrast, our garden is primarily fruit trees due to the extreme heat and dead clay soil. It would be very hard to grow primarily veggies in our situation. The key is learning to adapt to your climate and soil.

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Saturday, 22 July

04:00

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 387 "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 387 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Welcome friends! During these lazy hot days of summer, Im finding Im having to play tricks on myself. If I tell myself Im going to work hard, I dont want to do anything. If I tell myself I can have []

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Thursday, 20 July

06:00

How I Wash My Hair with Bicarb and Vinegar "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Most people are a more than a little intrigued when I tell them I wash my hair with bicarb and vinegar. (The ones that arent? They either say, me too. Or they raise their eyebrows in slight alarm!) Then of course, everyone wants to know the specifics. How does it work? How is it applied? []

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Thursday, 13 July

06:16

How to Buy Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese without Plastic "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

When it comes to dietary staples, some things are very easy to find without plastic or single-use packaging, and others, not so much. Fresh fruit and vegetables? Easy. Fresh bread? Ditto. Milk, cheese and yoghurt? Not so much. One of the most common questions I receive during Plastic Free July is where do I find []

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Saturday, 01 July

17:40

New Ryobi Garage Door Accessories and a Giveaway "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Its no secret, we LOVE to trick out our shops! Our most favorite addition is our Ryobi Garage Door openers. You probably saw our post about them, last summer! Not only is it a super quiet garage door opener, it also has tons of different module attachments that you can buy separately for it to {...Read More...}

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Monday, 01 May

04:30

Backyard Slingshot "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

Nicer weather means its time to get outdoors and what better way to keep the kids outside than an outdoor game. This backyard slingshot can be used for a variety of things. From water balloon fights to balls knocking over Homer bucket pyramids, this slingshot will be a hit kids of any age. This project was done in collaboration with Ryobi Nation so head on over there to find the full project plans and details along with tons of other projects, how-tos, and so much more.

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Disclosure: This project was sponsored by Ryobi, however the opinions, design and all that good stuff is 100% my own. Support sponsored content. Keep it free.

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Friday, 14 April

13:55

Counter Height Bar Stool "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

In the house that we are renovating we are planning for a small counter height area to pull up a couple of stools. I knew we needed bar stools and I knew I wanted something a little nicer than a simple bar stool. I wanted to make curved seat bar stool but I knew I didnt have the tools required to do so. Or so I thought. Then I decided that I could just cut the curved seat out of each board before I assembled it. So thats what I did, and I think it worked out great. And can you believe it was made out of only three 2x4s and for about $10!

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02:28

Building a Chicken Run: Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Let me just start out by saying this: all the animals on the farm are alive and well.

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Whew.

And, after 3 straight weekends of bleeding from the hands (thank you chicken wire) I now have a fully enclosed run (plus bonus room!) for the chickens to hang out in when Im not around.

Well, almost fully enclosed.

I was feeling pretty good about how the run was coming along the last time I posted about it, and my mom was going to come up for an evening later in the week to help finish it up. (I was fully convinced at that point that I was just a few hours away from having the run complete because thirteen years of writing about my projects on this website has taught me nothing.)

Good news: There was wine!

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Bad news: We did not get it done. (We did get the hardware cloth on the roof though, and that part would have been very difficult to do without my mom and the wine.)

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But the weekend was just a few short days away, so I redoubled my efforts to keep the chickens from escaping the barn while I was at work (spoiler alert: none of them worked) and then spent another full-day working on the run on Saturday.

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Building and hanging that door took so much patience and beer.

It was a long couple of days, but by the end of it, I had a fully enclosed run, complete with chicken jungle gym.

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I built these platform steps instead of a typical chicken ramp, because most of my nugs refuse...

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Wednesday, 12 April

15:00

Finding New Favorites "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Thank you to Mama & Little for partnering with me on this post. Use the promo code ATHOMEINLOVE to get 15% off your order.

