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1  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: July 21, 2014 01:55:02 PM
Part 2 of Kahikis trip to Sacramento.

Our hotel was quite near the capitol building, where a small craft fair was taking place on one of the lawns as we walked by:

Both Friday and Saturday nights we walked to the River Walk, first crossing the very cool Tower Bridge drawbridge:

On the other side of the bridge is a very pleasant stretch of two-tiered pathways along the river, and right next to that is this fantastic ziggurat building, which at night looks like a magical paper construction lit from within:

And on the second night, as we were nearing the bridge to head back to the hotel, we were quite unexpectedly treated to a 15 minute long fireworks display!  (There was a municipal baseball field on the other side of the bridge road and we figured the game that had been in progress when we started our river stroll and must have just ended.) 

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2  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: July 20, 2014 01:21:23 AM
Yeesh, Im so behind in posting pictures!  I'll start with our trip a couple of weeks ago to Sacramento, which happens to be the state capitol of California, where I was attending a convention.  It was over a weekend so there wasnt a lot of time for getting outbut we managed to see some sights.  This'll be part one of the story: getting there and settling in.

Now Kahiki has flown halfway around the world and most of the way back, but always packed away inside a container of some sort, so he was thrilled to be getting an opportunity to see the what and the where and the who of flying.  We flew out of Burbank, a very busy but quite cozy airport where you actually still get to walk out on the tarmac and up a stairway to board your plane.

Up in the air and enjoying the view over California:

And in Sacramento we even had a nice view from our hotel room (the window isnt really curved; this is a two-part panorama from close up):

Stay tuned for part 2!

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3  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: July 14, 2014 12:09:58 PM
Have been away from craftster the last few weeks and just finished playing catch up with 10 pages worth of LV adventures!

But Kahiki hasn't been away from adventuring and I'll be posting pictures in the near future from our recent trip to Sacramento (capitol of this great state of California) for a convention, and the few I was allowed to snap when we went to The Magic Castle this past weekend.

And in between those outings Kahiki was delighted to meet a fellow yellow, who was apparently out masquerading as a US post office box:

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4  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: June 09, 2014 11:17:50 PM
On Saturday Kahiki came with me to the Paramount studios lot for a filmmaking trade show called Cinegear.  Several of the New York street sets and two of the soundstages are filled with vendors and manufacturers of pretty much any kind of equipment and ancillary products used to make movies, from cameras and lighting to containers and cases, all kinds of electronics, and much more.  Unfortunately it's pretty crowded and not the best venue for photo ops, but we did get a couple that are worth sharing.

In this one you can see one of the soundstages at the left and in the background to the right is one corner of the street set, which contains four or five "blocks" of New York brownstone style facades:

After we'd finished checking everything out and gathering a bit of loot, we walked over to a different part of the lot so Kahiki could get her picture taken in front of the historic Paramount gate, which for decades was the main entrance to the lot, and which you may have seen if you've watched enough old movies....

We came home with a little bit of swag in the form of a few promotional bags and a mug; Kahiki has called dibs on the Radiant Images bag (good choice) and I'll be sending her home with my badge lanyard as well.

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5  Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 8 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: June 09, 2014 10:43:03 PM
Little Red has finally arrived!  In case you missed pinkmichk's post to the original thread, this cheeky monkey apparently decided she wasn't quite ready to travel over sea and land and after several weeks in the postal system was returned to pinkmichk.  Fortunately she seems to have had enough of travel and quite quickly made her way across the Atlantic and the breadth of America.

She brought with her some sweet treats and a pair of sweet earrings:


I haven't been looking at the gallery, so not knowing what pinkmichk had posted we did a little photo shoot as soon as I opened the package today.  Won't add more detail pictures to what pinkmichk has already posted, but do want to share a couple of fairy tale shots taken of Red at her new home.  Here she is on her way to Grandma's house...

...and at Granny's front door (OK, my front door)....

