Texas Tiny House Workshops at the Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet Tiny House is in Dallas,Texas for EDTx 2017
Silver Bullet Tiny House Tour/Workshops      $90.
     (Includes copies of both her e-books – $45. value, Living the Sustainable Tiny Life and Living the Sustainable Tiny Life Workbook, organic refreshments, tiny house game prizes, the tour and workshop)    
Meet a dynamo tiny house designer/builder/dweller before she gets to Earth Day Texas. Learn about her tiny house design based on bio-mimicry. Be inspired by the non-toxic, sustainable and net-zero waste building materials and systems. Learn more about sustainable lifestyles, the tiny house movement, and how to reduce your carbon footprint quickly, without sacrificing style or comfort.
Limited to 12 attendees.

To register for Saturday, April 8th, 10-2PM, click PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Comments from former attendees:
“If your longing to live the tiny life I highly recommend attending Vera’s workshop as a first step. Not only will you get to see, touch, and feel an actual tiny house but Vera will share with you her story, her experiences, and knowledge gained by extensive research and trial and error. I left her workshop with a bigger appreciation for the Tiny house way of life and for the movement as a whole. I now have a better understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural effects this intentional way of living supports and impacts. So inspired to start my THOW journey real soon! ” Sophie T.
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“I also really enjoyed all the sustainability information that you shared with us. We are definitely starting to see a trend in people who we talk to: those who are environmentally conscious, and those who are financially conscious. I love that your nonprofit strives to show people that they can have both.” Megan M.
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“I definitely learned a lot about how tiny houses are constructed, and providing us with some of the building materials you used was incredibly useful. The game we played at the end of the tour also really helped put everything into perspective – it was definitely a great learning process when we wrote down the top 5 things we should consider before building a tiny house.” Jay W.
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“I greatly appreciate your willingness to open up your home and heart to us and share with us your values as well as your challenges.” Mika IW.

Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

2017 Tiny House Summit

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What is the 2017 Tiny House Summit?

February 20-24  Five Days!

An online conference where you can learn all about tiny houses and small-scale living from tiny house community leaders!

Join the Silver Bullet Tiny House designer/builder/dweller/author, Vera Struck, along with many of her friends and colleagues!

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Spring Cleaning Sustainably

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“Spring breeze—

the pine on the ridge

whispers it”

Haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1804)

After Earth Day and around Arbor Day I begin an annual ritual I have enjoyed for many decades, “Spring Cleaning”. It’s origins can be traced back to the Persian practice of khooneh tekouni, which literally means ”shaking the house”.

In the midst of “the rebirth of nature”, our Midwestern family in the late 50’s, were recruited for a full weekend of running mattresses outside, hanging Persian rugs and draperies for a day of sunshine (and a good batting), dusting, sweeping, floor and window-washing. That was followed by the next weekend’s cleaning of the garage and a yard sale. Visions of our Scandanavian ancestors stuffing hay into their beds comes to mind.

We had a family of six, whose sports, camping and collecting recquired my mother’s diligent Army commando style direction to keep us focused on our respective cleaning and purging tasks. I recall, the pungent smell of cedar oil, ammonia, bleach, Fels-Naftha and trisodium phosphate. There was ample time for hijinks and fun. Driving our parent’s crazy was the objective of four creatively active offspring who reluctantly gave up a weekend of teenage activities. We had pillow fights, water hose competitions and attic theatricals to relieve the tedium of our chores. A spotless home with clean air and more space after a Minnesotan winter was appreciated by all.

I remember it as a pleasantly cathartic opportunity for humor and prankdom that required increased inspiration, as we grew older. Let us know what your family tradition of “Spring Cleaning” was by commenting below.

The WHAT:

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This week, your challenge is to practice the 6 R’s while we “Spring Clean” in a sustainable way to create the space to move forward towards a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle!

The HOW:

  1. Toss out the toxins in your life. Whether it’s old food, toys, clothes, or other mental or physical clutter. Self-improvement and advancement need room to grow. Utilize decluttr, craigs list, free cycle, thredup and sports gift to donate, recycle and sell all your “stuff”. Have a yard sale!
  2. Look at the pattern to your clutter. Are there too many dead plants, paintings, books, magazines or toys? Is there some emotional programming you need to rewire?
  3. Learn to be selective. We absorb the energy of the people and objects with whom we associate. Be proactive about your daily choices after you consider their full impact.
  4. Liberate your true identity. Look at what you own versus who you are. Liberating yourself from the past possessions and unsustainable habits, diets and practices will maximize your present lifestyle and “spring it forward”.
  5. Make room for the new sustainable you to emerge. With the new “space” in your environment, you will have the room to be creative and make smarter choices.

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The EPA suggests the following five guiding principles when purchasing sustainable cleaning products:

1.  Include environmental considerations as part of the normal purchasing process.

2. 
Emphasize pollution prevention as part of the purchasing process.

3. Examine multiple environmental attributes throughout the product and service’s life cycle.

4. Compare environmental impacts when selecting products and services.

5. Collect accurate and meaningful environmental information about environmental performance of products and services.

The Deep Dive:

Complete listing of each type of spring cleaning checklists, schedules, seasonal chores can be found here.

Try either of these DIY laundry solutions. They work well, are inexpensive and keep your clothes fresh and soft: Hippychick’s recipe for 4 gallons of your own laundry soap here. Getting Raw’s DIY laundry detergent & softener here.

Try commercial green cleaning products such as MethodSeventh GenerationSimple GreenGreenWorksMrs. Meyer’sEcoverDr. Bronner’sBiokleenOptionsForLife or other manufacturers.