"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." (Rabindranath Tagore)
Tuesday blessings to one and all! Below are pics of my packaged baked goods for the Operation Bake sale. I recycled and used things I already had on hand rather than running out and buying containers.
I especially love the Scarecrow tote -- it is a recycled rice box, scrapbook paper and seam binding for the handle.
Do you know what these are?
A tote and purse made from "plarn" (plastic bags which are cut into strips and then crocheted together). A lovely lady here named Maria has taught ladies in shelters at the embassies here how to make these wonderful items. It gives them a sense of purpose and accomplishment and money from the sales goes back to the shelter. Fantastic work! They even use the plarn to decorate wire coat hangers.
Last nite we went to a Palestinian Exhibition of handicrafts. The Palestinians are well-known for their cross-stitched items and each region has its own style and colors. This exhibition is a way to preserve the handicraft and raise money for a good cause. I was not allowed to take pictures, but here are some of the beautiful items I purchased. All money raised goes to help women and children in the Palestinian refugee camps.
I would like to take this time to tell you about the Thankful Challenge that I learned about from QueenMotherMamaw http://queenmothermamaw.blogspot.com/ You can see the button for it at the top of my sidebar. The challenge comes from http://southbreezefarm.blogspot.com/ and we are to take a moment every day to list the things that we are thankful for.
I am thankful for the sun each day,
for friends we meet along the way,
I'm thankful for my morning cup
And the coffee that helps to wake me up!
Our Japanese friend, Mr. Saito, has been visiting from Dubai where he lives/works. Sunday nite, we went to my favorite Indian restaurant, Rangoli, and last nite to Fusion for Japanese food.
He gave the kids a interactive cd-rom so they can learn Japanese. We hope to one day visit him and his family in Japan.
“Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
I hope that everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! Peace & blessings, Tammy