Friday Finds – Feb. 5, 2016 Life Inside The Box


I’m still crazily obsessed with very interested in shipping container homes. I dream of building a smallish one for the two of us once all the kids are gone. My Pinterest board has lots of ideas.  Here are a few I really love!

shipping container

I love the texture and light in this living room.  I don’t envision anything quite this elaborate or large for us, but this is spectacular.

I can see myself in this kitchen.  I love the light and all the counter space.  A galley kitchen is very efficient too. Perhaps not all white, but I do like the layout.

Of course, business is jumping on this trend too.  Starbucks has a permanent store in Tukwila, Washington made of four shipping containers.

shipping container starbuck

A one floor layout is my dream, but this is so cool.  Perhaps not really practical for residential use, but I love it for a commercial building.

Shipping-Container angled stairs
From De Zeen Magazine

Containers can also be used as emergency housing for disaster victims.  FEMA could have floor plans ready to go and purchase containers from the nearest port.  High risk areas could have containers fitted out ready to be placed in service.  Containers can be stacked, so it seems like a very efficient and fairly inexpensive way to supply post disaster housing.  Emergency housing doesn’t have to be super luxurious, just basic shelter would be an improvement on tents. People  would have a decent place to live while rebuilding their lives after a disaster like Hurricane Sandy or an earthquake.

Could you live in a shipping container house?  Why or why not?


Friday Finds, Jan. 1, 2016

Wow, it’s 2016 already!  That was a quick year.  Here are some things I want to learn more about or try for myself in the New Year.

crochet pillow cases

I am in love with these gorgeous pillowcases and finally found a great tutorial.  The series extends  over several weeks, and covers creating the pillowcase and adding the edging.  You could start with a purchased pillow case if you want to get right to the edging.

Here is the foundation for the edge.  The actual crochet edging is the next post.

I would love to put pretty edges on white pillow cases.  Perhaps my lovely sister will do it for me.  Linda, are you reading this?

I’ve been abusing my hands, wrists and elbows lately by knitting a big entrelac project and spinning yarn.  I tend to grip everything quite tightly in my quest for control, so I get very sore.  This is very common among knitters, crocheters, spinners, painters, anyone who does a lot of hand work.  Some of you will be happy to find this great site full of Finger Yoga. Click on poses and explore!  Very simple stuff and your hands and arms will thank you.

Would you like to live in a house like this?

shipping container house

Yes, please!  Can you believe it’s created from a used shipping container?  Apparently there are heaps of these just rusting away on the east coast.  Wouldn’t it be great if these could be repurposed into inexpensive housing for retirees, young people just starting out, or people who’ve been affected by natural disasters?

Here is a Buzzfeed blog post about shipping container homes that shows how fabulous they can be.  I dream of creating one for myself someday.

And a fiber picture to inspire your creativity.

yarns to willow mist aug 16 2013
Just a bunch of hand spun and hand dyed yarn I made.