Sunday, January 12, 2020


We have a sliding glass door in our bedroom that leads to a balcony where I have plants and put bowls of food and water for the birds.
Since the windows are tinted, it is the perfect spot for birdwatching because I can see them, but they can't see me.  
I don't use my Canon often anymore, but it does come in handy for close-ups.
But then the pictures just sit there and I do nothing with them, so decided I would share them here every so often.
They really are so entertaining to watch but hard to capture when there's a whole group of them visiting.
There's a lot of blurry images for sure.
I'm happy if I manage to get even a few good ones.
There is an unreasonable joy to be had from the observation of small birds going about their bright, oblivious business.
 Grant Hutchison  
Sunday blessings,

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Crafting at Earthroastery

Last night I looked at the weather forecast for today and there were strong winds predicted from 11 a.m. onwards.  Thankfully that was not the case and we were able to have our regular craft meeting outdoors as planned.
Earthroastery is a fairly new coffee shop just 15 minutes walking from my house.
We have to take advantage of every good weather day that we can.
A few crocheted and stitched projects for show and tell.
Butterflies and flowers on my way home.
And a kitty who enjoys her balcony time.
Happy Caturday!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Results

More tomato blossoms appeared overnight.
My balcony garden isn't huge but there's enough variety to bring the bees and keep them busy.
We walked to lunch today and had nice blue skies on the way.
Potato samosa, vegetable biryani and bhindi masala.
Cloudy skies on the walk back.
And now for the results of Wednesday's dyeing workshop.
The left is a reminder of what my dye bundle looked like at the end of the workshop.
And on the right is the result after two day's of drying.  The yellow parts seemed to have faded away.
Not at all what I expected but it's pretty and I like it.
Thought I might make a pillow with it, but now I'm not sure.  Will have to think on it a bit.
Have a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Update on Tofu

In March it will be 2 years since I found a little abandoned tortoise wandering my neighborhood, carried him home and named him Tofu.
He's still the apple of my eye.
As you can see, I had a little fun with him last year.  An apple for September.
Pumpkin season in October.
He even wore a costume for Halloween.
The weather is perfect right now so he is enjoying his time on the balcony.  Every day he eats lettuce, tomatoes and/or cucumber.  Whatever he doesn't eat gets tossed into the potted plants and lo' and behold but what should appear?
Tomato plants.
The first blossom.
All because of this sweet boy.

Happy Thursday,

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Fabric Dyeing

For the first time in a long time I attended a meeting of Kuwait Textile Art Association at Sadu House where today's project was fabric dyeing.
We were told to use two colors and I was encouraged to stick with those choices though now I wish I would have experimented a little more.
There was quite a large group in attendance so this is just a small sampling of progress shots.
For show and tell, one member showed samples of dyeing she's done in the past using different techniques.

Now we play the waiting game to let the fabric dry completely before untying it.  I've put it out on our balcony and hopefully will be able to have a look at it in a few days.
Always enjoy having a little wander around the premises before heading home.
Lots of color and pattern for inspiration.
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday,
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