Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kathy's Day Off

 My #2 son and his wife offered to take me downtown today to visit the Portland Art Museum, something I have been wanting to do for AGES.  The weather turned out much nicer than predicted so it couldn't have been more perfect for roaming around in downtown Portland.  The pot of tuberous begonias above is a birthday gift I will be giving to a sweet friend tomorrow.  I put it at the top of this post because that contented look is just exactly how this day felt!
 This is the first time I really made an effort to use the camera in my big-girl phone.  I got the plaque in each photo, thinking I could enlarge and read the artist when I got home.  That part didn't work out so I'm not able to give credit where credit is due but will still share a few of the things that caught my eye.
 I was surprised they allowed pictures to be taken but it was okay as long as you didn't use flash.

 I recognized Ganesha the Hindu Elephant God from Cathy's travel blog "theXtraSuitcase" and was surprised to learn he rides around on a giant rat.
 A Wedding Ring quilt made from automobile license plates, among other things.
 I would totally wear the Native American woman's dress and cape on the left!  The one on the right is actually a man's and it is called a long shirt.
This is the part where you can point your finger at your monitor and laugh at me.  At some point the smart phone outsmarted me and I started taking videos instead of pictures.  No, I didn't tip over, I just turned the camera.  8+)  
When we finished at the art museum they very graciously offered to take me to The Button Emporium & Ribbonry, another destination on my bucket list.  Oh my.  I could spend half a day in there.  The buttons were all sold as singles and I prefer the "poke sacks" but they had an amazing assortment of trims and ribbons. I speed-shopped since I knew the kids were indulging me but I did manage to gather up this pretty little assortment of trims for my inspiration kits.  The proprietors are delightful!
We finished off our trip with a stop at the highly popular Tasty N Alder.  We actually stopped there, put our name on the waiting list and then went to the Button Emporium.  It was worth the wait with delish Bloody Marys and a very unique menu.  I was trying to take a picture of my Bloody Mary and ended up with the video above. They serve family style and bring out the dishes as they are prepared so we ordered several things and shared.  The blueberry french toast is A-MAZING and that is coming from someone who isn't very fond of fruit!
What a treat of a day!  Thank you Andy and Alissa!


Barbara said...

Lots of beauty there but I am crazy about the license plate quilt!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Sounds like a great day! The button emporium is awesome and I am not even a huge button gal like you! The license plate quilt is super..I don't think I have been to the Art Museum since the King Tut exhibit awhile ago.

Maureen said...

What a great day! And oh, how many times have I been taking what I *thought* was a photo, only to realize the video recording... geesh. So, you're not alone.

vintage grey said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day!!! That quilt is pretty neat!! xo Heather

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Sounds like a lovely day! That quilt is so neat! My brother in law likes and sort of collects old licensee plates, he would probably think that was pretty cool! :) Have a Happy Memorial day! xo Holly

Blessed Serendipity said...

It sounds like you had a great day Kathy. I have never seen a quilt made out of license plates before. That is amazing!


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun way to spend the day and and extra bonus to be able to go with your son and his wife. Great pictures...even the one where you really tipped over, right? Thanks for sharing your day Kathy.

CATHY said...

smiling at the Ganesha comment
: ) They say the rat is for good luck to travelers. Love the ribbons. what special day!

Curtains in My Tree said...

glad your practicing with your phone camera LOL I do the same thing still hit video when I want a picture

that seemed to be a very good day trip downtown Portland

I love Portland

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, what a fun day out to the museum. You sure took some great pics with your iphone. How sweet of your son and wife to take you.
Have a great weekend.

Annette said...

What fun you must have had! Visiting Portland is on my bucket list.