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Students Build Tiny House at Unique Summer Camp

The Tiny House, built during a unique summer camp at the Key School, is about to hit the road. The 210-square-foot home built on a trailer bed will be one of the main attractions at this weekends Maryland Home & Holiday Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium… Over a three-week period in July, student crews worked side-by-side with building professionals to construct the one-room, multipurpose structure. ” –

Read and see more this completed Tiny House. Photos by Joshua McKerrow for Capital Gazette.

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Free Tiny House Plans by THE small HOUSE CATALOG

This year we’re introducing a freeshare program for house plans. If you’d like to be kept informed about future releases, please join (THE small HOUSE CATALOG) email list here.” - THE small HOUSE CATALOG

Get your free copy of the Freeshare Plans at THE small HOUSE CATALOG. I first spotted this at Small & Tiny Home Ideas.

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Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar January 1998.

Spirits of the corners,
Winds of the quarters,
You who stand watching,
And you who hear my voice,
Guard well my home tonight.

Dwelling places have always been seen as possessing magical potential. To enter a home, one must first pass over the threshold, considered a sacred place in many cultures. Doors archetypally represent the portal between worlds. To stand between them automatically puts you in the magical space known as the place “in between.” To the ancient Celts, any place that was not clearly in one world or another possessed inherent magical power. In your doorway you are neither in nor out–you are in between–making your threshold an ideal place to chant blessings or cast magical spells for the protection of your home.

Many Witches like to place magical objects that offer their homes protection on or near their doors. Small, decorative brooms are often used for this purpose. The broom, called a besom in the Craft, is usually shown with its bristles up to symbolize the unity of the divine and the blessing of the gods upon the dwelling. The handle represents the phallus of the God, and the bristles are reminiscent of the mound of Venus on the female body, the entrance to the womb of the Goddess.

Many common threshold decorations, like door harps or wind chimes, were originally devices of magical home protection. In both cases the intent is to use musical sounds to scare away negativity or evil spirits.

To use a door harp or wind chimes to protect the entrance to your home, project into it your intent through visualization, then hang it, sealing the act with words of power, such as:

“Chimes with lovely magical sound
Spread your protection all around
Guard the opening of my door
Send harm away forever more.”

Another magical opening to the house is the chimney. The word hearth contains the word heart, underscoring its place as the center of the home. Many Pagans keep their ancestor shrines near the hearth. They may also leave food and drink for household faeries near it, or decorate it with protective symbols.

The modern hearth is the kitchen, and in China there still exists an annual festival to honor their most personal deity, the Kitchen God of the household. Exactly one week prior to the start of the Chinese New Year, families remove the picture of him that hangs over the stove and burn it over a sweet-smelling incense, amidst offerings of candy and cakes. The Kitchen God flies on the incense up to his celestial home to report to the other deities about the behavior of the family during the year, especially how they treated one another. After this family ritual is complete, a new picture of the Kitchen God is put over the stove.

In many Pagan cultures it was believed that homes possessed guardian spirits. The most well-known of these are the Lares and the Penates of ancient Rome, who were celebrated in a special festival that took place each January 8. The Lares lived in subterranean sancturaries underneath the homes they chose to look after. They slept by day, and at night came out to care for the exterior of the home. The Penates lived above the house, usually in “attics” or in the trees that shaded the dwelling. They awoke with the sunrise, and spent their days taking care of the household tasks and looking after the welfare of the home’s inhabitants. On festival day, every member of the household would gather around the home altar to make an offering of thanks, usually in the form of food, wine and fresh straw for bedding.

Modern Witches like to see to it that their homes are protected, or “warded,” from both astral and physical intruders. One popular method of this is to mentally visualize the home being surrounded with protective symbols, like the pentagram. Another is making a wash made from purified water and boiled protective herbs. On each window and door in the home a finger damp with the warding wash is used to draw a large pentagram while words of power are spoken to seal the spell. Any leftover wash is sprinkled outside around the perimeters of the property. To make a warding wash, simply boil distilled water into which you have placed a tea ball or cheesecloth full of dried herbs such as basil, rue, cinnamon, or bay, which are known to have protective energies. As the mixture heats, be sure to clearly visualize your intent.

You can also bless your home using an old custom involving bread and salt. Bread is offered to the household guardians as a libation, and the salt is kept in the heart of the home to ground any evil that might enter. After you do this, burn a purifying or protecting incense, such as frankincense, cinnamon, or pepper, moving it from room to room while you visualize any negativity fleeing from your home. As you go, chant over and over your words of power:

“Smoke of air and fire and earth
Cleanse and bless this home and hearth
Only good may dwell in here.”

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Dumptruck & Clever Girl’s Tiny House

The house is 8 feet by 18 feet, which is just about the same footprint as a Chevy Suburban… The house has a kitchen, dining/living room, bathroom, bedroom loft and storage loft. It also has a wood burning stove and a chimney.” - small & tiny home ideas

I first spotted this at small & tiny home ideas. Read more on Clever Girl’s blog, aka Kit. Photos by Mike, aka Dumptruck.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

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The technique is speedy and, according to Bini, costs start at just $3,500. A cluster of Binishells might look like a sci-fi film set, but the materials to build one could be found on any job site.” – Wired via small & tiny home ideas.

See more at small & tiny home ideas. Below is a video of a large Binishell being inflated.

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