Sunday, August 25, 2013

Owls Have Arrived!

I am overcome with happiness and love!  Enough to make a silly statement - Ow'l always keep you both in my heart.   I received a package and was overcome with emotion when I saw the sender's name - Di from Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  She and Jan from Lunch Lady Jan's Fabric Frenzy teamed up together to send me the most thoughtful gifts.

Thank you both so much!  You have lifted my spirits when I needed it the most!   I must admit, in my haste to get to the good stuff I didn't take a picture of how neatly my package arrived!
What a beautiful card and such a lovely note!
My new knitting needle holder made for me by Jan!
My too cute apron!
You ladies have brought a smile to my face and a few extra beats to my heart.  I can't thank you both enough!  

Poppy was quite interested in the owls - can you tell?
Poppy is a yellow sided green cheek conure.  What you probably don't know is that Di and Len named her!  When they came to New Mexico it was right before I was to pick up my new family member.  We were throwing around names and one of them said Poppy!  Oh, but if she turned out to be a male - what then?  Popeye!  Needless to say, the test confirmed she's a girl (she's much too pretty to be a boy) so Poppy it is.

It's the unexpected things in life that make the most impact.  Thank you both!!

Much love,

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spanish Market

Spanish Market is held in Santa Fe, New Mexico every year.  It's an amazing event that attracts an estimated 70,000 visitors every year.  I usually don't go because it's too crowded but my dad and his companion, Mary, invited me this year.  We went early in the morning so there wasn't much of a crowd and it was still cool.

My first posting about Spanish Market can be found HERE.

Here are more photos from the day.
a closeup of the piece above
I love the vivid colors this artist uses.
The following two watercolors are done by one of my favorite local artist.  Her name is Michelle Ferran.  I love her use of color.

They are both behind glass - I tried to get a shot without much glare.

This is an amazing wood carving.

Do you notice anything "funny" in the photo above?  I couldn't ask the gentleman in the red shirt to move while I snapped the photo......
These ladies were dancing around the corner from the Plaza.
I would love to have a pair of boots like this!
I hope you enjoyed this post.  Perhaps it makes you want to put the Spanish Market on your Bucket List?


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WOYWW 219!!!

Hello my wonderful WOYWW pals!  It's been so long since I've joined in.  For those of you that aren't familiar with WOYWW it was started by Julia, who hosts this huge blog hop.  To visit all the blogs go to Stamping Ground.   People from all over the world share their desks, in all their glory.

I took the condo off the market so am slowly getting my craft supplies back out where I can see them.  I found that the saying "out of sight, out of mind" definitely applies to me!  I can't believe what I've found so far.
Remember this?  It's a vest that I started knitting and realized that when I bound off some stitches for the second armhole that it didn't line up with the first armhole.  I dug it out of hiding and have been working on it.  I figure I might get it done in time for fall.

Instead of crafting I've been reading, a lot.  I'm on book number eight of a series written by Maggie Sefton.  The books are murder mysteries that take place in a mountain town in Colorado.  They are quick reads and I'm glad that I'm on the last one in this series.  

I sit in my backyard to read and get some fresh air.  I enjoy watching the hummingbirds enjoy my honeysuckle and russian sage plants.  I tried to get an "action shot" but couldn't.
Thank you for visiting.  Please leave your number in your comment so I can pay you a visit.  I will also visit those that end in the same number as me.  


Monday, August 5, 2013

Spanish Market - Featured Artist Ramon Jose Lopez

Hello everyone.  I was lucky enough to go to the Spanish Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This year was the 62nd Annual Traditional Spanish Market.  For more information visit their website HERE.  This year’s Market was July 27-28.  Besides the beautiful artwork there are food booths and music.  There is a winter Spanish Market also.  Check out the website for details on that. 

This famous Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States and attracts over 70,000 visitors and collectors from throughout the world.  Each July, the Market showcases hundreds of Hispanic artists who not only exhibit and sell their art, but are also very happy to share their culture with visitors.  All the festivities are focused on and around the Santa Fe Plaza.  

I had my camera with me but all my senses were on overload!   There were so many things to see.  One special thing that happened was meeting Ramon Jose Lopez.  He grew up in Santa Fe and has been making art since the 1970s.  Here's some photos of his amazing painted buffalo hide.  This piece won Best of Show at the Market this year.
My dad and his companion know Ramon and his wife.  Both are amazing artists and such nice people.  
Ramon with his buffalo hide painting
Ramon, Mary and Dad
I hope you enjoyed looking at Ramon's piece.  I have other photos from the Spanish Market that I'll be sharing.