Sunday, July 26, 2015

There and Back

Last week, the husband and I were so fortunate to go visit our neighbors to the north.
Nope...not in Oklahoma.  We went to Canada.  Alberta.  
Banff, to be exact.
And it was magical!

Everything about the trip was just wonderful.
Weather that spanned from mid 70s to sleet and snow (depending on our elevation, of course).
If you follow me on Instagram (kwiltykimknits2) or Facebook,
then you are ware of this and have probably seen several photos,
as I couldn't help but snap away and share the awesomeness that is Banff!

Some photos may be duplicates from my postings, but most are not.

 We arrived on Sunday afternoon, and first thing Monday morning, we went to Ski Louise for a gondola ride, where we had hoped to see some bear.  But nope.  Others in our party did see them, but we weren't so lucky.



The views were amazing, regardless.  It was so gorgeous!
And we caught sight of Lake Louise in the distance...
 
 We were so pleased to have most of the day to spend wandering around Lake Louise.
The place is magic.  There is no other word for it.





 

 The color of the water is beyond description.  It's fed by the glaciers,
and I need to get some paint in that color.  It was surreal.  

We stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which, if you're familiar, is similar to staying in a castle!

 



 Now, I could have spent a LOT more time inside, snapping photo after photo of the 
furniture and the details.  But then I would have missed all the wonderment outside!


The Bow River and Bow River Trail were just steps from the hotel.
 
 The sound of rushing water is always serene.  Don't you agree?

On Wednesday, we layered up with clothes and handknits, and set out toward the Columbia Icefields.
 Even the bus rides were enjoyable.  Scenery for days!

We stopped at Peyto Lake...

 Isn't it amazing!?  Shaped like a bear!
If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I would be in disbelief.
And again with that COLOR!

It was quite the change in altitude!

 We were driven out on the Athabasca Glacier.
And it was cold.
And the husband was amazed.

And it was cold.

 Did I mention it was cold?

 BRRRRRRRRR.
But the fingers still worked, so I did what any knitter would do...
I whipped out my sock knitting and got a few stitches in!
 
 And the husband got to fill a water bottle up with
crisp, cool, glacier water.


 We were told they transport approximately 5,000 people each DAY out on to the glacier.
I believe them.
 It was amazing.  And it was cold.
And it was unbelievable how much the glacier has changed over time.
It's slowly fading away.

We headed a short distance from the glacier and walked on air....
 Okay..it was glass.  Not air.  But still.  We were OUT and UP there.  I only looked down briefly, and it was slightly freakish because you could feel it sway.

 I quickly snapped a couple pics and boogied to solid ground!
It was a great outing!
 And it was cold.
So cold, that even though we left the surface of the sun, we still both agreed we do not miss
winter, or ice, or cold.  

We returned home Thursday, and somehow, 
that little reprieve from the Texas summer was just perfect enough that we are once again
enjoying July in Dallas.

 Banff has a special place in my heart though.
It was truly magic!


*Peace!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thrifty Thursday!

Ah...another Thrifty Thursday! 
You don't know how much I love typing those words!
I'm still ever hopeful that I will find my stride with thrifting here in North Texas.  
It's proved to be a bit more difficult to find the "FINDS", even in the small towns.
That said, I did find a couple things this week!!

 For less than what I would have spent on a Triple Venti Latte, (we won't get started on how much I miss having a Starbucks in close proximity.  Nope...we just won't), I brought home these two scores!

 I always look thru the baskets that are inevitably piled up in every G'Willy's from coast to coast.  You might recall I've discovered a few Longabergers for a song!  And while this isn't a Longaberger,
to me it's a little better!  Handwoven egg basket!  or butt basket! 

 I immediately grabbed it off the pile and was proudly carrying it thru the store while I looked at other things.  The hubby looked at me strange, like "what's the big deal".  I said "Are you kidding me!?  It's a handwoven egg basket!?!  LOOK!  Look at the tacks!  Look at the bottom!  Just LOOK!"

 And did you see the cost?  Three bucks!  Seriously?  I'll take it!  It's really lovely,
and I immediately remembered that somewhere in a closet, I have reeds, and t pins, and all the things I need to weave my own.  I really need to dig that stuff out!  

And before we left, I had said I really hoped I would find some cool art pottery like I used to.
Well, the power of suggestion worked!

