Tiny House Tuesday // Finding Ideas in a Magazine + Starbucks Giveaway

Tiny House Tuesday

With the interior work just around the tiny bend, my abstract ideas need to harden like concrete.

For instance, there will be the eight-foot-long desk but we’ve not yet decided on the materials. There will be walls, but will they be planked or smooth? And the floors, will they be wood of a lighter or darker tone? These are just a few of the questions tapping on my brain when I’m all tapped out.

Pinterest is usually my go-to when searching for new ideas. But last week, while facing a stash of multi-layered eye candy otherwise known as magazines, I spotted two letters⏤Ti⏤peeking out from the left side of a Dwell Magazine. Could it be? Why yes, yes it could:

I rescued the latest issue of Tiny Homes magazine and later turned the pages one by one, hoping to gather ideas into my concrete bucket. Some corners received the coveted fold-over while others were pleasantly ignored.

Here are some of my favorite fold-overs for various reasons:


Tiny House Desk

Any time I spot a tiny desk in front of a window, I take note. It seems like many are bar height, maybe because it doubles as a table for those who live in their tiny abode.


Tiny House Charleston

These window boxes make the colorful Rainbow Row-inspired siding pop. Let’s just say there may be a patch of pink flowers peering in my windows down the road.


Tiny House Community in Greenville SC

I learned there’s a tiny house community only minutes from my house (now I know of two!) Yeah, that Greenville.


Tiny Gardens

A garden, be it veggies or flowers, doesn’t require a lot of space to be productive. One day, Lord willing, there will be a garden filled with hollyhocks, foxgloves, and other vintage flowers framing the tiny house. But first, a long strand of free weekends await, something we’ve not enjoyed for over a year. (For more tiny garden ideas, visit my Pinterest boards!)


And finally, sometimes it’s not so much about finding what you want to put in your space, but what you don’t want…like, say, these antler rails. Make it stop.


When the interior work begins, watch for specific questions on Instagram. I look forward to your feedback!


But for now, just for fun…what’s your favorite magazine? Do tell!

{Leave a comment to have your name included in a Starbucks giveaway. Enjoy a cup of coffee while dog-earing your own pages!}

Thank you for spending time at the Tiny House on the Hill today.



Friday Fave: Dr. Seuss

In honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday tomorrow, I’d like to share one of our favorite local finds, Your Favorite Suess, by Random House.  

Thanks to Mr. K’s Used Books we recently snatched up this sweet find for less than $10.00. It’s a book we look forward to reading to our grandchildren for years to come. 

What’s your favorite Dr. Suess story?

My Friday Fave: 2 Chefs 2 Go

A favorite stocking stuffer this past Christmas was a gift certificate to this exceptional establishment. Being the creature of habit that I am, I see but one delectable item on their menu (although there are many): Dried Cranberries and Grilled Chicken Salad. 

As you can see, the portion is enough for two salads. It’s chock full of grilled chicken, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, and shredded carrots. Their rosemary balsamic dressing is so yummy I always buy a carton (saves lots of money!) to use for similar salads at the house. 

Healthy field greens + grilled protein + bright orange vege + a tossing of cranberries = My favorite meal, hands down.  

What would be your Friday Fave meal? 

The Gift of Curiosity

Curious (kyo͝orēəs) adj. Eager to know or learn something.

Curiosity. A gift from God all too often overlooked for the “grander” ones. I didn’t realize how much so until Sweet P came along. 

I remember the first time I saw her closely examining a single thread on her coat. She touched it ever so gently, observing every angle for what seemed to be minutes.

Yesterday, Brian and I took Piper to the Children’s Museum. It’s the seventh largest children’s museum in the nation and quite a treat to behold. A few areas were designated for toddlers, such as a grocery store with stocked shelves and mini-grocery carts. If yesterday is any indication, she’s not going to be a big shopper (like her Grammy!) She whizzed right past the grocery cart – went straight for the wax tomatoes – and ran out of the “store”. That’s my girl! 

Afterwards, we headed to Chic-fil-A for lunch. As you can see from the picture above, her curiosity kicked up dust when I pulled off the strip of paper from the disposable place mat. Eyes grew round and a grin was quickly displayed across her sweet face. (I had a similar reaction but unfortunately mine was for the waffle fries.)

Our morning at the museum and Chic-fil-A proved to be one of the most enjoyable times ever for obvious reasons (thank you Zach & Sarah!) but it was also an enlightening one as I was reminded that whether we’re 5 or 50+, we should never stop wondering, observing, and asking questions or else we risk squelching the beautiful God-given gift of curiosity. 

What are you eager to learn about today? 

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney


My Friday Fave – The Writer’s Plot


This week, I decided to join The Writer’s Plot, a local group led by the amazing Pam Zollman. The group meets on the third Saturday of every month — and the timing could not have been better! Tomorrow, Saturday, July 21, The Writer’s Plot will host The Story Continues, a writer’s conference to be held at Furman University.

It’s not too late to join us!
Register online:  www.thewritersplot.com

10% discount for TWP members for all prices

Presenters include:

Harold Underdown – consulting
editor, former vice president & editorial director at
ipicturebooks, former editorial director at Charlesbridge, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books 

Edie Melson– social media marketing expert, author of best-selling ebook, Social Media Marketing for Writers and a devotional, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle

Vonda Skelton – author of Seeing Through the Lies (for women), three Bitsy Burroughs Mysteries (for children), and numerous magazine articles for adults

Patricia Thomas – author of 7 picture books, including “Stand Back,” said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” as well as numerous magazine articles and short stories

Pam Zollman – award-winning
author of 40 children’s books, hundreds of short stories and articles
(for adults and children), and former editor at Highlights Magazine

Alan Gratz – award-winning author of six children’s and YA books, short stories, magazine articles, plays, and several episodes of A&E’s City Confidential

Jessica Alexander – Associate Editor for Peachtree Publishing

Katya Jensen—Editorial and Subrights Coordinator for Peachtree Publishing

Diana Flegal– Literary agent with Hartline Literary Agency

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