30.11.2010

*green p(a)lace*

I found myself in a *green* p(a)lace...
somewhere hidden in the *medina*...I watched the colours again and again...
watched a *pretty* vintage chandelier....
a little *bird* tweeted *salam*...sang a *moroccan* song..sat on the top of a perfect matching bird house :-)
surounded by *cozy* and comfortable cushions next to a *blue*blue* door...
a *delicious* tajine was served for lunch on a rainy afternoon...and sweet, black *coffee*.....and healing words....

what a bliss having a friend living in a little *green* p(a)lace :-)

images: petra hassan

P.S.: written with *love* for one of my dearest friends, the one who called me *little princess*...

25.11.2010

*hot wool*

it is getting cold....we had the first time this winter a *hint* of snow last night, time for cozy wool... 
I love the words *soof skhoun* it means *hot wool* in moroccan language...
handloomed *wool* used as the traditional *haik*, a very elegant looking, wraparound dress worn by berber women in morocco...sometimes I would like to wear this, too...
or wrap myself completely all day long in this *pretty* couscous wool, usually used for heavy *hot wool djellabas* in morocco for the wintertime, the texture is looking like little couscous grains :-)
I collected the past few years several pieces, the simple design, the texture of handloomed wool goes perfect with indian vintage brocade and handloomed, rustic vintage linen.

let´s make it *cozy* :-)

images: petra hassan

19.11.2010

*faded medina*

*new*!
another limited edtion of  handmade cushions...
unique pieces with embroidery...
*faded medina* cushions in soft & cool neutral tones now in my dawanda shop :-)

images: petra hassan

18.11.2010

*the magic of marrakech sandalmakers*

well...it is not the perfect time for sandals right now in germany...
I found myself in a confusing situation before...on this monday afternoon a few weeks ago....I passed by a little shop in the *souk* of Marrakech and a young boy talked to me, started touching me...he wanted that I am going to buy another blue scarf but I do not wanted one....I already wore one like every day....told him that he please should stop touching me right now and another men came out of the shop...started yelling on me....I was totally confused...asked him why he is yelling on me and told him in all languages I am able to speak that this young boy is not allowed to touch me because I never saw or meet him before and that he should give me respect... and I runned away....totally shocked.....
and stopped...still totally confused...in front of  something *sparkling*....
and I got a big smile....a triple smile...then I realized that I am in front of a shop I know since a long time...the 3 men don´t stopped smiling and offered me a glass of *sweet* mint tea....*calm*...
I watched soft leather *cutting* work....
watched the way how to soften leather...

and left finally...
with a smile on my face & a pair of *pretty* silver leather sandals in my moroccan basket :-) ...handmade with the triple *smile* from the magic sandalmakers of the marrakech *souk*

what a bliss!

images: petra hassan

14.11.2010

*sunday jam session*

and the first results for today....
take a few colourful *pink* grapefruit...
add some sugar, cook it & stir well...
et voilà! homemade *(rani)pink* grapefruit jam...orange blossom water for the *oriental* taste :-)

images: petra hassan

*happy sunday*

every week I enjoy the *silence* of the sunday morning....
bought yesterday a giant basket full of *pink* grapefruit.....homemade jam in my mind...fresh *lemons*...lemon tart in my mind...or may I should make *chocolate* tart or *pomegranate* tart? 

I am also thinking about making homemade *crème brûlée* again and in the mood for painting my vintage post office shelf *turquoise* and may one of my moroccan cedarwood tables....inbetween embroidery & knitting work today....inspiration overload....well....I will see what happened at the end of the day..

*happy sunday* :-)

image: petra hassan

13.11.2010

*essaouira cats*

come with me...and visit the *cats* of Essaouira :-)
the fisherman cat crossed my way....
thinking....
jumping...or not jumping? questions over questions....
a little *port* cat...watched me...wondering what I am doing...
"no fresh fish for me, girl"?? ....and went away...
aah...the *giant* medina cat....I know this cat since years..most of the time sleeping on the counter top of a little medina shop... :-)
the *pottery* shop cat....can I have all of this bowls, please?
the *mosaic*table shop cat...what a bliss sleeping in the sun! :-) and...can I get this jade green mosaic table, too??
 
and another member of my beloved *magic carpet* cats :-) ...also the cats in Essaouira are *magic*!

images: petra hassan

08.11.2010

*smoky medina*

it was a monday afternoon....inbetween sun, spray rain and work I took a break...
a *picture* and inspiration break in the *metal souk* :-)
I watched the colours of the medina walls for a long time...I wore on this day a bright emerald green silk tunic...me, standing in the front of the *red*red* walls....
listened the sound...welding & angle grinding work....I love this sound...watched the artisans and asked a man if I can take a few pictures....he smiled and said *n3am*..means *yes*...
*smoky*....watched the smoke, smelled spicy *tajine*...someone was cooking in a little open *souk* kitchen....inbetween a hint of *blue* sky....
later  north african *spray rain* on my skin...and again the smell of metal and oil....I love this smell...because it is the smell of my childhood...steel, metal and oil, the girl who growed up in a engineering & metal business family...
this is the result of the *smoky medina* afternoon in Marrakech....metal colours, smoky and mysterious....
a limited edition of cushions...made from pure silk and vintage uzbek embroidery....
and inbetween...the metal artisans in the souk of marrakech having tea.....bittersweet, fresh *mint tea*....

*smoky medina* cushions new in my dawanda shop :-)

images: petra hassan

07.11.2010

*happy sunday*

come with me...and take a look out of the window :-)
 *magic carpet* alert & colour *overload*....
after the the rain always comes the sun...after the neutrals the colours coming back...for sure  ;-)

*happy sunday*!

images: petra hassan

04.11.2010

*neutral colour findings*

there are not only the *blue(s)* in the medina of Essaouira...
my eyes watched soft *neutral* tones....
shades of elegant silver shimmering greys....
cream and *cool* clay tones....
shabby *peppermint* greens...and a hint of vintage peach...
a hint of smoky *saffron* & rustic *coffee*...
chalky, pure *white* goes perfect with matte *black*.....ah...and a cobalt *blue* painted door.... ;-)
sunbleached olive and *soft* cream...
saltwater *chartreuse* and light *alga* green...
but this colour combination is truly *magic* :-) *ahem*....can I have this wall fragment and the door, please?

images: petra hassan