Jocelyn Campbell

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Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course in 2010.
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, or putting on feast nights at wheaton labs (the permaculture community where she lives with her guy, Paul Wheaton), or helping achieve further world domination for the empire.
Missoula, MT
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natasha todd wrote:we had  table that has a fire pit built in the middle for cooking on....a great multi functional item.
if you are into multi purpose stuff you may want to look at my micro living pintrest, I have a little caravan and have been living in a horse box so I am always collecting multi use ideas...

Oh, of course - a fire pit table! Thanks for that. I remember this one fondly (at an Airbnb cabin we stayed at in Monroe, WA):

And you do have an amazing collection of ideas at your Pinterest board. Somehow, I never caught on to Pinterest, so haven't used it much.

Since a couple of our cabins, and the tipi, (and the FPH bunk bedroom, I suppose) could be considered micro living; and our community spaces like the FPH living room or the library are not exactly expansive, I suppose we are looking for cleverness and multi-function as much as we can. So things that take *less* space but serve *more* functions is truly a fit for this thread and our brain storming.

10 hours ago
Here's a cool thing! Besides being short on bunks, and private spaces, we are short on tables and desks, too! If a table could be multi-functional like this one, that would go a long ways toward folks being able to have another activity available to them!

(Puzzle table source and plans here.)

Nicole Alderman wrote:What about  a rag rug from old cotton shirts/pants? Judith made an awesom tutorial here

What if you set up a loom and sliced up the fabric and people could work on it when ever they want? It would double as an activity (a feature/ "more") plus a way to get more rugs....

Oh, RIGHT! This could be very cool! Unfortunately, I don't see myself carving out the time to set this up right now...but maybe the right person here might like to...or maybe some day I would make the time to start it. We do have a box full of denim from Paul's old overalls and other fabrics.

natasha todd wrote:You can use really low quality fleece to felt into big sheets for floor coverings that are fully compostable.
You can even use them as sheet mulch if they get too quorn out as floor covers

Oh, that's a cool idea, too! The natural sheep colors could be lovely, too.
And on a lighter/not lighter note:

2 days ago
Thanks for starting this Judith and Anne!

I've been enjoying this one lately:

2 days ago
While that is an amazingly affordable price for a set of rugs, Anne; I think I'd still like to avoid the polyolefin. A quick Google search (including this and this) makes me think that while some polyolefins might be more stable than other plastics, it's still plastic, and could still shed, and as Tyler astutely pointed out, would not be compostable at the end of its usable life.

Tyler, the thrift store wool sweaters on top of coir rugs is a very creative idea!! I think there must be others like myself looking for affordable, natural fiber solutions like this, so I imagine there would be a market for it. I would love to see what it might look like.

Anne Miller wrote:

IMHO, a big part of why this one looks more like glamping is because of the rugs, which *are* lovely! Gorgeous textiles are some of the MORE that we'd love to have. I've been trying to find more rugs for the Fisher Price House, our cabins, the tipi - even the library and auditorium could use rugs at times.

And what I've found is that the inexpensive rugs are made out of polyester or plastic or whatever toxic stuff. Some of the newer affordable rugs are made out of recycled plastic, which is cool in a way, though I worry about the micro-plastics that are now SO prevalent in our ecosystems. Would they shed micro-plastics? I kind of think they would, like so much of our (fake) fleece clothing does. Which makes me *not* want to purchase a recycled plastics rug. Unless I hear differently somehow.

So that means looking at natural fiber rugs. The lovely wool ones (similar to ones in this picture) often start at $200 for one very small one. The more affordable natural fiber rugs are made out of coir or grass and are not quite as comfortable or cozy and might not last as long...I'm not sure. I haven't seen natural fiber rugs at thrift stores though I do look occasionally.

Anne, what a treasure trove ideas!! Apples for you!

This one:

Anne Miller wrote:That tree tepee is cute!

Or more sleeping ideas:

reminds me of something a visitor from Denmark showed me. Though the one he built was not peaked like this, just had a flat roof, sloped down toward the back of the structure, if I recall correctly. He was very fond of camping out, and having a shelter like this for his sleeping bag (he didn't use a tent) was his favorite.

To highlight a few more things that we DO have, (in addition to all the links in the OP), we have some sweet little spots

at the caldera of the hollowed out volcano with good submarine access

(Though this swing took a beating in storms last fall and is now in need of some repairs.)

and our tent pads are fairly nice

What are some more ideas for "LESS and MORE?"