Creative Spotlight: an interview with the creator of Knot + Stitch

Today we have something special for you all. I’m interviewing my daughter, who created her own business this summer – Knot + Stitch. We talk about her creative journey, what inspired her to start a business, and where she hopes to go with it in the future.

So…without further introduction: our interview!

 

First, tell our readers a little bit about yourself, won’t you?

Sure. Hi, my name is Myriah and I’m 19 years old. I’m the eldest of four, and that means I can make dinner and tutor math at the same time. I have a lot of hobbies besides knitting and crocheting, even though that’s what I’m doing right now. In the future, I want to do either web design or cinematography (or both, if it works out that way). I also play the piano occasionally and work as the engineer for Returning to Eden – a live show on WawRadio.

 

 


You’ve always been creative, haven’t you?

Pretty much. I drew when I was younger (lots and lots of horses). I learned to crochet from a book we had sitting on the shelf. I’d work with my dad on house projects, and sit in the studio with him during live shows. There probably isn’t a day that goes by when I’m not making something, or thinking about making something.


Then you started Knot + Stitch. Why?

Right. I started Knot + Stitch in the summer of 2017. I was graduated, and so I had a lot of extra time on my hands. I had developed a passion for knitting and it made sense to me that I could possibly turn it into another business for myself.

This wasn’t my first time with a creative business, either. When my family had the Co-op, I was really into macrame. I would buy glass blown pendants and hemp cord on Ebay, and make necklaces with them. I made pretty good money back then, haha.

But with Knot + Stitch, I’m not just doing macrame. I’m doing a combination of crochet and knit, as well.

 


Which do you like best – knit, crochet, or macrame?

I like them all for different reasons! Crocheting is definitely quicker, but I think knitting looks prettier. Macrame is easier than it looks, but it’s really time consuming and intricate work.

 


What are you making now? And what are you planning to make in the future?

I am working on my first knitted beanie. I’m not following a particular pattern, because I want it to be something I genuinely created. I’m really pleased with it so far, and I hope that it’ll be released into the shop soon!

I don’t have any macrame goods in the shop, so that’s in my sights for the future. I’d love to make some plant hangers, and wall hangings, but I’m a little tied up with yarn supplies right now. Once I finish those out, I can start working with macrame again.

 


Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

 

laughs* Honestly, I hate to mention it because it’s a cliche: I get my inspiration from Pinterest. There are so many amazing ideas there from all over the world. There’s no end to it.

 


Where do you hope Knot + Stitch will go in the future?

I’d love to get an Etsy store. But that’s not something I’m working on right now because I don’t feel that I have enough to sell just yet. And my product photos aren’t good enough for Etsy, so I really need to improve on that. Basically, there are a ton of things I need to get better at before I open an Etsy store.

 


Where can people go to find out more about Knot + Stitch, and you?

There’s my shop – here. (kindly hosted by HealingThroughout).

My Facebook page – I post what I’m working on and other exciting news.

My newsletter – You can sign up for to get notified when I add new items to the shop.

My Pinterest – If you want to see what’s inspiring me.

My Instagram – For behind-the-scenes look at my projects and what I’m working on.

 


Thank you for joining us on the Healing Throughout blog this month!

Thanks for having me! (Mom…hehehe)

 

 

 

 

How to: Plant and Care for Succulents

Hope you’re all having a lovely May! These photos below show the newest additions to Zephy’s Homestead. Succulents! We got the cuttings from a friend, and we’re all anxious to see how they do. We planted them on Friday, and some of the leaves haven’t begun to sprout roots yet.

And since we’re all a bit new to the succulent world, I though it would be fun to research and put together a little guide for all of you. If you’re new, trust me, succulents are so easy! Just a little water, soil, and sunshine. : )

Succulents plants have thick, fleshy leaves and stems, adapted to storing water. They thrive in warm, dry climates, but very few species can tolerate freezing temperatures. Succulents are the kind of plants that inspire endless ideas for your garden, whether indoor or outdoor.
 

These are a few tips we found for keeping your succulents happy. : – )

1. Succulents need well-draining soil. This ensures that they won’t become overly moist. (We used a mixture of sand, potting soil, and peat moss to plant ours.)

2. You don’t need to water succulents as often as you would think. Succulent roots will actually rot if they are kept too moist. Let the soil dry out in-between waterings; but when you water, water thoroughly. Once the plant is firmly established, you can water even less.

