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1  Re: Mug Rug and Mug Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: March 02, 2019 12:34:48 AM
Thimbles71 sent me a trove of treasures and treats for this swap!

A set of handmade cards with quilted and cut out silhouettes of mugs and cups, a teapot, and a diner-style coffee carafe:

Teas, hot cocoa mix, stickers, a little notebook with a quilty duck on the cover, and a teeny smiling teabag on a keychain:

As I am actually having to cull some of my many mugs I asked for an alternate vessel, and Thimbles sent not one but two pouches (both already in use in my backpack) the exterior fabric of which continues the sweet style of the teabag keychain with wee smiling coffee mugs and cupcakes on one and kettles and carafes on the other:

The blue pouch contained most of the treats as well as a big handful of chocolate hearts, while the smaller pouch held several postage stamp looking puffy little fabric squares which I thought I could eventually figure out some crafty use foruntil I was zipping the pouch back up and noticed the back:

How fun is that, a portable little tic tac toe game!

And of course theres the mug rug, a charming square with a whimsical house set in a sweet green garden:

Theres no way Id risk spillage or drippage on this little work of art so it has been hung on the wall where it can be regularly seen and admired.

Oh, and one more item I almost forgot to photograph: a little green felt mouse ornament who is holding an eensy mug as as soon as he arrived he spotted a fellow adorable rodent and sailed away aboard his new pal's boat:

Treats and treasures indeed -- thank you so much, Thimbles!
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2  Jungle prints baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by waterbaby on: September 04, 2018 10:51:07 PM
This was a baby gift; don't remember the dimensions but it's probably about 46"x56" -- I like to give something the kid can use for a while!  The 4-patches are from a junior layer cake (21 pieces of 10 inch squares instead of 42) with prints of "tossed" jungle animals, tumbling monkeys, leaves, jungle-animal-safari words, stripes, and dots.  For the sashing I used part of a jelly roll, and the binding was cut from white-dots-on-red yardage:

Quilting is very simple, just stitch-in-the-ditch along both edges of all the sashing (horizontal and vertical), and edge-to-edge diagonal crisscrossing through the 4-patches:

The back was pieced using a pastel stars print and, to offset the pastel-iness (and keep it from being considered "babyish" as the child ages), herds of giraffes in bright shades of the same colors as the stars:

Using wisdom gleaned from the quilternet, for durability I machine sewed the binding and used a scallop stitch with red thread that pretty much disappears on the front but makes a fun additional design on the back:

I know most people use this technique in a way that actually hides the stitching on the back but (a) I haven't perfected that yet and (2) I think this particular visible decorative stitch adds a lively touch that works well with the prints on both sides.
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3  Table Set (runner, placemats, napkins) in Quilting: Completed Projects by waterbaby on: July 30, 2018 01:01:27 AM
Made this table set for a friend when she and her boyfriend moved to a new town.  The runner was a kit from Connecting Threads and I purchased pretty much all the other fabrics in the same line to make the four placemats and four napkins; the backing is the same print as the center of the runner.

The runner was quilted very simply, in-the-ditch around all of the inner border triangles and a quarter inch either side of that border:

The placemats are reversible, with the dark blue print on one side and the pale lavender print (hard to see here but it's covered with the same lacy leaf line drawings seen in light turquoise in the detail photo above) and I quilted each of the four differently:

And the napkins, which have quarter inch doubled-over hems with mitered corners (didn't think to take detail pix):

That lively and charming center print called out to me as it's a wonderful visual representation of Mary's personality and spirit...and it didn't hurt that she'd told me her honey's favorite color is blue!

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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: February 28, 2018 08:30:06 PM
Alby has returned home from his adventures in Texas!

In addition to the photo album, he also brought with him a crocheted Christmas stocking, some sweet treats (cactus gummies, a little Texas shaped mint tin, and a bag of very realistic looking candy rocks), a movie slate magnet from his visit to the ranch where the TV show Dallas was filmed, and the Hogwarts robe he got for Halloween.

Hes also very proud to have had not one but two portraits done of him, a painting and a drawing, one by each of tapestrymlps kids:

The completely hand-crafted album is decorated with scrapbooking ephemera and charming pen-and-ink drawings throughout:

Thanks, tapestrymlp, for hosting Alby in Big D style!
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: February 21, 2018 09:42:22 PM
Fortunately/unfortunately I'm in the middle of three days of filming and won't be able to get to the post office until at least Friday.  (Fortunately because it means more of the work I want to be doing, unfortunately because it's making me late to send, dagnabit.)

Meanwhile I can post a few pix of Paige's backstage Hollywood adventures.  She's learned you get to experience a wide variety of places and things.  One day you can be...

...wearing a hard hat because you're shooting at a water treatment facility...

...mmmm, aromatic.

While another day is spent at a park overlooking the waters of Marina del Rey...

And sometimes you get a ride on a fantastic piece of equipment like The Edge...

...a camera crane mounted onto an SUV that not only moves up and down, in and out, and 360 degrees around the SUV, but the camera at the end of the arm can itself twist and turn, all of which allows for an amazing range of camera work during driving scenes (lots of car chases in the show I've been working on).

