Tadelakt Workshop!

A few days ago we headed over to a wonderful Sigi Koko three day workshop, in Fawn Grove, Pennsyvania. We learned how to make a Tadelakt finish over our future sinks, counter-tops, shower walls, cob oven and various other waterproof surfaces. 🙂

It’s not that difficult to make from the start, as one might think. 🙂 You really need to be careful with using slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) though – due of it being able to strip the protein from your skin within roughly … after five minutes (it is not a strict cut-off. You should aim within five minutes so then you do not get into trouble). 🙂 Simply make a nearby station where you are planning to create tadelakt with three buckets of: water, diluted vinegar and water to dip your hands into to neutralize the lime. 🙂

Here are a few pictures I took whilst learning from the amazing-cute-beautiful Sigi Koko! 😀 *I did not have my Olympus camera with me for this trip; hence the non-high quality camera work. 😉 🙂

Black Ridge Swallowtail Butterflies

During work today, my supervisor and I found ten Swallowtail Caterpillars on some celery seedlings inside of Allandale Farm’s large glass greenhouse. We placed them upon one of celery’s cousins, Angelica archangelica outdoors in the sunshine (A.K.A.: garden angelica, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica).  🙂 Not long after we placed them on the plant, did they begin munch-munching away at the flowers.

I believe they are on their last instar before turning into chrysalises. I have not seen Black Ridge Butterfly caterpillars in person before. 😀 One day, it would be nice to experience the sight of Black Ridge caterpillars emerging from their eggs, for the first time. 😀

Tea Party and Virginia

I come bearing good news! 😀

I shall be heading out to work for eight to nine months at a lovely permaculture/food forest/organic/bio-dynamic – farm in Western Virginia. The farm is called: “Crickets Cove.” Pretty-much all of the skills which I need to acquire for the Butterfly Forests Homestead can and will be learned at Crickets Cove. I shall be gone, starting on July 9th. 🙂 While I am away from the current home I am living in, I will be uploading photographs and various information I gather about how to run a successful, self-sustainable homestead. ❤

More than likely, I will be posting every now and then (once a week(?) with my adventures here. 🙂

The tea party part, is in regards to celebrating this next very-important step in my journey. Also, to see everyone I care about before I head off for almost an entire year. 🙂
I am not able to invite all those I love and care about to the tea party .. but – nonetheless, it will be great! 😀 ❤ .. Also, there is something special about a hand written letter, or hand made card.

Below are photos taken of the hand watercolored tea party invitations I finished a couple minutes ago. 🙂 Of course, you are very welcome to use these images for your own tea party, if you would like. *The more tea parties in the world, the merrier! 😀 haha

 

 

Third to Fourth Instar Monarchs!

Only so many days until five or six of the sixteen will be in their final stage of caterpillardom. 🙂 This evening, I managed to find the last one who is behind his/her brothers and sisters. He/she is now in his/her second instar, whist the others are getting so-close to making their very own chrysalises. 😀

While cleaning off the leaves, I discovered a molting from the little-no-more first instar baby. 😀 ❤ My maternal instincts are gushing with happiness, whenever I tend to these little guys and gals. hehe Interestingly, I am one whom finds herself motherly loving of all animals (human baby and non-human alike) that I shall personally-place into care. 🙂 ❤