Years ago, I was determined to be a van dweller. I was newly single and loved the freedom of living ultra-cheap, and I wanted to do some traveling. I bought a van for $700 and had a friend give it a complete tune up for $800, lol. I called the van “Vincent, my Van that Goghs” which quickly was shortened to just “Vinnie”. I set about making the inside nice. However, just about the time I finished my van and began contemplating taking the leap to full time… I met a man! I wasn’t looking for another life partner, but it sure was nice to be a part of a real love story. Xaver and I got married and built a restaurant together, but we were working crazy hours and missing each other so we finally decided to sell the restaurant.
Then we came back to this idea of tiny living and we purchased Vinnie 2 in the fall of 2014. Vinnie was 125 square feet without a loft, and he was a perfect fit for us and our little dawg. We enjoyed life together in our tiny house very much (there were some difficult patches also) and the experience gave birth to my first book Kitchen Simplicity. Watch for that, it’ll be out in the Spring from HD Media Press.
After speaking at the Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree in Texas last year, I was enamored with the Skoolies I saw there! (Skoolie = bus turned into a home.) We purchased a turtle shell short but that used to live at Monticello and began the conversion.
Watch our progress here on the blog and on Instagram. And if you are curious about how much it costs to do the conversion the way we are doing it – here’s the Skoolie Spending page. Stick around! We look forward to sharing our Skoolie home with the world as soon as she’s legal!