Kitchen remodel

Kitchen remodeling project What do you do when you don't love your kitchen?  What if you don't have a lot of money for a remodeling project? Well if you're Melanie you do something about it and you find a way to do it inexpensively. First she painted all the cabinets white and added texture by adding white beadboard to cabinet faces.  The next step was do-it-yourself faux...
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Remodel – Before and After

Remodeling the family room - before, (during), and after images Melanie can remodel with one hand tied behind her back.  She has to be able to work single handedly since the other arm is usually holding a small child.  This project was inspired by an original painting by Sarah  (click here to see examples of Sarah's artwork).  Melanie loved the whimsical blue giraffe o...
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“Home built” DIY house

For many years my favorite house was George Washington's home, Mount Vernon.  It gave me hope.  When I learned that it took 7 years to remodel his home to get it the way he wanted, I thought that perhaps our home might also reach a successful conclusion.  Ours took longer than 7 years, and isn't as fancy or as famous as Mount Vernon, but it's ours and we love it. One day...
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Metal Roses

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Handcrafted Metal Roses Joseph makes these beautiful handcrafted metal roses.  This is the large size rose made from a thicker metal.  He made all the flowers for his wedding reception.  The corsages and centerpieces were each individually hand made and painted. Centerpieces were large roses created as shown below.  Large roses are pounded to shape.  The pounding also created ...
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The Hovercraft – “He Said” version

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For the Children It began with too many projects.  We’d subdivided the old farmhouse property, sold the old house and built our new place out back.  We moved in, but much work remained, inside and out.  The new house shared space with the shop, still full of an unfinished airplane project, the Pitts.  Yet another project, a wooden seaplane, graced the garage of our new home....
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The Hovercraft – “She Said” Version

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The hovercraft – “She said” version. A hovercraft sounds like the coolest thing ever, but it’s all a lie. I’m here to tell the truth about the hovercraft. First of all, the hovercraft did not have “controls”, it had “suggestions”.  Controls mean that if you steer in a certain direction, the vehicle moves in that direction.  With controls, the driver/operator is in contro...
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Building a Pitts Model 12 Aerobatic Biplane (7 year project)

pitts model 12
Lewis built this beautiful Pitts Model 12 aerobatic biplane.  The project took seven years to complete.  While building this project he was also building a house and writing a book.  The plane has now been flying for 10 years and going strong. This is our daughter Sarah demonstrating how it feels to fly aerobatics in the Pitts.
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