Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Procrastination Sunday

We had sooooo much to do on Sunday, chores at home, preparing our holiday cards to mail, prep for brunch guests on the 25th, wrapping gifts, finishing crafty items!  So, what did we do?  We procrastinated, blew off all of our responsibilities and drove downtown to check out the Renegade Craft Fair.  
The Fair was held in Grand Park, which runs between the Music Center and City Hall.  The Park was decorated for the holidays.  Pink is a very festive color.

Many food trucks were lined up.  Barbra and Maridee with their Yarnover Truck were serving clients.

Barbra and Maridee of The Yarnover Truck

There were rows and rows of vendors selling everything from ceramics to bath salts and beyond.  I took lots of photos.

I hadn't been to the Renegade Craft Fair for years.  The last time I attended, the products were really handmade and way more artistic.  This was a slick show, not what I was expecting.  I do like to support local artisans, but I would guess that more than half of the artisans represented at the Fair were not from Los Angeles.  I did purchase the first issue of "Knit Wit" which is a highly inspirational fiber arts magazine (without actual patterns).  Our best buy of the day was a delicious lemonade and strawberry popsicle.  It was very refreshing and reasonably priced! 
The MOST delicious lemonade/strawberry popsicle!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From the Tam O' Shanter's website:  ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR CAROLERS: The Tam O' Shanter will sparkle with holiday decor, strolling carolers will serenade during dinner hours and we’ll pamper you with warm hospitality.

Robbie is so festive!

We met up with our old crowd at the Tam on Saturday night.  The place was decked out in Christmas decor.  The carolers were strolling and singing.  Everyone in the bar was having a rollicking good time!  We had a delicious dinner from the carving board, sang carols and had lots of laughs.  
Phil and Natalie.  Sorry I snapped you in mid-sentence, Natalie!

Larry and Robbie

Friend and Tina

Dave and Don

Santa's Helper, Mona

Penelope and Ginger

Ellen and King Cotton, both sporting vintage specs!  We look like Grandma and Grandpa!

The Tam O' Shanter Carolers

The BEST Hawaiian Shirt!
I didn't have a chance to snap everyone's photo, but consider yourself lucky!  The light was low and my camera was unsteady!

Thanks again, Robbie for organizing this wonderful, traditional holiday get-together!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Orange Future

Saturday night, Larry and I zoomed up to Future Studio in Highland Park to see The Orange Show.  There was a book signing by author, David Boulé and "The Orange and the Dream of California."  
David Boulé looking very snazzy in his orange sportcoat

Along with beautiful old Sunkist Orange packing crate labels, there was a mini-show of Cindy Olnick's and Tom Davies' orange art collection.  Many of the pieces were created by Tom.
Cindy's and Tom's Orange Art

Tom Davies

Cindy Olnick

There was even ORANGE FOOD and many orange artifacts!

I LOVED this show.  Orange just happens to be my favorite color too!

Gallery Owner, Amy Inouye with crocheted orange

Photographer, Larry Underhill

Future Studio Staff, Cathy Litz

Future Studio Gallery
5558 No. Figueroa Ave.
Highland Park, Los Angeles

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Vintage Photo Friday - Oh, Didn't It Rain, Children!

Oh yeah!  Didn't it rain, children?  You bet it did!  Sister Rosetta Tharpe's song was ringin' in my ears this morning around 3:30 when the rain began pounding our roof!
The rain woke us up.  The Emergency Alert Flood Warning annoying sound on our cellphones woke us up.  Various chirps and flashes around the house when the power went out around 5 a.m. woke us up.  Oy!
I got up around 6:30, read the newspaper by candlelight while eating my still cool, but warming yogurt, fruit and juice for breakfast.  Luckily, I could heat water on our gas stove and take a hot the dark.  Alas, no hair dryer for my coiffure.  I did the best I could.
My sweet husband brought a Coleman lantern into my closet so I wouldn't have to dress in the dark.  I would not want to wear navy blue slacks instead of black ones!!
Larry's Coleman Lantern in my closet

The power came on about 10 minutes before I was ready to drive to work.  Phew!  I am not cut out for camping or pioneer living.
I'm sure we'll have more rain this weekend, but for now, the sun is shining through the clouds in East Santa Monica from my office window.  Here are a few vintage photos from the L.A. Public Library Photo Archives of the results of past storms in the Los Angeles area.
1964.  Rain and traffic through the Cahuenga Pass on the Hollywood Freeway
1963.  Cyclist in the San Fernando Valley after heavy rain

Be safe and have a great weekend.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Are you scurrying around trying to find a few last minute small gifties for Chanukah and Christmas?  I've found a few great and EASY patterns on Ravelry for you (and me).  Click on the caption to find the pattern.
Christmas Tree Decoration
Ornamental Mini-Sweater

Dreidel Softie for Chanukah.  Combining the holidays!

One Snowman Granny Square would make a darling ornament, using thinner yarn!

Coasters, crocheted in holiday colors.  Just add a hook.

Found this chart for a Christmas Tree.  Crochet it in green thread and add a star or pom-pom on top!  Click on photo to make chart larger.

I've been crocheting LOTS of spa cloths for holiday gifts this year.  I like to pair them with fancy soaps and face creams.  What are you crafting for holiday gifts?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orange Cheese

'Tis the Season!  It's all about artery-clogging food this time of year.  Just before Thanksgiving, Larry and I were cruising around the Del Rey, S/W Culver City area.  It was lunch time.  We decided to stop in at Paco's Tacos.  
My Favorite Selfie

Paco's is old-school, Los Angeles-style Mexican food with lots of orange cheese.  Yum.  Before REAL Mexican food showed up in L.A., using fresh ingredients, lots of lime and not-so-much lard, this was the standard.  Many of these restaurants still exist in L.A. with a few tweaks to their menus to show the public that they are "modern."  Old favorites like El Coyote, El Cholo and Paco's Tacos, to name a few, have been around for decades.  All of these restaurants also have a unique decor credo:  More is Better.  There is stuff hanging from the walls, the ceiling and any other post or beam that can possibly have decorative objects hanging from it.
Larry ordered a chicken burrito.  I ordered a chile relleno with rice and beans.  Notice that I did not take photos of the food.  You KNOW what the food looks like here.  Check Paco's website for the menu.  Everything was delicious, if not exactly healthful.  There is a lady near the grill at the entrance patting out fresh corn tortillas.  They are sublime.
stereotypes are the norm
Cranky Guy

I don't care.  I LOVE this place.  Reserve my plot at Hillside now.

Cool Mid-Century Tile Work on the Building Next Door

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