Archive | February 2010

Las Vegas!

Ah… a nice 4 day weekend…  Las Vegas… where its WARM and there’s NO SNOW and I’m NOT AT WORK….. where I spend 50 hours a week…. with my most recent beau… bliss!

I had a wonderful vacation!  We spend a lot of time walking around, checking out the different hotel/casinos where we played a little black jack, rode rollercoasters, observed wild life, etc.  We did do some other stuff too.  One of the highlights for me was the bus tour we took to Hoover Dam.  Maybe its the engineer in me, but it was fascinating!

The turbines:

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Me with the dam in the background:

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The spillway at the base of the dam:

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The Dam!  So big I couldn’t even get it all in the picture:

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Beautiful Lake Mead and one of the dam intake towers:

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I didn’t really take a lot of pictures of the classic Las Vegas stuff, but I saw this stained glass in the Paris and just had to take a picture:

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Another highlight for me was all of the Chihuly artwork we saw.  Huge masses of glass flowers in the Bellagio lobby, a gallery outside the Aria Hotel, in a bar in the Bellagio.  All of it was beautiful!  I took a lot of pictures of his work, but I’m not sure if I can/should post pictures.  If you click the link above, you can go to his web page to see some of his beautiful blown glass sculptures.

We also went to see the Lion King (the third time for me), which was wonderful as always.  They had some references to Vegas worked into the show too, which was kind of neat!

I managed to get some stitching done on the flight home.  I worked mainly on the Sweetheart Tree Stitchers Favorite biscornu.  Although I’m loving Alhambra, and have made some progress since the last post, I think I’m going to keep working on this biscornu for a bit longer and will post a pic.

If you want to see the the finished Alhambra that has provided me with so much inspiration, check out Glenda’s Blog.  For those not familiar with this piece… that center section is 100% beads!  I’ve also been inspired by Glenda to learn Temari!

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Alhambra Progress

I haven’t been stitching a whole lot but have made some decent progress on Alhambra:

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I originally intended to stitch the whole center square before moving outward to the rest of the design, but got quickly bored with the repetition and just decided to start following the pattern outward from the right side. The blue tiled floor in this design is one of my favorite parts, so I’m enjoying it and looking foward to getting to the fountain and the arches.

I booked a trip to Las Vegas for next weekend and am planning a possible mini GTG with some of my stitching friends and am especially looking forward to visiting what I hear is a wonderful LNS.