 Thanks to Jenni, and her foray into pottery making in 2001, I have a new spoon rest!
For a buck.  I had a pottery spoonrest from a prior thrifting adventure, but it somehow never turned up once we moved down to Texas.  Hmmm...not sure where it is.  But now I have another!

 A couple more parting shots of the handwoven loveliness....

 My hope has been restored!  
Thrifty Thursday may actually find it's way back to the blog on a regular basis!  
Woohoo!

*Peace!



Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Weekending: Dallas Museum of Art

The weekend before last,
the hubs and I set out on a cultural adventure.
It was a hot Saturday, so we figured a trip
in to Dallas would be fun.

Dallas is home to
 the fabulous Dallas Museum of Art.
 


Did I mention it's fabulous?
And FREE? 
Well, except for a few select exhibits throughout the year.

Trust me....there is PLENTY to see free of charge!

I took a LOT of photos,
some of which you probably saw on Instagram
if you follow me there (kwiltykimknits2).

Photos of many, many extraordinary paintings,
among other things!

But for this post,
I wanted to share the textures
I was drawn to!
 
 
 Fabulous woven baskets were in the collection,
as well as this wonderful linen piece!


 This next piece fascinated me!
It was created from resin and beeswax!

 I loved it!

And this...


 Scrunched up and painted chicken wire!
So dimensional.
I really liked it!


 I was mesmerized by this one!


Le Silence by Auguste Preault
It was haunting in a way.  I really loved it.

This is a small portion of a very large embroidered piece
in the museum's collection!

 Stunning needlework!

We loved this glowing front door!


It was quite short though!
I would have had to duck upon each entry in to my house,
if this was my front door!  So, so beautiful though!
From the Robert R Blacker house in Pasadena, CA

And this!



 I love stained glass!
That Louis Comfort Tiffany sure had a handle on his glass artistry!  ;o)

The inlay on this box was nothing short of amazing!

 It was Japanese.

And this!
 Exquisite beading...

 So colorful!

 This is one of a pair of phenomenal mirror image carvings!


I was blown away by the detail, 
and the work that went into these pieces!
The time commitment!  Surely the carver was passionate about creating!

There were many, many, MANY more
pics in my camera roll.
But I think you should plan a trip to the Big D
and see them in person!

Otherwise I have several more photos
in my Instagram feed.

I was so pleased to see alot of young people there.
Made me smile!

It was a great way to spend a hot afternoon.
It felt so good to get in to the city 
and wander thru the museum with lots of like minded folk.

We will definitely return 
again...
and again!

*Peace!


 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Simplicity

I've had some wonderful yardage in my fabric stash for a while now. 
 It's from the Drawn Garden collection by Anna Maria Horner.  
I fell in love with it when I spied this quilt at the 
Dallas Quilt Show last year.  





Lucky for me, I was with Michelle, aka Cozy Egg, who immediately knew who the fabric designer was AND the name of the collection.  Clearly I was out of the loop!  I NEEDED this fabric in my life!
So the hunt was on, and I promptly landed 6 yards or so...ahem.....and it's been adorning a shelf for about a year!  

I've been pulling other fabrics out....pondering a pattern.....changing my mind...pulling out more fabrics....


Trying my old stand by favorite...the humble nine patch, in a couple different combos, 
but it just wasn't singing to me.


I loved the plaid and the burnt orange combo.....
but just couldn't really embrace it fully for whatever reason.  


I did realize that the plaid and orange nine patches 
REALLY prefer to live with this great 
Jo Morton print instead though!


So you'll be seeing that combo again!  
I dove into that repro stash and pulled out this great print from the 
Pennock Family Album collection (Windham Fabrics), 
thinking it might work well as a light print in a block.  
I thought they played nicely together!


 After staring at it off and on for a few days, it finally hit me.  Why do I need to introduce another fabric?
Why not just these two fabrics!  
I knew that I wanted to use the Drawn Garden print in a vertical fashion 
to showcase that long trail of roses.  
And this Windham print also works great vertically!
I was not going to argue with what the fabric was saying to me!  
Simplicity was key!
A column quilt was the answer!



I'm pleased to finally have this one sewn up into a quilt top!  And one that I really, really like!
I can't wait to get it quilted!

Simplicity was the answer!

*Peace!