Month: May 2012

Its a new hairdresser!!!, “Just color the grey honey”

This is the view of the mountains this morning. Fires in the mountains in Arizona have caused a jet stream of smoke and it led to a spectacular scene as we drove into town. We had a couple of radio interviews,  I've done it many times now so it's a bit like catching up with old friends. OK, so now I think the hair color is tooooo blonde in this photo…..I hope it was the reflection of the orange. Its a new hairdresser!!!, "Just color the grey honey" Maybe she tried to blend it, there's not much hair there to work with, its  a bit short but great for travel.!!!!! We had a lovely visit for a couple of hours with a room full of eager quilters at the local Quilt shop. There were lots of interesting questions and thanks ladies for the lovely emails this evening. Then on to lunch and a planning meeting. Our event has grown dramatically and there is so much work going on in the background to make this a …

Have you ever eaten fried pickles?

So I notch up yet another amazing experience. When it was first suggested that I try them I rudely screwed up my nose… but of course I was going to try them… and indeed they were delicious… Before you reel at the calorie count…. I ate just four, 24 calories. I have an apology to make, I've missed the last 3 studio blog hops, but its late right now and I have to be up early tomorrow so I will add them into the next blog. It was delightful to have lunch with Debbie Caffrey today, she drove 4 hours down to Las Cruses to meet us and of course share the pickles. Its a short blog tonight because I've hit the wall with tiredness and it's going to be a hectic three days ahead.

I think she has an eye problem !!!

Its amusing. It's funny, I was in Wally World today and was greeted by a delightful young lady who recognized me and said she had breakfast with me each morning… It seems the ads for our event were played each morning at breakfast time on the radio. A similar thing happened in Cloud Croft today. A lady behind the counter greeted me as I walked in to her shop. "Oh you look like that English film star" (I think she has an eye problem)   I answered her and I ensured her that I'm not…. "Yes, you know the one in The Marigold Hotel" !!!! No, I'm not, I said…. "but you have the right accent" she insisted. "No", said a lady who came out from another room "she's the Quilting Lady, Pam Holland." The same thing happened on several other occasions… I was beginning to wonder if I had a sign on my back. However, it's heartening, it proves that the event organizers are doing their promotion job well. We begin the round of media …

Graduation Day

It's 10 pm here in Alamogordo and 1.30 am the next day at home. At 4.00 this afternoon the time change hit and I felt a strong urge to go to sleep in mid conversation… !! fortunately I made it through without any one noticing and we completed a wonderful day. I've been running at a pace for the past week or so and sitting chatting today told my body to relax more than it should. My friends daughter graduated today and I attended with a full stadium of parents and relatives. Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles arrived to celebrate her success. She was made to feel very special. It was a moving occasion as 340+ young people were honored for their hard work over the past 12 years or so. Our girl graduated on the honor roll and it was a touching ceremony. I wish we did it in Australia. The we had a big party for the rest of the day, delicious regional food and 90 deg temps…. I admit to being a little …

“silkies” Vintage Quilt.

I've traveled most of the day.  LA, Texas, then drive into New Mexico. It's so nice to be here and its WARM.  The sky is pure blue, the air is sweet and it's wonderful. Alamogordo is at about 3700ft elevation brown earth, huge mountains and blue sky. My day at  LACMA yesterday Textiles. Amongst other interesting textiles, I found this quilt yesterday at  LACMA. It is made of over six hundred pieced and embroidered "silkies." The central outsize American Banner, replaced in 1912 when the accession of Arizona and New Mexico prompted an updated version, helps date the bed-cover to the years preceding world war I. The prevalence of foreign flags signals the patriotic and imperialist currents that were circulating  the globe at the time, while the American Indian Chiefs and feminine personification of US beaches and state flowers speak to more local aspects of nation building. In the late nineteenth century, tobacco companies developed the cigarette trading card inserted into packs to entice customers to collect a complete series. Employing new color lithography, the …

LACMA and the Farmers Market

I've had a wonderful day today. I wonder if you've ever been to LACMA? If not, give it a go when you're in LA I'm on their mailing list and it's been something I've wanted to do for a long time… well finally I went today. OOOh, but how to get there? I'm staying near the airport ready for a 6.30 am start tomorrow and LACMA is 9 miles away. I looked at the buses, I would have to catch 3 and it would take me an hour and a half to get there and then the same to get back. So a taxi was the go. The concierge organized a young man to pick me up, take me to the Farmers Market, wait for me for a few hours and then take me to LACMA. We had a wonderful conversation as we sat in the car in the traffic jam, he came from Ethiopia some 15 years ago. He  organized for his wife to pick me up from LACMA at 4.00 pm and bring …

I made it….

I left home 36 hours ago and I'm now able to relax a little. The trip was great, but I didn't sleep much. I just got into the pj/s they give you and relaxed watching movies and working. Its funny when you think of it… 60 people or so all dressed the same in gray trackies with a darn big kangaroo on the front. It's a bit like a school uniform really. More and more people are changing into them these days and they are really comfy. I have a huge task ahead of me over the next couple of months and I will share what I can.     I know it can get a bit boring looking other folks 'travel photos' but my family can keep track of me that way, I don't need to ring Keith, he just reads my blog. !!!! I was at the hotel early, but had to wait for my room for an hour. It's about 2.00 am Australia time when I arrive so I try to keep …

On the road again.

My bags are packed, and everything is about to be locked up. I've spent the day finishing illustrations and photos for the book and catching up with our little people. I'm going to miss them so much… Well at least I have the image of their shoes with me!!!! I have emails to answer, but somehow I found it hard to do business today, hopefully I will be in a better frame of mind as I travel

Round Robin – Husband Quilt. !!!!

  The last blog shared in a little drama, the internet  was slowed to a snails pace. I finally completed  it after many hours of waiting. In retrospect, Its a bit sad that the panic rises when you can't get on the net.!!! I guess we all have a history in using the Internet. I can't remember how many years has it been since I first used the internet. I thought I was so clever!!!! When I first joined an online a quilt group I saved every email……Oi…. but I loved reading the messages. I learned a lot from other quilters in those days. When the paper work got to mountain size and threatened to swamp me, I stopped doing it. Being frivolous I was in a  'swap' (well lots really) Somehow there was a discussion about a husband round robin. Jacquie wrote: "LOL! I even wrote a verse about it — ANOTHER ROUND ROBIN? The very thought of a husband round robinHas tickled my funny bone.Imagine getting the loan of someone Else'sIn exchange for …