One way that CIAMO generates some extra income for their programs is to host groups of students from Nigerian schools. It’s a way for the Nigerians to practice their French and interact with other Beninese students.
Life in Ouidah can be difficult. If being stared at and yelled at and touched constantly doesn’t wear me down, being locked out of my house, having an infestation of mayflies, dealing with beetles eating away at my bookshelves, finding scorpions in my fabric, flooded rooms from the rains, or food poisoning and fevers will do it. Check out my newest surprise. Can you see it?
Thankfully it was already on its way out. I don’t know whether it was a python or a snake or a viper or a mamba since only his tail was visible. Either way, the best strategy for snakes I think is to just stomp (from a distance) on the ground so that they sense the vibrations and leave. They don’t want to attack us for no reason, that’s just Hollywood who makes us think that.
What do I do when I just need a break from it all? I come here. To the ocean. It has a great way of pushing my “reset” button so I’m back to 100% and can tackle whatever problem Ouidah decides next to throw at me.
But I figured out a nice alternative. I could take a motorcycle to the beach… with Bosco on my lap. And then I could buy a drink at the fancy hotel so I could sit under their awnings and on their nice cushioned chairs. Yes. That is worth it, I think, than saving money and being miserable in the heat.
But really, sometimes it’s nice to be in Benin and not in the USA. My problems here pale in comparison to all the sad things I’m reading about back home in the news. There are lots of things to complain about in Ouidah, but at least I needn’t worry about being around when the next awful person decides to harm innocent people in public.
Initially I wanted to make long bracelets to use as bindings for the edges, but the idea of trying to braid something that long turned me off. Much easier to sew 5 short ones than 1 long one. Variation 7 with the bib was perfect for this idea as all the bracelets were small enough to fit inside. I was lucky that my previous laurel was white, so I pinned the bib to it to try out different variations for how the braids should lay. It’s much easier to see something in front of me than sorting through mental images.
As well as the hem. However, when I used bias tape to bind the lining and underlining together, the underlining was much thicker and pulled the outside thin layer in to make a very subtle poofy effect that I didn’t like. I don’t know if I explained that well. In the end, I made the underlining shorter and hemmed the 2 separately.
Pattern: Colette 1025 Laurel
Fabric: Secondhand sheets