One of the hardest parts of moving is finding new favorites all over again. But it's also one of the most fun parts! I lived in Seattle for ten years and Ben grew up there, so we had our routines down. Favorite restaurants, coffee shops, walking routes, etc. We didn't try new places often enough, because it was too easy to go somewhere familiar that we knew we liked. So it's been kind of fun to start over fresh here, and have an excuse to try lots of new places in the name of research. :) Parenthood is kind of the same. We had our go-to date nights, a comfortable rhythm, and a familiar routine before Ian. Now, we're having to re-figure it all out with a baby. Some days, that's tough and I miss our old routines. But actually, it's kind of nice to do something different. Routines can easily turn into ruts, so I think it's healthy to shake things up every now and again.

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One area where I've definitely had to find new favorites post-baby is jewelry. Ian is at a stage where he grabs everrrryyyything and puts it in his mouth, so dangly earrings and delicate necklaces are a no. A friend told me about teething jewelry, and I found Mama & Little. Necklaces that are actually meant for babies to put in their mouths?! And they're actually cute? Win-win, yes please.

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I'm doing a giveaway with them on Instagram today, so head over there and enter if you're interested!

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I also found a new hair stylist and chopped off about a foot of hair (!!!!). It was right after this post, if you wanna see a before for comparison. I also got some caramel balayage for spring/summer because it was about time for a change--it had been over a year since I did anything to my hair! If you're in the Spokane area and a new hair girl, look up Emily Krause at Tease Salon....

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Friday, 07 April

13:00

5 Things to Do This Spring "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Oh, I love spring. Now that the snow has melted and the weather is getting warmer, it feels like so many possibilities have opened up for things to do around here! And we are itching to get out of the house and go on some hikes/day trips/weekend getaways. Since it's been years since I lived on this side of the state, I've been asking around and compiling a list of things to do in Spokane in the spring. Here are five ideas that I definitely want to check out soon! And since I know most of you don't live here, I hope this list gives you ideas for something similar in your area. Fun runs, parks, orchards, and lakes...these things exist everywhere.

Bloomsday race - Spokane, WA

1. Bloomsday - This is a huge event in Spokane--over 50,000 people run/walk the 7.45 mile course. Ben's running it this year, and I'll be walking with a friend...with Ian in the stroller! I'm hoping to sign up for a few more runs this year to motivate me to get back in shape. Maybe even a half marathon??

Lantern Fest - discount code

2. LanternFest - This is a big paper lantern festival that's coming to Spokane on my birthday (so serendipitous, right?). If you're interested in going, you can use the promo code ATHOMEINLOVE for 20% off. They travel around the country, so even if you're not in Spokane, check their site to see if there's an event near you!

Cherry Hill, Greenbluff WA

3. Green Bluff - I have fond memories of going to Green Bluff every year when I was growing up. It's a community of farms in north Spokane, and they have something for every season: berries and peaches in the summer, pumpkins and apples in the fall, Christmas trees in the winter, and in the spring...blossoming cherry trees!

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Tuesday, 04 April

03:26

A New Couch (and Other Things That Dont Suck) "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Im currently trying to dig myself out from under the overwhelming amount of day-job and farm-related work that March continued to pile onrelentlessly and with no regard for my sanityright up until the very last day. Im convinced that in the future, when I look back on 2017, it will be known as That Year That March Was a Complete and Utter Bitch, (although I dont want to tempt April or May to try to outdo her Im resilient, but even I have limits.)

I have so many things to talk about: kitchen updates, chicken updates, greenhouse updates, how-many-flat-tires-Ive-had-in-the-last-week updates. But I dont seem to get very far into writing those posts I like to tell an authentic story, but sometimes you need just a little bit of distance to talk about things that are stressing you out.

So, instead, heres something that turned out awesome I bought a couch.

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Thats me and the cat, lounging on said couch. We may be slightly strange (as the chalkboard says) but we dont hate it.

You may remember that buying a couch was no small point of anxiety for me a month ago. (On one hand, kind of laughable that a couch would stress me out now that I have a crushed greenhouse and dead chickens to deal with on the other hand? Couches are damn expensive.)

So I enlisted one of my friends (and awesome designer) to help put together the new plan for my living room. This was the floorplan:

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And the general feel we were going for:

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There are a lot of proposed changes in the plan. Not only a new couch, but a couple of new chairs, some rugs, a new coffee table, a longer console table, and much larger bookshelf.

