The Tiny House Dream is Becoming a Reality!

I’ve loved small spaces for as long as I can remember.

The secluded corner in my backyard where wild violets grew, my aunt’s 16′ Bambi Airstream, the treehouse coop by the lake, and the edge of my grandmother’s concrete back steps where I baked magnificent mud pies if I do say so myself.

I recall the first time I spotted a tiny house on HGTV in 2013. It would become the catalyst for countless tiny dreams along the way.

As an adult, I designed tiny spaces in my backyard framing them with picket fences and fragrant shrubs. And then there was Buttercup, the 62 Shasta that Brian surprised me with upon returning from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christians Writers Conference in 2015. It was downright dreamy!

Shasta Buttercup

That is until we tried spending the night in it for the first time. Let’s just say my asthma kicked into high gear and we were forced to sell it. Sigh. But the dream continued!

When we moved to the country in 2016 I scouted for spots on our 3-1/2 acres where a tiny house could perch just so⏤you know, with a full-on view of the mountains. Recently, while perusing tiny houses on the Internet {because that’s what I do *wink*}, I came across this image:


Victorian Tiny House

Photo Credits: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times


On the fly, I showed it to Brian at the risk of having the white from his eyes blind me as they rolled back in his head.


But without hesitation, he said, “I could build that for you.”


I can’t say for sure, but I think I heard the hallelujah chorus play in the background. And just when I thought the dream-come-true couldn’t get any dreamier, my dad offered to lend a hand when we begin building this spring. Family time, fresh air, and the scent of lumber. What more could a girl ask for?

It turns out, I’m not alone in the desire to step away from the distractions.


Most of us think of a tiny house as a place to free ourselves from debt, from want, and from material burdens. Perhaps just as important is their ability to free the mind. You’re probably familiar with Thoreau, who sought refuge in a tiny wooded sanctuary to reflect on the nature of simple living. He wasn’t alone in his approach, and in fact, plenty of famous writers built tiny secluded structures to escape distraction and let their creative juices flow. –


I’m excited to see what the Lord will create during my time in the tiny house, as well as other writers who will join me!


Unlike the brave, beautiful {and debt-free} souls who live in their tiny homes full-time, I will use our tiny house as an office. Stay tuned as I plan to share more about that, along with its unique features, in future posts called Tiny Tuesdays {every second Tuesday of the month.}

In addition, I hope you’ll enjoy a new column, Tiny Tidbits, in our monthly newsletter. Not a subscriber? No problem! It’s easy. Simply add your email to the sidebar and voila! {You can unsubscribe at any time.} The newsletter is the go-to place for behind-the-scenes on my books in progress, relevant links, and a monthly giveaway that always adds a spark of fun! As a new subscriber, you’ll also receive my e-book, Praying in Every Room of Your Home as my gift to you. Thank you!

Mostly though, you’ll find our new Tiny House journey on Instagram. If you’re not already following me there, please do @cathysbaker #lilredwritinghouse. The #lilredwritinghouse will host an 8′ desk with an expansive window facing the mountains, along with a couple of other unique features. Nope, the house itself won’t be red⏤but that’s where the fun begins!

Bonus: Check out the Tiny House page Susan Stilwell designed for me here. {If your blog could use a little spiffing up, click the Fistbump Media button in the sidebar for more information!}

So, what one thing would you be sure to include in your tiny house?



Here’s the Tiny House Blog post on the Victorian house above if you’d like to see inside pictures!

To see famous writer’s retreats, check out this post @

The Fragrance of Love: An A-mazing Tiny House

Tiny House

Yes, I LOVE Tiny Houses!  I’m especially drawn to those on the whimsy side, much like the one featured below.


Look closely. You may just spot Hansel and Gretel nibbling on the roof.


These A-mazing (pun intended) chalets were built in the ’70’s as a vacation rental community in Blowing Rock, NC. Today, they’re sold to private owners.

My guess is that these tiny house houses are propped on the side of ski slope. Can you imagine skiing all day and then coming back to sip hot cocoa by a mod fireplace in this special space? I can’t help but wonder if orange shag carpet might have been involved.

