Dorothy’s Big Homestead Day, now nestled in and Happy

Dorothy is all clean inside and shined now and clean.

Her inner parts and pieces are now placed where they should be.

The shelves are not yet full indeed,

nor are there pots and pans,

but soon the parents will be packing

in so many things.

From the front door threshold looking up.

From the front door threshold looking up.

Close up of Dorothy's Rack

Close up of Dorothy’s Rack

From up in the Loft looking down

From up in the Loft looking down

Neighbors just couldn't wait to look, at what we were doing.

Neighbors just couldn’t wait to look, at what we were doing.

Some were stand offish, but they all seemed to like the house.

Some were stand offish, but they all seemed to like the house.

Peek a boo, can we come in too?

Peek a boo, can we come in too?

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The front entry and the doors to the bed and the bath that are downstairs,

under the double Rainbows at TTH 5

The birds eye view when its up to you to be up there in the loft. Lots of room below but do not jump for sure cause the floor will bounce you high.

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Dorothy from the front door view, all settled in and fine.

Here is the view that Dorothy got for her first weekend at the homestead.

Here is the view that Dorothy got for her first weekend at the homestead.

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under the double Rainbows at TTH 13

For there doth sit one happy home, cool deep beneath the shade, and as the years go by the view through branches will just fade.

under the double Rainbows at TTH 12

Through the trees and in the woods, there is a house I see, It is a tiny house I think, and someone who lives free.

 

Here she is at home at last.

Here she is at home at last.

 

Thank you so much for visiting the site and reading the blogs, 

Looking at images that will make dreams from fog.

Awaken to all you could have in your life,

by downsizing nicely 

with a cute tiny house.

Darby

2014

When you see the Double Rainbows, do not fear the sight you’ll See

 

What is at the end of the Rainbows?

BEAUTIFUL SOLUTIONS

 

As we form the first few villages with Rainbows overhead, these houses are the treasures that are at the Rainbows end.

As we form the first few villages with Rainbows overhead, these houses are the treasures that are at the Rainbows end.

Why not USE YOUR IMAGINATION to create a house or village, a future and a Dream.

In a Tiny Texas Village full of friends who like to live
In Tiny Texas Houses with the hope that they can give
an example of what could be if we build the way we live.
with the minimal consumption and no toxins in our home
This could be the way for us to show the kids a path to go.

Here is an artists depiction of one

of the villages we will build

for people to stay in and feel

like they are free to go
and then come back to live,

or take the houses with them

on and on down the road again.

When under double Rainbows  Never be afraid but know, If you find the end  there lies a friend more treasured than all gold.

When under double Rainbows
Never be afraid but know,
If you find the end
there lies a friend
more treasured than all gold.

Double Rainbows

When double rainbows fall upon you  do not be afraid. 

Rest assured it is a blessing,

though the night will come along,

and surely it will fade from view for some.

But the Freedom it unleashes

and the Unity it forms

 Create Treasures that will be found in the end.

Tis the Love that rains down with it,

and the people who come looking

to be part of what the Rainbows

were thus kind enough to bring.

We have answers to your questions,

that will fill your inner needs.

They give everything you need

to feel that you are whole again.

We have kettles of acceptance

for the person that you are,

whose spirit reaches out to help

Mankind get through this part.

To learn to Love again in full,

Not bartered or deceived,

into believing Freedom ends

when the body is conceived.

Man or woman, black or white,

These Freedoms go to all

Who live upon the planet

and will answer to the call.

Its time to join together

Like two rainbows overhead,

that combined could form a circle

which Around the World could spread.

One Rainbow stands for Spirit

and the energy that flows

Down to the Earth for us

to tap and see what we can grow.

The other is our body,

free to use as we should need,

This vessel given us for life,

with Love to Give for Free.

So join me under Rainbows

Where the hidden treasure lies.

It is the FREEDOM of Creating

We’ll Defend until we Die.

Tis the treasure in the Caldron

where the Rainbows point to now,

Free to be with those you Love the most,

and Create your Home or Town.

