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Hammer time

I’m typing this tonight¬†because I probably won’t be able to lift my arms tomorrow, after today’s experience volunteering alongside a few co-workers at Habitat for Humanity. I hammered, caulked, measured, drilled and even got to use a router to cut some window openings. It was hard work, but our crew ended up completing six of the wall frames.

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It’s pretty incredible to think that a family will make some of their most treasured memories in a home that I helped to build. When we did our remodel, the contractors framed out the space, so it was interesting to acquire a new skill. Now I’m itching to work on another length of our fence and then frame out a little play house for Emmett! I bet we could even find a sweet working window in the Habitat ReStore.

This was actually my second workshop-y thing I did this week. Friday night, Joe and I decided we would do a quick craft together, inspired by a frame idea I saw on Going Home to Roost. We already had the materials on hand and had been struggling to find a more traditional frame to fit the oddly-shaped buffalo print Joe picked up for $3 at his work prop sale.

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Gotta love a project that costs nothing, takes about an hour (including drying time) and makes a big impact. I also love that we made this while drinking Moscow Mules and used drying time as an excuse to tidy our nightmare of a basement.

Between this little project and my Habitat time, I feel like building stuff this summer.¬†Andrea turned me on to Ana White, an Alaskan mom who apparently posts amazing DIY woodworking plans. I’ve got big plans for you, miter saw.

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