Blowing Rock, NC has a rich history of skiing. Appalachian Ski Mountain began in 1968. It was the first ski area in NW North Carolina and the second oldest in the state.

As a teenager, I drove to the mountain with friends but hunkered down in the ski lodge while they made their way down the mountain. Hey, somebody has to hold down the fort.

A whimsy A-frame at its best

I love how these tiny houses were lined up one-by-one like petit fours on a silver platter waiting to be enjoyed.


After all, nothing says cozy like a tiny community.


This introvert’s dream tiny house, however, is propped in the middle of nowhere, surrounded only by mountain air and the sound of a stream all astir.


A line of A-frame tiny houses in Blowing Rock NC
How about you? Could you see yourself in one of these A-frames? If not, where would your dream second house be located? 
 “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris


The Fragrance of Love: A Tiny Bit of Love

Tiny House

On this second Friday of Tiny House LOVE (and the day before Valentine’s Day!) let’s focus on the things we love about tiny houses. Those who live in them could surely bring the specifics to light but as an outsider gazing in through the minuscule windows, these things immediately come to mind when I consider what I love about tiny houses.

Seven Things I Love About Tiny Houses
  • They look like an adult clubhouse minus the “No Girls Allowed” sign dangling from the door.
  • Tiny houses challenge creatives to be even more so in the aspects of design.
  • If built on a trailer, they can go on vacation with you.
  • If built on a foundation, they’ll be waiting for you when you return.
  • Nothing says cozy like a tiny house.
  • One could live debt-free or close to it in a tiny house.
  • We can live close to those we love. Nothing says “doing life with someone” like a tiny house!
I would share some of the drawbacks but hey, this is the season o’ love so I’m putting on my rosy glasses and choosing to see only the good because let’s face it, there’s a lot of it.

Although I doubt I’ll ever live in a tiny house (where would my books and Brian’s instruments go?) I could definitely see it as a weekend destination.


Valentines Day

I wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day, my friend, as you remember that you have One, above all others, who defends you, never leaves you, saves you, takes great delight in you, and rejoices over you with singing. Rejoice! For no one can compare.


“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 

The Fragrance of Love: Tiny Houses

Tiny House

I LOVE tiny houses.

So why is an extreme claustrophobic swooning over these minuscule jewels?

I can’t explain it.

All I know is that the cozy tight quarters speaks to me. Or maybe it’s our tiny budget doing all the talking since a real-sized cabin is out of reach.

A part of me would be willing to sell everything and live debt-free on the side of a mountain. Albeit a tiny part, the idea of roaming chickens, farming organic veggies, and a lower stress level for the hubster holds a certain charm.

And apparently, I’m not alone. Many of you have said how much you enjoy my Tiny House Facebook posts {thank you!} so I plan to share a different tiny house each Friday during the February series of LOVE.

I especially love this tiny house with the adjoining studio. Half books, half vinyl. Oh, yes!

So here’s a fun question for a Friday! What would you store in the adjoining room if you lived in this tiny house? 

Dreaming of a Tiny Tumbleweed

Tiny House
Tiny houses. I had a fondness for them before I even knew what they were⏤or should I say, what they would become.


Growing up, my family owned a few acres in the mountains. Atop mega tree trunks a tiny tree house was built—complete with bunk beds, windows, and stairs with a rail.

I didn’t realize it then, but those childhood weekends in our tiny cabin on stilts would become the catalyst for a life time of feeling drawn to the mountains. And dare I say, the desire to one day have a simple place of our own to visit on the weekends.

So imagine my delight the day I spotted a Tumbleweed house on HGTV. For the first time, I felt like my tiny dream could possibly become a reality in the future. Some Tumbleweed houses travel on wheels but we hope to ground ours on a sweet patch of elevated land with the sweet scent of Mountain Laurel surrounding it.


With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. -Lope de Vega


Lazy afternoons, cool lemonade, and a shaded hammock. Summer is the season for dreaming. So what are you dreaming of these days?


Here’s what we received in our mail today! This book is small but packed with relevant information, ideas, and plenty of inspiration for anyone planning {or hoping!} to one day build a tiny house.


Then followed that
beautiful season
Filled was the air with a dreamy and
magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the
freshness of childhood.
-Henry Wadsworth Long

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