Happy Sunday! <3 I may gotten a little carried away with iMovie -- but it was so much fun! As promised, here is a review + sneak peak of Lacey Losh's Libraries Around the World Adult Coloring Book. If you are curious after watching this youtube clip, check out the text of her full interview below in this post! You can also join her Coloring with Lacey -- Community Facebook page to connect with other folks coloring, sharing, playing, and being inspired.
Want one or want to carry them in your store? Lacey's Libraries Around the World Coloring Book is available from online distributers like:Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, BooksaMillion.com, AbeBooks.com, BookDepository.com – (FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE), Indigo.ca, IndieBound.org <3
It's the new moon, which means it's time for a new blog post :-) My last one (on the full moon) can be found over at my Wild Sanctuary Massage site. In case you missed it, I reveal upcoming changes regarding my massage therapy practice and the impact it will have on my tiny house.
Now that we are officially one week into December, and last night was the 5th night of Hanukkah: I've decided to share 5 things I've been celebrating lately. Each item also includes a how-to or review, so read on if you want also discover what I've been learning!
Okay, so redundant? Let me just remind you eight more times how beautiful this holiday is. While some people may think of about the rebelling against oppression aspect to the holiday's history, Hanukkah is all about celebrating miracles. Blessings. The beauty. The wonder. This year, I feel so full of gratitude for the amazing life surrounding me. Lighting the candles each night, singing the two blessings (three on the first night), and watching as they s l o w l y melt down feels like a form of meditation. My mind clears, focuses on thankfulness, and the beauty unfolding right in front of me.
***HOW TO: Removlast year's wax from the menorah.
Fill your sink with hot water, enough to lay the menorah in and cover it. Let it soak for a bit, then use a chopstick in the center of each candle base to pop out the softened wax. So easy!
***HOW TO: store your menorah candles.
Keep them in the freezer throughout the rest of the year! Then they won't melt into weird shapes during all the temperature changes.
2) Homemaking: Laundry Detergent
There's a reason I chose the moniker "Tiny Homemaker." Yes, I'm making a house. But I also love all things home-makey :-) (well, most things. I take after my mother and you probably won't ever see me iron. Except for when it comes to re-waxing my snowboard). Recently I ran out of laundry detergent, and was feeling both broke and creative (as all my great adventures begin).
I remembered an old laundry detergent recipe that I've had for years, and used to use all the time. Perfect time to try it again!
Kelly Placke is the owner/creator of Placke Organic Milk Soap that we sell at Driftless Market. I've been obsessed with her products and branding ever since we started carrying them (they smell SO good, are beautiful to look at, and the super rustic shelf she brought in to display them on just makes everything that much more awesome). She recently came out with a vegan option that incorporates the kombucha she brews at home. We ended up chatting at one of the Women on Main events (I was doing chair massages and she was selling her soaps), and she gave me a free bar that hadn't quite turned out as beautiful as the others. It still smelled phenomenal <3 I wanted my clothes to smell like that too, so decided to use it as the bar of soap required in the laundry detergent recipe!
***How to make easy, decadent Laundry Detergent:
-1 bar of soap (not antibacterial, the recipe says)
-1/2 cup of borax
-1/2 cup of baking soda
1. Grate bar of soap into container
2. Pour in borax and baking soda
3. Mix well
4. Use 1 tbsp for small or lightly soiled loads and 2 tbs for large or heavily soiled loads.
(this recipe is by "GreenKnitter." I haven't done a digital search for their online recipe and article, but you can!)
In the end, it only cost me around $5 (to buy the box of borax -- I already had the other two ingredients). And that box of borax will last me for many more laundry detergent making adventures! Hey reader: have you ever made your own laundry detergent before? If so, what recipes have you tried out?
3) Luna Handy-ness: Tools + Tricks
Of course I haven't forgotten Luna! Putting away that batch of reclaimed lumber I got in November is taking waaaay longer than I anticipated. Which is okay and shouldn't be a surprise. One of the biggest hold ups at first was getting the new lumber racks put up (I need to buy a new battery pack for my nicer drill, the 9v just doesn't last long enough to get all the work done).