I expect it will take some time for the full plan to come to fruition, so I decided to tackle the room in phases. The first was to take this

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Thursday, 30 March

13:00

Welcome to the Motherhood "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Ready for another loooong post? I thought I'd write something about my thoughts as a new mom, and the words just kept a coming...so consider yourself warned. Motherhood is a topic that I think anyone can chime in on, whether you just found out you're pregnant, are a first-time mom, or have five kids...whether you're looking back at your own childhood, dreaming about your future, or can't believe that your babies are now grown. I haven't experienced all those stages yet, but from talking to different moms, it's pretty clear that no matter where you're at, you have struggles and joys...days you feel like you're rocking it, closely followed by days when you feel like a total failure...moments when you want to soak in all the snuggles, and moments when you need some space to yourself. I know I've felt all of the above in the short period of time that I've been a mom.

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When I was pregnant, a lot of people shared their experiences and advice with me, on a full spectrum ranging from "children are such a blessing and give meaning to your life" to "children ruin your life--do everything you enjoy now because this is your last chance for 18 years." Ok, maybe I'm slightly exaggerating there...but I do feel like we heard so many different things. And that makes sense, because every parent is different, every kid is different, and every day is different. Catch me on a good day, and I may say something different than on a rough one. It's only normal.

Even though I realize that, I soooo easily get caught up in comparison and self-doubt. I think all parents do, but perhaps especially first-time moms. We all want to do "the best" for our kid, but there are so many decisions to make and it's so subjective what "the best" really is, anyways. The amount of (often contradictory) information is overwhelming, and there's always someone who disagrees with what you're doing:

- home birth or hospital
- epidural or all natural
- vaccines or not
- circumcision or not
- cosleeping or crib
- breastfeeding or formula
- cloth diapers or disposable
- stay-at-home mom or working mom
- stylish baby clothes or inexpensive basics
- homemade baby food or storebought
- strict nap times or flexible sleep schedule
- homeschool or public school

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Tuesday, 28 March

13:00

How to Plan a Trip Using Instagram "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I've been meaning to write this post ever since we got back from our Washington-Texas road trip. We went out to lunch with some friends and they asked us how we planned all our destinations and specific activities, restaurants, and hotels. My answer ("Instagram!") was met with confused head tilts, which made me realize that most people still think of Instagram mostly as a way to keep up with their real-life friends. Which, of course, it is. But Instagram is also an awesome tool for researching and planning vacations--or even weekend plans in your own city! I've been using it a lot since we moved to Spokane to scope out places to go/see/explore. It's like a big crowd-sourced gallery of real-time, seasonally appropriate ideas!How to plan a trip using Instagram

The first place I start is the "Places" tab on Instagram, which pulls up photos from users that have geotagged their photos with that location. You can search for broad places ("Spokane, WA") or specific locations ("Rockwood Bakery"). A broad search is worth doing to see if it yields any ideas, but be warned: you'll probably also find a lot of irrelevant stuff like people's dogs, workouts, and car selfies.

For that reason, I usually try to start with a list of a few top-rated restaurants, coffee shops, and things to do, which I get from TripAdvisor and people's recommendations. Then I search for those specific places under the "Places" tab. What I like about this is you can see recent photos from real people. This is especially helpful if you want to do something that varies by the season. You can see, for example: are the cherry blossoms in bloom yet? how big is the waterfall this time of year? is there still snow on the ground? etc. When you click on the most recent photos, you can see the timestamp when they were posted, which helps determine if it's worth going. We did this when we were considering going to Palouse Falls a few weekends ago. When we saw that the waterfall was really big and beautiful that day, it convinced us to take the detour!

Looking at recent photos also helps me narrow down restaurants, because I can see if the food looks good, if the restaurant is cute inside, and whether it looks fancy or casual (and baby-friendly). Instagram also has a little map above the photos, so I can quickly see if the location is near whatever else we have planned for the day.

In addition, looking at real peo...

