The Big Tiny

Author: Dee Williams
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101634714
Size: 14.23 MB
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Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing. Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

The Big Tiny

Author: Dee Williams
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 014218179X
Size: 10.19 MB
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Dee Williams's life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored - but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn't compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury - time - that would come with downsizing. Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house - on her own, from the ground up - was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It's left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment's notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. The lessons Williams learned from her 'aha' moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life. 'Visitors to [Dee Williams'] property may be forgiven for thinking someone had taken up residence in a beautifully built pine-and-cedar toolshed out back . . . [an] affecting memoir . . . she writes in The Big Tiny of finding a centeredness and peace in her little house, of being less fearful, more alive. Some of the best passages are when she describes the sensory experience of being inside: smelling raw cedar and knotty pine; listening to the weather.' Steven Kurutz, The New York Times '[N]o one makes the idea of living in a home the size of an area rug more appealing than Dee Williams . . . Williams' inspiring memoir will resonate with anyone on a quest to downsize, de-stress, let go or feel at home . . . an endearing, funny writer . . . [The Big Tiny] is a book as intimate and draw-you-in-close as Williams' little abode. She reveals her fear and fearlessness, allowing readers to feel like visitors across her tiny table, knees touching, her dog by your side.' Janet Eastman, The Oregonian '[A] delightful encounter with the Tina Fey of the sustainability world, an empowered woman unafraid to admit she accidentally glued her hair to her house, as well as an incisive thinker on contemporary experience . . . a hilarious and poignant memoir . . . Williams does more than share the travails of building, moving into and living in her bitty abode. She writes a down-to-earth manifesto for living life with intention and for geeking out, diving in, caring too deeply and trying too hard in general.' Mary Louise Schumacher, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 'In The Big Tiny, Dee Williams creates a portrait of humanity through her own compelling experience. That she has written about home and life with such humor and vulnerability, and in her own unique vernacular, makes her story all the more universal.' Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book 'Williams has built an engaging and inspiring how-to/memoir that goes beyond the DIY perspective.' Booklist 'The Big Tiny is irresistible. Dee Williams is as much fun o

The Big Tiny

Author: Dee Williams
Publisher: Center Point
ISBN: 1628992409
Size: 12.33 MB
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"A personal memoir about downsizing and the author's experience building her own home and living the minimalist lifestyle"--

The Big Book Of Tiny Art

Author: Karen Libecap
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
ISBN: 9781633223615
Size: 10.72 MB
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How small is small? In The Big Book of Tiny Art you’ll discover a dynamic collection of miniature artwork, most no bigger than a large coin, covering a wide range of subjects, from animals and food to people and places. Showcasing painting and drawing, this inspirational guidebook provides an up-close look at the art of the miniature. Learn to paint and draw your own tiny masterpieces as you follow the simple step-by-step instructions. Each section of the book includes a gallery of finished miniature artwork, along with practice pages for you to draw the projects featured in the book or create your own unique artwork. Packed with amazing illustrations, The Big Book of Tiny Art is a feast for both the eyes and the creative spirit.

Tiny Tokyo

Author: Ben Thomas
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452130286
Size: 10.21 MB
Format: PDF
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Anyone who has ever set foot in Tokyo or dreamed of seeing its kaleidoscopic wonders will fall in love with this totally unique tour of the beautiful megalopolis. Here are all the spectacular sights of the great big Japanese capital, made tiny enough to fit in a pocket! This teeny tome collects incredible bird's-eye views of the bustling cityscape, all shot using a distinctive photographic technique known as "tilt-shift" that has the effect of seeming to shrink its subjects— making one of the vastest cities in the world look like a miniature model. Epic skyscrapers, crowded city streets, and even sumo wrestling matches resemble tiny plastic toys in this one-of-a-kind little book.

The Big Adventures Of Tiny House

Author: Susan Schaefer Bernardo
Publisher:
ISBN: 0971122822
Size: 14.21 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The adventure begins when an old farmhouse gets salvaged and recycled into Tiny, a snug little house with a big heart -- and WHEELS! With the help of Big Truck, Tiny sets off across America to discover if he is still a real home.Tiny makes friends on the road, like Shiny the Airstream, Waverly the houseboat, and Buster the skoolie. He even goes to a jamboree! After thousands of miles, Tiny discovers that home isn't a place...it's a feeling in your heart.The irresistible rhymes and delightfully detailed illustrations in this new classic from the creators of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs are sure to enchant children - and the book's gentle messages about sustainable living and working together will delight parents and teachers as well.