How are you?

How you all are doing? How are you coping with this pandemic? We are in uncertain times, scary times. We are all going through things we never thought we would ever have to go through. Our futures are almost non existent. At least that’s what it feels like at times. We can’t trust the people who are in charge. people are loosing their jobs, homes, sanity, family members and friend’s. I think we need a safe place to be able to just vent! Talk about what’s going on in our lives and have some common ground of each other and what we are going through. The good the bad and the ugliest. Tell me.. what part of the world you are from? How are things there? Are you on lock downs? Are stores running out of items? How are you feeling? How are your kids and parents feeling? Tell me anything you want me to know, the world to know!! Just get what ever it is off your chest!!

I for one and I can only speak for myself am going nuts on the inside!!!! And holding it down strong on the out side!!! however I have been preparing myself and my family as much as I could for several years now, for something like this to happen. See I am among many things a researcher. this all started for me when I was a waitress at waffle house. This little old man that always came in and drank coffee was talking to me and said something about martial law. I, young at the time really had no clue what he was talking about. He told me to go home and look it up. Well the next three days I was off work. I didn’t sleep for the whole three days! I was researching and researching and researching day and night. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and the capability of our government, the worlds governments, the ELITE!!! and what they were doing to our people.. WE ARE guinea pigs for the rich… believe that people!!! See I come from new Hampshire, Deerfield to be exact, nothing but woods. I lived in south Carolina for 20 years and have now have moved west.. I’ve been trying to move off grid since that very day I found out about martial law and have had a bug out plan ever since. bug out bags! you name it I have it不不不 no I’m not kidding!!喫恫蛤梗井五 It’s some scary stuff if you know what they actually have planned and have research the proof, have seen the proof and ultimately have been told the truth, from higher military personnel that I trust whole heartedly (my uncle). I asked him straight up. uncle am I going crazy? if I am please tell me “Felicia your nuts!!!” And folks, I am not nuts不不不 so he says. I pray to the gods for humanity everyday, every chance I can get. I pray! I pray for everyone!! I thank God for my knowledge and the brains to think for myself. I thank God I did what I did and we got out when we did. I wouldn’t change anything other than a few more bucks in my pocket不丹 but hey you live and you learn. Broke or not my only goal is to make it. we have done pretty good so far I would say compare to a lot of people out here that’s been here for 20 years.. we have water and a warm bed at night we have a greenhouse and my plants are already coming up that I just planted two weeks ago in the beginning of winter I might add however I need more seeds as I no longer have any more seed out of thousands that I brought out here with us! Let’s just say that it is not easy to garden in the high desert and we went through a lot of trial and error this year trying to grow food.. hence the underground greenhouse 不不不梗喫唐唐唐朮 anyways; we have fresh eggs and if I have to kill a chicken or two, so be it. we will have rabbit meat soon as well as goats, pigs and cows and yes I am going to do turkeys again and ducks but better next year as long as we all make it through 2020丹. work is scars so I am glad we no longer have thousands of dollars in bills right now like we did.. that helps a lot if we wasn’t here and still in our two story home in south Carolina we would probably be homeless starving and up Creek with out a paddle.. I am not kidding! And I’m sure one of my kids would have brought home covid from schools because that state could care less about their people and it clearly showed and still does. There just like oh well if people die they just die.. it’s ridiculous!! So as of right now I am good I no longer have as much anxiety which is great. My depression is gone definitely I still get paranoid about what can and looks like is happening but mainly I have just been focused on homesteading and working and building our land. I really most of the time forget it’s even happening until I talk to one of my aunt’s or grandma’s an I don’t mean to seem uninterested or like I don’t care because I really do. but I don’t have to worry about it here as much, because my closest neighbor is like 20 miles down the road, my town has no stop lights, people!! actually it’s a village because there are only 400 of us here. Of course that is changing as everyone is trying to flee the cities. But we only have two tiny tiny stores one does have gas but that’s it and two little restaurants that basically no one goes to. Their food is not good.. sorry not sorry! The nearest town with stores is an hour away and the nearest city is 4 hours away; But even still I do worry about my family back home and pray for their safety. I am going to keep posting my journey and life here on the homestead maybe I can inspire you to do the same or at least follow your dreams.. because even in in certain times like these, dreams are still possible!!! So tell me how are you coping with this pandemic?

