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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 19, 2017 11:20:09 PM
Saturday evening Paige was in attendance when the choral group I belong to and our associated orchestra performed at the beautiful 1200 seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre:





I was hoping to show her around more of the Ebell building, which covers an entire city block and was built in the 1920s, but there was a large wedding reception in the garden and art gallery and dancing on another floor so we were limited to the theatre area.  Not just a historic structure, the Ebell is actually a philanthropic membership organization founded in 1894 by and for women supporting non-profits and providing scholarships.  We did have time for a quick stroll outside between our rehearsal and the performance so Paige got a little taste of the architecture:



And from the sublime to the...festive, tonight in the neighborhood we spotted:



Happy Gobble Gobble Everyone!
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 15, 2017 08:52:21 PM
Last night Paige and I went to the premiere/party for a project I worked on earlier this year, and I'm going to plug it here because it's online and it's interactive and lots of fun -- and the more people who watch the greater the chance we'll get to shoot a second series of episodes!

It's called That Moment When and it's a hybrid web series/choose your own adventure story.  The pilot episode (which we actually shot in 2015!) and second episode went live yesterday; two more episodes will be released each of the next two Tuesdays, and the finale on December 5.  Script-wise it was an intricate puzzle to keep track of during shooting (which was my job) but our crew, cast, and production team were fantastic and we had a great time filming it; then the director, producers, computer geniuses, and editorial staff spent the last five months making all the elements come together and work smoothly (not only do you make choices for the heroine, there are also little games you play that move the story along).  Advisory: This is a grown-up choose your own adventure type story and there are f-bombs throughout, but no nudity, sex, or violence.  And it's a comedy.

So please check it out at https://helloeko.com/tmw -- and remember that every time you watch/play and make different choices, you'll be shaping the story and the outcome!

Here is Paige at the after party:


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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 05, 2017 08:20:29 PM
It's finally cooled off somewhat here in southern California which means baking time is back, so Paige and I made a Brown Butter Apple Loaf for my quilt guild meeting this weekend.



Can't forget the secret ingredient....



Hot from the oven (couldn't get the perspective right in the photo -- it looks a lot shorter here than it actually was):



This recipe is always a hit, and this is all that was left of the good sized loaf for us to bring back home:


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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 01, 2017 12:41:05 AM
Omygoodness Alby in that sweet (pun not intended but appropriate, eh?) wee Hogwarts regalia!  (And is that a tiny Trick or Treating bucket I just noticed?!)

Although we didn't have any specific plans for All Hallow's Eve, a costume was in the works for Paige and we thought we'd least stroll the neighborhood, but I got a last minute call to work on a TV show for the day so instead Paige got her first look at behind the scenes Hollywood:





Here she is getting a camera operator's eye view on the dolly:



So there was no time to complete Paige's costume and in any event most of the trick or treaters were long gone by the time we got home, but I'm going to finish it anyway because it doesn't need to be Halloween to dress up for fun, and this way she'll be all set for next year!  Stay tuned....
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: October 25, 2017 02:04:46 PM
Paige is in Los Angeles, arriving in a traveling case (like Alby's!) decorated with her name and a picture of Harry Potter's owl Hedwig, Paige's personal hero.  Traveling with her was her penguin stuffy Cupcake, along with a framed picture of Hedwig and a tiny camera.  Here she is among some of my office workspace, um, decor:



Elsewhere Paige encountered an action figure diorama of a painting in Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction which for Halloweentime takes the place of my usual vintage candy dish...



...and another one of the Haunted Mansion graveyard caretaker that this year I put on the printer behind my desk:



She also made friends with a fellow orange-clad...fellow....

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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 (SU CLOSED SO 10/20 and 02/05) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by waterbaby on: October 17, 2017 10:51:43 PM
Ohmygoodness, how adorable is Paige, all ready to get off the shelf and see the world?!!!

And here is Alby Edwards with his travel case, preparing to set off on a new adventure:



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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: October 16, 2017 01:40:26 AM
Alby is back from his adventures with Wildfyre in Alaska and Washington state and brought with him a box filled with local treats and treasures:

Group shot (minus one item):



Along with a couple of editions of the Sitka, Alaska newspaper (such a great idea!) there are several beautiful travel publications which are already in the process of being thoroughly read cover to cover.  Theres also a book about totem poles from the Sitka National Historical Park.

Missing from the above photo is this linen tea towel:



Other papery goods included stickers and postcards, theres an iron-on fish patch, a sturdy, rubber can cozy, and a small square packet that made me laugh: from the drawing of a crab and the words I Caught Crabs in Alaska I figured it contained seasoningsbut turning it over I discovered its actually a condom!



Wonderful locally made gifties from Washington - lavender scented soap, raspberry preserves, and Ice Chips candy:



A small, round zipper pouch, front and back shown here through the magic of photo editing; the fabric is a batik with birds print:



Tiny and teensy shells and a piece of beach glass (pencil eraser to show sizes):



Another smile came from this little pin (about an inch square) - one of my fathers regular corny jokes was to say he was going to do something just for the halibut:



This beautiful greeting card of an art print will be framed and put on display:



The background behind this magnet is a fold-up-into-itself-and-stick-it-in-your-purse-or-backpack nylon tote bag:



The lavender soap is on the bathroom sink, the Ice Chips Candies are being slowly savored, and we cracked open the delicious raspberry preserves which went perfectly with cream cheese on toasted pumpernickel bread and iced coffee:



Thanks, Bonnie, and especially for hanging in there with me  Kiss
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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: April 05, 2017 08:14:54 PM
Finn got a bit of a dog's-eye view on his first stroll around the neighborhood, perched on my big dog Bella with little Fred by their side:



He played hide and seek among some of the flowers starting to proliferate thanks to all our recent rain...



...and admired a cascade of wisteria...


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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: April 04, 2017 12:35:44 AM
Finn arrived lickety-split, a day earlier than anticipated, bringing with him two great postcards depicting a bit of what's in store for Alby while he's up in Alaska with Wildfyre -- salmon fishing and Sitka:


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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: March 22, 2017 12:22:12 AM
Alby has returned home with fun souvenirs and a flamingo and pineapple bedecked album:



Among his treasures are a magnet from Busch Gardens; a sticker and magnet from the Center for Biological Diversity (that neato deer head silhouette is a piece of copper sheet -?- with a tiny, strong magnet on the back); and a pin from the opening of a ThinkGeek store (if you don't know ThinkGeek, I urge you to check it out: http://www.thinkgeek.com/):



There's a wee leather pouch necklace I'm guessing came from a Pow Wow PFD and her husband attended, and a PFD-crafted domed pendant with a fun octopus image:





PFD also sent along a Mickey Mouse sticker and another with the three Hitchhiking Haunted Mansion Ghosts, a pin from Disney World, a Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey team) magnet and a stress puck (you know, for squishing), and some seashells gathered along Florida shores.

And here are just a few pages from the album....

Each page has a different paper print background; this one is perfect for the harbor view pictures:



Alby knows I'm a fan of anything miniature and eagerly pointed out the holiday village of Disneyland-inspired buildings under PFD's tree:



He was excited to show me pictures of his tiger cousins (both real and botanical) at Busch Gardens:



Among the ephemera tucked in the album are maps of Busch Gardens and Disney World, and on the inside cover is a map of the part of Florida around which Alby traveled with phoenixfiredesigns, from Orlando in the east to Tampa in the west, with colored stars at the various places they visited and a key noting what was at each location -- what a great idea!

Thanks, phoenix, and most especially for being such a great host to Alby!

PS - The ThinkGeek pin is currently adorning the t-shirt of my official Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey:


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