Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Drawing Date at LeMokaSam

Yesterday I had my last drawing date of 2019 with Aruna at a new French cafe called LeMokaSam,
The cafe just opened in September so is still a quiet spot in the morning.
While we enjoy getting out early, many people prefer afternoon or evening coffee dates.
I usually doodle and add as much color to my pages as I can.
While Aruna is a little more serious with her drawings.
She sketched a photo she saw on Instragram @survivalinternational -- of a young indigenous boy in Brazil with the Uru-EU-wau-wau people who are fighting to save the Amazon from destruction.
The cafe also provides sketchbooks and supplies so that customers can draw and leave messages behind which we did before leaving.
The barista gave us a special blend to try so we said cheers to the new year that is almost here.
Why is it always so hard to believe that yet another year is about to end?
Sending my best wishes to you all!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Crafting at Koobs

It was beautiful weather today for outdoor crafting with Kuwait Crafters.
Koobs Coffee has a lovely patio with lots of plants and pretty murals.
For show and tell, Suzanne showed us her knitted shawls -- one that just needs the ends woven in, and one she was wearing.
Isn't it gorgeous!
(The picture on the left is more true to color.)
She also shared some of the cutest Christmas cookies that she brought back from Hungary.

Rene brought the reversible project bag she made.
Love the colors.

And Aruna showed us a very pretty poinsettia she crocheted.
They both have just started working on 3D leaf bags.
And the rest of us were crocheting, knitting or cross-stitching.
A really enjoyable way to start the day.

Plus vegan brownies.  
Complements of Rene and so, so, so, so good!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Merry Wishes

Hello Friends!
 I hope you are all well and that you enjoyed a very merry Christmas with friends and family.
I didn't decorate this year but have been taking pictures of trees when I've been out and about.
 And have been doing some Christmas crochet.
I won't keep you long since I've got some pumpkin pie calling my name.
Just wanted to send my warmest wishes.

Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 9, 2019

Walking Weather

My favorite time of year.
I'm getting out to walk as much as I can because beautiful weather must be enjoyed while it's here.
Winter is a time of growth in the desert so there's a buzz of activity all around.
Spotted two caterpillars the other day and carried them to grassier locations.
Bees and butterflies and other insects are busy pollinating.
Did you know that big adult dragonflies eat bees?  I sure didn't.
This huge dragonfly flew past me and landed on some dried grass.  When I got closer I realized it was munching away.
This is the first time I've seen a reddish colored dragonfly.
It was much smaller than the one eating the bee.
Some days I pick up garbage.
I always take food to feed kitties along the way.
And try to spread a little love.

Heartfelt wishes for a happy new week!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Crafting at Magnet

“In a world where news of inhumanity bombards our sensibilities, where grasping for things goes so far beyond our needs, where time is squandered in busyness, it is a pleasure and a privilege to pause for a look at handiwork, to see beauty amidst utility, and to know that craft traditions begun so long ago serve us today.”
― John Wilson  

A gray, drizzly Saturday weather-wise, but there was joyful crafting and sharing inside Magnet with Kuwait Crafters.
I shared my second simple ripple that I finished and worked on more curtain ring ornaments.
Aruna shared the scarf she finished, some very cute Christmas crochet, and started work on a second carnation.
Alifiya crocheted a name banner for her new home and has started a shawl using a very large hook with chunky yarn.
 Nisrin is wearing the 3D cowl she recently finished and started making little lucky coin pouches that are traditionally given out to friends and family during one of their celebrations.
 Najlaa is handsewing a hexie quilt that she hopes to finish for an exhibition in the spring.
And Linda, who actually started the Kuwait Crafters group many years ago by posting meet-ups to Ravelry, is always knitting socks.  She used her leftover yarn bits to make birds of happiness for each of us.

Sending happy wishes your way,
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