Sunday, October 21, 2007

On Being Prudent

I thought it would be a good idea to actually stitch something from all my purchases on the trip (see previous post). You know, I do want DH to think I really do use some of the stuff I buy in quilt shops!!! Since he was in all the ones we stopped at along the way, he saw all that loot, for Pete's sake. I made the little candle mat from the Bareroots pattern yesterday. Not that he'll notice it sitting RIGHT ON THE TABLE BY THE COUCH WHERE HE SITS EACH AND EVERY DAY!!! But, I'm prepared should he ask, "What are you going to do with all that stuff???" Just being prudent.




















One of the neatest places we stopped at on the trip was the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan--along with the adjacent Greenfield Village. I highly recommend it. DH and I had watched a 20-year-old mini-series (I guess I'm liking hyphens today) on a cable channel. It did a great job of depicting both his genius in making autos affordable for Everyman through assembly line manufacture and his dark side of prejudice and a longstanding extramarital affair. He had many inventor types as friends and seemed to relish in all that could spring from the human mind. His museum and village are a real testament to that. He (or his foundation, I should say) have had so many unique pieces moved to the site. It was amazing to see Thomas Edison's lab, the Wright Brothers bicycle shop, Robert Frost's home, Harvey Firestone's home, and so much more. We spent many hours there and could have spent even more. I was deeply touched by getting to see the bus that Rosa Parks was riding on the day she decided not to give up her seat for a white person and was subsequently arrested. A young man named Martin Luther King Jr. heard about it and helped to organize a yearlong boycott by blacks of riding the public buses. I used to teach second graders about this amazing woman and this event and to get to see the actual bus really affected me. I sat in the seat where Rosa sat that day. (Ignore the "vacation hair" please.) It brought back a lot of memories of the strife that was going on in the Sixties and how far we have come as a people. We do have "miles to go before we sleep" however.




12 comments:

Norma said...

The pumpkin candle mat is adorable! I am sure your DH will notice!

Quilting Cindy said...

Love the candle mat!

tami said...

Very cute candle mat.

Marilyn R said...

I love your candle mat! I know what you mean about hubbys not noticing things around the house.

Helen in the UK said...

Love the little candle mat. My DH can walk right past my design wall and not notice a new project or any project until prompted!! He never complain about what I buy though, so can't complain :)

Dawn said...

Love your candle mat! And how smart of you to make it to point it out when he brings your "stuff" up!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Just happened upon your blog and had to stop and leave a brief comment as it appears we have much in common. Stash from quilt shops? We have a rule around my house that no one is allowed to ask, "What are you going to do with that?" (I have beautiful stacks I do use at times, but other times I just enjoy looking at them.) Your pumpkin candle mat is beautiful!

All of your lovely photos from the Henry Ford are familiar because my husband works there three days a week and I visit from time to time! The civil rights display is wonderful and the women's suffrage display is amazing! I teach women's studies so have really enjoyed these two in particular!

Enjoyed your post!

Littlepenpen said...

How cool to sit where Rosa sat! I love your pumpkin mat!

Darlene said...

Your candle mat is adorable! Your DH will notice when you least expect it. LOL

Jeanne said...

The candle mat is gorgeous! I hope DH notices. Glad you enjoyed the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. I haven't been there since 1995, but it is a wonderful place to visit.

Susan said...

That is just a darling candlemat. I love Bareroots patterns! Prudent sounds good! =)

Patti said...

Marvelous little candle mat! Fred never pays attention to whether or not I finish things - because he can never remember what I bought LOL! What a wonderful trip you had - and I like your trip hair! :-)