Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Morning at Magnet

A quick stop this morning at a park I've never been to and then I picked up Aruna for our drawing date.
 We enjoyed falafel and avocado toast and then did some quick drawings.
I basically just slapped something on the page loosely based on a photo I took in Sofia, Bulgaria last month, while Aruna had to finish her zentangle heart once she got home.
School traffic has started up again and I try to avoid being stuck in it at all costs.

She surprised me with gifts.
A small macrame wallhanging purchased at a workshop she recently attended.
And the biggest surprise of all was a watercolor that she painted of me based on a photo taken last month at one of our Kuwait Crafters meet-ups.
Awhile back she asked for a picture of Jingles so that's basically what I expected to find.  You can imagine my surprise when I opened the packaging to find me inside.  :)

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Statues, Sculptures and the Story of a Hedgehog

The Statue of Sveta Sofia (Saint Sofia) has stood over the city of Sofia, Bulgaria since 2000.  (A  statue of Lenin had been erected there in 1966 but was pulled down in 1991.)  Her crown symbolizes power and in her hands are a wreath for glory and an owl for wisdom.
There were lots of statues dotted around the city, but unfortunately I don't know the history of most of them.
This one outside the Ethnographic Museum is of renowned Bulgarian writer and playwright Yordan Radichkov (1929-2004).
And these two are father and son, the Slaveikovs, both poets
I also really loved seeing such beautiful sculptural architecture as we walked the city.
Another sculpture we passed many times was of men and animals but I can't seem to find any information on it.
I left a heart and the next time we passed by it was gone.

On our second day, we were sitting outside having lunch on Vitosha Boulevard, the main commercial street in Sofia.
A statue of Bulgarian writer Aleko Konstantinov is at one end and from the other direction you can see Vitosha Mountain in the background.
I noticed a guy walking by with a carton of stuffed animals that he was trying to sell.  You could tell he had some challenges but he just slowly walked along and didn't bother anyone.  We had already experienced many beggars in Sofia, old and young, but this guy was different and something about him just stuck with me.  

The next day was super hot and while wandering the streets, we came across him again.  He was waiting in line for a drink of water and my heart really went out to him.  At first my husband wanted to give him money but then wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do.  I watched the guy's face as he very lovingly and carefully held his carton of stuffed animals while he took a long drink of water.  My husband had continued walking so I ran after him and said that if he didn't feel right just giving him money, then we needed to buy a stuffed animal.

I honestly don't even remember what other stuffed animals he had.  There may have been one or two other choices, but I went for this cute little guy.
Isn't he the sweetest?

I swear, the guy was over the moon that we wanted to buy one of his stuffed animals.  It cost the equivalent of about $12 and was totally worth it because the smile on his face was priceless.

Wishing you a sweet September!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Crafting at The Coffee Bean

A new location of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was the setting for our craft meeting this morning.
There's a lot of talent right here in this group.

Gorgeous needlework and knitting.
Crochet and cross-stitch.
And even a quilter doing paper pieced hexies.
I cannot believe that today is the the last day of August.
Where does the time go?

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tuesday's Drawings and Scenes from Sofia

On Tuesday Aruna and I got together again for another drawing date.  
And just as with craft group, we are always looking for new places to try.
This time we went to Rite Cafe located in The Cube Mall.
I drew inspiration from a photo taken while walking the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria on Monday, August 12th.
Since there are very few flowering plants during the summer in Kuwait, it was nice to be surrounded by so many colorful blooms in Sofia.
I also really enjoyed the architecture there and took way too many pictures of buildings.
Will share more next time.
Happy Thursday!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Another Crafty Morning

It would seem that the only time I post lately is when I have an art date with Aruna or meet-up with my craft group.
Did you know that Thursday was Granny Square Day hosted by Simply Crochet Magazine?
Above are some of the squares that crafters in Kuwait submitted to our group for posting.
Mine are the bottom left and right.  I'm a traditionalist when it comes to granny squares.
They are my go-to project when I'm not sure what I want to do.
But on Friday, I did try this free pattern designed by Frederika Creates which can be found on the Mollie Makes website.

Yesterday my craft group met at yet another new coffee shop (they are opening right and left over here).  This one is called Bon.
I had a Spanish Soy Latte which was pretty darn good.  Most places say they can't do designs with soy milk but this barista proved them wrong.
Zhraa made vegan lemon muffins again and boy were they yummy!
She also made each of us a tiny granny square decoration for our phones.

Some members were returning from summer holidays.
Suzanne went to Shetland where she learned all about lace knitting.

Carol Ann was in Greece and brought souvenir magnets.
I'm just about running out of room on my fridge.
Amal is working on a needlepoint that's been year's in the making.  She's filling in all the background now.  So beautiful, so much work.
For show-n-tell there was a sheep, a blanket, a purse and a needlepoint case.
And the piece de resistance was Carol Ann's sewing case.
 Can you guess where she's from?  :)
 All the sides are stitched with motifs.
And inside there's a needlecase, scissor fob, bluebonnet magnet, and the cutest cactus pincushion.
She's currently stitching up Van Gogh's sunflowers.
While I humbly worked on quick coasters that didn't require much thought while talking.

Last Sunday hubby and I were wandering the streets of Sofia. Bulgaria.
More about that soon.
Have a peaceful Sunday!
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