Here we share the wisdom of our community–a community made up of not only our neighbors in our dirt-and-dig world, but also our friends who share with us online. If you would like to write about and share your wisdom/inspiration in the areas of tiny house living, simple living, owner-building, gardening, permaculture, homesteading, salvaging, re-purposing, debt-free living, mortgage-free living, community, sense of place, creative lifestyles, living life on your own terms, living a balanced life, slow living, etc., we’d like to hear from you! Use the Contact form (above) to send us a brief synopsis of your idea.
I am delighted to share Sue’s story of perseverance. Sue participated in our eCourse in Spring of 2014, and it’s been such a joy to watch her plan unfold. The thing I noticed about Sue right away was that she was serious. She read every lesson and really put her all into the tasks. She made a plan, and even when things didn’t go as she planned, she stuck with it. As time went on, her vision got clearer. She recently shared in our private forum about her exciting move to the place of her dreams, and I asked her to write a guest post to share with you. The synchronicity that Sue experienced is what happens when you do the work–you are met...Read More
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how I feel about community. I still remember sitting at our dining room table in our purple house in Florida making a must-have list for our future place, that place where we would put down roots, and slowly build our homestead. We wanted mountains, local food, music, and enough land for our kids to roam, but at the top of this list was community. I dreamed of being part of a large circle of people who work together toward common goals. I dreamed of having friends to share the responsibility of raising kids. I dreamed of working in gardens and helping each other grow. The amazing thing about getting super-clear on...Read More
Making the Nikon #IamGenerationImage video is a highlight of our tiny house adventure. We absolutely loved meeting these fascinating new friends and creating something together. I wrote a bit more about the project in this post. Watch the video here! We love how it turned out; it really sums up our story. (Be sure to let it load before viewing.) I’m thrilled with the image gallery, too. I took over 1000 images for this project, and these are the best of them. If you click on an image, you’ll find a quote from me about the picture and then expert insight in “Behind the Shot.” Truthfully, I had no idea I was doing these expert...Read More
I love flags, making use of everything, making art out of stuff one step away from trash, letting go of clutter, setting intentions and cultivating community. Making an Intention Flag is a beautiful and simple project that brings all of these loves together. When I don’t know what to do with a stained t-shirt or other worn-out piece of clothing, I usually cut it up for napkins or rags, but sometimes the fabric isn’t absorbent enough, so I stow it in a milk crate for future use. Just before Christmas I deep cleaned the tiny house and found a forgotten basket of fabric scraps in the storage compartment under the couch. Yes, even in a tiny house we accumulate stuff and...Read More
Guest Post by Wendy Thomas I got it. I finally got it. After living in a very large house (over 3K feet) with my husband, 6 children, a dog, and a flock of chickens in the backyard while holding down the positions of mom, journalist, writer, Executive Director, Swim Team official, and board member in various organizations (which all require their own equipment and supplies), I had decided that enough was enough. I love my family, I’d die for my kids, but I wanted my very own tiny house. I wanted a spot of my own where, if I put the book I was reading down on a table, it would be there when I went back to sit down and read and wouldn’t have been pushed somewhere else to...Read More
I’m so happy to welcome Mud Bailey as our first guest on Tiny House Family. She and her family are living a beautifully simple life. Enjoy! And thanks for reading. Inspired to share with our community? Here’s how. – Hari Hello Tiny House Family readers! My name is Meredith “Mud” Bailey. My friends call me Mud. I live just down the mountain from Hari, Karl and the kids in Stuart, VA on a property with 7 small cabins. We call our homestead Hawk-Mo. I live here with my boyfriend, my mother, dogs, cats, ducks and chickens. We have a 1/4 acre fenced garden with raised beds and an established, but neglected, small orchard. We are lucky enough to live...Read More
This Sunday, July 13, 2014, we are launching a new category on the blog called Cultivate Community. We are excited about this opportunity to share the wisdom of our community through guest posts. Check the blog this Sunday to meet our first super-inspiring guest. If you’d like to guest post or are just curious about this new blog category, read on. 2013 Crop Mob at our house. Installed flower beds along pathway, sheet mulched the garden, double dug garden beds, weeded. 2014 Crop Mob at our house. We bring home our first large black piglets from Well Fed Farm. 2013 Crop Mob at our house. This fall gathering was a great time to prep the garden for winter. SolShine...Read More