27 November 2008

Kiln Party

Yesterday we enjoyed a delightful party celebrating Zeynep and Meryem's new kiln that Nest helped them buy using a micro-loan. It was so exciting to see the first things that came out of the kiln. We all got interviewed by the local Golcuk newspapers, and I did my best in Turkish, and later were filmed by a Turkish-Dutch couple who are doing a documentary on the area. 10 years ago they came to Golcuk after the 1999 earthquake and followed 6 families after the disaster. Now they are back to follow up and see the changes. I am happy that Zeynep and Meryem are contributing to the resurgence of the area. They were so comfortable in front of the camera, and I felt all nervous and bouncy, with Lina on my shoulder falling asleep.

Way in the back of the photo you can see a bright blue square, and that is the kiln. In front of it is a red ribbon that we cut, as is traditional here, when a new shop (or in this case, a big item like a kiln) opens or is celebrated for the first time. We cut the ribbon with scissors embellished with The Knit Box beads.

I know that I must also post photos of our apartment now that we are moved in and mostly settled. But without art on the walls, I don't want to do it just yet. I may be posting less in the next three weeks as I'm going home to visit my family for an early Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

10 November 2008

Sequin Clutch in Good Houskeeping

Well, we've officially moved in and are dodging boxes and stuff everywhere, so pictures will have to wait. I found out that Sevinc's Sequin Clutch for Nest has been featured in Good Housekeeping's Holiday Ideas Gift Guide for Teens! One of the most gratifying parts of being a loan facilitator for Nest is seeing these amazing items get noticed abroad.