3. Succulents need very little fertilizer, since they are slow-growing plants.

4. To keep the leaves from burning, place your succulents in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

 

And here are some ways we found to display those cute succulents! : )

 

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Shalom,
– Mama Bell

References:

What are Succulents?

Propagating Succulents from Leaves

How Not to Kill Your Succulents


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Growing Things

I truly enjoy Spring time on our homestead. The trees are blooming, babies are being born, and I choose to see green happen. Living in the desert can be tough when it comes to growing and having a garden; the elements make it hard to keep things alive. With lack of water, or the expense of city water, your romaine could just end up being the price of a diamond nugget. (well that’s a bit far-fetched, but you get where I am coming from)  I work hard to see life happen during this season. It makes me joyful and full of life to see things grow into a soon harvest.

Life on Zephy’s Garden Homestead has been busy this year. With caring to the daily duties and chores I have, keeping my seedlings and veggie starters happy  and alive takes time. (Yes, I do talk to my starters :)  They say it works, and by the pictures below, well you decide! My garden beds are doing very well. And I am looking forward to some amazing food come summer.

Every year for the past, oh I say five, I have been offering my seedlings  to our high desert community. Usually alongside our AHO pickup. Every Tuesday our Apple Valley members met at Desert Feed and pick up their produce boxes. Desert Feed has been so very kind to our family to allow us to have our AHO pickup at their business along with my starter plants at the shop. Come by and visit us!

Here are some of the photos of my seedlings and starters beginning to take life and soon to be food for many families including ours.

Aren’t these beautiful?! I love to see green life grow. Us desert folks don’t see enough of it.

Also for those of you who are in our High Desert community, consider participating with AHO -High Desert. Seasonal boxes from CA farmers.

And I have some good news!! Our mini-Nubian doe “finally” got pregnant! Boy has this been a year for her. With all the bucks she has at her beckon call, she just wouldn’t give in. So, then comes Sparky – a Nigerian buck, courtesy of Snowdale Acre Farms The romance began and kids should arrive early fall. Which means GOAT MILK soon! Oh, have we been waiting a long time!

Life will always be busy. This society is constantly racing and running at full speed. The old saying “stop and smell the roses” needs to be practiced more. I guess you can say I “stop and ground in the dirt.”

Thanks for enjoying life with us at Zephy’s Garden and Homestead

Shalom,

Mama Bell

Bell Adventures – Pistachio Harvesting

Our family loves to barter and trade. Well, let’s just say Mama Bell LOVES to barter and trade. My family also reaps the benefits. This adventure was no exception.

Monday I got a call from a sister-friend of ours who wanted to know if our family would be interested in harvesting organic pistachios in exchange for harvesting. We would receive 40% of what we gathered. Come on now, you think I had to think about it. Nope, this Mama jumped on board, and said a BIG YES!

I have known Old Pass Assembly for years, even before our family learned about Torah and following the Messiah. I became friends with a beautiful family who spent Shabbat at their congregation for years and always wondered why she called Jesus Yaheshua.  Go figure, right?  We stayed in contact with this family and would visit Old Pass when they had health events at their fellowship hall. One particular time was when Paul Nison had spoken about health and he had just come into Torah after his years of being a raw foodist.  I was intrigued. At the time I was on a 100% raw diet (and currently I am high raw) and didn’t want to miss this one. So I went and history started.

I became friends with many of the congregation and staff including Paul Nison and still to this day. Now full circle as we are following Torah and the Father’s way, our relationship with these beautiful families are so much more meaningful since we “saw the light.”

Back to the phone call. After my excitement mellowed out from saying yes, we planned a day to visit Old Pass and their beautiful homestead farm to begin pistachio harvesting. These folks are on board. Many of them are the older generation so our youngins were able to complete harvesting the entire orchard. We had our work cut out for us! Mama and Papa Bell didn’t do so bad either. Just needed to take a few breaks here and there. The kids did spectacular!

We started early to beat the heat, and harvested until way past noon. Got our dose of Vitamin D, that might last us a few days. We were sure tired after harvesting at least 15 trees! But, it was a GOOD, healthy tuckered out. We all slept very well that night. Being off the internet and no cell phone coverage was an added benefit.

I have to say this farming business (which, mind you, I am no where near), is WORK!  I may have a few trees, three goats, chickens, and live-stock dog, but that is nothing compared to what I have seen families care for. Old Pass is a larger scale farm, and the work that our family did was a great lesson to us. Homesteading is A LOT of work. But look at how you are providing for your family and how you are experiencing the joy of being able to raise your own food. Big scale, small scale is doesn’t matter. Get a passion for this kind of lifestyle – you wont go back!

