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Jenni
Northeastern Minnesota
Self-Sufficient wife and mother who loves to craft, create, up-cycle and save money
Interests: Saving Money, Getting out of Debt, Crafting, DIY, Home Improvement, wheat free living
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Its official I'm 98% done with the hall tree! Basically took me one month to do from my last post! We ran into a few snags along the way. But the last 2% I'm not entirely sure as to whether or not I'm even going to do or not. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
Well, I've run into a few snags with the hall tree project. We cut what I thought was needed from the bottom of each door to fit behind the radiator. However, I'm continually reminded that old homes aren't square, level, or even. So now I'm thinking we have to cut... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Life has been a little crazy! Though my husband's work week is over so I'm hoping on getting a lot done today, being it his first day off! My main project today will be working on making the hall tree for our livingroom.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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I am ready for spring to be here and winter to be over! We have a sidewalk next to our house that we never use. We also have a paved alley on the other side of our house so people usually just walk up the alley vs use our sidewalk.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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Last night I got pretty far on finishing up my project with the antique rocker. I successfully with the hubby's help finished uncovering the chair, getting the arms off, and re-recovering the main part of the chair. Now tonight to recover the arm rests and re-attach the arm rests. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So, I've successfully sold some items on ebay and while waiting for my auctions to end I decided to take a look around. I've fallen in love with some enamel ware pieces that I think would be fabulous additions to my redecorating. Here is some eye candy to share with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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I think I'm totally in love with all things old! We already know that I'm becoming infatuated with vintage tole chandeliers, since I fell in love with one a few weeks ago that I bought, fixed, spruced up, and is now successfully hanging and working in my dining room. Then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
This morning we conquered cleaning the oven! I've been putting it off for months! Though the hubby even offered to help. I think that's what made it go so much quicker. I read online this morning the easiest way to clean an oven the "green" way is to put baking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
Well, yesterday I bought 13 cloth diapers. Today I purchased another 11. I'm looking at a few more on Ebay that have velcro closure. I tried a form of cloth diapers when my son was born but I couldn't figure them out and they always leaked and were SO bulky.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
I haven't posted in a while, I know! A couple of weeks ago I had to pay a rather large hospital bill from having a CT and an ultrasound done. Insurance did pay 80% but our 20% was still around $400. I don't like having debt nor do I like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So, I think I'm addicted to antiquing online. I have a facebook account that I use to belong to a few local and regional groups. One in particular I use to sell a lot of stuff, I make enough money to almost be a part time job, which is good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So I am very proud of myself today! Last night I brought my chandelier to my parents home to get some assistance in cleaning it up. Then last night when we got home I spray painted it. My step-dad was thinking I needed help in hanging it from the ceiling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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Well, today we finished assembling the benches!!! Yay! This is the shorter of the two benches. Its 3 feet long and perfect storage for fabric boxes, these store dvds. This last shelf is a continuous 6 feet long. I wasn't able to take one shot, the table was in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So I did finish re-doing Noah's new to him high chair that was a thrift store find during the Christmas holiday season. We paid $12.75 for it. I took the cushions off, took the yucky fabric off, reupholstered, had my step dad sandblast the tray, then I sanded it, cleaned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
Well today we picked up our new to us table and chairs from Two Harbors and the antique bud vases from Duluth and we even got home before Noon! I finished painting the main part of the walls and now just have some edges left. Last night we picked up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
Well, last night I was debating. Do I want to start painting the living room or do I want to work on Noah's new high chair? Well, I figured the high chair really needs to get going so he can start using it but knowing it wouldn't take very much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
My primary M.D. told me back in November when we saw her for my son's 6 month wellness check about the book, Wheat Belly. We were discussing my endometriosis and if she thought I should go back to the diet I had been on before ever trying to have a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
So after attempting many "diets" and trying many different diet supplements I think I've figured out the key to weight loss and good health. We all plan to stick to a diet, we make resolutions, we spend thousands of dollars on programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, etc but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So I can cross one thing off of my list. Putting the back splash in the kitchen. I did that tonight. Here is a before picture and an after: And the after: Pretty shiny huh. I bought the tiles through HarrietCarter.com and the reviews for the adhesives they send with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So the remodel on our main floor is progressing. I did some more work on the dining room benches today but with my husband at work all day it was slow going. My little boy tenses as the drill sounds and I can't do that to him. I was able... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
Sorry I didn't post yesterday, way too busy of a day! Successfully selling the extra furniture pieces in our home to be more minimalistic. Found my mom a super cheaply priced high chair for their house at Goodwill. Bought fabric at Hancock Fabrics for the porch. Picked up some more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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My husband and my mother created a wonderful space for me in our basment and finished the day my water broke. The original intentions were for an at home studio to do my sewing creations that I sold at craft shows and wholesale to stores across Minnesota. Well, with the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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So today I caught up on some projects that were waiting for me for quite some time and started moving furniture around and planning the next move for remodeling. I cleaned under and behind the stove today, finished putting mop board up behind it. Cleaned off a shelf we had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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Traditionally New Year's Goals/Resolutions typically start on January 1st. However, at least this year it's still considered a holiday and therefore all foods that were available were holiday foods instead of healthy foods. So I am preparing to get back on track with healthy eating tomorrow. My plan is to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Down to Earth Mama
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What a year it has been! I gave birth to my most adorable son in May and since he was born I don't know where the time has went. I gave up my apron business and am finally feeling good about not producing crafts to make a profit. There is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Down to Earth Mama