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Life’s Short…Eat Cookies

I went on a small downtown adventure with a friend on Friday. We did a lot of walking, it was hot, and there were lots of pedestrians and cars. But it was fun.  We had two destinations in mind, about 30 minutes walk from each other, so we parked in between. One stop was in Chinatown at the small Good Luck gallery to see some art work by Anna Zemankova. She was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1908.  She was self taught, and made fantasy depictions of flowers using pencil, paper, fabric, embroidery, and beads. Her work is also being shown in Lausanne, Switzerland and New York.  My photos only show portions of some of the pieces, to try and show the detail in her art.

The gallery was in a little pedestrian walkway.

Our other stop was The Last Bookstore.  It is a huge and very unique place that primarily sells used books.  There are a lot of sculptural displays using old books.

But in between the gallery and the bookstore we stopped for a delicious lunch, and after the lunch, I ordered some of these beignets.  Really wonderful.

I’ve been trying to walk each day. The later afternoon is best because the weather has warmed up quite a bit.  Here are a few shots during one of those walks.

Finally a couple shots of little Lucy. This is a fabric tent about three feet long that folds up like an accordion. Here she is with Charlie. Lucy and Sophie (the cat) chase each other through it…

but sometimes she likes to get in it herself and wear it like a dress.

Enjoy your week.  Eat lots of cookies, and thank you for visiting my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Nature of Things

There was a bee swarm in a tree in my yard the other day.  I always thought that a swarm meant that they were moving around.  But this one was as big as a basketball, and all the bees were clinging to each other as they hung from the tree. I found out that sometimes as they are migrating, the queen cannot fly as far and needs to stop and rest. All the bees stop with her, and after resting for a day, they fly off.  In this case it was just a few hours, and they were gone.  I wasn’t outside, so I didn’t get to see them all depart.  The tree was in the shade, and the bees were too far up to get a photo, but I found a picture to show you what it looked like.  Nature taking its course.

A couple additional nature photos from mine and my neighbor’s yard.

In keeping with a rose theme, I made some rubbings with colored pencils from a vintage embroidered rose I had. This is in participation with Mullerin Art blog.  First the embroidery.

Rubbings.

Here is an appliqué I did a while back. I posted this before, but I couldn’t resist posting it again (since they are roses).

A box cover.

Someone brought this guy to the animal shelter a few days ago when I was volunteering.  It was decided that the Marsh by my house would be a good home for him.  There was a lot less water than the last time I visited, just a short time ago. All the green in the photo was covered with water then.  The geese were gone, but I saw a few ducks to keep him company, gliding through the remaining water.

His feathers were long and very soft brown.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Enjoy your week.

 

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LA Days

The last few days we’ve had cloudy skies. It is typical for June. It has even been given the name of “June Gloom.”  Right before the gray skies arrived, we had some beautiful bright ones.  These are some photos towards the end of one of those days. Everything seemed to be glowing.

I had some buttons in different yellow/gold shades that I wanted to do something with, so I sewed them onto a canvas along with a few little metal pieces.

I had also gotten some beautiful vintage buttons at a flea market, and sewed them onto paper.  I need to get a frame so I can display them.

I went downtown last Saturday to participate in the “March for Truth.”

While I was there, I captured some of the city’s details to share with you.

There was some construction going on, so signs directed pedestrians where to go. They are building many new high rise apartments.

Parking is difficult to find downtown, and very expensive.  This lot was only $8.00 for the day.  It can go as high as $20.00.

Street venders.

I love LA. It is a mix of old and new, ethnicities and cultures.  But for those same reasons it is a joy when I have the opportunity to visit other places.

I hope you are enjoying where ever you are at this moment.  Thank you for for stopping by my blog.

 

 

 

 

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Wandering

I went for a walk a few blocks away from my house today.  Here’s what I observed.

Through openings…

Some yards…

House addresses…

A sidewalk corner…

Some walls…

And finally this guy. He startled me because we see raccoons in the neighborhood at night, but I’ve never seen one walking across a lawn in the middle of the day. And he was bigger than he looks in this photo.

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”    Anatole France

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The (Almost) Sighting of the Rare Indigo Bunting

Since I only had my i phone when I went to the marsh a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t get good photos of the birds there. But my friend Alex brought her very large camera, so I’m going to share some of the lovely photos she took.  The baby geese were just a week or so old.

Here is an egret.

Here is the blue bird that we thought was the rare Indigo Bunting.

Not sure what kind of bird this guy is.

I got together with my crafting friend Toni, and we made some paper quilts.  This one is about 9 inches by 9 inches. Water color and acrylic. I was trying to make some kind of a pattern.

Then I cut it up again, and placed the colors in a more random order.  I didn’t put it through the machine again since the stitching was still there, but now the stitching was also more random. I used a metallic thread.

And I made a couple more boxes.

Some plants I found during a neighborhood walk.

Some kind of a cactus.

Hope you are enjoying your days.  It feels like summer here.  We’re already complaining about the heat.  Thank you all for visiting my blog.

