- Step into my tiny world and my tiny house called, “Just B Tiny”. My nickname is Tiny B. I have always been fascinated with tiny things from the day I started collecting tiny rocks, tiny shells and tiny charms as a kid. When I was in the special events industry, my nickname, The Tchotchke Queen came from working with promotional product giveaways back in the day I was producing events and matching my tiny purses with social affairs. From there, I started my tiny company called, Just B, in which I made and sold artisan crafts. When I got my tiny house, it only seemed fit to call it “Just B Tiny”.
How I came to living the tiny house lifestyle
What led me to living in a tiny house full time was hardship. The kind of challenges life delivers to us on our journey. Mine, was finding myself homeless, after a series of severe losses after loosing our home in a remote mountainous area in California. This caused my partner and myself to move to the Southeastern region to rebuild our lives, until my Father passed, devastating my small family and leaving my Mother, 81 years old, alone in Las Vegas. The strain of being estranged across country took a toll on my relationship which ended, after 14 years, leaving me stranded without a place to live and no money. In the Spring of 2016, out of desperation, I launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a road trip from Atlanta to Las Vegas to help my family.
Introduction into the Tiny House World
My life exploded when I discovered tiny houses from the book, “Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials”. From there, I started researching tiny house contractors. Most tiny house companies had a year log wait list and, I didn’t have that kind of time. I interviewed Nathan Light Watson of Tiny SMART House and he expressed compassion for my dilemma, and together, we chose each other. His crew built my tiny 20’ long by 8’– 1/2” wide by 13’–1/2” tall tiny house on wheels, and I went from homeless to a tiny house within just six months. In November of 2016, I began the tiny life.
...and, oh, what a life living tiny is! Click "Story" in the menu for the not so tiny version. If I can survive downsizing an letting go of too much stuff and be happy with it so, can you.
Full time tiny houser, member of the American Tiny House Association, tiny house advocate in support of the movement and lifestyle.
Check out my second blog on hanging mason jars at Tiny House Hanging Pantry and see the tiny kitchen get organized.
Love, Tiny B ♥
Just B patient, brave and keep following your dreams . . .