Author Archives: Miranda

Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus

Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus

Kat Mondieu turned a 2002 Freightliner FS65 schoolbus into a tiny home on wheels.

It sleeps 4-6 with bunks, a queen size bed in back, a dining area that converts to a bed, composting toilet, kitchen, wood burning stove & tub.

She’s been working on it since June 2016 with her partner and has lived in it full time with her 3 cats since September 2016…nearly one year!

Kat is based in NYC. It’s a work in progress but very comfortable as a home.


Come see Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus and over 10 other tiny homes for yourself on September 23 & 24, 2017 in Stoughton, MA during the 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival!


I will not be filled with hate.

I will not be filled with hate. I can feel it hurtling towards me, heated by the fire of your tiki torches, trumpeted by the chanting of your racist slogans, engraved in the photographs of your snarling faces. It ravages; fueled by the husks of dark history built into this country’s foundation, a wildfire sparkedContinue Reading

Volunteer at the Tiny House Festival!

Volunteer at the Tiny House Festival!

The 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival is fast approaching! With several thousand people expected and a parade of tiny houses on the way, we’re going to need some help pulling this off. We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in: Working the welcome table Facilitating art and community activities Taking photographs and videos of the eventContinue Reading

Daring to Write Your Own Story

I write to explain myself to myself. To take the things that have happened to me, especially ones where I have felt disempowered, and tell them as if I had planned for everything to happen. As if living through a divorce, which left me distrustful of anyone’s ability to commitment, was something that needed toContinue Reading

REUSE Box Truck

REUSE Box Truck

A converted moving truck by former HGTV host/author Derek “Deek” Diedricksen and filmmaker/Reuse advocate Alex Eaves with the principal aim of building with and incorporating as many salvaged, repurposed, used, and dumpster dived materials as possible. This build has been filmed for a future full length documentary and will eventually tour a portion of theContinue Reading

The YouthBuild Tiny House

The YouthBuild Tiny House

The 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival is just three months away and we’re excited to announce our first tiny house! This house was built by students of YouthBuild Springfield and YouthBuild Fall River as the result of a grant awarded to the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition for 9/11 Remembrance.  With the grants financial support, YouthBuild studentsContinue Reading

Jaclyn’s Tea Party

Jaclyn’s Tea Party

When I was first trying to come up with a name for this creative community of ours, the Hearth was the easy part. A Hearth isn’t actually the fire, it’s the bedrock underneath the fire, the place where fire happens. It’s the center of the home, of community, of warmth. But the symbol of aContinue Reading

What kind of music can you waltz to?

What kind of music can you waltz to?

When I mention the Hearth’s monthly Waltzday event to people who’ve never waltzed before, they tend to imagine one of three options: 1.) Ballerinas in the Nutcracker: 2.) Dreamy princesses like Cinderella: 3.) Or the old school flirting of movies like Anna Karenina: While all of these are true, they’re a small cross section ofContinue Reading

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

written by Hearth Ember, Amy Beth Harrison Ove does not make a great first impression. He is someone who seems to care more about where the recycling goes than how someone is doing. He takes grumpiness to new heights and is seemingly without ability for spontaneity or compassion. However, as I got deeper into theContinue Reading

Call for Knitting

Call for Knitting

-written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling In 2011, I was painting an eight foot by eight foot unstretched canvas, also known as a sheet of fabric staple gunned to the wall. As I stood mere inches from the painting, outlining a series of circles, I found myself distracted by the weave of the canvas itself.Continue Reading