Silver Bullet Update

SBIntI’m so glad to be back in the Silver Bullet finishing my interior. It has been a busy two months at sustainability fairs, festivals, speaking engagements and workshops. I have intentfully held back on putting up all the interior pictures because I am about to finish this two year project in two weeks. YAY!

Many of you know how all-consuming this kind of DIY build can be and I look forward to having the time, freedom and luxury of putting my feet up on my tiny house deck and updating all my websites, relaxing and hiking in nature and tending to the organic garden.

Just a few more weeks of full-on 24-7 building and ethically placing 2500 of my last remaining 3000 possessions, (Oh yes, I was a bean counter -CPA in a former life), and I finally move in!

I have recycled, repurposed, free cycled, sold, given away just about every piece of art gallery equipment, flat files, print racks, clothing, furniture, gifts and dishes I accumulated over my 65 years. (Used Craig’s List, yerdle, Freecycle decluttr, and thread up) I started this journey five years ago with 213,452 possessions from my art gallery, art studio, home and rental unit. It takes a bit longer to move through layers of emotive, personal, and career history. And even longer to downsize your resources ethically, making sure none of them end up in a landfill.

Derek Diedricksen of Relaxshacks has promised to come film the finished tiny house in June. When I attended his workshop, way back in 2012, I told him about my dream to have a traveling “sustainable lifestyle” exhibit to tour the country.  After starting my sustainable education non-profit, terrabluteams.org, in 2011, he was the person (besides my daughter) who encouraged me past the “Tipping Point” to move forward with my dream.

In a few weeks, it will be realized. My gratitude goes out to Deek, my daughter, all the volunteers, sponsors, IndieGoGo donors, tiny house community members, friends and relatives who gave me emotional, moral, fiscal and physical support during this challenging, sometimes harrowing, amazing and totally rewarding journey.

“Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, a book about Vera’s journey, is soon to be published. Join her in Colorado Springs this August for the Tiny House Jamboree, where she will be speaking.

Keep checking back for the Silver Bullet Open House Party to get the tour underway!

Celebrate Earth Day with Us-Coming Events!!!

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Mark Your Earth Day Calendars!!!

At several Earth Day Festivals April 15 – 25th, we will be demonstrating “College Dorm Sustainability Hacks” and speaking about the net-zero sustainable Silver Bullet Tiny House Exhibit designed and built by our Founder, Vera Struck, as an education module for a “tiny sustainable lifestyle”, at the following Earth Day Festivals, Sustainability Events, and tiny house workshops.

APRIL 16th, THURSDAY,  11AM – 2:30PM  

BU Medical Campus, Talbot Green 

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/bumc-earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 22nd, WEDNESDAY,  11AM-2:30PM      

Boston University Main Campus, GSU Plaza

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 25th, SATURDAY 10AM – 4PM

Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, Amherst Town Common

https://www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

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MAY 1st-3rd, Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Silver Bullet Tiny House Builder and sustainability lifestyle designer, Vera Struck, author of the soon to be released “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, will also be speaking at Deek’s next workshop in Connecticut May 1-3. Sign up now before he is sold out!

http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2015/01/relaxshackscom-may-2015-tiny-house.html

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Silver Bullet Workshop #6 Completed!

 

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Attendees drove from Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire to take part in our 6th workshop this Sunday. They enjoyed the new tour and seminar format that focuses on the challenges, options, tips and rewards of the tiny sustainable life. The Silver Bullet’s mission as an education module and how to transition into a sustainable best practices lifestyle were covered in depth.

Focused discussion on tiny house trailers, design, build process, ethical products resourcing, reclamation and repurposing of found/recycled materials, the transition process, biomimetic envelope design, safety and security were all covered. Delicious local gourmet organic treats and refreshments were enjoyed.

Past and current workshop attendees comments:

“Your humor, personal build stories, and depth of information engaged me more critically with the process of building a tiny house. Totally worth it and the food was excellent!” Matt H.

“I especially liked the bloopers game because I’m sure it not only saved us (collectively) hundreds of hours of time and thousands of dollars, it also showed us that you can have a successful tiny house even if there are a few bloopers.”   Kelly F.

“Your efforts to include every attendee, the stories of your personal challenges, the options to consider in all aspects of the tiny house build from design, execution and what constitutes a tiny sustainable lifestyle were thorough. I’ve been to other workshops and you gave us more in 4 hours in an intimate environment than I got from a weekend elsewhere. Invaluable, totally worth it!”  Carol W.

 

 

 

New Workshop – The Tiny House Journey- Sunday 3/29

New Workshop!  
Class # 205 The Tiny House Journey  –  Newbury, MA.
Sunday,  3/29/2015, 12 – 4 PM  $75. ***  Openings still available, sign up now!!!
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Meet a local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about the tiny house movement. Limited to 10 attendees.

Tour the Silver Bullet Tiny House on wheels and discover all its reclaimed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainable and net-zero waste building materials and systems. How to transition into a sustainable lifestyle will be discussed with practical tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint quickly.

