Many of you asked if I bought any fabric while in Africa... of course I did! Although not the waxed prints I usually buy... I Found it was three times more expensive then what I buy it for here... Mostly because the only day we had for shopping was on Christmas day, and out guide took us to a tourist shop...LOL... We spent our grand days on the Serengeti... and various National parks... But I did pick up there Masai Shukas.
They are hemmed pieces of woven textiles in Bright Red's and blues. The Masai are a warrior tribe from Somalia, who have moved down over the many years into different parts of Africa. When they were at battle they discovered they couldn't tell each other apart, so they began wearing the BRIGHT RED as their symbol... Or so I am told... We visited a Masai Boma, (the mud/cowdung/straw round houses) to see how they lived, and shown their beading...
We also visited their school. (You can see pictures of this in the last post) The COLORS of their clothing can be spotted for miles and miles as we drove off roads across hundreds of miles... You'd find them alone with 100 goats in the middle of nowhere, but could spot them easily by there Shukas. I thought I may cut mine up to make a quilt, but am waiting for inspiration to tell me so...
I also bought a few table cloths, (or wraps) label says I can use them for either or! ;-) I will use these on my outdoor table here in the summer. So bright and cheery! They of course would make great Medallion style quilts if I chose too!
I'm quite happy with my little purchases, as the airlines lost our luggage for 2 days, So I was very happy when our door bell rang at 6am on the 28th, with our three bags! I was convinced they were gone for a good!
We are s l o w l y recovering from our journey. Jet lag still has us falling asleep at 8pm...up by 4am... And on top of that, darling daughter has a some ailments that had us in the walk in clinic this morning... So we are laying pretty low.
I did manage to get one top sewn together out of shear need to MAKE something! Otherwise I'm a bit to fried to do anything else. I've cooked a belated Christmas dinner, and we are now enjoying the leftovers, and hoping to make more yummy Christmas goodies today...because, when else can I eat loads of cookies and not feel guilty about it? It's tradition right? hehe!
Ahhhh! It feels good to be home! Except our "Wildlife" here on Long Island, is not quite as exciting as those roaring lions! LOL! Gobble gobble!
Back to NYC tomorrow...(After all the mess is cleaned up in Times Square! It's so noisy at our NYC home during new Years that we get out of dodge.... Since times Square is our Back yard!)
I'll be happily sleeping through this New Years!
Happy New Year to all of you!
Here's to Health, High Creativity, and JOY to you and yours!