One of my skills is stripping screws, apparently, and so when I learned about the SCREW EXTRACTOR KIT it basically changed my life. It was under ten dollars at Menards, with three sizes to choose from within the case. Each piece fits perfectly into any cordless drill and is so easy to use. One end drills a new space in the center of the stripped screw, then you take it out and flip it around to use the other side which catches hold and extracts the screw. Youtube was a great resource, but once I started using it I realized how simple it is. It worked for every single wildly stripped out screw I had, and I know I'll be using it a lot in the future (my tiny house will be using screws because of racking and shearing/wind on the highway). For must-have tool (accessories), this has definitely made the list.
What else have I been learning? How to easily remove old nails without damaging gorgeous barn wood! I can't remember if I read this in my Building with Secondhand Stuff book by Chris Peterson, or was a tip I pinned to my Tiny House Construction and Design board. Either way, it's simple and effective.
Place a piece of wood (I use shims, because I have tons and tons and tons of them) under the face and neck of the hammer, then pull up on the nailhead with the hammer claws. This helps create more leverage for removing pesky nails (I hammered them a bit from the other side so their nailhead was accessible), but more importantly it prevents you from making any scuffs or indents by accident with the other part of the hammer (because you're basically pushing the hammer face back into the wood as you pull the claws + nail up and away)!
Maybe you all know this already, but if you are a complete beginner like them then super simple tips are super duper helpful!
4) MY PHONE! I mean: organization ;-)
For Christmas, Janet got me a refurbished iPhone 5c. MY FIRST EVER SMARTPHONE HOLY AHHHH I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! I may have jumped on her and almost knocked her over with my joy at one point. But that is not the point of me mentioning this! This smartphone came at just the perfect time. A few weeks ago, I got rid of half my clothing and transformed my open closet into a a small, inset office with a floating desk and just-perfect bookshelf. I felt hella handy once I accomplished it :-) I was in super organization mode, and that hasn't left me.
My smartphone is helping me get way more organized digitally and physically than I ever could have imagined. Here are my favorite apps that are helping me get on track (and enjoy staying there):
Todoist. It's a to-do list app that I like more than Wanderlust. It's simple, yet allows me to organize tasks and reminders by projects (with subprojects), labels, and priority filters. It's not just time-framed to dos: It's also great place to jot down blog ideas, magazines I'd like to submit poetry to, etc. I'm using the free month of premium right now, but am definitely going to upgrade when it's over (plus I use it for my business, so is a tax write off!). It let's me focus on just today's tasks or easily look out at the next 7 days and sends me an e-mail in the morning with today's task agenda. I have a big fat organizational crush on this app <3
30/30. I'm using this app right now, and am still getting a feel for how to best use it. It's a timer that allows you to focus on whatever you want for a specific amount of time. It helps me focus, because I know that in, say 10 minutes, the time allotted for clearing out my inbox will be over and I'll get to go check Facebook then. You can set up a series so it'll move from one thing to the next and let you know when to move on as well (it's great for scheduling in breaks!). It helps me dive in and focus on whatever I'm doing. Love!
Daily Water. I'm all about self care, but am terrible about remembering to drink water. This app lets me set my goal (8 glasses), and set up a reminder schedule throughout the day. Once I drink a glass, I just hit one of the 8 water glass icons, and it empties. Simple and fun. Since I've been started using it, I've been drinking so much more water! It's fun to look back and see a visual of how much water you've been drinking, too.
Wholesome. I'm a nutrition nerd. Someday down the road, I'd love to explore either a Nutritional Herbalism or Nutrition education. It's so fun to learn about every day things packed with extra Self-Care power! This app is focused on whole food cooking, rather than pre-packed stuff or eating out (which works great for my lifestyle). There is information about each vitamin and mineral, which is a great resource in itself. How you use it, though, is where it gets really exciting.
