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well every day is art day for me =)
fortunately or unfortunately, or a bit of both from different perspectives - as i am a full time artist, half craftsperson of functional craft and half more of a "pure" artist, either totally practical or completely whimsical and fantastical is how i roll =)

its possible my new years resolution should be to take some time off making art every day! get out, smell the proverbial roses, take long walks and just downshift into a slower pace with production work especially....crafts is very monotonous and can get to be quite a chore when you do it all the time. i do enjoy it though, even the boring repetitive parts...thats where precision and good crafts come from- once you do it more than a hundred times you really get it.
i've been on quite a storm of making lately, although doing a lot of different stuff so on a learning curve with what i have been working on. made a few hundred simple designs/ art pieces in the months...well like 6 months or maybe a bit longer i have been going at it too much maybe!

anywho raven, i think youre too hard on your self...i like the stuff youve posted. i think you have more talent than you think. skill can be learned but art talent or whatever that special something is...well i tend to think thats just there or it isnt...although i think everyone can and even SHOULD explore some kind of creative outlet.
2 months ago

C├ęcile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
Another great possibility is roses. There are many different varieties. I'm looking for some that I can use for rosehips or for the confection called lokum, AKA Turkish delights, for which you use the fragrant petals. They do have thorns that can keep critters in or out if you keep them tight enough. But they will eat a lot of real estate and still need a fair amount of special care.

one of the best types for growing for the hips is the wild ish Rosa Rugosa. they make very large hips, have a beautiful fragrance and grow in a deep pink as the common type but also theres some beautiful white "alba" varieties. although maybe not as prized for the beauty, as they have simple flowers, not the gorgeous double and triple petalled like a "regular" rose....but i do find them beautiful and they definitely make up for it in scent. they are also extra thorny, they have solid thorns all throughout the canes, and are resistant to many diseases, very much a no fuss easy rose, being a wild type.

there are some that make great hips, not as big but with a lot of "meat" on them.... i also like the wild type -- eglatine rose... "sweet briar" rose is the common name, and in general love wild roses, so if you find some locally those can be great for these purposes, as well as hips. the wild ones are so much easier and most are extremely resilient and resistant to many common rose funks and diseases, the beautiful modern hybrids and such are much more susceptable to funks and diseases, they are just a lot fussier.

both of those to me are excellent for eating and making food from the petals, although again - they have simple flowers, single petal wild roses.
it just looks like they never finished it. like it was maybe supposed to be an earth roof/umbrella house? possibly. or they just never finished. its just a couple of sections that look like they have no roof at all. the spires are neat though.

and totally that is a nice area of washington, in its way. theres a big barter/ craft fair in that area and it draws a lot of interesting types, artists, woodsy people, hermits.
the whole strip, like from this land all the way south past the oregon border. i knew all kinds of neat free freaky people building funky school bus house/ houses in trucks, earthships/cob etc etc etc....funky ghetto meets earth organic style.

a lot of the artisans who were a part of the west coast markets, like the artists from the portland and eugene sunday market and saturday markets....well idk whos where anymore, but i used to know quite a few people who lived in that cheap strip, the very dry side of washington. from kilickitat to up there at canadian border - tonasket. and small communities, land shares some community projects. its got a nice culture anyway, i tend to think its not whatever permit issues you may be thinking of...

besides the water issue, it has some cool ways and the climate is pretty nice although hotter than most of washington. its definitely way cheaper. that and the total opposite-- the super rainy part from forks to neah bay, also a cheap area. i used to enjoy travelling around through there, but its pretty much all just the olympic national forests and hardly no towns.
4 months ago
I just bought land for the first time in my life. my income is pretty lean, as an artist i make a very very humble income...but several decades of working towards it i have a somewhat stabilized solid trickle coming in...in the arts it feels like quite an accomplishment, though not when compared to just about anything else! of course - being an artist is my right path and liveilihood, i have always known, if only it wasnt so freaking hard!!!
just to say - saving up and trying to outright purchase a solid rock bottom cheap home has been a huge struggle, and what i have been working to manifest for quite a few years.

i've been looking for several years -- in new england. specifically i wanted to buy a cheap fixer, like falling apart really a fixer...in western mass, or southern vermont. with some land.
that or raw land, but with some development, a driveway and a well was my bottom line, and ideally a barn/ shed/ structure/ power lines, and some clearing. an old farmstead with or without a house, or if a house one that was so far gone it didnt count in price.

