Monday, February 28, 2011


 The mail lady ruined the aesthetics with her fat sharpie number written on the front, but once the weather warms up I think I will paint the front...  Also, Keith's going to wrap the post in cedar like our porch posts.

A good friend sent a tea care package to help us cope with our recent stresses and it's becoming a nice ritual for me and also for Keith. It's something we can make in our house (well, outside the house on the propane camp stove) and sometimes we drink it at night in bed, watching movies. Yesterday I sat in bed listening to NPR, doing the Sunday crossword, and drinking tea---am I 80?!

French press mugs are great for tea making! Pour in the boiling water and then press the tea bag under the strainer and voila. When it's ready I pour some into a mug for drinking and the rest stays hot in my insulated french press mug. I've never really been a tea drinker, but it's growing on me and the variety of tea is really interesting, too---everything from "detox" to "passion" and they're all delicious! Don't be a tea snob, try it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

the part where we wait

Lazlo is, like all of us, waiting for spring. Stupid warm weather fools us for a day or two or three and then BAM, back to snow. Not  much getting accomplished on the tiny house lately... might pick up in the next couple of weeks? Family coming in from out of town for a birthday, might have tours to give. I could really do without a tiny house tour right now, people.

What do we do while we wait for spring? We watch A LOT of movies. A lot a lot. Our mini DVD crapped out on us a while back and my parents took pity on us and gave us a great gift of a new TV and DVD player that is perfect for us! It's the smallest screen you can buy (19") and it's just right for the tiny house.

Keith built this cedar box for it out of scrap that sits on a old metal typewriter desk that has wheels but doesn't roll. Handy. So now we can watch foreign films (subtitles on a 7" screen = not happening), which a is fantastic development at the casa de Blankenship! Recently: Lust Caution.

Just because we're not working on the house, doesn't mean I'm not cataloging ideas. I send emails to myself all the time about different design inspirations and this place in Australia caught my eye most recently. I pretty much love everything about it, especially the kitchen shots.

 Anyway, gears are always turning and new ideas are always manifesting. C'est la vie.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

interview on Love and Trash

My webpal Christina interviewed me about our tiny house for her site, Love and Trash ("a DIY blog for people who do things differently"). Here's part one. Here's part two.
I told her to use any pics she wanted from my flickr account and I have to say she did an excellent job using ones I hadn't necessarily thought of.
It's really helpful to me to organize my thoughts re: our house and present them to someone else because it reminds me why we do what we do and how this is a process and how we've made so much progress already. That's not to say Keith and I aren't both about fed up with cabin fever and this stinkin' winter. We're ready for spring and all that comes with it---house projects, garden, camping, travel.
We're celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this year and if we can't do our #1 choice (floating a river with our friends from Missoula), #2 would be a hike into somewhere (but probably not 15 miles) for a week or so, just us. Or us and the dogs if it's feasible. So if you know of any places we should check out that are within 3-4 hours of driving distance to central Idaho, give a shout.
Keith's making a tiny house mailbox for us. Still needs tin on the roof, but it's pretty great so far!