Comments from attendees:
“I also really enjoyed all the sustainability information that you shared with us. We are definitely starting to see a trend in people who we talk to: those who are environmentally conscious, and those who are financially conscious. I love that your nonprofit strives to show people that they can have both.” Megan M.
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“I definitely learned a lot about how tiny houses are constructed, and providing us with some of the building materials you used was incredibly useful. The game we played at the end of the tour also really helped put everything into perspective – it was definitely a great learning process when we wrote down the top 5 things we should consider before building a tiny house.” Jay W.
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“The seminar and tour we had with you was by far the most valuable experience I’ve had from my  design class this year.” Devyn D.
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“I greatly appreciate your willingness to open up your home and heart to us and share with us your values as well as your challenges.” Mika IW.

Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

Register by clicking on PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Elizabeth Rose author’s article on Vera’s tiny house in the Newburyport Daily News, click here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

Oh Happy Day!

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As we head towards the Spring Equinox this evening, I am in awe of nature while being humbled by its force and beauty. I have spent the last two years enjoying my tiny house build outside in the natural environment.

It has had its snowy, cold challenges forcing me into months away from the build each year, but I am getting close now to completion. And will begin again next week. I’m singing Oh Happy Day!

On this International Day of Happiness, I am grateful to be approaching the last leg of my 5 year goal, the completion of a net zero tiny house as a sustainable lifestyle education module! Thanks you to all my workshop attendees, volunteers, tour folks, students, and, of course, friends and family for helping me get here!

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Today, an article about my tiny house in the local newspaper…the Newburyport Daily News!

 

 

New Class: Wearable Art from Recycled Resources

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New Class ! Wearable Art from Recycled Resources (Level 1)  $70@

Sunday, April 19th, 1-4 PM Georgetown, MA (directions w/b sent to registered attendees)

(Includes $25 materials fee)

Would you like to learn how to make elegant fashion from recycled materials? Have the opportunity to work with a renowned painter and reclamation artist that will inspire your ideas and bring them to reality? And all while supporting two sustainable non-profit organizations?

Learn new techniques, how to deal with several provided recycled materials and those you bring from your own waste-stream. You will handle several different materials, and learn how to actualize them into differing design formats for fashion; this includes jewelry, accessories, and household items.

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At the end of this workshop you will have a pair of earrings, the beginnings of a garment or accessory, and a toolbox of ideas for future projects. Bring your questions, a journal for notes and your sense of humor!

After you register with PAYPAL, you will receive instructions, directions, and a list of materials to collect.

3 hour Workshop, some materials provided. Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 12 students.

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Please bring a shoebox worth, or more, of materials you can recycle from your own waste-stream to make fashionable art.

Your fashions could be featured in an annual runway event!

*****All proceeds after costs go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org and www.lwhome.org.

Do not forget to register for our tiny house workshop on 3/29!

Engineers from Olin Conquer Snow to Tour the Silver Bullet

Snow.2.16Okay, 24″ of our Snowpocalypse #4 shoveled & plowed from our 150′ driveway this weekend, check. Daily call (for 3 weeks now) to hardware, big-box stores to learn if any snow rakes are available for sale, check.

Getting a roof rake sure beats getting up on a ladder and trying to pull several feet of snow off the tiny house with a commercial floor broom! (Don’t try this at home; very dangerous!)

Oh wait, it’s 7AM on President’s Day, and Home Depot just unpacked 4 pallets of roof rakes. I quickly brushed two feet of fluff off the car and headed out to Seabrook, NH, about 20 minutes from my Northern Massachusetts home. I got there by 8AM and half the rakes had already been sold! The picture to the right shows that after only 1 hour, I had cleared 2′ of packed snow and ice off the right hand gabled roof and 4′ off my dormer area, yeah!

I was determined to help a group of Olin College of Engineering sophomores with their first phase of a design project. Ten students were to come, but only 4 braved the post blizzard snow to get here. As you can see in this picture below, I was able to relieve my roof of 90% of the 80.5 inches of snow we have received over the last few weeks in the New England area.

Just as I finished, the students called. They were stuck in the snow themselves trying to get here! What a winter, yikes! Using techniques learned from surviving many Minnesota winters; we worked as a team and freed the sedan from a 5′ snow drift!

Over the next two hours, we explored my tiny house challenges, my design and build process. These students were animated, excited and very interested in obtaining knowledge about tiny house builders, their motivations, their process, and challenges as they begin their tiny house project.  I encourage the tiny house community to invite these engineers (there are several groups doing this project) to learn about your tiny house journey. Contact them at olintinyhouses@gmail.com to be interviewed.
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Tiny Homes of New England Meet-up Group Tour

SBTour1.10.1A group of Tiny Homes of New England Meet-up Members came from 4 states and braved the severe cold to come up and visit the “toasty” Silver Bullet Tiny House this weekend.

They had some great stories of their own and were given the opportunity to learn loads about tiny house planning, living, and designing!

I’m grateful to meet such amazing tiny house members and learn how determined their tiny house passions carry them forward.