Before I go I want to leave you with this as I said I am a researcher and I researched the word AstraZeneca and the definition is…..

AstraZeneca
Astra: a weapon such as a gun knife etc..
Zenica: something impressive

AstraZeneca:: is an impressive weapon

Do not take that vaccines!! You’ve been warned… Human 2.0 at your service!!!

November 28, 2020

Since building and finishing the greenhouse I have been working on digging an underground rabitry.. yes you heard me right.. underground. I got it all dug out pretty quickly thank God because my mom and step dad are now out here with us so we had more help. so far it’s only been about 4 days and we have most of it dug out and the roof is starting to go up. That’s what we did today, we started to build the roof.. I am getting excited and can’t wait to get the bunnies in their new home hopefully In time for my one older doe that will be having babies in about two weeks. I love my husband to death but times of building is not our strong suite.. see he is a builder and I am an artist and he says they don’t mix an artist/ architecture will see something In their head and have no clue how to build it, Then give it to the builder and the builder is like you can’t do this it just won’t work.. I don’t think like that I see it in my head and I’m like well make it work不不丹 so here we are going back and forth how we are going to put this roof on this hole in the ground we have done dug out. And he looks at me and say next time we build something you just stay in the house.. so later in the day I go inside to take a break, my daughter comes in and says dad says it’s not break time.. so I go out and I’m like well you did say for me to stay inside.. let’s just be clear that was a conversation this morning不不不 he didn’t think I was funny. It’s been nice having my mom here we have definitely gotten a lot more done with them being here.. it’s been hard too don’t get me wrong when they did finally get here we only had them a little old camper to stay in and it was getting cold. At first they didn’t want to stay because it is a huge change and this life style isn’t for everyone. But they have stuck it out, however my step dad has been having a hard time finding a job and my brother isn’t working either as he is just a mess!! so now everything is relying on my husband who is so stressed, bless his heart.. he truly is my everything and does so much for everyone, I can’t tell you how great ful I am for him. We will make it though I’m sure. we are strong and driven. We may not have much and right now and we are struggling but then again who isn’t.. I look at it this way we are healthy and have a home and we are warm so I am blessed. Considering 2020 I am truly blessed.. so even though we have to take care of everyone right now we are all together and that is the most important thing so I just keep pushing.. for those of you out there that are stressed out from everything that’s going on and feel like there is no end in sight just keep pushing, Stay strong better days are coming. Felicia

There are four holes in the walls of the dirt where boxes will go in for the bunnies and cages will go on top on one side the other side I will use for growing their food. I’ll keep you updated with pictures
Just because Simba

Been awhile

It has been awhile since I have made a post.. I really wish I had been posting more but I wasn’t really sure if any one would be interested. As I have been homesteading for the last 8 months.. we had been planning on the move for a few years now and spring of this year we were going to make the move, well covid happened, my husband was laid off from his job.. that day he called me on his way home and told me to find us a camper. we are leaving!!!. He said. luckily I had some properties lind up already so we found a camper that weekend and left by that Thursday back on March 15.. it has been quite the journey..

I did a painting for Forrest fenns a art dealer and my inspiration on many things from art to treasure hunting. If you haven’t heard of him definitely Google him. Anyway on our way to our land I got to stop and meet him in santa new Mexico as well as give Him my painting, it was truly an honor.

We move literally in the beginning of the pandemic when things and people were going nuts everything was closing down I felt as though we were in a movie.. so here we are myself my husband my three kids my brother and two dogs and a camper driving across country to our new home in the middle of no where in the high desert. I am not kidding it is 1 hour to the nearest town with a store and 4 hours from the nearest big city. We are completely off grid and started with raw land.. it has been hard so hard most the time I have to roll out of bed in the mornings. But I am so proud of what we have accomplish.. we have water now and animals; chickens and rabbits and we did turkeys this year I did the dead yes I did first time ever I thought I was going to throw up but I put my big girl panties on and did the dead.. only thing I don’t like about this life style, however I was supper proud of myself after and proud I was able to provide such an amazing meal for my family all raised right here at home. We plan to do turkeys again next year. The chickens are laying lots of eggs now and my rabbits will be ready to breed in January. Pigs and goats are next.

