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Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any thing here at Stuff I Made This Year but it hasn’t been because I haven’t been making anything.  In fact, I’ve been busier than ever!  This Spring I put in new garden beds, made a homemade soil blocker as well as a bunch of planting flats, I refitted a bunch of beehives with top bar hybrid frames and have been making papercrete all Summer!  Oh, did I mention that I also built a brand new website where I’m going to be describing all of these projects and more?  Molly, my wife, and I are joining forces to create a bigger, better, cooler site devoted to all of our interests.  It’s called Mike and Molly’s House and it’s just a quick hop, skip and a hyperlink away.  I’m committed to posting regularly now and you can be sure Molly will make sure I do it.  so come on over and check out all of our crazy hijinks at the M&M mini-farm…


Front of house

When I was young I used to love to get books from the library that were compilations of  kid oriented projects.  They were illustrated and had instructions on how to make everything from cardboard mustaches to rope making machines.   I called them make-and-do books. is a site where people post pictures and instructions on projects they have made.  It’s a place where readers of make-and-do books gravitate.   Instructables is to projects as that place in the Pacific ocean is to discarded plastic bottles.  They bill themselves as the world’s biggest show and tell.  The content is all user generated and in order to inspire people to post they run contests of all sorts.  I have two recent entries.  The first is a photo tour of my workspaces at our house.  It’s entered in the Share your Space contest.  The second is a reworking of the candied grapefruit post I did here for the candy making contest.

If you have any interest in making stuff you should try posting your projects at Instructables.  I lurked there for 3 years before I finally posted and I’m glad I did it.  It’s fun to get stuff you’ve made out into the world and in front of an appreciative audience. I keep a camera with me whenever I’m making stuff now to document it for this blog and Instructables.