Pins for Puerto Rico at the 2018 Women’s March {Outing}

This morning I participated in the 2018 Women’s March in Seattle.

 

My daughter and I are going to Puerto Rico and are trying to raise funds to take with us.  We will be working on rebuilding.  We also hope to be able to purchase items from the local economy and donate it to local churches. We will be traveling with a non profit that has contacts with churches and will provide us with their wish lists.

 

According to the 2010 US Census the population of Puerto Ricans who identified as having Arabic speaking ancestry is approximately 8%, or around seven thousand people.  Our family traveled to this beautiful island a few years ago and enjoyed it’s beaches, the the only tropical rain forest in the United States, the food and especially the hospitality. We have been devastated by the images we witnessed last year after Hurricane Maria and have felt a call to action.

 

We are trying to raise $400 to buy school supplies and I recently started a funny Kickstarter campaign to try to fund the wish lists.

 

I also made Women’s March pins and took them to the event this morning in hopes of adding to the fundraiser. I am so happy to report that I sold all the pins that I made and actually went over my goal.

Shukran (Arabic for thank you) Seattle for such a great march and supporting Pins for Puerto Rico.  Below is a photo taken by a crane operator, can you find me and my sign?

If you are local to Seattle and know of any other events where I can sell pins for Puerto Rico, please contact me via my contact form or twitter. If you are from far away and want to support the wish lists, please visit the Kickstarter campaign to help.

 

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A Crafty Arab at the Muslimah Bloggers Summit {Outing}

I am excited to be speaking at the first ever Muslimah Bloggers Summit, from January 8th-January 12th.

 

I will be talking about how I use Pinterest. It is my top social media platfrom that best reachs my audience to let them know about the DIY craft tutorials, free downloads and book activities to teach about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

 

Please register for free for the summit here.

 

According to the website, it will be full of useful information:

The first ever one of its kind summit for Muslimah Bloggers. With talks from bloggers from the Muslimah Bloggers Community sharing their tips and advice to you. So whether you are a new blogger, or even a more established blogger, you are sure to find the talks beneficial. You don’t want to miss this FREE summit, with topics from SEO to social media being covered! What are you waiting for? Hit the register button!

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to visit some of the other bloggers that will be presenting:

Aisha Idris
AYEINA
Between Sisters
Fatima Hachem
Iman Said
Janet Kozak
Jeddah Mom
Kind Parenting
Muslim Housewife
Naptime is Sacred
Our Muslim Homeschool
Step Inside My Handbag
The Imperfect Muslimah

Teaching String Art {Outing} Fall 2017 Women’s Wellness Weekend

This past weekend I was an art instructor at the YMCA Women’s Wellness Weekend located on Camp Orkila. I have been teaching different types of art classes there shortly after I fell in love with the mission behind WWW in 2008.

It was my pleasure to once teach string art, taking a break from quilling. My class was moved from the library to the studio. Can you see why?

The camp is on one of the San Juan Islands and my commute to work involves a ferry.

 

This is the one of best parts of the weekend, since it always includes surprises. Never to disappoint, the ride home had two dolphins that were starboard (two fast for my camera) and in the ferry line to the islands was a tiny house on wheels being delivered.

The sleeping arrangements are not the best since the camp is used for children the rest of the year, but the view from Mt. Constitution and local animal life more than make up for the bunk beds.

I was lucky to teach two classes and had so many great artists come to create masterpieces.  Here are a few photos I took during the classes. That is, when I wasn’t ziplining or reading on the beach, accomplishing the mission for the weekend: take time to get well.

First the students spent some time on the inspiration table, getting ideas. Then they were given paper and pencil to draw them out. I had some plain wood boards but some were painted with prewash paints (they dried faster then regular paint) I had received as a Plaid Ambassador, along with regular paint.

After the designs were complete, they received nails, hammers and protective tools and got to work. Yes, it gets loud!

Once the hammering was done, the paper is removed and the students started outlining their work.

After the outline is done, the inside is filled in. Or there other way around. Really, there are no rules in art.

The inside of the work can be calculated and pre drawn out.

Or filled in a random manner.

One student knew the design outcome, but wanted to play with color.

While another student knew the exact design because she was a collector of it.

Someone made wall art for a new baby on the way.

While other art was made simply to be created and left behind in the studio to be enjoyed by others.

It was such a lovely weekend and I hope to be invited to teach again. I have some friends whom I’ve enjoyed meeting on my daily walks.

To read step by step instructions on created your own string art, visit these tutorials.

Arabic Initial String Art {Tutorial}

Arabic String Wedding Decor {Tutorial}

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest about other teaching jobs. Or visit the contact page to have me teach at your next event.