Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tile OR Crochet?

I love colorful tiles, especially our local Malibu Tile. I've made pilgrimages to the Adamson House in Malibu just to look at the same gorgeous tile over and over again. Most impressive is the Persian rug constructed out of tile, including FRINGE tiles!

Persian Rug Tiles w/ Fringe at the Adamson House, Malibu
My interest in tile has influenced my love of crochet motifs. So many crochet designs have the same elements as tile design. Also, I like to construct crochet items in a modular way, just like tile. I've come across many crochet motif patterns that echo the design elements of tile. 

Flower Granny Square

Persian Tile Blanket

Flower Tile Afghan Square

Tiled Kitchen at the Adamson House. If my kitchen looked like this, I promise I'd cook more often. Really!

Moroccan Tile Potholders
All I want to do right now (before the rush of the holidays) is sit and crochet some tile! Crocheting is a wonderful way to procrastinate. Shirking chores while creating something beautiful! Time to get out the crochet cotton and work up some Persian Tile Potholders for gifties!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Yarny Talent

More Lemons for CYCOA, knit and crocheted by our members

This past Saturday I attended the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Guild Meeting. I'm always delighted by the yarny talent I see at these meetings. We had a good turnout on Saturday...at least 70-75 people. I couldn't stop snapping photos of beautiful shawls, sweaters and other projects. The color and textures were intoxicating!

Projects by ESSS Members

More beautiful projects

We have an ongoing Knit-A-Long, Crochet-A-Long that is due at our December meeting. We're making animals or toys. These can be given as gifts or as ornaments for your tree. Here we are, showing off some of the sample items:
Ellen, Lenora, Sarah and Carol with stuffed toys and animals. Photo by Peggy Baxter
Click HERE for toy patterns

Charity is a big part of being in the Guild. Here are crochet and knit-edged fleece blankets for children at local hospitals, crafted by our members.
Fleece Blankets for Donation
I always have a good time at our Guild meetings. Lenora and I are retiring our post as CAL/KAL chairpeople. I look forward to relaxing meetings in 2016 where I might even participate in Show and Share!
Saw this adorable Mini-Cooper in the parking lot as I was leaving. I wonder how radio reception is, with an antenna covered in tinsel?

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Bean Fields! Vintage Photo Friday

Photo by Ansel Adams, 1939. La Cienega near Beverly Blvd., Oil well Island in the center of the street. LAPL Photo Archives

Whenever my Dad would drive us around town, he'd point out different buildings that he thought were interesting. We would sometimes ask, "what was there BEFORE that building was built, Dad?" He'd always yell out, "BEAN FIELDS!" It seems that our end of Los Angeles was filled with bean fields. Really? Green beans? Soy beans? What kind of beans? Do we really eat that many beans? Beans are not glamorous. ORANGES are glamorous and give us an uplifting and sunshine-y view of Los Angeles. We never drove around and heard that different areas around town were orange groves. The oranges were out in the Valley. On the west side, we got beans.
I came across two photos by Ansel Adams on the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection of former bean fields, turned into oil fields. It seems that the very busy street of La Cienega Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street in what is now known as the Beverly-Grove Area (I still call it West Hollywood), had an oil well right in the middle of the street!
Here's an interesting story about that oil well written by L.A. Times columnist, Steve Harvey in 2010:

An oil well on La Cienega? A bit unusual

When the wooden derrick was constructed in 1907, it was in the middle of a bean field. After the boulevard was extended in 1930, motorists had to zigzag around the well.

August 21, 2010|By Steve Harvey, Special to The Times

Driving around Southern California, you never know where you'll find oil.
Drilling platforms, for example, can be seen on the Coyote Hills golf course in Fullerton, in the parking lot of Huntington Beach's City Hall and outside Curley's Cafe in Signal Hill.
There's even a derrick tucked inside the Beverly Center, near the parking area for Bloomingdale's.
But one of the area's most unusual drilling sites is just a memory now. It was a well that stood in the middle of La Cienega Boulevard from 1930 to 1946, forcing drivers to zigzag around it.
"Pictures and stories about it have been sent all over the globe," The Times noted in 1945.
The oil island, between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street, became a running gag.
Times columnist Fred Beck quipped in 1944 that it was "squeaking badly and needs oil."
Originally part of the Rancho La Brea land grant, the well helped "give Los Angeles a reputation for eccentricity," The Times noted.
Of course, when the wooden derrick was constructed in 1907, it wasn't in the middle of La Cienega Boulevard. It was in the middle of a bean field. La Cienega didn't run that far north.
Then, in 1930, the city extended the roadway from Santa Monica Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard. Who knew? There was always a chance that it might be needed if traffic on the Westside ever increased.
But "there was much discussion and controversy over the fate of the well," The Times said. "The city refused to pay what the owners believed the well to be worth. The owners refused to accept less."
So the well stayed.
In later years it was given a bit of ornamentation: whiskey billboards on the north and south sides.
"The well is fenced and parked as if it were an ornamental fountain or statue," The Times wrote in 1938.
Eventually the owners decided it would be more profitable to operate a drugstore in the area, so the land was rezoned and the oil well dismantled.
The Beverly Center stands a few feet from the old well site.

Photo by Ansel Adams, 1939. La Cienega near Beverly Blvd., Oil Well Island. LAPL Photo Archives

There are still numerous oil wells pumping away in our crowded urban zone. In fact, there's one INSIDE the Beverly Center. I've seen men in hard-hats enter on the San Vicente side of the building. Many of our city oil wells are disguised to look like buildings. We live one block from the one on Pico Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue. There's another one on Pico and Doheny with a lot of rocky mountain stone on the exterior...fancy! The most famous oil well is the one on what we used to call the Girls' Athletic Field, behind Beverly Hills High School. This one could use a bit more camouflage and a face-lift. 
Have a great weekend, my friends!  Don't slip in any oil!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fashion Thanksgiving Prep

"Sexy Turkey Hat."  Really?

