12th day: Mar 7th, Wednesday

Today most of us are working on our independent project, I got the candles that I made yesterday which were good, but still had some problems to fix. Also today is Ms. Borsack’s birthday~

Happy birthday to you.
The Cross-Stich is my project, I choose a really hard, I hope I can finish it before Friday. As you see the house which is made by Karen; I really like it. India decides to do Qipao which is an old dress in China.
The snacks today are most vegetables, the carrots were really good; instead of chips and candies, it’s really nice to change the snacks to vegetables. Thank Mami for bringing and preparing snacks for us everyday!
The wellness today makes us warm and keeps us active.
It’s snowy today which makes people tired, but we still work very hard to approach  the end. Good job, everyone!
And again, Happy birthday to Ms. Borsack!  

11th day: Mar 6, Tuesday

The last week of Tuesday has started!

Today we were divided into two groups and made candles. While the first group was making candles, second group was working on the independent project.

Making candle process is like this.

  • Melt soy wax with hot plate.
  • Put some color pencil in the beaker.
  • Stir the material until it melts like Maria is doing
  • Wait until the material cool and then add essential oil. (If you add essential oil when material still hot, essential oil is going to evaporate.)
  • Stick the wick inside the glass bottle.
  • Pour liquid into glass bottle.
  • Fix the wick with a stick.
  • Handmade candle is here!

Candle making master Ms. Mami.

After class, we had ice cream party today!

We ate delicious ice cream instead of took wellness class.

–By Seoyeon Bae

10th day: Mar 5th, Monday

This morning, our class was stuck in the senior building due to the snow, which means the plan of returning to the high school building was not going to work.

The morning group project is “friend bracelet”. This little trinket is made with cotton/wool strings and a button. First, pick in total of four wool strings, they can either be the same color or not, and cut them the same length. After cutting them, make a knot at the not very end of the string. In order to make a “friend bracelet”, only 7 colors are needed, so cut the least favorable color off to make in total of 7 strings that are usable.

then, draw in total of eight short lines on the circle and cut it, the lines needs to be symmetrical, which means, because the circle is divided in four parts, each parts should have three lines. Then, cut a hole that can let the knot go though  cuts count three to the right and fill the empty cut with it, and repeat this step until the bracelet is long enough for someone’s wrist.

At noon, Mami led the class create our own onigiri, it is a traditional Japanese lunch. Onigiri is basically a rice ball filled with many different fillings. The fillings can be either veggies or meats. For our Onigiri, Mamilettuces and cucumbers for the veggies. For the meat part, she prepared tuna with mayonnaise, crab meats, steamed salmon, teriyaki chicken, seasoned ground meat and tamago-yaki. Tamago-yaki is like Japanese style omelette.

“The food listed above are in the same order in the picture from close to far”

–By Leo Di Liu

9th day: Mar 2nd, Friday

Because of the bad weather we moved to Senior building basement to started the class. Today we are all working on our independent project. Most of us were knitting our scarf, and everyone was working so hard! It was really cute all of us looked just like grandmothers and grandfathers knitting our scarf. I remember when we learned how to knit from Ms. Sherry, it was really difficult and everybody wanted to give up. But after a few days everyone became so professional, just like my grandmother. Also some people were working on making little bags or clothes using Ms. Borsack’s daughter’s old clothes to reproduce new things. Ms. Borsack also taught some people making friendship bracelets–it looks really fun.

I can’t even believe that we can make so many things by ourselves. Also learned many knitting skills.

Afternoon we had wellness class. We were really tired but we had lots of fun. We did some work out and we also played lots of teamwork games. We played basketball games, and Karen was the MVP today. She beat not only everybody but also the teachers. Love Made by Me field academy so much!!

–Jessica Yun-An Liu

8th day: March 1st, Thursday

Today is the 8th day of us on-campus course, Made by me.

In the morning, as usual, we divided into two groups. Ms. Borsack taught us how to make a natural lip balm with the flavor we favor. We could choose one of the two methods to make our personalized lip balm. They contained different ingredients. We could select different types of wax, base oil, and essential oil. Thus, we divided into two groups again to start our process. Basically, we only have to follow the instructions on the board, and be patient and careful.

Those are the materials we need.

Our group chose to use coconut oil because we thought it can give our lip balms a soft texture and a delicious smell. We also chose bee wax. For people who are vegan, they can choose soy wax if they want. Our group do not have a concern like that, so we only aim to make a better taste lip balm that we will actually use later.

The first step was to measure the amount of ingredients we need according to the recipe. After a hard time of getting Shea butter (since it’s too hard to dig), we got all the materials we need and set them in a beaker. Then, we melt them into liquid with the help of Ms. Borsack. She also suggested us to add a little bit vitamin oil because it can moisturize our lips and provide nutrition.

Since different people want different flavors, we poured the melt substance into different beakers and added the kind of essential oil we liked. I made three of them, one for Ria. I used Lavender, Orange, and Eucalyptus oil with only a few drops because I personally cannot stand fierce scent. Then, we poured them into the lip balm containers quickly before the liquid solidified. It only took two minutes or so to dry out.

Once we finished all those steps, we could finally decorate our lip balms with stickers and wrote our name on it. For almost all the group members, that was our first time to make a personalized lip balm, but we all did an excellent job! We made several extras and gave them to our friends.

During the whole process, I find corporation and discussion very important for group project because the recipe only allow us to make either 8 or 10 once. We have to divide how many lip balms everyone wants, and what kind of job we need to do. If we cannot corporate very well during the process when we are pouring the liquid into the container, they will solidify so fast.

The other group was working on knitting. It is a very complicated project and many people cannot do it very well. Most people felt frustrating and tired of it and some of them even gave up. It might be the most challenging project we’ve ever done. It need patience and persistence. To be honest, even for girls, repeating the same process for a long time is not an easy task. We are mentally and physically exhausted at the beginning of the day. However, many people still tried and started from the beginning again and again, which is impressing.

After 10 a.m., we divided into several stations led by different teachers. Some chose to make a fresher, which is a small bag filled with perfume and spice. I made one with lavender and chrysanthemum flower. It smells so good.

Other people can choose either to keep knitting or making friendship bracelet with Ms. Borsack. Then, in the afternoon, we kept working on our independent project. The whole class was well-organized and quiet, which set up a good atmosphere for us.

–by Daisy Yao Ying

7th day: Feb, 28th, Wednesday

Today we made one kind of Japanese popular snacks called Daifuku.

We met Mami and other teachers in High School Building, and after a brief meeting, all the students were separated into two groups, I am in the group two, which is the one to make Daifuku.

We went to the basement in Senior Building and Mami started teaching our group how to do it.
we need strawberry, water, sugar, red bean paste, mochiko rich flour and measuring glass. A recipe of Daifuku is little red bean paste, one piece of strawberry and wrapper.
First, we cut all the strawberries in half skillfully, also we mixed together water, sugar, and rice flour and heated it for two minutes in the microwave oven, after heating we stir it thoroughly. This whole process needs to be repeated few times till it is sticky enough for strawberry and red bean paste to be enveloped inside. We made about 45 for all students and teachers.
In the afternoon I made a leather card holder for my ID. It is not as difficult as I thought, however, it still took me almost all afternoon.