Hello! Whenever I take a vacation, I love to preserve my memories of our trip. I primarily do this by blogging about it. It is a beautiful way of chronicling our adventures for my family and I to read about all our fun times, and perhaps inspire others to travel also. The second way I preserve memories is by taking lots of pictures and either scrap booking them or just putting them in a photo album. But another fun way to remember the good times on my vacation is to buy something - a souvenir - that represents some aspect of my trip. Sometimes, I don't need to buy anything at all, like when I brought sand and seashells home from our Pensacola Beach vacation. I created THIS to help me remember all the hours my husband and I spent combing the beach looking for interesting seashells.
But because the western part of America is so different culturally and geographically from my Mid-Western roots, there was a lot I wanted to buy and bring home, and I did!
First up, this beautiful Mexican Blanket. You see these everywhere in New Mexico and Mexico and they are very, very inexpensive. You can get one for as little as $9.99 but those don't have much color. I paid $25.00 for this one because I loved the rich color. I looked long and hard for just the perfect blanket before I spotted this beauty, and it was love at first sight!
Now, I'm really not a tee shirt girl, but I do buy at least one tee shirt every time I take a trip. Why? Because I will make a memory tee shirt quilt out of them once I have collected enough. So when selecting my tee shirts, I try to find a pattern or image that not only represents my trip and experiences, but also would make an interesting piece for my quilt.
The tee shirt below certainly fits the bill! It has a raised texture that will look amazing on a quilt, and the patterns and colors are very symbolic of New Mexico culture and history.
Montana West and you can buy them at any country western store or on-line, you don't have to drive to Colorado Springs to get one! My husband was actually drawn to the style of these bags and persuaded me to purchase it. I finally relented because it is so different from any other bag in my closet and it so well made. I also think it will last forever, because it will never go out of style.
blowing in the wind, it caught my heart. After I rescued it, I tried it on, and thought 'Well, I could use some shade from the hot sun', and I bought it. It actually came in handy on our trip, and you probably saw me wearing it in a lot of my photos, like THIS ONE. Will I ever wear it again? I don't know. Probably not. Maybe, if I have the perfect coordinating outfit on. In the meantime, it looks really cute displayed on my antique coat rack in my office.
Have a great day! Amy