We have new Valentine’s projects to share this week and next, but here are some past ones I made to get you started.
January 29, 2018
I had so much fun making this macrame bag from jute rope. The various knots and repetition is very therapeutic. I didn’t use a pattern for this (I did mark and draw it out for future re-creation) and I used about 6 knots total. I’m ready for a second, but this time with cotton rope and maybe with a dip in the indigo vat.
If you want to learn macrame, gather your friends and host a workshop! Send me an email at my cakies at gmail dot com, if you’re interested!
January 27, 2018
Praise God for a doozy of a week of trial, but through them I have certainly felt a sweetness of Christ that I sorely lacked.
Our figs are confused, and while most have dropped their leaves, this warm winter has some figs still blooming and growing.
I highly recommend this video about a panel discussion on “Race & Reconciliation.” Even if you aren’t a believer, it is helpful to deepen our understanding of what our African American neighbors/friends face. There is so much I was ignorant of (and still am), but we all ought to listen well to the stories of others different from us.
Thankful for having a community in which I can be honest and vulnerable. The grace that flows through my accountability group is such a gift.
Chic tassel earrings available on Wovenfolk.
Soul and Glow are doing so well with their 2 an 3 multiplication family. Woot!
Been using this eyebrow gel for about a month now and I’m happy with the results.
I’d love to make these bite size blooming onions! I wonder if I can bake them instead of fry.
My girls would love this wooden pom pom maker.
This week I taught a floral arranging workshop. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop… gather some friends together and I’ll come to you! I miss the community aspects blogging used to be, so I’d like to get to know some of you more personally. With my love for people and making, I wanted to combine it together and continue this creative community in person. If you’re interested in macrame, weaving, floral arranging, making seed bead earrings, or have some other project in mind, contact me for rates!
Happy weekending, folks!
January 24, 2018
For one of our daily art sessions, the girls took this photo (pictured above) and recreated it with oil pastels. I work alongside them too. I love seeing how they observe things and how they translate it, even Glow really gets into it. Our art sessions are one of the best parts of the day; they always look forward to it. Currently, we are working on creating a watercolor portrait of this photo.
Read about our kids make art project here.
January 22, 2018
We have planted our first thing in our front yard garden and it is asparagus! Ben picked up a lot of asparagus plants last week and they look so much like something that would be growing in the “upside down” (don’t you agree, Stranger Things fans?!). The plant is so interesting and will shoot up the stalks, as well as grow fern-like plants. Not that we know from personal experience (yet!), but if you google asparagus plants, they look very billowy. Asparagus are perennials, and will last up to 15-20 years, at least according to what we’ve read. None of this is from experience, but we hope to gain it as we care for these plants. Another asparagus fact… we have to wait 3 years until we can eat it. The plants will sprout, but we won’t harvest it. Lord willing we get there and stay patient, True will be 15 when we can eat our asparagus!
To plant asparagus:
1. Till soil and mix in composted chicken manure. Dig a trench 8” deep.
2. Mix 15-20 pounds of fertilizer per 100 feet of 5-10-10 fertilizer AT THE BOTTOM of the trench or row. Then, cover the fertilizer with 1-2” of soil before placing the roots.
3. Take a crown, and with an equal amount of roots in each hand, place it “crown-side up” at the bottom of the trench. When placed, it will look like its doing the “splits.”
4. Continue placing crowns 18” apart in the trench
5. Cover with 2” of soil
6. As new shoots come up, continue covering them with a couple inches of soil until it reaches ground level.
The particular variety we planted is UC-157 that we purchased from a local nursery. For more in depth info on planting asparagus, we used this (thank you UC Davis) as a guide. If you’ve ever planted asparagus, do share any of your tips and tricks!
January 20, 2018
This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…
My heart was fighting to rejoice through this hard parenting week. This tween stage is serious business and I’m starting to feel the weight of it. I need to be more loving and patient, and learn how to listen well. This is just the beginning for me.
I want a sushi party and make a platter that looks fabulous like this.
Been inspired by white and natural wood palettes lately. But knowing me, I’d put a lot of plants, so then green would be added to that palette.
Earrings added to the etsy shop.
Stock up on goodies for Valentine’s or Easter because Kinoko Kids is having a really good sale right now.
Love the new style of pants that Everlane will be releasing soon.
Thankful for my mom’s delicious cooking! We had such a feast at their house on Wednesday night.
Totally been listening to 90s R&B. Loving Monica, Aaliyah, TLC, Bone Thugs, and Blackstreet.
We planted asparagus this week! Can’t wait to see them shoot up. Have a post coming this week on this.
Beautiful earrings by Eglord. Definitely would love those dangling off my ears.
Hope your weekend is a restful one friends!