Prevent Wipes from Drying Out with an Old Fashion Solution

  I used to wrestle with those plastic packages that makeup removal wipes come in. You know the type: crinkly plastic with supposedly “resealable” adhesive labels that never seemed to remain adhesive once they’ve come in contact with their contents. I’ve preferred makeup wipes to remove my makeup since I was a teenager, and for about…

Paper-Doll Style Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Garland – Instructions & Pattern

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use scrap packing paper to produce this charming Christmas tree garland inspired by paper dolls but styled after classic gingerbread men. This project takes only a few minutes and uses materials you can probably find for free! This gingerbread man pattern is actually my own design, sketched and…

With a small investment in dramatic lighting your farm can generate income as an event venue

Air BnB Hosting Tips that Boost Profit & Guest Reviews:

Know your Market and Price Accordingly Just two tips on pricing: A. Start Low then go High. People who pay very little for a product or service are more likely to give the product or service very high reviews. Starting out on Air BnB, reviews are EVERYTHING- reviews are so important they are practically worth…

How to use the downsizing process to make money to pay for your tiny house

How to Make Money while Downsizing into a Tiny House

  In 2015 I took the plunge, downsizing my life to adapt to a new adventure. As I began the process of selling my business in early 2014, I began preparing for the life transition the change would bring. 2015 dawned with me living in a 3,000 square foot home with 2 garages, a workshop,…

An Equestrian Christmas – Ideas for Stylish Equestrian Christmas Decor

From 2010-2015 Hawk Hill’s stable was inhabited always by a horse or two and I ran a tack store out of a warehouse building on the property that was designed to look like a barn, so it seemed appropriate for both my use of the property and the design of the buildings themselves to integrate…

anthropologie rosette quilt drying on clothesline after commercial wash

Review of Anthropologie Rosette Quilt – 5 Year Update

My quilt is currently for sale on this consignment site, snatch it up for a fraction of the price of new! Confession: when Anthropologie’s Jersey Cotton Rosette Quilt blew up on Pinterest I was all over it. After weeks of hemming and hawing and a lot of wasted time scouring the internet in an attempt…

My Garage with Chandelier Lighting

This blog can practically be read as a tribute to chandeliers, decorating with chandeliers, the decorating of chandeliers, and the reselling and hacking of chandeliers, but one thing regular blog readers might not know about me and my chandelier fixation is that I frequently use chandeliers for utility lighting. I visit thrift stores and Habitat for…

how to donate after a disaster

Disaster Response: How to Help in a Helpful Way

[I originally wrote this article in the the summer of 2011, following the EF5 tornado that claimed 160 lives and 8,000 homes in Joplin MO. I’d used my professional experience in inventory management and distribution to help set up and manage the aid distribution for a relief center/shelter in Joplin and wanted to make note…

4 Tips to Stay Stylish & Organized in a Studio Apartment or Dorm Room

2015 saw me transition from a 3,000 square foot home in on a 3 acre farm to a 300 square foot studio apartment in downtown Seattle, Washington. Unlike a tiny house, where architectural elements are used to create nooks and crannies that conveniently hide clutter and tidy the space, a studio apartment (like a dorm…

How to: Build Your Own 2-Week Chicken Feeder

  Necessity is the mother of invention- and in this case, a need to not frequently handle feed bags due to a dust allergy inspired the creation of this multiple-week feeder. The basic design of this feeder, one 5 gallon bucket set in a feed pan, is common but has a capacity of only about…

Hacking Ikea Rail as a Knife Rack

Hacking Ikea Fintorp into a Knife Rack with Neodymium Magnets

One 2 minute DIY-project in my new Seattle apartment is my Ikea Fintorp Rail. Originally purchased as a pot rack, I realize that by using small  Neodymium Magnets I could convert the metal rail into a secure storage spot for my favorite kitchen knives. Since I live in the urban-rental equivalent of a tiny house…

Calling 280 Square Feet “Home”: Tiny Living in Downtown Seattle

As blog followers know, I sold my small business in 2015 and moved to Seattle to start grad school. I rented rooms for my first term, then fell in love with the tiny, tiny apartments in an old, old apartment building near my school, despite the fact that my first google of the apartment name…

How to Reuse (And Propagate) Potted Daffodil Bulbs in Mesh Produce Bags

I have made no secret of my affinity for daffodils on my blog. In order to feature them even more prominently in my spring landscape, a few years ago I started planting daffodil bulbs in planters around my porch and driveway. When, at the end of summer, I’m cleaning up the planters, I tuck daffodil…

1 Easy Tip to prevent honey from crystallizing - & fix it if it already has

How to Prevent Honey from Crystallizing (or Fix it if it Already Has!)

A spoonful of a product you probably already have in your cabinet can prevent (or reverse) the crystallization of honey as it ages. Honey is the only food product that never goes bad, though, if you’ve ever discovered a jar of honey forgotten in the back of a cabinet, you might doubt it based on…

Using a Vintage Hardware C-Clamp as a USB Cable Holder

Normally I’m more of a “Step by Step DIY” writer than a “Life Hack” photo blogger, but every once in awhile I come up with an idea that just works and doesn’t need much explanation. That’s the case with this post. at Hawk Hill I used to use cable clips to secure the cord of…