Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Circus Wagon SketchUp

I played around in SketchUp yesterday to figure out the best interior layout for the wagon. I've settled for pretty much the same idea as I had for my house on a trailer (see previous post), but the measurements are slightly different. (The colors and furniture are just for fun and probably nothing like what the actual interior will be.)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


On a wholly different subject than that of construction work, let's talk about pee and poo. With about two months to go before baby Samson arrives, I'm getting into nesting-mode and preparing the last bits. (I'm the kind of person who starts packing boxes months before the actual moving date.) With great friends and family who have given me all I will need in terms of baby clothes and gear (second hand, of course), there are only two things I can think of that I still want: one being a nice organic baby wrap carrier, and the other being a set of all-in-one cloth diapers. After much research there were two (seemingly very similar) brands that caught my attention: American bumgenius and Swedish Poops! I decided to go for the Poops! diapers in organic bamboo/cotton as it's a local, tiny company that I feel good about supporting. Poops! is run by a woman named Jane who, not minutes after I placed my order, wrote me an email offering to meet me literally one minute's walk from where I live to deliver the package, rather than send it via mail. I'm sure that's because she would be in the neighborhood anyway, but still, that's good service! In my order I had also mentioned that I'd love to see some other colors introduced, and she told me that two of them - orange and purple - are on their way. What's more, they do great package deals with multiple diapers, extra inlays, a diaper bag, and a changing mat. I went for that option, containing 18 diapers. For the time being, the website is only in Swedish and I'm guessing they only deliver within Sweden, but I might be wrong. If you live elsewhere, I'd look into bumgenius. I love their colors and patterns, and they will soon release a great new collection of fabulous designs:

It might seem like it, but I'm not getting paid in any way to write about these brands. I still haven't tried them so I'm only basing this on what other people have said about their products. Depending on Samson's size when he's born, I may or may not be able to use the cloth diapers straight away. But of course once I have, I'll let you know what I think!

You can read more about bumgenius here and Poops! here.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Demolition Mission

So, the wagon has had some time to settle outside the barn, including a week of quiet contemplation as mom and I headed off to London for a course in active birth at the Active Birth Centre (which was totally awesome and inspiring and something I highly recommend for anyone who is soon to attend a childbirth.)
With every day that passes I move more and more like a duck, and with the SPD I'm really struggling to bend or lift anything heavier than a milk carton. But with a little help (in the aggressive force department) applied to the really tough bits, I've managed to strip the wagons inside and am about to start on the outside (which will take longer due to the thousands of screws all being painted over - which means I'll have to use a heat gun and scrape the paint off before being able to remove the panels.) The frame is really thin so eventually I will have to fatten it up at least to double its current size, in order to get enough isolation to keep warm during the Swedish winter months.

The before pic.

Lots of nasty styrofoam and glass wool in the walls...

Tadaa! Unfortunately, the gable panels, some of the roof panels, and some of the frame timber is in pretty bad shape, so all that will have to be replaced.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

The Day A Circus Wagon Popped Up

Almost five months have passed since I last wrote. Five months of being sick a lot, aching, working, sleeping, learning to drive, and peeing way more often than convenient (especially at night). I can honestly say I haven't done much else, except dreaming and planning for the future - the future where I'll be a mom to baby Samson who is now due in 8-12 weeks! It took me a while to realize that I wasn't about to start building a tiny house from scratch. What with the SPD pain and overall feeling of being totally zonked, it just wasn't going to happen. I slowly accepted that fact. "I'm going to stay put in my tiny non-movable house until spring, and then move back into my tiny, 2nd floor studio flat, closer to town, closer to a social life, closer to the work I will eventually have to find, once my year of maternity leave is coming to an end," I told myself, "and the tiny house on wheels will just have to wait, maybe a year or two, until baby Samson is slightly bigger and not glued to my boobs."

But even though I put the building plans on ice, I still couldn't stop looking at tiny-house websites and blogs, dreaming up nifty storage and layout ideas, and generally just longing for a place I could call my very own. So yesterday when I, as I sometimes do just for fun, typed "circus wagon" into the search field of the Swedish ebay equivalent, I certainly had no idea that just hours later I would find myself the proud and very excited owner of an old, smelly, neglected and run down, but oh-so-sweet former horse trainer's dwelling - future party-of-two home on wheels. A friend with a tractor helped me pick it up earlier today, and now she stands, blue and rusty, half gutted and wet on the rain soaked courtyard outside the barn. Tomorrow I will continue to tare her insides apart, hopefully revealing a not too rotten frame, which will be the skeleton on which I will mold the most charming tiny house in Sweden. With absolutely no idea of how to build anything more complicated than a shelf, having this foundation, this frame to work from makes me feel so much more at ease than just standing next to an iron trailer with a pile of wood and pondering over the best way to fit the floor joists. This I can do!

I certainly don't think it will be done in a jiffy. Baby Sam is still making it hard to move like a normal person, and with every inch he grows we're getting closer to the actual meet. Once that happens I know he'll have my full-time attention for a long time to come. But if I could somehow have the trailer fixed up enough so that it's livable by next summer, we will have an awesome home to spend the sunny, lazy days in. And that feels like a good goal.

The front bit. See that rope with a weight on the left? If you flip the metal "wings" down and crank out the yellow awnings, swish: you have five places on each side of the wagon to tie your circus horses!

I love the horse warning triangle.

Nellie boxer checks out the interior. (She wasn't impressed.)