Yesterday I wrote about food preparation for your Thanksgiving guest appearance. If you decide that you do not want to cook when you're visiting your friends' home on Thanksgiving, maybe you could contribute to the festive decor! Wear a turkey hat!
There are several patterns on Ravelry to choose from. Some are more involved than others, but I'm sure one week would be plenty of time to whip up one of these beauties.  You'll be the hit of the party! Click on the title links for patterns.

"Wild Turkey Hat"

"Knitted Turkey Hat."  I like the turkey medallion for a brooch!

Crocheted "Turkey Hat"

"Turkey Dinner Hat."  Everyone likes the drumsticks!

"Turkey in Pilgrim Hat." OK, this is one of my faves...a turkey wearing a hat!

The Supreme Turkey Poo-Bah, Brandon on Halloween! Hahahahahaha!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Prep

If you're lucky enough to be invited to someone's home for Thanksgiving dinner, the least you could do is offer to bring something for the meal! Here are two sure-fire, easy recipes that always thrill the guests.
Perky Turkey Sugar Cookies

Perky Turkey Sugar Cookies:  Get some of that Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough in the deli aisle of your supermarket...you know, the kind you slice down. In the cake section, pick up some squeezable cake frosting in white, orange and black. You'll find candy corn in the candy aisle. Bake the cookies according to package directions. Smoosh a bit of white frosting on the top curve of the cookie, smash in the candy corns. Draw in the eyes, beak and turkey gobbler neck with the proper color of frosting! Done! Proudly serve your Perky Turkey Sugar Cookies!
Jelled Cranberry Mold
My co-worker, Rochelle makes this every year for our pot-luck Thanksgiving at the office. I LOVE this recipe anytime of the year!

Rochelle's Jelled Cranberry Mold
1 large box cherry Jello
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 can crushed pineapple (blue can with syrup)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Dissolve the Jello in 2 cups boiling (or very hot) water. Add all the other ingredients, mix well and chill...that's it!

Rochelle's tip: She usually switches bowls after dissolving the Jellosince it leaves a grainy coating on the bowl. Next, she adds the cranberry sauce and uses a fork or spoon to really mash it up well (so you don't get chunks of cranberry sauce)...then the crushed pineapple and lastly the nuts.

I am lucky to be celebrating with about 25-30 members of my family this year. We shall convene at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey for our feast. No dirty dishes!



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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On a Lighter Note

Yes, recent events in the world have been horrific. I addressed my concern and sadness for everyone in Paris yesterday. Today, I must return to our way of life to show that terrorism will not change anything. Live your life to its fullest. This is the best revenge.
What could be more normal and life-fulfilling than a sock monkey toilet paper cozy? 
Sock Monkey Toilet Paper Cozy

My yarny friend Suzette creates beautiful gifts for me. She's very talented and clever. She's made me excellent potholders, Mini-Mochi creatures, owls, cowls, mug rugs, donuts, slugs, holiday ornaments, coasters and more!

I was searching Ravelry patterns for the perfect gifty for Suzette's birthday. It must be something clever, unique and fun. I came up with a toilet paper cozy that looks like a sock monkey! The pattern that I found is called Radioactive Zombie Monkey Toilet Roll Cover

The Original Radioactive Zombie Sock Monkey

I wasn't quite ready for a zombie sock monkey, so I used traditional colors and added a pom-pom on top. I think he's very cute.  So does Suzette!

Suzette and Monkey

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Paris, Je T'aime

We are very sad for the people of Paris today. We stand with you and remember the happy times. 

images found on the internet, uncredited

There will be happy times again.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Sunset and Crescent Heights

I just finished reading Martin Turnbull's "Garden of Allah" series of novels. I was mesmerized and could not put them down. The novels are historical fiction set during the golden era of Hollywood from 1927 through the mid-1950s. I'm anxiously awaiting the next novel in this series, "Reds in the Beds," due in January 2016. 

I love books about Los Angeles, especially when facts, people and places are vividly described. The Garden of Allah Hotel and Apartments was torn down in 1959. I vaguely remember driving by with my parents as a child. I never saw the grounds or interior.
Garden of Allah Hotel. Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection. 1927

Poolside at the Garden of Allah. 1927

Actress, Alla Nazimova built the bungalows around her mansion and turned the property into hotel/apartments as an investment. This was THE place for writers, actors, directors and other entertainment biz folks to live and party. There are numerous accounts about the wild celebrations that went on in the Garden.

Alla Nazimova

After demolition of the hotel, this property became Lytton Savings Bank, among other buildings. The rock 'n roll club, Pandora's Box nightclub was located on the triangular traffic island at this intersection. The club was short-lived and demolished in 1967. 

Pandora's Box Photos. Herald Examiner Photo Collection. Howard Ballew. 1966

During this era, the Sunset Strip had become the meeting place of youth described as the "hippie" generation.  Free love, free speech, loud music, psychedelic drugs were the order of the day. The nearby residents to this property were upset by people lingering and committing lewd "acts" in and around the neighborhood. A 10:00 pm curfew was enforced. This caused rioting by the youths. In fact, a movie was made about this event called "Riot on the Sunset Strip." 

Lytton Bank. Photo, Los Angeles Magazine

A magnificent Spanish Revival Villa and Hotel, a mid-century modern bank building, a controversial rock 'n roll club...all were located on this plot of land on Sunset Boulevard at Crescent Heights. A new development is planned soon. Will the ghosts of the past haunt the new incarnation of this corner? Time will tell.

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