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My trip to Colorado


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I had a great time on my trip to Colorado. We didn't make it up to Colorado Springs so I missed those shops and magic town. Really wanted to see that but since DH sat in the car and waited patiently on me for about 4 hours, when he said he wasn't too crazy about going, I wasn't going to push it.

My first stop was in Canon City where we went to Trader's of the Big Horn and she had some great bone beads that I bought a few of for making lamps or other things. Also got a piece of suede to cover a couch with in dk brown. After that we drove to Pueblo and stopped at Frani's beads. I found some small faceted tear drop beads there for making chandeliers, some cool charms, and a few other cool beads. Next we went to a quilt shop, Stitcher's Garden, where I bought some fabric for the ornaments I make but best of all they had some beautiful fat quarters of silks that are going to be perfect for upholstering some mini furniture with a small print.

I had found a mini shop in the phone book called American Pastimes so we drove there but it was closed, but luckily was to be open the next morning so we stopped for the day.

The next day we got up and went to the mini shop. A small shop with half of it taken up by remote control cars but what was devoted to minis was full of all kinds of neat finds. There were 4 or 5 glass curio cases in the front full of bespaq and all kinds of other special miniatures. My favorite were the tiny kachina dolls made by a local lady. So detailed. She also made a tiny squash blossom necklace, just so adorable. 2 more glass cases were lined with minis, plus the walls. The center of the floor was where he had the dollhouses and room boxes for sale. He had a first place and best of show log cabin in a glass case that had the greatest bedroom furniture with the lodge pine look with carvings of mountains and trees and a moose on the head board and foot board. So unique. I had a hard time deciding what to buy since I wanted so many things. Other than the Baroque fireplace that i posted under the new finds topic, I decided on a bathroom set, a woven rug and runner in pink colors that says 16th century, I have always just called them oriental rugs, a fairy to use in a room box for my daughter, some cats, a chess set and a gargoyle. The guy that owns it was just great and even though he was swamped with remote control car guys he took the time to help me as well. Very nice and if you go that way be sure and stop in.

After that we went to another bead shop, We've got Beads, where I bought some more supplies for my chandeliers and she had some suede pieces good for upholstery so bought a couple more beige peices. Then it was time to head home.

Sorry, but I still wasn't impressed with Colorado, just like when I lived in Colorado Springs for 6 months once. The mountains are pretty but when you turn around and look the other way it is just more desert like Texas or New Mexico where I have spent most, but not all of my life. I dream of living where there are trees, creeks, rivers, ponds, and more trees.

On the way home I also got to stop in Dumas, Texas at another quilt shop, The Quilt Shop I think it was called. I have been there once before and they are really nice and worth stopping by if you do any quilting. They had a great supply of Christmas fabric so was able to get some more for my ornaments.

All in all a great trip, nice break from the day to day and some good shopping.

Julie C.

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Sounds like you had fun!! I really liked alsaka, with the aforementioned trees creeks rivers ponds and afforests, went on a cruise there but would not want to live there in the winter. I miss alaska sometimes I think it was warmer, even with the cold here Alaska, when i was there did not have the wind chill which made the minus 15 weather really pleasant compared to here.

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Sounds like you had a great trip Julie! You shop like I do.......kamakazi! LOL Don't stop till you drop. You really got some excellent treasures on you trip.

Honestly, I feel the same way you do about Colorado. I've lived in Texas and NM too and you're right that it's about the same except for that big line of rocks down the middle of the state. LOL It's okay, but I would love to live where there are trees and rain. <deep sigh> I'd be happy if it rained every day.

Deb

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You need to go to some other part of Colorado! Try Wolf Creek Pass, Creed, up in there. I think the mountains are just majestic, make you feel very small. And the huge trees! When we go over Wolf Creek, I look out the side window and see the tops of huge huge pine trees-and realize it's a lonnnnnng way down! I love Durango, Mesa Verde, just about all of it. However, I sure wouldn't want to live up in those mountains in the winter when it's icy. We have friends who live right on the river in South Fork, and fish just about out their front door. The deer come up in the yard to eat, and all kinds of wonderful birds.