Darby

2014

under the double Rainbows at TTH

Announcing soon, the official opening of the Music venue

and opportunities to reserve a space in a village,

one of the few with Membership spaces for living here

and being a part of the manifestation

of what Salvaging the best of Texas can produce.

footing after placement on the Wait room

Please check back for announcements as we select who will be represented at the craft markets,

at the music festivals, and the Tiny Texas Houses villages looking for Mentors.

Thank you for following us

and believing we will soon succeed

at offering even more than I could have dreamed of

decades ago when the vision first manifested in my head.

Perhaps some of the names will post of who might share this vision

and add their special talents for our guests to enjoy.

Please share to help open up the door to a new

intentional  and self sustaining community

that no else has ever created before,

With Permaculture & Salvage

at its very Heart and Core.

Darby

2014

Dorothy has the Itch it seems

I took the shot from in front

I took the following two shots from in front of the sliding doors to the bedroom and bath.

So Jesse’s putting on the oil
for the island to be rich
with color and longevity
But Dorothy’s got the itch.

She wants to get to going
for she’s heard the pad it through,
and soon she’ll get to see her new home,
Maybe, so will you.

She’ll have the trees to shade her,
The view to last her life,
the acres full of wild things
to watch both day and night.

She wants to go, to travel fast,
on down the highway fly,
to leave into adulthood
and to hold her family high.

Within her walls they’ll settle in,
relax and make a home,
With Dorothy to attend to them,
Until the day their gone.

Darby

Here is Dorothy and Jesse with the Walnut Oil flowing onto Dorothy's Island.

Here is Dorothy and Jesse with the Walnut Oil flowing onto Dorothy’s Island.

:Dorothy is getting the urge to fly down Highway 10 it seems.  It's sad to see them grow up and to finally want to leave.

:Dorothy is getting the urge to fly down Highway 10 it seems. It’s sad to see them grow up and to finally want to leave.

White Swan Seminar Seen from the Attendees Eyes

Here is the link to the new testimonials from the White Swan Salvage Building Seminar

I hope you enjoy seeing some video and hearing some of the stories from the event that went great in spite of the COLD weather.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible and who participated in the event.  Please click on this link to the Youtube video.

 Creating the White Swans with Salvage Building:  What makes it memorable.

Thank you for checking this out and let us know what you think.

Teeny White Swan wrapped up to keep it dry, is only 8'x11' in size.

Teeny White Swan wrapped up to keep it dry, is only 8′x11′ in size.

Tiny White Swan is double Teeny White Swan in size at a whopping 11' x 18'.

Tiny White Swan is double Teeny White Swan in size at a whopping 11′ x 18′.

a Temple Tantra view of the Spring Wildflowers

Here is my personal retreat from the world of work.  I have the luxury of sleeping here, though not much time for more, but it is indeed a sleep I treasure.  Never before have I slept so well.

Here is my personal retreat from the world of work. I have the luxury of sleeping here, though not much time for more, but it is indeed a sleep I treasure. Never before have I slept so well.

Temple Tantra Spring

So I have snapped a shot
of my home sweet home
with the wildflowers showing
where they never have grown.

From my bedroom window
on the top right side, 
I can look over my pillows
to the rising sun,
and see the flowers blooming
while the songs are sung.

The birds are thrilled to see the colors,
and the bugs they bring.
For this is Love returning 
though some like to call it Spring.

It is alive once more for me
to Love each day amazed.
So thankful I’m in Texas 
Am I dreaming or just dazed?

Alas I breath deep daily 
as I meditate to start
Another day in Paradise, 
and with a happy heart.

I will work again till midnight,
ever fueled by this reward
and the people that I meet each day
who appreciate my art.

In Temple Tantra I reside,
a simple place off grid inside.
Amongst the trees and there alone,
my dreams and vision I do hone.

Darby

Dorothy with your shelves so High

Dorothy has some shelves alright.

Dorothy has some shelves alright.

carlos ladder art 2

If you want to set it to the side you could, using it like a shelf unit on one side of the kitchen.

If you want to set it to the side you could, using it like a shelf unit on one side of the kitchen.

