Saturday, April 28, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
After everything is sorted, you get stuffed in a small wicker basket and set aloft. Pre-flight we were quite happy:
And once aloft we were treated to spectacular views of the Rio Grande valley, with Albuquerque stretching out to the mountains:
At one point our pilot took us down to a few feet off of the river, and proceeded to fly us about 10 feet over the cars and trucks on Montano. We waved as they honked.
We were never alone in the sky. Balloon rides are big business here:
A balloon this size can sometimes be a handful. When landing one you are at the mercy of the wind, both for where and how fast you come down. Note the half dozen folks trying to keep our fellow riders from being dragged down the street. This was on a day that felt extremely calm as well.
We were unscathed and happy:
Thursday, April 12, 2012
On the first day we went up to Santa Fe for lunch and a tour of Ghost Ranch that reviewed places where Georgia O'Keeffe painted many of her famous New Mexico landscapes.
Lunch was at the Pink Adobe, where about 100 years ago mom ate when she visited as a child.
Afterwards we made the drive out to Ghost Ranch and took the Georgia O'Keeffe bus tour across part of the 20,000 acre property. Here's a guest house she stayed in:
And this is mom and Krystle in front of Georgia's mountain, Cerro Pedernal:
Not all of O'Keeffe's work was abstract:
One of the Juniper trees she often painted:
If you squint, you can see us in the picture by the trees, holding up yet another picture...
After our tour we did some light hiking.
Here's Krystle with a kindred spirit, the Prickly Pear cactus:
"I'm pretty sure we need to go that way."
"On second thought..."
"...it's your fault we're lost!"
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
This is how I created my layout:
1. I used My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy Be You Paper as my background.
2. I cut out 13 hexagons from My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy Honey Pink Paper and ink the edges, spacing the hexagons out on the paper to create a honeycomb effect.
3. I mat my 4x6 photograph with My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy Follow Paper.
4. I created handmade flowers by cutting strips of My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy Follow, Songbird, Joyful, and Be You Paper. The length and width of the strip determines the size of the flower -- I used strips of .5" to 1.5" wide and 10" to 12" long. I pleated the entire strip, taking care to create tiny even pleats. I adhered the ends of the strips together to create an accordion flower, finishing the flowers off by cutting out circles of My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy Follow and Be You Paper to create flower centers.
5. I arranged my accordion flowers beneath my photograph and added Petaloo Darjeeling Hydrangea Cream & Green Flowers between them.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Evidence that Jesse's wide-stance-straight-on-no-smile pose is genetic: