Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

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Kitty and I accidentally went to Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles when we crossed the Vincent Thomas Bridge, overshooting our goal of exploring Terminal Island. It’s a really interesting old warehouse with lots of booths. But the name… unwieldy to say the least!

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I thought this Haitian nativity set was really cute with the coconut stable…but upon reflection they kind of look like zombies.  Immaculate Conception of the Dead.

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These dogs were standing and sitting so still I wasn’t sure they were real.  The brown one was looking our way until the man walked out and it turned its head!  Lovely stance, brown dog.

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I bought my next notebook at Brown Bag Books!  Since my current unlined notebook (the first unlined in my long long history of keeping notebooks) has inspired me to draw more, I am especially pleased at the heavier paper in Brown Bag Books re-purposed books. Sometimes my fountain pen ink bleeds through the pages in my current, lovely notebook.

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Ah, remember the days of check out cards?  I worked in the UCLA libraries when the transition was being made to digital and we threw away piles of old filing cards.

Saturday, Novemeber 2nd

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Embellishing the Past

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I wanted  to use this cool vintage cowboy-themed fabric from a cotton flannel shirt that LDub gave me in some sort of project. The shirt is really voluminous–apparently designed for a hip troll–and would take a lot of tailoring to be wearable.

We revamped our Secret Santa gift exchange at work a few years ago, and it’s been really nice.  We lowered the limit from $25 each to $10 each and banned gift cards. It had gotten to the point where we were all just trading gift cards!  Now we send out a note with hints about what we would like to receive.  It’s a lot more fun to shop this way, and people have been getting quite creative.

Weens said she’d like a potholder.  I considered making one from scratch for about a millisecond, but realized that I couldn’t make one with a nice safe rubberized pad like the one that’s on the other side of these.  So I took a bit of fabric with me down to Ye Olde Target store and bought two of these ready made potholders. Because I am well aware of my capacity to mess things up beyond repair and I didn’t want to have to run back into Palmdale to get another one after I cut through something important.

All went well, though.  The fabric I embellished the potholder with was SO cooperative.  Responded very well to ironing, which was a real relief.  This sample is from the sleeve, so I have quite a bit more to work with, tra la!

As luck would have it, Weens and I drew each other for the exchange!  I added some hot chocolate and some firewood to her package and stayed under the limit since we grew and cut the firewood ourselves.  I said surprises and handmade stuff are always welcome and she did a great job of putting together a package of appropriate things: pen, notebook, and an amazing home made Christmas ball.  Which oh so tragically fell to the floor with a sickening splat about 15 minutes after I hung it on our tree.  I feel really rotten about that, because it was gorgeous and her own unique idea. 😦

Anyway, that’s one of the things I’m up to.  I’m looking forward to finding more ways to use the rest of the fabric!

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p.s. This is the sweet tea cup I did not bring home with me from The T Room in Montrose.  The white and wisteria one on the left.  Quite delicate and unusual.  For sale, but no price on it.  I refrained from asking.  Sigh.