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Thank You & Goodbye

This will be my very last blog post on Salihan Crafts. I’ve toyed with the idea for a while now and after much deliberation, I’ve decided that I’m ready to move on. Although I have enjoyed writing and chatting with you for the last 5 years, I think blogging and crafting in general have taken a back seat to my other interests. I don’t think I can blog as I used to. My heart isn’t in it anymore and that makes me feel that I’m not being fair to you by continuing. I don’t want you to have to read my half-assed dribble because I think we both have better things to do with our time.

Before I go, I would like to walk down memory lane and share with you the best of Salihan Crafts. Here are my Top 5 project lists which have made this journey so very fun and exciting!

8. Blocking Knitted Scarf Yarn sleeve & pot scrubber Knitted I-cord Coasters Crystal Filled Neck Cooler Step 1
Top 5 most popular tutorials:
1. How to block a scarf you can be proud of
2. Two ways to reuse your bath puff
3. Knitted i-cord coasters
4. DIY neck coolers
5. How to embroider a smile on your amigurumi

Crochet Flower Fridgies Crochet Apple Dishcloths Pear Tawashi Ysoline & Amigurumi Pears Johnny Apple & Little Mac
Top 5 most popular patterns:
1. Crochet flower fridgies
2. Apple tawashi dishcloth
3. Pear tawashi dishcloth
4. Amigurumi Pears
5. Johnny Apple & Little Mac
You can find more patterns HERE

Crochet Hairband 2 Berry Stitch Bag Revisited White Chocolate Berry Muffins Forever Blanket February Lady Sweater
Top 5 most popular posts:
1. Novelty yarn crochet hair ties
2. Berry stitch knitting bag revisited
3. White chocolate berry muffin recipe
4. Forever is here
5. My FIRST knitted cardigan!

I will also be closing both my Etsy shops at the end of the month. I have slashed prices to clear stock. Please visit Salihan Crafts Shop and Madu.etsy.com to grab a bargain while stocks last! All my patterns will still be available here and in Ravelry.

Thank you all very much for your amazing support over the years. I loved reading each and every one of your comments and emails. You have changed me in a positive way with your kind words. My self-confidence has grown and I’m a much happier person because of you. I hope that you will still stay in touch outside of this blog. You may add me as a friend on Flickr, Ravelry and Goodreads.

I wish you all the very best, big hugs and kisses, and may our paths cross again in the future.

Lots of love,
Salihan xoxo

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Lost in Stitches

I had a day this week when my thoughts were running wild and my heart seem to be racing. A check of my pulse proved that it was all in my head. I was anxious. I was stressed. I desperately needed to slow things down and it doesn’t get slower than quilting by hand.

Quilt Sandwich

In, out… in, out… My breathing began to match each hand movement. A slow rhythm took over and I was blissfully lost in it. The restlessness faded and I felt whole again.

Hand quilting

Do you have days like that? What do you do to feel human again?

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I would much rather be…

  • outdoors and soaking up the glorious sun
  • grocery shopping because I like food and there isn’t much left around here
  • reading a book than watch another daytime tv program
  • working and creating
  • healthy and well again

But at the moment, I can only manage this until I get over this cold:

Sleeping Beauty

What would you rather be doing today?

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Join Women on the Bridge

To honor the resilience of millions of women survivors of war around the world, Women for Women International is hosting a global campaign called Join me on the Bridge on International Women’s Day: March 8, 2010.

On that day, we will bring women from Rwanda and Congo together in peace on a bridge between their countries to demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development. At the same time and in solidarity, we will bring women (and men!) together on bridges throughout the world, creating a truly global movement that says NO! to war and YES! to peace and hope.”

Quoted from Women for Women website

Participants in Women for Women International's programs in both Rwanda (above) and Congo will join their handmade fabrics to create a peace banner on the bridge between their countries. Photo By: Les Stone



Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend any of the bridge events but I have signed the pledge to give my support to the global Join me on the Bridge campaign. I want my government to know that I want them to invest in women. 70% of the world’s poor are women and 75% of civilians killed in war are women and children. It can’t go on like this.

Please, TAKE ACTION.

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Not your typical love poem

Love is in the sleepy smiles that greet me in morning.

Morning Smiles

Love is sharing a laugh when brunch arrives with roquette adorning!

Brunch

Love is dreaming of our future together –

Deaming

while others wonder, will it be forever?

Etched heart

Love is smooching and cuddling your beau.

Cuddling Cats

And love is in every stitch, row after row. :)

Seamless Hybrid Sweater WIP

XOXO Happy Valentines Day!

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