06:38

Building a Chicken Run: Part One "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

It feels like ages ago that my biggest concern around the farm was cutting and installing the kitchen counters. Then the big windstorm hit, which not only crushed my greenhouse, but knocked out power for a solid 4 days. Then work got a little crazy, and my truck stopped working (again), and the worst partI came home one day early last week to find that two more of my chickens had been killed and left in the yard.

March can seriously just go suck one.

A few weeks ago when I lost two of my chickens I had a lot of questions about what would have taken one and left the other dead in my neighbors yard. Typically a natural predator kills a chicken to eat it (and doesnt leave a body.)

Id just about convinced myself it was the work of a fox (or two), but when I came home last week to more carnage, I also found this:

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Its definitely a canine print, and fairly large if you use my hand for scale. So not a fox or raccoon. Its possible its a coyote, but given the fact that the dead chickens are being left behind, Im actually leaning towards a dog. Its definitely not one of my neighbors newfies, who often come over to visit and never chase or attack the birds

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Theyre such sweethearts.

But its possible someone farther down the road has a dog thats getting loose and coming down here to play with the chickens.

Either way, I spent three years letting my flock free-range, and up until now my biggest concern had been chickens wandering into the road and getting hit by a car. Id really hoped to minimize that risk with a low fence and hedge around the front of the property that would allow the Nugs to continue to free-range while keeping them out of the road, but this changes things.

Maybe, long term, I can think of a way to keep them free-ranging inside the donkey pasture (where no smart canine would dare go), but right now the fence I have wont contain them. So, its time to build an outdoor run....

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Saturday, 25 March

16:50

Basic Crown Molding "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

Installing crown molding is a nice upgrade that can be done to just about any room. The problem is that it is more frustrating than you could ever imagine. Ive installed crown in a handful of rooms now and the process has gotten easier and easier. Ive picked up a few tips, tricks, and jigs that I think could make life easier for you if you plan to take on this task. I must preface this post by saying that I am not a master trim carpenter by any means and have no interest in taking on a complex trim job. This post will outline how to install crown in a simple room with flat ceilings. That is it.

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Thursday, 23 March

12:00

One Thing I Miss + Ian is 9 Months! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

How have you guys been? Last week was super lame for me. I barely got out of the house and yet I still managed to get sick, on Friday of all days. Boo! Worst of all, Ian got the same bug and the poor guy threw up for the first time in his life and had a fever of 101.9. It was so sad to see him feeling miserable, especially since he's normally such a happy kid. But this week, we're all feeling muuuuch better, it's officially spring, the weather is getting nice, and my sister is home for spring break. So things are looking up! YAY. I am ready for flowers and farmer's markets and barbecuing and long walks.

Spring in Spokane

Speaking of which...since the weather has warmed up, I've quickly realized something that I miss about our last neighborhood: it was SO walkable. We were within minutes to the beach, the library, multiple parks, coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, hair salons, etc...I got spoiled. My parents' neighborhood is nice, but it's basically just a residential suburb blocked in by major streets (that don't have very accessible crosswalks). I don't think I fully appreciated how nice it was to have almost everything we needed within walking distance. So far, that's what I miss the most about our old life (besides the people, of course).

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In other news...Ian turns 9 months old tomorrow!!! I've been kicking myself for neglecting to write down regular monthly updates or journal entries to him. I haven't even kept track of his milestones very well...and he's my first baby! But oh well. I was reminded that Ian doesn't care whether he has a super detailed baby journal, or whether I've lost all my pregnancy weight, or whether I make dinner and keep the house clean, or whether he's dressed in a cute outfit or not. Those are pressures that I put on myself. He just wants me to play with him and interact with him.

Ian is 9 months!

So on that note, I won't spend too much longer writing this post...I've got better...

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Wednesday, 22 March

18:49

Loft Closet in Tiny House "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A few of you have been asking for more details on the loft closet we built for the Wild Rose Tiny House.

The homeowner wanted a simple closet system in the low ceiling in the loft with a few drawers.  But we wanted to keep the closet system light weight and functional.  

Given the space constraints, I think it turned out really well and will be very useful for the homeowner.  I wish we had more space vertically for clothes to fully hang, but the homeowner was fine with perhaps longer items resting on the bottom of the closet in the hanging space. 

