Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Heirloom Hanky

Ever fallen in love with vintage embroidered hankies? Now you can make your own. Head over to Feeling Stitchy for the tutorial.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Library Love

I have this very special and undying love for libraries. I can't think of a time that I didn't have a library card. The first thing I did when I moved to Albuquerque was get a library card from the public library and one of the first things I did when I moved back to Tucson was make sure my library card was still valid. 

On my recent trip to Los Angeles, I was treated to a visit to the Los Angeles Central Library in downtown L.A. I loved the hustle and bustle of people shuffling through the stacks with their items for borrow.
Image Borrowed from Vermont Square
I worked in the main campus library at the University of New Mexico (UNM) as part of a fellowship I received for two years. I loved working alongside all the books. I love the organization of libraries and the sort of silent work that is accomplished by studying, researching, and writing. I appreciate so much when libraries showcase their collections and archives, which was the highlight of this trip to the L.A. Central Library.

I made my way through the library to the Getty Gallery on the second floor with my darling friend, Nick. He laughed at how giddy I was to be at the library. We wandered into the gallery where we were able to check out these items all about the Mexican Revolution in an exhibit entitled, A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed.

The Central Library, in partnership with the Getty Research Institute, had various images from the Mexican Revolution on display for us to see. I only took a couple pictures so as not to disturb the exhibit or the items on display. 

I curated an exhibit at the UNM library with a similar theme last year, which I blogged about here. I felt so excited to see some of the same images that were in the UNM library could also be found at the Getty Research Institute. 

As we made our way through the exhibit, I felt more and more excited to have spent some time in the library. Before we left, I noticed there was a shop on the ground floor. I almost lost my mind with some of the amazing items they had. Many libraries have done away with their card catalogs and artists and designers have taken to creating jewelry and art pieces with card catalog pieces.

I only bought a few things. I am going to hang that greeting card as a little piece of art in my office, because I have, in fact, left my heart in the library. That tiny bottle has a necklace in it with the birthstone for November that I picked up as a birthday gift for one of my friends. Everything else came home with me, although there was plenty more that I wanted. 

All in all it was a great time in the library and I can't wait to get back to the library and snuggle up to a good book.

Until next time.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vintage Stitches.3

On my recent trip to the Los Angeles area, I knew I had to explore the vintage and antique stores in order to find treats and treasures that I wouldn't find in Tucson. I found this place in Fullerton called, The Brick Basement. They had amazing items and I didn't know how I was going to pick just a few things. BUT, I did, and managed to get everything on the plane and home!

One of my favorite finds and new treasures is this very lovely vintage embroidered table runner, that can double as a scarf, if need be. I know this is exactly what I need... no scarf, no worries, the table runner will suffice *wink*wink*

I can see the pattern underneath the stitches, and for some reason, that made me love this piece even more. I am not sure if it is that noticeable in these pictures, but if you look at the pink flower below, there are little bits of the pattern peaking through. 

The runner has the same image on both sides. So, if I were to wear it as a scarf, I would have two poodles around my neck. 

On one edge, there was a little note that said to ask for free instructions. I wish I knew where this came from so I could see these instructions! This is also where it was noted that this could be a table runner or scarf. 

I love vintage embroidery. It inspires me to keep stitching. I haven't decided if I might turn this into something else, but for now, I am enjoying these vintage stitches and am glad I brought this piece home with me.

Now that Halloween has passed, it's time to get back into the groove of work, writing, and stitching. I can't believe it's November... I just can't believe how quickly time passes!

Until next time!