Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015
"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl." - Charlie Chaplin
"Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight." - Bob Marley
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." Charlie Chaplin
"A smile is the universal language of kindness." I don't know who said that, but it surely is true! :-)
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I had a purpose to go to the market. There are two stalls selling prints on canvas. In the heat of the excitement I forgot to photograph them, but here is what I bought.
I had brought home some in the past, released them from the frames, cut them to size and used them in bag designs. Just now I am working on Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe and Laurel and Hardy - such fun!
Off the Carmel Market alley are small streets with many old fashioned shops selling sewing notions, ribbons, buttons, buckles, lace, fasteners and so on. And at an angle to the market runs Nachalat Binjamin Street, which is the fabric sellers domain. One shop after the other, wholesale and retail, is aligned along the street, with bolts outside the doors to show their treasures and lure you in. I bought some gorgeous fabrics there,
and stocked up on sewing stuff and a bit of hardware at the little shops.
We have the most wonderful weather right now, the local outdoor swimming pool is open already for two weeks, the sun is shining, the sky blue and clear - I might go for a swim today. :-)
Friday, May 1, 2015
Today we went to the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, which is located near the corners of King George Street and Allenby Street. Shuk HaCarmel was established in the year 1920 by people of the nearby Yemenite neighborhood. Today it is the largest and most popular market in Tel Aviv, and a very fascinating place. It is made up of one long and narrow alley, with the stalls crammed close to each other on both sides.
One can find about anything there. Flowers and shoes,
fish, cheese, meat, and countless varieties of cured olives.
Underwear, watches, soap, and every sort of legumes.
Jeans, spices, halva.
Skirts, dresses, pants, socks and clothes for children. Fresh pressed juices, coffee shops and Judaica. Natural nuts, and salted roasted nuts.
Fruit and vegetables, only the freshest and best.
and fresh roasted coffee. Falafel, kitchenware, nargilas and cigarettes. Bourekas and baklava,
and not so legal Cd's and DVD's. Cosmetics, hats
and T-shirts. And Bags. Toys and cheap jewellery. Wine and Vodka and everything in between. Dead Sea products (real and fake) and perfume (probably only fake).
The scents are rather smells, and, hm well, strong and overpowering. The noise is very loud. The vendors and stall owners outshout each other in praising their wares. The shuk is bustling with energy and very busy. It is overloaded with people - buyers and sellers and onlookers, especially on Friday mornings, which await Shabatt, the market is overcrowded.
There are many people, Tel Avivians and others who frequent this market on a regular basis to buy their food and other necessities there. The casual visitor and especially the tourist will experience a special flair which is truly Israeli and Middle Eastern in any aspect.
I hope you enjoyed this tour with me. In my next post I will tell you and show you why we went there and what I bought. Till then, have a good time! :-)
Most of the photos this time are by me.
Monday, April 27, 2015
I still have so many of the new, cut off jeans legs, of which I told about here. So I decided to make some bags from them. This is the result so far.
The bags are lined with the same jeans fabric, they have inside and outside pockets, and they are so strong, they will last half a life time. :-) They went all to the Madafim shop in Tel Aviv.
I am thinking of opening an online store...