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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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):

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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....

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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...

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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:

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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:

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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....
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! 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....

10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 (SU CLOSED SO 10/20 and 02/05) on: October 18, 2017 12:02:59 PM
Yay for partners!!!! We get to host Alby! He's going to have so much fun exploring Texas with our family!

Welcome to LittleVisitorLand, tapestrymlp -- Alby is excited to be wintering with you and your family and I can't wait to start showing Paige around Los Angeles!
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