Just received an email from Sunset Magazine. They're just about a month behind schedule on this public voting thing, and not scamming--that's the good news. The bad news is my Gypsy Island Sanctuary didn't make the cut. I'm a bit disappointed in some choices. They are supposed to be lived in and innovative. Some, like the above are empty, so not very lived in, and one is just a standard Tumbleweed design, not an "innovative design" of their own. But, if you would like to vote for one of the seven finalists in my "dreams on wheels or water" category, CLICK HERE
Now, here are several homes that allow you to "sail away on the wings of love into the night...and "go to sleep together with the rocking' of the water...." Ahh those Oak Ridge Boys had it right. Not so many "parking" options as a land based Tiny Traveling House, but oh, so many more sea breezes, sea life, "wave running," and you can fish from your front porch. There is one short & narrow houseboat you can hire for a private cruise, and even a "Water Bird" sea going "pogo stick" to get from your house boat to the dock, or just jump around in your water world.
In Sausalito, via the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, this gentleman found a way to live in a multi-million dollar neighborhood,on a tiny budget--the price of his slip fee. In 1967, he converted this WWII 13'x37' (481 SF) Lifeboat to a his, paid for, houseboat in the San Francisco Bay. Cool "Wave" design roof. CLICK HERE for more information and 3 video tours.
This 70 sq. ft. Micro Home was built by students at the Green Mountain college's " Renewable Energy and Ecological Designs" class as a school project. It is totally self-sustaining with solar power, composting toilet, a sleeping loft, a tiny wood burning stove, and a brilliant rain catchment innovation. It can be pulled on an 8x10 trailer, or loaded into the back of a pick up truck. Gotta love it ! CLICK HERE for more amazing pictures and info.
It was a great honor, and a good beginning to getting my message out there. The host of "Amazing Women of the Suncoast," Linda Carson and her camera man were great fun and gave me full expression. It's too bad that so much had to be edited out, and that so much limited footage was taken up with my standing still, and awkwardly, waiting the signal to open the curtain to my closet, when there were so many compelling shots. One of my favorites was when the camera man climbed the ladder to my bed loft, while Linda got a shot of my handing him, his camera. She was joking about titling it "to what heights for a picture ?" And the shot was looking down on the "great room" from above and panning forward to take in the full length of the "water room" where all kitchen, bathroom and laundry components were built, ending with an inside shot of the 8' stained glass door, at the top of which hung a colorful array of scarves and hats.
Their enthusiasm for my "attitude" and "flexibility" were inspiring to me, also. They liked my philosophy that every time a chapter of your life is ended in loss, it's time to start writing the next chapter, even BETTER, with more blessings coming from your loss. And, if you can keep your eye on your dream and and not get diverted by those who try to discourage you, or challenges that come to test your resolve, you will certainly realize you Dream. Already, new Baha'i Inspired facets of the Diamond of Service have been added to my original vision, of my "Gypsy" life. Many opportunities have been presented and are in process of becoming.
CLICK HERE to watch my video interview broadcast on ABC Channel 7, 6:00 news, on Monday evening March 10.
Also, LOOK FOR my upcoming youtube: "Tiny House Untypical Tour"
THIS MORNING I was visited by Linda Carson, to film and air an interview for the "Amazing Women" segment of ABC Channel 7 News..... Wow! What an honor !
TUNE IN to Suncoast News at about 6:20 EST to view the broadcast. If you miss tonight's airing, you can catch 2 repeat airings at 6:00 am and noon tomorrow.
I was nominated for inclusion in her segment by my friend, Alice Manning. What an AMAZING Honor !! I guess, at this time my Living Large, Tiny Life, Motivations and Choices are not typical, but one day I hope to be just average. I cannot link to my segment, yet, since it hasn't aired, but you are welcome to go to see other spotlights on women of note. in the Suncoast. After 8:00 pm tonight, you will find my interview on this Amazing Women site.
Micro homes are not designed for full time living. They are an elegant to basic shelter to wake up in and return to at the end of the day. They presume you do most of your living, eating, and basic functions, away from "home." At 136 sq ft., the last model does have more "live in" accommodations such as a full size bath/shower and toilet. But, still it does not provide more than a counter-top for a cook top, no oven, but it does have a tiny refrigerator & actual storage staircase and hanging closet. In the case of two micro homes, they serve as office, den or grandchildren's room, and live adjacent to, or in back of their site bound, larger home. But, appreciate them for what they are, a REFUGE from the hustle and bustle of most people's "daily grinds." And, if you dress simply, or have an office, or adjacent home, with closet & shower facilities, there is so much more money left over to entertain yourself with outside your home.
Well, I guess you won't have the chance to vote on my Tiny House on Wheels submission for the contest sponsored by Sunset Magazine. Sad to report, it looks as though this magazine, now published by Time, Inc. may be promoting a Sham contest, or worse yet, a scam ? I received no notice of the finalists for the contest, being chosen and opened up to public vote. When I navigated back to the site, I discovered a flood of comments from disgruntled, would-be, contestants who were cut off from entering, well before the cut-off date and time. Then when I tried the link to the page of finalists, to vote, I was blocked there, too. It seems they require a "password" to see the site and vote. This password would, clearly, not be available to the public who is supposed to be voting. But, then I thought: Maybe this password is just for tracking, and prevention of multiple votes from the same person. I entered a password, which was denied, followed my an error message, stating "Authorization Required" to view this page. Clearly all entries were not allowed in, and the public is not being allowed to vote, as is stated in the contest rules. In the application, there was statement to the effect that all submissions were, from that point,considered the property of Sunset Magazine, and could be used at their discretion...... Who knows if my photos will show up, some day, in some Tiny House Porn site ?????????????
When the economy crashed and Jaclyn was being forced from her home due to foreclosure, she knew she wanted more than just a roof over her head. She wanted to travel, and have adventures, but didn't want to live in an RV. She wanted her home to be soul inspiring and nurturing, but needed to create it on a shoe-string budget. So, with minimal funds and a little help from her friends, she built her tiny traveling sanctuary.
In this blog, you'll find the story of Jaclyn's journey from foreclosure to Living Large, Tiny in her Gypsy Island Sanctuary.
Go here for her story.
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