Saturday, July 22, 2017

Flamenco! The Dance...................

I really didn't know much about Flamenco, the dance.  Oh, I've seen it performed but the history was totally off my radar until the visit to Santa Fe's International Folk Art Museum--the display was awesome!  Costumes galore............

"The art form developed over several centuries from Gypsy, Moorish, Andalusian, and other roots. Flamenco music and dance became popular in the early 19th century as café entertainment.
Canto (“song”) is the core of flamenco, and like baile (“dance”), it has three forms: grande or hondo (“grand” or “deep”), intense, profound songs, tragic in tone, and imbued with duende, the transformation of the musician by the depth of the emotion; intermedio (“intermediate”), moderately serious, the music sometimes Oriental-sounding; and pequeño (“small”), light songs of exuberance, love, and nature."
Flamenco is danced around the world--here is silk dress from

Would love to see this dress in action!

Madrid Span dress 1970-1980

Madrid, 1965--bought to New Mexico to wear at
New Mexico venues and the first year of the
New Mexico Festival Flamenco International

Variety of costumes worn by men and women

This is one of the costumes that Maria Benitez would
wear in her exciting dances--A native New Mexican, Benítez is best known for the work of the company she and her husband Cecilio founded and direct, Teatro Flamenco.

I love the detail on the dresses

especially the crocheted collar

Just imagine the sway of this skirt--
Feria Dress, Seville, Spain, 2011
The small shawl is cotton dated 2014 from Seville also

Towards the middle of the nineteenth century, various agricultural fairs took place around the city of Seville and many gypsy farmers wives began attending these fairs wearing handmade dresses which they had crafted from old, everyday clothes. They were often adorned with ruffles and frills in order to make the simple fabrics more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. 
During the Seville Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, members and representatives of high society attended the event wearing the traje de Sevillana (pronounced tra-hey), and thus, the dress received its first official recognition.
From that time, the popularity of the dress began to spread outside the borders of the region, eventually becoming a truly distinctive element of Andalusian culture. Maintaining its most recognisable features (fitting, cut, and accessories), the dress has accompanied the evolution of the regional flamenco tradition and has spread even further, both nationally and internationally.

The mantón or shawl is the most spectacular part of the Flamenco costume.  The shawls’ vibrant colors and exuberant designs exude the culture of Andalusia and give an extra outlet to your interpretative potential:  In your hands, the mantón opens new vistas of sensational dance movement.
The Spanish mantón is actually a square piece of cloth, hand-embroidered through and through by women who live in Seville and have over 50 years of experience in crafting hand-made shawls. All of the Flamencista Shawl Collection is made from the finest materials available. All of the shawls, the product of exquisite haute-couture craftsmanship, are hand-sewn and hand-embroidered in the capital of Andalusia. 
In 1808 the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's forces
prompted anti French sentiment.  The resistance to all things French led 
to an enthusiasm for regional Spanish folk culture.
Traditional dress, once considered the purview of farmers and
peasants, became the fashion among the elites of urban society.
This same style of dress became the style worn for village
fiestas and was eventually adopted for the stage.
Handed down from generation to generation, flamenco was
originally performed within families or communities or
Gitano (Spanish Romany) origin in southern Spain. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

I See Circles!

Do you ever take the time to view the designs in everyday life?  Yesterday I was thinking about all the circles that are in the kitchen--stove top burner circles, pots, lids, benches, cups, glasses (hard to drink out of something not round!), bottle tops, etc. etc. etc.

Then I open my blogger feed and see more circles!!  This time on a quilt--and it is free!
A Bright Corner features this circle quilt for your sewing pleasure--
and then I find this Cheerio Quilt-- more circles by Missouri Star!

So, don't be like me--going around in circles to find the right pattern to sit down and sew!  Just do it!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Traveling Knits.....................

Antirrhinum socks

With all my might, body and soul, I'm trying to keep up with the Year of Techniques challenge--so far, I only skipped one month and that was May with the cute little mouse--someday, I might go back and knit up that fellow.  The socks are July's challenge and learning event.  I'm very familiar with socks so this lesson was on knitting a heel flap--no problem with me.  There are great step by step videos to help you through knitting a heel flap if you find that a task.    The yarns are yummy for these socks--

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On The Road Again............