Here is where the rolling ladder would sit, to the right of the center so the entertainment center will be front and center.

Here is where the rolling ladder would sit, to the right of the center so the entertainment center will be front and center.

Dorothy 

Dorothy, Dorothy, with your shelves so grand,
will you have enough food
for emergencies on hand?

Rising up unto the ceiling
over 9′ tall, 
Will your owners ever reach to where 
you hold their goods on high?

Will they toss and let you catch, 
in hopes you will return, 
whatever they should ask for 
when they’re cooking without burns?

Oh yes you have a ladder planned 
to drop down from above?
Or is Darby making magic 
with some porta-ladder Love?

I think indeed it would be cool,
To roll it from the loft, 
with all the goods stored on its shelf
it still could move about.

Then back to being parked 
so nicely close beside the bath, 
That if you did not know it
You would really want to laugh.

“Jump and get it if you can,
Sugar, flour, Rice, and cans.
Please Now Dorothy listen up!
I can not climb so you must drop!”

Darby

The Tiny Texas Bath House sees another seminar

The Tiny Texas Bath House 

This is a 14′ x 16′ structure made from a floor from a house brought to us whole.  Then we put a wrap around three sides porch that will have screens and windows for the bad weather times of mid summer and mid winter, otherwise we will have screens in the upper portion of the sink porches.

I think we did a seminar on this bath house nearly three years or more ago,

My how time flies.

This will be for the campers and seminar attendees who do not stay in the houses or the dorms when they are done.  We will have much more to offer as we grow.

Hope you get to come and stay for a short while so you to can take this knowledge home and share it with your friends so they too can build homes for free.

The bathhouse from a distance as it takes its shape and form.

The bathhouse from a distance as it takes its shape and form.

It looks so big and beefy with the windows up so high.

It looks so big and beefy with the windows up so high.

The lines are so much different than any we have done.

The lines are so much different than any we have done.

This is the women's side of the bath house.

This is the women’s side of the bath house.

Here is a front view through the trees that will soon provide leaves and shade for those who wait outside for their children and friends.

Here is a front view through the trees that will soon provide leaves and shade for those who wait outside for their children and friends.

The men's side of the bath house and the water heater that will soon be enclosed.

The men’s side of the bath house and the water heater that will soon be enclosed.

The Granite shower now all grouted and shingled.

The Granite shower now all grouted and shingled.

The Mosaic Tile shower all ready to go too.

The Mosaic Tile shower all ready to go too.

The porches where the sinks will be lined up.

The porches where the sinks will be lined up.

From the men's side looking down the porch that will have a wall separating the two areas soon.

From the men’s side looking down the porch that will have a wall separating the two areas soon.

A third shower floor all prepped for tile or river rock I think on this one.

A third shower floor all prepped for tile or river rock I think on this one.

Wildflowers all around to bring smiles to our faces while we work.

Wildflowers all around to bring smiles to our faces while we work.

The path to our bath house has many things to offer.

The path to our bath house has many things to offer.

Granite shower bottom was also laid as part of the Shower seminar, then the grouting class was based on this one too.

Granite shower bottom was also laid as part of the Shower seminar, then the grouting class was based on this one too.

We used some of the tons of broken tile to do this bathroom floor for fun.

We used some of the tons of broken tile to do this bathroom floor for fun.

A close up of the tiles and the center that it was built around.

A close up of the tiles and the center that it was built around.

A close up of the wall shingles  that lived for a hundred years as roofing shingles, as they were being prepped.

A close up of the wall shingles that lived for a hundred years as roofing shingles, as they were being prepped.

The Shower Floor Seminar produced some beautiful results

The Shower Floor Seminar produced some beautiful results

This is one of our prefabbed boxed that the shower can be built in and then carried into the house.

This is one of our prefabbed boxed that the shower can be built in and then carried into the house.

Installation of the drain so that it sits flat and holds the under layment without causing  problems because it sits too high off the floor.

Installation of the drain so that it sits flat and holds the under layment without causing problems because it sits too high off the floor.

Here I am demonstrating Installing shower box underlayment

Here I am demonstrating Installing shower box underlayment

Here is Dave helping.

