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Living Off-Grid on a Tiny House Homestead for 6 Years

Ariel has been homesteading and living off-grid in a 24′ x 8′ tiny house for 6 years! She grows, forages and preserves as much of her own food as possible.  She cuts her own firewood, carries her own water, generates electricity with solar, and cooks with propane. She is a passionate backpacker and wildlife photographer who works part-time on a ranch in exchange for a place to park her small home, and she also works a variety of jobs to earn money, although her expenses are very low since she isn’t paying rent – and since she managed to pay …

DIY Bottom Entry Bug Net Instructions

I’ve been wanting to do this project for some time, so I am excited to get this one in the books. Today, I’m going to highlight the build steps and techniques of sewing a bug net for a hammock. This will be a 360-degree bug net that completely surrounds the hammock – except for an opening on the bottom, that is loosely cinched with some shock cord, often called a bottom-entry bug net. This is a straightforward project, for an easy-to-moderate skill level, if you’re new to DIY projects. No zippers or complex patterns are required.

Homesteading Couple Hasn’t Bought Groceries in a Year of Self-Sufficient Living

Chris and Stef jumped into self-sufficiency last year when they decided not to buy groceries for an entire year – including staples like salt, sugar, coffee, and flour! Instead, they’ve been growing, catching, raising, and harvesting 100% of their food supply on a small 1/2 acre homestead. We cannot wait for more people to experience this type of eye-opening change. Indeed, we should all be aware of our waste production and our impact on the planet – as well as where our food comes from, (especially animal products, and the environmental, as well as ethical costs that come along with …

I Tried 4 Top Gardening Apps – Which is the Best?

There’s an app for that. Yeah, it seems like there’s an app for everything these days. And those of us with green thumbs aren’t being left out. There are quite a few apps aimed at plant lovers, whether it’s a garden journal app or an app for identifying that mysterious plant that’s growing in the middle of your herb garden. According to an article by the Pew Research Center in June of 2019, 81% of Americans owned a smartphone. (June 2019, Pew Research Center) And according to a study released in 2017, nearly 77% of all U.S. households participated in …

Just Published: Illustrated Hammock Basics

Hey everyone! I want to announce I’ve published a new illustrated book on hammock basics! This is a much smaller, packable book that focuses on the essentials — great for those looking for bite-size info if you’re just starting with hammocks, and if you want to share the fundamentals with a friend. Paperback $8 at Amazon.com Now Available: Illustrated Hammock Basics

Simple Ideas for Outdoor Patio Designs

The increasing popularity of outdoor living and casual lifestyles has given tremendous attention to patios, outdoor decking, and various patio designs. It has become extremely obvious that in today’s busy working climate and lifestyle, that modern men and women from all over the world have taken a keen interest in adapting their home living towards a more outdoor kind of lifestyle and this is mostly achieved with the use of patio designs that incorporate people’s individual taste and flair.  As modern living and consumables are constantly evolving and shaping to adapt to people’s lifestyles, so has pricing, as well as …

Outdoor Design Ideas with Movable Garden Structures

Creating an outdoor living area that changes to meet your needs might be easier than you think. We’ll explain how you can quickly and easily redecorate your outdoor space with the use of some movable garden structures. Designing an outdoor living area can be daunting, particularly when you feel like every decorating decision you make is set in stone. However, it is possible to create an outdoor space that can be changed slightly with movable garden structures. When we think of movable outdoor objects, we typically think of our patio furniture, bird feeders, and birdbaths. All these items can be …

How to Choose an Outdoor Fireplace For Your Backyard

Making fires outdoors is not just a primordial instinct. Homeowners have the campfire bug and it just seems to keep growing. With the trend towards creating outdoor living spaces and spending more time outside relaxing or entertaining friends, garden accessories such as an outdoor hearth make the backyard experience that much more enjoyable. However, it is important before you shop around for an outdoor fireplace, that you check with your local city hall or firehouse to learn about all necessary codes and restrictions.

Planning Your Outdoor Living Space

There are so many things to consider when designing an outdoor living space for your home. If you want to get the most out of your living space, you’ve got to do some planning in advance. This article will help set you on the right track with some questions to ask yourself while in the planning stages.