a few years ago when i started looking, and was saving...although ooooo so slowly saving...was saving...i've been saving up for like 7 years. and back when - there were a lot of attractive deals in western mass, and southern vermont -- but soon after whatever weirdness of the last few years a lot of that disappeared...just as i finally got more ready. i even manifested some potential for a land share, trying to buy land with a friend (or 3) of mine...but one that was very serious, and looking for side by side plots ideally, or something big enough for two parcels, subdividable.

so yeah after many near misses over the last year and a half, where i got close to several deals i really wanted to make happen....i finally did buy something although....well its definitely a compromise, a for now deal. we will see how i feel in a few years and just whatever happened by then, if i do fix it up and what i can make happen.

its also not quite in my original target area, its much further west and north than i was originally looking, in the old mohawk stomping grounds of mohawk valley, upstate new york . i suppose i am just looking at it mostly as a stepping stone, to get myself in the general area and see whats what from there. its also extremely rural and woodsy farmy, a plus and a minus, but not too too far remote to still be within a 15 minute drive of a couple of small towns.

the good part of it - it was super cheap. under 10k total with all the fees to stamp the paper and all that.
i still have some of my savings, enough of a chunk to keep the momentum of continue to save- even after all the setting up and stocking up on everything money i have had to spend getting started. and will have to spend, just getting it into even my super low standards of habitable. so hopefully I will have enough to do some low budget fixing up AND still save up for whatever the next thing is, maybe finally manifest a land share side by side parcels in southern vermont or western mass with my friend.

actually mostly to start off is removing half of whats there!  that will be  a major costs, as well as getting everything functional again. a lot of this first work is sweat equity though, removing huge huge loads of trash, piles of tires, trash on the land scattered, its a lot of garbage and stuff that needs to go.
it has an older mobile on it thats like...tilted over! its bad! and a mess. then someone built a roof over it and then added on some side rooms. the immediate thought i have is to get rid of the mobile, leave the additions and rooms that were built off to the side and leave the roof. see if i can maybe do light clay straw and wrangle the building codes enough to just wall that off. this alone - would be a huge improvement.

i bought a trailer and packed most of my stuff, still moving my stuff, moving sucks! but going to camp out in the trailer while i clean and fix stuff... this winter in upstate new york, which maybe sounds more hardcore than it will be, we will see! worse case scenerio - i bail once real winter takes hold, time for a visit to my old west coast friends who live in a warmer place, and visit in siskiyou moutains where i still have a smattering of things left behind to ship or grab.

as above poster - i got it at a tax lien auction. we dont have that wait a year thing, and my place the guy passed away a few years ago and relatives didnt want it.

i was interested in several other properties, there were about 70 properties in the auction i participated in. actually i was interested in like most of the others and hardly paid much attention to the one i ended up with! which is kinda funny because i only had a super quick look around the one i ended up with. i did like the area though, and there were three others in that area that i was going to go for. by the time of the auction the ones i most wanted all went much much higher than i could do - even added onto the half my friend was willing to pony up if we could find something big enough to split/share, except for a few raw land deals that were totally raw land, no clearing nothing ...and badly in need of clearing. there were a few others we couldve done, but in suburbana ish....areas...in the towns on tiny postage stamps...old houses in more populated areas of montgomery county. quite a few of those houses went for 25-40k...which was about all of our budget, but like ALL of our budget.

so i went around and checked them all out, and toured also around vermont a lot late summer and into fall to try to look around vermont. spent so much time looking at other places. but ah sigh. it is possible that i got the best deal i could for the now, like maybe it fits, it rhymes somehow....
and theres a bunch of plus sides that are still settling in to me. i can see the beauty behind the trash! and the ....potential. it is 1 acre with a well and septic and was all hooked up and even legal, registered and established and built with permits. i has an old small shed that i definitely have taken a liking to, and plan to run my small art biz out of....
once i get it cleared and ready.

the views are great, very few close by neighbors, eyeing my neighbors across the street baling up his hay/straw =) for later usefullness....farms nearby, super quiet. some nice trees i have already befriended, and a lot of wild grape and native raspberries well established.
the major plus, no rent, landlords, or mortgage, and enough money left over to fix it up at least some....and enough time and energy to take on this project. my expenses will be well below my income, and thats actually saying something, since again i am a full time professional artist, living on a shoestring. i can swing it fairly easily, with minimal bills and even minimal taxes. i think once i get over the initial outlay, i can inch along and even go back to saving up, while doing the slow improvements and landscaping and fixing on the cheap.