Time to head back south--we visited in Denver; enjoyed an early birthday dinner with our daughter at her favorite restaurant--but now, it's on the road again--as we sing Willie Nelson's song--

See you down the road!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day #2--All About Sweets!

Here we come to another wonderful day in the mountains and an enjoyable wine seminar--educational and a treat for the body!!

Topic: “Prosecco & Pancakes”
Let's begin with a sparkling morning brunch experience with delicious Ruffino Prosecco cocktails featuring a unique mix of pancakes, toppings and classic breakfast sides.  
This is one of the fun events at the festival!  Lots of good food!  And afterwards, we can sit or dance to the jazz music! 

Pancake and Ruffino Prosecco Pairings:
• Buttermilk Pancake with homemade hazelnut spread and mango puree. Paired with Prosecco and Chocolate Liqueur.
• Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pancake with Pomegranate syrup, candied nuts and cinnamon butter. Gluten Free! Paired with Orange and Pomegranate Prosecco.
• Baked Apple Pie Pancake with cooked apples, cinnamon sugar and spices, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Paired with Lemon Ginger Prosecco.
• Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with caramelized pineapple chunks, house made vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter. Paired with Pineapple Party Punch.

Afternoon Topic: “Willy Wonka’s Wild Wine Ride” 
The following wines will be available for this seminar:
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, NZ
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling – Columbia Valley, WA
Popcorn Chardonnay – CA
Martin Ray Pinot Noir – Sonoma County, CA
Edmeades Zinfandel – Mendocino, CA

Monday, July 17, 2017

What A Treat!

How exciting!  Our daughter came to join us for a couple of days--!
We took a walk to River Run Plaza across the bridge

Gondolas swept by us heading to the top of the mountain 

In the afternoon we walked through Dillon Farmer's market  where
we bought lots of goodies--like this smoked salmon.

and in the evening we watched the sunset from our condo deck--
it was great to share with our daughter--now, she heads back
to the big city to begin another work week.
But we continue to Chill in the mountains!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Keystone Arrival!

Here we are!  Cool mountain air! and a View!  We're here for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival--we attend the seminars and avoid the tastings set up in River Run plaza.  This is our ### year to attend--!  we could take advantage of all the tastings that surround us in the courtyard, but, we decide to partake in the four seminars--two that are featured each day.
The view from our condo's deck.
How about open doors and windows to enjoy the cool fresh air!

First Seminar here we come:
“War of the Roses” It’s not just White Zinfandel anymore. Wines described as magenta, rose, salmon, blush, fuchsia, watermelon or coral can be dry, sparkling, crisp and refreshing…a perfect combination for a hot summer day or leisurely afternoon on a patio. Rosé is now a serious wine, made from many different grape varieties and countries. 
  • The following wines featured for this seminar:
    Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah, Colchagua Valley- Chile
    Kim Crawford Rosé, Hawkes Bay- New Zealand
    Marques de Caceres Rosé, Rioja- Spain
    Guigial Rosé, Côtes du Rhône- France
    Chateau Miraval Rosé, Côtes de Provence- France
    Planeta Rosé, Sicily- Italy
    Klinker Brick “Bricks and Roses” Rosé, Lodi-California
    La Crema Rosé, Monterey-California
  • Second Seminar “Say Cheese (and Wine) – Finding the Perfect Cheese for your Wine”
    Each texture, flavor, ripeness, and even firmness of cheese classification generates a unique catalyst effect – and when strategically joined with the proper varietal – results in an optimal fusion. 
    The following wines featured at this seminar:
    Ladoucette Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc
    Gary Farrell Chardonnay
    Bouvet Brut NV
    SA Prum Riesling
    Fonseca Port NV
    Smith & Hook Cabernet

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The High Road to Taos

I'm sharing this map of the high road to Taos from Santa Fe--
we have made many trips to Taos, usually in the fall to attend
Taos Wool Market--we've stopped along the road to visit
several of the weavers along the way--there are side trips to
take--Chimayo is a favorite stop for lunch.  We can visit
many Pueblos.
Out of Santa Fe, we drive past Santa Fe Opera!  OMgosh,
what a view from this location!
should we take trip up to Ghost Ranch Living Museum?
or stop to see Georgia O'Keeffe's House?