The drawers ended up being very roomy too, perfect for smaller items.  All in all, a great project that was easy and fast to build.  

Since this one should definitely be customized to the space, I thought I'd tackle this one in more of a how we did it style, rather than a plan with specific cut list.

The first thing we did was build the center section.  You don't want to go over 36" wide here because the top shelf will start sagging and drawers won't slide right any larger.  We built the sides and shelf out of 3/4" plwyood ripped into strips 15-3/4" wide by 8 feet long, and then just cross cut from there.

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Wednesday, 15 March

19:19

Slide Out Closet for Tiny House "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Perhaps one of the most controversial builds I've done of late is this closet.

Or more specifically, not the closet, but where the closet is located.

 

The closet is mounted on a sliding track, and slides across the bathroom, stored in the shower when not in use.  

Its an almost effortless motion to pull the closet out of the shower to access your clothing.  The closet then can slide over the toilet when the shower is in use for access to the bathroom.  After showering, the shower curtain is clipped over the shower head, preventing water from running into the closet.

This closet solution was perfect for my client, a single guy with a small amount of clothes who takes quick showers.  But many of you did not agree, concerned about moisture in the bathroom, or storing clothing in the same room as the composting toilet.  The key to creating a tiny house that works for you is custom.  In such a small space you have to do what works for you.  This sliding closet may not be the right storage solution for everyone, but I'm guessing there's a few of you who could roll - or should we say slide - with this set up, so I thought I'd share more details on how we built it in a blog post.

I built the closet out of 3/4" plywood, ripped into strips 15-3/4" wide by eight feet long.  The reason for this width is most clothing hangers are about 16" wide and you can get three 15-3/4" rips out of a 4 foot wide piece o...

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Tuesday, 14 March

02:56

Year 5: Taking Stock and Being Grateful "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Last week marked 5 years to the day since I officially closed on this property and took my first victory lap around the farm.

That inaugural Victory Lap in 2012 took place on a particularly balmy day in March:

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Every year since, Ive made a point to walk the perimeter of the property, champagne in hand, and take some time to just be grateful for everything Ive got here. The freedom, the work, the possibilities, the fun, the chance to build an amazing life for myself.

Some years (like 2015) Ive had to bundle up for freezing temps for my annual victory lap

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Some years (like 2014) Ive had to trudge through a couple of feet of snow

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On years when Im tired, and weather conditions arent ideal for a quarter-mile hike through the field, I sometimes think to myself I could just do this tomorrow when the weather will be better. But then I remember that doing the workand being gratefuleven when conditions arent ideal, well, thats the whole point.

And its safe to say that this year on the day marking my fifth year on the farm conditions were not ideal. Wed been getting 70mph wind-gusts for the better part of the day. So windy that power lines were down everywhere, a semi had overturned on one of the main roads leading from my house, and this happened

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Yeah. Thats my greenhouse. It had been staked in place with four rebar anchor brackets like this

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Which provided adequate wind support, right up until those 70mph wind gusts, and then, not so much.

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Thursday, 09 March

23:35

The Paralyzing Fear of Purchasing a New Couch "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Lets start this post off by talking about personal strengths. Mine fall along the lines of 1.) tearing apart a house Im living in, 2.) doing shit someone told me I couldnt, 3.) building random things while drinking wine, and 4.) hugging chickens.

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Things that are not on that list? Decorating a house.

I mean, Im decent at replicating something I see and like a super expensive bathroom vanity, for example? No problem, I can build one on the cheap. But the more Ive seen really talented people put rooms together, the more I realized how much I dont know (and, frankly, dont want to take the time to learn) about space planning, the best way to arrange furniture, and just plain making a room look good.

This hasnt been an actual issue in my life because all of the houses Ive lived in for the last 8 years have been in a perpetual state of getting torn apart and being put back together. So, you know, my biggest concerns have always been things like whether or not I have a functioning kitchen sink, and less about aesthetics.

But this week marks five whole years since I bought this big, old farmhouse, and in that time Ive only purchased 4 pieces of furniture to go inside of it.

