Sunday, October 8, 2017

Winter Project Party

It's still not quite winter here yet (currently 98 F at 2:00 p.m.), but the fact that it's below 100 F during the middle of the day is a very good sign.
Once every two weeks I meet with my craft group and yesterday morning was one of those days.
 Knitting, crochet, embroidery.
Lots of different projects, ideas and advice shared when we gather.
I always take something mindless to work on since I usually wind up doing a whole lot of talking.  Unfortunately, on round two of the off-white yarn I'm adding, I realized I had accidentally placed a corner in the middle of the row.  Oops!
Perhaps I was distracted by the delicious vegan orange cake Zahra brought.  

At least it's easy to frog a crochet project, so that's what I will be working on.  In fact, I have many baby granny blankets in the works and am mostly trying to use up stash yarn.

I'm joining Jennifer at Thistlebear for her 2017-2018 Winter Project Link Party.
And looking forward to cooler weather.
Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Closer to Home

My friend and former hairdresser, Kathy, is visiting from New Mexico, and whenever she is here, Sadu House is always on her list of go-to places.   No matter how many times I'm there, I always find it very inspiring.
The term "Al Sadu" refers to the traditional weaving process that depicts the nomadic and desert lifestyle of the Bedouin people through pattern, design and symmetry.
In order to support and safeguard this traditional art form, proceeds from weavings and other items that are sold in the newly renovated gift shop directly benefit local artisans.
The interior courtyard is used for lectures, workshops and bazaars.
And each room surrounding it is used to highlight different aspects of weaving.
The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.
(Gordon Gee)
Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Walking the Old Streets Again

For those who guessed Jerusalem, Palestine, you are correct.

On September 22nd we traveled to Jerusalem via Jordan.
View from our hotel lobby.
My husband's extended family lives in and around the old city.
 
Another couple accompanied us.  It was their first time visiting the Holy Land so after greeting the family and having lunch, we headed to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where I once again lit candles for my friend;s parents (her dad died in 2015 and her mom in 2016).  I also lit a candle for my Uncle Bob who just passed away on September 18th, five days short of what would have been his 81st birthday.
There were lots of tour groups visiting so quite crowded at times.

We walked through the souq every day.
And wandered the streets as we headed to different religious and historical spots.
 
 Dasman Gate

We saw so much in the 3 days we were there but I'll have to break it up into future posts.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello October

Over on Instagram, I've been taking part in a slow stitch-along with @jillwignall.  It started the first Monday in September and each week a new stitch is introduced.
I'm a week behind because we were traveling last week.
Can you guess where?
Since tomorrow is another Monday and another stitch, I'll be playing catch-up, but here are a few of the little stitchings I've done so far.
A look at my blog tells me that I haven't posted since September 9th.  Don't know how that happened but will definitely rectify that this month.
More about our trip tomorrow.

Happy October!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Crafting Happiness

Beautiful things come together
one stitch at a time.
We never know how many people will show up for our crafty mornings, but had a great turnout with 14 very talented ladies in attendance today.  It's always fun seeing what everyone is up to.
 The mall where we met is currently decorated with a candy them for an event taking place later in the week.
Thinking of everyone who may be in the path of Irma.  A childhood friend in Houston was evacuated and lost just about everything in the flooding there.  I certainly can't complain about the weather or anything else knowing the devastation and destruction that's taking place all across the States and around the world.
Count your blessings.
Take time to do what makes your soul happy.
Stay safe and blessed,
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