Archive for the 'design' Category

Sculpting the woods

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I’m finally to the point that I’ve cleared out and colonized all the land left inside the garden. I want more room, specifically more room to grow perennials, and I’ve been eyeing the little strip north of the garden – maybe 1,000 sf or so – between the top of the garden and the road. […]

Raised beds, or wanna-be hugels

Monday, March 28th, 2016

I just finished reading one of my most favorite gardening books to date: Guys, I almost didn’t buy this book. I saw it and thought “oh, I have enough gardening books,” but then I saw Bonsall speak at this past bionutrient conference and he cracked me up! And then after hearing him speak and feeling bombarded […]

Integrated composting system

Monday, November 30th, 2015

I used to have a few different sources of fertility for the garden. One compost pile for fall leaves, one for kitchen scraps, and then the every-so-often cleanout of the chicken coop. I’d have to fill them all individually, only to later re-harvest them and mix them together before spreading them on the garden. What a chore. […]

First split

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

My new colony is doing great – the population absolutely exploded! In fact it boomed so much that the last week when I checked, every single frame in a two-deep was full of brood. I happily put on an extra box and walked away. You’d think this would be a good thing, right? Except I […]

Easiest self-waterer ever.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

I’ve always wanted to make some of my bigger pots out in the garden into self-watering pots – the kind where you fill a reservoir in the bottom of the pot and the water slowly wicks up into the soil so you can go way, way longer between having to water. In fact this spring, […]

Rain collecting passive poultry waterer, take 2

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The ducks and their chicken friends seem happy in the duckyard. Every night I tuck them into the old chicken tractor (which never will be mobile again, sadly) and check their feed and water. Which inevitably need refilling, which means I get to crouch down to chicken-tractor height and squelch through all that …not so […]

First cheeseboard

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The first of the cheeseboards has been finished and gifted. Gosh, that took a long time – remember when I started back in February? I gathered all the pretty-looking firewood that I’d set aside from our epic tree harvest and splitting, and took those logs to a woodworking friend with some really great equipment, who […]

Wedding dress – part 1

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A dear friend of mine is getting married this May to her partner of many, many years. I am so honored that she asked me to make her wedding dress for her! I feel blessed that I get to use my skills as a means of showing love and support for her. L wants something […]

Closet in the home stretch

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

My friend T’s closet is almost done! She’s gotten the walls painted and all that’s left is to attach handles to the shoe tip-out drawers – see them down at the bottom there? – and install the benchtop with piano hinge. It is looking soooo good!

Upcycled diaper storage

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Our bedroom used to be a sanctuary. A cool green, sheer-curtains, blissfully serene, no-kids-toys-allowed kind of sanctuary. Well, then Kid #2 happened and we needed somewhere to put… everything. She’s sleeping in the guest room right now, but the changing table, diaper pail, pack n’ play and all her clothes are stored HERE. See this […]