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The tiny house project has began to take us on a soul searching adventure. As we have began to build a home on such a tiny scale it has brought an entire new perspective to the way we live as a family. The entire dynamics will change to a much simpler way of living. We have already began to change the way we think. I always thought I was trying not to be wasteful but in reality I could have been doing so much more. It has been a rude awakening to the world around me. What a destructive and wasteful monster we can become sometimes without even realizing it.

Dave often shares stories about the house that his parents have and how much work they put into it. This house was built by his great grand father and its the house his father grew up in. It was abandoned for several years and was once used to stable horses, his bedroom had been used for hay storage. He and his parents have transformed this small crooked house into something that has sustained his family and will allow them a secure future.

Dave and I started searching about 3 months ago, to find a place where we could do the same,  Some place where we can show our children a way of life, where knowledge and sustainability will be important factors. Our perfect homestead. That is the overwhelming task at this time. Many prospects have appeared and each have their downside. Its easy to find a small parcel of land far away from town but it has been difficult to find one that is move in ready. With so much to consider, How do we pick the right place?


Our search has lead us somewhere though. A place semi-secluded, in an established development, with nearby neighbors, several secondary outbuildings, and land. The land has two small orchards and garden space. Also there is a home in need of severe repairs. We placed our bid and are awaiting a reply. We will suffer through the next several days in anticipation. Anxiously awaiting  our fate, we are at our limited budgets max and won’t have funds to do repairs till sometime later, a risk we are unsure to take.


However our belief that the universe will provide, and that our lives are dictated by forces beyond our understanding, that love is the basis of all that we create. We have faith that things will work out just as they are meant to. After all, it has brought us together and has taken us further  and further “down the rabbit hole”.

-Mandy & Dave

Mindshift- A shift in your mindset caused by creating something out of a fine balance between insights and                                                                  innovation, leading to a MindShift.


Wired up, windows installed and in the dry

    Wow its been so long since our last post. I really hope everyone made it to the flip side of the holidays safely. We have been getting a lot of gloomy, wet and COLD  weather. Just the right combination to keep us hibernating like two old grumpy bears. We did manage to climb out of slumbers on the very few sunny days we were blessed with. We had a great opportunity come up and we decided to take it. We have been extremely busy with the hunt for our new homestead. Its been an enormous task sorting through all these properties trying to find just the right one to meet our needs and in our budget. We have been exhausted.

We have switches and outlets in place!
We have switches and outlets in place!

 We did however did manage to squeeze sometime in and get some work done on the tiny house. I must say, building this house from scratch has been a true learning experience. You can plan and plan but not really know exactly how its going to come together until you’re doing it. This brings me to the electrical work we just installed..

I had to finally decide where I wanted outlets and switches. I had given it some thought through this entire project but never that much thought. I had no finger nails left after it was all said and done. It was a daunting task but hopefully what we chose will be what we need when its all said and done. It will be nice to finally be able to install some unique light fixtures that I plan to hang just as soon as I stumble across the perfect ones for that perfect price. Hopefully free. Dave’s got it wired I just need to find them.

The vintage cushion will be reupholstered in the near future. Its from the original camper.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We have made some more very permanent decisions also. That was just the freshest in my memory.We have started insulating and the loft is in. The headroom is amazing thanks to Dave’s creative thinking!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The front door has been dry fit into place and is a perfect fit. Windows are installed. We have got her completely in the dry, Some of the outside window trim has already been installed.


Our built-in coach/bed in the living space is built and installed. Which has been wonderful to finally feel how spacious it really could be for two nature loving nerds. .

The most valuable thing I have learned from it is, You may not know how you are going to do something but if you continue to believe in yourself and your dream. Even when others might not. You will make it happen some how. It is still so  mind blowing to me every time I realize  just how far we have come due to our thriftiness, creativeness and teamwork. Hopefully we can apply the same technique and find that perfect homestead to park our home. In the mean time please say a prayer for us and we will keep our fingers crossed.

Corbels, Windows and Plywood

Hi everyone, Seeing as how this 16 degree morning has forced us to remain indoors. We decided to post some updates on our progress. Of course we could clean, or do laundry, or just sit in front of the tele. watching these mindless talk shows. But not us, we are working together to do it all. minus the mindless. I almost like that ¨minus the mindless¨. The mindless gibberish of the entertainment industry.

 This tiny house of ours is taking shape. We have applied the hardie siding, added some corbels, and installed a few windows.


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All Natural Walnut Stain

You might not find putting stain on something very interesting but what about making a homemade all natural Walnut stain?  My way involved a fire, a big mess and a lot of fun learning something new.

 I wanted to stain some trim and I have heard of making a stain out of walnuts and Im lucky enough to have walnut trees right here at my house.

First I had to do some research on how to make it.  The method is pretty simple. The video above is the one I based my method off of. The only thing I did differently was cook mine over a fire. The guy in the video cooked his on the stove. Walnut stain in my kitchen? I think not.

Warning: Wear rubber gloves. If you get it on your hands it will be on there a long time. It is a very effective stain.

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Lambs Tongue Chamfer Detail




I want to write a little about a detail I added to the corner posts on the front corners.

It mimics a detail I saw on a piece of seventeenth century furniture. I know it as a Lambs Tongue Chamfer.

I made these with nothing more than a handheld router fitted with a 45 degree chamfer bit.

I picked a place and marked the top line,  an inch below that line I placed another mark, and another mark 1/2 ” below that one.

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Built Our Own Custom Built Mahogany Door

A friend gave me a few pieces of a beam that was removed from the roof of a local warehouse facility some years back, They were covered with a few thick coats of paint but i knew underneath that there was some wonderfully beautiful Mahogany. Here in the photo below, they are sitting on the table saw ready for their beauty to be revealed.


The first pass on the Ridgid granite top table saw. This saw is the heart of our small shop. It was purchased as a closeout sale item,for around five hundred bucks, and it has been worth every penny. It really is a work horse.We have owned it now for five years, We have adapted a Jet 52″ rip fence to fit this saw and built a outfeed table that also serves as the main workbench in our shop.

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Sheathing, A Little More Progress.data:text/mce-internal,%3C%21–more–%3E

plywood floor
Took this picture while enjoying  the loft!

Hey Yall, We’re back!!!

We went and put us some plywood down!!!  Hee Haw!!!  Big red sure does look good Hauling this beauty!  If you keep on scrolling down, you will see we have placed our sheathing ! We sure are moving along pretty quickly with this here house of ours.. We are so excited to be taking this Suburban life and saying shove it!!


The tiny life is for us! 

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