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I'll admit that I have done zero holiday decorating thus far (Bad Blogger Award™ 5 years straight, thank you very much!), but I do have some fun holiday inspiration to share from last year. We threw a Gingerbread Decorating Party for our daughter's 6th birthday and it was a total blast. An insane kid sugar fueled rave kinda blast, but a blast none the less.We purchased gingerbread kits from Ikea ($4 each) and loads of extra candy.  I made the gingerbread houses the night before so they would be set up firmly by the times the kids arrived. I was fully prepared to hot glue them together if my royal icing didn't solidify but thankfully that wasn't necessary.Because I'm extra, there were a few little DIY elements to amp up the style....
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See,s like all I've been able to do is tinker in the workshop and make these little hand tools.  I guess it seems that way because it is all I'm able to do.  In recent weeks I've made a holder for card scrapers, a large marking gauge as well as a small marking gauge, and recently posted about the center line scribe I made back in August...The reason for so many tiny projects is that I have injured my back significantly enough that I need PT and medications, so big projects, which are aplenty waiting, must wait a while.  So while these projects seem of little value, they are, in actuality, very useful - at least in giving me a distraction from thinking about work!  And besides that - they're fun!  I think it was yesterday (the medications make me feel like I'm in some sort of time distortio...
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How To Install A Soapstone Fireplace Surround A Soapstone fireplace surround is placed directly over an existing fireplace be it brick, stone, tile or framing studs. The article below will show you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Posted 1 week 6 days ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments

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It’s coming to the time of year that we get reduced cloud cover and a lot more sunshine. This will mean that our solar panels will start to generate more power again, which is helpful. It’s been quite a while since I last cleaned them, so last weekend I picked up a soft bristle brush to have a go at cleaning them. The last few times that I have cleaned the panels I have just hosed them off, letting the water pressure from the hose do the work of cleaning the solar panels. However this year I’ll be giving them a scrub to really clean them up. I was curious about what kind of performance increase I would get from cleaning them, and after watching the below video, I reckon it’ll be pretty significant....
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Posted 1 week 6 days ago on Renovate Australia

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Lately, Jill and I have been canning apples and tomatoes and drying herbs, the house redolent with savory aromas. Nothing... The post Our Fifth Fall on the Farm appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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I woke up to snow on the ground this morning and this is what things look like out behind the Tiny Bungalow. I guess it is safe to say that another painting season has come to an end. The north side of the house and gable work are going to have to wait until the spring.   Luckily I had a good weekend and was able to get most of the south side finished though. I'd like to get another coat on things if there is a warm up but otherwise, it is looking good. ...
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Thank you so much for joining us at One Project Closer for this tutorial on How to Install Baseboard Trim as we follow Pro Contractor and Master Carpenter, Chris. This post is sponsored by the Home Depot Prospective Campaign. Post may also contain affiliate links. Opinions (and typos) are 100% our own, and we appreciate you supporting our site in order to continue to provide free content to our readers.  I am so excited to introduce you all to our newest Pro Contractor, Master Carpenter and my good friend, Chris. He was kind enough to let me tag along as he finished up a big bathroom remodel....
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It's been so long... (how long has it been?) So long that I almost don't know where to start!  Just because we haven't posted here in a while sure doesn't mean we haven't been working hard on house projects, I can assure you! Between our row house's basement project, the hallway in our Foursquare, teaching our new dog, Truman, the ropes, a server crash that impacted the blog, life in general, and many outdoor projects, we've sure had our hands full. Rather than trying to bombard you with a million and one little details from all of the projects, let's focus on just one for today.  It's THE CRAWLSPACE DIG!!!!!!  This is a project that we've been thinking about since nearly day one in our home....
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“Together they will tackle the renovation of this $6 million, 25,000 square Spanish finca and olive grove on the magical island of Ibiza!” Seriously? “The Week” just did a takedown of home reality shows, specifically the very popular House Hunters International. I like this show a lot but mainly for the same reason that I enjoy spending hours watching drivers view videos of trains in the Austrian Alps and ambulances in Amersfoort, Netherlands and Lisbon trams. I love offbeat POV videos with international scenery. I’m not new to the house renovation grind. I’m also a fairly well-traveled person. But no way would I take on projects like some that these shows portray.  That’s okay because I know that these shows are theater and about as truthful as a Trump denial....
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