Canning Tomatoes

canned seasoned diced tomatoes

Welcome to my kitchen! What do I do with all those tomatoes! When I was growing up, my mother canned everything – every kind of pickle (we even had a dog named Pickles that had puppies and they named the runt Gerkins…) you can imagine, peaches, pears, jellies, jams, tomatoes…

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Lavender

lavender garden

For many years, I have used lavender scents for everything. If there is a detergent, air freshener, oil, you name it, I will immediately choose lavender.  If you have never tried lavender citrus incense, you must!  It definitely rivals a good dragon’s blood or patchouli (I know not everyone likes…

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Old Windows…DIY Greenhouse!

how to build small greenhouse

Building a Greenhouse I’m not sure what possessed me to do this.  I have been enjoying gardening so much this year that I wanted to extend my growing season.  I also wanted to plan ahead for germinating seeds very early.  My biggest mistakes this year while gardening was not getting…

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Birdhouses…. in Your Soul

unique birdhouse

Birdhouses – Designs Birdhouses – who knew?  Well, after building custom designed rabbit hutches, I started to look around and realize I had so much leftover material.  I didn’t want to throw it all out or burn it (especially when I have nasty neighbors who called the police stating we…

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Growing Hops on a Garden Obelisk

Building a Garden Obelisk I’ve always liked garden obelisks.  I purchased a metal one a few years ago and loved it – in fact, this is the one I purchased.  It was perfect for my clematis near the front porch – a nice focal point to the entryway. I’ve recently…

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Barn Doors and Closets – DIY

window seat and barn doors

Hanging Barn Doors, Closets, and Window Seat DIY Project If you follow my Instagram www.instagram.com/jodieotte/, you already saw this hanging barn door and closet/window seat project; however, I was refraining from posting it to the blog until I finished, and I didn’t think I would be finished until I put…

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Kitchen Barnwood Table and Benches – DIY Woodworking

This is the second part of my project week.  The first part involved the small laundry room which was sort of practice for this larger project.  I have always wanted a big square barnwood table and built in benches with storage in my breakfast area.  I have been thinking about…

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Small Laundry Area Makeover – Woodworking – Home Projects – DIY

I have spent the past week away from the TV and only appearing on social media to share on progress of some projects….. After I finished, I started reading what was being circulated and the amount of negativity circulating was astounding.  I’m not talking about simply a complaint or two…

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Fireplace Mantle Makeover (out of old studio floor)

Another Before/After – Fireplace Mantle Makeover Before After Well, it’s that slow time of year again that happens right after the holidays.  It’s not dead slow, but everything calms down a bit. 2017 is my year of the DIY projects.  As you may remember, I spent two years as an…

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Fall Colors – Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

There is so much beauty in this world that I’m always amazed when we overload our photographs or artwork with unnecessary items – all the overlays, props, textures, etc.  While sometimes these things can enhance an image, oftentimes they are overdone because we get carried away.  Have you ever made…

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