The food is sorted into visual categories (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, etc + beans, grains, spices, beverages, etc). Let's say I sauteed tempeh, a carrot, an onion, and some cabbage together on the stove (okay, I did do that the other day). I hit "eat" on each one, with amount and raw v cooked options. When I go to My Nutrition Tracker, it shows me (percent and a bar) a break down of the nutrients I've had so far in the day! Today, I know that I've had 17% percent of my daily recommended protein, 54% of my B12, 48% of my iron, etc. It helps check in during the day and decide what I want to eat more of (right now? Protein! I might make some quinoa for lunch).
I don't use this app to track "bad" things I'm eating, just to see what sort of vitamins and minerals I'm getting. I'm also using it to track how much coffee I'm drinking :-p It's fun, visual, intuitive, and educational! You can also add your own foods if you know the nutritional info (I added Post Grape-Nuts this morning).
5) Meditation Fun: Coloring with Lacey
Congrats! You've made it to the end of the post :-) To reward myself for navigating long days, I bought myself a Libraries Around the World Coloring Book by friend Lacey Losh (from my Lincoln, Nebraska days)! Okay, well really I bought one a gift for my friend Heather and couldn't resist buying one for myself too. We just started carrying it at Driftless Market, and it is WILDLY GORGEOUS.
A fan of both tiny buildings AND sharing books, I am of course in love with Little Free Libraries. This coloring book is more than just lines to fill in. Each wee library is accompanied by an interesting story, and it's so cool seeing different parts of the world connected through literature. I wouldn't mind making this coloring book into a "Places I Must One Day Visit" guide :-)
I'm going to get my colored pencils out this weekend and wind down. And then, just because I love you all, I'm going to make a bonus blog post on Sunday! It'll feature an interview with the author and a super short youtube video where I review the coloring book and give you a sneak peek :-)
So I've shared my five things:
What have you been celebrating this month? <3
I don't even know how to start this. JUMPING AROUND AND SQUEALING LIKE AN EXCITED PENGUIN DOESN'T WORK WELL IN TEXT!
After the Great BarnBoard Disappointment, I vowed not to drive far away for any possible free materials again. And then I learned that (Janet's roommate) Logan latest work assignment was helping gut a business in New Glarus, and that we could save the contracting company hundreds and hundreds of dollars by taking away BRAND NEW 2x4s plus a whole wall of lovely old barn boards. Logan talked with everyone he needed to and got everything 100% okay-ed (I was still so nervous to get excited!)
This past friday, my ever-super-hero dad took the day off of work to drive his NEW fancy SUV (ei: nobody but him is driving it) + the horse trailer to give me and Janet a hand in collecting the materials.
First, we stopped in Mount Horeb so I could pick up a big roll of EPDM rubber roofing that I found on craigslist. The owner had bought it to re-do his back porch roof, but didn't end up needing it after all and didn't get around to returning it. It's more than enough to cover my whole tiny house and was only $100! With rubber roofing, that let's me raise one of my walls//lower the pitch of my roof. I won't have a totally flat roof: the back wall will still be 9' tall and now the front wall will be raised to 8.5'! (I'll make a blog post soon about the retractable ceiling bed and why that's such a big deal).
After Mount Horeb, it was on to New Glarus! Logan had a space for us to park the trailer just outside the front door (Thanks Logan!). Why was I getting a bunch of BRAND NEW 2x4s? The previous business owners had started framing interior walls on the second floor, but went out of business before they could finish. There was no sheathing on the 2x4s, they were just all loosely nailed together. They're not as tall as a standard stud, but I can definitely make them work. BECAUSE I GOT AROUND 50 OF THEM! And they were all destined for the landfill.
