Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sea Themed Creativity

Last week I attended a crochet meeting at Sadu House where we were asked to make seashells and sea themed items for a large scale installation next month.
Everyone grabbed their yarn of choice from the baskets provided and set to work right away.
At the end of 2 hours, we had a nice collection started.
When I got home I continued to play around with shapes, color and patterns.
And had fun photographing it all, too.
This morning I will be delivering my finished pieces to Shelby who is organizing next month's weaving stories event.

I didn't actually get as much done as I would have liked.  I have so many projects on the go all the time that it's hard for me to focus on any one thing for long.  I know many of you can relate.

Joining with Kathy for Creativity Wednesdays.
Creativity Wednesdays
Creativity Wednesdays with Kathy at Hummingbird Woodland Studio
Have a wonderful day,

Friday, October 7, 2016

Five on Friday: Just Smile

Today is World Smile Day!
Commercial artist, Harvey Ball, created the smiley face in 1963 and through his foundation, World Smile Day was started in 1999 as a way to brighten the world and make it a better place through the simple power of the smile.
Something that made me smile today was finding this drawing book from when my youngest son was in pre-k 15 years ago.
It was still filled with blank pages so when my little friends from next door came over to visit, I set them up with stamps, ink, watercolors and paper.  
Malak is 10 and painted this lovely picture of me and Jingles.
I do believe I could happily live in a little yellow house in the country with an apple tree and a rope swing.  

Just not too sure about the pigtails and the short dress though.  :)

See Miracles In Life Everyday
Joining Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.
Have a fabulous day,

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Story of Weaving

No matter how many times I visit Sadu House, I never tire of seeing what's on display.
The story of weaving takes you from the desert, where women traditionally wove household and decorative items.

To the days of urbanization when men took on the role of weaving cloth for the traditional cloak known as a bisht.
There's a video to be watched about the history of Sadu weaving.
But for me, more than anything, I just like looking around, taking it all in.
Once a traditional Kuwaiti home, the Sadu House is now a cultural center preserving the ethnic handicrafts of the Bedouin people.
We sleep but the loom of life never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up.
Henry Ward Beecher

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Oohing and Aahing

A few days ago, my husband had a Japanese business associate who is based in Dubai visit Kuwait for the first time.  Before he brought him to our house, he warned him that it has been described by many as resembling a museum.
I wish you could have seen his face when I opened the door and he stopped inside.  It's always funny to see the reactions of people who visit for the first time.
He spent a lot of time oohing and aahing over everything, then  
we headed to The Peacock Chinese Restaurant located at the SAS Hotel for lunch, as he said Chinese food is his favorite.
And he was not disappointed.
Complementary jasmine green tea and a plate of chocolates come with every meal.
Next, we walked around the grounds of the hotel where the Al Hashemi II is located.
It is the largest dhow ever built and one of the largest wooden ships in the world.
Which is what landed it a spot in the 2002 Guinness Book of World Records.
Once again our visitor was oohing and aahing.
It's nice when someone appreciates and is impressed with what they see around them.  
 It also allows us to be tourists again in our own surroundings.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Creativity and Stitch-A-Long

This week I am linking up with Kathy of Hummingbird Woodland Studio for Creativity Wednesdays and Tammy of Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life for Stitch-A-Long Wednesday.
My most recent finish is another granny square baby blanket for charity.
I then started a v-stitch blanket to switch things up.  My plan was to make it all in cream with a colorful border.  Unfortunately, when I went back to the yarn store yesterday, there was none of the cream yarn to be found.  They said it would be 15 days before it would be in stock (possibly longer).
So, I bought more yarn.
And started another v-stitch.
But then decided I didn't want to wait 15 days or longer for more of the cream yarn to be in stock so I am using what I have on hand to finish the original v-stitch blanket.
I've wanted to do color blocking, just not with this stitch, but I think it will turn out just fine.  Most of what I've been making has been more baby girl-oriented, so these colors are more boyish.

Two blankets on the go for two link parties.
Creativity Wednesdays
Creativity Wednesdays
Have a crafty day!
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