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Kiandra ๐ŸŒป Jimenez  Christian. Wife. Mama. Poet. Adjunct. New Weaver/Spinner. Gardener. Loves: yellow, poetry, joy, prayer & nature.

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Selah. || Near 9 pm last night, my body had become weary. I sat at the feet of the loom, and took a moment to take in what I had done. What was confusing and incomprehensible a few days ago, was before me, through my hands. I paused, and took a moment to thank God for the fortitude and focus He gave me yesterday. From 11 am until 8:30 pm I worked intently (non stop), in what felt like a whole body exercise and experience of winding my first Navajo Warp for weaving. So many times I went to Him in prayer, "Unscramble my mind....Ease the pain in my back and arms....Guide me....Keep me focused....Teach me." _____________
I started this process completely unaware of what I was doing, where I was going, what the next step would be, or how long any of it would take.
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But God. God had my back. Now my prayer shifts, from "Unscramble my mind to, praise you, thank you, to speak through my hands." .
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#weaversofinstagram #navajoweaving #weaversofig #weaverfeaver #weaving #warp #believer #gratitude #grateful

"A 3 hour tour..." || Part 1 of the warping is done. And it was filled with issues. 20 inches in the tension of the first half dropped, which meant an hour or so of unwinding and rewinding. Continued on another 6 inches only realize one thread was misplaced, which meant unwinding to get to the mistake (while holding tension), fixing it, and continuing on. After that last mistake I took another look at my proposed width, and shaved off ten inches. Instead of 25" wide, I opted for 15". The main reason is our warp frame (although great) has some issues with maintaining tension, and going wider in this instance didn't seem like the smart, most effective move. So, onto the next phase: creating the selvedge, and binding it to the third stick/dowel. Final stage is mounting the warp to the loom. My prayer is to get done by sundown. We'll see. ๐Ÿ˜Œ
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#weaving #weaverfeaver #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig #weaversofinstagram #navajoweaving

Feeling Woolly. || Today's a slow, self-care, creative zone kind of day. It's been too long since I've slowed down, and had a day to myself to get lost in thoughts and creative pursuits. I said a prayer yesterday afternoon (after a 2 parent lecture on slowing down) for God to slow me down. Sure enough, He stepped in and did just that.
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Ee has gotten me a warping frame built in an hour (Rockstar husband status), got me going, and though I'm moving slow, I'm ready to wind my first warp. He said, "You've waited months for this day." I have. And, I'm digging myself into getting this and perhaps my other weaving project on their respective looms this weekend, as well as spinning some wool for weaving. I've never spun a thin single thread, but now is as great of a time as ever. Instead of spinning for wearable/useable cloth, I'll aim to spin for tapestry weaving. Even better? Spinning out in the garden, in the sun. That's the goal. Spin in the sun if the flies and wind and bees and mosquitoes aren't acting out. .
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#tapestryweaving #weaversofinstagram #weaving #weaversofig #weaversofinstagram #weaverfeaver #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #spinnersofig #spinner #woollove #woollovers #fiberart #fiberlove #machiii #spinolution #spinolutionmachiii

Oh, dear, sweet friends. Can I tell you how amazing @weavingsouthwest yarn is? I have stuck my head into this box of yarn too many times in the last hour it was delivered. It smells intoxicatingly earthy, and feels so good in my fingers. The colors are a poem. 20 skeins, and I want another 100 more. 200. I am in fiber love, and cannot wait to warp my first project. E put my new Navajo loom together yesterday, and all I gotta do is get going on setting it up and warping. I'm so excited and nervous. But dear God, this yarn puts me in sense heaven. I feel connected to New Mexico with this beautiful yarn. .
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#weavingsouthwest #fiberlove #woollove #weaverfeaver #weaversofig #weaversofig #weaversofinstagram #fiberart #tapestryweaving #weavingsoon #makerlife #maker

