2016 Holidays and Happy New Year!

December was a whirlwind month (as it is for most of you, I imagine), and I can hardly believe we are already in 2017. Instead of explaining in words what’s been going on with me, here’s a little recap in photos before I return to “regular programming”. I hope you enjoy.

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Thanksgiving time in Burbank
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Ready for a family Thanksgiving celebration. Yes, it is outdoors – and I am grateful for that good California living! ūüôā

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The perfect ending to a long Thanksgiving weekend – walking through the Enchanted Forest at Descanso Gardens with a dear friend. Descanso means “rest” in Spanish – and it was truly restful.
Volunteering at the animal shelter is part of our life all year - but it seemed like there were alot of puppies and kittens during the holidays this year, and I cant resist taking pictures of them all.
Volunteering at the animal shelter is part of our life all year – but it seemed like there were extra puppies and kittens during the holidays this year, and I cannot resist taking pictures of them all.
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One of my favorite Christmas decorations in the neighborhood
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My son being his goofy self on Christmas Eve
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The stage setup for Transyberian Orchestra. They make my favorite Christmas music and are my favorite group to go see live. Awesome show – and I recommend to any of you who love their music and have not seen a concert yet.
On our way to see Transyberian Orchestra - we only get to see snow-capped mountains when the snow comes to low enough elevations. But it never gets old.
On our way to see Transyberian Orchestra – we only get to see snow-capped mountains when the snow comes to low enough elevations. But it never gets old.

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More scenes from Descanso Gardens – my friend and I got to go again between Christmas and New Years
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Sunset in my neighborhood on New Years Day.
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Happy New Year from us to you! Taken at the birthday party of my best friend, which happens to be on New Years!

Happy new year to all of you – may it be a good year!

A Lost City Found

Part 2 of our inspiration-collecting trip to the California Science Center: the Pompeii exhibit. I enjoyed this exhibit very much, and found so much inspiration! It is filled with art and artifacts and gives the viewer great insight into the lifestyle of people in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius. If you are interested in Pompeii from a more scientific point of view, the exhibit also features background information about volcanic eruptions and details of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius. You will see casts of the bodies as they were found in the ruins many centuries later. The city was so well preserved that it provided historians the most concrete information about Roman life.

 

Don't miss it!
Don’t miss it!
One of the many wall frescoes found in the ruins of Pompeii. Romans were social people - they loved to drink and have long meals lounging in their courtyards with their friends. No dining solo!
One of the many wall frescoes found in the ruins of Pompeii. Romans were social people – they loved to drink and have long meals lounging in their courtyards with their friends. No dining solo!
Statue found in a villa
Statue found in a villa
Pompeii's export. The people of Pompeii had a healthy diet - aside from fish, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables, cooked with olive oil, and drank wine with everything.
Pompeii’s export. The people of Pompeii had a healthy diet – aside from fish, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables, cooked with olive oil, and drank wine with everything.
I love the textures on their ceramics!
I love the textures on their ceramics!
A pitcher used for pouring drinks.
A pitcher used for pouring drinks.
Back to the al fresco dining - I loved this mosaic table top!
Back to the al fresco dining – I loved this mosaic table top!
This ceramic floor tile found in a villa near Pompeii makes me want to design some mosaic knitwear pieces!
This ceramic floor tile found in a villa near Pompeii makes me want to design some mosaic knitwear pieces!
A cast of one of the bodies found. The photo behind shows it as it was found.
A cast of one of the bodies found. The photo behind shows it as it was found.
Modern Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius - still looks like a beautiful, inspiring place!
Modern Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius – still looks like a beautiful, inspiring place!

 

 

Mission Objectives: Education and Inspiration

I’ve designed quite a few patterns in a short amount of time, and after working nonstop, I wanted to take a break from the studio. I have company at the moment, so¬†of course, we needed to entertain as well. Yesterday, we combined entertainment for our house guests with collecting new inspiration. Los Angeles has so many places to see new things, get inspired, and explore. I love a day out on the metro, exploring the city!

We saw so many things at the California Science Center that I will break down my visit into a few different posts. We will start with the Endeavour, something Angelenos are so proud to call their own, and so happy to have right here at home. The one and only sonic boom I have ever heard was when the Endeavour made its last reentry from its last space mission. And when it flew back to California and made its way through the city to its final resting spot at the Science Center, my children took a break from school to watch it fly over, and I stood in the middle of my street with my neighbors staring at the sky waiting to catch a glimpse. As you will see in my photos below, it is an impressive sight, worthy of inspiration.

Inspiring on the outside and inside!
Inspiring on the outside and inside! You can also walk through the rose gardens on either side.
Pure inspiration!
Pure inspiration!

 

Mission accomplished!
Mission accomplished!

 

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Hollywood welcoming home!
So big and impressive I can't even get the whole thing in my frame!
So big and impressive I can’t even get the whole thing in my frame!
Each tile is individually labelled. Knitters will appreciate the skill and attention to detail!
Each tile is individually labelled. Knitters will appreciate the skill and attention to detail!
I love getting photos from different angles. So much design inspiration!
I love getting photos from different angles. So much design inspiration!
SpaceHab. Yes, it's what you think: Space Habitat.
SpaceHab. Yes, it’s what you think: Space Habitat.
Mission control!
Mission control!

Tinseltown

In honor of the Oscars, which of course is probably the most famous thing about Los Angeles, I would like to share with you all a little more about my home. I would first like to say that, contrary to what alot of people outside of LA think, there is NOT a celebrity standing on every corner with hoards of paparazzi. It is correct, however, that the film industry touches everything here, and often in unexpected and surprising ways.

There is the obvious ¬†– such as when I’m driving my kids to school and on random days, pass huge trailers along our daily route. Or when I’m rollerblading up Chandler, running across a photo shoot in progress. Huge trailers with lots of equipment are usually all we see when they’re shooting – I have never glimpsed Jennifer Lopez in North Hollywood. Then there is the experience of watching a movie and seeing a friend’s name roll across the screen in the production credits or seeing backgrounds in various scenes and thinking, wow, I was just there 3 days ago! As for celebrities themselves, you never know. I was walking up the street one day here in Burbank and as I crossed the street to Blockbuster, I saw Jay Leno at a stoplight. (For those who don’t know, he keeps shiny antique cars in the Burbank airport hangar and often takes them out for a spin around Burbank.) Jay is very friendly and will wave and say hello when recognized. My husband went to the grocery store last year around the holidays and saw him in the parking lot too.

All of these experiences are common to Angelenos. Then there are the moments when the film industry touches you in the oddest of ways, which happened to me last week. I was at work, doing my job at the yarn store, and in walked a lady looking for knitting needles. But she didn’t actually want to knit, she needed them for a movie set. She wanted to know what kind of knitting needles were used in the 1800’s, and unfortunately, I was not able to tell her. My boss, the yarn store owner (who knows way more knitting trivia than me), did not know either. But out of curiousity, I came home and did some research, which I will share now.¬†This article¬†leads me to believe they could have been either metal or wood. I’m not sure I’d want to¬†kill a walrus¬†just to have a pair of needles though. As for what movie is being shot with knitting, we will have to wait and see. But I will watch for it, just as I watch the fashion magazines to see what shoots might have taken place five minutes from my house.

And just in case anyone is wondering, no, I did not move here to be an actress. I do not work in a restaurant, hoping to be “discovered”, and my husband is not an actor either. We love Los Angeles very much, but both of us are way too shy to have any desire to go audition and do the “acting thing”. But we are not above being impressed by the special moments that can happen only in the City of Angels. ūüôā