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DIY Pine Deck Bench Project

Summer is off to a fresh start in our backyard with the addition of three new homemade deck benches.  My husband kept his promise to finish off our deck by creating a corner seating area.  He made the same bench as he had previously for our side deck. Plus he added another bench to the side […]

Continue Reading By on June 8, 2012 in DIY, woodworking

Make Your Own Shake Siding from James Hardie Product – Installation

Husband guest post: Now for the fun part: installation. I had to do some prep work, however, before I could start installing the shingles. This wasn’t so much fun. My arches are made out of ¾-inch thick material. You should have a minimum of 1 inch. When you overlap the shingles, they will stick out […]

Continue Reading By on December 21, 2011 in construction, frugal, green, sustainable, thrifty, with our own hands

Make Your Own Shake Siding from James Hardie Product – Estimating and Making Them

Husband guest post: Now that I had my pattern and my area to shingle drawn out on graph paper, I could start estimating how many shingles I was going to need. One thing to note is that I have not accounted for spaces between the shingles. I recommend eyeing a quarter inch when you install. […]

Continue Reading By on December 20, 2011 in construction, frugal, green, sustainable, thrifty, with our own hands

Make Your Own Shake Siding from James Hardie Product — My Custom Pattern

Husband guest post: I searched and searched on the internet for some other guy who made his own shingles. I was amazed that I couldn’t find a single post. So maybe this will help somebody else out who is in a similar situation as me. What I was interested in was the pattern. I’ve never […]

Continue Reading By on December 19, 2011 in construction, frugal, home, homemade, thrifty, with our own hands

Make Your Own Shake Siding from James Hardie Product — (1) Reasons Why

Husband guest post: James Hardie shingles are expensive, but they look much nicer than lap siding!  I was originally thinking cedar shake shingles because I like the look of them. And they are cheaper. But thanks to the carpenter bees in my area, cedar shakes are not an option. I fought these bees for three […]

Continue Reading By on December 19, 2011 in frugal, green, sustainable, thrifty, with our own hands

Child Closet Organizer: Free Pattern and Tutorial

Want to try making your own version of a clothes organizer for your child or grandchild?  As promised, here’s the free downloadable pattern for you to try at home: Pattern PDF Link The pattern should be printed in “tile large pages” format so that it comes out on four 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of […]

Continue Reading By on September 10, 2011 in children, craft, frugal, sew, stitch, thrifty, with our own hands

Customizing Kid Gear the Second Time Around

If you’re like many parents these days, you find yourself wanting to give your children the best of everything, but not quite being able to afford it.  With a first child, certain material things might have seemed attainable.  The second time around, reality sets in. When my preschooler became school-aged and needed a bigger backpack, […]

Continue Reading By on September 8, 2011 in craft, family, frugal, school, sew, thrifty, with our own hands

Frugal DIY Bike Rack

Scooting, triking and biking are great summertime fun for families.  But where can we put all of that sports equipment?  My husband got four items off the garage floor by creating his own frugal bike rack for around $25, when a similar ready-made rack was around $60. He used two 2 x 4 pieces of lumber, […]

Continue Reading By on July 1, 2011 in frugal, outdoors, parenting, thrifty