Life gives opportunities

So today I was given quite a few golden silk rolls of string from work at T2 tea. πŸ˜€
This is wonderful! Due, of needing practice this spring and summer with learning a certain skill. I will be creating arbors and training climbing plants for a green awning shade. ❀ We live on a second story floor, near a freeway; and the front porch is perfect to “master” this ongoing skill. πŸ™‚ You would be surprised how much cooler a natural plant shade is, and how it can help buffer the loud sounds of traffic.

When February starts, I shall be starting Morning Glory seedlings in a few long pots for the ground level substitute. In this process, I’ll also show you the step-by-step process it took in order to make a gorgeous blanket of flowers! πŸ˜€

Baby Ninja being the cute-pie he is, next to the large bag of golden string.Β 


The new year plans unfold . .

With 2017 within days away, plans of creating several projects, travels and networking came to mind. πŸ˜€ Starting in January, I will be designing the Butterfly Sanctuary. There shall be a clay model and a few sketches. πŸ™‚

Daniel and I have been given an invitation next summer to help a couple in New Hampshire, USA build their dream home out of COB. πŸ™‚ We need to get our hands dirty. For it’s been too long since we’ve worked with COB (this previous July in New Zealand). πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

There is also a four day Tadelakt (the art of polished lime plaster) workshop inΒ pin
Fawn Grove, PA we wish to attend next June. πŸ™‚ Two years ago we attended a COB building course in Oregon. As a part of the course, we were shown a COB shower room which was covered in a sleek, hard-blue coating known as Tadelakt. It’s waterproof, so it would be excellent for kitchen counters,Β bathrooms, sink linings and for the plans to have a COB oven which has a hot tub placed right over it. πŸ˜€ *Have your pizza cooking under you, whilst in a hot tub, under the view of the stars.* πŸ˜€

So yes! πŸ˜€
Many exciting plans are coming into place for the Butterfly Forests Homestead. πŸ˜€

Daniel also needs to get his little cute butt into gear, with how he would like to have his music hall designed onto paper or clay. . Or.. Β I just might be making it and he’s peering his head over my shoulder from time-to-time. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› hehe I’m of course happy with helping
create it too. ❀

Update: 6:12 p.m.

I started working on the Butterfly Sanctuary yurt in clay model form this evening. πŸ™‚ I thought to myself: “Why wait until JanuaryΒ to start the project? Β You have the day off from work today, so why waste it?” πŸ˜€
In the next step, I shall add a simple wooden roof and then sketch out a drawing with further inside and outside details. πŸ™‚
Also in the works, there are plans to connect with The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust. I will be taking their Butterfly Gardening/Habitat Course (which is online) on January 6th, to better knowledge myself with care, identification and breeding of butterflies 101.

A link to taking the online butterfly course can be found here:

Update: 11:00 p.m.

Last thing for the day’s project, I added a simpleton roof. In the drawings, the roof shall be more accurate and no so ‘sloppy‘. πŸ™‚

The Property While Away

So, while we are still living in the states and getting ready for the big move in 2018: we need to have property maintenance of the olive trees and so-forth.
-It is amazing how quickly a well maintained property shall be taken over by nature again, and transformed into what I picture as a happy meadow. πŸ™‚ Β Once or twice a year, we have a lovely landscaping company of two tend to our needs while being away from the future Butterfly Forests Homestead. πŸ™‚

Here are the before and after photos. Keep in mind, when we left the newly mowed property – the time was June 14th of this year. It took them a total of seven hours to mow. How quickly it grew in full swing! πŸ˜€

The crew of two said:
In some parts between the trees the growth was quite thick and as high as the bonnet of the tractor.

Summer Dew Hanging Lights

From my current job at T2 tea, I have been given a few rather large glass globe hanging lights. My mind instantly started brewing some fun ideas of flowers. What a grand idea of having paint resemble stained glass petals at the top and a few shinning.. glittering summer-dew fairies fluttering around? So, as of today I shall be hand painting two glass globes to hang for our future kitchen or living room in the Butterfly Forests Homestead.

Around mid-evening, late-evening I should have them complete in the color stage, and then my next day off; I should have the last finishing touches applied for viewing. πŸ™‚

Update: 4:19 p.m.
First hand painted *Summer Dew Hanging Light* is complete. Onward to the second one! πŸ˜€

Update: 8:18 p.m.
econd awesome *Summer Dew Hanging Light* is complete. πŸ˜€ ❀

After work tomorrow, I will purchase a clear glossy paint finish – to protect the lamps paint from getting nicked or scratched. πŸ™‚ Both *Summer Dew Hanging Lights*, have glitter sprinkled over the top while the paint is still wet; in order for the glitter to stick.

DDR DIY Floor Pad

This is a simple sketch of the DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) Dance Pad, we shall be installing into the living room floor. πŸ™‚ I used to play the video game for years! A total of eight years, to be exact. πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ The only reason why I stopped ‘dancing’ was due of the Red Octane Dance Pad finally dying on me.

In the future, I shall be watercoloring a second mock up of the DDR pad with animals. πŸ˜€ ❀ .. Stay tuned. ❀

The link to make your own DDR Pad from scratch can be found here:

(To the right of the image on our bedroom wall, is my six-foot DIY bubble wand). ❀ hehe
*A great entertainment for all ages in public parks, events and huge meadow-like fields. πŸ™‚