I really don’t plan to cram major events altogether, it just happens. Hubby and I spent a few days in El Paso, Tx celebrating his Mom’s 94th bday. It was a grand time:
She is very well-loved by many, for good reason. I’m a counter and I stopped counting at 50 cards!
This was fun – my Sister-in-Law bought this special candle for the cake and it was spectacular. It started out like this and then all the little petal-like things flopped down, each with their own candle and they moved around the center candle. It was really cool!
I thought this was special – for one of our meals, we ate on the Old Country Roses by Royal Albert China. And that glass? It was almost 100 years old! Did I mention that my MIL made all of our meals except one? She is a fabulous cook and we all ate very well. Eating together made for more visiting and that was a delight.
She was born and raised in Texas and I spied this on her bumper – love that!
It was a special time for us to get together. We were missing a few in this photo.
For a brief time both sons were there. Son #2 is proud of his car. I think it’s a Golf R and it’s pimped out for performance. He is single….
Oldest son with his Grammie – see the joy?
If you’re ever in El Paso, you know you must visit Julio’s! Just plain good Tex-Mex.
I did very little sight seeing and lots of visiting. I know most do not think of El Paso as a tourist destination but there are some pretty scenes. The Franklin Mountains extend from El Paso to New Mexico. They are barren and beautiful in their own way.
We got a chance to visit the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens:
This was a new one on me. It was not labeled but aren’t those pods cool?
I never get tired of this. I have a few at home and I love the way the sun can hit it just right and illuminate the spikes.
Now this was the oddest thing, a pole with a bunch of shoes screwed into it. A closer examination showed this:
Yep, that is The Wall (between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico).
El Paso is home to Ft. Bliss and there is definitely a military presence there. This sobering sculpture sits in the airport.
The day after we arrived home from El Paso we were up early for Hubby’s knee replacement surgery. I needed some pre-op meds too:
Hubby emerged victorious and now the real work starts…
I am a bit suprised at how much aerobic this is for me – I did 40 flights of stairs yesterday. We are thrilled and grateful with the care Hubby has received. He is a healthy guy with bad knees so I expect his recovery to go well. The good thing about your knees going early is that you get it done while you’re relatively young!
I really needed some purposeful self-care. I did a few random things just for fun this week:
You may recall that I was in Pat Pauly’s Design class last week at Craft Napa and one of the design-provoking activities was to randomly put fabric upon index cards and then trim up the edges. I intend to continue to do these. All 3 of these started out looking pretty random, nothing special.
I was surprised at how unifying the quilting line was, it brought each composition together. I was not sure how the flaming orange neon thread would do and that too was a surprise – I like how they turned out. My fav is the bottom one. And the top left one, that circle thingy turned out to look like a flower once the feather was quilted in. Who knew?
I follow South African quilter Hester Helena Jeffrey on FB and recently she posted about doing her dense backfills using two threads through one needle. A lightbulb went off for me so I had to try that:
Okay, so I used what I had and would never do this combination on a quilt. The double thread does make the stitching stand out and the curvaceous feather tips pop, exactly what I wanted. I do love the vermicelli meander but the bubbles give the feathers the most impact.
At Market in Houston last year I almost became a groupie at the Odif booth (French company – they are the ones that make 505 basting spray). I have not found their “Grippy” at retail so I resorted to an online purchase. At the time, the only place to buy it at a reasonable price was Artistic Artifacts. I loved visiting their booth (and spending money) at the Houston show. I sprayed the Grippy on one of my rulers designed by Yu Tien Wu (FB name of Iris White). She gifted me with a set of her rulers and I love them – so well designed. The Grippy worked perfectly and gave a solid grip on the fabric without the raised edge you get from the shelf-liner type product. I wish Grippy was more readily available; it’s a great product.
Do ya think I crammed enough into a week? Next week “should” be calm and the following week I’ll be studying with Betty Busby at Santa Barbara Quilting Retreat. Lucky me!! I’ll link up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.