We did a shore excurion on our 2nd day in Puerto Vallarta that took us into the Sierra Madre mountains. This was our travel vehicle--
it's a unimog and apparently from Germany (more info can be found here). We visited a roadside bread bakery (I don't particularly like stops like that as they are only for the purpose of raising revenue for the particular vendor) and stopped by the road to eat a 'taco' which was a blue corn tortilla with a hunk of cheese and salsa eaten in hand (and, wouldn't you know it, a vendor selling wood carvings!!).
We stopped at some botanical gardens and got a little tour. These birds were SO pretty! No clue what they are.
I think they said those blue flowers are hibiscus..I've never seen blue hibiscus.
This display was gorgeous!!
We then went to a tequila distillery. They were giving shots of their various flavors (intended to sell you on the tequila). I tried the first one and it was GROSS! Then they had an almond flavored one and I tried it because I LOVE almond flavored things--but NOT tequila. GROSS!
Finally we stopped at a small ranch where they had prepared a nice lunch. The best part of the entire trip (thought I had at least a couple of photos but apparently not). That unimog does NOT provide a smooth ride (with a little help from the poor roads) so we were bouncing and jiggling almost the entire time (we were not only seat-belted in but also had hand straps to hang onto!
Haven't posted in quite awhile since I've not been doing any sewing at ALL! Need to take care of that issue as there are things needing to be done!
Just got home a couple of days ago from a cruise so at least I can post a few pix of that (though I'm sure most couldn't care less). We sailed out of Long Beach, CA and hit Puerto Vallarta (an overnight port) and Cabo San Lucas. It was nice but I'm always glad to get home.
Me and baby boy (doesn't he look happy) at the back of the ship.
These two were some very cool sand sculptures along the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta. Can't imagine doing that much work to have it last only a short while!!!
This was a bench on the Malecon..very strange sculptures (why two huge ears on a bench?! HA).
Saw several bozos climb up the ladder as far as they were able then stick their hand up the lower one's dress for a photo op :-(
I went to the quilt show put on by my former guild. It was a small show but very nice with lots of beautimous quilts and super vendors (though I bought nothing as I really don't need any more stuff!). My buddy, Joanne, won several ribbons and Mona, who is my favorite longarmer, won several ribbons on her quilts as well!! Way to go, girls!! Took just a few photos but did NOT take notes on what belongs to who (very, very bad of me).
I know the one above was made by Joanne. She told me someone gave her all these 'scraps' from a quilt she'd made and Joanne made this one from the scraps! WOW huh?
I love the larger bullseye's. Joanne and I both agreed this would be a fantastic donation quilt!
This beauty was made by Diane, a former member of the guild.
This little beauty was made by Ruth Lloyd--she does such pretty work.
Ooo, these blocks were SO tiny..Rachel Cowley made this beauty.
Just LOVED this one but no clue who made it. I kinda think Mona quilted it, though.
Just as I was wrapping up looking at all the pretties, it was announced that this exquisite quilt was voted Presidents Choice and was made by Loretta Brennan.
Since I don't have my valentine anymore, it's not a particularly special day. But perusing all the vintage valentines one can find on the internet can be pretty entertaining. Somehow I can't picture anyone today giving this to their valentine...HAHA! Have a good one!
One final post regarding Hawaii then time to move on..just thought I'd share some photos taken around Aulani. They always have more than just a beautiful building..there's meaning behind most everything here. We took a tour and got all kinds of info regarding the meanings but most of it I've forgotten. Oops.
Above is just a portion of the gorgeous koi pond and below is the little waterfall in same.
The structure reflects the surroundings on the island, the mountains represented on one side (the side this window is on) and the water.
There is also something about male and female and these paintings on each side represent activities of the males and the other side show the females.
They had some BEAUTIFUL light features.
Such a pretty shape and texture of this ceiling in one of the long corridors off the entryway.
Carving in the wood over one of the corridor doorways.
OK, that's it. Now I really need to get back to the machine and get some stuff finished up..REALLY!!