Travel

HOMEMADE POSTCARDS

It was a BUSY summer. I hope to slowly but surely add some bits and pieces of what's been happening here. Traveling can be fantastic, but also it can be tiring. One of the ways we have utilized downtime when traveling is making homemade postcards. It's a great way to record things you've seen and share that with family and friends. Plus you get the bonus of sending mail. Who doesn't love receiving something unexpected in the mailbox?

The great thing about these is it doesn't take much to pack or prepare for this. Have some sturdy paper that you cut down to size. We do 4"x6". You'll want to check your dimensions because if it's larger than what USPS uses for postcard postage you will pay more. Choose a medium that won't get messy in the handling and mailing process like colored pencils or markers. Once you've designed the cover of the card, flip it over to write a message, address it, and send it off! 

homemade postcards

I make sure we have some postcard stamps with our paper and pens before the trip, so we don't have any reason to delay mailing these.

NEW MEXICO AND GEORGIA

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!