Our new home

I don’t have anywhere to paint or do art right now so I figure i am also a horticulturalist so I decided to put the two together after many failed attempts to garden in the desert I decided to dig an underground greenhouse because food and water and having plenty of it was my main priority the first year. so I dug out my art work instead of painting it and omg I amazed myself, of course with some of my amazing husbands help.

The rocks are lava rocks to help hold heat. This side also has a fire pit ( the hole in the middle and the hole on the side is a small pot that collects rain water
The hole is a small root celler there are three of them
My amazing husband 弘
My daughter getting bluebarrie’s ready to plant
The small pond filled

We have come such a long way in these last 8 months and I am so glad we made this move no matter how hard it has been or continues to be. I am so thankful that I have a husband that lets me follow my dreams and pushes me to be the best I can be ( we can be) our kids mean everything to us and our only goal in all of this is to make sure they are #1 safe #2 healthy #3 happy but also to set them up for the rest of their lives.. no matter what they will all always have a home. It feels good knowing we have accomplished that for them and then some, with zero debt and trust me when I tell you we are not even close to being rich. I just fully believe if you have a dream and the will to make that dream happen anything is possible and I try to instill that in my kids every day.. impossible is not a word in our home and I don’t even want to hear otherwise! Spring we will begin to build our forever home.. that should get interesting. We are building an earth bag home completely self sufficient our home with not only keep us warm in winter and cool In summer but it will also feed and water us.. zero bills is what we are aiming for. I just hope for all of you that you follow your dreams as well. Even when things get tough and you just want to give. don’t!!.. I am telling you all the hard work is worth it in the end.. I gave up a 2400 square foot two story home will ALL the luxuries for a camper and raw land, I have never been so happy and peaceful in my life. I am following my heart and my dreams and no matter how hard it gets I’m not giving up. The first year is always the hardest and it sure has, but we have come so far in such a short time soon something amazing will soon be here and it will all be thanks to our drive. I hope this inspires someone out there to follow their dreams as well… Bless be

SaturdayGallery hopping turned art festival Asheville NC

Happy Sunday my fellow bloggers. I hope you are having a wonderful day. My hubby am I decided this yesterday to go gallery hopping. For those of you who dont know what that is. It’s when you go to an area that has a lot of art galleries and you go to each one most of the time we go to Greenville Sc because it’s closer to us. Yesterday we went to Asheville NC which for those of you who has never been. Asheville is the most colorful city I have ever been to. And I’ve seen a lot of cities. It has a very hippy vibe to it and

They  literally have art every where you look. Like I said very colorful and there is always something to look at. So my husband and I get there and what do we see? An art festival going on! I had no clue as I didnt research what was going on in the area before hand, like I said we were just intending on going to some art galleries. Now I know that it’s not normal for one artist to promote another artist. But I am not normal by no means and dont really give a hoot what other people think I should or shouldnt do. To me if your talented, your just talented if you create work that can catch my eye. I want to praise you and I want to share your work and the artist that creates it. I say kootos to you for being inspiring. So with that said here are some of the amazing art work that I came across that just took me by the hand and pulled me to the piece and the artist. Those of whom that would let me take pictures atleast and artist, really when your at a show, showing your work let people take pictures. You never know what opportunity you might be passing up when you dont. Get them to take a picture of it with you in the picture. It’s all about exposure.

Elements

I am going to start of with Sabrina L. Fray @ http://www.sabrinafrayart.com.             Sabrina was my favorite  when we walked up to her booth I saw signs that I thought  said dont touch! but as I got closer,  because  I am really blind as a bat. I saw it said” please touch everything”. That got me supper excited,  Because  its human nature to want to touch. Anyways so this lady does all her art out of beads.. yes you heard me right beads. And they are truly  stunning as you can see.

