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, August 29, 2012

Catching Rain

The barn now has a roof and gutters, and has caught some rain.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Barn Frame

The frame of the barn is now up and welded in place.  Everything is now ready for the covering.

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Back to School

School's started again and Leo is happy as a pig.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Barn Beginnings

Construction of the Food Web model system has now begun. It's exciting!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Tank Retaining Walls

The tank walls are now held against the pressure of the water contained within in.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Apple Juice

We used the crate of apples we recently collected to make almost three gallons of delicious juice.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tank Overflow and Sides

We got to spend a full day working on the barn tank today, without kids.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Canning Pickles

We canned the cucumbers we were given the other day - made two quart and two pint jars.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Share the Seeds

We gave a friend a bunch of seeds in Spring, and he just returned them in kind...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012


We are inundated with plums from a tree we planted three years ago.

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