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Personalized Laser Etched Cheese Boards

For Christmas this year we made our families personalized cheese boards harvested from a fallen limb in our backyard. The wood was dried, cut, planed, sanded, laser etched, and oiled with our very own spoon butter. Spoon butter adds a

Personalized Laser Etched Cheese Boards

For Christmas this year we made our families personalized cheese boards harvested from a fallen limb in our backyard. The wood was dried, cut, planed, sanded, laser etched, and oiled with our very own spoon butter. Spoon butter adds a

Yo Gabba Puppets

Our daughter is crazy for Yo Gabba Gabba and she wanted to make a DJ Lance Rock sock puppet.  I threw in some “Gabba Friends” finger puppets.  Being crazy for packing thing in containers, she absolutely needed the radio box.

Yo Gabba Puppets

Our daughter is crazy for Yo Gabba Gabba and she wanted to make a DJ Lance Rock sock puppet.  I threw in some “Gabba Friends” finger puppets.  Being crazy for packing thing in containers, she absolutely needed the radio box.

It’s ad hoc, but it covers.

The kids’ old tent bit the dust.  It’s fair, it was a hand me down that survived 4 kids (and 2 of them are seriously wild).  So, at 10pm I got it in my head we had to have a

It’s ad hoc, but it covers.

The kids’ old tent bit the dust.  It’s fair, it was a hand me down that survived 4 kids (and 2 of them are seriously wild).  So, at 10pm I got it in my head we had to have a

A Very Laser Thanksgiving

The holidays bring out the crafty in us and this year we hosted Thanksgiving so we had to get extra fancy.  We wanted one big table so we used 2 pieces of plywood braced with 2×4′s.  We covered that with

A Very Laser Thanksgiving

The holidays bring out the crafty in us and this year we hosted Thanksgiving so we had to get extra fancy.  We wanted one big table so we used 2 pieces of plywood braced with 2×4′s.  We covered that with

Tiny Duct Tape Double

I’ve never been too pleased with the result of the duct tape douple, diy dress form method for myself.  However, for our daughter it worked out great.  Kids have so few curves and so much less fitting in clothes that

Tiny Duct Tape Double

I’ve never been too pleased with the result of the duct tape douple, diy dress form method for myself.  However, for our daughter it worked out great.  Kids have so few curves and so much less fitting in clothes that

On Site Lumber Milling

      Gary Flint, the owner of the on site mill, set up in our driveway and ran our white oak and a neighbor’s cherry tree through the saw. Our tree needed some fine tuning with the chainsaw to

On Site Lumber Milling

      Gary Flint, the owner of the on site mill, set up in our driveway and ran our white oak and a neighbor’s cherry tree through the saw. Our tree needed some fine tuning with the chainsaw to

Carboy Fogponic Garden

The Carboy Fogponic Garden is a vertical growing system that uses an ultrasonic mister  and nutrient enriched water to keep plants at optimal humidity and temperature.  It’s geared toward the lazy grower.  Someone who likes the idea of fresh food,

Carboy Fogponic Garden

The Carboy Fogponic Garden is a vertical growing system that uses an ultrasonic mister  and nutrient enriched water to keep plants at optimal humidity and temperature.  It’s geared toward the lazy grower.  Someone who likes the idea of fresh food,

Preparing Fallen Timber for Milling

We partnered up with neighbors to take care of fallen timber from recent storms. A guy will come over with a portable mill, turn logs into boards, and then take everything off to kiln to dry for a couple of

Preparing Fallen Timber for Milling

We partnered up with neighbors to take care of fallen timber from recent storms. A guy will come over with a portable mill, turn logs into boards, and then take everything off to kiln to dry for a couple of

Starry, Golden, Mild Failure

I’ve had a vision for some time of a golden ball throwing shining stars onto our daughter’s bedroom walls.  So, keeping the materials basic i.e. what I had on hand (air dry clay, a beach ball, star cookie cutters, &

Starry, Golden, Mild Failure

I’ve had a vision for some time of a golden ball throwing shining stars onto our daughter’s bedroom walls.  So, keeping the materials basic i.e. what I had on hand (air dry clay, a beach ball, star cookie cutters, &

Cheap All Natural Compost Bins

We picked up some cheap untreated 8′ 1×4″s and a can of butcher block oil and made an all natural compost bin. We didn’t want chemicals from treated lumber leeching into compost. The oil goes on easily with a rag

Cheap All Natural Compost Bins

We picked up some cheap untreated 8′ 1×4″s and a can of butcher block oil and made an all natural compost bin. We didn’t want chemicals from treated lumber leeching into compost. The oil goes on easily with a rag

Etched Bottles : 2011 Stock Gift

As I look back I realize we like to make a stock gift that we give everyone.  I think it may have started back in 2001 with a screenprinted totebag filled with home canned pickles and jams.  We had some

Etched Bottles : 2011 Stock Gift

As I look back I realize we like to make a stock gift that we give everyone.  I think it may have started back in 2001 with a screenprinted totebag filled with home canned pickles and jams.  We had some

Like a Whole New Chair…

Zach’s grandma found this little rocking chair at a garage sale (she’s a serious garage saler) and we just got it out of storage with all of our stuff when we moved in.  It’s cute but we thought we could

Like a Whole New Chair…

Zach’s grandma found this little rocking chair at a garage sale (she’s a serious garage saler) and we just got it out of storage with all of our stuff when we moved in.  It’s cute but we thought we could