Here is Dave helping.

Here is the section of the seminar on how to spread the mud over the mesh and get the bottom slanted right.

Here is the section of the seminar on how to spread the mud over the mesh and get the bottom slanted right.

Pre-laying the broken up granite to get a handle on the number of pieces it will take.

Pre-laying the broken up granite to get a handle on the number of pieces it will take.

Here was the Pre Lay going on which Chicha

Here was the Pre Lay going on which Chicha

Beautiful view of the mosaic shower floor that Phoenix laid out for us.

Beautiful view of the mosaic shower floor that Phoenix laid out for us.

Here is the thin set

Here is the thin set

We used some of the tons of broken tile to do this bathroom floor for fun.

We used some of the tons of broken tile to do this bathroom floor for fun.

Granite shower bottom was also laid as part of the Shower seminar, then the grouting class was based on this one too.

Granite shower bottom was also laid as part of the Shower seminar, then the grouting class was based on this one too.

A close up of the tiles and the center that it was built around.

A close up of the tiles and the center that it was built around.

Cleaning shingles

Laying them on the walls is easy, but you have to be sure to run them straight from one side to the other.

Laying them on the walls is easy, but you have to be sure to run them straight from one side to the other.

Cheating is using a staple gun instead of trying to hand bang the nails through metal like they did a hundred years ago.

Cheating is using a staple gun instead of trying to hand bang the nails through metal like they did a hundred years ago.

A close up of the wall shingles  that lived for a hundred years as roofing shingles, as they were being prepped.

A close up of the wall shingles that lived for a hundred years as roofing shingles, as they were being prepped.

Installing shingles

Learning how to work them, cut them, and how to nail them up.

Learning how to work them, cut them, and how to nail them up.

Rene showing how to put the underlayment up on the walls.

Rene showing how to put the underlayment up on the walls.

Here is a shot of Rene Laying granite floor

Here is a shot of Rene Laying granite floor

Rene giving some instruction on how to do the job right.

Rene giving some instruction on how to do the job right.

Cleaning shingles

Our youngest attendee was Cole and here you see him cleaning up the tiles for the shower.

2014 brings Dramatic changes to our Mission and Goals at Tiny Texas Houses

The Brown Archie gets some Milk Paint

The Brown Archie gets some Milk Paint though there may be other layers as the colors not determined till the final coat is on.

Brown Archie gets some paint from up above

Brown Archie gets some paint from up above

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As we move forward with the development of the “How to Build a Village Out of Salvage” level of our examples of what can be done, I want to share with some of those who might be interested, what I hope to do next with a piece of relatively inhospitable property by many people’s opinion.  With proper work it can become an Oasis that proves the benefit of permaculture in salvaging the best the planet has to offer without taking anything else from her when ever possible.  I believe it is possible in many scenarios that others would prefer to regard as waste or trash.  Tiny Texas Houses has proven over and again that beautiful houses, built from the most beautiful of wood, doors, and windows, can be constructed from 99% Pure Salvaged building materials.  Next we want to show how to create a food jungle that people can live amidst with houses that are as organic as the food they grow around them.

This is the Ugly Duckling House that was taken down at the Seminar

This is the Ugly Duckling House that was taken down at the Seminar

Not much to look at, and even less to love, but we found treasure all about.

Not much to look at, and even less to love, but we found treasure all about.

The 3 layers of roofing material were the hardest challenge on the house and forced us to drop it in the end without  taking the rest of the shingles off.

The 3 layers of roofing material were the hardest challenge on the house and forced us to drop it in the end without taking the rest of the shingles off.

Ugly duckling living area were a bit on the messy side.  Not alot of cherries to find amidst the trash, but we did find a few.

Ugly duckling living area were a bit on the messy side. Not alot of cherries to find amidst the trash, but we did find a few.

The house was built from salvaged wood the first time which made some of the wood well over 100 years old.

The house was built from salvaged wood the first time which made some of the wood well over 100 years old.

Uhg.ly Duckling indeed, beware of needles and scorpions.... not really but it was a cool day so no scorpions were out and no needles found.

