Friday, October 24, 2008

Stitchin' in Outer Mongolia

Today I went to the grand opening of the New Life Quilting Centre here in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Selenge (in picture #2) began this work 5 years ago in an effort to help Mongolian women find a creative outlet for relaxation as well as create community for them. Selenge, as a single mom herself, has also tried to help other single moms earn income (and self-respect) through the art of quilting. From humble beginnings in a yukky basement apartment (where the toilets above would often overflow into the Centre's space) to this wonderful new location, the Centre is a success in every way. The day drew a good crowd of foreign as well as local women--and TV cameras!

I think the pictures speak for themselves!


Below is the the Centre's workshop--looks like one of Santa's, eh?
A better woman would have left her own stuff out...but not me! It's been so long since I shared my stuff, I cannot resist. Here are just a few of the projects I worked on in the past few months, several done in the mayhem of helping my daughter with her newborn and 2 toddlers.

Here is a princess dress to replace one that was in shreds. The smile says it all. :) Couldn't leave sister Layla out. She was in dire need of her very own tutu. Alas, I did not have time before I left to sew one so bought (gasp!) a Fancy Nancy one. She loved it.
Here is a clown custume for the family clown, Abby, who turned 6 in September. I think it was a hit (even though competing with the 1st missing tooth).Here is a set of bibs made for the new little man in our family, Kelby. OK, the pumpkin is not mine--my daughter Nikki was cranking those out right & left despite just giving birth. Show off!

This notetaker will be familiar to many of you. I made this here in UB for my IWAM meetings and grocery lists. The fabrics were left from Abby's clown costume--makes me smile!

These bibs & burp cloths were made for a new baby here in UB.
I made these sassy little skirts (one with a kick ruffle, the other pleated) while in Colorado, for Natalie who is 3 :)
Blog speaking, I may be (a titch) caught up. maybe....















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Monday, October 13, 2008

DAY TRIPPIN'








Sunday afternoon we took a hike up Zaison Hill (finally! It's only taken us 4+ years to do this). The October weather was spectacular (God bless global warming--especially in Mongoila--is what I say :) As far as we could figure out, this hill is a monument to Russian victories in World War II, as well as Mongolian/Russian collaboration. As you can see in the 1st picture, there are what surely are a gazillion steps! Once up there (whew!), I did manage some nice snapshots of several lovers as well as, once again, the contrast between the modern city and the traditional hashaa districts. Much of what is in the city veiws did not exist even 4 or 5 years ago. Amazing to have a front row seat to all this change!










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Monday, October 6, 2008

Back to Asia

Well, I've been back in UB exactly 2 weeks today. Within the first 7 days I came down with food poisening and got robbed (while sick and napping I left the apartment door unlocked--Randy was due home any time--and someone came in and took the $ out of my wallet and then snatched my iPod. That's it. Gutsy, eh? Grace-and-peace, grace-and-peace, grace-and peace...) The good news is we finally have a road out front (see above pic)! Yippee! No more 3-story clouds of dust rolling down the road and into any open window or crack or crevice. At least not until the spring when the Gobi winds come and nothing is safe.
Anyway, here are just a few of my favorite pics from our trip home to US. We had so much fun with all these little ones! As you can tell, life can get very fancy sometimes. Look out Elijah & Kelby!




















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