Karen on May 20th, 2012

Yesterday – Saturday – was a day of no quilting for me – it was a day spent first touring through an art museum in North West Arkansas called Crystal Bridges and then an evening with family celebrating the college graduation of one of my many nieces.  The museum was built by one of the Walton heirs of Wal-Mart fame in Bentonville – the home and area that most of my family lives at is the home of the founders of Wal-Mart.  The museum opened about 6 months ago – I took a fairly quick tour though it with my sister and brother when they visited several weeks ago but not an in depth look.  Mike hadn’t seen it yet so we thought we would go there first, then pick up mom and head out to the barbecue.

One of the many paintings at the museum – I like this grouping of boys eating Smile

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this is a zoom in on a portion of a painting – it reminded me of a scene in the movie “Last of the Mohicans” when Hawkeye, his brother and father come upon a homestead of their friend and  family just after sunset and spend the evening with them.  These two photos are just a small sampling of what the museum has to offer.

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Then it was on to the family to visit.  Here is the graduate with her cake.  Culea  (I think my sister found this name in a romance novel or something Smile it is pronounced Ka-Lee) has a degree in elementary education – she was recruited by a school in South Western Alaska and will be teaching for a year at a remote Alaskan village called Alakanuk.  She is so excited about going on this new adventure in her life – we all wish her well and hope she enjoys it.  She barely looks old enough to be a teacher now and a college graduate – but she will be 23 in October – she just looks like she is still in high school!

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Now on to getting that binding done this week – maybe make another smaller tote bag from the pattern I used last month, scrap organizing and work on Joseph’s Coat!  It is supposed to be hot all week – I think afternoons will be in the house.

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