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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Taos...rhymes with "house".

We made a quick trip out here while visiting relatives in western Oklahoma!

My good friend Sally accompanied me! We have been friends since 9th grade and she has just retired from teaching!

The afternoon we arrived, tired from the drive, we took the 3 hour trolley tour which took us up for an hour at the Taos pueblo. The name Taos means people of the red willow....which grows in their sacred creek. Sometimes rain was threatening, but we toured the church and heard about the settlement from our native guide. The tribe has lived here for over a thousand years and it is a world heritage site...the first such site, I think!

There is an old cemetery and ruins of a mission church in the pueblo. This church was destroyed the last time, by U.S. cavalry who used cannon against 150 unarmed women and children who had taken refuge inside!!! The army blasted a hole into the church wall, inserted the canon and fired until the church was rubble and all were killed. All that stands today is the bell tower and the pile of crosses near the ruin to represent the perished tribe members.

[Photo by scobert on]

Another stop on our tour was the St, Francis of Assissi mission. The most photographed and painted church in the world!

This beautiful sunset photo is by Geraint photography....I didn't have anything but my smart phone and do not like being a shutterbug, so I had to borrow a few photos here! This one below, I took from our trolley of the other side of the church, which was closed for the day! I would love to get back again, sit under those spruces and sketch!


After leaving the trolley and getting into our motel room, we had a nice New Mexico dinner of blue corn enchiladas and such...sopapillas too, with honey! Then being tired we rested and read...exciting Friday night not on the town! LOL!


But we started early Saturday morning...

The Russian sage is beautiful in Taos!....


........... before the shops opened, strolling from the public parking over to a great little breakfast/brunch place near the Bent street quaint local shops!

Perfect 70 degree weather, delicious food ( hueveros rancheros) and coffee and a friendship of 50 years, made a memorable moment for me and Sally! ( who seems very thoughtful here...! One of the things I love about her!)

"Adobe" buildings are required everywhere...not real adobe, except in the pueblo itself.

Beautiful outdoor vignette, below, by a local shop pot full of flowers and 2 inviting! We especially love the hollyhocks!

We noticed people walking by, carrying produce bags and learned that there was a farmers' market that morning in the plaza!

So we started off to locate the market, pausing to get our photos! Sally under the lush hanging baskets,

me, outside a women's co-operative gallery!

The farmers' market was fun, and large!

Sally, looking at a booth with ropes of marigolds and sage smudge sticks...which burn slowly like a western incense! Good for clearing the air of evil spirits and "bad vibes"!

(These smudge sticks are a photo from ETSY, as I, as usual, didn't get a photo of those when we were at the market!)

Beautiful arrangements of Dahlias....Sally says it is her favorite flower!
We find a wonderful heirloom tomato for BLT's. (The plan for supper, "back at the ranch"...that is the home of my Aunt Ruby!)
Dinner plans made, we go back to the Bent street shops...on the way to our car...

Sally finds an embroidered dress for her granddaughter, Kathleen.

I find some locally handmade silver earrings.

All in all, a most successful day!





Thursday, August 06, 2015

Wedding photos finally come...the photographer captured SO many moments! lots of the scenes have the grandkids!

The wedding was in Savannah, GA in May. A beautiful outdoor "farm" venue!


Here we go....the dresses I made for the twins...flower girls...hanging with the bride's wedding dress!

Nina and the bride, looking at the wedding dress! (Nina already in her dress!)

Sweet bride, Hailee....she was so thoughtful of the little girls!

Lilia helps her little sisters get dressed!

And Nina sees the bride, Hailee, in the wedding gown!

Sophie shares some concerns with Hailee!

In the mirror! Beautiful!

Time for the ceremony...Lilia starts Sophie and Nina down the walkway...

Here they come!


One petal at a time...


Then join the bridesmaids for a close view of the wedding!

[I think Nina is loving her dress!]


Bindley was in the wedding with the groomsmen!

And one more little guy...not ours, must find out if he was the ring bearer?

Dancing afterwards...for a long memorable evening...

Son in law dancing with both of his twin daughters!

Hailee giving Nina some more attention!

Young Bindley dancing with the bride!


Nina wants her turn...and Sophie is fine dancing with herself all night!

Dark falls, Sophie is still dancing!

Bindley too!

Bindley even showing the groom some moves!


From these well done photos I almost feel like I was at the wedding! I think my grandkids had a wonderful time! Thank-you to Hailee and Sherry! It is so wonderful when your babysitter loves you enough to ask you to be in her wedding!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Finally, I'm making progress on my sewing studio!

Not a major remodel or upgrade.....but getting a more organized system for my quilting and sewing projects!

This time the room itself is the project!

We bought more of the square "cubies" which make everything look good! In my case, I didn't want to hide the fabrics, my mind works best when I can see and be inspired by the colors and patterns!

This one was sitting on the floor, which I do not like...unless the bottom row were to have the matching baskets to hold the fabric...which would keep me from seeing it!

[This could get really neat and tidy if I folded each fabric around my 6" ruler then stacked them carefully....maybe later....]

I was able to find something to put this next shelf on, making it higher. Then topped it with my vintage aqua Singer sewing machine....charming!

A few hours later, I have now arranged and reaaranged that first cubie.....and found an old chest to put under it, lifting it about 22" from the floor! Yeah!

It now holds my self-portrait from when I was hand quilting. Next to it, my mother's metal coffee tin which has rick rack and trims that she saved. On the wall is a little blue sunbonnet she had made for me when I was little.

Things are looking better!


I still have lots of things I have to display....the sketchbook with a fun sketch I did several years ago from my mother's high school senior picture.....I notice it is mostly a black and white drawing and just below her are black and white fabrics. She loved prints in black and white!

This is only one wall....there is still a lot to rework and organize (donate?) furniture and fabrics in other areas of the room!

My desire to make clothing as well as quilts means I have even more fabrics to "stash"! And patterns!

This week I got excited again about that "granny chic" cotton house dress idea! I wrote about this earlier this year after finding "dottie angel" on the Internet. She has just come out with a pattern for her "frock", or that is Simplicity has just released it. Simplicity 1080. Selling out nationwide and being back ordered. Unusual!


The author of the Pleasant View Schoolhouse blog loves to sew....and has posted about her frock .....

I do love hers even more than the ones on the pattern! The gingham gives me an idea, as I have some of my maternal grandmother's aprons with cross stitched on gingham.....lovely work. I think I will use them along with some vintage looking florals.....


This should make a nice cool cotton dress for floating around the house and garden this summer!

Now to get that pattern when I goes on sale in a few days!

Looking one more time at my new happy space! [ there is a kitchen island from Target being used as my cutting table! Wonderful!]


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