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Inspired by Wax Prints

inspiredby_wax printOne thing that you might have noticed by now on our site is that my sister and I love wax print fabrics! These fun eclectic patterns are a welcomed change from the more common/ overused fabric motifs (Chevron, anyone?).

Wax print, also known as Dutch or Holland wax print, is a common textile used in West Africa featuring a variety of bold, bright and geometric repeating patterns. Originally created in Indonesia during the Dutch occupation, textile makers used the fabric dyeing technique Batik resulting in a unique and non reproducible appearance to each bolt of fabric that is still desired today. In West African countries, the imported fabrics grew in popularity, becoming markers of status and often incorporating symbols of historical or proverbial significance.

Within past years, wax print fabrics have become prominent within the international fashion scene and are more commercially used in home decor. These fabrics are fun to incorporate into crafting projects and are fairly easy to find in larger metropolitan areas, mainly at shops that specialize in African imports.  Here are a few items that use this amazing fabric:

1. Weekender African coffee sack/wax print bag by WREN designs

2. Wax print origami keepsakes by SisterBatik

3. Wax print lined vintage trunk by Blanche Dyls Design

4. Wingback wax print upholstered chair by Anthropologie

5. Wax print bib necklace by Nad205

La NomRah Designs

This is  my last post mentioning the words snow and Atlanta in the same sentence. Oh the trauma of the last few weeks! Living ‘down south’ makes me ill prepared for cold weather. I mean I have a coat and a few (count three) sweaters. For the few months of the year when the temps are moderately cool, I adapt. But for winters like this one, full of snow and freezing temps, I gotta do better. Enter warm and cozies by La NomRah Designs.


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Winter Blues & Books..What We’ve Been Up To


Here’s a little inside peak at what we’ve been up to…

Sooo…when I wrote our last ‘what we’ve been up to’ post about being snowed in, little did I know that two weeks later, we’d both be snowed in – again. Womp.  Besides shoveling snow (Erin) and yelling at kids (Kia)… this week’s snow storm was a little more fun, as the fridges were stocked and we both had several good books to wrap up. Here are a  few other things we’ve been up to.


* So one thing you should know about us Howey girls, is we like to read. Erin just finished the magical Akata Witch. by Nnedi Okorafor. Check out  the autohor’s blog here


* Kia loved Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, a cross-continent tale of love and the nuisances of American and African cultures written with wit and lots of humor.

Erin is servin’ up gourmet vegetarian entrees, like Mayan Harvest.  Get the recipe here.


* Kia is beating the winter blues with yoga. Shout out to Yoga with Adriene. 


Yum! Food. Mayan Harvest Recipe‏

This recipe is based off of my favorite vegetarian frozen dinner by Kashi. Instead of buying the frozen meals and zapping them in the microwave I decided to make my own for multiple servings Mayan Harvest Recipe.

1 cup millet
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup kale roughly chopped
1 sweet potato, cubed
2 ripe plantains, sliced
1 can black beans, drained
1 packet of El Paso roasted garlic Mexican cooking sauce or make your own mole

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sauce using this recipe
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
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