Passions Other Than Travel

Globe Trottin Granny loves to travel. Some seasons of life includes a lot of travel. In 2012 when I was in Sweden with my husband, who was there for a work assignment, every day was travel. Whether I was in Sweden exploring cultural differences, or traveling in another country. From the base of Sweden, traveling to other parts of Europe is much like traveling to other states in the US. I was blessed with traveling to Denmark, Italy, Greece, Greek Isles, Sicily, Crete, Turkey, Spain and France. Now back in the states, I still do some travel, but not with the frequency as before.

Introducing to you new passions close to my heart. I love to create art with fabric. Art quilting, and other varieties of creating with fabric, color and fiber.

Another passion that developed long before I became Globe Trottin Granny is missions, and charitable giving. As far back as the 70’s when I took my first mission trip to Indian tribe towns in Oklahoma, I have been drawn to a desire to help in missions. Later, I traveled with groups to Vero Beach, Fl, Roanoke, Va., and the Kenai peninsula in Alaska. In all those cases, helping with hurricane recovery, or helping elderly people build wheel chair ramps, or decks as improvements or repairs to their home. Trips to Honduras, and El Salvador showed me other needs.

Thus, I have set up a site to sell things I have created. I have been able to combine my creative desire, with my desire to give to missions and other charitable causes. All profits from the sale of my creations will go to these charitable causes. It will not go to me traveling for mission trips, that is separate, but will go to causes that I have identified that may be mission related, or other needs.

I find my fabric at! Click here. They have a wide selection of quality fabrics, and offer international shipping.

You will find my creations at Couch Bee Creations.

My Journey to Ephesus

If you would have asked me a year ago if I would be traveling to Turkey at this time next year, I am sure I would have responded with an unequivocal “No”. Also, I wouldn’t have thought I would be an American expat, living in Sweden at the time.

Here I am! One of the opportunities that living in Northern Europe has given me is the ability to travel to some places that are now closer to me. One of those places is Ephesus, Turkey. Continue reading

Seeing the Evil Eye in Turkey

Evil Eye Amulet

Have you seen a person with dark hair, darker complexion, with BLUE eyes? Stunning, I think! Their eyes are mesmerizing. If you lock glances, it could seem they are staring at you, even though it is you, staring at them, because the contrast of their eyes, “caught your eye”. I did see a lady in Turkey with this blue eye coloration, but didn’t ask for a picture, as shyness struck me.

This combination of hair, complexion, and eye color is seen in Turkey, but is not common. Thus comes the superstition. Back in ancient times, the first time the Turkish population saw the blue eye, it was very shocking to them, and must have made them feel that the gaze was evil. It is especially associated with a compliment that is given out of envy. Like, “you are certainly lucky to have such a beautiful child”, when it is coming from someone who doesn’t have a child. The superstition is that something will happen to that child. Unless of course, you have one of these blue eye amulets to protect you. Or, another counter to the curse that Muslims use is, anytime someone compliments you or your belongings is to say, *”Masha’Allah” (‫ما شاء الله (“God has willed it.”)‬

It is not a religious belief, but a superstitious one that is so deeply embedded in the minds of the Turks, that the Muslim religion has given a counter. Now I understand when I expressed my admiration of a certain woven artwork hanging on the wall the man said, “God has willed it”.

When I asked our tour guide why there were these blue stones embedded into the doorways, and all over the place, she told me they were to “ward off evil”. She explained the superstition, and said that it was probably some smart merchant or craftsman that started the whole thing. Umm…

They are everywhere!

In the US we have superstitions also, but I can’t think of any that have taken over to the extent that the “evil eye” has in Turkey. I don’t know, has anyone broke their mother’s back when they stepped on a crack?

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The Hand Woven Rugs of Kusadasi

I now understand why those beautiful, hand woven Turkish rugs are so expensive. But if I was able to afford one, it would certainly be an heirloom to pass on. Just to give you an idea of the price, a tiny rug about 14” x 18” woven with silk, cost $400.

In Kusadasi, Turkey I saw a demo of the making of the silk from the silk worm cocoon. Here is a picture of a silk worm cocoon we were given.

Silkworm cocoon being held by some of it’s fibers.

Here is a video showing the process better.

A lady showed the actual weaving of a rug. It was nice to see this demonstration. The proprietor said, most of their weaving is done by women at their home.

rug weaving Photo by Daren R. Couch

Weaving Photo by Daren R. Couch

We were shown rug after beautiful rug. Some were made totally of silk, some of wool, and some were a combination. Whether the rug is double knotted, triple knotted or other, was a factor in price also.

Carpet Photo by Daren R. Couch

Capet at Kusdasi showroom Photo by Daren R. Couch

Carpet display Photo by Daren R. Couch

After seeing the demonstration of rug making, I have a new appreciation of the art.