Pearl Sutton

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Chronic reader, creative dreamer, a LOT of hand skills to make things real, intense health issues that limit my activity, but not my creativity or dreams. Moved to southern Missouri with enough tools and junk to build a life that might work well with my health. One of god’s gigglers, I punctuate with smiley faces and exclamation points when I type, and smile and laugh a lot in real life. (Often at things no one else understands.) And I both curtsy at people (even when wearing grubby work clothes) and purr when hugged, both online and in real life. “Normal” is not a word that has ever been used for me.

Been organic gardening all my life, and bought 4 acres that I have designed from the ground up. Making it happen is being the most fun I have ever had in my life, the best 3D jigsaw puzzle ever! Reading Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was like coming home, ah, THERE I am! A reality where I can use all of my multifaceted talents and skills!

Dumpster diver, recycler, second hand store shopper, I tell people I am attracted to rust and lace. I have violated every warranty I have ever met, I’m a tool using animal, and I use my tools to modify everything in my world. And it only gets weirder...
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Recent posts by Pearl Sutton

Bunny slippers made of cheap slippers with a bunny cut out stapled to them :D
1 day ago

thomas rubino wrote:
Yes... oh my,  Sir Lord Thomas of Dragontech manor... (polishes fingernails)   sounds good, right?

YES!! I think you need a formal title!  

I can hear Liz laughing her head off now!  
Hey, your Lordship, your dog just dragged home another animal carcass... get your Royal ass out there and clean that up!

Exactly! That's one of the duties of a Lord, don'tchaknow!! :D
1 day ago
This amused us.  
Established Titles is "selling"1 foot by 1 foot (or a bit bigger) plots of land in Scotland, and giving "proclamations" that say as a landowner in Scotland, you may now call yourself Lord or Lady, as that is the title for landowners there.
It's a silly gimmick, yes.
BUT! They promise to plant at least one tree for each plot "sold."

Two impossible to shop for men on my mom's Christmas list will be aware that they are now Lords by the time the holiday season is over.  
Hopefully they will find the concept entertaining.
If you look, check the holiday sale tab.

1 day ago
I added this to the Low Tech forum. You might want to see what's in there too!
4 days ago
The Great Drive of '82

5 days ago

Jane Mulberry wrote:Good point, Pearl. If there was still some power but not enough to run a heater, a 100 watt bulb would so a long way in heating an enclosed space. But I also imagine the "tent" as less flammable and more insulating, maybe made from wool blankets rather than the usual thin nylon tent fabric?

For a small space, any wattage of incandescent bulb will put out heat (see Paul's threads on incandescent bulbs, and heating the person not the space)  but I guarantee if you bump into one, a 60 watt bulb hurts much less than a 100 watt.

If you are imagining a tent of wool etc, you are working off different parameters than I am, I have cheap nylon tents, and random things I can put over them, but I have no wool blankets to use, and no way to make them stay up if I do. Different parameters make different solutions. I also don't plan to put a tent in the house unless we get another of the lovely heavy ice storms with power outages like Feb 2021. So, as permies often say "It depends."

But having seen a nylon tent burn from being hit with campfire sparks on a windy night, I DON'T want that happening in the house. Was bad enough out in the woods.
5 days ago

I think they'd be best applied in a (vented) indoor tent situation, like Pearl mentioned... somewhere.. If you can make an area smaller, while still taking plenty of precautions for safety - both from the flame and the carbon emission

I REALLY don't think I'd use a terracotta thing in a tent. Takes only one tiny bump or error to flame it all. I don't use open flames in tents. My idea behind tents in the house is to have a small area that can heat with body heat. Putting extra covering on a tent (blankets etc) would be a LOT more safe than fire of any sort in one.

And my thread on tents in the house   Tents as space reducers for heating
5 days ago
I have thought about things that way for many years, never thought to verbalize it to focus the thought, thank you!

I dismay others who say "can't you leave it alone?" but when I see what could be done to improve something, I do it if I can. Due my health limitations and my education in ergonomics and body mechanics, I have everything I can working as efficiently as I can. It makes me more productive to not have to fight the same small battles day after day.

So much of our lives are arranged by habit, or how it's done normally, or that's what for sale, that we forget there are other ways to do things. Looking at it as "It's a Design Problem" can only expand our awareness of our actual options in the world, and they are MUCH more numerous and variable than most people think.

Excellent post Rachel! Thank you for putting words to the concept!!
5 days ago
Most of them, yes.
Cheap choices for upholstery fabric used to be easy to find too.

Hmm.. on Amazon US I'm seeing 1/2 crown staples for pneumatic guns, get your hubby to look at it, I'll ship them to you if you find anything that works.

I have a collection of old tools that I can no longer find things for, built better and work better than what's available now. I watch yard sales for the hardware dumped out of sheds and barns, and look for the things that work with my tools.
6 days ago
There were bad elves coming to rip out all your stitching. He was defending your mending from them, and exhausted himself. He definitely needs tuna for his bravery and dedication to your project when he wakes up.
1 week ago