Poetry + AB & J || Sitting outside, alongside my neighbors, at our annual Spring yard sale. I'm fighting flies with my sore arms, and gasping as Nye's beautiful poetry. "You're holding too many words hostage," I kindly whisper to myself between bites.
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E's so kind, my instructions for my sandwich was, "Almond Butter and Blackberry Jam, not too much of each, but don't leave a bare spot of bread, make sure there is equal amounts of each in each bite...and use the soft white bread...the kiddy bread." His reply, "You're getting cereal lady." Then he comes out with a perfect sandwich and bottled water "because almond butter is dry." He loves me so well and is the best hand holder, too.
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I've got a stack of books on my right side, and negotiated promise with the teens: a trip to the library, downtown used bookstore, and Barney's (Barnes & Nobles). ๐Ÿ™‚ Love their life, and mine. Today would be perfect if I could weave or spin, and get to the gym. Oh, and some homemade cookies, too. Maybe, just maybe.

Babygirl + Pops || We've missed each other so much, been nearly inseparable. Two Peas in a pod, making up for lost time. Nobody cracks me up like him, or listens to my heart like him. I love the outdoors and exploring the wild, because of him. I learn voraciously, because him and Mama taught me how. A little country, a lot nerdy, offbeat and always doing my own thing because that's what he taught me. He's the man that kept his word and promise. The man that always calls me "Babygirl," whose face lights up for me, who would sleep on the floor beside my bed when I was sick, or scared of thunder, the man that taught me not to be a city girl, but gave me his New York wilderness upbringing, to balance out Mama, the city slicker. Ahh, we've got stories and laughs for days and weeks, we've got the best of bonds, and share the same heart. My heart has exploded in the most beautiful of ways--God restores and heals beyond our wildest dreams.
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Love you through the moon and back...with all the tomorrows in front of us. We no longer lost, but found. ๐Ÿ’— .
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#family #fatherdaughter #hisbabygirl #mypops #hesocool #lostandfound #godsgrace #lovehim #lovemydad #overprotectivedad #makinguplosttime #heartofgold

Blessed Resurrection Day!! || We were blessed to share a sunrise service with our church family (bed hair and all) and praise God! He is Risen! He is King!
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Easter is my most favorite holiday. It is the most important holiday, as it gives me life and grace and God's eternal love. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude--not at all because of me, or anything I've done, but because of the Holy one.
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May you all enjoy God's eternal love and grace today and all days, and rejoice in the living Christ! We are because of Him!
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#christianfamily #christian #christianfaith #womanofgod #womenofgod #believer #resurrection #resurrectionsunday #hehasrisen #graceupongrace #letthechurchsayamen #sunriseservice

Lunch time Harvest! || A bouquet of baby artichokes. I must admit, I should have harvested these eats Sunday, Monday at the latest, but I was holding on to this idea that they would swell and fatten, not open. Oops! But at least I didn't let them go too far, I hope. Perhaps I should have left one on the plant to flower, but I remembered I grow food to eat it! Speaking of harvest, I have a volunteer plant of lettuce on the verge of bolting. I can tell! ๐Ÿ™ˆ I don't know whether to harvest it now for a dinner, or to let her go wild for the seeds. She has a twin volunteer a bit younger in the garden that I'll do the opposite with harvest, or gather seed. What are you gardeners harvesting? Any peas or carrots or other spring eats? .
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#garden #gardengram #gardengirl #gardenlife #gardening #growyourown #growyourownfood #growsomethinggreen #gardenersworld #gardeners #gardener #gardenersofinstagram #gardenersofig #mygarden #gardenlife #gardeninglife #gardentour #gardenlove #organicgardener #organicgarden #harvest #artichoke #springharvest #gardenfood

