Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Grand Canyon.....finally

I was born and raised in Arizona. In fact there are not alot of 50 year olds around who are natives. But I had NEVER been to the Grand Canyon. I dont even know why, but at last I finally went this last week for the day. I was suprised that it only took 3hours and 45 minutes to get there and that was with a couple little stops and going the speed limit! I went with my very good friend Johnsie, her sister Jennifer and her Dad and Aunt Toots. Aunt Toots was visiting from Philly. The weather was just beautiful, 75 degrees. They went hiking about 1/4 mile down the Bright Angel Trail. There was no way I would be able to do that with my hip, but I was content sitting in the gorgeous weather and clean air. While I was sitting there a tour of mules was coming back up from the bottom of the canyon. You can ride a mule down, I guess it takes about 5 to 6 hours. You camp overnight in cabins and have a great steak dinner then back up the next morning. I was talking with some of the folks arriving. They had the time of their life. They all seemed glad they did it, but probably wouldnt do it again. I guess its pretty intense. I also understand reservations have to be made very far in advance. None of my photos of the mules turned out. I found a squirrel (susan lol) but that photo didnt turn out either, darn. But here are a few. I was so happy they asked me along. :)

I also have had a really busy week creating for the upcoming fall season and an upcoming art show I will be doing locally called The Briar Patch. I will blog about that show when I do it. I think it will be a great experience. I met the woman who runs this show today. Her name is Jeanne and she is such a nice person and really works hard for her shows. So, its been a nice week. I made these 3 pin cushions from some baby shoes I got at an antique store. These boxes are what I am working on for the Make Mine Pink shop hop. Its part of my promotion. When a purchase is made from my "rose jewelry" catagory you will receive one of these pink gift boxes. And 20 percent of my sales will go to the Susan G Koman Foundation for breast cancer research. And last but not least I am working on some new pillows. These are presents you wont have to open! I here sooo many times the ladies here at MMP say when they received the package, "it was so pretty, I didnt want to open it" Everyone love a beautifully wrapped gift. This is just a sneak preview. I will be adding other colors and styles and they will be coming with a beautiful altered art tag that Carrie from Noelle Garrett Designs is making for me. Whew!!! This is a long one.... What have you been up to? Are you getting a head start on the holidays? Until next time...... gail


Michelle (Shell) May said...

The Grand Canyon... WOW! Never been sure would love to go one day. Can't believe you never went. Oh wait a minute. Yes I can. You work to much like me! hee,hee,hee. Glad you had the opportunity to live a little sweetness. Wishing you all the best with the upcoming show and the shop hop. You're gonna shine I just know it!
bunny hugs,

Susan said...

OMG! The Grand Canyon pics brought back so many best friend from high school and I did the donkey trail...we were in our early 20s...I cannot imagine doing that provided some of my most frightening moments in life also :-0

Good luck at the show...and IF you NEED pics of squirrels, I can easily provide...we are up to 9 in the family...I can field a baseball team!

Take care!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi gail!

it is so nice to meet you! thank you for saying hello today. I love your work!

:) melissa

lisa said...


I love the pictures of the Grand Canyon, so awesome.

The pink floral gift boxes are gorgeous.


Marie said...

Hi Gail,
Loved the photos. And your boxes are really pretty.

Tedi said...

Love the boxes and I must be nice to go to the Grand Canyon after 50 years of living right next door to it! I'm glad you had a good time.
Hugs, Tedi

Carolee Crafts said...

What a fantastic view and agree with you a must to see.

I love the baby shoe pins, the oxes are so pretty your customers will be very lucky. The gift cushion is such a lovely idea and the colour of the fabric stunning.

Thank you for sharing, take care Caroline

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

Hi Gail,
Wow what a fun trip! I haven't been since I was a kid. So many pretty new things and your tags will be on their way this week!

Patricia said...

Glad you had such a nice day at the Grand Canyon with Johnsie and her family. That's great that you finally got there. I would like to see it one day, close up and not out plane window!
Your new products are so pretty. The boxes are a great idea and the babyshoe pinkeeps are adorable. Can't wait to hear how you enjoy the craft show as a participant!
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

someplace in thyme said...

Gail my sweet friend, I am so happy you finally made it. That seems to be the way of life. We think we have all the time in the world to do all the things we want, thus putting it all off for another day. This is one more thing you have done that you can check off your list of to dos. The items you are showcasing are so pretty, I gotta say, I love those sweet shoes, Char

Susie said...

Hi Gail! Glad you finally got to see The Grand Canyon. I am always happy just seeing the pictures. Your new goodies are so nice, the sweet baby shoes, the wrapped pillow. I really like the pink gussied up gift boxes for Pink October. Lucky shopppers! Great show and tell.
Susie, The Polka Dot Rose

Shari Replogle said...

Your photos of the Grand Canyon are beautiful Gail, and oh my goodness I love the baby shoes! You have made them adorable. ( I have a thing for antique baby shoes, and these are precious).
Have a great weekend!

Debbie said...

Hi Gail....Thanks for visiting my blog this week. Your trip to the Grand Canyon sounds so nice...I'm glad you finally got to see it. I've never been there either but I would like to go sometime. I can tell you have been very the little baby shoe pin cushions and your boxes are beautiful!


Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Isn't it funny that we don't usually visit places right in our (or almost) backyards?
Can't wait to see your new goodies!


ginger@bearbits said...

Those photos of the Grand Canyon could be postcards! The colors are just brillant. And what a wonderful collection of creations.