My last full day in Santa Fe (Sunday) began with a sewing related meet up. It’s Caroline of TigerFeet!! I first met Caroline via email three years ago. She sent me a copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I remember looking at it thinking ‘Who in their right mind would want to *ever* go vegan nevermind make vegan cupcakes. I mean *really*. Is there even such a thing as vegan cupcakes???” I stuck the book on a shelf and didn’t think about it again until three years later. Turns out, there are such things as vegan cupcakes and they are delicious. We met one time before IRL at PR Weekend in Los Angeles two years ago. At anyrate, turns out she moved from LA to Santa Fe and we planned a coffee meet up at vegan-friendly Teahouse along Canyon Road. She promised to wear her tablecloth cocktail dress. Pretty, right? I have friends going to Greece this summer. I think it’s time for a tablecloth garment of my own. My two friends went on to galleries and Caroline and I gossiped, talked about men (and how they can sucketh) and sewing as only the sewing obsessed can.
With only three days in Santa Fe, we had to make the most of it. On our very first day we had a celebrity sighting in Spike Lee! Just strolling down the street with his wife and kids. It’s been a trip following him on Twitter (@SpikeLee).
I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around the adobe / pueblo style architecture. I’m such a northeasterner! The colors were so warm and beautiful. The views of mountains reminded me of my trip to New Zealand.
I’m currently reading The Warmth of Other Suns about the migration of blacks from the south to all points north. So, I’m a little obsessed about trains. Trains played a huge role in where and how black people relocated. Being in Santa Fe, I found myself making comparisons to the Trail of Tears (which I hadn’t thought about since living in North Carolina as a child). Can I just say, the human capacity for evil is astounding.
I took a zillion photos but will just share a few. On our first day we visited the the local basilica. I loved the architecture.
How the saints names were written in Spanish…
The doors portray the forced migration of the Native American
I especially loved how the paintings in the church reflected a Latin American aesthetic
Saturday we took a Native American cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. This trip just reconfirmed for me that my favorite foods are Southwestern / Tex Mex / Latino and Asian. Mmmmmmm. I honestly spent the trip planning my time around eating huevos rancheros.
I came to Santa Fe with one shopping purpose. I despesrately wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots. I missed an opportunity when my parents were stationed in San Antonio. But, I left Santa Fe empty handed. After trying on (no exaggerating) over 30 pairs, I walked away disappointed. I think my price range is just too low for the styles I wanted.
Today, I am back to work. Of course, after unpacking, I went into the sewing room totally re-inspired. I miss my machines when I’m gone!