One of my best friends got me into woodworking over 20 years ago. She coached me patiently and and we spent many hours in her wood shop making tons of things with her scroll saw. Over the years I’ve learned how to use different tools making home repairs and improvements with my husband. Together we have taken on the challenges of being as DIY as possible.

In 2005 we took on a large wood working project on our homestead and built a 30 x 40 pole barn with an expansion shed. It took about 3 years from start to finish. About 85% of the wood for our barn is from our property. It was a dream come true. Back then our daughter owned our beloved horse Sarada, and the old grey mare needed a shelter. It was a sweet, super fun project.

Our latest project was building my mom a tiny house, which has been a major group effort, led by our family, friends, and even some strangers.

Tiny house project


Give and take

I’ve been doing “workshops” with kids and friends for years now. I build things for myself that I can’t find locally, online, or afford. A lot of times my friends will come up with their own designs, and we just go for it in the shop with all leftover materials. Scrap wood, hardware, leftover paints …

Tiny house senior unit: how a family, community, and strangers came together in honor of our mom.

We built a tiny house for my mom and her bed got moved in on February 24th 2018. She has been warm, dry, and very happy in her new home ever since! This past year our family, friends, community, and even a few strangers all took part in building a tiny house for my mom! …

A year in review

Its been a whole year since my sister and I started a go fund me page for our mom’s tiny house. We didn’t really know where to start, so that seemed like a good idea at the time. When some of our family members donated (right before Christmas!) it was the confirmation and boost we …