Uhg.ly Duckling indeed, beware of needles and scorpions…. not really but it was a cool day so no scorpions were out and no needles found.

Need some ugly furniture?

Need some ugly furniture?

Ugly ceiling made of incredible wood.

Ugly ceiling made of incredible wood.

This bookcase will end up in a White swan, or else the Kidd.

This bookcase will end up in a White swan, or else the Kidd.

We are starting with the “Ugly Duckling” Bootcamp followed by the “Raising the 2 Swans” Salvage Building Seminars.  If we can successfully film them and compile the DVDs, we hope to get this information out into everyones hands so that they can do the same thing where they live.  Each time we do this it demonstrates what the possibilities are when people come together to demonstrate what can be done rather than sit back and just gripe about all the things that are wrong with the world.  Here is your chance to get involved with making the world a better place, on house at a time.

This was the original Ugly Duckling that we planned to take down but the owners went invisible right before the event so we took down the Back up Ugly Duckling instead.  This was in a field with poor access and the weekend looked like rain, which it did turn into, so the second house worked out much better.  Yea for a Back up plan.

The pretty tree with ugly house, which should be full of green leaves by the time we start this show.

The pretty tree with ugly house, which should be full of green leaves by the time we start this show.

The next step is to show that we can use these parts and pieces to build villages and create examples of what permaculture can do for transforming our Texas dry seasons into to bountiful growing seasons for many of the foods we can survive on.    We are having the White Swan Seminars next to show what you can do with an Ugly Duckling once you take it all apart.  The firstWhite Swans  seminar got us to the framing stage and much of the detail on the windows, doors, and floors already taken care of in the first week.

White Swan rainy day

Teeny White Swan is only 8' x 11' but will have a full height peak in the loft of over 6'4".

Teeny White Swan is only 8′ x 11′ but will have a full height peak in the loft of over 6’4″.

This is the front view with a protective wrap to keep the rain out.  You can see the door and window to the right shadowing through the house wrap.

This is the front view with a protective wrap to keep the rain out. You can see the door and window to the right shadowing through the house wrap.

Teeny Gingerbread will line the top of the porch or this jewelry box.

Teeny Gingerbread will line the top of the porch or this jewelry box.

Teeny Swan Door obviously did not come off from the Ugly Duckling.  Yes the windows, doors, and a few other details had to be supplemented for the Ugly Duckling had nothing to work with in that department.

Teeny Swan Door obviously did not come off from the Ugly Duckling. Yes the windows, doors, and a few other details had to be supplemented for the Ugly Duckling had nothing to work with in that department.

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Teen Swan Windows will be incredible and fine,.

Teen Swan Windows will be incredible and fine,.

 

This objective is finally near with enough windows and doors in stock, as well as tin roof, trim, and much more that it will take to build 100 houses over the next few years, all to stay within the borders of “Salvage, Texas”, our town built from the past.  I have the place to build them, the plans it will take, and many of the other parts and pieces for creating the public spaces and the SalvageFaire Market Place.  The Music Venues will be located in three different areas of the property that stretches over 43 acres with many water features and spaces to grow food and trees.

Even the kitchen will be built nearly completely from salvaged parts and pieces from houses we have taken down.  

Here is a three slot Jenn Air cooktop that will be used to cook the meals with, along with crockpots and blenders, juicers, and Love.

Here is a three slot Jenn Air cooktop that will be used to cook the meals with, along with crockpots and blenders, juicers, and Love.

Here is a view of the double oven that come out of a 2 million dollar home we salvaged.  It had barely ever been used, perhaps 10 times.

Here is a view of the double oven that come out of a 2 million dollar home we salvaged. It had barely ever been used, perhaps 10 times.

Kitchen with counter made of all the parts we found.  Mesquite for the service counter, posts from the early 1800's, and so much more to come.

Kitchen with counter made of all the parts we found. Mesquite for the service counter, posts from the early 1800′s, and so much more to come.

Here is the great wainscot from Buffalo NY down here in Texas.

Here is the great wainscot from Buffalo NY down here in Texas.