  1. A bookshelf to hold all of my books.*
  2. A bookshelf to hold all of my farm gear.
  3. A craigslist kitchen table.
  4. A bed. (Wait, actually, two beds.)

Everything else in this house is either a hand-me-down or something I built myself, like the office desk and indoor workbench, or my console table for the TV...

03:45

DIY Barn Door for Tiny House "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

In our last tiny house we got to put a barn door between the kitchen and bathroom.

Because the barn door slides neatly out of the way, we could do all sorts of fun stuff with the area, without worrying about the door getting in the way.

Most notable - being able to slide the kitchen cabinet under the window into the bathroom to reveal a hiding place in the kitchen corner for a washer dryer combo unit.  

These barn doors can be miracle solution to offering privacy in a space saving way.

So I wanted to take a minute today and share with you a few details on our most recent barn door build.

 

How We Built Our Barn Door

We used kiln dried very straight 1x6 tonge and groove boards.  We put the boards together and nailed and glued, then ripped the end boards on the table saw down to size, so the planks are evenly placed.  The door is slightly larger than the opening.

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Saturday, 04 March

02:09

Orange "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Happy Friday friends!  We've been very busy working on our house, and are finally into the finishing stages.  Thank you to those of you following along through our weekly videos.  Now that we are into the finishing stages, I'm excited to also start sharing blog posts about our house. 

Our home is a timberframe, meaning the structure is made up of giant wood beams that are exposed on both the inside and outside.

I had envisioned a neutrel toned wood stain on all the woodwork, but when our prestained timbers arrived more orange than gray-toned, I held back the tears and tried not to cry.

We had a crew on site and rented equipment.  There was no holding up the show to refinish the beams.  

So we progressed forward.  My sweet husband promised me that if I still wasn't happy with the beams when done, we would do whatever it takes - even if that meant refinishing 592 beams on scaffolding.

Despite not being what I had in mind, the orange is growing on me every day.  It's not on trend - it's not dark...

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Thursday, 02 March

03:49

Back to Farm Work and Hard Shit "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

After two incredibly exhausting weekends installing the new kitchen counters, and the subsequent recovery from that adventure, I finally had to pick myself up off the floor and get back to the day-to-day projects around the farm. First and foremost on that list was building a new roost in the chicken coop.

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The coop already has two roosts in it and, even with the recent addition of seven full-grown chickens to my flock, thats more than enough space for all of my birds and then some. But, even though the new chickens have adjusted to free-ranging on the farm fairly well, only a couple of them sleep up on the roosts the rest pile into the nesting boxes at night, inevitably pooping all over everything in there, which means much more frequent coop-cleanings, and very dirty eggs that need to be washed all the time.

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Heres something you might not know: for the most part a freshly-laid egg is perfectly clean. Not only that, but a fresh, unwashed egg has a natural protective coating on it called the bloom which keeps air and bacteria out of the egg. If you dont wash a fresh egg, you can store it at room temperature for at least a month, but once you rinse or wash an egg and that coating is gone, you need to store it in the refrigerator.

Also, another interesting egg side note: Most eggs you buy in the grocery store are at least a month old, and possibly older. If you want to know exactly when your eggs were packaged, every carton has a three-digit number on it, which corresponds to the Julian date on the calendar (i.e. January 1 = 001, December 31= 365.) The day this post will be published, March 1, is 060 on the Julian calendar for this year you can find a chart of Julian dates here. So if you see the number 045 on your egg carton, that means the eggs were packaged on February 14th. (It does not necessarily mean the egg was laid on that date though, so you could factor in a few more days for that.) You can find more info on determining how fresh your store-bought eggs are here.

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Wednesday, 01 March

18:19

Slide Out Entry Pantry Cabinet for Tiny House "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Disclosure: I have loved and used Rustoleum and Liberty Hardware products for many, many years, and am proud to be a brand ambassador for them.  This post is part of my relationship but all opinions expressed are my own.

 

On our most recent tiny house, it kept bugging me that we didn't have much pantry space.  There was ample storage for dishes and more attractive items, but no where to put a cereal box.  So at the very last minute, I had this idea to build a cabinet in the entryway, with cubbies for sunglasses, wallets, and other accessories -

But there was one big problem -

The storage above the cubbies was very difficult to reach because of the high height.

