How to Clean Eggs

How to Clean Eggs

Egg cleaning is one of the most hotly debated topics among chicken keepers. Some people are against it; some people are for it; some people favor one method over another. With so many opinions out there, it can be difficult to decide what to do. Let’s run through all the options, so you can form your own opinion. [Read more...]

How to Build a Carpenter Bee Trap

Build a Carpenter Bee Trap

I’ve done a lot to attract bees to my garden – planting flowers that they like, building them houses, etc. But carpenter bees? I’m not a fan. They do too much damage to our house, tree house and swing set each year for me to be on good terms with them. I’ve read article after article that says they only go after non-treated, rotting wood, but that hasn’t been my experience at all.

Carpenter Bee Damage

See those holes? They were made by carpenter bees. That’s pressure treated lumber, and they started boring holes in it as soon as we finished building our tree house. They continue to bore new holes in it every spring.

When we built a new roof overhang over the basement a couple years ago, they bored holes through the new cedar supports, before we had a chance to finish them, and they continued to bore holes through them even after we stained them. They’re destructive creatures, I tell you.

So, this year, it’s on. Since we’re not fans of chemical solutions, my husband and I decided to build some carpenter bee traps. We’ve been seeing them in catalogs lately, so we did some research, and came up with our own design. Here’s how it’s made: [Read more...]

Early Spring in My Garden – 2014

Tiny Apricots

Spring is just getting underway, but there’s already lots going on in my garden. Take a look: [Read more...]

Chickens and The Deep Litter System

Chickens and The Deep Litter System

So, our chickens have been outside for about six weeks, and you know how many times we’ve cleaned out their coop? Zero. That’s because we decided to use the deep litter system. If all goes well, we’ll only clean out their coop once a year. Here’s how it works: [Read more...]

How to Organize Scissors

How to Organize Scissors

My daughters love to create as much as I do, so I’ve been working to organize our arts and craft supplies in a way that makes things easy to find (and hopefully just as easy to put away). We have a gazillion pairs of scissors (the result of my love for vintage scissors), yet I never seem to be able to find a pair when I need them. Frustrating!

Last weekend, my husband spotted a hand towel holder at a yard sale, and carried it over to ask if I had a use for it. It matched the stuff in our upstairs bathroom – so I’m sure that’s what he had in mind – but when I looked at it, I saw a scissor holder!

After rounding up all of our scissors (a major undertaking that involved unannounced bedroom inspections), I’m happy to report that it’s perfect for the job. And better still: my kids have been putting away the scissors when they’re done with them.

A few of our craft scissors (that cut fancy edges) had handles that were too small to fit over the end of the towel bars. I solved the problem by tying a loop of ribbon to the handles and hanging them from that.

And an unexpected bonus of this set up: We now have a rack that’s easy to carry to wherever we’re working.

Want to see what else I’ve done to organize our arts and craft supplies? You’ll find some of my recent projects here.