Frill Free Zone

The Frill Free Zone is where we get to the nitty gritty of living simply; eliminate all the unnecessary, useless, frivolous or giddy; it's where you get serious about creating your unique life that suits you to perfection.

  • Feel the pride of salvaging a piece of architectural molding and using it in an innovative way;

  • get off the recycling train and learn ways of using your packaging, instead of filling the landfill.

  • Find natural materials close at hand that make a vernacular building style work perfectly in your climate.

The world is at the cusp of stopping waste in its tracks - what did our grand parents say? Waste not, want not...

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Jun 04, 2018

Frugal Simple Living - rural living at its finest

Do you live in a rural area? Or just want to? Find out first hand what Frugal Simple Living feels like...

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Jun 01, 2018

Household Tips and Tricks - making life easier

Household Tips and Tricks to make your life easier...

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Jun 01, 2018

How To Set A Mouse Trap - the simplest vermin control

The Simplest Vermin Control - How To Set A Mouse Trap...

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May 19, 2018

528 Hertz, Music for Healing and Pain Removal

528 Hertz Music for Healing and Pain Removal...

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May 16, 2018

Earth Shelter Root Cellar with Cordwood Walls and a Living Roof

The Earth Shelter Root Cellar was a trial to see how exactly to build into a hillside, and the cordwood walls and living roof were also experimental; the lessons learned...

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Apr 18, 2018

Pearls Place - a project close to our hearts

Pearls Place; not just sustainable, but very meaningful too. See more about the background of this project, and why it's called Pearls Place...

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Oct 20, 2017

Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies - a gluten free (delicious) option

If it's not easy, there's no point; make these Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies - you'll be amazed at how easy this recipe is...

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Jul 24, 2017

Absolute Best Oatmeal Cookies - a family favorite

These are without a doubt, the Absolute Best Oatmeal Cookies I've ever made...

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Jul 21, 2017

Wire a Lamp DIY - if I can do it, so can you!

It's not difficult; I've learned how to Wire a Lamp DIY, and it didn't hurt a bit...

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Jul 10, 2017

Black Bean Salad - my Wahls Protocol recipes

This Black Bean Salad is a simple to make recipe, and so delicious. It's got all the things that your body needs...

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Jul 09, 2017

Alternative Building Books; natural homes, designs and methods

If you're like me, you have a growing library of Alternative Building Books, magazines and notes; add these great books to your collection...

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Jul 09, 2017

Passive Solar Home; use the power of the sun for heat and cooling

A Passive Solar Home is designed around the angle of the sun to utilize the power of solar to heat and cool your dwelling...

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Jun 06, 2017

Circle of Thyme Chapel Rebuild - more than just a renovation

After the original chapel fell down in the snow, we took on Circle of Thyme Chapel Rebuild and it's bigger and better

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Jun 05, 2017

Country Steps; a rustic way to make simple stairs, cheap

Make a set of Country Steps that will be sturdy and economical, for a serviceable and quick stair way...

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Jun 03, 2017

Make Your Own Emory Boards - nail files, economically

Need a nail file in a hurry? Make Your Own Emory Boards...

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Jun 01, 2017

Green Building Materials; salvaged, scrounged, found and rediscovered

Green Building Materials are all around us; from natural materials underfoot to scrounged, upcycled, salvaged and found there is something for everyone to build their nest from...

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May 27, 2017

Roof Trusses are especially important to get correctly sized and engineered...

Engineered Roof Trusses are especially sized and designed for snow load, wind and other live loads...

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May 22, 2017

Windows - they are the eyes of your dwelling; choose wisely

The Windows in Pearls Place are mostly recycled; it's a tough choice between economy, the wishes of the building inspector and efficiency...

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May 13, 2017

Building Inspections - be a friend to your inspector

Luckily, the building inspector for our area has quickly become a welcome visitor on his Building Inspections; we pick his brains for new and innovative techniques...

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May 11, 2017

The Roof of the Tiny House - the all important covering over it all

Building the Roof of the Tiny House is one thing that you don't want to leave in the hands of someone who doesn't know how it all comes together...

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