Next we have copper wiring tree art!
Bob Mandala. @ bobmandala@gmail.com.                            very nice guy. Bob Make these trees out of copper wiring.  Very talented And supper friendly. He also has some work in some galleries  in Greenville  SC that my husband  remember  and he confirmed  it. I just cant remember  which one it was but when I see it again I’ll be sure to let you know.  The best part, when I got his business  card it says “A message from the heart” I loved that. So go and check him out you will not be disappointed.  Www.deepintotrees.com
This lady right here. I absolutely  loved her and her work! That work of art in the picture  above  is made of felt. Yes felt and she makes the felt her self! Such a sweet lady. I asked her if I could take a picture of her work  and maybe one of her with the art work and she asked me. ” you want to take the picture  with me”?? Well yeah of course  but I didnt want to be that weirdo
Her work clearly  shows  she is just full of love
You cant really see from my pictures  but there is so much texture  in to these pieces and things popping out.  It makes you want to touch it to see what it is. Please check this amazing lady out. Smadar A Livne @ http://www.smadarlivne.com

This is an oil painting and I love all the texture in this artist work
I tried to take a side view so you could see the textures in the piece. Very friendly man as well. Joachim McMillan @ http://www.mcmillangallery.com

This was some more copper and bronze work that I loved but didnt get a chance to talk to the artist as he was busy selling his work. But absolutely beautiful craftmanship
There was no artist in this booth but this was some wood work. I really like wood
work because my dad does it and really brought me up around doing it. This was very unique though, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
I’m not sure if these where apart of the art show or just some of their many statues they have around the city.
Nope.. I was just kidding I can clearly see the artist sitting in the background there with the name tage on. You See him? With the black hoody looking like he’s freezing.
This however is one of many statues that you will come across walking downtown Asheville NC

What a wonderful day. Thank you hubby! I really need that. So much inspiration in one place fills my heart. Not to mention my brain. I must say my wheels are turning now. 仁劾 I hope everyone has a blessed day and until next time. Stay humble be kind and most of all the power of love.

Stepping out of the box

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve been very sick for the last week so please forgive me.  In this blog I am going to talk about stepping out of your comfort  zone, out side of your box. There’s a saying that the only thing that stops you from being great is fear and fear its self and once you over come that fear. Look fear square in the eye and say you no longer have power over my life, beautiful things begin to happen. You find yourself believing in yourself. There is a man that I have been following  and studding  for the last about 5 years. His name Forrest  Fenn and if you dont know who he is, google him, Such an amazing guy. I well tell you alittle  about him. He is a man from Santa fe New Mexico and he is the biggest art guru in that area. This man has inspired me to not only think out side my box but to actually  go outside  of my box. So I wanted to share my work with him and gift him a piece  of my work. About three, four weeks ago I reached  out to him by telephone, explaining  to him what I wanted to do for him and sent him pictures of my work.  He sent me an address  to send him my work by email and so for the last three weeks except  for last week when I was deathly I’ll . I have been working none stop on his piece  of art. I am happy to say it is finally  complete,  And ready to be sent out. Now I am a black and white  artist, sketch artist for as long as I can remember and color has never really been my thing until now.  I chose a picture out of his book that was a black and white  picture  that was talken in the early 1900s and has never been in color to my knowledge. I re created the picture with my plaster art and painted it in color. Now like I said color is a working progress  for me, but while I was sick I began to watch  Bob Ross on YouTube.  So when I started feeling better  I completely  re painted the entire  piece, because  I had it mostly painted before I got sick, I learned quite a bit, first what ever you are painting on needs to be wet a white wet base coat is best. Bob ross uses a liquid white, but he also uses oil paints as well and I do not. I use acrylic paint which is much thinner. So instead what I found worked well was adding water to my white paint making it supper thin but not so thin the paint wont stick. I coated my peice with that first and then went over it with color. This allows the colors to blend more easily. I also learned to not be afraid of large brushes, such as 2″ brushes. They actually create beautiful paintings and textures. They also allow you to flow the colors move evenly so they look lineless or seamless. I have to tell  you I impressed  myself. Moral of this story  even when you think you cant. You can! all you have to do is just try. Educate yourself alittle and put your knowledge and imagination to work, Anything is possible.  in the blog I posted a picture of the actual picture that was taken in the book, and the one I recreated. Also what it looked like before I got sick. Ta ta for now! Always remember be kind, stay humble and most of all the power of love.. bless be Felicia