Thanks, pinkmichk!
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6  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: June 01, 2014 09:59:03 PM
Today Kahiki came with me to my local weekly farmers market.  There was an unusually large crowd, though, so she stayed tucked away safe while I visited my favorite stands.  Once back home we did a little photo shoot, with Kahiki playing hide and seek among the produce

The rest of my Sunday grocery shopping is done at Trader Joes, where today I got a little loaf of delicious olive bread, and we decided to use some of that bouquet of basil to make bruschetta.  Kahiki (wearing the lei po'o [head lei] I made for her) was intrigued by a rolling garlic chopper

and enjoyed the aroma of basil as it was being cut

The final product of our work was yummy!

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7  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: May 24, 2014 11:40:02 PM
Finally getting a chance to post pictures of Kahikis first days in Los Angeles, so this will be a little picture heavy.

First thing, of course, was meeting the pups.  Here she is sharing a joke with Bella and posing with Fred:


She came with me to my office job where she admired view from the large window behind my desk:

and easily fit right in:

The first time she went for a walk with the dogs and me she was a initially a little confused: all the tropical foliage made her think she was back in Hawaii where she was born!


And knowing how much her home companion, ratfinkz, loves purple, Kahiki insisted on posing among some of the beautiful jacaranda petals which are currently being shed by their trees planted on most blocks in the neighborhood:

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8  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: May 18, 2014 11:00:56 PM
Kahiki has arrived!

And so has Alby...back home!!!

Cant tell from the package what happened; maybe Alby wanted a chance to meet Kahiki and decided to wait for her somewhere along the way.  Whatever the circumstances, they are both safe, thank goodness.

Kahiki brought with her samples of ratfinkz crafting: a lusciously aromatic (citrus mango) heart-shaped soap and a bracelet of glass beads in a lovely shade of mauve (both Kahiki and the soap are brighter yellow than they look here):

While waiting for word of Alby's whereabouts, I made the acquaintance (emphasis on "made") ( Wink) of a small, colorful salamander named Milo:

Milo is 6 inches from tip of nose to tip of tail, quite slim from top to belly, and very flexible (beanie toy-style).  Both he and Alby are excited to travel, so ratfinkz let me know if you have a preference.  Meanwhile, here's a group shot:

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9  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19 (SU: 4/18/14-4/25/14, SO: 5/2/14, and 9/29/14) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by waterbaby on: April 19, 2014 10:14:27 PM
Questionnaire has been sent in for Alby:

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10  Sock Monkey Astronaut in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by waterbaby on: April 01, 2014 02:15:44 PM
The first sock monkey I ever made was for the craftster Sock Monkey Swap #2.  After he was put together I realized the socks Id used were perfect for the astronaut theme Id chosen from my partners list.  The color and where the stripes landed let me know this guy had been a navy pilot before joining MASA (the Monkey Aeronautics Space Administration):

And I found the most perfect sparkling blue buttons for his eyes and gave him a crooked flyboy grin:

His flight suit (which also has a sleeve to encase his tail and a Velcro closure at the back) was made using restaurant-quality white cloth napkins and has removable mitts and booties (downsized from baby socks):

To make the patches I used fine tip Sharpies on fusible interfacing, cut them out, drew faux embroidery around the edges, and ironed them in place.  The mission patch design is a banana recumbent on a field of stars with the motto ars astra which means star art.  His double flag patch is because of his dual citizenship thanks to my Canadian partner and my American self:

Figuring out how to make the helmet turned out to be the most difficult part of his wardrobe, but finally, after trying a number of different methods and going on many hunting expeditions, at truly the last minute I found the perfect answer, and here he is suited up and ready for space:

In a dinky mom-and-pop dollar-type store I spotted this lone plastic jar with a hot pink top, slipped it over his head (I was carrying him with me everywhere at that point, in case of just such an opportunity) and TA-DA!  At home I cut out the middle of the pink lid, wrapped fabric around the edge, and sewed on a flat gold button:

It was REALLY hard to send him off (in no small part because I had also had an astronaut theme on my list!), but my partners delighted response upon receiving made it all worthwhile.
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