Stained glass/main door concept 1

In the main bathroom, there will be a rather large stained glass window helping to bring in natural light. ๐Ÿ™‚ Daniel asked me this late evening before heading off to bed: “Creating this stained glass window is going to be a pain.” This had me instantly think: “I’ll just paint the Orchids on the glass instead.” ๐Ÿ™‚ We do have plenty of flourishes and details enough as it is for the main house. ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe one should create a few ‘shortcuts’ here or there, but still pleasing to the eye.. Maybe not. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

The main door concept might very well change in appearance, as we flow on in the early planning stages. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was thinking of drawing a round door as a Hobbit house would properly be. Daniel shook his head and told me to be realistic in care of less hard work. ๐Ÿ˜› haha .. “Okay. Just this once“, I playfully replied. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Arbor Design 1

A tad bit later than planned (personal set deadline was this past weekend) to have this design done; but, it is what it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m quite proud of myself, considering one who has not taken a single class of designed layouts or drawing architectural’ish structures. ๐Ÿ™‚ This simply shows as an example to others one does not need to have professional trained skills in order to plan something out. All I have is a self taught approach of what one would do if they were showing a layout animation in backgrounds and structures.

Slightly related background history: โค

In the past I used to paint animation cels traditionally by hand, watercolor animation backgrounds and write story-scripts. The animation I had spent eleven years (ten years total to perfect all four OVA scripts) on was an original animation. The animation I worked on was anime styled and was meticulously, passionately.. and painstakingly detailed. The animation series was “YAMNA SAGAS: OVAs 1-4.” I calculated how long it was going to take to complete a one hour episode, in high quality. I estimated to myself, it would take a total of eight years per episode.

Eight hours to hand paint a single animation cel, twenty-four frames per second . . you get the math. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha – So I said, forget it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Naturally in time I shall evolve my designs of the Butterfly Forests Homestead to meet the standards of clear layouts. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚ Still, very-Iris — but nonetheless furthering my professionalism of what professionalism is considered to be. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰


Kombucha. Sweet, delicious- kombucha. ๐Ÿ˜€ Daniel has been the mastermind behind introducing this marvelous homemade beverage to our home.ย We have a new skill obtained and are planning to sell our own kombucha beverages in the CSA cob store on the property. โค

It’s relatively easy to make, once you get a SCOBYย of our very-own. It’s more than likely going to be producing a new baby SCOBYย after every new batch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What is a SCOBY?

A:ย “SCOBY” is actually an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. And that’s exactly what it is! A SCOBYย is the living home for the bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into tangy, fizzy kombucha โ€” think of the SCOBYย as the coral reef of the bacteria and yeast world.”

Scoby info source (Excluding pictures taken minutes ago from our own house ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) :ย

Drawing-pad of dreams

This weekend, I shall be painting out some visual ideas for the Butterfly Forests Homestead. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been far too long since I have brewed up some interesting ideas for our future home, and the fall season is coming. The fall season to me is both exciting and tranquil. Symbolically, the fall season is a sign to me to take further plans for the upcoming new year. A season of change, allowing the past to drift down and decay [in a good-sense] and embrace the beauty of the mysterious unknown futureย ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some sparks of my inner-muse for the Butterfly Forests Homestead, include the archways which overhang towards the main entrance. Daniel and I imagine possibly willows could be grown in rows and trained into archways. Fruiting vines and honey/fruit beneficial flowers [like passion-flowers] could be planted at the feet of the willow trees. Maybe, hanging pots here or there along the way, of herbs and such. Who knows until I gently dab my brush onto water colored paper in what shall become of the result..? -It thrills me so! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

Update ideas: (9/24/2016)

Daniel has suggested this morning willows in ย growth-girth may not be the best idea for the gap between the olive groves on either side of the main driveway path. Which reminds me of the simple gift of having the blessing of a dear friend or loved one collaborating with a project, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

The thought of purchasing harvested bamboo came to mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Butterfly Place

This afternoon, Daniel and I drove to one of our sentimental spots. For the love of Butterflies and nature, we felt it would be great to come back to this much missed place for further inspiration and knowledge. ‘The Butterfly Place’ is a peaceful delight for all ages. โค

We hadn’t been back there for years, and felt we needed to ‘recharge our tranquility batteries’ for a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ I was very happy to overtime have several butterflies land on me while visiting. Various trees and flowering plants, along with a few birds they had were in the bio-room. I still enjoy sitting nearby the pond with koi fish. โค

Coming back to this sentimental place, reminded us of the future plans to develop a butterfly sanctuary and nursing greenhouse/ bio-dome of sorts. The plan, is to have native New Zealand species of butterflies lay their eggs, hatch, become caterpillars and go through the stages of metamorphosis to become strong and healthy butterflies. Natural food sources, water, etc shall be designed to their liking in the ‘bio-dome.’ Once they are ready to leave the glassed in sanctuary, we open the windows and allow them to flutter-by free to the flower meadows and food forest gardens. ๐Ÿ™‚

A link to ‘The Butterfly Place’ official website can be found here:ย

Finished Main Logo

Just a few moments ago, I completed the Butterfly Forests Logo. I am planning to have a few other logos painted when we move to our new property in Mangonui, New Zealand. ๐Ÿ™‚

This shall be the main logo. ๐Ÿ™‚ The wooden sign at the foot of the driveway shall have the main logo painted upon it. Daniel’s business: Rose Twig Music, will be hanging underneath respectively on the same hanging pole.

With this finalized image, I have added more flowers and butterflies. โค
For we cannot have a true logo of the future homestead, which does not include butterflies in it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚


First concept of the second design.

Received the deed!

As of today, we have been emailed a PDF file from our lawyer of the deed to the Butterfly Forests Homestead/Rose Twig Music property. ๐Ÿ˜€ย Lovely timing, due of Daniel coming home recently with a small french tart ‘birthday cake’ [my birthday on August 26th was delayed due of work, etc] and a baby’s first birthday card.

“Baby’sย first birthday card? .. Aren’t you well over this age?”

Well, I am planning to officially change my birth name of Mary Katherine Sullivanย to Iris Starlight Rosensweig (Rosensweig is Daniel’s last name) once budget can allow. ๐Ÿ™‚ This baby’s first birthday is symbolic to me. A meaning of the ‘rebirth’ and next big phase in my life and overall future.

Updating the Butterfly Forests Logo:

For sometime I have been looking at the current Butterfly Forests logo and felt as if it needed a bit more flowers, and to add a few butterflies. Apart of me wanted to keep the painting very simple. I wanted the viewer to see both a masculinity and femininity in the tree. After some simmering in the back burner of my mind, I shall finally make this add-on happen tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Update September 1st, 2016:

Due of being in a bit of a funk yesterday, I did not manage to paint the logo on my day off from work. I think, I might be suffering from a mid case of depression these days. . Even so, I imagine I’ll bounce right back and get the Butterfly Forests Homestead logo properly finished. ๐Ÿ™‚ “We are all human” as the saying goes, with all the ‘blips’ and ’emotional hick-ups’ on our ever-winding path journey. For no matter how happy you are in overall demeanor and positive outlook you may have about life; we can all have our gloomy moments. ๐Ÿ™‚