I was recently in New Mexico and found myself at the Georgia O'Keeffe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I don't think I've appreciated O'Keeffe's documentation and love of the West until the last few years. Whenever I find myself in New Mexico I am driven by appetite of New Mexican food more than anything else. Between meals we must do something with ourselves.

We found ourselves at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. This is my second time going. I admit that I am usually craving more of her work than what it displayed there. The museum is a beautiful space to be in. If you have ever been to Santa Fe, you know the Georgia is practically the mascot of the city. Her artworks and images are on a lot of brochures about the city.

If you go with kiddos, they generously give the kids a sketch book and encourage them to sketch the art.

In The Patio VIII Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe. In the Patio VIII. 1950. Oil on Canvas. 26" x 20"

Georgia O'Keeffe. Horse's Skull with White Rose

Georgia O'Keeffe. Horse's Skull with White Rose. 1931. Oil on Canvas. 36" x 16 1/8"

This is one of my favorite paintings that is there to look at in person. I get lost in those teeth and the space between the edge of the canvas. 

Sky Above Clouds IV Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe. Sky Above Clouds IV. 1965. Oil on Canvas. 8' x 24'

This is my favorite painting of hers. It does not live in New Mexico. Whenever I am Chicago, I go see it at the Art Institute Chicago. It is 24 feet across and embodies an entire wall, or did last time I saw it. I know paintings find new places to exist amongst the museum space.

When you find yourself in Santa Fe, Taos is just a little bit away and worth checking out. The Taos Pueblo is a great place to take a walk and take in the landscape.

Taos Pueble Church

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo New Mexico

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

These are just a few things to do between eating chili con queso and sopapillas. Summer brings the sunshine and an opportunity to explore and discover. May your summer be fantastic!



If anyone has ever read any of the sewing posts I have done you will know I am not a skilled sewer. I can make basic things that don't fall apart, but when you look real close you will see what a mess of a seamstress I am. I sewed myself a top and shorts when I was 9, in a summer camp, and I was so proud of it. It barely fit me at the time I was finished. To be honest, it was very ill fitting. Between that and not understanding sewing machines growing up, those were the end of my sewing days. Since the kiddos came into my life I have had to get over my sewing hangups and resolved to be better in this department. Last time I was at Fancy Tiger Crafts with a little creature we chose fabric and a pattern for something to make and wear. I thought maybe it's time to revisit this and sew myself a little something. This leads me to the sailor top I just made myself.

Reasons I chose this sewing pattern:

  1. I could see myself wearing it.
  2. It looked forgiving and flowy in fit & construction.
  3. It said BEGINNER.

I grabbed a dark pattern. I was thinking the darker it is the less likely to show all the mistakes I will likely encounter. 

I chose this one. It was reminiscent of a floral pattern my parents had for their bedroom drapes growing up, but a less sunny version. When I was folding the fabric after washing I saw it was designed by Leah Duncan, which was a delight. I had seen her illustration work here and there. This one is called "Central Park Fog" by Art Gallery Fabrics.

I have actually been sitting on this pattern and fabric for a while. Earlier this week I was feeling inspired. I ironed, cut the pattern and fabric on one day. The following day I sat down to sew thinking I would work on it a little bit every day. You know what? I didn't take me long at all! I was done constructing the shirt by the morning. All I had to do in the evening was finish up the hem. I would have finished it in one sitting, but I had to be somewhere, things to do, bread to bake, check the mailbox. You know how it is. I was shocked it took me such little time!

I am thrilled I actually accomplished this. The only critique I have  (of myself)  is I might have made it one size too big. I would still rather have a problem of it being too large than too small. 

If anyone out there wants to dabble in a beginning shirt project, I recommend this one. I didn't look at any video tutorials and felt that the pattern instructions were clear. I knew if I ran into a problem it wouldn't be difficult to find the support I needed through the resources noted in the sailor top pattern.