Friday, March 8, 2013

[Focus on Life Week 10] All Wrapped Up!

Welcome to Week 10 of Ms. Sally Russick's Focus on Life:  "All Wrapped Up."
I will be sharing my interpretation of this challenge in a couple of ways.

First, as a jewelry designer, I enjoy working with wire though a bit challenging at times.  Freehand wire wrapping in particular is fun as it always yields a unique design while maintaining uniform shapes.  It is like being a potter who molds it to his desired shape.  
Wired beads
I would like to share with you about my first experience at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo.  I have never been to once hence the excitement!  It is the world's largest livestock show and rodeo that aims to support the youth through education and also to encourage better agricultural practices with the exhibits and various presentations.  Their banner is "Celebrating Agriculture, Education, Entertainment and Western Heritage."
Houston Rodeo 2013
Oh, there was so much to see... and eat!  One event that we enjoyed was the Mutton Bustin' where kids between 5 and 6 years old tightly wrap their hands and legs on the sheep for 8 seconds.  It was so much fun!  I never thought sheeps could run that fast.
Mutton Bustin at the Houston Rodeo 2013
We were also able to watch Bruno Mars in concert.  It was awesome!  While waiting for the show, 2 young ladies seated in front of us could not help but wrap their hands on this fluffy cotton candy.  Oh, to be young and not too scared of sugar... such bliss!

The carnival offered several activities too but we were too old scared tired to even try them. 
I love this photo - how the steel poles and lights were wrapped very securely...  Who knows how many couples have tried riding this with arms wrapped around each other .   
Carnival at The Houston Rodeo 2013
And finally, we just had to get some Tex-Mex food:  Garlic Chicken Burrito.  A burrito or taco de harina is one of the more famous Mexican dish.  It makes use of a wheat flour tortilla that is wrapped to enclose a filling, whether fish, beef, chicken or vegies.   We've tried several burritos from the homemade to the fancy ones at restaurants.  This was delicious... the seasoning was perfect, not overbearing at all.
Garlic Chicken Burrito
Thanks for reading up to this part.  Have a great weekend!

It's a wrap!
 Michelle  ♥


Patty Woodland said...

My first rodeo was our little town's rodeo. I felt bad for the poor calves that got roped. I couldn't watch any more after the first one.

And I always wonder if anyone asked the mutton if it wanted to be busted. heh. I know my goats aren't happy when the chickens hitch a ride.

A Polymer Penchant said...

wow Michelle, you sure found a lot to fit the theme, and moreover it looks like you had an awesome time

Kashmira said...

- LOVE your wire wrap bead, never seen anything like it!
- Lol, would love to see a video of those kids wrapped around the sheep
- Lol again at "to be young and not afraid of sugar". I love Bruno Mars, so jealous you went to a concert!
- when you said "steel poles", all i could think of was strippers wrapped around poles :P
- that burrito....yummmmmm!!

Beti Horvath said...

What a great variety of "wraps" This is a fun prompt!

maryharding said...

Your wrap is making me hungry even though it is early morning. Wish I had the recipe.

thewovenspoke said...

Oh that sounds like fun and you got alot of ideas for wrapped too.

SummersStudio said...

Great interpretation. And you burrito is making me hungry :-)

Alice said...

What a fun time you had! That burrito looks delicious!

I've tried working with wire but it always seems to get the best of me. Your free-form wire beads are wonderful.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Michelle,
You have me wondering how to make the freeform wire beads I think they are cool looking. How fun is the Houston Rodeo I went once back in the early 80's when I lived in Houston I had a great time although they did not have the rides back then.

Claire said...

those beads are truly amazing!!! and i LOVE bruno mars - you lucky girl :)

Janet Bocciardi said...

That all looks like so much fun! I used to LOVE carnival rides, but now I always second guess and usually stay off of them.

Great shots!

Adrienne said...

So cute! I laughed out loud when I saw the child wrapped around the sheep. Love all your versions of being wrapped up!

Annette said...

It sounds like such a fun way to spend a day! And you got some great 'wraps'!

AntiquityTravelers said...

those are some great 'wraps' for the week! the burrito looks delicious!

Becky Pancake said...

Michelle it sounds like a wonderful day. I think your pics of all wrapped up are very unique.