Do It Yourself





7/21/2014
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
4/8/2014
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
3/3/2014
We overcame rocky soil and built a decorative fence.
5/16/2014
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
12/17/2013
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
5/27/2014
The author's husband - with a little assistance from the author - transforms a regular bed truck into a flat bed truck.
3/31/2014
The sounds in the country are far different than those of the cities.
10/24/2013
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
1/20/2014
Old-World archways create an elegant, open flow from one space to another and are much easier to create than you might think!
2/21/2014
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
9/2/2014
In reading books of yesteryear, when a young girl was about to marry, her mother purchased yards and yards of material and sewed for days making all the linens she would need for her bed, kitchen and table. Sometimes these would already have been made and waiting in her hope chest.
9/24/2014
My mama's hen laid a double yolked egg. My Minnesota poultry expert friend explained how it happened.
5/19/2014
We are trying to eat more 'greens' and found that buying organic can get costly. I planted plenty this year in hopes of having a good crop to make many green smoothies in our new Vitamix.
6/1/2014
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
10/9/2013
What happened to the crafts of the past?
2/15/2012
The story of how we got here and who we are.
6/16/2014
A small bench near a quiet pond on a cattle ranch. A Bible and a cup of tea.
2/16/2014
Re-purpose old louver doors into a lovely bookshelf in just one day!
8/28/2013
A trip to the garden to grab some cucumbers for a delicious down-home salad sends me on a trip down memory lane. Do you remember this recipe from your grandmother's kitchen table?
10/3/2013
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
9/24/2013
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
4/1/2014
We think you'll be inspired to keep your old buildings when you read about Todd's ingenuity, perseverance and hard work while saving the old chicken house.
9/10/2013
As fall begins to settle in, Donna Rae fondly recalls those first back-to-school days as a child - as well as those experienced by her father.
1/6/2014
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
4/14/2014
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!




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