afternoon-craft

Where did the time go?

Spent most of the afternoon researching craft ideas and photoshopping those ideas. I got nothing I needed to do done today. That means it was a good day. Ideas are popping like the fireworks on the fourth of July. Someone added a spark. Supply run tomorrow.

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This last Sunday my mom threw me a bridal shower and it was so perfectly cute and wonderful. I got to see some old friends and family I rarely see and played stupid games with people and open gifts of things I have no idea how to use. (A roaster? What am I Martha Stewart?) I’m just so excited for the wedding as it draws nearer and for summer in general. Also I’ve been obnoxiously inspired lately in regards to crafting, so it’s annoying that I have absolutely no time to fulfill those inspirations. However, the temperatures are beginning to rise in Texas and our state mandated tests are next week, which means summer is finally around the corner. Wedding activities, summer nights, and crafting afternoons are soon to come. Hallelujah.

My weekend plans/to-do list. It’s a nice ‘easy’ weekend which is just what I need right now. And I am glad I had a pampering session booked today. Really needed it.

I have Uncles Wax and Max arriving tomorrow, which I am really looking forward to. Going to play Cleopatra tomorrow night with DD, Hubs and RT. (And maybe Settlers as well). Having a craft afternoon with friends on Sunday. 

Monday it is my wedding anniversary, which is also our ‘getting together’ anniversary. 15 years or 7 years depending on what we’re counting.

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Maasai Women

Maasai mamas form the backbone of the community rich culture.
Maasai women are the most enterprising members of the Maasai community. They rise early every day to milk cattle, collect firewood, prepare breakfast thereafter fetch water, launder clothes and before embarking a busy afternoon beading and crafting. They also collect herbs and roots recommended by traditional medicine-men for young babies and also other herbs for de-worming older children. With the help of their daughters they also collect sticks, grass, and cow dung used to build the Enkaji (housing unit). The most interesting part of the Maasai mamas’ chores is making decorative beadwork for a husband, sons, and daughters and also for themselves. After a long busy day, they prepare dinner for their families in the evening; they narrate interesting stories to tuck in their children before they get to sleep. They are the last to retire to bed and first to wake very early.

Maasai Mamas Beading
The mamas sit together with their in daughters small groups under trees to craft the next beautiful handicraft. Young mature girls try their best effort to please their boyfriends by crafting the most attractive and appealing jewelry and hope that their boyfriends would like them. If a one constructs a piece of jewelry that is awkward or unappealing, the other mamas might tease her and quickly point out the flaws in her work. This makes the mamas and the young mamas (daughters) learn the rules of aesthetic eye. This is essential because the colour combinations and patterns in Maasai beadwork rely on contrast and balance to create pieces that are eye-catching. Colours also reflect important concepts and elements in Maasai culture. Much of the colour symbolism relates the cattle, environment and the Maasai way of life.

Significance of Maasai Bead Colors
Blue: Represent the sky, God (known as Enkai in Maa language of the Maasai) who provides water (rain) for the cows.
Green: Signifies plenty of pastures, vegetation after rainfall (olari) and peace. It also represents the help of the community.
White: Milk and purity also represents good health, because it is milk that nourishes the community.
Red: Cows blood, warriors, danger, bravery, strength and honour. It is the colour of the blood from the cow that is slaughtered on special ceremonies and celebrations.
Black: Represents the colour of the people, tolerance and the hardships the Maa have gone in preserving their culture. It also symbolizes the wild animals around Maasai community.
Orange: Color preferred by women, shows hospitality, because it is the colour of the milk gourds, used to store guests milk.
Yellow: symbolizes sunshine, hospitality and fruit used for tribal body tattoo.


kelsiekin replied to your post: “kelsiekin replied to your post “My mother’s sewing machine and I have…”

Like, I’ not sure in your specific case, but every sewing machine has a specific path for the needle thread to got through in order to have control over the tension, and if it deviates from the path a little (like getting wrapped around an extra something or slipping out of somewhere) the machine can’t correctly handle the tension. And when you’re sewing you don’t really monitor that, so maybe just check that first when stuff goes wonky.

THAT THING!  Okay, I do know what you’re talking about then, and I did catch it off a couple times today.  It likes to get twisted up sometimes, so usually I catch it, but today we were having multiple issues.  (Apparently it hasn’t been serviced since like 2004 so that is probably part of the issue…)

I’m pretty sure sewing machines can smell frustration and fear.  Like printers.