We are staying at lovely Palacio de Marquesa where each of the eight rooms is dedicated
to a remarkable women of Taos.  Our room was the Socialite I named for Millicent Rogers.
A museum in her name is outside of Taos and where one can find the most marvelous
collection of Navajo weavings and other arts.
Millicent loved the intricate detailing of Native American jewelry and soon became
a collector and an advocate of American Indian Rights.
The peace and quiet of the neighborhood with the surrounding grounds gives us an
enjoyable stay--not to mention breakfast that is delivered to our room!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Now, A Moment For Something Completely Different

I'm taking a pause in my travelogue to post about Christmas in July Blog --it begins Friday!  I'm saving each step so I can sew upon my return to my machine.
Just think 12 days of Christmas NOW!

And it's possible we can make this quilt--I've always fancied this
Trip Around the World--didn't like to think of all those little tiny squares!
Sarah promises a tutorial makes it relatively fast and easy - no individual piecing of tiny squares.

Here is what you need:

Fabric Requirements:

10” x WOF of 16 different fabrics - you can choose to use 16 different fabrics, or repeat certain fabrics as desired.  NOTE:  You'll need a clean 10" of yardage - you'll be cutting four 2.5" strips from each piece.  Be sure that you'll be able to get that from your cut after it's pressed and squared up!

One 2.5” square for center of quilt; fussy cut if desired.

1/2 yard for binding; scrappy binding looks great with this quilt and can help eat up some of your Christmas scraps!

3 5/8 yards for backing - can be scraps. 

This is going to be fun--happy stitching!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Santa Fe--Absolutely!

  • Another day in SouthWest--Santa Fe--brings us to our breakfast visit to Chocolate Maven!  We found this place on a visit years ago--so we make a point to return to sit near the kitchen
    and watch as the meals are prepared!  Where else can you get Green eggs and ham or Tofu scramble-- onto another museum visit--or that walk through the Plaza!
The sights off the beaten path
The colorful art pieces that dot the landscape

And the adobe!  I love the adobe structures!

  • Of course, for us, we must visit the local wineries and taste the fruit of New Mexico--one of the first wineries in America.   Our first stop is into Gruet Winery--where bubbly is king! We happen upon friendly folks visiting from Dallas and Rhode Island--we talk and talk for hours over a glass of chardonnay bubbly wine--it can not be called champagne but it's made in the style of the finest French wines.
  • Chocolate tasting is right at the top of the list!  Great chocolate can be found right here.  The rich chocolate you can just pour from your cup at Kakawa chocolates.  Just look at those lovely cups filled with chocolate!

  • Eat, Eat, Eat some of that delicious New Mexico red and green chili!  It seems we can never get our fill of New Mexican food--"do you want red, green or Christmas chili?"  I'll take Christmas anytime!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ahh, Santa Fe!

There is just something about Santa Fe--.  Is it the landscape with the wonderful evening sunsets or the marvelous food or culture or maybe, it's just the people--native Americans who hold a special place in the heart of Santa Fe?

We make our list of things to do while here:

  • walk around the plaza--the heart of the ancient town:  Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza. The surrounding historic district’s crooked streets wind past adobe landmarks including the Palace of the Governors, now home to the New Mexico History Museum.  Elevation:  7, 198'  It's hard to believe that this desert town sits at this elevation--be sure to drink plenty of water!! 

  • Visit Museum of International Folk Art--always a special exhibit.  Last time I viewed "RED--the story of Cochineal".  This time there is an exhibit of "Tramp Art" and "Quilts of Southwest China"  

  • A Walk along Canyon Road to pop in and out of the art galleries--Always exciting art to view and enjoy.
  • A visit to the Museum of Indian Arts And Culture, a stroll along the Governor's Palace to view and purchase Indian Arts and Crafts.
  • Of course, it wouldn't be Santa Fe, if you didn't stop into view Georgia O'Keeffe's Museum of work.  

Tomorrow is another day in Santa Fe--how will I Stand it?!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lost Draw Vineyards

Today we drove a short distance (in west Texas, it's all relative--little, a lot, who cares!) to Brownfield and High Plains Vineyard--

this is the vineyard that many wineries in Texas receive their grapes--
acres and acres of grapes.  AT one time it was cotton; now, grapes are the 

You can understand why this is great for Vines--climate, location, soil, etc.