The original picture

Recreated
What it looked like before I got sick

I am adding more to this. I took pictures of this pieces entire process and I thought you might would like to see how it was done step by step. Remember I do these all by eye and it’s done with plaster

Step one forming mountains
Step two add clouds and second layer which for this one was the horses and man.
Step three add the horses head to stick out. I do not just use plaster for parts that stick out like the horses head. You have to have stability and the plaster alone is not strong enough by itself to from a head like that. It will be a blobby mess
Was not happy with how my horse was coming out. So I just kept adding details like my dad told me to do..
Ready to be painted.
First layer of paint because remember when painting landscapes you want to layer your colors
Coming along
Coming along then I got sick and stopped for a few days. Watched bob ross and other artist durning this time
As I am now feeling better I started completely over
Looking better with each bruch stroke
Until complete. I am quite proud of this as I am not a colorful artist for one. Meaning I dont use color I am a sketch artist but with plaster art,obviously It has to be
painted so colorful it is. The cool thing about this like I said above the picture was taken in a black and white time and I dont believe the picture has ever been in color, so this should be a nice surprise for Mr. Fenn

When you see someone doing good in the world, and they need help. You just have to find away to help. Big or small!

This has nothing to do with art, but I am feeling the “power of love ” today and just want to share a story with you. It is October, breast cancer awareness month. 7 years ago I started working for a company named Athenas home novelties, through my cousin. Amazing company and owner (shout out to Jennifer jolicoeur. ) they’re an adult and spa novelties company. Now I dont work for the company any more not because of them but because after two tries I realised I wasnt very good at it. You know that saying if you dont atleast break even after the first year of business its probably not going to work. Well yeah so that’s what happened, but every company should be more like this one as far as how its run and their values. The owner of this company Jennifer jolicoeur you can find her on facebook. Had this crazy idea 10 years ago to start collecting bra’s at her athenas parties. It would be a way for her goddesses and Adonis to connect with their guests and raise awareness for breast cancer. The goal is also to beat the Guinness book of world records for most bras linked together which Australia currently has with 169,000 bras linked. Afterward all the bras will be donated to breast cancer patients, survivors, and battered womens shelters. The bras that cant be donated will be cut up to make quilts for patients and the backs will be used to fix turtle shells so they are going to be saving turtles too. How cool is that? All of that was thought up in jen’s living room with 9 other women. One of which got cancer and has since pass.. RIP.. patty. 1 out of 9 people…. Get Checked. It only take a little while out of your day to save your life.. so for 10 years they have been collecting bras, with NO MEDIA help I just want to state that because it’s very important. It’s all been done by people connecting with people. Woman literally taking their bras off and handing them to you saying “here.. it’s a little sweaty ” 7 out off the 10 years I’ve been involved with this watching the bra numbers growing and the beautiful connection being made. It just makes you feel some kind of happy. The power of love! People, the power of love is a beautiful thing and it doesn’t cost much to be kind. So let me get to my point this has all been done without big media none at all really. This month 9 days ago they started hooking the bras together. There are… drum roll pleaseover 200,000 bras because people keep bringing them even still how ever to get this done jenn needs alot of help. Volunteers to judge bras measure bras log bras hook bras ect. And because their was not a whole lot of media there wasnt a whole lot of volunteers that came flocking.. I really want to see this happen for her because she does so much good in this world, I cant begin to tell you it’s so much. Both her and her husband, they are just genuinely good people. I cant financially get there because I am 13 hours away with three kids in school a house car Bill’s all that. Anyways so I’ve been doing what I can at home.. sending people to them. I first started with Facebook till I got put in Facebook jail for posting so much and I’m assuming because it said HOOKERS needed…lol but for one that’s what shes always called us was hookers because we are hooking the bras literally and you cant tell me if I put hooker needed it’s not going to get your attention. I fully explained everything in the post

