Do It Yourself
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
We overcame rocky soil and built a decorative fence.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
The author's husband - with a little assistance from the author - transforms a regular bed truck into a flat bed truck.
The sounds in the country are far different than those of the cities.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
Old-World archways create an elegant, open flow from one space to another and are much easier to create than you might think!
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
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.
My mama's hen laid a double yolked egg. My Minnesota poultry expert friend explained how it happened.
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.
What happened to the crafts of the past?
The story of how we got here and who we are.
A small bench near a quiet pond on a cattle ranch. A Bible and a cup of tea.
Re-purpose old louver doors into a lovely bookshelf in just one day!
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?
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
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.
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.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!