Friday, July 03, 2015

Lazy Weekend

Today is a holiday from work for us. We're just sitting around the house, relaxing. 
All of us are just sitting around

Later tonight we're going to meet up with my Cousin Craig and his wife Linda for dinner.
Craig and Linda

Tomorrow we'll be spending the 4th of July with our long-time buddies, Maggie and Bill.  
Maggie and Bill

I like weekends like this!  Happy Independence Day, my friends.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Throw Back Thursday #tbt

L.A. Herald Examiner Photo Archives. 1951

In preparation for our 2015 Independence Day, we look to the past.

The photo above appeared in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner on July 4, 1951 and again on April 22, 1952.  

The caption for 1951 reads: "Children plug their ears in anticipation of an air raid siren going off.  Ooooo! is the way the Hubik children -- Julius, 6; Suerita, 10 and Margie, 7 -- voiced their reaction today to the wailing of Los Angeles' air raid sirens and ringing of church bells at noon as glorious Fourth of July was celebrated in observance of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The blast also served as a country-wide test for the air raid sirens."

The photo caption for April 22, 1952 reads: "Braced for warning of biggest A-bomb test in the desert.  Young and old alike in Los Angeles are poised for 'It could happen here day' as the historic A-bomb nears target; sirens will sound 10 minutes before drop."

So, how are you preparing for your Independence Day celebration?

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Hidden in Plain Site - Palms, CA

Crapi Apartments, Overland Avenue, Palms

While driving down Overland Avenue in Palms, WLA, you might spy a certain mid-20th century apartment building and do a double-take. The Crapi Apartments name is a play on the word "Capri" Apartments.  So many "dingbat" style buildings of this era have tropical and whimsical names. 
Chee-Zee Apartments, Woodbine Ave., Palms

Around the corner from the Crapi Apartments are the Chee-Zee Apartments!  Both of these buildings are the subtle joke of the owner of NPA, National Promotions and Advertising. NPA specializes in outdoor advertising and have a sign-filled facility, just down the block. We've been lucky to attend a couple of parties at NPA. 
NPA Offices, Overland Ave., Palms. Photo from NPA Website

Vintage Neon inside NPA

The outside of the NPA is an ordinary looking warehouse space with a Greyhound bus in front. This is how you enter the building, through the bus!  Naturally, the bus driver is a greyhound dog.

This guy drives the NPA Bus!

I also noticed that NPA now sports a giant hot dog on the roof.  At one time, this plaster dog graced the top of a hot dog stand on the corner of Hollywood and Western, in East Hollywood.  Later, a Thai restaurant took over the stand but left the dog on top, until NPA rescued it.
Hot Dog @NPA Headquarters. Photo from NPA Website
Former location of hot dog, Hollywood and Western, East Hollywood

The reason we were in this special part of Palms was for an ice-cream stop at Scoops, after a particularly spicy dinner. Scoops specializes in crazy, delicious flavors for their ice cream and sorbets.

Unassuming Palms can be quite interesting and tasty.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Estate Sale Finds

Beverly Hills Women's Club

Larry and I visited two estate sales this weekend. Neither of us NEEDS anything! In the past, going to these sales was a great way to bolster our household collections. Now, we're trying to organize and divest ourselves of many items. Larry still collects records and the occasional light fixture or tool. I like to look at the purses, scarves and costume jewelry. I longingly look at dishes, serving utensils, kitchen items and such, but rarely buy them. Eventually, when we have our giant garage sale we should make a fortune with all the stuff we've accumulated over the years!
These days, I like to browse the sales, see the houses and take photos of items I would have bought.
Serving Items for Sale at BH Women's Club

First sale, Beverly Hills Women's Club on Saturday. My childhood friend, Diana is a member. I'd never been to this beautiful old clubhouse (built in 1925), so I wanted to take a look. There was an array of lovely serving dishes, silver, china and household decorative items for sale. It was an enticing display, but I really do not entertain using my own china and silver anymore. 

I didn't purchase anything except for a sweet faux tortoise shell flower pin.  It was great seeing the clubhouse and touring the grounds.  I'm glad that the sale was going well. The proceeds will benefit upkeep of the building. 
Faux Tortoise Shell Flower Pin

On Sunday, we stopped at a tiny home in Beverly Glen Canyon. Apparently, this was a vacation home for a woman who resided in Seattle.The house was packed with books and knick-knacks. There was lots of attractive hand-thrown pottery from the 1970's. 

Home in Beverly Glen Canyon

Vintage Gold-Veined Mirrors!

I browsed through the books and found two that were interesting to me. Peg Bracken's "The I Hate To Cook Cookbook" (1960) has always been a favorite. I have the paperback version. I remember seeing Peg on TV talk shows in the 1960s and '70s. She had this monotone, nasal voice and was highly entertaining. This is a first edition with charming illustrations by the very famous Hilary Knight!  HBO recently broadcast a documentary on the life and art of Hilary Knight.

