29.03.2011

*magic carpet colours*

the *inspiration*....
came from the *magic carpets* of my friend Mustapha´s shop in Essaouira....I still believe that one day I choose one and can take a flight....:-)
from the colours I found in the *heart* of the sahara desert...
new, unique each one of a kind cushions in *magic carpet colours*....handmade from uzbek vintage embroidery & indian mirrorwork fabrics mixed with pure, shimmering silk :-)
also some more hand embroidered, moroccan metal *sequined* silk cushions found their way....
now online in my dawanda-shop....let the cushions fly....they will bring *magic* colours with to your home :-)

images: petra hassan

27.03.2011

*summertime sunday*

last night...well...the neighbours downstairs celebrated a party again, the second night in a row...under my bedroom *ahem*... the white wooden floor danced under my feets...tried to watch a report about the *namib desert* last night...red dunes and pretty looking *bugs* are the last I remember before I felt asleep with heavy bass and big beats in my ears....
I enjoy the *silence* of the late sunday morning, the time moved one hour forward last night...as usual the scent of fresh brewed *cardamom* mocca in my home...Mr. X the cat went after cat breakfast back to a cozy place, purring and watching me...sleepy :-) sometimes I wish I could be a cat....sleeping, eating, hunting and playing...
now I will continue working...first in the garden, then taking pictures and probably sewing and doing some more work in my home....did I mentioned that some windows of the *party * people are in the front of the garden?? I am sorry but there is no possibility to do garden work in the night.....!

the home & life is still under *construction*.....step by step....and....

one more time *silent* sunday.....!

images: petra hassan

P.S.: the libyan friends are every day in my mind, it is good to hear from a few once a week....and there is a special family connection in the middle east, especially two great women, they are like two queens...two sisters who treat me always like a daughter....they are still in my mind...every day, too..!

24.03.2011

*blue & turquoise*

come with me.....and take a *look* :-)
there is magic *indigo* blue from Mali....light blue and *cream* wool from Morocco...and the beloved cat from Bavaria...
oh, and much more moroccan....soft cream, vintage *yellow* and a pure white vintage linen cat....oh dear...I counted at least more than 16 cushions only in the bedroom...where are all of them came from??? magic carpet...ah...magic cushions??
bright and shimmering *turquoise* ah...the perfect *turquoise* and a hint of vintage orange and *gold* from Syria.....oh and of course, moroccan gold.....
well...I just started organizing the *thousands* of books I own.....and the *blue & turquoise* home is still under construction.....the home of the girl...hidden in a courtyard somewhere in the *medina*...(this is what my friend Hanaa told me this week..."ah, it looks like you are living in the medina"....) but... this is not morocco...*chuckle* :-)

*happy thursday*

images: petra hassan

23.03.2011

*new*

so...what´s *new*?
here we have the *magic* desert garden....the djanet oasis garden where the red desert *cat* spotted me... inspiration for....
a *pretty* and limited edition of new cushions in fresh and *neutral* colours...
handmade from pure linen and *vintage* fragments of uzbek embroidery....
one of a kind handmade *jewellery*...handmade from sparkling crystal, brass and vintage beads...
and a few, new *cotton voile* oversized shawls made from fabrics who can be only found in the *desert*...

now *online* in my dawanda-shop :-)

21.03.2011

*magic carpet tracks*

...and how I got this idea in my mind  :-)
one morning I woke up and found next to me *pretty* patterns in the sand....a smile on my face & the inspiration in my brain started working....*ahem* cooking like a big pott of hot *couscous*....steaming....
the story before is...I received a new sleeping bag after christmas and well...sleeping bag covers are not known for looking pretty...even in my home the sleeping bag was looking like it came from another earth....
the last few hours before I left direction airport I found in my atelier a pretty embroidered piece of vintage suzani fabric from Uzbekistan....and got the idea of sewing a sleeping bag cover from it...a *pretty* one! :-)
I imagined how would it look like when a *magic carpet* is landing in the desert in the night? There must be to find tracks in the sand the next morning.....like from all the animals who crossing or passing by in the night....
a bird passed by in the night....and a *magic carpet*.... :-)

P.S.: I was not in the mood for writing about pretty adventures or colours the past week....sometimes I did not knew what to think....life is going on and on....but I had and have many times in my mind that all the money of this world is it not worth to loose beloved ones like countless people going through this right now in Libya & Japan....too much is all about the money right now in this world....only about profit & money....and more and more people playing games because of this! *dislike*!!

anyway....*happy monday* :-)

images: mohammed hassani & petra hassan

13.03.2011

*sunday silence*

the scent of fresh *cardamom* mocca in my home....my eyes are closed.....listening the silence...and flying...flying in my mind far away...back in time....leaving tracks in the sand...magic carpet tracks!
I remember a lovely japanese Lady I meet last year in autumn in morocco, she showed me the most prettiest japanese travel book about morocco I ever saw, written by a friend of her.....she told me that her husband is musician....and she told me how much she also loves morocco....I still remember this warm and lovely conversation I had with her on a early afternoon in Essaouira.....what a bliss!

I wish from the bottom of my heart to meet her one day again....and I also wish to meet my friends in Libya again, too....!

*silent sunday*

image: petra hassan

09.03.2011

*the desert sky*

and an urgent request for *help*!
please sign the petition to the united nations security council for a non-fly-zone over Libya to save lifes!

*danke*thank you*merci*shukran*grazie*tanemert*

image: petra hassan

05.03.2011

*desert essentials*

today: *chahi* and how to prepare it....
first, please take a seat on the *magic carpet*...it takes time....a good time!
fine green china tea, a good amount of sugar in a pretty leather bag, *aman* called water in tuareg language, several tiny *alkass* teaglasses...
put the green tea and a small amount of water in one teapot, let it for a while for rinse the tea leaves, pour out the first tea; fill up the teapot again with water & boil the tea on the fire for a while....
pour in the tea without the tea leaves in the second teapot and add a good amount...well...*chahi* in the desert should be *sweet*...in the enamel mug...
then pour the tea several times between the teapot and the mug....
it takes time....*desert* time....
to prepare *golden* desert tea....
3 glasses of  bittersweet, foamy *chahi* the first one bitter like the life, the second one strong like the love, the third one smooth like the dead....that´s what they say..in the *sahara* desert....

once you drink it, you will never want to miss it for the rest of your life....or probably you will never drink it again...

images: petra hassan

04.03.2011

*happy friday*

may I invite you for one, two, three glasses of bittersweet, foamy *chahi* with a hint of *mint*?
and may we listen some fantastic *music*, too?...the sound of Tamikrest will carry you far, far away....for sure :-)

*happy friday*

image: petra hassan