So there, we harvested our FIRST pick and got two 5-gallon buckets of fresh TRULY RAW organic pistachios! For the second harvest, which we have already committed to come and do again, we will get 60% of the harvest. Not bad for us youngins eh? And the cool thing about this adventure is that, our family will have a memory to look back on. And the fun we had in being together is worth more than gold, well worth more than pistachios. LOL

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These where the buckets we harvested and our 40% worth! NICE!

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Beautiful photo shot….All these lovely pictures where taken by my eldest daughter.who is studying photography

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Tarps had to be placed around the base of the trees, so when we “gently shacked” the branches and leaves of the tree, the nuts would fall on ground being caught on the tarp.

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A process of layers of skin to get thru to enter the “meat of the nut” We ate so many of these. Oh, my they where so good!

 

Raw pistachio ice cream, here we come…

Enjoy the pictures!

Scripture for the Day 1 John 5:1-5

Blessings and favor from Above

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Bell Homestead // Newest Arrival!

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Oh, has the Father given us favor this week!  Welcome little Sarah to our family homestead. She was born June 29th 2016 and a trooper she is.  This was our female, Barucha’s and our first kidding and she (we) honestly not sure what was going on. Being a first time mama (I understand those days), it took some adjustments on us both   The birth was beautiful and full of life.  That is the good news.

The sad news is that my expectation of what I envisioned didn’t happen. Talk about a vortex of flashback from 4 years ago when I gave birth to my son, Zephaniah and I didn’t expect his passing.  It brought back a tremendous amount of memories, most of them not good.  This was a emotional time for me and although 4  years have gone by, I felt with Sarah’s birth (which was named by my youngest) and I was transferred back in time.

Baruch a didn’t take well to her Sarah. She didn’t want much to do with her even to feed her. Not sure what went wrong, and for me, that was difficult. .The eb and flow of nature just doing it thing,had to be intervened with us stepping in to feed. I have had to have a mindset change and look at the big picture here, that Sarah need food how ever she gets it. And, boy is she!

Baruch a will let her nurse, but makes it difficult with kicking and literally sitting down when it is time for feed. NOT! Well, we have to let her know that is not just not that way it goes. So we need to hold her up to get little Sarah underneath. Each day, it is getting better, kinda! Thank Abba this is only for 6-8 weeks, right?

Intervening  and bringing Sarah over for her feedings and bottle feeding has been very time consuming, but spending these next few weeks with my daughter is a blessing. I am tellin ya,this little girl is sure getting plenty of attention.

The entire time, Baruch a was giving birth and upon arrival of Sarah, I just held back the tears of mixed emotions and prayed for life to come forth. And The Father was faithful to me and my family in blessing us with a beautiful baby kid. These pictures where taken by our in house photographer. And she captured Sarah beautifully in these photos.

How can you  not say CUTE!!!!!!

We are very thankful and grateful The Father has given us favor with this precious new addition of life. One can learn so much with the birth of animals. Goodness, we have learned ALOT with the birth of ALL 5 of my children.  It has given us hope that LIFE truly is a GIFT from The Father.  We need to cherish this precious time we have on planet earth. It can be taken so quickly. So much of it is a reminder of my birth with Zephaniah. A bitter sweet moment.  That will have to be a blog post later on.

Hope you enjoy what you can only see in pictures. We, get to enjoy it here at Zephy’s Homestead, the real thing!

Shalom, Mama Bell

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Just a couple of days old here. Holding up on her own!

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She loves her cold, frozen water bottle!  Keeping her cool, with our VERY HOT desert heat.

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Those wobbly legs making their way thru and around the goat pen she calls home

Life is precious and I thankful for the life I have.

 


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Zinna flower springing up in my herb garden


 

 

 

Enjoy this sweet video of Sophia my boys bunny, She just had to be the actress on camera. You’ll see. Watch till the end!

 


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Spring on the Homestead

It has been a while since I have blogged, goodness, it has been a long while.  Life has been busy with the daily mandates of being a mom, wife, homesteader and follower of the Messiah.  Being pulled in many directions can make your feel very overwhelmed. Trying to be ALL for everyone isn’t what I am called to do. And sometimes, I sure do try.  I can put a band-aid on a scratched knee, BUT Abba heals the wound.  I can have  a flourishing garden, BUT Abba sends the rain. I know My Heavenly Father won’t give me more than I can handle, yet at times it feels like the load is too much to bare.  Then I know I am doing A LOT on my own strength, and I won’t get very far. I feel exhausted and down right grumpy.  So, I humble myself, repent and start all over again, hopefully getting it right this time.

