Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fort Sumner

Fort Sumner is located in eastern New Mexico at the crossroads of US 60/84 and State Highway 20.
Since we had been spending so much time on Billy the Kid history, we decided this was an important place to visit. Billy was killed in Fort Sumner in 1881 by Lincoln County sheriff, Pat Garrett.
Outside the Chamber of Commerce
The Billy the Kid Museum is located here. (Just follow the signs).

And along with Billy the Kids rifle and other Billy memorabilia, you can see over 60,000 relics of the historic past.
Look at this photographic equipment!

And this old sewing machine. Wow!

There were lots of old cars and wagons.

And even an old jail cell. (No, I didn't leave him in there).

If you would like more information about the museum, here is a link to their website.

And no Fort Sumner visit would be complete without seeing Billy the Kid's grave.
Located near the Old Fort Sumner Museum, the tomb is now enclosed in metal bars because it was stolen 3 times!
There is no charge to visit Billy's grave.

In the same cemetery is the grave of Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell, who died in fort Sumner in 1875.  In 1864 he was the single largest land owner in the United States. He also founded the First National Bank of Santa Fe and, with his personal investment of $250,000 helped built the Texas Pacific Railroad.

For more information about Fort Sumner, please visit the Chamber of Commerce link.

On the way back to Albuquerque we stopped in Estancia for gas and dinner. We were lucky enough to find the Bella Notte restaurant. Bella Notte is actually the culinary facility that is part of Liberty Ranch Christian School. This is a non-profit facility with all money going back into foods, operating expenses, and then to an academic scholarship fund.
The food was wonderful! From chicken Marsala to lemon chicken, baked pasta and vegetables, to a decadent chocolate pie for dessert. Hubby and I had a complete dinner for under $30. The students were bright and friendly too. The food is mostly Italian but the menu expands and changes as the students learn.
Bella Notte is located at 517 South 5th Street and they are open from 11am to 8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as opening at 7:30 on Sunday for breakfast. A recommended visit for dinner on your way back from Fort Sumner or the Salinas Pueblo Missions or anywhere in the Estancia, NM area.

Friday, September 24, 2010


So here is my latest craft project. A linen/cotton blend ladies handkerchief with hand-crocheted lace edging.
The white handkerchief has white lace around the edge made from fine cotton thread. (My poor eyes!) This is my first attempt at a hankie and I have not quite gotten the hang of making the tiny 1/8 - 1/4 inch seams that go all the way around. But, I think I will try another. I think I may use a little bigger thread next time though! :)
If you would like more information about this hankie, please let me know.  diana(at)butterflybequest(dot)com

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Valle Caldera National Preserve

The Valle Caldera National Preserve, also know as Valle Grande, was formed about a million years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions, which ejected a volume of material greater than that of the May 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens.
The magnificent valley seen here was formed by collapse after this event, which climaxed more than 13 million years of volcanism in the Jemez mountains.
As recently as 50,000 years ago, the dome-like hills and peaks seen at the edge of the caldera were formed by magma leaking to the surface.
For over 10,000 years people have used the Caldera for hunting, gathering and as a source for obsidian which was used to make tools.
Today, a large herd of Rocky Mountain Elk use the Caldera for calving grounds and as their summer home. Turkey and chipmunks, prairie dogs and coyotes, bobcat and black bear roam over the nearly 89,000 acres.
Well hello!
Birds, including the Eastern & Western Meadowlark abound.
is this a young Mountain Bluebird?
A breeding pair of Golden Eagles summer in the Caldera. Brown & rainbow trout can be found in the rivers and pools.
Animals near the water.  Are they cattle or elk?
A private ranch from 1860 until 2000, it is still today a working ranch. It is now a place for recreation and studying ranching techniques, wildlife, forest health, geology and more.
The Valle Caldera National Preserve is on Hwy 4, 22 miles from Jemez Springs. Look for the main gate at mile marker 39.2

For more information, please visit:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I won? I Won!

