I came up with a different way to display a spider plant – the aerial way!

This past May 2022 I came up with a different way to display the typical spider plant with babies! Instead of letting it hang like a typical hanging plant, I used a couple of plant supports previously used for orchids. The stems of the new babies are quite thick and with some clips I gathered up all the hanging stems and created a more aerial display. From afar it may look like air plants. You can see from the image in May compared to the one I took in August that the baby spider plant doesn’t grow as big. I keep it trimmed to keep from weighing down.

I love this display as it doesn’t look too messy and it has an architectural touch to it. I searched online looking for any reference or image of this kind of display for spider plant and I could not find any! Is it possible that I came up with an original idea?? Would you display your spider plant this way? If you do, please let me know and share images!

Spider plant with babies displayed the aerial way. Photo credit: Marilou Strait. Taken May 2022
Updated photo of the same spider plant aerial display. Photo credit: Marilou Strait. Photo taken August 2022

A Tulip Study in 3 Different Mediums

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For the last little while i have been doing healthy and kid-friendly recipes, now it is time to vary things a little bit with some art – a study of a subject. In the past, I have done studies of one subject in the same medium. This time I did one subject, tulips, in 3 very different mediums – a photograph, a pencil drawing and a vector drawing. This just happened spontaneously and in retrospect, I believe it would be good to do this more often.

How To Do A Study of One Subject in Different Mediums

  1. Take pictures. Start with a close up view of your subject and take pictures. – whatever camera you have will do. Take the time to compose it and in different angles.
  2. Sketch. I carry a small sketch book with me and use it when there’s opportunity to do even a quick sketch using a printed photograph or straight from a phone camera. I find that sketching by hand really helps in understanding the shapes, proportion and subtle colour shifts and gradients. Do  more than one if you can.
  3. Create a vector art without looking at your reference material (photograph or sketch).  Use the reference material only after you’ve tried digital drawing from memory. You’ll be amazed how much you can remember of the subject.
  4. Fine tune. Now you can refers to the reference materials and make changes to your vector art.
  5. Compare all your art work, just as I did here side by side.

Try it! You’ll get to understand more about your choice subject and as I found it, the approach I took in creating each art improved.

Making Simple Apple Butter in a Slow Cooker

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Fall is apple season and it is wonderful to see all the varieties of apples available. This year I tried a new cooked apple recipe.  With so much apples and at really good price, I wanted to try making apple … Continue reading

Naturally dyed Easter eggs



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This year we dyed our Easter eggs the natural way using vegetables and things we found in the kitchen. It was my first time to make it so it was as like a fun science experiment which you can get your young kids involved in.

We used Omega-3 hard-boiled eggs and approximately 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every 2 cups of liquid.

Suggested materials:

  • red cabbage – cut into pieces and boiled in two cups of water. Add vinegar
  • 1 medium beets – cut into chunks and boiled in 2 cups of water. Add vinegar
  • paprika
  • turmeric
  • white vinegar
  • rubber band
  • glass jars

Here’s the result:

Yellow – used paprika and a pinch of turmeric. Add boiling water and approximately one  teaspoon of vinegar. I used a small jam glass jar good to fit one egg.

Light blue – red cabbage after 4 hours

Deeper light blue – red cabbage after overnight

Light lavender – mixed equal parts red cabbage and beets dye bath after overnight soak

Molten blue – white egg rolled in the boiled red cabbage pieces from the dye bath

Molten blue with white streaks – We experimented with wrapping rubber band on white egg then soaking it in the red cabbage dye bath for 4 hours then rolled it in the boiled red cabbage pieces.

Dark Red Brown – I was expecting this to be deep red but instead we got a deep red-brown from using red beets. Next time, I will use glass jars for all the dye baths, since we used a clear plastic container for this one.

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