We have been thru much as a family this past year and the journey is never dull.  We just recently got over this crazy flu cold thing and I am telling you it WIPED us out for about 2 weeks. Then hubby gets it and thankfully just after he worked his shift for the week.  Life for this mama was not fun being sick. Not only was my home in turmoil, from not being clean, but caring for my children when I am not well makes me serve ten times harder. Between Vitamin C, essential oils and colloidal sliver, the best thing we did is SLEEP.  Our bodies know what to do if given the chance.

I am also going thru a emotional weekend coming up soon May 8-10. I have to say I am not looking forward to this three day weekend.  It sends me into an emotional roller coaster, and with my current health issues, I am not sure how to deal with it all. I’ll have to blog a post after the wave has passed.

With spring time here, gardening has begun. From purchasing seeds to tilling the land in our raised beds, our hands and fingernails have shown our busyness!  Dr Axe’s new book Eat Dirt, has definitely visited our home in more ways than one. Gotta get him on Shalom Pod here soon. More on that later.

I have started my seeds in doors this year a bit earlier than last. Seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers. peppers and tons of variety of herbs. I am hoping for a BIG harvest this year. Not that having melons in Oct. isn’t fun, but it is nice to be on some kind of track with seasonal eating. We did put watermelons and cantaloupe in the ground, and I am looking forward when those baby’s begin to pop up from under the soil. Now we just need Abba to send down the rain, a much needed ingredient for a bountiful harvest;

My herb garden has taken off like a gem.  It is amazing how GREEN they are in spite of the drought!  YHVH has proven Himself 100x over with allowing me to enjoy my herb garden. I have offered a variety of herbs to our Abundant Harvest customers and that has been a joy. Come out next time if you are local to our area and take a peak of what I have. He knows this blesses me, and the life it produces, which about this time of year it means more to me than words can express. And I truly love to bless people with what I grow!

Our goat Barucah is to kid this June. Well we hope so.  We had her checked out, just yesterday by our goat shepherdess Ali Snowdale of Snowdale Acres, and she was a bit perplexed in wondering if she took. NOOOOOO!!! I said. That means waiting again for goats milk. We have been through a waiting period of having our own goats and our own milk.  Well, another patience lesson to learn from. It will be a beauty to see once she does kid! And our family is sure looking forward to it! Especially, that goat milk!

Goats and kiddings are a new thing here for us and we are thrilled to have some new four legged additions to our homestead. Serun, our Armenian Gampr livestock dog, is doing very well. GROWING to say the least. 60 lbs at 6 months..that is a very BIG puppy She will reach her max weight at about 126 lbs and be a beauty of a beast. See here for more information on Armenian Gampr dogs.

She definitely has her OWN personality and it is starting to show as she grows.  She is a sweet heart and we all adore her. A bit testy lately, but that will all be well with consistent training on our part.  She will be a very well rounded livestock dog!

I hope you enjoy this blog post. It was a joy to write. I do miss it and hope to get back on the swing of it all soon again!

Till then,

Hugs and Shalom

Mama Bell

All the photos you see below where done by my lovely and beautiful daughter, Shay Photography!

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Raw Persimmon Cookies

Hello Autumn!

For the past few weeks our family has been getting persimmons from our Abundant Harvest boxes. They took a week or so to ripen, and suddenly we had a huge bowl full of really ripe persimmons. I couldn’t find a recipe online with the ingredients that I had in the house. The solution…make my own!

I must admit, these turned out pretty good. My kids loved them so much that there where none left over the next day.


Raw Persimmon Cookies (makes 15-25 cookies)

Ingrediants

  • 4 TBSP Cashew Meal
  • 1 CUPS Almond Flour
  • 1/2 CUPS Flax Seed Meal
  • 1 CUPS shredded coconut
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 3-5 dates (soaked for 5 minutes and pureed)
  • 4 CUPS Persimmon puree
  • GENEROUS drizzle of raw honey
  • 3 GRATED Apples

Optional:

  • 1/2 CUPS Rolled Oats
  • Cinamon to taste
  • Coconut Oil

Directions

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Pour in the persimmon and date puree and honey. Mix well, and add the grated apples. (batter should be very moist) Shape into cookies and place on dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 115 degrees until the insides are no longer wet. (about 12-14 hours)

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Enjoy!

Mama Bell

 


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