Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Elf Stockings

I managed to get the heck out of dodge (dodge being Albuquerque) before a major snow storm hit. I made it to Nogales, AZ and am snuggling into my parents' house. I was able to unpack the stockings I made and hang them from the mantel. These are rather large elf stockings...

Hope your holiday preparations are going well!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Move over Santa...

...there is a new elf in town.

Just joking!

I transformed my apartment into a holiday workshop right after Halloween. I have been crafting felt flowers (used as gift wrapping above), making gifts, and wrapping everything. I decided to make everyone's gifts this year, because handmade is just more sentimental, and affordable! Since I can't share photos of the majority of items I made, for fear of spoiling someone's Christmas... I am going to share one, because my Dad doesn't read my blog, at least I don't think he does... If you do, Dad, sorry... hope you like your gift!

I took a tutorial from Women's Day Magazine for a glasses case and altered it just a bit. I added lining and left it rectangular. The lining is my favorite. I don't remember when I got this Loteria (Mexican card game similar to bingo) print fabric, or where I got it, but it's one of my favorite fabrics to use.

I have two more gifts to finish, and then I am officially ready for Christmas. I am hoping to finish the last two gifts today. My quality control manager, Douglas, seems to be exhausted from all this gift making.

Off to the crafting table!

Until next time...


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December to Remember, Part I

Without planning it... Nick and I have turned this month into a December to Remember. There have been various holiday events around the city recently, and somehow, Nick and I have managed to catch the majority of what's been going on.

A holiday stroll in Old Town Albuquerque, with the tree lighting ceremony and various Folklorico dances.

I love the movement and colors of the skirts. I think I need one of those skirts...

We caught what we could of the Parade of Lights... the snow hindered our desire to stay outside.

We caught a hay ride at the Rio Grande Community Farm to see the Sandhill Cranes migrate south from Canada.

We topped all this off with a Holiday Mariachi Espectacular. (I was scolded by the usher for trying to take photos, so all I got were these two cell phone images).

Not too shabby for the first two weeks of December... I wonder what we'll do this weekend?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Glitter Addiction

In order to celebrate that my prospectus is finished and I am ready to defend it before my committee, I decided I needed some Jeffrey Campbell Glitter Lita Platform Boots. The UPS man (who always knows ;) what gifts to bring me) delivered them on Monday and I realized, I have a bit of an obsession/addiction with glitter shoes...

I have some sequin skull ones... leopard ones with glitter embedded in the print... and some gold glitter flats...

Clearly, I enjoy the sparkle.

Have a good Friday!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Small Celebrations

This week has been one where everything has fallen into place. I have a fellowship with the University of New Mexico Libraries and one of my major projects this year has been to put together an exhibit focusing on the U.S.-Mexico Border. I was able to dry mount all of the images for the exhibit, so I can install it next week. I even found some items that were exhibit-ready in our collection.

Having been raised on the border, in Nogales, Arizona-Sonora, one of the major reasons I decided to obtain a PhD, is to contribute to the amount of written history that is lacking about my hometown. Which is the source of the other small celebration this week, because I finished putting together my dissertation prospectus/proposal and the chair of my committee approved it to go out to the rest of my committee.

I was excited about the images for our collection, so I decided to share them with you. These are really just a few, because I have about 30 images total. This image is from an artist collective in Oaxaca called ASARO (Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca), and they have a few prints that focus on the unsolved murders of women in Juarez. Their work offers a critique of the Mexican Government, and the pieces related to the women of Juarez are asking for an investigation into who committed the more than 400 murders since 1993... some say there have been close to 1,000 murders, but I am uncertain of the exact number... 1 is too many, in my mind.

This is a photograph of a migrant making his way to cross the border on the Northern Mexican Frontier by Elsa Medina.

When I stumbled upon an image of Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, I knew our exhibit was going to be great.

I am still debating whether or not to include this photo, because I haven't been able to find the details of its creator and such. I love it, though. I don't know if it's all the sombreros that I love, or the shadows, or what... but I just love looking at this image.

Those are my small celebrations this week... the exhibit is almost ready and my prospectus is finished and ready to be approved... Now, if only I could apply enough effort to finish sewing up Christmas gifts, then this week would be perfect.

Until next time.