Monthly Archives: April 2009

General Elections 2009

For what seems like the umpteenth time in the last three years, Ecuador is going back to the polls today to elect (or, more probably re-elect) president and vice-president, assembly members (parliament) and local authorities (mayors and council members).

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Handicrafts at the Santa Clara Market

My mom will be traveling to the U.S. next month to visit family and friends. So we decided to take some time yesterday to visit the Santa Clara market and do some handicraft shopping. This market is basically a veggie and fruit market, and on the surrounding streets there are tons of little handicraft shops.

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Mariangela is back

Our friend Mariangela traveled back to her native Italy several weeks ago. Since then, we have corresponded by e-mail and have talked on the phone a couple of times… but it’s not quite the same. So we were delighted to have her back this week – the group always feels someone’s absence, and it’s nice […]

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Hibiscus… finished!

It seems like I’ve been working on this project for ages! I have had to remind myself that I actually have been working on it ye one morning a week, when my sewing circle meets. I decided this week, however, that there was only a little quilting left, plus the binding, so I might as […]

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A morning of sewing

I don’t normally have much time to sew so many of the projects I design. But every now and then I just can’t resist. So this morning I spent sewing this miniature table runner I designed yesterday afternoon. I should have been working on writing up the pattern, so that will have to wait ’til […]

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Ecuadorian seafood

For such a tiny country, Ecuadorian cuisine is truly varied and colorful. Being from the capital city, I am obviously a mountain girl and accustomed to the highland food (a lot of corn, grains, legumes, potatoes, veggies…). Yet we are really blessed to be able to obtain all types of food easily.

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Embellishing challenge

Back in February, our friend Elena prepared some little blocks for each one of us in our sewing circle as a Valentine’s Day gift. The blocks are all the same, and her idea was that we all finish them to our liking. In the end, these blocks symbolize the thread of friendship that binds us […]

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Thursday Sewing Circle

Thursdays are always special because that is the day my sewing circle meets at my house. Yesterday we seemed particularly excited because we hadn’t met last week due to the Easter holiday. Elena had not been able to come to our last meeting and Mariangela has been gone for several weeks

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Fanesca is a traditional soup here in Ecuador and could very well be considered the national dish, as it is prepared throughout the entire country. It is only prepared once a year, during Easter, and served throughout Holy Week.

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This traditional Japanese wrapping cloth was used to carry clothing, food, and other goods from the market and its use is currently being promoted all around the world (thanks to an initiative of the Japanese Minister of the Environment).

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Fun weekend sewing

I decided to take a little break from machine quilting that large Sister’s Choice quilt for a little Easter sewing. That has included some fun stuffed Easter eggs and a darling basket. Although meant initially for Easter Egg gathering, this little basket I’m sure will see other uses!

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Down to the valley again

Jamie and I had a doctor’s appointment today (at the same hospital where my son Jonathan was operated on last December), so down the hill and to the Cumbayá valley hospital it was again today. Now Jamie traverses this road every day.

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