Sunday Studio Time: It’s a Homemade Christmas

It’s been over a year since having time in a studio. Every Sunday we used to spend 4-6 hours working together. We’re slowly getting things set up again and are making gifts for Christmas. This year we laser cut (of

Sunday Studio Time: It’s a Homemade Christmas

It’s been over a year since having time in a studio. Every Sunday we used to spend 4-6 hours working together. We’re slowly getting things set up again and are making gifts for Christmas. This year we laser cut (of

Framing, Windows, and Radiant Floors

The roof is on, most of the windows are in, and the radiant floor in our studio is prepped and ready for inspection. Concrete will be poured over the tubes and foam next week. We’re starting to get a sense

Framing, Windows, and Radiant Floors

The roof is on, most of the windows are in, and the radiant floor in our studio is prepped and ready for inspection. Concrete will be poured over the tubes and foam next week. We’re starting to get a sense

Even Without a Roof, a Big Improvement

Beechwood Building has been tearing it up the past week – literally.  The roof is off the house and it’s already a big improvement to the dull & dirty little ranch that was there.  The new roof will be nearly

Even Without a Roof, a Big Improvement

Beechwood Building has been tearing it up the past week – literally.  The roof is off the house and it’s already a big improvement to the dull & dirty little ranch that was there.  The new roof will be nearly

Our Timeline Tattoo Design

Now that we’re mid way through life we thought we might have the good sense to choose a tattoo for ourselves we’ll be happy with for the long haul. Maybe it will kick off the start of a sleeve and

Our Timeline Tattoo Design

Now that we’re mid way through life we thought we might have the good sense to choose a tattoo for ourselves we’ll be happy with for the long haul. Maybe it will kick off the start of a sleeve and

DeBord Residence Elevation Drawings

The next step after making a floor plan is to figure out what your house is going to look like on the outside. The light tan parts of the house will be 4×10 sheets of smooth HardiePanel. Sheets will be

DeBord Residence Elevation Drawings

The next step after making a floor plan is to figure out what your house is going to look like on the outside. The light tan parts of the house will be 4×10 sheets of smooth HardiePanel. Sheets will be

Our Final Floor Plans

We went through many revisions to get to a plan that that both met our budget and our needs. Be wary aspiring home builder. All the pains you’re warned of carry truth. After running out of money to pay architects

Our Final Floor Plans

We went through many revisions to get to a plan that that both met our budget and our needs. Be wary aspiring home builder. All the pains you’re warned of carry truth. After running out of money to pay architects

How to Make a Baby Log Book

We are readying ourselves for baby 2.0.  Shortly after our first kid was born I scrambled to make a little log book to keep track of her intake, output and sleep.  We had started with an iphone app but it

How to Make a Baby Log Book

We are readying ourselves for baby 2.0.  Shortly after our first kid was born I scrambled to make a little log book to keep track of her intake, output and sleep.  We had started with an iphone app but it

The Crumbling House

The last month has been a whirlwind of waiting as our plans for renovating the house fall apart.  We had hoped the construction loan would be finalized the first of February and builder, bank and ourselves had seemed quite certain

The Crumbling House

The last month has been a whirlwind of waiting as our plans for renovating the house fall apart.  We had hoped the construction loan would be finalized the first of February and builder, bank and ourselves had seemed quite certain

Demolition Begins

We were out our property today meeting with the tree trimmer. There’s a ton or work to be done on some massive trees so it’s nice to have the work done before our house is complete. We purchased our property

Demolition Begins

We were out our property today meeting with the tree trimmer. There’s a ton or work to be done on some massive trees so it’s nice to have the work done before our house is complete. We purchased our property

One-upping Martha Stewart

My sister-in-law requested a rhinestone collar for her beloved French Bulldog.  She had seen one that Martha Stewart did for her dogs and thought it would be the perfect holiday bling for Myrtle (her dog).  I checked out Martha’s tutorial

One-upping Martha Stewart

My sister-in-law requested a rhinestone collar for her beloved French Bulldog.  She had seen one that Martha Stewart did for her dogs and thought it would be the perfect holiday bling for Myrtle (her dog).  I checked out Martha’s tutorial

DeBord House – Bidding Process

We are in the midst of the next stage of the process which is to decide on a builder. Johnsen Schmaling architects provided extremely detailed construction/bid plans. These won’t be the final construction drawings but gives all of the information

DeBord House – Bidding Process

We are in the midst of the next stage of the process which is to decide on a builder. Johnsen Schmaling architects provided extremely detailed construction/bid plans. These won’t be the final construction drawings but gives all of the information

DeBord Residence Initial Plans

The first wave of plans and design concepts came in from our architects, Johnsen Schmaling, and this was not an easy request for them.  I know one builder kept recommending we just level the whole place and start new, but

DeBord Residence Initial Plans

The first wave of plans and design concepts came in from our architects, Johnsen Schmaling, and this was not an easy request for them.  I know one builder kept recommending we just level the whole place and start new, but

New House, Sort Of

As mentioned in the previous post, we have left Chicago and moved to Ann Arbor.  Here we’re close to both of our families and still an easy trip back to Chicago when we need an urban fix.  We purchased 3

New House, Sort Of

As mentioned in the previous post, we have left Chicago and moved to Ann Arbor.  Here we’re close to both of our families and still an easy trip back to Chicago when we need an urban fix.  We purchased 3