We came to visit vineyard owner Andy Timmons and to see his new Texas Wine Company in Meadow, Texas.  This is full Scale custom crushing facility.  The facility has three coolers on site, as well as two presses. And tanks. Bright stainless steel tanks line the room as there are three different sizes of tanks : 6,600 gallons, 3,300 gallons, and 1,650 gallons. The tanks are designed to perfectly do their job. The diameter of the larger tanks is the same as the height. This has proven to be the best dimension for fermenting red wine.

What a great opportunity to see this operation first hand!  Harvest will begin soon--grapes
straight to the crushers to the bottle to make some super duper wine! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

We're A-Trippin'!

Come along on our journey--

we're heading west from Houston-- first stop--Buffalo Gap, Texas!  Just south of Abilene, the place where buffalo roamed .  It's a quaint 'little' town!  Along the path you find one of the best Texas restaurants you ever did visit--it's a drive to get there, be so worth it!  and if you're vegetarian, you will find some of the best sides dishes to warm your taste buds.

We've got reservations for Perini's Steakhouse!  Tom Perini, Fess Parker (Davy Crockett fame) and Richard Becker (Becker Winery) grew up together--now, that's an awesome combination!  We can enjoy one of Tom's delicious steaks while drinking a glass of Fess Parker or Becker Wines--not a bad way to spend part of the day.

We journey to Lubbock to rest our heads on soft comfort--but first, we stop in Buddy Holly Center to see illuminance, a national competitive biennial competitive photography show, featuring work in response to a theme. The exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery from June 2 through July 22, 2017.  The theme explores the long-standing relationship between music and photography, and invited photographers to explore the intercourse of tone, color and image, in all its powerful permutations.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sapphire Stars Mystery

Oh I love a mystery!  and here is another opportunity to sew up a mystery and use my stash-- and it says STARS!  Love STARS!

Kevin The Quilter is hosting his very first mystery!!  Hurray! for Kevin!
and of course, I'm in and of course, I'm late to the party!
I can catch up quickly--one clue a month!  So, I'm not too far behind!

here is the first clue:  then head over to Kevin's website to sign up
to receive the rest of the clues!

Happy stitching!

Clue #1

Cut 48 3.5" x 3.5" squares from your brilliant royal blues (as many different as possible)

Cut 48 2"x2" squares from your light baby blues (as many different as possible)

Cut 48 2"x2" squares from your navy blues (as many different as possible)

Using a small ruler and marking tool (I used a mechanical pencil) on the wrong side of the fabric, mark a line diagonally down each light blue 2" square, AND each navy blue 2" square.

Placing right sides together, put one 2" light blue square on top corner of a 3.5" bright blue square. Sew on drawn line.

Repeat this step with navy 2" square on top of 3.5" bright blue square on opposite corner of the light blue 2" square just sewn.  Sew on drawn line.

Lightly finger press seams toward the corner ensuring the light and navy corners have been sewn correctly.  If light blue, and navy do not match the edge of the brilliant seam.

Cut 1/4" away from seam with rotary cutter or scissors.

Press 24 units with seams going toward corners, and press 24 units with seams going toward center.

Make 48 units measuring 3.5" unfinished.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Do You Dishcloth?

I hadn't looked at Ravelry for a few days so missed this BUT there is still time
to jump on the dishcloth knitting campaign.  There will be four different patterns
throughout the month of July--great knitting easy knitting--
I love hand knitted dishcloths!  I use my handspun cotton to make mine--
great feel while I'm wiping down those counter tops or swishing a dish--
Check it out on Yarn Adventurer!

if not a member of Ravelry--join!  It's free and there is something for
every fiber person--be it quilting, knitting, weaving, crocheting, stitching, etc.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July and August Projects

July will be a travel month for me--so I'm making this list of quilts I want to work on after I return to my machine.  A couple of these projects are ready right now--like Scrappy Patchwork QAL and Dino DNA.

 cut the blocks 7 1/2″ square from panel, and add 3″ pinwheels and 3″ x 7 1/2″ sashing strips to make it a nice crib size.  This is a cute way to use up panels or fussy cut--