The rest of the afternoon is spent shopping for inexpensive items for the Valentine's Day Party we will have on the 14th. We are inviting 30 children and their mothers and we want to have gifts for every child.
We poke around the souk in the back streets behind the King Hussein Mosque until we find the inexpensive toy market. The wares spill out over the sidewalk from the shops and we purchase many jumpropes, yoyos, bubbles, balls, super hero action figures, barrettes for the girls shaped like flowers and butterflies, pens with big red or purple glittery hearts bobbing on top, marbles, bead rings, and lots of red heart balloons, red streamers and, of course, candy. We will add these to the Valentine's goodies I brought with me from the US.
We stop at Osama's scarf shop last. Osama has been a supporter of CRP since last year when he gave us very good prices for shawls for our Craft Co-operative women to embroider. He also gave us bags of fabric remnants then so I like to purchase from him whenever I can.
We need white fabric because I hope to have Iraqi children color pictures on them and then I will bring them back to the US when I return. We hope that some peace & justice minded quilting groups will want to make the picture squares into quilts for us to display and then auction as a means of raising money for our projects.