Monday, May 23, 2016

Joy List Monday

Joining My Giant Strawberry for

Joy List Monday 

A weekly ritual; a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day.


Finishing up a washcloth for a gift ...
 and starting something new.
 Morning coffee with friends ... 
 and a little silliness, too.
 A quick walk around the block, spotting yellow ...
 and blue.
Seeing a lovely home surrounded by gorgeous green ...
and grateful for my own balcony garden where tiny visitors come to sit for a while.
"... Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing.  For to miss the joy is to miss all."
(Robert Louis Stevenson)

Have a joy-filled week!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weaving Workshop

A gorgeous drive yesterday morning as I made my way to the Sadu House for the Woven Paintings Workshop.
Sadu House was started in 1978 by Sheikha Altaf Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and others who were interested in preserving the traditional arts and crafts of the Bedouins.
Sheikha Altaf was there to introduce Lesli Robertson, Artist and Professor of Fibers at the University of North Texas, who would be teaching the workshop.
Lesli is a Fulbright Specialist who is here on her second trip to Kuwait, this time to help organize and coordinate a set of special woven panels that will be on display later this year at Al Shaheed Park.   
She hand-dyed indigo wool the night before -- to depict water and waves -- so that all the workshop participants could help weave a piece for the installation.

After a brief introduction, we were able to gather our supplies and get to work.
So much talent and creativity.
So much color and inspiration.
Two woven works as they developed over the day.

And finally my work in progress.
I obviously need to loosen up.
When I first signed up for the workshop, I thought that that timing of 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. was way too long, especially since we paid so little to attend.
As it turns out, 6 hours flew by in no time, and only a few actually finished their weaving.

I have more to share but will save that for another day. 
Maybe by then I will have finished my own little woven painting, however wonky it may be.

Creative wishes,

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sharing with Five on Friday

After some time, I'm again joining Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.

Number one:  Daiya cheezecake.
Oh my!
I found this at the grocery story several weeks ago and let me just say, I'm hooked.  
It's so delicious!

Number two:  Plumeria
Last week, the small tree on my balcony bloomed for the very first time.  
I've passed them while on walks, but never knew they had a fragrance.  
Such a light, sweet scent which apparently is even more fragrant at night.

Number three:  The moon
Tomorrow is the arrival of this month's full moon.
When I took this photo of my plumeria the other evening with the moon in the background, I didn't know that this month's full moon is referred to as the Full Flower Moon.
A very fitting image.

Numbers Three and Four: Two Crochet Finishes
My first triangle scarf made with yarn I've had in my stash for a while.
And the second one just finished today with yarn I bought a couple of months ago.
This one has a fringe that will have me leaving a trail of glitter wherever I go.

And finally, Number Five:
I'm looking forward to attending a workshop tomorrow being given by Lesli Robertson, an atist and Professor of Fibers, who is here as a Fulbright Specialist in a collaborative effort with Sadu House to promote the art of weaving.

Thanks Amy for hosting Five on Friday.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rosy Pink

One skein of rosy pink cotton yarn.
It reminded me of these beautiful roses in Jerusalem.
And this lovely wall art.
Both of which just happened to be at the sports club close to the family home where we took our cousin's youngest son to play.
Something else in pink is the Mollie Makes Magazine I received yesterday from a friend, purchased on her recent trip to Dubai.
So I set about crocheting with the rosy pink yarn.
And finished a coffee coaster.
Two washcloths.
(The background is free patterned paper found in the magazine.)

And two potholders.
I used up the rosy pink yarn right up to the very end.

This one reminds me of neopolitan ice cream.
Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
(Mollie Makes Magazine as the backdrop.)

According to Reader's Digest, pink roses signify Love, Gratitude and Appreciation.
(Photo taken in Amman, Jordan)

Thankful for all of you,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Crochet Here and There

Crocheting acts as a mental and physical therapy and there are many beautiful things that are created in the process.
(Today’s Crochet World)

This morning I met with my craft group for a lovely crafty morning.
We met at a Caribou Coffee in a new location which was nice and quiet and off the beaten path.
A beautiful day but a bit too hot to sit outside now.
Lots of wonderful projects being worked on.
Knitting, crochet, and cross-stitch.
Coffee, companionship, conversation and crafting makes for a great start to the day.
While in Jerusalem, I had the girls take me to the closest craft store for yarn.
There wasn't a huge selection, but I bought a few colors for a specific project I had in mind to complete while there.
We had given Salwa, who is in college studying massage therapy, a mini iPad, so I wanted to crochet a sleeve for it.
After this picture was taken, I added a crocheted tab and button so that it wouldn't slip out.
She was very happy with her stripey handmade cover.
I crocheted four of these coffee coasters while there.
Washcloths were made while on planes and buses.
And another washcloth and some coasters were crocheted while on a road trip in Jordan.
You can never go wrong with coffee and crochet.
And creative friends to inspire.

Best wishes,

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