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Gift Guide for DIYers

With Eleven House in process and my current house loaded with boxes that I pulled from the storage unit (saving me $60 per month, but making me a little crazy with the mess), I have pushed the holiday celebrations to the side. I just sent off two big boxes of family decorations to my two sons. I want to travel lighter, and I would rather gift these items now. But time marches on, and we’re already into December! Here are a few ideas for gifts for that DIYer in your life:…

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12 Ways Honeybees Can Teach You About Home

In my previous life, BBLE (Before Big Life Events), I kept honeybees. The honeybee was, and still is, one of my deepest passions, and each time I see one it makes me smile. Honeybees are social creatures with their lives centered on their home. The recent focus on the honeybee and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has caused more Americans to learn about – and appreciate – the hard-working insect. They are magical bits of sunshine, and we need them more than you know.  Every time I visited the honeybees, I came…

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Eleven House: How to Make a DIY Debris Chute From Kitchen Drawers

The plaster removal process at Eleven House was a pretty big project! I blogged about it here, and as promised I want to show you how we constructed a debris chute from drawers. The drawers in the downstairs kitchen at Eleven House were destined for the dumpster – until Bill Spaid had a brilliant idea and sidelined them for this project. Bill removed one end of the drawers and notched the edges so all the drawers fit together (reducing the possibility of trash getting caught along the way.) He then fit them together…

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Have a great holiday season – and still stay on budget

Holidays can sabotage a budget. When I was a young single mother with two small sons, I came home after work one evening a few days before Christmas to find that someone had broken into my home. The burglars lifted a patio door off its track and entered the house, taking anything of value. It didn’t amount to much, since I lived in a rental and barely made enough to keep food on the table some weeks. But the burglars took the microwave, earrings, a roll of postage stamps, the thawing…

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Don’t Go Sour on Saving – National Pickle Day

Pucker up! It’s National Pickle Day! That little fruit (yep, it is officially a fruit) that sits quietly in the jar in your refrigerator is a legend. Cleopatra allegedly crunched them. Amerigo Vespucci peddled them. Elvis fried them. A Dutchman named William Beukelz gets the credit for the name “pickle,” although it seems he pickled fish and not cucumbers. But who are we to question? Shakespeare did it for us, writing in The Tempest, ” How camest thou in this pickle?” According to Pickle Packers Intl. Inc., Americans are crazy about pickles,…

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