Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Feeding the Birds

Ever since we moved, I've enjoyed feeding the birds.   This was something I haven't been able to do for several years and resuming my bird watching and feeding has been a lot of fun.   We had lots of hummingbirds at the feeders this summer and fall, and there's still one little guy who keeps showing up.   It seems like it's pretty late in the  season for him, but just when I think he's finally left town, there he is again!

Our latest visitor at the feeders is a Steller's Jay.   This is a new bird to me - I have never seen one until now.   Here's a link to photo of the Steller's Jay and his east coast blue jay relative.




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chasing and Repousse'

I'm always learning new things and my latest new thing for jewelry is chasing and repousse'.   This copper hand was a practice piece and I have almost completed all the elements for a pendant which I'll write about next.

I'm planning to get started soon on the small pendant and earring size hands that people have asked for, but it has been fun to work on the larger piece which I realize could be a dandy piece of wall art, a switchplate cover, etc.   Check out my earlier articles on learning chasing and repousse on www.dianakirkpatrick.com/blog.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Celebration of Chiles

I didn't realize that late September would bring numerous "celebrations of chiles" here in New Mexico.  There are all sorts of decorations that include chiles large and small popping up everywhere.   There's quite a selection at our local Farmer's Market.   It's really a big deal!

There have been all sorts of special dinner menus and wine pairings at local restaurants for a last couple of weeks, plus a big event on last Saturday night that was held in a giant tent out by the opera.  Although I missed the boat this year, I'll be ready next September to get my ticket reservations in early for some of these events. 


In my own chile celebration, I have brand new ristras (braided clusters of red chiles) at the front door!