Everyday was jam-packed with a flurry of activities - tours, workshop, sight-seeing, workshop, shopping, workshop -- you get the idea ??? Two days of traveling - eight days of seeing the sights of Portugal, enjoying the new friends, learning creative processes from Micheal, watching how other artists approached their creations, and best of all -- getting to spend time with my daughter !! I was slow to keep up with it all, but, everyone was most considerate in watching over me !! To pick just ONE memorable thing of each day would be impossible. Taxis picked us up at the hotel for the first tour of the first day -- the Ceramica De Bicesse tile factory -- awesome, with each tile being individually handled several times by different workers before it would be complete and ready for sale. The artistry involved in the restoration of 18th century tiles -- another sight to behold. Then, off to Margarida's art studio to claim our spots and get started on our projects with Micheal. A short way down the street was Cuca's home, garden and ceramic studio. This quiet, gentle lady had set up tables in that beautiful garden for our lunch and then gave us a little demonstration in her studio. Evening meals always seemed to be a celebration of a delightful day - always late in the evening - always somewhere special !!
I retired in 2005 after dealing blackjack and roulette in Las Vegas casinos for almost 20 years. I have one daughter and one grand-daughter who introduced me to altered art after my retirement. I was born in Iowa and grew up on a farm. I began the Memoirs of a Wildrose blog in the form of letters to my daughter to share information with her about family heirlooms and family history, plus remembrances of today, yesterday and yesteryear ! "Book of Douglas" blog is the story of my late husband, his life as I knew him, and our journey through life together. Ginny's Art blog was created to provide myself a record of my artsy creations.