Friday, March 29, 2013

Our babies are growing up....also known as starting seedlings

Hurray for gardening again!  We got all of these seeds (and quite a few more) from our landlord for free.  He coordinates all of the community gardens in our city/county so he had some left over seeds!  We had gone back and forth about starting seedlings.  The main problem was where would we put them?! After all, our home is a little small... Never-mind that though, because we found a wonderful spot as you will see below in the pictures! :)  

Free seeds!

Filling the trays with potting soil

 We made sure to label before we started planting, I highly suggest it!

These are edible flowers that we are trying to start without the light or the heat pads.  

We cleared out our storage loft and installed a grow light with heat pads under the seedlings. 
This is where we will be starting our seeds for the year.  It worked out perfectly!

As of this writing, most of the seedlings are at least 1 inch above the soil line!  Goodness, it almost time to get the garden going outside.  I just wish we had some warmer weather out there...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

8 Months Later...

family over for a visit

We have been living in our Tiny House for 8 months so far, and the verdict is.....


We absolutely love living in this home.  It is incredibly cozy and 100% functional.  This has been better than we had expected (even through the gloomy winter we have up here in Tacoma, Wa).  We recently got back from a trip that we took down to the Baja in Mexico, and although we had a great time, we could not wait to get back to our little home!    

In addition to how cozy this place is, it has also been wonderful for our finances.  As of 2 months ago, we are 100% debt free!!!  What a huge blessing that has been!  Not having a big rent payment along with other financial decisions has allowed us to pay off all of our debt.  We have also travelled to Guatemala and Mexico, and have gone on a number of camping trips in this time (so we are still having a lot of fun!).  

We realize that even though we are not building the house anymore, it is still changing us in how we live our lives and prioritize our responsibilities.  This blog will be changing from focusing exclusively on the Tiny House, to more of what we are now doing BECAUSE we live in this wonderful home.  There will be many more projects in and around the house that you will start to see.  A couple that we have going on now (no pictures yet) are building a free chicken coop from scrap materials and setting up our garden!

Many more updates to come!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Our panoramic life...

So these are not by any means super high-quality photos, but I was playing around with the settings on my phone's camera to see if I could show ya'll a better view of the house interior as a whole. This is what I came up with:

This first picture is the view from inside the kitchen area (front hitch-side of the trailer) facing toward the "great room," where Jeff is sitting in the breakfast nook reading some thing on the computer. To the left of him is the front door to our house. The purple tapestry to the left of him is the draped cover of our closet area (it's huge--we know). To the right of Jeff you can see our bookshelf and our little fireplace. On either side of the picture in the area closest to the viewer are our butcherblock kitchen countertops. On the right hand side of the photo you can see where the ladder to the loft rests when it is not in use. 

This second picture is taken from where Jeff is sitting in the breakfast nook (which is in the back of the trailer) facing up towards the kitchen and bathroom. The doorway in the center of the photo leads to the bathroom, which has gorgeous turquoise walls with board and batten trim. On either side of the photo you can see that we have hung paintings collected throughout our travels. The countertop on the left-hand side has our double-basin sink, and the countertop on the right has the cooktop, underneath of which is our refrigerator. 

Some fun shots that capture all the tiny goodness in one frame! Hope you enjoy!

J & M.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall fun....

We spent the past weekend in beautiful, sunny Leavenworth, WA enjoying time with friends and running a half marathon. For how little we trained, I'm amazed at how well we did and how minimal our aches and injuries were.

We're enjoying the fall in our tiny casa. I'm working right now on our couch cushion cover, busting out the ol' sewing machine, so I'll post about that after it's finished. Wish me luck!

Be well,