Leave it Better than you Found it

Leave it Better than you Found it

I have an amazing job with the Idaho Potato Commission where I actually get paid to travel the US and do cool stuff. My co worker Ellis and I try to get out and discover as much local stuff as possible. This week in we are in one of my favorite states Tennessee and it did not disappoint. Today we went to Blue Hole Falls in Elizabethton.
ahhh it's everywhere

An absolutely stunning waterfall and plunge pool. The bummer is a closer look and there was beer cans and water bottles scattered on the small banks and wedged between rocks in the stream. I know there is a not a easy way to change litter bug behavior (perhaps we could start by not such a giving throwing your trash on the ground such a cutesy name).
#dontbeadouche

It was so unsettling that I told my Ellis that we needed to hike back to the car and go buy some garbage bags. Luckily we stumbled upon a house nearby and ask for a garbage bag. We filled it completely and then some. One thing we could do more of is people like us who love spending time in the outdoors, would be to bring a bag, even a grocery bag every time we go on a hike and fill it with debris left by others. Now we just need a clever hashtag for it….suggestions?

Tiny House Conference 2015

I’m really excited to share the details for the second annual Tiny House Conference! First because it’s in the NorthWest and secondly because I’m going to be one of the speakers! I barely missed last years get together, it was two days after I returned to Idaho after my 2.5 month build in Hawaii andContinue Reading

Longsleeve Lace Print Dress

Longsleeve Lace Print Dress

I was in Orlando attending a food blogger conference and decided to whip this up before cocktail hour. I had a yard of this stretch knit fabric with a lace print and even some clear sequins that bounce the light from Joanne’s Fabric that was $12.99 a yard but had a 40% off coupon knockingContinue Reading

Homelite 14″ Chainsaw Review

Homelite 14″ Chainsaw Review

The one tool that I’ve never owned is a chainsaw but I knew this job was going to need one. In past projects I’ve been able to get by using a reciprocating saw or a hand saw. However the Hilo side of the big island where I bought land for my second tiny house it’sContinue Reading

Donna Karan Knockoff Gray Draped Dress

Donna Karan Knockoff Gray Draped Dress

I have a great hotel room in Atlanta Georgia this weekend and some great 2 way stretch knit gray fabric that I got last year in NYC at Stretch House in the garment distric for $6.00 a yard I bought 2 yards and have about 1/4 yard left over. I decided to put both toContinue Reading

Tiny House Magazine

Tiny House Magazine

My Hawaii treehouse is featured in Tiny House Magazine this month!!! The magazine is jam packed with inspiration every month so if your own tiny house journey be sure to subscribe!Continue Reading

Long Sleeved Color Blocked Dress

Long Sleeved Color Blocked Dress

Apparently I really like Michael Kors style. I saw a photo of actress Naya Rivera randomly online and took a screenshot of her neutral color blocked dress to sew it later. I tracked down who it was by and it was Michael Kors which makes this my third dress that I used for inspiration.I loveContinue Reading

How to make a chandelier using patio lights

How to make a chandelier using patio lights

  When I was still in the dreaming stage of my Hawaiian Treehouse, I pinned this amazing oversized lantern chandelier. The contemporary hut is in Brazil and designed by Fabio Galeazzo. I have no idea if it’s custom or how much it costs. I’m a sucker for bold lighting and once I started building I knewContinue Reading

I get it from my momma

I get it from my momma

One question I get over and over again is “How did you learn how to do this?!” This, usually meaning construction. My short reply is, “my mom.” She remodeled our houses for eventual resale to supplement my dad’s teaching income. It’s pretty incredible to think of the projects she undertook without being able to YouTubeContinue Reading

Hawaii Treehouse Pictures

Hawaii Treehouse Pictures

I had some pictures taken by photographer Julie Harmen the day before I left the island and I got the digital proofs today! She was so sweet to come on short notice and while she worked her magic snapping away, I talked her poor husbands ear off having been alone in the jungle for so long ha.Continue Reading

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