Vela Creations

Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Air-layer results


I don't know if you remember, but a while back we did some air-layering on a couple of different tree limbs. One of the ones we tried it with was a mulberry tree, and it worked great!

Abe opened up the ball of dirt around the de-barked part of the limb, and it was a very healthy root ball. He cut off the limb and put it into a pot. We are keeping the tree inside for now, by our south window, and it is doing fantastic. It has shown zero signs of stress and is even putting on some new growth.

So, not only did we do some needed pruning, we also got a fairly big and mature tree out of the process. It is definitely something that we plan to do again, and again, and again.

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Air-layer results

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Joseph Wood Krutch

"If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either." - Joseph Wood Krutch

Monday, October 5, 2015


"Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame." - Tertullian

Super Lunar Eclipse


When we heard that there was going to be an eclipse, we decided to get out our old telescope. We had to take the whole thing apart and clean it, but it was definitely worth it. And now we have it out to gaze at stars.

I don't know if any of you caught the eclipse, but it really was pretty spectacular, especially with the moon being so close to the Earth and therefore so big. The kids loved it.

I managed to get some photos of the whole thing, although the zoom on the camera doesn't do it nearly the justice of a telescope!

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Super Lunar Eclipse

Tips for Butchering your own Pigs on the Homestead

Tips for Butchering your own Pigs on the Homestead

Sunday, October 4, 2015

William Blake

"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." - William Blake

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