Because Love. || In a few days my life has shifted in the most wonderful way. Everything is wild, I'm feeling emotions I've never felt, and remembering feelings of love I tucked away decades ago.
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Love blows my mind with its ability to live without cease, its way of growing not in spite of loss, but as a response to heal loss. We go about this life believing DNA bonds us and makes us family--my life as offering, it isn't. Love is. Love and love and love. We can be lost, and not know, until we are found and loved.
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There is this thing about God, I've come to know, He's always at work with the business of us--loving, healing, giving grace. We are always His business. We carry on with these broken and hollow pieces, if we know God we pray through it, but we get on with scabbing life over the hole. We live in the face of our pain, and all along, God has made our hurts His business. He is there all the while.
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When someone loves you unconditionally, it is the truest form of God's love. It heals not because of us, but because at its truest, love is a reflection of God. I'm standing heart deep in that kind of love and am forever changed, in the same way learning the purple hue of lavender has changed how I receive color.
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#grateful #gratitude #loved #love #lavender #mygarden #gardenlife #gardengirl #mylife #believer #womanofgod #womenofgod #christian #christianwoman

Ready to Sley. || But, that's going to have to wait...a while. I got it all measured and done about an hour and half ago, maybe two, took a break, and came back thinking I'd tackle slaying tonight. Not going to happen. Slaying is one of those tasks you can't just break from, once you are going you have to go. And, well, Ee made tacos ๐ŸŒฎ ๐Ÿ˜ and I have to ready myself for work in the morning. So, weaving waits. Likely a week, due to our workout schedule and Bible study, and all the other things we'll need to focus on.
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Seeing how long it's taking me to get a project on the big loom has really given me perspective regarding my loom/weaving decision. Floor weaving is slow going, and if I want to weave more during the week, in snatches of time, this isn't quite the way, just yet. Okay, tacos and Edward are calling. So love him. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜
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#weaving #weaver #weaverfever #floorloom #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig

Warping on a slow Sunday afternoon || The house is so still I can hear Ee working the yard just beyond the front door. The kids are upstairs reading and/or napping with the sleepy dog upstairs while I'm downstairs, in my weaving nook, winding my warp. Music feels a bit like gilding the sweet tone of the day--We started the morning with a great sermon, came home and gorged on smoothies, and then went about our own corners with the work of resting/working. Of course, my arms don't feel so restful with winding all this warp, two days after arm/shoulder day, but I'm so grateful to have a day to just be. To mosey myself around the loom, and work at getting her dressed. My prayer is to get this warp measured and on the loom by sundown. (Today makes a full week since I started winding her--our lives are so full I think one day a weekend is all I have for creative time.) But, this is such slow work, I'm cautious about that goal. Pictured here is half of the 246 threads I have to measure. I'll pull it off, braid it, set it aside, and start the last half.
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I'm using this quiet time to ruminate, and make a big weaving decision: buy another loom (tapestry), or stock up on scarf weaving yarn. It's such a dilemma, as I want to do both: weave useable material, and get serious about picture making, again. I miss my painting and art quilting days, but no matter how hard I try, I can't find the same passion for either like weaving. My gosh, have I tried and tried. This season of my life just doesn't lend itself to quilting, and painting hasn't pulled me--I find poems more than I find paintings in my heart. I've considered seriously getting into tapestry weaving for a few years, but opted to invest in my floor loom, which I don't regret. The great thing about small scale tapestry weaving is it allows for more portable, smaller chunks of creative time that fits this season of my life better. More praying and considering and warping--123 warp threads to go. .
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#warping #weaverfever #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig #warp

Saturday Workout (4 of 4 โœ…) || Before & After. I really didn't want to come this morning. We were here until closing last night, and I really wanted to water my garden, make a smoothie, and get some weaving done. But Ee is holding us to our 4 x week schedule, and because my lady parts made it difficult to come Monday, Saturday it is. I was a little blah, a lot cold, and very sleepy when we dragged in, but he had to drag me out, force me to call it quits after 2 hours of leg work. (I was sneaking in some tricep work. ๐Ÿค—) I love working out with him, and rarely never want to come, and once here I'm pumped and loving it. This is his poem today, my spent muscles and tired self, my two hours of lost weaving, my morning smoothie. This is what I gift him. .
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#fitfam #fitness #fitjourney #fitmom #fitcouple #fitnesslife #imhungry #imhungrynow #legday #legdaydone

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