I also got around 30 gorgeous tongue (but no groove???) barn boards that will be just PERFECT for the floor <3 We also loaded up a lot of really pretty trim (including gorgeous rounded//super shaped trim to go over the front door and the windows), a perfect-sized kitchen sink (better than the double-welled one I was going to try and cut in half), a front door knob + lock, and some really nice shelving.
By the time we finished loading everything into the horse trailer, we were getting hungry. We were in New Glarus, after all, and wanted to eat somewhere fun! My dad, Janet and I ended up at Kristi's -- it was equal parts adorable, charming and delicious :-D My dad and I both had portabella burgers and Janet got chili in a bread bowl. I spent half my time gawking at all the fun oil pantings hanging everywhere. The bistro must have been a sprawling, decadent house in a previous lifetime. I guess the theme of our day was upcycling ;-) We rolled ourselves out and set back for the long drive back to Platteville.
Logan ended up getting the rest of the afternoon off from work, and met us at my place when we got back to town to help us unload. THANKS LOGAN! I can't say it all enough :-D The four of us got the trailer unloaded in pretty good time, and then my dad was off on other errands and home before Sabbath. Oh yeah! We got my sister an interior cork door too.
Everything is sitting on the floor of my garage right now (the part of it that always stays dry), and on Thursday (that's tomorrow!) Janet will help me put up more shelving brackets so we can get it all off the floor.
I'm going to borrow my dad's sawzall soon so I can break down all the pallets that I are cluttering up the middle of my garage (I want to plane them down so we can use it for interior siding! But that's another post).
I just can't wait to get everything all tucked away where it needs to go. And then I'm going to do a video tour for all of you! Because I'm pretty sure you'd be surprised by all the materials I've gathered so far :-) And tidy workshops just look fantastic.
Good things are happening, and they are happening fast :-) If you would have asked me a couple weeks, ago, though, and I would have had a different story for you.
Remember those old boards I was going to pull off of barn? With weeks to plan: I gathered a crew of friends together, borrowed my folks horse trailer + SUV, then drove an hour through winding Driftless country. A cute, old barn lay nestled in a hillside, and we were allowed to pull off barn boards around back. We pulled off giant doors and worked together to walk them down the hill to set against the trailer. We started yanking out old rusty nails and planning which boards to circular saw in half later to save from water damage. It was exciting!
Until a neighbor walked down the hill and told us to put everything back. I thought he said his name was Bryan, but later I learned it's something else. (I can't remember his name now, so I'll just keep calling him Bryan.) Apparently, the barn and super sweet owner (Tracy) live on community property. Bryan, a community member, let us know that not everyone who lived there had been informed. And more importantly? They might want to sell the whole barn to a contractor someday in the future.
We were disappointed (understatement). I had to keep reminding myself I am not entitled to this barn wood, I am not entitled to this barn wood. So we hauled everything back, and headed home to Platteville after filling the gas tank back up.
When we got home, Tracy texted us and apologized for everything that went down and said she hadn't thought about insurance and liability issues. Apparently, that's what Bryan talked to her about (but didn't know how to bring it up with us). In the end, I don't blame either of them. For years, Tracy had been told that the barn was her dilemma to deal with, and yet community living is a delicate process that requires lots of communication to work. Miscommunication is crazy easy, especially when you are juggling a whole lot of life.
So moral of the story? It's not my barn! It was just a missed opportunity that made me come up with alternative plans for my flooring, exterior & interior siding, and ceiling. If this is the worst thing to happen during our tiny house adventure, I'm so okay with that.
So enough of the aww :-( and more with AWWW!!! :-)
First off, Janet is the best <3 I'm so glad she's on this journey with me! Plus she's just so good lookin' using power tools :-D We used 10x14" shelf brackets to create lumber racks in my garage (inspired by this Ugly Duckling House blog post). Lots of leveling, drilling, and putting in screws. We fastened the couple with nails which was silly because: 1) HOLY LOUD GOOD OUCHIE GARAGE ACOUSTICS, 2) took longer, and 3) wouldn't be as easy to take with me next time I move. Plus power tools are super fun! Getting the shelving brackets up felt wonderful.
