Monday, 31 August 2015

Monday Makers!#52 and a forgotten treasure

Hiya all! Hope you had a good weekend.

I am aware that I have become a "Monday Makers! poster only" and this is making me a little upset. On the other hand, I can't do much to change this and post more often. I am not talking about becoming a serial poster like one-post-every-day. I would be pretty happy with myself if I could make a little more and post at least three times a week. Being pregnant also doesn't work for my advantage. These days, I can't get a bar of sleep because I developed RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome); therefore, I wake up so cranky (I would use another word to describe me...starts with b and finishes with h!). I can't attend the Spanish classes; once everybody leaves the house, I go back to bed and try to get some sleep. I still go to work in the afternoons but thank God, this week is my last week. When I come home, I have a light dinner and go to bed without even studying Spanish.

I was being very hopeful upon our return home from Europe. I was full of energy, new ideas, sewing mojo, and everything. I was going to finish my son's quilt and start a baby quilt, finish that one and start another one, make progress with my EPP hexies. Everything looked perfectly pink. Now I realise that I was being quite unrealistic-like I didn't know what it was like to be heavily pregnant. Of course, because I can't reach even a single goal in this list, I feel pretty useless at the moment. I am reminding myself that growing a human being inside you is not a very easy job but...yeah, I still feel useless. Anyway, enough nagging.

Yesterday, I helped hubby with decluttering in the garage. What I mean by helping is basically sit down and watch him open the boxes and order him "keep" or "chuck". Then he opened up a very dusty box and said "my love, I think you will love this, better come here". I walked to him curiously and looked inside the box. It was full of forgotten treasures; old photos, CDs, letters from friends, some jewellery, hair clips...It was amazing how all these items took me back to my university years; some items were even older. And this is one of them...
After I graduated from high school, I attended several hobby classes organised by different community organisations in my hometown. Antique painting was one of them. I think I was eighteen when I painted this cute box and I remember I enjoyed it a lot.
I used this chest for a very long time and packed it among many things for our move to Australia. When I opened it, I found another surprise inside...
This is the veil and mittens I used in my henna party. In Turkey, the tradition is that you have a henna night the night before your wedding and you cover your face with a red veil during the ceremony. In this ceremony, all the ladies of your family and friends come together, form a circle which you sit inside of, dance around you while passing the henna tray from one to the other. At the end of the dance, the eldest-normally your grandma, if not, your mum, holds the tray and applies henna in both of your palms. Then she wraps the henna with some fabric to secure it in its place and you wear these mittens in the picture. It is also a part of the tradition that she puts some money in the mitten- I found ten Turkish Lira :)
Finding these put a smile on my face for the rest of the day...

Quite a blurry picture. Me in traditional costumes and my mittens. This is the residence that hubby and I lived before he finished his job in Canakkale. What a lovely night it was...

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