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We Bought a Fixer-Upper



Have you ever had a really big dream that wouldn’t go away?  All my life I have been obsessed with houses.  Decorating them, building them with lego and, looking for hours on with no intention to buy.

This fall a house came on the market in our dream neighbourhood at an amazing price.  The catch?  It was super ugly and needed some love.

It has terrible floors….


Super disgusting kitchen with beautiful but impractical sink. . .


Wall paper galore!!!

BeFunky Collage

Super hideous bathroom. .


However, it has soaring ceilings, oodles of character, and the Hermit and I just knew it had to be ours as soon as we stepped in the living room.

I guess one person’s nightmare is another’s life long dream.  Join me as I paint, scrape and sand this house into the beautiful gem I know it is.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!