The illustrations by Hilary Knight may look familiar. He illustrated all of the "Eloise" books

The next little cookbook I found was "Cyrano de Casserole: A Nosegay of Casserole Recipes" (1955) by Ruth Chier Rosen. I'd never seen this book. I do love the play on words in the title! It's a very small, spiral bound book with fascinating sections: Entertaining Casseroles, Old World Casseroles and more. 

For $4, I had a great time and came away with some treasures!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Put a Fork in it...Done!

I finished my "RozGhan" over the weekend.  This will not be given to my Mom until the holidays, but I wanted to use up some of the blue and green yarn in my stash NOW!

Thank you, Mr. Larry, Afghan Display Model

The pattern I used for each square is called "Willow."  I love this square pattern.  It's fun to do, not repetitive, holds my interest, but is not difficult. I also love crocheting solid color squares. They are fast and require weaving in only two ends...the beginning of the motif and at the end. 

The "Willow" Square

I did crochet a multi-color square for the bottom corner. This pattern looks like a sunburst to me, so I used sun colors for the "signature" square. For this reason, the afghan reminds me of a decorative quilt pattern.

Sunburst with a Chocolate Box Edge

I wanted a simple border, so after I finished the 6-row by 8-row group of squares, I crocheted one row of single crochet around the whole piece. THEN, I crocheted a 3-row Chocolate Box granny pattern around the entire afghan. I think this simple border is quite effective. 

All specs for this afghan are found on my Ravelry page.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

"Adam and Steve"

"Marriage Equality" by Tony de Carlo, acrylic on canvas

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry, no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.
I am reminded of my friend, the late artist, Tony de Carlo (1959-2014) and his depiction of various "Adam and Steve" paintings throughout the years. Tony would have been very happy to see this decision today.  
"Adam y Steve" 

"Adam and Steve and Child"

"Adam and Steve, Ants and Bees"
I am proud to own MANY of Tony's paintings and wood cut-outs. Below, our first purchase, many years ago. Congratulations, America. RIP Tony.

"Carondelet Street, Los Angeles" 
All paintings, above by Tony de Carlo, acrylic on canvas.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Seen Around Town

Big Roots, Park La Brea

I like to snap photos as I'm driving or walking around Los Angeles!

Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital

Terrazzo, DTLA

Applying the strips to the Bacon Building, Miracle Mile.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Four Years Later

Sport Weight Acrylic Yarn

Four years ago I found this yarn shop, south of Little Tokyo, downtown L.A.  I don't think it's there anymore. The shop only sold acrylic yarn in all weights and colors. The thing is, you had to purchase a whole bag of 12 skeins of ONE color of yarn. You could not get a mixed bag. That's 12 skeins!  I ended up buying a bag of sport weight, olive green rayon yarn...12 skeins for $24. This is approximately 3,500 yards of yarn. Wow!

Interior, Mexican Thread and Yarn Co., 2011

I experimented with a few patterns for this yarn, but nothing was quite right. The yarn has been marinating for four years. I finally found a pattern I want to make with sport weight yarn. I'm crocheting the "Toasty Poncho" by Lili M. Chin. My poncho will not be "toasty." 

"Toasty Poncho" by Lili M. Chin

This is sport weight yarn, perfect for summer.  Also, the pattern says that all the stitches are treble crochets. I started the pattern and noticed how quickly it was moving along. Treble crochet stitches are long. After checking Ravelry and few other people who have made this pattern, one lady said that the pattern was written in U.K. terms. In the United Kingdom, a treble crochet stitch equals a double crochet stitch in United States terms. Oh well. I like the airy look of the treble crochet stitches, so I am going to continue in this manner.

I'm glad that I've finally found a use for this yarn!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Talented Friends

Hat form with knitted flowers and leaves

Last Saturday at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Guild Meeting we viewed the results of a 3-month challenge.  I wasn't able to participate, but many of my friends did.  The challenge was to use the yarns given to you in a packet (KnitPicks yarn) and create something totally fabulous.  I believe that only two colors of yarn were in each packet, but that members of the challenge could swap and borrow yarn from each other, if needed.
Creative Cowls

WOW!  I was very impressed with the results.  The membership voted anonymously for the winners. I hope that the creators of each project are announced in next month's newsletter!

Huge dolls with yarn wigs, wearing knitted items, doing needlework

It was great to see everyone so involved with this event! There were tea cozies, pillows, mitts, hats and more.

Beautiful Fair Isle Sweater and Hat for creepy "Stepford" baby doll

LOVE the Monster Family!

Carol Hayes' Mouse with Giraffe in Pocket! The winner for "Most Creative"

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