Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Getting Dressed for Camp

Soon it will be time for Virtual Camp
for the Hittygirls!

Julie Old Crow has designed a special fabric
just for Camp Piney Woods.

Although some campers may prefer t-shirts,
Jubilee preferred to wear a dress.

Can one Hitty dress be created out of an 8" X 8" piece of fabric?

After I ordered the 8 inch square,
I placed the patterns I use for Jubilee on an 8 inch square sheet of paper.
It looks like it will all fit, including the lining for the bodice pieces.

I trimmed the salvage edges, leaving the 8" X 8" square.
The width of the fabric is a little shorter than the skirt pattern, but looks like it will work.

I cut out the skirt piece.
I did not use the previous layout to cut the remaining patterns.
I cut each pattern piece individually, using the edges,
and keeping pieces close together.
This includes the liner on the front and back bodice pieces.

This is the fabric I had left after carefully cutting out the pieces I needed.
I will need to get another fabric for the pantalette,
but it looks like there was some room for pattern differences.

The pattern pieces I used are from the Little Mo Hitty Dress pattern
by Paulette Morrissey. 

I used the skirt and the bodice pieces.
I used the long sleeve, which is a straight, ungathered sleeve,
and modified it to a short sleeve.

Now, to go get some thread to sew up Jubilee's camp dress!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Under the Cottonwood Tree

 Another companion at my house
decided to come out of the box and hijack my summer adventures.
She insisted on being a part of a "30 Days: One Object"
photo project.

I did that last year.
What a great way to get out and go on adventures!

Today I insisted on joining her.
We just walked around and greeted the Cottonwood trees.

Nothing remarkable...

But hey, I'm still here, 
and summer is not over yet!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Sunday Morning

What a beautiful Sunday morning!
I decided to go out for a stroll around the apartment property.
I had heard that there were some colorful flowers blooming.

There were a lot of bees buzzing around this pretty purple bush.
I had to be very careful,
but I was thankful that we have bees.

The roses were too sweet to pass by!

I love this purple flower because the plant is about my size.

There are also some unusual desert flowers in our landscaping.

The pansies were lower to the grass,
and had just been watered.

The water drops were amazing!

I was attracted to the pink in these flowers.

More desert flowers in the landscaping...

Most of the flowers are around the main office area
for the apartment complex,
which includes the pool and mailbox area.

The rest of the property has mature trees, green grass,
and more interesting micro nature to explore!

Just one more week in school,
and it will be summer vacation.
I am looking forward to more outdoor adventures!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Albuquerque Museum of Art

I visited the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

It hosts a variety of special exhibits throughout the year,
but photography is only allowed with the permanent collections.

I learned about the lifestyle, history, and art
of the people of New Mexico.

The Spanish conquistadores were soldiers
who came to New Mexico to find gold
and claim the territory for Spain.

 They wore metal vests called "chain mail".
This is a modern reproduction visitors are invited to touch.

The Pueblo people who had been living here
for hundreds of years before the Spaniards
made pottery to be both beautiful and functional.

Artists from the past 100 years can be pretty creative, too.
Much of the art reflects the land and culture in New Mexico.
I like this miniature building of an old trading post because it was almost my size.
It was kind of like a trip down old Route 66.

Animal figures made of wood or paper mache
are a part of the regional folk art.

Coyotes are particularly symbolic in many Native American
cultures. He plays a part in the stories and legends 
passed on to children.

Other art and folk art pieces reflect the religious
faith and culture.

They have a collection of paintings
by many of the early 20th century artists.

This painting is by Georgia O Keefe.

These are some of my favorite paintings
in the permanent collection.

 The Albuquerque Museum of Art
has a collection of beautiful Navajo jewelry.

They have a large collection of more everyday use
and historical items from early Albuquerque,
but they are remodeling the room and the display of these items.
I can't wait until it opens again.

One odd piece that I like is this small saddle.
I'm not sure if it is a sample of a silver saddle,
but it is unusual.

I enjoy the sculpture garden outside the front of the museum
It is a nice place to visit even when I don't go inside.

Can you find me in this photo?

Here I am!
I am on the saddle!

I found another place to play.
This rock was the perfect place to stand.

Museums can be interesting and fun places to visit!
I hope you enjoyed sharing mine!