Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rollin' on the Rhone

The second part of my recent trip
was spending a week on a
 small luxurious ship with only 80 fellow passengers,
gently cruising on the Rhone in southern France, and 
then enjoying extraordinary experiences at different ports.

lavender fields

It had been on my bucket list for a long time, but truthfully,
I was hesitant to even consider this trip because
I had been nervous about feeling seasick,
but I have to say,
it was smooth sailing all the way.


Our itinerary was a wonderful mixture 

of scenery: 
the bridge at Avignon

history:
the Arles Roman amphitheater

 picturesque villages:

Viviers, France

wonderful wine tastings:


 and  gastronomical experiences: 
 tastings at a truffle farm

There was never a moment to get bored. 
This trip, one of Tauck's River Cruises,
gave us cultural experiences
ensuring memories for a life time. 

Happy Travels,
Rollin',rollin' rollin' down the river.
Kyle

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Paris, France

I just got back last week from a 
truly incredible trip to France.
Running Man and I were in Paris 


 enjoying the iconic sights.


The Louvre


Notre-Dame

Paris is a huge city with so much to
see, do and taste.

  We were only
able to explore a small portion of what
the City of Light has to offer.

We were on a Tauck Tour called
Savoring France: Paris, Lyon, and Provence
with a 7 night river cruise on the Rhone.

While in Paris we had the extraordinary opportunity
to have a class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris.


We were so excited.

We each had our own cooking station complete
with all the equipment laided out, and an
assistant who would whisk away our
dirty equipment.


What were we making?

Our delicious chocolate macarons

Now I'm a graduate!

Me and Chef Vincent Valton

What did we do with all of our chocolate macarons?

I did say they were delicious!!!

All too quickly we had to leave Paris
and head to Lyon to board our ship,
the MS Emerald.



Many wonderful adventured awaited.
I'll share more on another post.

Wishing you many adventures,
Kyle

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Tiny Garden

A year ago, a friend of mine
gifted me with a small stack of 
vintage 1930's flower garden blocks.

I knew I just couldn't let them
languish another 80 years in this adorable taffy box.

They were sewn perfectly
except the quilter forgot to leave a 
seam allowance on the outside edges.

If I wanted to connect them, I'd have to
unsew a small bit on every seam and secure 
the stitching.
Guess what?
That wasn't going to happen.

Maybe that's why they got  stored away.
Who knows.

 So I toyed with other ideas and 
finally decided to
stitch them to a background
with raw edged machine applique.


I also decided to make the applique stitching
also became the quilting.

It's a wonderful time saver.

I arranged these tiny gardens with
a small spaces between them.  The spacing wasn't always 
the same, nor where the size of the tiny gardens,
but close enough, like pathways
 between beds of flowers in a real garden.


I added a little more stitching on
the hexies.


I didn't even trim the edges before sewing them.
I simple left every thing the way they
were last handled and placed 
in the box.


A Tiny Garden
20" X 24"

Now those wonderful blocks
have found a purpose.

and have become my mini June quilt.



I've never been to Atlantic City and the boardwalk,
but it appears that you can still buy James's De-Luxe
Salt Water Taffy "cut to fit the mouth"!
Until Next Time-
Kyle