Mapping out the homestead

So, my last assignment in order to complete my course with Dr. Jane Goodall’s ‘Roots and Shoots’ program (A.K.A.: Compassionate Leadership Through Service Learning with Jane Goodall and Roots & Shoots), is to complete a ‘Campaign Plan.’ As a part of the process of creating such an important step – one needs to create mapping over your local area. Since, all of the education, conservation will be happening after we relocate to New Zealand in 2019 – I felt, it would be best to create the project around the Butterfly Forests Homestead. πŸ™‚

The mapping I learned from ‘Roots and Shoots’ on Coursera, will help me further establish an overview layout of the homestead over the property, locate community areas where I can network/make a difference for the better [community/human, animal and environment], tag wildlife areas where I can explore with Daniel and see if we can help where needed there, tag public buildings that hold resources and materials, to various other important planning.

I can also go back to the map, in the future to update and review how our progress is moving along – and if there is anything we might of missed or want to add. πŸ™‚ In the future, we will incorporate mapping that will show opportunities for youth and adult programs on the Butterfly Forests Homestead; once we have all of ‘our-ducks-in-order.’ ❀

Children and adults of all ages will eventually become a big-apart of the community that is the Butterfly Forests Homestead and Rosetwig Music Hall. First, we need to plan it out in the states and get the base approved first. πŸ˜‰ Volunteers (teenagers to adults) will be helping build the main house and bathroom, once we make touch down onto our property in February-March of 2019. We shall post up a public event on Facebook for people to sign up for various workshops and future programs. There will be a sliding-scale fee to attend the workshops. In the early fall of this year (TBA), Daniel and I shall post the first pubic event/workshop. ❀ πŸ™‚

Link to property: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gz7zaMKuM3Zr9J6kaUW_KO5RF1YfHbC4&usp=sharing

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Butterfly Forests Homestead Designs

Getting closer to what we are envisioning the Butterfly Forests Homestead to look like. ❀

Once we get the blue prints drawn out the way we’d like (geotec report might modify things in early summer) we shall be conversing with an Earth Builder professional from the Far North District, NZ to make sure the blue prints are professionally designed and structurally sound. Then the last parter is to send the blueprints to the Far North District Council, to see if it shall be accepted.

Onward to the loft design and side views of the main house! πŸ˜€ =^__^=

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*Below image (Update: 3/23/18)
Front view of the Butterfly Forests Homestead. The main beams and support beams could very-well change, as I continue researching about the foundations of wooden supports in cob homes. Also, what the Far North District’s requirements are of building a structurally-sound home. ❀ πŸ™‚

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Mosaics!

Looking forward to taking a mosaic class with sweetheart on the 17th. 😊🌺 Learning how to create mosaics, will be an important skill to learn for our future. Daniel and I plan upon having a few mosaic details implemented in our house, after the COB has been completed. πŸ¦‹ … Dining room table, the kitchen and bathroom – for example could have mosaic details.

When we have completed the class, I will come back to this blog post and update it with photos. ❀

Stay tuned!
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Update: 2/17/18′

Had a really fun time taking the taster class with darling this morning-afternoon. ❀ πŸ™‚ I shall be taking two more classes, at the same location in Arlington, MA – which are for advanced artists. I have found, I am currently more in the abstract style of Mosaics. Which, I am not surprised with myself. haha πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ Tomorrow morning, I shall be placing the mortarΒ into the spaces of the glass and tile.

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.

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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).
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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.
S
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:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Inexpensive-Hard-DDRStepmania-Dance-Pad-Controller/

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(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™‚