The Fortune Cookie Gets Published

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coffeeI am currently sitting at Coffee Girl, a delicious little coffee shop in Astoria, Oregon. I’m staring out the window into the sea. There is a fog over the water, and it’s a misting kind of rain. I have a salted caramel almond milk mocha in front of me. There is a the stupidest grin on my face. At this moment I am unsure if it is possible for me to be happier.

I’ve spent the weekend up in Astoria with my new man. We’ve been playing on the beach, enjoying local restaurants, and one another. He was called here to work, and invited me to spend a few days with him. Luckily, my days off were accommodating so I could take him up on it. I haven’t hung out beach side in Oregon in a long while. It’s been nice to take in the ocean again. The Seaside/Cannon Beach/Astoria area has always been a love of mine.

I have had so much to be grateful for lately, it makes it hard to choose what to write about. However, I would like to give some updates! There has been a lot of Fortune Cookie love as of late and I’d like to give a shout out.

A few years ago, Lloyd Kahn sent me an email asking me to send him some photos of The Fortune Cookie. He wanted to include me in his new book. Truthfully, I thought the email was spam at first. It floored me that THE Lloyd Kahn wanted me in his book. When I told Abel, the builder of The Fortune Cookie, about it he was ecstatic.

Fast forward to now. Out of nowhere I get a package in the mail with the book from Lloyd Kahn, Tiny Homes on the Move. He includes two full size copies and two tiny books that are the size of a match box. I’ve earmarked one of the big copies for Abel, and I am keeping the other for myself. If you pick up the book, I’m on pages 99 – 100. The other houses, house trucks, caravans, and boats in this book are phenomenal. I’m honored to be included in this collection of beautiful homes. Go and buy a copy, it’s a fabulous coffee table book of inspiration.

Talking to my mom later, I mentioned that I had recently had a small feature in a documentary, and also a book. My mom gets all snuffly and said, “I have always called you my star.” Thanks mom. She pointed out that I’m now a published author, as well as in a movie. I laughed and mentioned it was just a small feature. She sort of snorted at me and said, “you’re famous!”

lloyd kahnIt’s been interesting, as I submitted the info for the book and documentary about two years ago. It’s sort of surreal to have it come to fruition now,  in a day and age where we are accustomed to instant gratification.

The Tiny House Movement seems to be gaining some headway, finally! In the Pacific Northwest, I’ve seen it gain some serious traction. It’s hard to drive anywhere without running into a tiny house on wheels in some form or another. It excites me greatly.

What I am really hoping is that we make some headway on some Tiny House communities soon. So many people are living in situations that aren’t entirely legal for one reason or another. Most of it being state, county, or city laws that are archaic and seemingly interested only in profit from property taxes.

My dream is to eventually own property on a plot of land. I would like to get out of the urban sprawl at some point. I’d like to be out of the view of street lights and block parties. I would like something a little more secluded so that I can enjoy the moon and stars at night. Ideally, I would like a community living situation. I will eventually start making steps in that direction, but I remain mystified about where I want to start. This is especially true in light of laws governing what you can and can’t do with your own plot of land.

I remain hopeful as the movement gains momentum.


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Coming To Terms With Change

View from the hammock in the yard.

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View from the hammock in the yard.

I had to really struggle this winter with feeling like a complete, and total failure. I love making hair, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore. Sales always trickle to a halt during the fall, after festival season is . . . → Read More: Coming To Terms With Change

Tiny Houses, Tiny Houses Everywhere!


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There has been a lot of Tiny House love out in the wide world as of late. This excites me so much that I struggle to find words that encompass my elation. My favorite part about it happens to be that it is opening up dialogue.

Recently, . . . → Read More: Tiny Houses, Tiny Houses Everywhere!

Fall is Upon Us

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Don’t they just make you want to put them in a big pile so you can jump in them?

Dreadnaught Darling has been getting a lot of traffic lately! So, hello to all my new readers, even if you’re only stopping by for a minute! I . . . → Read More: Fall is Upon Us

Some Days It’s A Little Hairy In Here

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Set I lovingly named “Tree Hugger” that I made recently

When the Festival Season starts sneaking up, business starts picking up…. as does my social calendar. I apologize for it being so quiet here on the home front. I have had my hands full for sure! . . . → Read More: Some Days It’s A Little Hairy In Here

Some Personal Touches

The finished project. I love it!

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Gluing the cutting board bottom on.

So, I have mentioned previously that I started taking woodworking lessons from my friend, Holland. He offered up his wood shop to the general populace among SCA groups, and I finally decided to take him up on it. We did . . . → Read More: Some Personal Touches

Green Up Your Beauty Regimen: The Mane Question – No Poo Method, Hair Dyes and Henna

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Picture of me recently from when I had my hair blue and pink. Picture by Patrick Colvin.

This is part seven of a multi-part series on Green Beauty alternatives. The rest of the series can be found [here]

Part 7: The Mane Question – No Poo . . . → Read More: Green Up Your Beauty Regimen: The Mane Question – No Poo Method, Hair Dyes and Henna

The Value of Time

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My sister and I with her new arrival. Did I mention I am an Aunt!?

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Jim Rohn

I find that I am blessed with a feeling of gratitude when . . . → Read More: The Value of Time

The Artist’s Way

what everyone else is doing

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As I posted before, I was reading The Happiness Project, which I am enjoying. But it just wasn’t scratching the itch I had. I needed some creativity injections of one form or another. I was lamenting my problem to my friend Ducky. She suggested a book . . . → Read More: The Artist’s Way

The Spring of Hope

Interior view of The Fortune Cookie. Photo by Scott Haydon

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Interior view of The Fortune Cookie. Photo by Scott Haydon

I sit here with candles lit, I just turned on the stove for tea, and my Spotify radio tuned into classical music. Winter is almost over and the spring rain is returning in my part of . . . → Read More: The Spring of Hope

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