We hope to scatter villages with as many as 12-15 houses each that will share an acre or two and be able to enjoy being part of the festivals, market days, and other possible venues that can share the property and help perpetuate the manifestation of a downsized more planet conscious society.  This rebuffs consumerism to a large degree while understanding the mechanisms behind it and the need to work within these constraints in order to fund ideas and further positive projects that help support a sustainable living lifestyle out of purely salvaged materials and American made products when ever possible.

For this to happen in other parts of the country as well as here, we are attempting to teach people who come to the seminars we are now scheduling.  If I can get the support and momentum, we will tackle a much bigger project next for a Salvage Bootcamp and thus generate 4-6 houses from the materials they will produce.  The idea is to complete a series of houses that will be similar to those the public may find and thus bring them to the realization that the opportunities are nearly all around us waiting to be recognized.   Those who see and understand this first will likely be the ones to find the best value and pricing on salvage rights.  The market is growing for the part you would not need for your house so you can make money off the sold off parts to buy the wire, screws, nails, and insulation you are best using new products for when you build a new house.  One thing leads to another as the chance to take down other houses comes from being seen taking the first one down and the publicity it will bring that others down the road will not.

We want to help grow the appreciation for the materials and help establish more Salvage Materials Markets that network with Holistic and Organic cultural perspectives that might help perpetuate the knowledge and culture necessary to survive off the grid.  From solar power, free energy, thermal, and biofuel, we plan to use the energy with a clear understanding of what it is costing and what it takes to produce all that we use within our boundaries.  If we can have musical festivals about cultural progress toward a less consumerism future, then it may serve as a proof of what can be done and thus inspire millions of others to copy it once they feel safe about their community supporting their efforts rather than fight such positive change.

The beginnings of the first village is born and from it shall the rest evolve.  Here are a few shots of the houses that will soon be available for night long visits.  Yes, overnight dream escapades outside the city in an Organic Tiny Texas Houses will soon be possible.

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Through the salvaging of old buildings, houses, dilapidated structures, and barns, many rural towns, once industrial hubs, we have all the industry and materials we need to get our society moving toward a future that will benefit the 7 generations to come instead of leaving them with a devastated planet full of landfills holding the treasures of our past.  Please share this thought and help transform the world into a Pure Salvage Living example of what we can do for the children of the future and the planet that we love.

 

Darby

The Kidd’s inside and outside picture set without the upstairs loft.

The Kidd can nearly see the Salvagefaire so far away

The Kidd can nearly see the Salvagefaire so far away

Sub-floor on Swans Salva texas village 11

Here is the lift up ladder that sits down upon the bench.

Here is the lift up ladder that sits down upon the bench.

Inside the kid you can see the drop down ladder in its climbing position.

Inside the kid you can see the drop down ladder in its climbing position.

Looking up above into the loft with lots of light and aIR

Looking up above into the loft with lots of light and aIR

 

Three is even a shower hidden behind the two cabinets with glass doors.

Three is even a shower hidden behind the two cabinets with glass doors.

The Bluebonnets and the wildflowers are coming out to see

the Kidd they all had heard about and knew they’d someday meet.

Alas he has arrived in time to see his friends come out,

like him made from the cells that grew from sunshine all about.

The common minerals we all share,

the green that was his lustrous hair,

the Earth he drew into his veins,

when he was once a tree. 

There is so little more to what I build for you to see,

except for wood that grew for centuries to finally be a tree.

It shaded all its friends below with Love that would protect,

and shelter them from storms and sun while it was growing big. 

But long ago it was cut down,

the Kidd back then was tall and proud.

Then centuries within the walls,

no light to see, no soil to touch,

and finally let into the light,

to once more feel the day and night.

I leave exposed so many cells that form my houses true.

They feel the world and look so fine, and thus I can not see…

why would I paint such beauty that is natural and free?

Thus all I add is Walnut Oil, made from another tree,

and that protects the Kidd for all of you and best of all for me.

Thanks for sharing my amazement and the chance to see my cause.

HOPe you like the wildflowers.

Darby

2014