The last few weeks have kept us very busy with a variety of DIY projects around the house. With the absolutely beautiful weather gracing us, my girls and I decided to take advantage, move school outside most days, and just get after it.
We first needed to fashion a new table for our deck. Our old table, after weathering many a Midwestern winters, had finally called it quits and we needed another piece on which all of our summer family dinners could take place. I happened to find a local woman who was selling barn wood, so we ventured to her barn and listened to a wonderful story of a Swedish family who immigrated to the Rockford area with hopes of building a family farm. They bought property on the corner of Baxter and Mulford Roads and there constructed a home in 1902. Later, in 1903, they gathered with neighbors to build a barn in which to begin their farming venture.
We brought home three 10-foot boards, washed them, and ran over them once with some sandpaper. I then applied three coats of //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=makofahom-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B000C011CE&asins=B000C011CE&linkId=96a4608fd8c32411f7f8bbe7d4f64747&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>an exterior marine polyurethane to all sides of each board. I connected the boards with 2 x 4’s in order to create a removable table top that I can bring inside during the winter months. I then created “table legs” using cinder blocks. I was so thrilled once the project was complete because I was able to craft a one-of-kind ten-foot table to entertain upon for under $100.
My girls and I also got busy building a backyard washing station. While visiting Koviashuvik Living School in Temple, Maine last August, I was struck by all the ways in which the Knapp family used seemingly random household objects to craft “new” devices to serve a very sustainable purpose. Our washing station is not completely sustainable, as we do plan to start our washing process with city water from our home, but our hope is to eliminate one avenue of waste through this process. (And keep my kitchen cleaner too!) Each garden season we are faced with what to do with the dozens upon dozens of 5 gallon buckets filled with dirt-caked veggies that make their way into our kitchen. Enter…our OUTDOOR veggie washing station 🙂
We had a random cement slab that was found in our yard when we bought our house and it has been milling about under a tree ever since. So, with much assistance from my strength-and-conditioning-coach hubby, we moved the cement slab near our backyard water spigot. I used the old legs from our outdoor table we had just scraped, and attached them to a countertop my dad had just removed from his basement during a remodel. I then placed a washtub next to the table, with a bucket beneath the drain. We plan to plug the washtub, dump in our muddy produce, and fill the tub with our nearby hose-water. Once all the veggies have been scrubbed clean and placed in a strainer on the table, we can drain the tub into the bucket and then use that greywater to water our plants with. And all of this will happen outside, and now only gloriously clean veg will make its way into my kitchen.
And last, but certainly not least of our DIY adventures of late, I have created a spot in the garden entirely for me. I moved around some aimless pieces that had been littering our property and used them as the basis for this new space. I then crafted prayer flags and stitched each stitch with a heartfelt intention. So here I stand to greet my morning, in my very own corner of the garden, setting positive intentions for my day.
Wishing you all a productive, yet peaceful start to your week.