On the other hand, I wouldn't mind being in Florida this morning! Snow and heavy fog here, I may call in sick. That's a long stretch of dark country road to drive when the roads are slick.

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Sounds like you had a great trip Julie! You shop like I do.......kamakazi! LOL Don't stop till you drop. You really got some excellent treasures on you trip.

Honestly, I feel the same way you do about Colorado. I've lived in Texas and NM too and you're right that it's about the same except for that big line of rocks down the middle of the state. LOL It's okay, but I would love to live where there are trees and rain. <deep sigh> I'd be happy if it rained every day.

Deb

Im a bit of a "wet" person too, I love the rain, and wouldnt care if it rained everyday, and I adore the river, lakes, ponds etc, and ferns and moss and all that wet forrest type stuff, with fog and mist arggggggggggggg says me who lives in one of the hotest countries on earth, we are about to have 4 days of straight 40+ deg celcius thats about 110 in the shade, I for one will be walking around with a wet towell over my shoulders and spraying myself with a spray mist bottle of water all day and sitting in front of the air conditioner, and not moving, I have the TV set up in here and the computer and my dollshouses, so I will be set.

So NOT looking forward to it.

Cheers Debra.

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We get a lot of that weather here, so you have my sympathy! I would like to live someplace where it is spring all year. New growth, 80 degree weather, and maybe a regularly scheduled rain shower every afternoon about 4, so things stay green. And a big workroom with a huge window so I can see everything, and french doors I can open onto a porch for the fresh air.

Instead, I'm in the panhandle where spring just means that the sand blows and I'm sick with allergies!

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Spring reminds me that life is full of miracles-like the baby animals, the tiny green sprouts popping up from a bare dirt flowerbed, trees with a fuzzy green haze from all the leaf buds.

It also means it's nearly time for school to be out!!!

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You need to go to some other part of Colorado! Try Wolf Creek Pass, Creed, up in there.

I knew there had to be some parts of Colorado that were to die for or there wouldn't be so many people that rave about it.

Deb and Debra, Me too! I love the rain!

Sherry, where at in the Panhandle do you live?

My Dad's family all lives in Arkansas so I love that state, but Tennessee, Kentucky, all those states in that area are fantastic for trees and water. Now if the economy was good there as well, I'd be living there.

Julie

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You just hit a small part of Colorado other places are the spring Ie. steamboat springs. manatu spring,Idaho spring all of these are great natural hot spring to swim at also great ski places,as Avon,loveland, breakenridge. we have the casinos in teluride and centeral city and black hawk, there is another great mini shop in the south area called norm's.

Also where elce can you go from 70 degrees weather to -9 in less than a day

Sun shine to a snow storm in less than 10 miles driving

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Sherry, I really did have fun.

Maine sounds like the best of all the states, it is one state I know very little about! Oregon and Washington seem so beautiful too, but a little too close to earthquakes and volcanos! I know, I know, no place is perfect! <_< There are so many beautiful places in the US it would be hard to decide if I could choose anywhere I wanted to live. My Dad lived in Goose Bay Alaska years and years ago and loved it. I lived in Chandler AZ when I was a kid and was so hot it was miserable but I know that state has beautiful areas as well. I lived in Carlsbad, NM for years and loved it as well. I would probably choose Arkansas cos I have so many great relatives there.

I just did a search on Baroque, yesterday I did one on Baroque fireplace, so left off fireplace and check out these 2 pics! Fantastic! Looks like Baroque is a combination of marble and gold. Looks like I have some work ahead of me if I want it to look anything like these 2 pics.

http://gringer.f0o.com/travelpics/baroque.jpg

http://www.iae.kyoto-u.ac.jp/chemical/sasa...any/baroque.jpg

Julie

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