i'm fairly hardy, or hearty? well i'm both =) i've lived in raw sheds and cabins and off grid super minimalist style...without indoor plumbing and what not, so i am currently glamping out until i get some of the ground work done here.
in a lot of ways i am even looking forward to winter. after the whirlwind of the last few months - i want some solid hibernation down time....laying flat time, like all the chinese gen z kids are wisely talking about. inward curling.
i think i will spend most of the winter living really tiny, in more ways than one and just hibernate for a while. next spring will definitely be a get to work time.
4 months ago
what a neat place. my understanding is that area is fairly cheap, cheap for washington anyway - thats the super dry part. but i enjoyed eyeballing a nifty modern diy castle dealio.

i think to them its broken, or in need of cure. i mean it doesnt have a completed roof, so thats pretty big expense.
but you could be right, it might have issues. idk though, i think that area is pretty ok, less red tape than elewhere, and the right cimate for an earthy structure. it also says its on an hoa, which that always makes me pause, but apparently a fairly lenient HOA as that has been there for a while.

but my best guess is cost to cure, just means they are valuing it lower than they normally would because its not complete/ doesnt hold that much objective taxable value being unfinished. who knows though. maybe not many- if any -strict codes in that area.
4 months ago
been in kinda weird dark mood lately -- so going deep with the national

4 months ago
yeah i agree with hans, its super super easy to ground layer grapes.
bring one of the larger vines down to the ground, then dig little spots where it touches the ground, cover with some dirt, some bigger rocks if you have them. you can do multiple spots - so every few feet bury the spots where it curves downward...called "serpentine" ground layering.
5 months ago
wow, this is not where i thought this would go !
but ...i do share some of the darker ideas and thoughts as some have expressed here, theres so much dysfunctional relationships and people, the saddest part of it weve become acclimated to it- like its become normalized for people to be borderline sociopathic and dysfunctional....or flat out sociopaths!!! and lacking in integrity and thats just...normal or the way it is for many...idk -- society teaches people the wrong things and people are so entrained into all of this toxic sh!t.

then again i have much more positive association with the idea of dating yourself, in that it seems like a sort of beautiful and appealing thing to me =)
idk, i spend an overwhelmingly majority of my time alone, and i rather love it. the idea of having solid days, all in a row especially -- with no plans, no commitments or appintments or grocery shopping and chores....you know just to have that solid block of time to myself -- just to do all my stuff, work, and fiddle with my hobbies....darn even just solidly goof off and spend too much time sitting around and thinking...talking to myself...see this is my weird idea of a good time and i enjoy that when i can get it.

so me and myself have a pretty good relationship. i see a lot of the peoples relationships around me, quite often i feel lucky in some ways....to NOT BE DEALING WITH THAT...to come and go as i please and just to not have the weight of some heavy relationship...ah idk...i have been in deep relationships that were more good than bad...some of them lifelong friendships...so not to be too much of a downer...but the weird paradigms, control freakiness, and weirdness of most people...i cant hang with it. so the running joke i have had with myself for a long time is - i am the man in my life!!! which is funny in multiple ways, at least when i tell it to myself, the butt of my own joke=)

that and i also tell myself i am married to all things....or married to the wind. youre pretty much stuck with yourself for good though...so feels like its good to be in a pleasant relationship with yourself anyway =)
the world is my IC, and i belong to all things.
5 months ago
if you have access to free large pieces of plastic, you might consider using the "umbrella" design that many underground houses use.

this means laying the plastic out on the outside of the structure on the ground, leveling the ground (with a slight slope) around the outside of the structure, going out some 5-10 feet or more....from the outer walls of your underground parts.
you can either dig down a bit, lay the plastic flat going outwards from your walls..... and then use what you dug out to cover the plastic, or laying it out at its current level, and add dirt from some other area you are digging out, so to increase the depth a good 6-12 inches by adding a thick layer of dirt on top of the plastic sheets.
the point of this is that the land around the exterior underground walls will be very dry, so thats less moisture that will in contact with your underground parts.

this may or may not be one of your top concerns, i do not know what your climate is like....in a dry climate this may not be as much a priority, but its a good idea in wet places like where i have lived.

i like the levels, it gives you good options for heating, where your heater or hearth/woodstove/etc can be on the lower level and will make the above areas nice and warm.
as for green roof, yes it is very heavy and if you want to do that you want to overbuild it a bit, you will want to make sure your supports can bear the weight.
6 months ago
anyway if you are curious this is the one that person in portugal was using. its around the same power as the ones i started off with -- 600watt inverter....this is it with a foldable panel....if you are anyone is interested -- https://iallpowers.com/products/allpowersportable-power-station-r600-600w-299wh-with-lifep04-battery

and this is it on amazon. --- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BZSD95M9

i guess its a european manufacturer --- so its probably cheaper in europe -- https://iallpowers.eu/products/allpowers-r600-portable-power-station-600w-299wh-with-lifep04-battery-1
6 months ago