and posted flyers and video of the happenings. Evidently someone didnt like it and put me in facebook jail. So then I started contacting every big celebrity I could think of. Ellen DeGeneres show I dont know how many different ways by the way I’ve not gotten a response ellen. A very special man I’m not going to name. Susan g Komen and a few others. NOTHING at least I didnt know about any. So this weekend i was feeling disappointed and discouraged because i felt as though no one was hearing me and all my efforts were for nothing.. but through it all this lady has not given up. I mean they have gone through I dont know how many tents because they keep blowing over, rain for three days, busted toes and countless blisters and they are doing this at rivers edge park in woonsocket Rhode so it’s out side in a huge field with all the bras laid out in a chain on the ground. All I can think is they need help desperately to get this done before all the bras are too ruined and cant be donated. As of yesterday they had 112,000 bras linked together it’s taken 9 days to get that far and still have quite bit to go.. so yesterday while I was feeling discouraged my husband was home and he and I reached out to the locals of rhode island, girl scouts, chick filet universities and their students. Any one we thought would send help and by the bus loads.. so this morning I was watching one of the many video on Jennifer jolicoeur Facebook page and I just want to send a shout out to the girls scouts of America because they came through.. the point of all this is dont give up on your dreams and when you see someone in need of help especially if they are doing good in the world. Step up and help in any way you can.. so if you are reading this from today Oct 13 2019 to the 16 atleast they still need our help big or small everything counts to get this done. And always be kind stay humble “the power of love”

The dates are changed for this week too

Painting tips for beginners

Good evening everyone. I wanted to share a few painting tips for blending colors with every one while its Fresh on my mind. Blending color when painting can be one of the most difficult thing to achieve when painting especially with oil or acrylic paints. Now when painting my go to technique is feather brush and for those of you who dont know what that it. It’s when you put paint on your brush and them dab as much off as you can with just a little paint still on the brush. Then when you put the brush on the picture you use a down ward or up. Depending on what your doing, brush strokes with a little pressure to make the paint blend together, it’s great for layers when you need just a touch of this and that here and there. So here I am painting a landscape picture with snow capped rocky mountains and green hills. The feather brush worked great on the snow capped mountains and looks beautiful so I start painting the hills and at one point I dipped my brush in my water straight into the paint with out drying it and put it on the picture with out realizing it. And oh my god the colos started blending beautifully and I found that you can paint a portion before it drys just put your brush in water and either do downwards or upwards not both brush strokes and it does the same.. so that’s just an easy way to blend colors with oil or acrylic paints. Happy painting every one.. ps. Word from the wise dont use black if possible “it’s just depressing ” ff.

A fresh start

This is my very first blog entry, this is also my very first blog ever. So please bare with me while I navigate this thing. My name is Felicia M. I am a stay at home mom and a wife, I am a artist, I say by heart anything artsy I am all in. As a child I was in ceramics classes for quite a few years and as a teen I was enrolled in the art institute of America, thanks to my #1 fan, my mom.

My husband and I make costume tshirts. I do pottery and I just started dabbling into plaster art. Which I honestly cant get enough of, it is so fun and relaxing and messy…lol so I am at that point do I want to continue with my art or am I going to give it up for good. Because for about 15 years I didnt do a any art, after I left the art institute I just quit it all, very dumb I know . I was young and trying to find myself, I got very side tracked.. but since starting this whole plaster art thing I have really found my love for art again, and it feels so good. So here I am… Now your thinking plaster art, why? Well I’ll tell you why. When you go into an art gallery your not suppose to touch the art.. did you know that? But its human nature to want to touch it. Right? I know I do, and I have 井 I cant lie.. but you want to know what it is, is it oil paint, water color, real or print, and if there’s texture, of god that’s it I just have to touch it. That’s the point of my art. Not just looking at it but connecting with the work and the artist, me! even if you can’t see physically you can still enjoy my art work and that’s the beauty of it, and I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making them. Please stay tuned for more to come, all art work is for sale. be kind stay humble “power of love”

Peace Dragon