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The Fire Pit May 29, 2010

Another project from all those wonderful landscaping stones…

This project started out as a watergarden. I found a beautiful watergarden at Nixa Hardware and wanted the same for my home. It was a stock tank, flanked inside and outside with these landscaping stones, bottom of it was gravel.

I aquired a stock tank from craigslist for $20.00, 6′ diameter, 2.5′ deep–according to the previous owners, it may have a couple of pinholes in it. Well, not all craigslist deals are good deals–this one was a bad one. The stock tank was riddled with all sizes of holes in it! So, the watergarden became a fire pit.

Basically, we just used the stock tank as a guide, set the stones around it in a circular fashion to keep it nice and round. My husband bought concrete and sand and we mixed it up and set all the stones, inside and out, and let dry.

Wal-lah! Free fire pit! 🙂

Once we gave up the idea of this project holding water, it became a very simple one and about a $50.00 investment in concrete and sand.



Chicken Fence! May 21, 2010

I really enjoyed having free-range chickens. I really did not enjoy the poop on my back deck and patio table. So, a fence became a necessity if I was going to keep chickens 🙂

This project ended up costing a bit more than I wanted, but not because I didn’t have the materials. It’s because the husband wanted to build it a different way. I did have free t-post (thank you Deanna) and free fencing (thank you CL guy).

I found the most amazing deal on fencing. There was a guy who advertised 2×4 field fencing for free on CL. Basically, it was wrapped 2 high around a tennis court and he wanted the court gone. All we had to do was remove the fencing. We ended up with over 700 feet of 5′ tall field fencing for free. We only used a fraction of it for this project and we didn’t use the t-posts, so I’m thinking goats for another project 🙂

This project started with a trip to Lowes for pressure treated 2×4’s and 4×4’s, bags of concrete, screws, gate hardware, and plastic square netting. We also picked up my husband’s brother while we were out because of all the holes that needed dug (thank you Josh!).

Brush was cleared, rocks were raked (love Missouri rocks), holes were dug, 4×4’s were set, 2x4s were added to frame in the area.

Here’s what it looked like after day 1:

And after Day 2 (sorry about the blurry pic, I didn’t realize it was terrible until it was too late to take another): 

After everything was framed in, the fencing was added using fencing staples. Oh, and the hubby built a lovely gate and a tin roof (tin roof was free courtesy of an old barn from CL) over part of the run for cover. I used a staple gun and zip ties to put the plastic fencing over the top of the whole run, making it flight proof! And I almost forgot, the plants in front of the coop were free from CL too! It’s called liarope, it spreads well, so it should fill in the front of the coop well. It’s a hardy perinnial with purple flowers. A lady decided she wanted to change landscaping, so they became mine!

I’m happy and the chickens are happy. Now, regarding money–we saved over $300 in fencing costs, but still spent a little more than $200 in the wood, concrete, and hardware. If we had used the t-posts, all we would have bought that I know of are clips to attach the fence to the t-posts. Overall, a darn good find on the fencing, especially since we can continue to use it for more animals and things.


My chicken coop and run May 15, 2010

I loved the chickens, but wanted my garden shed back. It was time to build or find the birds a new home. First, I looked into the route of building a coop but decided I wasn’t skilled enough. Then one day, I see a free shed on Craiglist and called them immediately. I was a good size, had a window and a door. It needed a few modifications and it had wallpaper in it because it was a kid’s clubhouse at some point, but it would work.

Getting this beast in and out of the truck was fun, by the way. It weighed A TON. We actually bent up the tailgate to the Tundra getting it back out. It still doesn’t open and shut right!

My husband built nesting boxes out of scrap wood that we had and we fashioned a ladder going to the window out of nice straight limbs we had saved from a tree we had cut up. We also put some roosts (straight limbs) inside and painted the outside (free CL paint).

Overall, we invested no $$ except for fuel and a tailgate (if we even replace it, which probably won’t happen).

Next stop–fencing!


Ad Repost: Advice for the Craigslist Seller May 14, 2010

I love this!! Found this on the Best of Craigslist Today

Hey sellers – take some advice before posting

Date: 2010-01-31, 9:23PM CST

I’ve spent the better part of 3 months searching craigslist, looking for furniture for my apartment. I’ve bought nearly everything I need for my apartment from craigslist, but it hasn’t been easy. Why? Because most sellers repeat these same mistakes when listing their items. Take a moment to read this before you list, and I’m certain you’ll get better results.

1. INCLUDE PICTURES. Take the extra 10 minutes to include some photos of your stuff. A photo makes all the difference! You can try to describe your “brown couch with lovely accent pattern” but a photo will tell me exactly what your couch looks like.

2. INCLUDE DIMENSIONS. Take 3 minutes and measure your stuff. I can’t tell you how many “large tables” I looked at that were no bigger than 30″ in diameter. And I can’t tell you how many people thought I was crazy for asking for measurements before I came to look at something of theirs. Hey – if it won’t fit in my dining room, I don’t care how beautiful it is.

