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Making an Intention Flag for 2015

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Breathe, Cultivate Community, Recent Posts, Salvage | 3 comments

Making an Intention Flag for 2015

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...

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Barn Wood and Rusted Metal

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Build, Recent Posts, Salvage | 14 comments

Barn Wood and Rusted Metal

There was a barn across the street from our little homestead, a real leaner. We’ve watched it lean a little more each month. The weight of the two feet of snow two weeks ago made it lean to the point that it was unsafe, so the owner pulled it over. Karl was working on the big house when he heard it crash. He ran into the tiny house like a little boy, “The barn! I think someone is taking it down.” He went straight across the street, talked to the man, and came back smiling. “I can take everything I want and leave the rest. He’s just going to use it for firewood.”   Score! This is our second barn. The first one was a prominent barn...

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Created From Excess

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in Recent Posts, Salvage | 19 comments

Created From Excess

We constructed our home with things people didn’t need. I am grateful to the internet and craigslist for creating a revolutionary way to connect people who need things with people who want to get rid of them. Everything we need is already made and someone wants to get rid of it. Our mission when building the tiny house was to buy as little “virgin materials” as possible. We stayed focused on buying what had already been used once. This commitment has produced a homey home, a place with stories. Rolling into Home Depot to load up on materials is much less charming than meeting a stranger through craigslist and helping to make use of their excess. There is more time...

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