Sunday, March 8, 2015

Argentina fun

I hope those of you who live in the United States remembered to set your clocks ahead before you went to bed Saturday night.  If not, you should do it now!

It's been awhile since I worked in my 7 Continents altered book (AB) and I needed a break from my Kings and Queens AB.   I felt the distraction would put me back on course for the next round of Kings and Queens.  Since I've been working in my 7 Continents AB since 2004, even before the word "blog" ever entered my mind, this is possibly my longest and most extensive project ever.

Today we're headed to Cordoba, which, as shown in a 1952 Encyclopedia was the third largest city in Argentina. 

Now, however, Cordoba is the second largest city, surpassed in population only by Buenos Aires. 

The San Martin Cathedral is located in San Martin Square.

An estancia is a large, rural area, located on many acres in the pampas, similar to a vast ranch in the US.

Pampas are low lying grasslands, located in the fertile, temperate South American lowlands, especially around Cordoba and Buenos Aires.  It is there you will meet Gauchos, or residents of the pampas who are the main workers on an estancia. These skilled horsemen herd cattle and sheep all year long.  They are famous for the breeches and blouses they wear, and the caffeine rich yerba mate they drink. Gauchos (similar to the North American cowboy) are loved, respected, and honored in Argentina.

One final look that puts it all together.  Colored images are from various travel magazines, B & W image from a 1952 Encyclopedia, and definitions are from a Spanish to English dictionary.  Background is glitter paint through a punchinella (sequin waste) stencil, and arrows are from 7Gypsies.

I hope you enjoyed this trip to Argentina and learned a bit about this area as I did.  Thanks, too, for stopping by.

13 thoughtful remarks:

massofhair said...

My closest association to Argentina was making a pair of gaucho trousers when i was at school. Thank you for your guided trip, it was very educational and lots of fun :-) xxx

dawn said...

Hello Elizabeth! I've caught up here and enjoyed every post. You never run out of ideas or supplies do you, amazes me so much! The quiltlet you made is sweet, great job on it and the winner is very lucky to have it.
I did remember to turn back the clocks, yay for more daylight. The weather is slowly warming and thawing all the ice/snow we have. Still can't go out much but maybe next week at this time we can. Poor Lucky is missing our walks as much as I am. Can't wait to see the grass again, it's been over a month now of only snow. How is the weather there? How are you feeling? Hope good on both! Take care!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wonderful page on Cordoba! The arrows were a fun way to draw your eyes around the page. I thought the horses were gorgeous!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love virtual travel :) Thx!

see you there! said...

What great pages and very informative too. Your book must be pretty big/thick by now.

Darla

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wished I were there... beautiful and so informative - great Elizabeth!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I always think Cattle ranches and horses and cowboys when I think of Argentina. Love these pages. xox

Kelly Deal said...

This is awesome Elizabeth!

Halle said...

Very cool page. My mom traveled to Argentina back in the 60's. Seems strange to think of her as a world traveler.

Krisha said...

I love reading your 7 Continents AB, and I think Argentina would be a very interesting place to visit.
I like the use of the Spanish to English dictionary pieces, very clever.
Thanks for sharing.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love this page Elizabeth - love how you add your information and the brilliant photos you found! Chrisx

~*~Patty S said...

So interesting and well done E!
I can't help but think how lucky kids in school would be to be able to have a special book like yours to help make geography and history a lot more interesting.
oxo

johanna said...

it´s nice to see you are working in such an old altered book also... sometimes it just takes time to go on, that´s ok. i love the look of These horses especially, so beautiful creatures!