24.10.14

Autumn Light


I was frustrated with the endless dust, dirt and general chaos of living in a construction zone... then the golden autumn light shown through the window and made it all go away.


23.10.14

A First Meal


While it's not homemade bread from the wood stove or a fresh salad from the garden (yet), it is a meal at our own table.  Not in a camper, but in our house that we built with our own hands.  


22.10.14

Wooden Buttons





Lucas asked me if I could teach him how to run a business, so he can start a restaurant, {selling his famous french toast}, making enough money to buy a rather large Lego set he's had is eye on and then take us all out to Chinese {his favorite}.  Sure, I said {I love a good unschooling project!}.  We talked about how to get started with permits and licensing.  Building and equipment.  Employees and taxes.  How many customers he would need to make a profit.  The hours required to run a restaurant.  I didn't even get to the part where over fifty percent of restaurants don't make it past the first year {I didn't want to seem discouraging, after all} before he came to the conclusion that the restaurant business wasn't the way to go right now.  

While talking about businesses that would be low cost to set up and manage, he remembered making buttons with me earlier this summer.  He was able to use all the tools himself and make a beautiful product that he could sell in our shop.  We discussed the expenses and fees of Etsy and Paypal, along with how selling on Etsy works.  He and Mike went to the woods straight away and came back with a few dried branches of oak to work with.  Luke spent the whole morning clearing the branches to be cut while I worked on a pile of my own buttons to prepare for the shop this week.  I can't wait to share what he made!

21.10.14

Closing Up the House











I know it's been awhile, but we've been just a wee bit busy snugging up our tiny home for the winter.  You'll forgive us, won't you?

From sun up to sun down, the work moves along, slow but steady.  The roof is on, windows are in, insulation is hung and the house is wrapped up snug and tight.  With the last window installed, we didn't hesitate a moment to unpack the camper and move into our new home.  After four long months in the camper, I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to sleep under a solid roof again.





4.10.14

Tiny House Update







This past week has been just the boost we needed.  The loft joists are completed, the rafters are set and the sheathing is mostly done!  It's finally starting to look like a house and we're beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I sincerely hope that by the end of the weekend, it will be completely enclosed.
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