So I thought, what if the upper portion wasn't even storage at all for the entryway?  And was instead a slide over cabinet for storage in the kitchen?

I still can't believe this actually worked!  

You can see it in action in the video -

This project was very much about the concept and custom building it for the space, so I thought I'd share with you today a little more about it.

First I decided how big I wanted the cabinet to be.  I had a pair of...

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Saturday, 25 February

04:48

Favorite Rustic Dining Table Plans "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Rustic dining tables can completely transform a room by adding functionality, character and texture through natural wood.  But you don't have to spend a fortune - most are DIY friendly for around $100 using off the shelf lumber.  And of course, I'm here to help with lots of plans and inspiration.  Here's my list of favorite rustic dining tables that you can build.

 

The Classic - A simple, sturdy design, beloved by all, fits with most styles and takes stains and paints well.

Built by Upsidedown

Plans: Farmhouse Table Updated Pocket Hole Plan

 

 

The Fold Up - Bring your farmhouse table with you, where ever you go!  Or create an outdoor table that folds flat for winter storage.

More Details: Build Post by Officer Dad

 

The Fancy - By adding a few easy to work with angles, the rustic dining table becomes fancy farmhouse.

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00:31

Kitchen Process: The Holy Shit Edition "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Yeah. Thats all I have to say about the 22 hours of counter-installation I did this past weekend. Holy. Shit.

Looking back on it, its funny to think that I was under the impression I was really close to being doing a week ago. (Ha.) I mean, I thought I had one cut straight cut left to do, trim the sink hole, join everything together, and that would be it. I was sure Id have it done Saturday, with Sunday left for clean up.

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That face says it all.

The awesome part about Saturday was that my mom came up to the farm to help out with odds and ends (and help me move pieces of counter around as needed) and it was SIXTY DEGREES OUT. In February. In MICHIGAN. (This is literally unheard of as in it has never been this warm on that particular day in February in all of recorded history.)

That was such a blessing because not only was it just plain awesome to be outside, it also meant I could work on the counter right out on the porch instead of hauling all of the pieces in and out of the garage.

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The chickens also thought this was an awesome arrangement.

So the first challenge of the weekend was joining two sections of board together to make one fifteen foot long section. The sink hole is roughly in the middle of that section, and I debated for a long time about either putting the seam behind the sink (where it would be less noticeable) or just down somewhere near the end of the counter where it would run the full width of the counter.

I decided on putting it behind the sink and Im still debating on whether or not that was the right call, but it is what it is.

So, first step, glue these together

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Except I decided not to use the exact right tool for this joba biscuit joinereven though Id already purchased one and was sitting in its box in the back of my car.

I dont I mean guys. Ive been doing this shit for over a decade. I know how this goes,...

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Wednesday, 11 January

10:27

Boat Roofed Shed winning Shed of the year changed my life "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Nice little update from Alex Holland him of the upturned boat shed. I was fortunate enough to be the overall winner of the 2013 Shed Of The Year competition with my Boat Roofed Shed. Doing so has changed my life for the better! It is like being the President of the United States in that...

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Thursday, 05 January

15:18

Some interesting videos of shed builds "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

When the sheddies add their sheds for Shed of the year some of them also add videos, so you and us judges can have a good look at their builds so here are a collection of great ones, some with jaunty tunes! be great to see your shed in video form contact...

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Tuesday, 15 November

15:47

Guest post :  A woolly hat for your shed "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Thanks to Andy from Workshopshed.com for this guest post about insultation your shed roof. Everyone knows when its cold you put a hat on to keep warm and every house has loft insulation. But when building a shed we typically only have a layer of board topped with felt to keep us warm. My shed was Continue reading Guest post :  A woolly hat for your shed

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Friday, 03 June

18:22

All the world loves a shed "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The past week I have been delighted that the word of the sheds and the brilliant shed of the year finalists have been covered in traditional media but also the quirky side of the web. Here is a selection of the coverage we have got a massive thanks should go of course to the Continue reading All the world loves a shed

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