One thing you can't do during your 12-14 hour day is go to the post office  Undecided
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: February 01, 2018 12:49:02 AM
Wildfyre, we're extra glad the tsunami warnings turned out to be unnecessary knowing you'd been in Alaska at the time.

New send outs are February 19th!

Yay for an extra couple of weeks before returns -- got a few more adventures in mind to do here, plus it looks like Alby's having a colorful, kickin' time in Texas!

Paige and I went to the Womens March that took place in downtown Los Angeles on January 20th.  There had been a potential for rain but the day turned out to be beautiful, with some 600,000 people in attendance.  Most of us started at city-block-sized park Pershing Square and walked several blocks...

up to Grand Park, which stretches over four or five blocks to end at City Hall, in front of which was the stage where speakers spoke and singers sang; here you can see City Hall with about two-and-a-half blocks worth of people in front of us:

We did get closer and were able to hear, but the stage was still too far to see and the jumbotron screens mostly obscured by trees:

On our way back to the car we passed Disney Concert Hall, so I gave Paige a quick tour.  Its an amazing design, all curves and angles, clad in a stainless steel skin

with a soaring lobby of glass and wood amid the structural concrete

and wonderfully whimsical carpeting covering the stairs and upper floors

Outside is a garden that contains a large water fountain shaped like the favorite flower of Lillian Disney, Walts widow (she spearheaded the fundraising for the Hall) that's covered in a mosaic of broken Delft tile, which she also loved:

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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: January 17, 2018 01:45:40 AM
The building where I have my office job is 73 floors high (with more above that) and has become a landmark youve likely seen in movies and TV shows set in Los Angeles over the last couple of decades (although from aerial views rather than the ground up):

Last year a restaurant/bar opened on the very top floor, and the two floors below were renovated for both private events and as a public (paid) destination as well, called the OUE Skyspace.  With open air glass walled terraces and large windows all around, the 360 degree views are, of course, magnificent, but possibly an even bigger draw is the glass "Skyslide" mounted on the outside of the building between the 72nd and 71st floors!  These are pictures from the website because its impossible to fully see the slide when you're actually there:

Paige and my brother and I headed over there on a weekend late afternoon looking forward to both pre- and post-sunset views, but hadnt realized the entrances are timed and it was dark by the time we finally got up there not that there was anything to complain about, view-wise:

We strolled the two floors and the outside terraces for a while and then it was time to try out that slide.  After a very long wait in line Paige and I were suddenly settling onto our sliding mat and scooching forward at the top of the slide, so I was only able to get one quick snapshot before securing both Paige and my camera for the brief ride down:

Personally, I don't know if Id have been able to go through with it during the day not being able to see everything was very helpful for me!  But we triumphed and made it to the bottom (I added the arrow below, which is pointing to the curve in the slide; the top is out of view):

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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: January 02, 2018 10:04:28 PM
Paige and I rang in the new year at the restaurant where my brother is bartender.  We both wish all of you a happy and healthy 2018, filled with love and laughter....

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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: December 20, 2017 12:36:14 AM
Oh, m'gerd -- Princess Ameleia!!!

And on Monday, we went to see a movie!  We only go about once a year...

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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: December 15, 2017 01:11:25 AM
Looks like Alby's having a great time in Texas -- omygoodness, miniature city models?!?!  Private airline accommodations?!!?

As for me, Ive gotten a little behind in posting and have lots of pictures to share, so lets start with Thanksgiving and see how far we get in this post.

Here is Paige overseeing the vegetables after planning to roast them I realized my oven wasnt going to hold anything but the turkey, so the brussel sprouts and carrots were done stovetop, as was the dressing, rice, and butternut squash and tofu for our vegetarians.

My brother and his date, my best pal visiting from out of town, and a quilt guild friend all agreed with Paige that everything turned out very well.  A special treat was the wild rice which was harvested by my quilting friend a few years ago while she was visiting an Indian reservation!

Over the holiday weekend we did some lightseeing, first at one of the two miniature trains in Griffith Park (a 4300 acre urban municipal park, also home to the LA Zoo, Autry Museum, Griffith Observatory, The Greek Theatre outdoor amphitheatre, a golf course, and more, plus miles of walking and hiking trails, picnic areas, etc.).  We were going to take the ride but it was the first night and the line was long so we decided to walk the public part of the perimeter.  Here you can just see the train engine at the left waiting to depart:

We loved this little mini scene tucked away at a corner:

The best part, though, was at the entrance to the ride -- click this link for a video of Paige rocking out with a funtastical piece of lighting art: https://player.vimeo.com/video/246922528

Another evening we strolled through The Grove, an open air shopping center the design of which looks rather like Main Street USA at Disneyland theres even a trolley that runs from one end of the street to the other (look close and youll see the living gingerbread man who was waving from the upper deck):

We spotted Santa doing a practice sleigh run over the giant holiday tree in the central plaza area

which has a miniature park-like feeling with it's open lawn area and pond, where we stopped to watch the dancing waters.

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