Lee’s Rubber Band Art

Lee made a rubber band teddy bear for me for Valentine’s day. I have to say it’s a labor of love, she spent hours working on this.

It’s amazing what small round rubber bands can turn into.  She started making rubber band bracelet at the end of last year, and gave several bracelets to kids at the temple on New Year’s Day.

These are more of her rubber band arts. The duck looks a bit sad in this photo, perhaps it’s the ugly duckling but I have to say that it looks more perky in real life.

Her latest one is a dragon.

She took them outside to play in the snow, no worry about getting wet.

The Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro


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Sunday August 5, 2012 was the Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro.

Sunflowers were brought in by a Buddhist worshiper.

The Buddhist Lent Day is also known as Kao Punsa, which is the annual three-month Rains Retreat.  This is the time where monks spent three months of the annual rainy season in permanent dwellings.  This year we have 2 monks Kao Punsa at Wat Greensboro.

Pra Kao Thip or meal was prepared for passed loved one.

Morning alms giving

Foods were prepared for the monks.

The banner that tells the story of the Buddha was hung around the salahongtum or worship hall.

The tradition of offering candles to the temple on Kao Punsa day.

My dad offered a monk’s robe and candles.

The monies were offered as part of alms giving.

Foods offering to the monks.

Lee sold her handmade jewelery to help raise money to build the temple’s bathrooms.

My niece also sold her handmade jewelry.

This was not a big event so there were not as many customers as Sonkran Day in April.  The next big event is Boun Kathin, and it’s something to look forward to.

Lee’s earrings

Bracelets

There were mostly vegetable vendors, it’s almost like the farmers market.

It was hot and humid on Sunday and these boys gave a new meaning to hanging out at the water cooler.  They were eating ice cubes to stay cool.

Lee sold $58 and donated the amount to the temple and my niece sold $20 and donated her portion.

The bathroom construction is moving very slowly since it is funded by donation only and any amount helps.

All photos and video were shot with a Canon T2i and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Beading Project

The girls and I have been working on making more beading jewelries to sell at the temple, we have a few more events coming up before the end of the year.  The girls sold their jewelries at the temple on Songkran Day and helped raise $95.  They both donated the proceed to the temple, and they hope to do the same this time.  I think the girls have set a good example to help raised money for the temple building fund, so this time my second sister will be selling her handmade toot-bags and my sister Bee will be selling her craft items as well and they both will donate their proceed to the temple. This is what we have made so far.

We have the basic tools such as round nose pliers, bent nose pliers and wire cutters. I purchased a few beading books and borrowed a few from the library to get some ideas and inspiration.

And you need a lot of beads.

Yesterday was a project day at my dad’s house, Lee was working on her bracelet.

My niece picking out her beads.

Lee came up with this neat looking necklace.

I was inspired and came up with this one.

And this one. I’m not a jewelry person and often wonder what type of people would wear my necklaces, but it does look a lot like me.

Lee made a wooden bracelet.

More bracelets

Once I started on the necklace I couldn’t stop, the ideas just keep pouring in.  I thought I would try something different, this one opens from the bottom.

It’s easy to put on and take off.

More necklaces that I have made, and hope to help raised money for the temple also.

Photos were taken with Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens and EF50mm f/1.4 lens.