My dad drove my trailer full of previously reclaimed lumber (throughout the years!) to my garage. And holy cow, he's got mad trailer skills. I'm so thankful for him and can't wait till I can back up a trailer into equally tricky places!
My roommate Olive plus my friends Nate & Billy helped me unload half of the lumber before I had to jet out for work the next day. But then it rained and some of the water worked it's way past the tarp I put up. Uh oh! If there's anything I've been learning -- BE WARY OF WATER! (I lost some lumber earlier this summer to mold when my garage floor flooded a bit and I didn't have all my first load put away yet.)
What to do with so much damp lumber? Janet helped me lay it all out in the sunshine for about a day and a half, which really helped. We got it all put away on the long wall of storage and IT WAS SO EXCITING!!!! Almost everything now (besides a stack of pine logs I need to learn about milling + a sheet of drywall) is transferred over from my folks barn, ready to be inventoried and dreamt about. Check it out!
So I'm actually going to do this blog update in two posts, cuz it's just so long. And what if you're only interested in the next part? BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST EXCITING!!!!
GOODYBE, SUMMER. No, like -- please leave. I'm ready for fall weather and hot drinks and crunchy leaves and all the goodness of these changing seasons :-) How has your summer been? Looks like I haven't written since June. WHOOOPS! A lot has happened since then.
Mid July, I moved into a darling little duplex with wood floors, windows in every room, a front yard and (BEST OF ALL!) a garage + driveway perfect for tiny house building.
in August, I worked a lot and focused on making sure my massage practice makes it through the transitions happening at Alchemy Wellness. Look for updates and events shared from my Wild Sanctuary Massage page + the main Alchemy page too :-) Fun things happening!
Beginning of September, one of my best friends (Olive) moved in with me when she returned to town for school. Also, my friend Callie told me about this old red barn across from her mother's house. She said I can have all the barn boards that I want and can pull off. YESSSS!!!!
So what does that mean for Luna?
Moving and work took up the summer. Adjusted plans go like this:
1)Get all the materials + trailer moved over from my parents barn. They spent a day loading most everything onto a trailer for me -- so it's almost all ready to go! I just have to move the things stored under my trailer and then she's ready to rock and roll. Thanks so much, Mom and Dad!
2)Get shelving put up on the walls to store lumber. Janet helped me clean up the floor of my garage after it flooded and I lost a bunch of wood :-( NOTE TO SELF: Living on a hill means nothing in a basement garage. Put your wood up on the walls RIGHT AWAY! I'm making a wall-mounted lumber rack by using heavy duty metal shelving brackets that hold 110lbs. Thanks google!
3)Go out to Callie's barn in October (with some friends?) and collect all the wood I need for flooring, exterior siding and interior wall finish. YAY! Rustic gorgeous history transformation <3 Also, it's yet another reminder that everything is actually unfolding in the perfect timing. Thanks, Universe!
Those are my three major Autumn Tiny House Plans. In addition, I want to get the plans (that Jim started helping me with in May, but we both got derailed with other projects) finished by November 1st.
OMG I CAN'T WAIT TILL APRIL!
So me and Janet's official One Year Anniversary (awww) is in February, and we were talking about what we should do for it. Taking a Tiny House Building Workshop came up (because we're cute like that), so I went off to do some googling. Turns out there is a Tiny House Conference happening in Asheville, North Carolina April 2-3rd! We've been wanting to go on vacation to Asheville, so this was perfect. Janet's golden birthday is the end of March, so we'll be making it a big two week trip adventure! All the camping and ziplining through the trees, and water-fall exploring, and art gallery seeing, and restaurant going, and brewery tasting, AND TINY HOUSE LEARNING! Speakers, a tools workshop, tiny houses to tour.
