Travel here we come!!

HOORAY….travel is returning!!

Today, Michael and I are flying out to Mozambique and will be in the bush for about 3 weeks.

While there, he will be researching a book that he is writing about the rebuilding of an ecosystem there. I am helping with the interviews and doing lots of photography. It is a bit daunting to be in charge of photos that will be used in a book, a Ted-X talk, and major magazine articles!!

I am hoping to blog while we are there but it is doubtful that the internet will cooperate!!

SO….. I am going to take you on a tour of the art in my studio!! I have so many fun items that have been procured over the years and I want to share them with you.

Come back tomorrow to start touring……

Inspirational Ceilings

In 2015, Michael and I spent several weeks in Colombia, starting out with a week in Bogota. As an aside, Bogota has THE most wonderful museums!! I spent every day out and about while Michael was working and still didn’t get to see everything that I wanted.

But, I digress…. On our first day there, one of the students, Juliana, picked us up at our hotel and spent the day ushering us around the city. The first destination was Mount Monserrate which overlooks the city of Bogota. We enjoyed the morning eating delicacies from the street vendors and wandering around the mountain top.

There is a church located there….. Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate….and that is where my inspiration came from. A small chapel in the back of the church was designed as a semicircle and the ceilings were magnificent!!!

The stained glass wasn’t bad either!!

If you want to read about our Colombian travels, they start with THIS blog post……

One reason that I make quilts…..

If you remember earlier this summer, I posted about 2 baby quilts that I was making for Bo’s Bros!!!

Well, the Bros have arrived…..Ellis and Patrick are their names!!!

These two photos of them lounging on one of the quilts that I made fills my heart to overflowing……

….and reminds me of one of the reasons that I love the art of quilting!!!

OKAY…..Saturday was transition day for my blog as we left for a month in Europe. We will be visiting Italy (Naples and Rome), France (St. Ettiene & Lyon) and Basel, Switzerland. SO, for the next four weeks this blog will be more about travel than about quilting, although I ALWAYS manage to find inspiration as we travel.

PLEASE JOIN US ON OUR JOURNEY!!!!!

Impromptu Traveling…..

This past week, Michael and I had to make an unplanned trip to Texas to clean out his Mother’s house and get it ready to sell.

While it was sad to be going thru 60+ years of her life in that home, it was enjoyable to learn a few new things…..

…..like the fact that Michael was named a “Favorite” in his 4th grade class…..

He is so cute in his dark suit and super white socks!!! I also loved this photo of him…..

It was also fun to find his Mom (Esther’s) pages and pages of shorthand. Apparently when she was doing her Bible Studies, she would revert to the form of writing that she had used for MANY years when she was a secretary at a local bank…..

We found handmade horse saddlebags that Michael and his brother had made from green canvas……

Maybe this was the impetus for his current leatherwork…..

I came home with a few favorite items that I am looking forward to decorating with…..

I found a lap quilt that I made for Esther many years ago. Unfortunately I didn’t put a label on it (shame on me!!!) so I dont know when it was made…..

We spent a little over 20 hours working thru the 4 bedroom house and ended up with 66 boxes (mostly filled with the 700 books that we moved off of the shelves and the 100+ family photos sitting in frames around the house), 10 large garbage bags filled with bedding and clothes, and a dumpster FULL of unusable items.

We enjoyed our favorite Texas foods…..Tex-Mex, BBQ Brisket and good old Whataburger…..

We had one exciting event……

And yes, that is a small tornado!!! We watched it for about 5 minutes as it wandered around in the field and then dissipated. The winds were amazing!!

On the last day, I drove past the house that I grew up in and was excited to see that it looked great. Even more exciting was the kids swing hanging in the tree!!! I hope that they have as much fun in that front yard as I did!!!

It was good to get home again yesterday and get back to a bit of normal life…..and hopefully some creating soon!!!