Tiny houses are awesome!

My blog reader is telling me I have 220 unread blogs. Is it even possible to catch up at this point? I was only gone for 12 days!

I had an amazing trip, and I just have to share a few things. I spent 5 days at Esalen in Big Sur, California doing a group workshop, and I just have to say, Esalen is magical. It’s a gorgeous location on cliffs by the ocean, and it’s full of educated hippies working on self-improvement. Organic food, yoga, hot spring baths, Tibetan bowls, and plenty of interesting, weird, and awesome people. I actually randomly ran into a guy who was in the process of making shoes and had a nice discussion about various methods with him. True story. That would never happen at home! Anyway, if that sounds like paradise to you, you should definitely check it out. I’m already trying to figure out a way to go back as soon as possible!

Also cool: tiny houses. I heard about these things about a year ago and I’ve been wanting to see one in person ever since. Of course, Portland just happened to have a Tiny House Caravan Hotel. Check out these adorable little things:

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Fire pit and gathering area with all the tiny houses around it.

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This is the entire house! I need a tiny house in my life!

Ah, but what you really want to know is what fabric I bought, right? Here’s the haul:

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The middle pile is Khadi cotton from A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland. This place was really cool and had a rabbit. I only bought one yard of silk at Britex (lower right corner). It’s a huge store with gorgeous fabrics that are mostly way out of my price range. The huge pile on the left is from a surprise find in Eureka, California, Eureka Fabrics. I saw a sign that said “fabric” so of course I had to check it out, but I was fully expecting a boring quilting fabric store. Instead, I found a store stocked full of fair trade, handwoven, natural, and organic fabrics! And they were really affordable ($10-$14 a yard for handwoven, fair trade) because the owner takes trips to India to work directly with the makers! So I stocked up on the handwoven fair trade stuff, and got a few organics as well. The top piece is hemp/silk. They don’t have nearly as much on their website as they do in the store, but apparently the owner is happy to receive email requests, so when I’ve used up this pile, I will definitely be contacting them for more!

By the time I got to Portland on my way home, I’d spent all of my fabric budget, but I checked out a few stores anyway. The two silks on top of the pile on the right are from Mill End. I also got some yarn to make this sweater, but unfortunately they sold the last green just a few hours before I got there, so now I have to try to find someone on Ravelry who wants to sell theirs. And of course how could I go to Portland without picking up a couple of Colette patterns plus the knits book 🙂

Thank you to everyone who gave me recommendations! Especially to Kelly – Harlow and Portobello were incredible!

I can’t wait to start sewing!



12 thoughts on “Tiny houses are awesome!

    1. Chantal Post author

      We stayed in one for one night, and it was so awesome! Like the coolest playhouse ever. It actually felt a lot more spacious than I was expecting, but it was one of the larger ones (150 square feet). I seriously want to build one now! It would make such a great sewing studio 🙂

  1. Kelly

    Looks like you got some good stuff! I love Big Sur, we got engaged there 🙂 Sounds like a fun trip and I am glad you made it to my two favorite restaurants here!

  2. Gwen Gyldenege

    Have you seen Tiny House the documentary? Fascinating. I’m looking forward to seeing some soon. I didn’t know they had tiny house hotels/cabins to stay in. Any suggested places?

  3. Carolyn

    Glad to hear you had such a great trip, and I can’t wait to see what you make with that hemp/silk! How cool that you stumbled upon such a good fabric shop too.

    I’ve been hearing a lot about tiny houses lately but haven’t actually seen one in person. It’s fascinating because I also live in a tiny space, although not that tiny! I find that it really forces you to downsize your life and choose what you bring into the house very carefully and thoughtfully. It’s actually quite liberating, I think. 🙂

    1. Chantal Post author

      That’s exactly how I feel about small spaces! I have way too much stuff (mostly due to my many crafty hobbies) and the idea of downsizing does seem very liberating.


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