Month: May 2013

Empty spools Asilomar. day 3.

  The trees surrounding the village are  tall and majestic. Closer to the ocean they take on a contorted shape in defiance of the cold winds that sweep off the ocean. Some are bent as if elderly citizens. Others appear to defy gravity with branches topped at alarming angles. All are home to squirrels, birds and a wonderful  shelter for the deer.     The morning mist plays tricks with your eyes and I tried to get down on the beach early to capture the mystery. It was freezing  this morning but I was determined to get photos before the sun disappeared. The Ocean was black and roaring in anger and the birds skimmed along the shallows despite the waves rolling in. Foam tossed by the waves skimmed along the surface of the water. I walked into breakfast with frozen hands and I had to hold my coffee for 5 minutes to warm them. I've eaten too much, laughed a lot, shared stories and  had a wonderful time. Its inspiring to see the work of …

Empty spools Asilomar.

Oh my goodness, I'm so far behind with the blog, but I hope I make up for it with todays whispers. I have some time off this evening so I'm going to write about my experiences here at Asilomar. I've wanted to come to this retreat for years… and I have to pinch myself that I'm actually here right now. As I write to you now, I'm privileged to watch a deer and her two babies standing just feet from my window. The animal pictured below was giving birth to her baby outside our class window yesterday. Enveloped by tall pines the grounds are immense and date back the 1920's. My room has an open fireplace and is very spacious, a little spartan by some standards but comfy. There is no TV, no phones and there is a sense of peace and respect for the nature that surrounds us. 200 ladies are enjoying the 5 day quilting extravaganza and its been a wonderful experience. I'll be sad to see it end… but I have been …

Sorry folks for the lack of a blog post…. I've just finished an event, its 9.30 and  have lots of writing to do and I need to sleep before another long day…. but trust me I have lots to share. I should have more time tomorrow.

What can two gals do in 40 hours.

Waiting in the Airport… 5.00 am.   No 10.   10.00 am  we made our way to Chicos,  Anthropologie, J Jill and Pottery Barn love this chair from Anthropologie 11. Trader Joes for vitamin E.    We missed the apple store to resist temptation… 12. Located the Fiber Arts Expo. The highlights for me were the wonderful fabrics and embroideries from India, Nepal, China. I Dribbled on the yarn and Chinese appliques fabric…. Oh just delicious. Checked out the threads?..   whoops got a go.

What can two gals do in 40 hours.

What can two gals do in 40 hours? Well we covered two States. Does that mean state of confusion, state of denial, or  state of perpetual motion?Well maybe, but it was NM and Texas all in one day. 1. I did a book signing and trunk show. 2. Lunch with friends and then a 4 hour drive to to Albuquerque. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, we talked all the way and listened to music. 3. Checked into the hotel where they were obviously filming something important 4. We got reacquainted with Boris, (the man in our GPS who speaks so nicely) 5. Toured old town. 6. Dinner on the verandah of the restaurant and enjoyed the concert in the plaza.   7. Photographed old town…. Designed quilts, collaborated and people watched. 8. Worked on the computer for a few hours and chatted to family back home. 9. Up early working on the computer 10. Breakfast at range cafe.     11. got to write the rest tomorrow. Its 11.pm and I have to be up …

traveling

I'm traveling right now. I had a presentation this morning in Alamogordo and this afternoon we drove through huge vistas to Albuquerque. The sky is so blue. Of course we are traveling at 4000 feet above sea level (that's the height our planes fly) The light is so different to home.   The orange cup wobbled on the dashboard. Its part of the merchandizing for our event. Orange cups, I'm impressed. We decided to go into 'Old Town' and have dinner. Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded here in 1706. Today, historic Old Town Albuquerque is the city's cultural center. The settlers organized their new town in the traditional Spanish colonial way, with a central plaza anchored by a church. When the original adobe church collapsed after the long, rainy summer of 1792, they rebuilt, and in 1793 San Felipe de Neri church was completed. Today, this adobe church with walls five feet thick is the oldest in Albuquerque and its white towers mark Old Town from …

Collars and cuffs.

In the 19th and 20th centuries the collar industry of Troy NY provided the chief blue collar employment for women. These industries were dominated by female employees. The collar industry workers, at least 85 percent female, assembled, stitched, finished, washed, starched, laundered, and ironed millions of collars during the nearly century-long history of the industry. I purchased this box of collars at an antique mall yesterday. They are fine linen. The stitching is superb and they are art pieces in their own right. Most of the employees in the collar industry were Irish and often passed jobs down from mother to daughter so that whole families were employed either at the same time or for overlapping periods of time.

 These collar laundry women had created the first strong women's labor union in the United States in 1864. With over 600 members at its peak, the union consisted largely of Irish women and was begun by ironers, who held the highest status job in the laundry trade. Since most of these laundresses worked at least some …

Radio and Tea

Up in the wee hours, the air was cool and crisp and we had stunning views of the mountains as we drove to the radio station. The Guys at KPSA Alamogordo do a wonderful job advertising our event and its always fun being on air for an hour or so. We also recorded a few public service announcements for advertising. They'll be played daily while I'm away in Ireland. I love having breakfast at the country restaurants here, its so different to the fancy breakfasts we pay a fortune for in the art based cafes at home. Mums Country Kitchen was  bustling even at 9.00 am. There were tables of customers who come daily. In another room there was a  group men called the  'Romeos' who looked to be in their late grandpa years. There were young men in cowboy boots and hats, older men in the same attire and then there are the bikers adorned with tattoos and dramatic  attire.  We sampled the daily special of tacos and hash browns for $4.00 accompanied by  …

It shouldn’t be happening in this day and age.

The temperature rose to almost 100 degrees today and I was in heaven. The sky was "as blue as a sailors uniform" as my Mum would say. The birds are telling us its almost summer and the breeze curled down from the mountains and kissed the plains. I love this weather. I love the scenery, I love the mountains and I love this place. But we had a job to do to day so I had to view it as we traveled. Las Cruses is about 80 miles from Alamogordo and Rainee and I had lots of time to chat as we drove to our first event. We talked about our program coming up at the end of June and she explained that this year some of the money we raise will go to providing children in difficult circumstances with a back pack of food for the weekend. It has to be food that can be accessed easily and some families don't have electricity so the food needs to be suitable  to be eaten cold. …

Some people tell me I have a happy knack of finding myself in a ‘situation’

Some people tell me I have a happy knack of finding myself in a 'situation' Because of my own forgetfulness,  I found myself with that problem once again today. I forgot to bring my drivers license !!!! and I had paid for a hire car. It is always stays in my American  purse but I had to use it for something recently and somehow I sort of forgot about it. I needed it on Thursday when I went to have my stitches out I searched for it… but it wasn't where it should be.!! A quick conversation with Keith and he decided to look for it and send me a  photo copy. He signed it as a Justice to try and give me a little more hope…!!!! NO. "I found it in the 3rd layer of your bags" he said smugly. But the hire car company would have none of it. So poor Lisa had to travel for 2 hours to get me.  I worked on the computer and had lunch of Tortilla soup to …