Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Santa Fe

Over the weekend Matt took me to Santa Fe to celebrate our anniversary. My mom came up and stayed with the kids. She just left yesterday, and as I type this, I am realizing that I didn't take any photos of our trip nor our time with my mom. Grrr.

Anyway, Santa Fe. We splurged and stayed at La Posada. Our little casita was just perfect and makes me want to redecorate in a southwestern style. I think my dream home would be Santa Fe Southwest out the front door and Midwestern farm out the back door. With some mountains not too far away. (And while I'm fantasizing, I might as well add a lake to the scene...)

We did a lot of shopping, because that is what Santa Fe is all about. Shopping and eating. I picked up a few locally made ornaments from The Shop Christmas. When my friend Ashlee and I were in Santa Fe a few years ago, we both bought ornaments from Jil Gurule and star tree toppers by Richard Gabriel Jr. (For my Indy friends, he is going to be at the Eiteljorg for a few months as an artist in residence or such. I should get the exact dates soon. AND he teaches a class on making your own tin tree topper. Would love to do that sometime!). I got a few more ornaments from each artist... one for my mom, one to hang in my kitchen year round, and one for our Christmas tree.
Jil Gurule ornaments -
I got the San Pasquel ornament
on the lower right to hang in my kitchen
We stopped at The Rainbow Man on a friend's recommendation. It isn't a store I probably would have ventured into otherwise, but I'm so glad we did! Among all the amazing/unique/random items, I spotted the perfect turquoise necklace for myself. I've been on the look out for awhile. You know it is a must buy when you try something on and can't stop smiling at yourself in the mirror! We also hit Kowboyz to look at boots for Matt. We didn't find any for him, but I found a great vintage, all-ready-worn-in pair for me! Despite not having worn cowgirl boots in well over a decade, I decided I needed a pair in the closet. You know, just in case.

PLUS there was a Labor Day arts and crafts show in the main square. Too many good artists showing their wares. We finally decided on a piece by Diana Stetson. I'm really happy with it. We also purchased a reprint of an image by Willard Clark. I had a difficult time narrowing down my decision to just one and may have to get another on our next trip. We are also still debating a large photography print by Barbara Bowles. Decisions, decisions.

Willard Clark print
that we chose
(restrike by his grandson)
We also ate amazing food. Dinners at Zia Diner and El Meson (Spanish tapas - my favorite!). Lunch at Cowgirl BBQ. And breakfast twice at a little place right between our resort and the main square. The last morning we had their breakfast bowl - freshly shredded potatoes, green chilies, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa. Yum, yum, yum. I can't wait to recreate it at home!

The only photo of the weekend...
the breakfast bowl!
It was that good.
We wrapped up the trip at Trader Joe's (which we do not have in Colorado - boo). I bought in bulk - mini ravioli, wild rice, fiber bars, honey wheat pretzels, multi grain pilaf, whole wheat cinnamon graham crackers, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, chocolate syrup, muesli, and dark chocolate covered toffee rolled in pistachios (sadly, these are almost gone already!).

It was a great weekend. Wish we could have stayed longer. Wish we could go back soon. Wish I had more photos to show off...

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