Rustic Carpentry..

While looking around the large main cabin, in the social quarters – I found books of vast information on professional smithing, and a small book called: “Rustic Carpentry: An Illustrated Handbook” by: Allgrove Publishing, Classic Reprint Series.

In my middle school, high school days – I did a bit of fiddling with carpentry (I was the only girl in wood-shop class with the guys) *shrugs* which didn’t matter to me. I have always been one who likes to remain busy with something, preferably creating something fun and interesting (“How does it work? Let’s see if I can make it too, but in a different way” -kind of thing). I like creating ‘conversation pieces’ – art works which cause you to stop in pause and think. πŸ™‚

It would be fun to try some of these projects shown in the book. πŸ™‚ There are plenty of sticks here to create whatever your little-imagination desires. We are planning as a group in the fall, to thin out the forest behind the pond -so then the forest can get proper air flow (it’s a bit over crowded right now). The book mentions the flesh of hazel, cherry, yew (I do not think I will find any of that here), birch, larch, fir and the pruning of many varieties of shrubs may be used. πŸ™‚

You should not harvest your wood in the spring or summer (it will cause the bark to peel off) -unless you want this effect or ease for the rind to do so. Harvesting in the mid-winter is best, due of when the sap is at rest. You certainly want to make sure the wood has completely dried before working with it.

Also to mention, learning the simplistic joints one can make with the wood is important for designing our roof and connecting rafters, etc. We are planning to make our own wooden nails as well. πŸ™‚

Once I create some decent ‘ish looking projects, I will write about how I made it – and will be drawing out some basic designs on how to construct it (the uploads of completed projects will have to wait for photographs, because we do not have a good internet connection and our bandwidth is limited here).
Update: 08/01/17′

We are going into phase two for setting up the ‘mushroom gardens’ -next Tuesday. We shall be cutting biodynamic/organic certified trees on the property in an area where it needs thinning out for proper forest air circulation. There shall be plenty of sticks that shall not be good enough for the project. The instant thought came to mind of creating my first project with rustic carpentry. Also, we have an area on the property which has a rich flush of bamboo (I can also use this as a secondary option as building materials for the arbor). πŸ™‚

Knowing me, I always start big and complex designs (so then I can get a good understanding for the mechanics of how to develop a certain skill). I tend to learn more efficiently and better grasps hold of my mind that way. πŸ™‚ I enjoy a good challenge to myself. haha πŸ˜› πŸ˜€


Tea Party and Virginia

I come bearing good news! πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚
I am not able to invite all those I love and care about to the tea party .. but – nonetheless, it will be great! πŸ˜€ ❀ .. 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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ˜€ haha



Second Waystation Design <3

Shame on me! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ I completely forgot to place shallow water patches for the visiting butterflies to drink from; from the previous first Waystation watercolor/sketch. πŸ™‚

Butterflies need to drink water from time-to-time in order to get their much neededΒ  fortified minerals from puddles, creeks, or ponds. πŸ™‚ I’ll place a few mini-ponds.. a winding moat of sorts, which shall flow it’s way downwards towards the main pond -behind the Music Yurt-Hall. πŸ™‚

*Almost done second layout of the Waystation. πŸ™‚

UPDATE: 2:35 pm ❀

Butterfly Forests/Rose Twig Sign 1

This is the first drawing of what the main sign(s) will look like for the Butterfly Forests Homestead and Rose Twig Music. I will watercolor and sketch singularly each sign in a future post. πŸ™‚ Daniel’s business, Rose Twig Music, will not have a music hall or dedicated space until some time after the Butterfly Forests Homestead has been built first, but will probably exist on a freelance basis from the start. πŸ™‚

Setting up an Etsy Account. :)

The Butterfly Forests Homestead will be a mixture of the Arts as well. πŸ™‚
Daniel, shall have a yurt music hall (the name has not been decided as of yet by him) in the lower right hand side of the property, near a man made pond/waterfall. At the CSA, there are plans to have a mixture of dairy products, fine assortments of herbal goods, candles, baked and raw foods, fruits, veggies, nuts, honey, etc.. and also – artwork made by myself periodically, along with artworks from Etsy artists. πŸ™‚

I have been thinking of making an art shop there for years now and never took the time to actually get down to doing it. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ Well, that has changed. haha The artworks will be a mixture of up-cycled products, paper mache’ artworks (masks, dragons, props for cosplay, etc). Polymer clay sculptures and anything else I passionately enjoy creating. πŸ™‚

To me, I am not thinking about the money earned aspect of it all. If I dared allow that to be the domination of my efforts- why do it at all? πŸ™‚ My quality of work, details and love would not be genuine and I wouldn’t really find it fun.Β  As someone I look up to once said something around the lines of: “Forget about the money. Do what you love to do and be a continuous ‘master’ of what you love to do in your life. Certain people who have similar interests will in time notice and love it, money will naturally fallow it.” πŸ™‚ ❀

At the moment, I am working on completing a few artworks to my soon to open store. πŸ™‚ ❀
The shops name will fall under the Butterfly Forests Homestead. Once I have the store up and running, I shall post a link here. πŸ™‚

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™‚

Butterfly Forests Homestead M2

This is the second model evolution of the Butterfly Forests Homestead. πŸ™‚ I did not apply a green roof, so then one could look inside. πŸ™‚ In the future, I shall create a third rendition of the homestead. The second floor needs a tinkering. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ We plan to have a bed and breakfast in due time. So one should have a proper area to host. πŸ™‚

I‘ll draw out a sketch of the floor-plan sometime soon as well of the homestead, so then viewers know what-is-what inside of the home. πŸ™‚

Building a DDR pad into the floor

I feel there needs to be some fun activities placed into our future home. πŸ™‚ Both Daniel and I are “children of heart” and tend to find glee in the endless abundance which surrounds us, of what is called life. In the past, I used to play DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) for many years.. Eight years straight to be exact. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ We are both avid lovers of dancing; several traditional styles and free style πŸ™‚

To our delight, we have found a well done step-by-step layout upon the subject. ❀

Daniel’s facebook wall-post:

Iris asked me a few minutes ago if I might get Windows again once we’re settled in, and join her video game. (We used to play together when I had both operating systems on an old computer.) I said if we had to buy something to play anyway, I’d rather get a physical game like DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). Now I’m planning to build a DDR pad into our future floor. But Iris will paint some animals onto the buttons, instead of boring arrows. Our house will be an interesting blend of old-fashioned and modern, and it keeps evolving.

Link on how to make a wooden DDR pad from scratch:Β

We plan to embed it into the cob floor (in the main first floor hall) and connect the DDR pad into a laptop. Sometime in the nearby future, after I finish sculpting a small structure of the Butterfly Forests Homestead, I shall watercolor/draw a visual of the DDR pad. πŸ™‚

New sketch for garden bed

Sorry for the long wait until something new has been posted on the Butterfly Forests blog. Been quite busy offline. πŸ™‚ I shall still watercolor the goddess in full color shortly, and upload it soon.

On a side note:

We are remaining in the states for an extension of time from previously planned. Daniel has found furthering his education is ideal in order to become more comfortable financially. I as well shall be continuing to work hard upon my studies and designs for the Butterfly Forests homestead. Β Interestingly, Daniel has given me more power to decide what the homestead and property will be in whole. I simply check in with him from time to time, for the “okay-go” on a design or project. πŸ™‚ … I would be lying, if I said I didn’t like having all of this extra “creative wiggle-wiggle space.” πŸ™‚

The sketch is not dirty. Just has a few pencil nicks. The saturation filter used to enhance this photo caused the yellow in the lower left side corner.

Update of simple watercolor version: 10/24/16