I am so grateful for all who have supported the Muddy Hands blog and Sustainability School Project. After nearly 20 months of dropping this blog, I am back to explain why this blog ends here, and share with you where it begins again...
The last Muddy Hands blog post was published a week after I left Jim, the father of my children. We had been together for 6.5 years and it had been a move that had been coming, but I was in denial about for a while. He had bought the land before we joined, and it was not a healthy situation for me to stay in with the kids, so we have relocated which ended my involvement with that land site and building project.
I poured my heart into the Sustainability School project hosting over 100 people through the natural building workshops in 2011 and 2012 and as volunteers through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms and Workaway. I shared the journey with the world through the Muddy Hands blog and created several YouTube videos featuring Michael G. Smith which are still making rounds, some with thousands of views. Although I have not touched the blog in 20 months, when I logged in today I see it is averaging 22 unique visits a day and has has 28,000 lifetime visits.
I considered taking down the blog after leaving, feeling somewhat a failure for not completing the project, but decided that if keeping it live helped inspire anyone, it was worth it.
Daughter Ayla Belle, now 3.5, loves the slick wet clay on her toes! We are blessed to have landed on Earth that is primarily clay and wood, an abundance of natural building materials.
We have been blessed to land on 160 acres of beautiful forest land where we are still getting our hands muddy.
Axel and I collected clay from the land, dried it by the woodstove, ground in with a mortar and pestal, and sifted it with an old hand-crank flour sifter. We added wheat paste using the recipes previously tested at Muddy Hands and made this beautiful clay paint which we have been painting the interior of our bus home with.
In the photo below you can somewhat see how this turned out on the interior bus walls...
We're enjoying the clay and the forest. And I feel completely blessed tp have landed in an amazing community of big-hearted folks who are living off the land, sharing, and changing the world. Thank you Illinois Valley for welcoming in our family!
After a year of many walks in the woods and spending most of our time just being outdoors and dreaming, in recent months I have been deep in research and planning for what is turning out to be the most exciting project I've yet to undertake. An evolution from Muddy Hands and Sustainability School, the new project is a collective venture in uniting people to make Earth green again. It is called Rainbow Camp. You'll find us at http://www.ILoveRainbowCamp.com. You'll also find us organizing a revolutionary worldwide art fair at http://www.RainbowNation.us (support this crowd-funded effort at Indiegogo) and connecting people to the exploding food forest movement at http://www.TrailofFood.us. Also, I now go by Reya. And my new rawer blog, straight from the heart, is at http://rainbowfireblog.wordpress.com.
Hope you visit us there. Thanks for the support! Happy building...