Later in April (and after our return) is my golden birthday :-D I'm going to throw a BIG, GORGEOUS BASH and ask for 2x4s in lieu of any other gifts. Because that seems like the perfect way to turn 27. Golden Dreams Coming True, Babes! Then, starting the first weekend in May I'll begin building FOR REAL REAL REAL REALS. Next summer, Luna will be #1 priority over pretty much all other life. Because 2016 is the year. And she's been a long time coming <3
But now, with the barn board finish and the floor plans perfected: I can see her. And she's so, so beautiful.
How do I know the coolest people? My friend Will -- who I met through local artist//coolChick//now-co-worker Laura (winner of The Art of Wellness Award), is doing magic on my trailer. Mechanics are the coolest, for real.
When I first got my trailer, it could support 7,000lbs. For a single-story, 18' tiny house I could squeeze by on that. Especially if I counted every construction pound and crossed my fingers that nothing was too heavy. But I'd be holding my breath a lot (Just see Ella Jenkin's account). And who wants to do that?
Enter Will, stage Awesome. He offered to take off my old springs and put in new ones -- letting my trailer support thousands of pounds of extra weight. He had springs on hand to put in (that came off of a 30' mobile home), and put a bunch of hours into making all that mechanic whats-he-doing-ness, happen. There's one part (around $50), however, that he has to order special online that will take a few weeks to come in. I don't care -- having that extra weight allowance for my tiny house is completely 100% worth it.
In the meantime, I'm watching Tiny Home Builders videos, planning out all the dimensions of my interior shelving (including the tall wall of storage!), making thought-maps for all the questions I still need to research, ordering 2x6s for decking//seeing what I already have, and looking forward to finishing framing plans with Jim (who should be back from the East Coast right abouts now!). As soon as that last spring part is in and on, I can level+stabilize the trailer and put on the decking. Then next comes Ec0-Foil and the framing Subfloor!
Example of a few of the questions I need answered:
-Do I have enough height to work with that I can use 2x6s for the roof joists?
-Can you paint vinyl siding?
-What sort of adhesives will I use, and what are the most eco-friendly options?
-Which kind of hurricane strapping do I want to use in each necessary place?
-How do I secure the 2x6 decking to my trailer, since the trailer didn't come with any?
Some are easy as a quick google search. Others involve math, taking notes from you-tube videos and books, and reaching out to others in the tiny house community. These are questions I probably should have already answered this winter. But I guess in Tiny House Adventures, there are no "shoulds." All of it is unfolding beautifully, in many baby steps and surprises from the Universe.
With my new schedule (as of June 1st), Tuesdays (before 4) are officially for working on my tiny house! So happy #tinyhouseTuesday, everyone! <3
(btw, the title of this blog post comes from a Beatles song. In case you didn't know)
I have the best girlfriend ever. Other people might think they do, but I know the truth. Right now, I'm waiting for a massage client to show up and Janet is back at her place making vegan chocolate peanut butter cups for us to take to my Grandma's birthday party. And she woke up about four hours earlier than usual just to do it. If that's not love, I don't know what it is <3
Okay, so how cute//amazing//fantastic my girlfriend is isn't actually the point of this blog post. Before I get to the point, though, here's a Tiny TINY-HOUSE update: My friend Jim is in the middle of helping me with framing plans and it's looking AWESOME! He's out east till the beginning of June though, so it'll be a few weeks before we can continue//finish the framing plans. I'll post some pictures soon of what it's looking like so far.
Okay, back to the point: DELICIOUS VEGAN FOOD. Janet got me a bunch of amazing vegan cookbooks (including the one she's using right now to make the peanut butter cups), plus I go a little bit wild on pinning recipes onto this board.
Last month, I really wanted vegan potato salad & coleslaw for my family birthday dinner. I did a quick search on pintrest, and found the following two recipes. Janet helped me make them the day before the party. AND HOLY MOTHER OF ZEUS --- WHATTTT!!!!!!!! THEY WERE SO GOOD. My mom and sister, who aren't vegan, pretty much went nuts over it. It wasn't too difficult to make either.
