Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Preparing my DVD Collection for Tiny Living

I finally finished transferring all of my DVD collection into plastic sleeves. I love it! I am saving so much space, which will make a big difference when I have my tiny house.

Here is what they looked like before:

I had them stacked on my bookshelves and on top of the TV.

And this is the after:

They all fit in a paper box, and there is still more room!

I bought these sleeves from Amazon. If you are patient you can get them for $11.99. Eventually I'll either buy storage containers or just build a shelf for them into my tiny house. I haven't decided.

Fun fact: my dvds are arranged by year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Why I Will Build My Tiny House on Wheels

I've made a really big decision regarding my tiny house this week!

Originally I did not want my tiny house on wheels. My plan was to buy some land and build a tiny house on a foundation. My logic being that I would have my own space away from others and just live in peace. I was planning to commute up to an hour to the job I have currently so that I could live out in the country.

I made this plan last year sometime. Since then I have paid off my student loans and I'm a few months away from being completely debt free. And I've been reading and learning a lot about tiny house options.

A couple weeks ago I started feeling less confident in my decision to build my tiny house on a foundation. The more I thought about building on a trailer the better I felt. I asked my friends and family what they thought. I posted the question on Facebook. The response was overwhelming! Most people agreed that a trailer is the best idea for me. My friend Nate summed it up perfectly when he said, "With a house that small there's no reason not to. What you gain by putting it on a foundation isn't as much as what you lose by not making it mobile."

On Sunday I officially decided that my tiny house will be on wheels. I started looking at trailer sizes prices too! I'm still not sure what I'm doing there. I would like to tell you why I'm going to put my house on wheels. I'll list my main reasons below.

1. Freedom. Besides my job I have nothing tying me down to anywhere. It seems silly for me to choose to tie myself to some land and a house when I'm so young!

2. Cost. Since I'm no longer buying land I will be saving a significant amount of money. Hooray!

3. Dreams. I don't want to be an administrative assistant forever. Ultimately I'd like to work outdoors. If I build on a foundation I'm limiting my job options to one area. If my house is on wheels I can go where ever the jobs are!

Well that's it! I'm really excited. I feel so great about my choice. Plus how fun will it be to learn to tow my own house?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sewing for My Best Kids!

It's the post you've all been waiting for, well at least my Facebook friends have been waiting.

My sisters and I took their kids fabric shopping so that I could make them some fun outfits. The only fabric that the kids didn't pick was bodice and pocket fabric and lining on the Sally Dresses for the girls and the pocket fabric and lining for the boys Sunny Day Shorts.

The first ones I made were the circle skirts, which was a good call because they were easy and got me really excited for sewing! You can find the tutorial I used here. Easiest skirt of my life! And the girls LOVED them.




Next I made their Sally Dresses. When I saw this pattern I knew I had to have it. I even paid $9.95 for it. I never pay for PDF patterns! This one is totally worth it. There is even two different sleeve options, but sleeves are a pain and I'm lazy. Eleanor originally didn't want to try this dress on, but once she didn't she didn't want to change out of it! You can buy the pattern here.



Finally I made the boys shorts. This post from Handmade Frenzy inspired me and then I used this Sunny Day Shorts pattern. I also added pockets and lengthened the shorts. Sadly I have no idea if they fit because my poor boys were sick, they didn't get to come to Easter dinner.

I think the shorts turned out pretty fun!



I am so proud of the clothes I made for the kids! They turned out so cute! I was kind of sad to see them leave my possession, but it was worth it to see their faces and watch them enjoy my creations. I love that I was able to express my love for the kids by making them something.

This final picture is the best one of today and just needs to be shared: