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Arizona Green Tea Bedroom

My daughter wanted her room painted differently. We moved in about 5 years ago and I painstakingly painted each kids room exactly how they wanted. They are really cool rooms! But she was in the third grade then, and now she’s 13 in the eighth. Even I have to admit the room was too young and princessy for her. Jazz's Old Room

But, for the past three years, I had a crappier paying job than I had when we moved in and I couldn’t afford our bills, let alone to re-do her room. But now I have the best job ever, and I have more time and money to do things, so I asked her how she wanted her room done. All I could say to her response was:

Not ImpressedReally?

 

Arizona Green Tea. That. Was her answer.

And so it began.

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And the finale!!! At least for the mural part…

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As if that wasn’t enough, we decided that the carpet in her room needs to go! So we did this!

 

This is some serious girl power! Tomorrow we lay down the laminate and we will feel like the baddest bitches in town! Please hit me up if you want to commission a mural of your own! Maybe a giant Sun Rise Sushi Logo or your favorite sports team logo in the living room! Er, uhhh, I mean the man cave?  Go to my Murals page for pricing. Updates on the floor soon to come!

Planning an Off-Grid Life

You haven’t, but, if you want to, you can read a few blogs down about how my heart’s desire is to eventually go off grid. WAY easier said than done. Way easier to dream than to actually jump. The absolute first step is to get out of debt. That is a whole other plan. This here is a list I hope some of you who are planning on going off the grid will find helpful, and I hope that those of you who are already there will leave comments about what I’m planning wrong, with advice about things I’m forgetting, and encouragement where I’m thinking right. I promised myself I’d keep working on this even if the possibility of it becoming a reality is very low. So here are my plans so far:

Homesteading Tips n Tricks

A List of Tips, Tricks, Advice, Ideas and Resources

 

EQUIPMENT:

ATV – $500-$800

ATV Trailer – $150

ATV plow attachment – $400

Underground water catchment tanks ??? Maybe $600??

2 inch stainless steel pipes – 4 ft long, up to 40 ft of them with threads. $60 each?

Well pump – $150

2 shotguns, 2 rifles, 2 handguns – $1000

Bullets – tons of ‘em – $1500

Wood stove for cooking and main room heat $3000

Possibly 3 more small wood stove heaters $600 each

Go pro $300

Google glass $1200

Video editing software – $60

5 longbows of varying draw and accessories – $200/each

Heavy-duty wood chipper – $500

Chainsaw – $100

Good ax, wedge and sledge hammer – $100

Gas generator $150

MIG wirefeed welder, gloves and mask – $100

Brushcutter – $200

Come-along – $50

2 ton pullys – $30/each

Steel Cable – $50

Router – $200

Table saw – $200

Drill driver – $100

Mill saw – $3000

Miter saw – $200

Composting toilet – $1000

Tankless water heater – $200

Solar panel system – $3000

Wind turbine – $300 ???

Hydro power system – ???

Hole saw drill attachments – $60

Build our own beehives – plans on internet

Beekeeping equipment like hoods, smokers, brushes and scrapers – $100

Portable Manual Washers. Two of them with modified cranks so they can be placed on either side of a stationary bike like pedals. $55 each.

 

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Upstairs loft with railing all the way around. I picture our wet laundry hanging all over that! Lol! Three sleeping chambers for kids and one master loft for adults.

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Main floor of my dream treehouse. The problem with that is that I have no idea what trees will be where on my future property. I just hope that it might be able to have a layout somewhat like this.

 

 

 

REGULAR MONETARY COSTS THAT CAN’T BE AVOIDED:

Insurance – auto, property, medical, life

Savings – should have $5000 to start and put $50-$200 away/month

Groceries – for the first two or three years actually MOST of our food and the animals food.

Once we start producing we’ll need:

flour, sugar, rice, pasta, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, alcohol for consumption and tinctures/extracts and cooking, spices that can’t be grown, natural ingredients for personal care products, feminine products, supplemental animal feed and small things to supplement our diet.

Gas

Propane

Hay

WIFI

Phones

Cloth or clothing

Vehicle and equipment maintenance

 

IDEAS ABOUT HOW THE HOMESTEAD WOULD BE RUN:

Two to four acres of land, with a spring or stream and water rights. Hopefully on higher ground. $150,000 WITH TREES!!!! Preferably in mountains.

Try to purchase and close in late winter- early spring

1st order of business is water and shelter. Maybe have a trailer or two or a yurt or two that are fit to winter over in and can be lived in for two to three years.

dig well, or install water filtration system or both, figure out transport, pumps, pipes etc

2nd food storage for first two years and plan for getting and storing perishables. Safe from animals and elements.

3rd storage of critical equipment

 4th plan out the land – where will permanent dwelling be? What will it be and how will it be designed for the most self sustaining and efficient use of resources? What are our biggest advantages/disadvantages? How much can we do to be as comfortable as possible before next winter hits? Where will garden be? Chickens? Goats? What needs to be done to protect all those from elements and predators?

Clear spaces for each aspect.

Build temporary shelter if that’s needed.

Build permanent animal enclosures.

Clear land for garden

Start composting right away.

Clear a road (defensible space) all the way around property. Plant hedges and berry bushes around perimeter inside the road. Regular barbed wire fencing around perimeter and once a week/month (as we determine it’s needed), drive around whole property with trailer full of fencing supplies to inspect and repair fencing and irrigation system supplies to repair irrigation to shrubbery.

Clear defensible space around dwelling, garden and animals, leaving as many trees as we can and still feel safe from fire and have enough sun for the garden while keeping the forest feel.

Yurt or travel trailers for first three years while working on real house.

About ¾- 1 acre for garden and animals, let the rest be wild but taken care of.

Plan for power. Solar, wind, and hydro are preferable, to be supplemented with propane and gas as little as possible. City power, maybe for the first two or three years.

Composting toilets only.

Goats and chickens only for the first three years. Maybe ducks and quail. Consider rabbits, a dwarf cow, and maybe a pig or two later on.

Spring is for planting and building, summer is for maintaining/cultivating, building, and selling arts, crafts and homestead products off property, fall is for harvesting and winter prep, winter is for maintaining animals and household, resting, planning, schooling and creating arts n crafts.

Early mornings are for animals, late mornings and early afternoons are for building and maintaining, late afternoons and early evenings are for cleaning and food prep, evenings are for family time. Not sure how to fit school in there yet, or if the kids would go to public schools. I want them involved on the homestead, but not at the expense of their education.

Beginning of each year is a family planning session where we try to map out our yearly goals in a realistic timeline. At the start of each season we go over the goals that must be reached in the next three months to help us stay on track. Break those down into weekly goals, and break those into daily goals.

Trip to urban area every other weekend for shopping and for kid’s sanity. Visit family once every season. Those can be combined if needed.

School would be reading, comprehension, history, science and writing (which could all be combined), computers, archery/shooting, physical fitness, Homesteading/sustainable living practices/home economics.

Kids get two hours of screen time/day if chores/schooling is done.

We each will have minimal necessities:

One fork, spoon, cup, bowl, plate each and everyone washes their own. And we take turns on the pots, pans and serving dishes.

Two pairs of jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, long sleeves, short sleeves each. Two to three bras, five pairs of undies and socks. One heavy jacket and one light jacket each. One set of nice clothes and we will maybe buy nice outfits to go to events, but donate them after. This will cut down drastically on laundry.

I want to rely on fossil fuels as little as possible, but I have reservations about wood heat as well. I want our permanent dwelling to be a treehouse, so a wood burning cook stove would be ideal, but I don’t want to use too much wood either. It is too much work, and it pollutes as well. A rocket Mass Heater seems ideal, but I fear it may be too heavy for a treehouse and too difficult to construct up in a tree.

 

RECOURSES:

My First Step Toward Homesteading. Help? Please?

I have all these passions inside me. Things that grew from … probably my childhood living in Oregon and Tahoe, I don’t know, but as I have become an adult, the passions grew but so did all these circumstances that have prevented me from actually perusing them. So now I find myself, almost 40 with this weird “American Dream” (More like nightmare!) type of lifestyle with a pretty ok job and a husband with two pretty ok jobs, barely making our bills, living out in suburbia (A.K.A. hell, ok maybe it’s not SO bad…) with our 2.5 kids (Three. We have three kids. I guess we are the rare family that made that stupid point five, like you can have half a kid…whatever.). Our cars are on the brink, and the boy has a nice medical bill from THINKING he MIGHT have broken his arm,that we can’t pay thanks to medicaid cutting the kids off every other month and having to re-apply which is a torturous process (I loath paperwork!) and I’m about to take the family dog to the vet next week because he’s limping, has stinky ears and seasonal allergies that cause him to scratch himself bald.  So I know you’re kinda sorta supposed to start these things with some kind of “budget” (Watever that is), but yea, our budget right now is negative nothing. So all I’m left with are these passions, and my head is gonna explode one of these days and I’m gonna go postal if I don’t do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to start moving toward them. So I’m making lists. Things to research, to learn about to do in order to get us closer to the actual DOING of the things. I’d love any insight any of you homesteaders have regarding this list (I need SPECIFICS people!!!) and I’m going to work on each thing at least three times a week (God and Family willing). So here’s my list, my first tiny baby step, me, throwing it out into the universe (A.K.A the internet) in the hopes that if I keep stepping and keep throwing, it’ll all come back to me somehow.

 

Homestead check list.

 

 

How much wood will we need for approximately 2000 sq ft of structure (Not nessesarily one big house, but maybe a network of tree-structures for the family, a small barn, a shed and a wood shed?

What kinds of wood will we need?

Will we need steel beams or other components, what kind and how much will they be?

What types of widows will we have?

What type of insulation will be best?

Composting toilets. How do they work, how much do they cost?

What kind of bathing system will be best for us?

What other supplies for building will we need?

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What kinds of tools and equipment will we need?

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hand tools -screwdrivers, hammers, hand drills, saws, crowbar, ropes, chains, pullys

power tools? cordless or non? how much power would we need for the running of such things?

Wood burning stoves. What are the best kinds, how much are they?

Rainwater cachment systems?

How much does it cost to dig a well?

What should we look for when purchasing land as far as growing food and having enough water and wood?

Can we use water from nearby lakes/rivers/streams? How?

Plumbing to and from a treehouse?

Water filtration?

Water heater?

What kind of power and how much will we need?

How much storage will we need?

How will we make money?

What will we live in while building and implementing our plan?

How much $$ will we need initially?

What is our plan for getting that $$?

Internet/WIFI? We know we need it, how will we get it and how much will it cost?

How much food will we need to grow to sustain our family = How much land will we need?

Best growing/harvesting practices?

Food preservation practices?

Wood storage shed.

Hoop house for growing during winter months.

10-12 chickens.

One milk cow.

Four or five goats.

link to article I read on arched cattle panel animal shelter DIY:

http://www.valhalla-project.com/2013/09/valhallas-quick-and-easy-arched-cattle.html

 

A dog.

Several outdoor cats.

Maybe a llama for wool.

Best composting practices?

Keeping critters out of the garden.

Bees! Types of hives and best beekeeping practices.

Treehouse building practices and techniques?

How are we going to gain that knowledge?

Fruit trees, how to prune and take care of them.

How much money will we need each month for things we can’t grow or make from the nature around us? Like castile soap, borax, hydrogen peroxide, essential oils, flour beans and rice, gas, clothing etc. as well as bills like property taxes and insurance etc…

What exactly WILL all those extra expenses be?

A small barn/coop for the few animals.

Clothes washing? In winter?

What will our daily schedules look like?

Weekly Schedules?

Monthly Schedules?

Yearly Schedules?