We used THIS RECIPE FOR THE POTATO SALAD. We used a combo of baby red potatoes and yukon gold, and didn't bother to peel them. We also went the cucumber route (rather than broccoli). We used Veganaise for both the potato salad & the coleslaw, and had to run out in the middle of making it and buy a second jar. Totally worth it, though.
We used THIS RECIPE FOR THE COLESLAW. It's not very sweet at all, which everyone else really appreciated. I love sweet coleslaw, though, so I'll probably up the sugar next time I make it. For some reason grating the onion was the hardest part. I think we just ended up chopping it up really small, maybe? Don't let your onion or the grater get damp -- I think that's what did us in. Or maybe I'm just dumb, and don't know how to grate an onion. Either scenario seems possible.
I was going to take pictures of the coleslaw and potato salad, but forget and then it got devoured. Which I think is a good thing.
Till next time!
I'm not an architect. I'm a dreamer. I can learn things -- I like to think anything I put my mind to -- but things like math trip me up and intimidate me. Hence my framing plans haven't been created yet. I finally purchased a used architects scale off of amazon (which would make creating plans MUCH MUCH easier), but didn't realize I accidentally had them sent to an address I haven't lived at in 7 years. Ooops! Luckily it was only $6.
And even luckier for me, something better than an architect's scale showed up instead. My friend Jim, among other things, uses Google SketchUp in his line of work and has offered to draw up my framing (+other) plans for me! HOLY PERFECT AWESOMENESS, JIM! We're meeting next Thursday, May 14th, to begin. I'll let you know how it goes!
Recent purchases which will make re-beginning much easier than the first time around:
1) bottle jack (the only thing I've gotten that's not used. I should have looked on Amazon to see if I could have gotten something that definitely wasn't contributing to sweat-shop labour. But it was in a store next to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale store, where I'd just purchased my final window -- and I was super excited!)
2) Four 6-ton jack stands. I can now level + support my trailer with ease!
3) My final window! I thought I'd had all my windows, but one that my folks had given to me I decided was just waaaaayyy too heavy to be worth installing. My trailer can only support 7,000lbs, so every little bit counts. The new window I got is super cute, much lighter, and brand new -- thanks to the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store on the west side of Madison. That place is maaagical and I can't wait to have a complete materials list! They have everything front nails and screws to light fixtures and work gloves.
4) I got a fun doorbell for $2 that I think plays like a piano. I can't figure out if you ring the doorbell by playing notes, or pre-record a melody that will chime whenever someone rings the bell. Either way, SUPER fun :-D
5) I got a pair of work gloves that actually fit me. I have such tiny hands, sometimes it's ridiculous.
6) Tiny Home Builders video library! It's a year subscription, and way more user friendly (for me!) than the DVD set I purchased last year (just because of my TV set up). Cori & Henry used this library, and have made a lot of fantastic progress on their tiny house. I've watched a few of the videos, and it's all very straight-forward and easy to understand. I'll do a detailed review later on! You can watch their Tools segment for free, so check it out :-)
I'm home, resting and recovering from a cold today, and binge-watching Tiny House, Giant Journey youtube videos. I also re-downloaded SweetHome3d and am re-creating my floorplan with some final updates. I don't know if my tiny house will ever be done evolving, but after next Thursday's plan creation things will be much more set in -- wood?
Happy spring! I'm just posting this to tell you that I'm not dead, and neither is my tiny house project//adventure :-) I've been building my massage business over the winter (and putting all the proceeds towards my student loan payments), and am now at a place where I can again re-focus on Luna! Every Thursday afternoon I'll be working working working towards tiny house creation, and today I'm getting (re)started on framing plans!
As of right now, I'm literally researching how much clearance a p-trap needs for a shower as I fine tune my bathroom floor plans. Cuz freezing watertanks are just no good!
Anyways. Just wanted to say hi! I'll be back with some words and pictures and a proper update real soon :-)
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle