Our Home from Scratch

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We are Lisa and John and we run a home DIY blog. In addition to our projects, we also share our adventures in cooking, baking and whatever else comes along.

When DIY Fails

Authors: John

I had high hopes for today’s post.  I thought I had learned from my mistakes enough to get this one right.  You were supposed to stop by today and see a black, concrete planter on our front porch freshly adorned with festive orange mums.

Not so much.

Instead of being stuffed with fall flowers, this planter is stuffed with the...

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Survey Results and What’s Next

Authors: John

Thank you to everyone who took part in our reader survey last week!  The results were enormously helpful and will enable us deliver better content more tailored to what you want to read.  Overall, the responses had a very positive tone and reinforced what we suspected, which is that a.) you generally like the DIY and woodworking posts...

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Koostik Giveaway

Authors: John

If  you caught yesterday’s post, you know that Koostik is giving away one of their Walnut Original models to one of our lucky readers.

That giveaway starts right now.

Koostik’s designs amplify the music from an iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini 10 to 20 decibels without electronics.  Their models come in a variety of sizes and wood...

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Meet Koostik

Authors: John

This week we have some exciting news.  On Tuesday, we’re hosting a Giveaway sponsored by Koostik.  If you’re not familiar with Koostik, they make beautiful all-wood docking stations for iPhones, iPads and iPad Mini’s.  They’ll be giving away one of their Walnut Original models valued at $95 to one of our...

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First Reader Survey

Authors: John

Today we’re unveiling our first reader survey.  Please take a minute or two and answer some really simple questions.  Your feedback is hugely important to us and can help us improve our content.  If there’s stuff you like and want to see more of, let us know.  If some of our posts bore you to tears, tell us that too.

THANKS!...

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Summer Rewind

Authors: John

It was a good summer.  I only got sun burned once.  Or twice.  Got to the beach a few times.  Good stuff.  As far as home improvement projects go, this summer wasn’t too bad either.  Let’s take a look back and see what we got done and what we postponed.

We started off the summer with a post on our Spring and Summer Goals whe...

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Garage Improvement Wrap-Up

Authors: John

It’s finally starting to get a little chilly around here.  I’m not calling it Fall yet though.  I’ll wait until the official start of Fall before I give up on summer.  I have one week left.  I’m going to enjoy it.  In the meantime, we finally finished up our garage improvement series that we started way back in...

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Tips for Cleaner Trash Cans

Authors: John

This post stinks.  Well, our trash cans do anyway.  Before we wrap up our garage improvement series, I felt I needed to go where no home blogger has gone before and talk about the trash.  There are two types of people out there: those that keep their trash cans in the house and those that keep them in the garage.  We’re the lat...

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Garage Floor Epoxy

Authors: John

With our summer winding down and the fall quickly approaching, it’s finally time to do something about our garage floor.  A few months after we moved into our current home three years ago, I applied a grey, 2-part epoxy paint to the garage floor.  We had mixed results.  In some areas, the epoxy seemed to go down smoothly and in o...

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2 Easy Home Fixes Using Vaseline

Authors: John

In our home, there’s always something that needs fixing.  If it’s a big enough problem, I usually get right on it since there are some problems that are just not worth avoiding, like a leaking sink for example.  Then there are those problems that are not in-your-face noticeable, but over time drive you mad.  In t...

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