What laws/regulations/codes make life harder/easier for homesteaders?

recipes:

Cinnamon Bourbon Cherries

useful hacks for homestead living:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/51702/10-lifehacks-100-years-ago

http://www.homesteadingfreedom.com/the-worlds-simplest-and-oldest-chair-design/2/

 

So that’s it. My baby step.

Jump Start an Artist

Well lookie here!! I may not be making tons of cash but I got featured in a national publication! It’s pretty cool to see my designs in print! Especially InStore which I have been reading and browsing through since I started my apprenticeship in 2008. The designs shown are all ones I had done prior to getting this job. I would love so much to be able to make that scarabesque ladybug into a real ring. The blue wax that is pictured was for a lady who got her wedding band before she got her engagement ring (weird, but cool for me!). She had me design a sturdy ring for her big diamond to match her band. She works with her hands a lot and wanted something heavy. Here’s how it turned out in the end:

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The angel is the first wax I ever carved. It was a gift for my mother in memory of my niece. It will forever be a treasure to me and my family, and the author of the article is right, I had drawn a picture of her that the piece is based off of long before she died, and before I ever dreamed I’d be a jeweler!

Erin when she was little.

   Erin when she was little.

Erin a few weeks before she passed.

   Erin a few weeks before she passed.

My drawing of her.

  My drawing of her.

Hand carved, cast and finished Sterling Silver necklace in memory of Erin.

Hand carved, cast and finished Sterling Silver necklace in memory of Erin.

I thought since I hadn’t designed anything in CAD before the information was submitted for publication that I’d share a few designs that I have done in the last few weeks and haven’t shared yet. Enjoy!

Rose gold and colored diamond necklace centerpiece.

Rose gold and colored diamond necklace centerpiece.

Rose gold and colored diamond ring.

Rose gold and colored diamond ring.

Androgynous ring. Can be a man's wedding band or a man or woman's right hand fashion ring.

Androgynous ring. Can be a man’s wedding band or a man or woman’s right hand fashion ring.

Scroll pattern ring.

Scroll pattern ring.

Spring Inspired Jewelry Fashion

I promised in my last post to share my line of spring inspired designs and I know you have all been waiting with baited breath to see them! Here they are in all their wondrous glory!

Blue Flowers

“Blue Flowers” features a beautiful blue diamond set in a sleekly rounded white gold bezel with flower embellishments. It is simple and classy, but oh so eye catching!

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“Green Glory” features a fantastic deep green diamond set in a green gold bezel with green gold flower embellishments.

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I love this ring! From the yellow cushion cut center diamond to the mix of green and white gold, “Sunny Meadows” screams springtime!

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The elegant, clean lines of this mixture of green and rose golds and the use of both the deep green center diamond and the apple green side diamonds make “Primavera Verde” an excellent choice for your spring wardrobe.

Pink Lace

I’ve become a huge fan of combining big luscious pink gems with gorgeous rose gold. “Pink Lace” is just simple enough to be classically elegant, but the large Morganite gemstone and “lacey” gallery make this ring a stunner!

Purple Flowers

Ever seen a purple diamond? Talk about a conversation piece! “Fiori Viola” is a beautiful blend of light and dark purple diamonds in a stylish, wide, rose gold band.

Two Tone Depth Pink

This piece is full of depth and dimension. With an oval cut, bezel set, pink diamond that seems to float within a deep gallery of  rose gold lace frame in white gold, “Fluers en Dentelle” is truly unique and absolutely beautiful.

Two tone depth simple pink

Sometimes less is more, as is the case with “Morning Glory”. It is simple and understated with just enough contrast between the sleek lines of  white gold and the organic curves of rose gold peeking out on either side of the pink center diamond to make it stand out.

Yellow Vine

“Soleil et Vignes” is my absolute favorite! I ADORE Yellow and green. They brighten everything from the room to my mood especially when I see them poking up out of the ground after a long winter! This ring features an oval cut fancy yellow diamond with two K color pear shaped diamond accents set in green gold bezels on a rose gold split shank with green gold vine embellishments. Sigh… I’m so glad spring is here!