Okay so of course I hoped to win something when I entered a few of my crafts in the New Mexico State Fair this year, but I guess I didn't really expect it. I mean, there were hundreds, thousands of entries from all over the state in the creative and home arts alone. So when I went to see my entries yesterday, I was shocked that all four of them had won ribbons!
Here's Dubby with his 3rd place ribbon. (Please excuse the quality of these photos! Everything is behind glass and the lighting is not ideal)
And my hat entry won a blue ribbon!
My earrings got another blue ribbon. Wow!
You should have seen my hubby's face when he saw this one.  This is his favorite teddy and the first one we saw when we walked to the area where most of my entries were. He may have been more excited than I was! But, I think I was in shock.

I'm not in shock anymore, just very happy :) This was my first competition of any kind and I didn't know what to expect. But, I think I may do this again next year!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway ~ Lincoln Part III

One of the museums in Lincoln is the Tunstall-McSween Store. It was erected in 1877 and even after both parties were slain in the Lincoln County war, the building remained a store under other pioneer merchants.

Here you see the interior of the store.
Part of the store/museum also has old vehicles like this used to deliver the US Mail.

And this old chuck wagon.

Several of the homes are now stores and artists studios.

This loom is one of several at La Placita, a weaving and spinning shop.

La Placita side garden
This is a jacal which was representative of homes built by Lincoln's early settlers.
Jacales were built of upright posts driven into the ground and covered by mud plaster, with flat roofs of posts, poles, mud and straw. The beams were hand-hewn.
This jacal was used during the 1920's by newlyweds Mr. & Mrs. Solomon Luna.

The cemetery had this interesting headstone of the Salazar's. It says the Yginio was a "Pal of Billy the Kid."

This sign was inside the Tunstall-McSween Store/Museum and it struck me as funny.

That's all of the Lincoln posts. I'll leave it to you to discover the rest and there is lots more to see. Hope you enjoyed what I showed you of it! (If you'd like to see the other posts, Lincoln Part I is here, and Lincoln Part II here).

Thursday, September 9, 2010


And here is the teddy bear you got to peek at last week. Her name is Winifred.
She is a One-of-a-Kind Bequest Bear made from my own pattern. Her "fur" is gold velvet. She is 16 & 1/2 inches tall and fully lined and double-stitched. 5-way jointed with bolts and lock nuts. She is stuffed with poly-fil and poly-pellets have been added to her body for a weightier feel.
The nose, mouth and paws have been hand embroidered with black Perle cotton. Her eyes are German buttons. She has a sewn in tag and comes with a COA.

She is available for purchase on my website on the Bequest Bears page.
If you would like to purchase Winifred please review the Store Policies for all purchasing, payment, shipping, return and other policies.

Please note: Bears are intended for the adult collector and are not meant for young children as they contain many small parts.

If you have any questions, need more photos, etc. please let me know. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

El Malpais ~ Part II

If you remember my first El Malpais post at the end of July, I promised more information about this beautiful and Huge National Monument and Conservation Area.
All of the photos in this post are from areas along HWY 117. These first 2 photos are from Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. (Keep in mind when visiting the Sandstone Bluffs that this area closes at dusk). The vistas from the Bluffs show lava flows and interesting sandstone formations.
Do you see a camel? :)

This is photo of the remains of the Garrett homestead, which was built in the 1930's. It can be seen in the Sandstone Bluffs area.

This is La Ventana Natural Arch which is a bit south of the Sandstone Bluffs. La Ventana is the largest of New Mexico's natural arches.
As you can see I was here at sunset, and as the following un-retouched photo will attest, sunsets in "the badlands" are spectacular!
There are many areas of El Malpais I have yet to explore. I plan to come back again and again. I have the feeling I will never see everything in this beautiful place!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway ~ Lincoln (Part II)

Book Store. Do you see Billy? :)
Lincoln is home to many other buildings including the Old Lincoln Church.
Old Lincoln Church

The Historical Society Building.
Historical Society

Several Galleries and Shops.

And there are also many beautiful and historic homes.

In July of 1878, U.S. troops were encamped a few yards from this home. They were supposedly brought in to protect lives and property but their presence may have accelerated tensions.

Dr. Woods Home. Circa 1886

This home looked almost like is was made of paper!

Casa de Patron. Bed & Breakfast

Montano Store
This is the Montano Store, one of the first in Lincoln. It was operated as a general store by Jose Montano, who was neutral in the Lincoln County War.

One of the earliest structures in Lincoln, this Torreon was built in the 1850's as protection from the Apaches.

Want to read more about the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.  Check out my Capitan post here.  And go here for Lincoln Part I.