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I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my lifetime. Honestly. A shocking amount. Cutting my bangs myself? Stupid. Trying to clean my stainless steel stove with a Junior SOS pad? Stupid. Scraping a chunk of that jelly-like skin off my cornea while applying eyeliner? Rather stupid. But I can say, without any hesitation that the stupidest thing I’ve ever done is ripping apart my entire backyard and redoing it all myself. (as explained in my post on the subject) I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do anything like that again. Why will I never do it again? Because although I sometimes do stupid things, I’m not stupid. I will however continue to chop wood, grow my own vegetables, rescue feral cats and fix my own car. The money I save on these things I will use to pay someone to cut my bangs.

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Video of Monarch caterpillar emerging from egg.
A Monarch Project Update

That’s right. A Monarch Project Update. I’ve decided to make this whole saving the Monarchs project official with its own dedicated space on The Art of Doing Stuff and catchy title. For those of you who took it upon yourselves […]

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The Art of Building a Blogging Career.
Introducing my online Video Course!

For someone who is a professional blogger  introducing you to her new video course on how to turn your blog into a business it’s pretty hilarious that I’ve been staring at this screen for 20 minutes with no clue as to […]

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The Monarch Project

Welcome to The Monarch Project. You are just a click away from learning about how to raise your own Monarch butterfly. In the past year the Monarch butterfly population has dropped by 90% because of pesticides, illegal logging in Mexico, […]

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Art of Doing Stuff Seed Saving Packets
Free Download

  If you’ve been doing things right this summer there are two things you have in your possession right now. A speeding ticket and a garden full of vegetables. Who can resist the urge of rolling down the windows on […]

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The Coop Cam is BACK

Like children and husbands chickens are cutest when they’re sleeping. They aren’t pecking at you, fighting, making a mess or getting on your nerves in any way. They’re just sleeping. And pooping. (husbands only do this if they  have the […]

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Moving Day.
The chicks get sent to the big house.

I remember years ago Martha Stewart had an episode where she was cooking something with eggs.  It was her original show where she was standoffish and quite scary (the way I like her) not the newer Martha show where she […]

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Saving Lettuce Seeds

I’m so very tired.   The kind of exhausted where all day long the only thing you can think about is going back to bed and when your office is only 6 feet away from your bed it makes getting […]

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Sex the chicks!
Guess the sex

Dear everyone who got here by Googling “sex” and “chicks”, a) You’re never going to meet a real girl with real boobs over Google. O.K. you might but she won’t be a quality girl. and b)  Maybe what you really […]

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Front Yard Vegetable Garden.
July, 2014

Here’s the thing about growing a vegetable garden.  It’s fun. But it’ll also turn you into a completely different version of yourself.  A person you maybe don’t even recognize or didn’t even know existed.  For instance.  Behold my cabbage.   […]

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How to Build a Pizza Oven.
Making it Pretty

Which brings me to my next mess.  I really didn’t want to be staring at sawhorses all summer and winter long, so I knew I was going to  box the entire base of the oven in with barnboard. Which meant […]

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How to Build a (cob)Pizza Oven. Part III
Insulation layer & lime plaster

Welcome to the final tutorial on how to build your very own cob pizza oven so you can be the envy of every single person you know. Unless they too happen to have built a cob pizza oven. But yours […]

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How to Build a (cob) Pizza Oven.
Part II

When last we met, in part 1 of this series, I had built the base and the sand form for my cob oven and lost my funny bone. It’s currently buried beneath a layer of pizza fat. Now it’s time […]

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Although I have remained unscathed, I am not responsible if you hurt yourself while cleaning your gutters or trying to tame a chipmunk.