For the House

DIY Decor Sale Shout-Out

by Ivory Soap DIY

I don’t normally do this.  But, today is the last day for the calendars.com 2015 sale.  I know that sounds nuts.  What do I need a half used calendar for?  Well, I learned from my MIL to use them for the art.  Between dead vintage children’s books and calendars, she has decorated the nurseries in […]

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Build A Vintage-Inspired Egg Rack

by Daisy Barnyard

This is one of my favorite things around the house. The first time I noticed an egg rack was in a movie. It was Gosford Park, and believe me or don’t believe me, but I was more interested in this thing than in Clive Owen. I froze the movie over and over to get a […]

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DIY Custom Freezer Cooking Plan

by Ivory Soap DIY

  My friend Missy and I were pouring over freezer cooking plans in an effort to give us some short cuts in feeding our nine picky kids and hubbies.  We found that NOTHING fit our families.  Between the two of us, we have so many dietary restrictions and husband diets and *sensory* kids…well it was […]

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Bar Soap Dishwashing

by Ivory Soap DIY

When I tried to clean out my dishwasher filter, I mistook the float for the drain.  When I yanked, it broke.  So, in the end I had a fabulously clean dishwasher that didn’t work; I was right in the middle freezer cooking.  That explains the above pile of grossness. On top of all of that […]

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Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

by Daisy DIY

With preschool and primary school-age kids, I struggle to organize their clothes.  I thought about taking a picture of the laundry room floor before I cleared it up, but nobody would believe it was really that bad so I am sparing you the image.  Suffice it to say, I was repeatedly heard to say to […]

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My Ana White Mudroom

by Daisy DIY

A few days ago I mentioned I built a mudroom wall using plans from Ana White’s building plans website. I thought I would elaborate on what I did to modify the plans to fit our needs. I used the “Smiling Mudroom” plans, and the result definitely makes me smile.  It’s just what we will need […]

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Undersink Makeover

by Daisy DIY

I follow a Swedish design/diy blog called Chez Larsson.  I think Deanna is amazed anew every time I mention that I follow a bunch of design blogs because I’m not exactly a stylista.  No shock there, I’m sure. The main thing that keeps me tuned to this particular blog is Benita Larsson’s commitment to perfection.  […]

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DIY Homeschool: 5 Gadgets I Can’t Live Without

by Ivory Soap DIY

#1 Duplexing Laser Printer The first product I ever bought for my homeschool was recommended by the lady who pioneered Hillbilly Housewife.  For her homeschool, Old Fashioned Education, she printed free books and bound them herself.  If the queen of frugality said I needed this product, then I was inclined to believe her.  Laser printing […]

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DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner(s)

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  Commercial stainless steel cleaners can be some of the fumiest, most flammable products in your home.   This is because the vast majority of them contain a waterless solvent (read: petrochemical).  This gives you a spray-on, wipe off experience requiring no elbow grease.  Another magical property of the commercial brands is corn starch, long […]

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Sentimental Pencil Holder

by Daisy DIY

Damaged in a storm many years ago, this oak caught just the right wind one dark night recently and now is no more.  We kept the lumber and are trying to make the most of it. This tree stood here for a hundred years and has meant a lot to our family for the last […]

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How To Make a Patio Pond in a Day

by Ivory Soap DIY

Have you had your eye on an expensive water feature for your back yard patio? Water features are a great way to add visual interest to your back yard, and can help provide a calming oasis for you and your family to relax next to after a long day. Water features, however, don’t have to […]

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A Few Firewood Basics

by Daisy DIY

I thought I’d share some of the scintillating facts I’ve picked up about firewood since we started heating with a wood stove.  I say that intending a bit of sarcasm, but the truth is I really do find this stuff way too interesting.  Here we go: 1.  While every old-timer has his or her list, […]

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Splitting Firewood

by Daisy DIY

I learned something new recently.  Around here, and presumably in most areas, when a tree trimming crew disposes of a tree it pays a dumping fee.  Our local fee ranges from $50 for easily mulch-able branches to $75 for big trunks.  For the tree trimmers, especially the small companies, this can eat into their profits. […]

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Make a Felt Board

by Daisy DIY

I’ve been meaning to make a felt/flannel board for years and never got around to it. Nosing around I heard that glueing the fabric to the board is supposed to interfere with the static that helps the figures stick to the board.  I’m not sure how true this is, but since I preferred a no-glue […]

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Homemade Board & Batten Shutters

by Daisy DIY

My louvered shutters were beginning to give the place that haunted house look– peeling paint and a few cockeyed slats. First I thought I would strip and repaint them myself. Problem was, they’re 70 years old and layered with so many coats of lead paint it was a hazmat nightmare. Not the sort of project […]

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Double Peg Rack

by Daisy DIY

Does this look familiar? Do you, too, have two or three garments per peg, straining to remain in place? Have you ever done “the coat mash” to get juust one more jacket up there? (It works until someone walks by and brushes up against a sleeve, then–avalanche!) Tell me I’m not the only one who […]

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Wimpy Snap Repair

by Daisy DIY

When a favorite shirt became unwearable recently I was asked to fix the snaps. My first thought was, “You can’t fix snaps.” But then I figured it was worth some research and, whadyaknow, you can fix snaps. It’s easy. Take a pair of pliers and gently squeeze the post part of the snap. You’re trying […]

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A Suburban Guide to Buying Lumber

by Daisy DIY

Back when I started building things out of wood, I had no idea what I was doing. I would go up to the man in the hardware store and describe what I wanted and he would help me the best he could. Over the years and over numerous simple projects I am not an expert […]

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Stubborn Doorstop

by Daisy DIY

I may be the only person who has had a problem with this, but I needed a hard-to-remove doorstop to keep little hands from getting smooshed. Regular doorstops just got absconded with, carried around and lost. The worst door of all was the swinging door between the kitchen and dining room. Very fun for the […]

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Knit Clog Re-sole

by Daisy Crafts

I heart Fiber Trends’ Felt Clogs.You know you have a useful item when you wear it out, reluctantly take it off in order to repair it, and immediately put it back on again.Due to some irresponsible usage (wearing them outside to grab sprigs of herbs, etc.), after two winters’ use the outer sole of my […]

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