April 29, 2009
more like bead hunting.... it was dark and dirty, but I have never seen so many beautiful beads. From Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Congo and all in one tiny room. I spent hours trying to make up my mind on what to buy.
Not only beads but chairs, masks, traditional Nigerian beaded baskets and chairs, blankets, lamps.
But I was there to buy beads!!! Will go back next week to buy some more.
Cannot tell you the name of the place because there is no name. A man greeted me and my friend at the front door and guided us through stairs and doors... it is a place in downtown Nairobi.
photos are not so great this time. Had to take them with phone as I did not know where I was going and did not take the camera with me. Next time!
April 28, 2009
It was my birthday yesterday and my good friends Euri and Siw Chin took me out for lunch at a lovely place called Zen Garden. It is around the corner from my house.
This place has wonderful food and more than one restaurant to choose from.
These are only a few photos of the many details they have.
Thank you my dear friends for making my birthday a special one!!!
The espresso machine matches the color of the rest of the decoration.
Yesterday I got a lovely surprise from Denise Kiggan at Freshly Found. I am so thankful that she thought of me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Denise writes a great blog from her home in Durban, South Africa. Thank you it is an honor to receive this award from someone as creative as you!
As I accept this award, I must list 7 things I love and then pass this award along to 7 other well deserving and kreativ bloggers. This is hard because I love so many things...
The 7 things I love:
1. My family and friends. They are always there by me and I am blessed to have them in my life everyday.
2. I love Africa. The colors, the people, the contrasts.
3. I love baking. After moving so many times in the past five years I learned that I cannot go anywhere without my mixer.
4. I love knitting. It is a passion I enjoy since I was 10 years old. Thank my grandmother for teaching me how to knit and crochet.
5. I love what I do. I have a wonderful job that gives me the freedom to create beautiful things for little people and help create jobs for women in Bolivia.
6. I love the rain. For the past 9 years I lived in countries where it does not rain very often. I miss the sound of the rain and the smell of the ground after it has been raining all night long.
7. I love alpaca. It is warmer and softer than cashmere and a great wool to knit with... just perfect.
I pass on the award to:
Each of the nominated blogs should list seven things and seven blogs that they love.
April 27, 2009
I had a wonderful time at the Renaissance Fair yesterday. I thought it was going to be a terrible day because it was pouring with rain when I arrived at the International School of Kenya to set up my stall... but as many people were saying, we were blessed. It was a great success! Luckily my friend Siew Chin was there to help me most of the day.
These are some photos of the things I had for sale.
Baby stroller blankets and soft toys.
These are my new giraffe kids t-shirts. They were a hit!
I embroidered elephants on the toy bags on Saturday night.
April 25, 2009
I have not slept in a week getting ready for the Renaissance Fair tomorrow. I finished printing kids t-shirts yesterday and today I had to print gift bags, aprons, cotton tape for labeling... and of course add embroidery to the animal toy bags I made and some of the aprons. Will take photos at the fair tomorrow and post next week, because I think I'll be too tired tomorrow night. Have a great weekend!!!!!
Still crocheting flowers this morning for bags.
Some of the details on my aprons.
My gift bags for Fournier dresses and baby sets.
Another one of my aprons with rope detail on the pocket.
April 23, 2009
This is just a glimpse of the bags I am working on these days.
The bags are made with Kenyan sisal and the embellishments are made with pima cotton for a great combination of textures and colors. All materials are environmentally friendly and hand made. I bought this bag at the Masai Market a few days ago and today I made these flowers in raspberry color.
April 22, 2009
I am very honored to have been interviewed by Angela Anderson for her website KidStyleFile. It is the premier resource for kids style in Australia.
I had the chance to meet Angela at the Bubble show in New York last month and tell her about my line of hand knit children's clothing.
Please read more here...
April 21, 2009
April 20, 2009
Lots going on here. Mostly getting ready for the Renaissance Fair next Sunday. I'll be screen printing madly this week to get a bunch of bags and kids t-shirts ready for the fair. I'm also crocheting flowers and other embellishments for my new line of sisal bags.
April 19, 2009
April 18, 2009
For my kids birthday party I decided to make the cakes myself and use all the glucose and food coloring in my pantry. Made chocolate and vanilla cakes and covered them with rolled fondant. Then made the animals for the safari cake and hawaiian girl with gumpaste. It was lots of fun.... and some stress, but I'm proud to say that the results were great... no leftovers.
We had one hawaiian vanilla cake, two chocolate safari cakes and animal shaped sugar cookies decorated with royal icing.
April 17, 2009
April 16, 2009
These are the two scarves in my knitting basket. Thought I would finish both of them before my trips last winter... Now I will have to wait until next winter or wear them when I go to Bolivia in July.
I'm knitting both scarves with my bamboo needles in cable stitch. For the ivory scarf I am using a cotton blend and for the rust scarf a thick baby alpaca wool.
April 15, 2009
I made this pendant with the help of Julieta Odio (see my previous post). It is the only piece I completed in my jewelry making classes with her. Soon after that we moved from Costa Rica to Kenya.
It looks like a pear, but my inspiration was a drawing my daughter Daniela made in her art class when we lived in Cochabamba, Bolivia a few years ago. She was only four years old then.
When Julieta gave me a piece of metal sheet and a tiny saw I honestly did not think I could turn it into something like this... lots of sanding and polishing!
Julieta Odio produces innovative handcrafted jewelry at her studio in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is one of those people oozing with creativity from every pore and expresses it in so many different ways through her wonderful pieces.
I had the chance to take a few classes with her before moving to Kenya and was always amazed by her studio and detail of her work. It was a pleasure to witness and something to be inspired by.
Julieta attended the Alchimia and Perseo schools in Italy where she mastered the art of jewelry making.
This bracelet is a combination of florentine paper, resin and white-silver metal. First time I saw it, it reminded me immediately about the Murano glass candy you can buy on the streets of Venice.
Created in 925 silver from a real starfish mold.
This "ticklish" ring is a mix of turquoise feathers, resin and silver.
I love this one!!!!! It is called "Collar para el Coleccionista" and is made out of miniature glass bottles, plastic bottle caps and dark metal chain.
It takes a deft hand to understand how to work all these textures and materials into complex yet beautiful and comprehensive forms that flatter the body. Inspirational? Absolutely!!
Julieta can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org