Sage Smudge Sticks

Shortly before we began reworking the Fibers & Florals website, Gardenista had reposted a simple Smudge Stick tutorial I wrote for our original journal. I thought it would be nice to revisit this now that we are up and running. You can view their post here or read below for the step-by-step:

This day was particularly special for me. I hadn't seen my dear friend Kaity in a few weeks and we were able to snag a couple of hours together from our schedules to forage and wildcraft the foliage above. I was able to show her a family tradition that I had experienced growing up: the act of cleansing your space with sage smudge sticks.

Half of my family is Native American and with every family gathering sage always played an important role. This time last year Fibers and Florals was going through a rough patch and desperately needed a good cleansing. Below is a step by step tutorial for making a scared sage smudge stick, say that 5x's fast!

Supplies needed:

White Sage


Cotton thread

First start with a head of Salvia apiana, commonly known as white sage or sacred sage. Always inspect the head and leaves for signs of disease or infestation prior to cutting. Cut sage heads during a sunny day when the heat is not scorching the leaves to a wilting state

Pluck each leaves carefully and arrange in a neat bundle. Its important to use 100% cotton thread or embroidery thread as synthetic thread releases harmful chemicals.

Paolo Fusco: Fiori 24h

Beautiful post from Domus featuring Roman Photographer Paolo Fusco.

"Their presence has always fascinated me, they seem like sentinels in the quiet roman night, small lighthouses populated by half-asleep immigrant workers. A hint of mystery surrounds them, but it's probably just a business model which takes advantage of the immigrate workers' need to have a place to spend the night."

Gwen and Gawie Fagan

A year later and I am still inspired by these two. Read the interview here.


Gwen, I heard you collect plants.

Gwen: My roses are my biggest collection. I became a very ardent collector of heritage roses. I found that Tuinhuis, a government house in Cape Town, had roses in the garden from the early 1800s and we were asked to restore the Tuinhuis and it’s garden. I’m always responsible for the landscape part of our work. I started my research on old roses and how they got to the Cape, where they came from, where they were planted and how they were treated. It became a passion. In the end I decided to publish a book on my findings.

FDB Mobler J108

We just brought this lesser-known Mobler home.


We've always loved the way Mobler chairs tend to breakdown for easy transport. This one in particular is great because the back posts unscrew as well. All-in-all, it actually broke down and fit perfectly into one of our totes we made last year. We finally found out more about this model and it seems they originally came with a seat pad and a carrying case.