Making Where You Live
a Better Place to Be.

Welcome to Housecraft. I started this blog by sharing stories about DIY renovations, interior design, gardening
and recipes. Over time I realized that where you live isn't just about your house. When you zoom in it's about
your the health of your body and mind. When you zoom out it's about your community. We're all our own
ecosystems. From now on I'm going to take a wider look around. Hope you'll join me.

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Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds to Perfection
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How to Make the Ultimate Pumpkin Scarecrow
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Now is the Time to Plan Your Fall Garden
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Finding the Fall Colours in Ottawa
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We Build a Custom Boutique Closet
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Opening Pandora’s Jukebox: How to Downsize When It Hurts
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Almond Butter Balls: Dessert Without Added Sugar
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Whatever Happened to the Future?
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What I’ve Learned From Living Sugar-Free for 4+ Years
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Welcome to the New Housecraft

Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds to Perfection

These are the best roasted pumpkin seeds I’ve ever tasted; they’re made with Justin’s home made Cajun spice mix. I also show you the fastest way to de-slime your pumpkin seeds – a secret trick you don’t see anywhere else!

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How to Make the Ultimate Pumpkin Scarecrow

This step-by-step tutorial with lots of pictures will show you how to make a 10′ tall pumpkin scarecrow. You need some basic woodworking skills for this, including tool use, safety and especially measuring. But the results are worth it!

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Finding the Fall Colours in Ottawa

Fall is my favourite season, especially when it comes to taking photos. Here’s a list of some of the best places in Ottawa to capture those fleeting colours – assuming nature cooperates.

Come on, everyone needs to put down their tools from time to time! I’ll be back with more reno fun in a few weeks – I’ve got something really nice to show you.

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We Build a Custom Boutique Closet

After more than a year, it’s finally reveal time!

You don’t need a walk-in closet or dressing room to get something that shows off your clothes. With some planning, some LED lighting strips and some serious effort you can get some pretty spectacular results, if I do say so myself. Is it worth the effort? Read on to find out how we did it.

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Opening Pandora’s Jukebox: How to Downsize When It Hurts

Sometimes getting rid of possessions can feel like ripping off a band aid very, very slowly. I’ve gotten so much better at getting rid of things I don’t use anymore, but my record collection is in a whole other league. While my albums definitely need to go in order to make room in my tiny houselet, I was having trouble facing the task. I realized I was hanging on to the records because I was also hanging on to some baggage. Here’s how I coped.

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Whatever Happened to the Future?

We used to be so excited about the future, and it showed in the design of the 50s and 60s. In “Where’s My Space Age? – The Rise and Fall of Futuristic Design” author Sean Topham explores where space age design came from and how it worked its way into every aspect of our lives. While it may have ended in the early 1970s, there are ideas that keep resurfacing in design today that began in this era. Definitely recommended reading.

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