Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Art with Aruna

After a two week break, my friend, Aruna, and I were able to meet up again for another drawing date.
Our previous outing was on June 25th to Bouchon Cafe at one of the nearby malls.

Today we headed just up the highway to a new restaurant complex called Vibes to check out the Mediterranean restaurant, Maize, that I read about in a local magazine.
The decor was really lovely.
And the food was delicious.
Edamame hummus, green falafel, cauliflower flatbread

Amazingly, Aruna matched the edamame hummus perfectly.
Gorgeous greens!

After chatting and eating, it was time for drawing.
Aruna takes her time sketching.
 While I doodle and draw and add lots of color to my page.
The little bird drawing was actually inspired by a picture from Instagram that Cheryl posted of her pretty bird Layla.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
― Pablo Picasso 

Unfortunately, while we were enjoying our art time inside, the weather outside got very windy and dusty.
So much for yesterday's beautiful blue skies.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summertime Blues

In all honesty, I do tend to get a bit blue during the hot months of summer.
Temperatures have already reached 120 F (and some say much hotter), so we are often cooped up inside.  But today, I felt the need to walk, even if I could only manage 10 minutes or so.
It was such a clear today, and surprisingly, despite what the thermometer read, there was even a nice breeze which made being outside quite pleasant.
This disk was definitely going round and round due to solar power.
Blue sky and blue sea always make me happier.
 As does spending time in nature.
And crocheting outdoors.

Hope you are having a great summer so far.
 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Crafting at Costa

It's been a month and a half since my last meet-up with Kuwait Crafters.
This morning we had 9 crocheters and 1 stitcher show up for crafting at Costa Coffee.
Two young ladies have been taught to crochet by their mom.  200 feathers are being made for a December wedding.  She also plans to teach them cross-stitch to keep them busy over the hot summer.
Carol Ann is from Texas and a member of the Embroidery Guild.  She's currently working on a challenge project and has made use of some amazing stitches that I've never seen before.
Baby blankets in progress.
Happiness is Handmade!
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Drawing Date

My friend, Aruna, and I try to meet once a week to have coffee or breakfast and to draw together.
Because of Ramadan and travel, we haven't seen each other in over a month, but today we were finally able to get together.
To our surprise, the restaurant we planned to go to wound up being completely boarded up which meant we had to choose another spot. Thankfully the complex we were at had many choices so we wandered over to a Kuwaiti restaurant.
It was the beautiful shades of blue and the decor that drew us in.
I had rosewater lemonade and tea and we shared foul and falafel.
By the time we finished eating, the breakfast crowd had cleared so we had a nice, quiet space for drawing.
Aruna took a picture of a lantern to sketch and I just drew what was right in front of me.
How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world.  You're not capturing it, you're interpreting it.
(Juliette Aristides)
We always have such an enjoyable and relaxing time.
Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Day One: Tbilisi

This past Tuesday we were winging our way to Tbilisi, Georgia for the holiday of Eid Al Fitr that marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
The forecast called for rain and a heatwave the 4 days we were there, but fortunately, we only saw rain on the drive from the airport to our hotel; and the heat wasn't really what we would consider overly hot.
Our hotel was right across the street from the Kura River and was an easy walk into Old Tbilisi.
We crossed Baratashvili Bridge where there's a sculptural composition of bronze figures entitled "Youth" by Georgi Japaridze.
And explored a bit before deciding to eat at Stelzen Haus which is a German-Georgian restaurant.
My friend Mini at MinizDiary (who is vegetarian) visited Tbilisi last year and wrote a blog post about the food so I had an idea of some of the traditional dishes I might be able to try.
Badrijani is eggplant and peppers stuffed with walnut pate and Phkali is a spinach mousse with walnut paste and traditional herbs.
My husband had a vegetable soup and I had a salad of cucumber and tomatoes with walnut paste, so by the time the Lobiani arrived (bread stuffed with kidney beans) we were already feeling pretty full.  We only managed to eat a few pieces, but it was so very good and if I had known the portion size, I wouldn't have ordered the starters.
After dinner, I did some wine tasting and bought a bottle to take back to the hotel.
Then we walked across the Bridge of Peace over to Rike Park.
Unfortunately, it was cloudy and starting to get dark so some of my pictures aren't so clear at this point.
Lavender in bloom that smelled so good.
Walking back to our hotel for the night.
Day two included lots more walking, a cable car ride, the botanical garden and Narikala Fortress.
More next time.

Wishing you a great week.
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