For these and many more designs visit http://www.bvwjewelers.com

GD Inspired Jewelry Design

So, today, instead of complaining about my current effed up money situation and general hopelessness, I thought I’d post something I’m grateful for. See, even though the pay kinda sucks for now and the hours are keeping me from home, family and art, I’m actually enjoying my time at this new job and I’m learning a lot about the jewelry business that I wasn’t learning at my previous well-paying but boring and frustrating jeweler’s position. Plus, even though it’s keeping me from painting, drawing, and sculpting, and since they don’t have a laser welder, I can’t do any actual jeweling yet, it is still providing me with a creative outlet. I am learning how to design jewelry digitally on a pretty basic but still awesome program. I have to admit it’s been quite fun! I’ve been using my current obsession with a certain K-Pop Idol “cough..GD..cough” as inspiration.

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He’s such a talented and beautifully creative man and his use of symbols in his work makes inspiration easy. Here are a few of the designs I created with him in mind.Apple Pendant Men's Apple Ring1

The apple on the left is a digital rendering I created with the intent to smooth out the ridges and add some findings to make it into a single dangle earring about 8mm in diameter. This and the one on the right are both symbolic of G-Dragon’s Heartbreaker and Cou D’etat eras with the apple symbol, and the eight flush set diamonds in the shape of a heart. I also had Proverbs 25 in mind while creating these.

Then there are the Evil Eyes! LOL! I’ve never actually seen GD wearing them, but I know he would love them! My new bosses were joking that I’d need an evil eye to ward off their bad influences while working there so I created some! They think I was joking by making them but I was only half joking. I’d totally rock these if I could afford them! What do you guys think of these? Would you wear them?

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Which one is your favorite? I like them all, but I think the last two are my faves and I think the first one is more of a man’s ring, though any of them can be unisex. They are very Boho Chic and Urban Edge if you ask me, and if enough interest is shown, I’d love to make some cool earrings and pendants to match them.

The smiley face ring is self explanatory if you know anything about Mr. Kwon Jiyong, but if you’re not familiar with the Big Bang front-man, here is an explanatory pic and the ring I designed:

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Note the smiley tattoo on his hand :).

Then there’ this androgynous, kinda Urban Industrial looking one that was inspired by rings I’ve seen him wearing before:

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I love this ring so much! The bosses did too and are going to order it to be made up from the manufacturer and we’ll set the diamonds in it to see how it sells. They are also getting a silver prototype of the apple dangle. I kinda wish we could get a gold one, but Reno isn’t exactly the jewelry fashion hub of the world and it will be difficult to sell unless word spreads to bigger markets. A girl can dream right? I mean all I do all day is create! I would love to get some of these ordered for anyone out there in cyberland who wants one. If you do, hit me up at http://www.bvwjewelers.com and we can make that happen. I can modify any of the designs you see here or I could design something from scratch just for you if you prefer. Ask for Jeanette! I would love it if you hit me up on the BVW Jewelers Instagram or Facebook page and look through some of the owner, Britten’s designs. He’s also a seriously talented designer and jeweler. I’m really lucky to be able to learn from him out of all the jewelers in this town. He really is the best and I feel blessed to be there. The harder I work, and the more business I bring them, the more they will be able to pay me and the more I’ll be able to catch up on everything financially. I also have an Instgram page called ARTISTJETTE that I would be honored for you to follow.

I guess I should note that I don’t own any of the images I’ve shared of G-Dragon on this post and he has nothing to do with me or the store I work at except that he truly is an inspiration to me. I would die if he wore any of my designs! You can help me there too by tagging him in my design photos on Instagram till he sees them.

I have more designs that just came from me and were inspired by spring and my own taste in jewelry, but I’ll save those for another post.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think and which design is your favorite? It would help me know what will sell and what won’t so I know which direction to take my designs. Thanks y’all, you are so special and encouraging to me! Be blessed!