Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy August!

Can you believe we are halfway through 2011?

Today begins the holy month of Ramadan ... a time to draw closer to God and for self-reflection. Muslims around the world will fast from sunup til sundown and remember those less fortunate, placing more emphasis on religious actions rather than daily habits and routines.

Summer is almost over (although our hot summer temps will hang around for months to come).

"Aficionados of August revel in relinquishment. When it's one hundred degrees in the shade, it's too hot to be anything but receptive and reflective. Let a seasonally sanctioned sojourn of slow joys refill the authentic reservoir of creative energy ..." (Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, Sarah Ban Breathnach)

I have been happily crocheting away. My second jar cover complete. Made up as I go along.

And I am finding great joy in crocheting these little gift bags. I decided to try out the same thin cotton I use for my doilies so the pouches are coming out smaller and just perfect for holding a little something sweet (Godiva chocolate perhaps).

In fact, I have some ideas for embellishing them so back to the hook and yarn.

Have a beautiful new week! Peace & blessings, Tammy


Anonymous said...

I knew that this was the beginning of the Muslum Holy time. I think everyone needs to reflect & get away from the madness of the daily world.
You crochet is lovely as always...
Have a Great Day!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love how the creative mind works!! I can hear yours wizzing away from here! blessings ~ tanna

~~Carol~~ said...

Happy August! So when does it actually cool down there? It's been like the lost summer here, trapped inside because it's too hot to do anything outside. But I bet it's nothing compared to your summer! Love your gift bags and jar covers!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Your gift bags and jar covers are so pretty Tammy! I am hoping after my busy time is over around November that I can teach myself to crochet...I have always wanted to learn.


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Tammy ~
Your crochet pieces are so precious ! I love them !!
I just love your blog because it is so neat to read about
your life in another country ~
I still want to know what took you there :)


Pradeepa said...

You have a lovely blog. The jar cover is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Heather T. said...

There are so many admirable practices of other cultures and religions; if we could all take a little from here and there, we'd probably find that God would shine mightier in our world.

I recognized that book immediately, as I have my own copy on my bedside shelf ;)

Wonderful craftsmanship with the crochet, such amount of patience you must have.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

It is a good time to draw closer to God and for self reflection. I am trying to settle into the carefree days of summer, but it is hard with this heat! Twyla

Astri said...

Hi Tammy, What a lovely post. I especially like the crocheted heart. Hearts steal my heart. :-) Thank you for your comment on my blog. Do you have any photos of the flower and leaf squares that you made? That would be fun to see. Have a great week!

Gwendolyn said...

I am glad you found my new blog. I was just struggeling with the other one and what I wanted it to be. This new one will be less personal. Your crocheting amazes me! I have been working on a little blanket for Aiden, using cotton yarn, should be finished with it soon. Love ya! Stay cool!

Linda said...

Your crochet work is lovely! :)

"August rushes by like desert rainfall..."
from a favorite little poem of mine.

The passage of time always makes me feel sad so I try not to think on it too much - But it's life.

Sarah is at the school today for Marching Band. 9 days until 9 years of marriage for Jim and I. That's about the only good thing that I find in the month of August. I'm trying to slowly assimilate myself to the recognition that August is now here. I will come to terms with it and eventually will enjoy Autumn when it arrives, but like you - we have summer weather that lasts here through at least the end of September. School will begin on the 17th of August, and there isn't air conditioning in all of the school, so you can imagine that those first few weeks with 90s temps are difficult there. Usually, they're on a "heat schedule" at the beginning.

Hope you have a great week,

kimmie said...

I enjoy August because by now we have settled into a nice rythmn of life .... It's truly summer and the living is easy ... enjoy your month of quietude - it is very fitting in the heat you have

Denise said...

I'm sure Heather would love to come decorate for you! :) And she could bring HER teen boy.....he's all about seeing other countries. He would be seriously fascinated with Kuwait, I'm sure. One thing for don't have anything over us as far as temps go this summer. It is BLAZING hot here!!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy. I'm glad you are enjoying the last, lingering moments of sweet summer. Your jar covers and little bags are so cute.

Do you follow Ramadan? It's always good to draw closer to God. Take care and have a wonderful day. Susan

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Happy August to you! With 118 degrees you're just a tad about our 'match-stick' symbol of heat for the coming three days with temps 114-115°F... Hot as hell.

Wishing you well with your lovely little keepsakes; you are almost industrious going at it.

Lots of love,


Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Staying in out of the heat and crocheting sounds good to me. Even though not as hot here, I will be staying cool inside and sewing. Your bottle covers are so cute. I'm so impressed you can make it up as you go. The bags are so cut and could hold all kinds of treasures. Time does seem to fly by and summer will be fall before we know it.

Pam said...

Happy August to you. We had 111 yesterday with humidity. Many more hot days to come I'm sure. I love your crochet items. You have certainly been busy. Enjoy your last two weeks of leisure.

Kit said...

Happy August to you too! It is hot here (but not as hot as you) 86 degrees and we are due for a thunderstorm tonight. Watering like crazy and my pots of flowers are doing pretty good. Love your crocheted items. Have a great week! Kit

Serena said...

Do you follow Ramadan? A couple of years ago, my daughter and I were chatting to a tradesman doing some work in her house and, when we offered him a coffee/tea, he said no because he was Muslim it was Ramadan. We inquired and he explained it in more depth and I felt it was such a beautiful way of honouring your beliefs and also remembering and helping those less fortunate. I greatly admire the willpower to fast for a month. He also told us that, even though they fast from dawn til dusk, they still only partake of a very light evening meal. He also enlightened us more on Muslim beliefs in general and I found it so interesting. He was a lovely, respectful and gentle man.

Your crochet jars are beautiful and those little gift bags are so cute! I'm keen to see how you embellish them...not that they need it.

Have a lovely evening,
Serena xo

Becky~ said...

Happy Ramadan to your hubby Tammy!I know it begins in the States here today.Happy August to you!

Lovely little gifts for Ramadan as well.I would put chocolate inside too.I dated a muslim man from California after my husband died.He is still a very special friend.

Enjoy your week!

Phyllis said...

Goodness! Those jar covers are gorgeous!!!

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

Happy August to you to Tammy. I do like those jar covers.
If you pop over to my blog you have a surprise, you won my giveaway, well done.
best wishes Julie.C

val said...

I hope this proves to be a great month for you. School here in Slidell starts next MONDAY! I feel bad for the kids...wish they could start after Labor Day like when I was young. I love the crochet bottle covers....gorgeous. Those would be great to recycle bottles and fill with bath salts and give as gifts......I may have to steal your idea!

Sussie said...

My neighbours are from Irak and I can smell their delicious foods each night when they are allowed to eat again. I once had a palestinian boyfriend so I am quite familiar with the culture. And my daughters father is lebanese. He is syrian orthodox though.
I love your small crocheted jars and other things. I am worthless on that part. :)
Peace and blessings to you as well!

Brandy Marie said...

I have heard of Ramadan but never really knew what it was for. Thank you for enlightening and humbling me :) As "you should learn at least one new thing everyday." something my great grandma used to say. I also love love your jar covers, they are just too cute! _B

Anonymous said...

Time really is flying. Hard to believe... Ramadan will fly by as it always does. Hot temps here makes it hard to be outside, but we will make it through somehow! It makes me happy that my boys are participating this year.
Your projects are wonderful, as always!!


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