 

 

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Artful Day

Today I went to see an art exhibit, but when I got there, it was only photos of past exhibits.  Oh well, there were some nice things to see on the way, and the gallery is in a beautiful setting.  I thought I’d take a different way than I usually do, but I missed the offramp of the freeway.  At that point, I had to drive quite a distance down Sunset Boulevard, but that was OK too, because there were many things to look at. I enjoy driving through the different areas of LA.  I snapped a few photos of a neighborhood I went through.

The Jacaranda trees are in bloom, and when the flowers fall to the ground, it looks like a purple carpet.

The gallery is high on a hill in Hollywood.  Walking around the outside is as nice as looking at what’s inside. Across from the gallery is the Hollyhock House built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1919. There weren’t any tours of the inside today, but the inside and outside have a lot of geometric designs.

In between the gallery and the Hollyhock house are rows of pine trees.  It is a quiet and peaceful place.

From the top, looking out in one direction, is a view of LA.

From the parking lot you can see the Hollywood sign.

They have art classes for adults and children.  On the way out of the parking lot there is a tall sculpture (very old) covered with tiles that children made.  I love the rough textures.

Finally, there are rows of olive trees as you drive back down the hill.

So, no art exhibit, but still very artful.

 

 

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Sun (flowers) And Rain

It seemed as though summer had arrived here in Southern California.  The temperature was rising.  Sure signs of summer were appearing.

But then we got a day of very cold winter rain.  Not typical at all for May.

The weather has stayed fairly cool since then.  Last Saturday was a day of bird activities in Los Angeles.  A friend brought over her very large camera and we went to the Madrona Marsh five minutes from my house. It is nature preserve in the middle of my town.  When we arrived, we were told that a very rare bird from Mexico was sighted at the marsh that morning.  They said it was so blue that it looked purple. It’s name is Indigo Bunting.  We saw a blue bird, but not the rare Indigo Bunting.  We did see several groups of newborn geese.  I had only my iPhone, so I wasn’t able to get photos of the babies, but I got a couple photos of the adult geese.

I’ve continued to fill small boxes with tiny objects.  This first one is connected, but there are two separate photos of it. I buy eggs that are from humanely raised chickens. Some of the paper in the box is from the egg carton.

The next one has mini recreational objects.

I have more that I’m working on, and eventually I’ll attach each one to cardboard.

“Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge.”   Tom Regan, American philosopher

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Enjoy your day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Moving Into May

In the early evenings on Thursdays, my two Camino friends and I walk near the beach.  Last week we saw a large group of whales making their way up to Alaska.  Pictures were difficult because I was too far away, but it was magical to see them lift their heads out of the water.  They were very close to shore. If you look at the middle of this photo and a little to the left, that black spot is one of them.

Other views from that evening.

I’ve been working on a variety of projects this past week.  Below are a couple sketches from my Camino photos.

A friend and I might sell some of our crafts in an upcoming flea market.  I took a lot of things I have accumulated and started cutting, and gluing.  The first is the start of some small boxes.  I plan on mounting them on cardboard with wire to hang on a wall.  I’ll show that when I finish.  I think it will give them a sturdier look.

More to come.  The recipe above came from a very old cookbook I got at a yard sale.  It looks like it’s from the 1940’s, and is bound with string. It was put together by the Borden Company. I remember my mom buying Borden’s evaporated milk to use in various recipes when I was a child.  I love the illustrations in the book.  I’m going to use some of the pages to stamp on.

I’m gluing extra plates and cups together to make cookie pedestals.

I have been involved with a small political grassroots group since the 2016 election.  We want to help get Democrats elected to Congress in 2018.  We are ready to launch a website in two days. The site will have information on candidates and voting rights around the United States. The name of the site is Blue Sweep LA.

That’s all for now.  I hope your week is good.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

 

 

 

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April Ramblings

Last Tuesday a friend and I had a craft day.  She lives high on a hill surrounded by native California plants and trees.  Everything was very green after the nice amount of rain we had during the winter months.

It is quite an effort for my Honda to scale the road to her front door, but once there, the view is lovely in every direction.

Inside, we sat down to make “crafts.”  We thought we’d start with some mail art.  There was a lot of “stuff” to choose from.

Even with so many choices, I couldn’t seem to capture the ideas that I had in my head.  I decided I’d give it another try the next day at home.

Here is her dog Abbey, in contemplation.  Abbey is pure joy, and likes to shower you with it when you arrive.

So at home, I tried again with some mail art ideas. The weather lately has been perfect to utilize the outside art room.

A view from the inside looking out.

This first one I used a window stamp I made, for Mullein Art blog.  I decided on stained glass windows, and used a little water color.

For this second one, I made a wave stamp.

A walk around the yard.  Some Morning Glories.

Bottle Brush tree.

Some potted succulents.

Sophie has been enjoying the nice weather as well.

I hope all is well with you.  Have a good week.  Thank you for visiting.

 

 

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Rooms With A View

A few windows to participate in Muellerinart blogspot window theme. These are from my Camino Santiago walk last year.

After leaving Pamplona.

In the town of Belorado.

Sahagun.

A sketch from my travel journal while staying in the tiny town of Sabenche, near Barbadello.

These last three are from Madrid.

I’m planning on doing some window stamping pieces.  I’ve been ill and haven’t had an opportunity.  Will share next time.

If you are interested in checking out more of my Camino walking photos, click on the months of April and May of 2016 in the archives of my blog.

Have a good weekend.