BiAnnual Fundraising Event for TerraBluTeams at the Silver Bullet Tiny House

November 4th, 2017, Saturday, 5-7 PM: TerraBluTeams BiAnnual Sustainability Lifestyle Education Fundraiser at the Silver Bullet Tiny House in Hamilton-Wenham, Massachusetts (Private address sent to ticket holders only)

 

 

Enjoy cocktails, farm to table bites and bid on auction items to fund and support sustainable lifestyle education at our 5th Anniversary Party at a private location off Route 97 in Hamilton-Wenham, Massachusetts. Get a private tour and speak with our founder, Vera Struck, Tiny House Designer/Builder/Dweller, author, reclamation artist and tiny house movement speaker.

Auction items include art, bicycle accessories, and generous gift certificates at local restaurants, shops, jewelry stores, etc.

Limited Attendance, so get your tickets now, just register for tickets thru the PayPal button below:

 

Tiny House Fest Vermont

I bringing the Silver Bullet Tiny House to Vermont this weekend! Join me and others who are bringing their homes for you to view!

More details about the event schedule : https://tinyhousefestvermont.com/tiny-house-fest-2017/

Join us in Brattleboro, Vermont for four days of fun, September 1-4 this weekend!

Friday, Day 1 : See Vera’s exquisite reclamation gowns at Gallery Walk on Flat Street

Day 3 : “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, Vera’s Talk at 1PM on 1 of 2 Flat Street stages

Day 3 and Day 4: Tour her Silver Bullet Tiny House at the Tiny House Village

For tickets : https://tinyhousefestvermont.com/experience

Why Tiny? Why Now?

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Last week I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a brief history of the tiny house movement and speak about my Silver Bullet tiny house journey/build to a group that convenes monthly called Local Poverty Matters.

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I spoke about my moral imperative of solving climate change, the desperate lack of affordable housing, and my homelessness as a single human in a world of diminishing resources.

Most of the homeless, like me, do not want a hand-out. We want a hand-up. After being socially ostracized, discounted and marginalized, we are often invisible to other Americans. The American Dream I grew up with is dead. So I invented and chose a new American Dream. I created the Silver Bullet Tiny House Challenge.

Could I build a non-toxic, off-grid, all renewable energy fed, resilient sustainable lifestyle in a mobile tiny house on wheels? Could it be made of reclaimed, repurposed sustainable materials and cost less than $20,000.? Could it serve as a mobile educational exhibit that could inspire individuals and families to decrease their carbon footprint, their economic costs and improve their community involvement by freeing up more time and control of their lives?

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Taking my future in my own hands, I designed a beautiful, biomimetic tiny house that nurtures my sustainable lifestyle. I used reclaimed resources, found sponsors, repurposed what others left on the roadside, and made my own home. Nature is never more than four feet away from me in any direction. I love that.

The details of my story and build are in my recently released e-Book, if you want to know more. Proceeds from the book support me giving workshops on sustainable living across the USA starting in Spring, 2016.

Here’s the thing about my homelessness. Deciding to take my own fate in my own hands, even with obstacles like my disabilities*, my poor health, no funds, no social or career possibilities imminent, fostered within me a resilience I only fantasized was possible. That is, until I achieved my solution.

Creating my own hand-up was not easy; however, others were inspired by my passion, drive and commitment to live a simple, tiny, healthier, zero-waste footprint lifestyle and they helped me any way they could.

I gained self-esteem, construction skills galore, lost weight, grew muscle (both physically and psychologically), found my “happy place” and finally, I gained social and community acceptance. The journey was incredibly challenging with many turning points in which I almost quit. But like all great journeys and projects, when finished, the joy and glory of seeing my accomplishment, knowing I reached all my goals, was an amazing reward.

I have achieved wellness all around. I will live in a non-toxic, all renewable energy, self bio-mimetically designed, hand-built, mobile home.

That’s why “tiny” and that’s why “now”.

You can donate here. Every dollar helps me to help others.

* Although I have been classified by the State of Massachusetts as disabled, I have never collected any disability income from any source, private or public, Federal or State.

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 a few 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, Todd’s Farm, 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 this summer. 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!