Thursday, July 07, 2011


I confess, I love to shop when I'm traveling. I always want to bring home things that remind me of our trip. The first "big" trip Ray and I made was a 9 week trip to Europe about a year after we were married. We were traveling cheap, but in Italy we fell in love with a handwoven bedspread. It cost more than we really felt comfortable spending, but it was the colors of the Italian countryside and we loved it. Beautiful as it was, it was the heaviest, hottest thing I have ever slept under and way too heavy and unwieldy to pull on and off the bed every night. I can't bear to part with it, but it lives in a plastic bag under the bed now. That was our first trip souvenir.

One of the artists we really liked in the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, was Gustave Baumann, a printmaker of wood block prints, who came from Germany and settled in Santa Fe in 1918 where he stayed for the rest of his life. The museum has a great collection of his work and I bought a small print to bring home.

I hung it in our living room above the owl print by Linda Wolfe.

In Taos I spotted a crude metal sculpture of a raven. I liked its attitude and it made me think of all the ravens we were seeing in that desert landscape. I dragged Ray into the shop to see it and he asked where I would put it. I told him I was thinking about the open beams in our house and that it might look kind of great perched up on one of them. He said, "Now you're making me want it!" So the raven came home with us.

He looks like he is just pausing on his way through.

And this last one is maybe the best story. After driving across all the arid Southwest, including Death Valley, we began to notice that the brakes in the car would shudder. When we got to Reno we took the car to Les Schwab (our favorite tire store, which is a whole 'nother story for another day—) where they diagnosed the problem as warped brake rotors, from the intense heat. While the rotors were being replaced we wandered next door to the local Goodwill secondhand store. There I found this pottery vase, in perfect condition, for $2.99. I could resist all the hundreds of items in the store except this.

You need a closer look at one of those frogs. Each is perfection. And the vase is that  great color.

My souvenirs. And that, my friends, is why my house is beginning to look like Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe.


  1. Terry, I can't tell you how many times your blog resonates with me! Today, yet again, I'm nodding and reading bits out to my dh sitting across the desk - "Hey, guess what, she also mentioned..." !
    We did a road trip of Santa Fe etc a couple of years back and guess which artist's work we loved? Yes, we brought home a book of Baumann's prints. More recently, we've just returned from a trip around your neck of the woods and for some silly reason, seemed to find it amusing to do a bit of Les Schwab's tyre depot spotting (I know, the daft things we do!)
    I so enjoy reading your blog - I don't do much more than lurk but from time to time, I really do need to say "Thank you so much for sharing".

  2. What great finds!!! I have to favorite is the raven, they are full of attitude around here, always being chased by small flocks of birds!

  3. Your souvenirs are wonderful. I love them all. It is delightful to read about the wonderful relationship you and Ray have also. The raven is perfect and so is the Goodwill vase. Serendipity.

    I think (know) that your trip sounds like something G and I would love to do "someday" so keep the road map handy, I might want some tips.

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  5. Oooooooh! I love that vase. It would look great with my pottery collection. Great find.

  6. The raven and the pottery vase are wonderful. (I am sure the print is great, too, but I didn't see the artist's work for inspiration.) You have a good eye.
    How big is the vase?

  7. What great finds you have found in your travels. I love the raven but especially the vase with the grog handles. I love GoodWill and will, like you, find something special in there.

  8. Anonymous8:28 AM

    Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe...always a favorite of mine, since childhood!

  9. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Well, you won't look quite like Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe unless you get a couple of mummies! You are so right about the raven and its attitude, though- and it looks great in that spot!


  10. Anonymous9:22 PM

    That vase with the frog is from Bali. I have quite a few of them, in a small town, the name escapes me, the entire town makes this pottery. You can get plates, bowls, tea pots, you name it.

  11. What great souvenirs. And Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe is way better than filling a whole house full of "IKEA sale table" - I just love visiting people whose things have stories. :) I like that raven!