3. PRICE YOUR ITEMS APPROPRIATELY. This may be the most important tip I can offer. You may have paid $1500 for a couch 5 years ago, and it’s probably a lovely piece of furniture. But, you sat on it for five years, your kids sat on it, your Uncle Troy with the flatulence issues sat on it twice a year for five years. Therefore, it’s not worth $750, or $500, or probably even $300… and that’s why your expensive couch sits on craigslist for weeks and weeks and weeks without selling. If you’d price it more realistically, it would probably sell quickly, and you could move on. Re-listing it a dozen times at that inflated price doesn’t help. Price it right, and it’ll sell quickly. Trust me!! I laugh when I see ads from people that have a dining room table “with a few nicks” or “some minor wear” listed for $800+. I’ll buy a new one from Ashley for $399, thank you.

And finally, try being nice when you respond to e-mails or phone calls. I dealt with one person who seemed genuinely upset that I wanted to buy his kitchen table. He was rude, inconsiderate, and didn’t even seem to be remotely interested in selling the table. I’m not forcing you to sell anything – I’ve got cash, and I want to give it to you, so it might not hurt to brush up on your manners.

And when you tell me to “call with questions” don’t act as if you have no idea why I’m calling, especially after I say something like, “Hi, this is Joe – I saw your ad on craigslist for the table and chairs. I have a few questions if you have a few minutes available to chat.” I said that exact same thing to a lady who was selling a table on craigslist, and her response was, “What? Why are you calling? My table? What about it?!” Crikey.

So… take this advice for what it’s worth –

1. Pictures
2. Measurements
3. Price appropriately
4. Use your head

Oh, and how about one last bit of advice – tell us if you smoke, if you have pets, and if you have kids. And, if you have any one of those three items, reduce the price of your item by at least 25%. It makes a difference!

  • Location: Madison
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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Get Real! This is just wrong… May 12, 2010

free toilet, needs tlc

Date: 2010-02-24, 8:06PM EST


Could be fixed up. A little dirty, and it leaked and overflowed last time it was used. My son stuffed a action figure down it, so if anyone picks this up and fixes it, can you drop the action figure back off at my house? My son would really appreciate it. Thanks
  • Location: richmond
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests


A Good Samaritan… you don’t see this very often May 10, 2010

The two men who saved my mare (friday) (Marshfield)

Date: 2010-05-08, 7:54PM CDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]


I’m not sure where to post this, but this is a huge thank you to the two men who stopped and saved my mare last night around 7:15. Our neighbor told us that you pulled out the foal and had to help the mare. I thank you very much If you ever stop by I would like to say thank you in person and give you a hug. I doubt many people would notice a horse in trouble and stop to help. If you do see this, feel free to email me and I will send you some pictures of the mare since she is up and alert now.

The mare is a sorrel, the foal was a golden colt. I just wish I had been here when that happened or gone to look at the horses before I went to work this morning or something… The foal will soon be buried.

Thank you again to the two strangers who helped. Thank you.


Intro on the Chickens… May 7, 2010

Earlier this spring, my husband and I completed another project, which I would like to share with you.

Last spring, we decided to take on the role of chicken farmer. This was inspired by a friend of my husband’s, Richard, whose family had a bunch of chickens. We were sitting out on the deck with him and he was thinking of adding to his flock. I was doing my normal geeking thing and came across an ad under farm and garden for chicks, $1.00 each!  He thought that was a good deal and had me contact them for him.

Apparently, Richard changed his mind, because when I told him about the reply, he said his parents didn’t want any. So, my husband convinced me that they would cost next to nothing and were about the easiest “starter farm” animal and that we should get some!

We drove about an hour east for these $1.00 chickens and bought 12 of them. It turns out, we could have just gone to a swap or something and paid about the same, and saved a lot of time and gas, but I had no idea there was such a thing at the time. They were so cute and tiny! They chirped all the way home.

So, we put them in a rabbit hutch under the porch with water and food and called it good for now. We decided they could free-range when they got bigger.

The next morning, we had 2 that were dead. The day after, we had 2 more that were dead. So, I called an emergency family meeting and we voted for learning something about chickens before we killed anymore. I promptly went to the library and checked out about 10 books on the subject. When I got home, I found one to be very readable and informative, while the others were duds. I read the whole thing in a couple of hours and then called another family meeting.

Apparently, baby chicks need HEAT! 95 degrees the first week of life, -5 degrees for each week of life until they get all their feathers around 5-8 weeks and they should be indoors for the first couple of months with short “play time” outside. Well, it’s a wonder they didn’t all die the first night because it had gotten down to 40 degrees.

We went to Orschlens and got some heat lamps and moved the cage we had put them in under the porch out to the

garden shed. They were much happier.

We had a very good survival rate after we researched them! 🙂

ANYWAY! Free-range is great for the chickens and the ticks, but not good for my porch. I hate chicken poop on the porch! We decided we needed to find a better home for the chickens (not my garden shed) and fence them in.

I saved a ton o

n my coop and run with the help of craigslist. I look forward to sharing it with you in a later post!