Tadelakt Skills

Daniel and I shall be learning how to create Tadelakt for our future home at the Butterfly Forests Homestead! πŸ˜€ The class will be hosted by: Build Naturally with Sigi Koko, from June 23 to Β June 25th.

What is Tadelakt?

“It is a traditional Moroccan finishing technique that involves hand-polishing lime plaster with smooth stones. The resulting surface is smooth, luscious, and often colorful. The polished plaster is sealed with black olive soap for added waterproofing.”

-Paragraph sourced from the Tadelakt workshop description.

In the future, (middle of 2018) we shall be creating Tadelakt in our bathroom sink, shower, Jacuzzi, kitchen sink and some counter-tops in the food preparing counter. Once we have finished the workshop, I’ll post a few photos from the class. πŸ™‚

A link to Building Naturally, By Sigi Koko’s website can be found here:


First homemade Muesli batch

Daniel and I made our first large batch of Muesli! πŸ˜€ This shall be one of our dried staples at the Butterfly Forests Homestead. In the future, we plan to have five pound buckets full of dried foods in our kitchen cabinets. All of the non-perishable items shall come fresh from the garden on a daily basis.

The sized batch we made today only cost us a total of twenty dollars, and will feed two adults breakfasts for a total of a month in a half! (or longer!) πŸ˜€

Making Muesli is super easy and you can play around with what dried fruits, nuts, seeds, spices and style of oats you prefer. We included bran, oats, raisins, craisins, sliced almonds, dried apple, candied ginger, cinnamon, mace, flax seed, nutmeg, all-spice, and peanuts.

There are recipes which have certain measurements. You really do not have to be precise! πŸ™‚ Unless, you are planning to re-create the same Muesli time and again. Daniel and I simply eye-balled it with the proportions of “food elements.” πŸ˜› πŸ˜€


Teapot Lamps..?

Last week I was given a few semi broken teapots from work, which I was given permission to bring home with me. The idea, is to paint them with acrylics, place a mate’ clear coating and then install the proper lighting and hanging equipment. πŸ™‚ I have not created such a project before; so this shall be interesting.

In the past, I was able to fiddle with old toasters, computer towers, and various other electronic assortments. πŸ™‚ I could keep them, if I managed to repair them. πŸ˜‰ In most often times I did.

So, in the coming week you will see some photographs of my latest creations! πŸ˜€
*The teapot lamps will be used in the Butterfly Forest Homestead.* Great practice I think, for getting more familiar with wiring in ways. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