Monday, June 18, 2018

Art Cafe Kuwait

You may need a cup of coffee or tea (or whatever you prefer) because there's a lot of pictures coming up.

Earlier this month, thanks to my friend Aruna, I discovered a lovely new cafe.
Art Cafe Kuwait is a cafe downstairs and a ceramic painting studio upstairs.
The first time we visited the cafe was during Ramadan, which meant no eating or drinking during daylight hours because of fasting.
 So we spent our time exploring and sketching.
 A different take on the same inspiration photo.
She's all about detail, and I'm all about color.
The cafe owner displays some of her own artwork.

And even turned some of her paintings into these large window decals which are so lovely with the light shining through.
There are small art exhibitions every few weeks displaying the work of local artists.
It's really such a relaxing and inviting environment to spend quality time with friends.
Aruna is a wonderful artist and is encouraging me to draw more.
I'm sure you can figure out which one is mine (think color!).

Our friend Emina joined us for a short while and we encouraged her to draw something.
She's good at lettering so next time we meet we will get tips on doing that.
 Now that Ramadan is over, we are also able to enjoy the goodies that Art Cafe has to offer. 
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
(Albert Einstein)
Have a great week!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

KIP Day 2018

Worldwide Knit-in-Public Day was celebrated yesterday in 53 countries at 560 different public  events.  It is the 13th year that the event has taken place; and the 4th year that Kuwait Crafters, the stitch group I am a member of, has officially participated.
A few of us filled bags with handmade brooches as welcome gifts for attendees.
Don't let this next picture fool you.
That's basically all the crocheting I did the entire time.  Mostly I was meeting and greeting and seeing what everyone else was up to.
Hands that hook, knit and stitch.
WIPs (works-in-progress)
And show-and-tell.
We also had some giveaways and I just happened to be the lucky winner of a gorgeous bag of crochet goodies, but I'll share more about that next time.

Sunday blessings,

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Day Two in Toronto

Early morning was spent with coffee in hand enjoying squirrel acrobats in my BILs backyard.
The weather was lovely and cool so hubby and I headed out for a walk before we went to his sister's for the day.
Daffodils are definitely something we don't see in Kuwait.
 Moon spotting.
We had a late breakfast with the family where we mostly sat and talked for many hours.
So on the way home that afternoon, my BIL dropped me and his wife off  at a park close to where they live so we could stretch our legs and walk the rest of the way to the house.
Sights along the way.
 
I was happy the weather was better and they were happy that winter had at long last released its grip on them.
Have a beautiful day wherever you are in the world.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

First Stops

As I mentioned in my previous post, our first stop on our recent trip was to Canada.
Our first morning in Toronto was a very foggy, drippy one after days of rain.
It was also chilly, but that didn't stop me from taking a morning walk (much needed after so many hours on a plane the day before).
Everyone said that Spring was several weeks late because of the frigid winter, but there were definitely signs of it finally springing forth.
I think we actually experienced several seasons that first day.
You can see in these two pictures, taken not more than 30 minutes apart, that the weather kept changing.
The scariest part was the drive home later in the day when there was a moment or two that we couldn't see a thing.
Another first stop on that first morning was Tim Horton's which is my brother-in-law and his wife's favorite place for coffee.
Thankfully, after that first crazy weather day, we had beautiful weather for visiting family and were able to also take a hike and visit a botanical garden.

But I'll save that for another time.

Best wishes,
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