Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Alphabet

 Another 30 day photo challenge has captured my interest.
This one is not just Saraya, but she decided to join in on the fun.

This is "A Doll A Day" for October.
The theme is the alphabet.

C is for Colcha

Several years ago,
I was at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas,
a living history museum south of Santa Fe.
I was allowed the opportunity to buy this one of a kind
colcha embroidered bag made by a manager of the museum.
C is for Colcha

Colcha is a traditional New Mexican embroidery.

The day after I took this photo with a printed background,
I went to the Harvest Festival at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas.
Saturday, October 4, 2014.
This is an older colcha wall hanging in the museum.

Nearby, this weaver was weaving the background cloth
that is used by those doing colcha embroidery.

This web page has a video with more information on colcha embroidery,
filmed at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas.

E is for Etch a Sketch

Sunday, the letter was "E".
Saraya started out with eggs for breakfast.

The Etch a Sketch was nearby.
Well, that was more interesting!

E is for Etch a Sketch

Saraya is charming and sweet and beautiful.
My real exploration is how to love and spend time with a new doll
while still enjoying and spending time with an older doll.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Too Hot for History

Today was Saraya's last day of her 
"30 Days: One Object" photo project.

I decided to take her to Old Town
for a photo in front of the historic church.

With temperatures above 90*F and rising,
we found that there were only three places to visit in Old Town:
Sun, Shade, and Inside!

So, Old Town was still there,
but it was too hot for history, hanging out,
and wandering around.

I walked past a small "hole in the wall" that housed
a well reviewed restaurant called The Backstreet Grill.
The original location was closed,
but a new, larger location across the plaza was open.
I wandered in.

So this is how we ended our adventure together...
going out to lunch!

Chip also came as I am preparing to take him on a trip
and practicing using my iPhone for photos.

The Old Town Street Tacos
were delicious, the servers were so friendly,
and the atmosphere was clean and modern.
I can't wait to return with friends!

Thank you sharing Saraya's Summer Vacation
with us!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dust is a Noun, Not a Verb

Many years ago,
I got this great idea to build an
"adobe room box".

The floor is foam core that I painted to resemble the saltillo tiles
in my mother's apartment.
The walls were hardboard that I covered with paper mache clay
and then painted a tan color to look like adobe.

The fireplace has a basic structure underneath it,
which I covered with paper mache clay and painted.
The bookshelf was made by an individual who made furniture for
Ginny sized dolls.

The books are from printies I used to cover foam core.
The tissue box was also a simple printie.
The other items are small souvenirs from various
tourists type shops in Albuquerque or in Taos.

The red "ristra" on the wall is actually a wax candle.
The western items were from a resin set I purchased
at Hobby Lobby.
The wagon wheel is wood, but also from Hobby Lobby.

The bed was a simple wood bed made for Barbie,
which I shortened and painted.
The blanket is from Chimayo,
and I made the remainder of the bedding.

The clay figure is actually made from Sculpy clay;
an early attempt at make a "Hitty friend type doll".
The bowl was a miniature I purchased at
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas,
a living history museum near Santa Fe.

The plant was from Hobby Lobby,
but the pot it is in came from a Route 66
tourist shop/Dairy Queen on the other side of the mountains.
I glued it in with rocks and low temp hot glue.

I also made the western wreath from small western items
from Hobby Lobby and a small wreath frame.

Dust comes in abundance in the Southwest.
Every now and then, I do dust,
but it is not something I really pay attention to...
until it ends up in a photo!

Saraya was not happy about the dust that has gathered
in our adobe roombox!

I explained my philosophy to her:
Dust is a NOUN, not a VERB!

The adobe roombox is a "guest room"
for our 6-9 inch guests, 
who we have had from time to time.

I don't think we are quite ready for guests 
at this time!

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Pueblo Montano Trailhead

At 8:00 pm on June 25, 2003,
the forest along the Rio Grande 
was ablaze in a human created fire.

The fire threatened the Montano bridge
as well as the homes along the forest on both sides of the river.
Crews of fire fighters worked through the night,
protecting property as the fire jumped from the east bank
to the west side of the Rio Grande.

Many cottonwood trees were damaged in the fire,
but no homes or lives were lost.
When the dawn brought the early morning light,
helicopter crews were able to bring in larger water drops
to finally help extinguish the fire.

Later, an artist, Mark Chavez,
worked his magic with the damaged trees at the trailhead
leading into the trails that wind through the forest (bosque)
along the river.

In honor and memory of the fire fighters...

Howling Coyotes

My favorite tree sculpture shows La Llorona.
The face in the tree may be the Boogie Man.

According to the legend, La Llorona lost her child to the river.
She weeps at night, searching for her child.
She just may pick up your children if they are naughty!

The eagle rising above the flames...

The roadrunner is the state bird.


Thank you to our firefighters
who sacrifice with courage
to serve others.