Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Time Travel

Let's travel back in time together, to, oh, two or three weeks ago...

The Getty Center
Gustav Klimt drawing exhibition

Gorgeous L.A. day
Hansel & James

Yummy Itallian coffee in Beverly Hills
 James and I went to The Getty with our friend, Hansel. We wanted to see the Gustav Klimt drawing exhibition, and there were some beautiful pieces in there. I think my favorite was an oil study of the Hygeia, because I've never seen any of Klimt's paintings in person and this was probably the closest I've been to his actual brushstrokes. We had a fabulous lunch at the Getty's restaurant and then spent some time in the gardens. Hansel directed us to a coffeeshop in Beverly Hills after our museum time so we could avoid the traffic, and then we headed home. Badda bing, badda boom.

By the way, how awesome would it be to wake up and have access to a time machine when you've, ahem, overindulged the night before? Someone should get on that. You know, for the kids. Not me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

September Reading

Green Day has it right: "Wake me up when September ends." Cause it's STILL HOT!! (I'm such a southern California wuss...)

Such a horrible, gut-wrenching story. I couldn't put it down.

A dear friend gave this to James. I, of course, elbowed in and read it first.

This book was not at all what I expected. I liked the plot twist, and I especially liked the imagery of leading a small horse up the stairs into the house to draw its silhouette on the wall.

This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. When I saw this gorgeous bound copy at my local Barns & Noble, I couldn't resisit. It's both new and familliar at the same time.

Haven't gotten to this yet, but I'm sure I'll reach it by the end of the month. Perfect to see me into October!

Now that I've shared what I'm reading this month, I want to know: What are YOU reading these days?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

$5 Shipping Doesn't Count - It's Like Fake Money

Look what I got in the mail today!

A pack of 100 Mini-Moo cards, all with my jewelry designs on them - sweet!

Collect 'em all!
There are 13 differnt designs, some made of paper, some of fabric, others of photographs, but they're all FUN, and best of all, they were totally free (except for $5 shipping but that doesn't count, it's like fake money).

Hooray for Moo, because not only were these free, they were fun to design, AND they arrived a full week ahead of schedule. Fab-u-lous!

What is NOT fabulous, however, is that my book arts class, set to start on Monday, got canceled because not enough people enrolled. C'mon y'all, support your local arts peeps! Whether it's through patronizing local art shops, galleries, craft rooms, artists, artisans, or schools, the arts NEED you! If you don't think one person can make a difference, there needed to be just one more person enrolled in the class for it to go ahead. So there you go.

So if you're in Orange County, check out the Irvine Fine Arts Center. It's a great facility with lots of classes to choose from, and the more people who enroll, the better it is for everyone.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

What Happened??

Um...I woke up this morning and it was 11:30 (I would have slept longer, amazingly), and it's the second of September. What?? Where did summer go? (And why did I sleep so long??)

It's still super hot, seems like it will never cool off. It makes doing any semblence of artwork very difficult (for me, at least). This includes blogging. (Even now I'm having difficulty keeping my train of thought - I'm half listening to James speaking with a very dear friend who is due to have her first baby in just a few days. She's in London and we both miss her terribly.) So here are some pictures.

James's parents sent us a package containing a Diamond Jubilee pillow, which immediately went on the bed.

A friend took us to Chapter One, a literary-themed cafe/bar in Santa Ana. Nice wine.

To cool off, we went ice skating. I didn't fall - such a win!

Smoothing out the ice

We're doing very mundane things like going to the local post office
Neither of us has wanted to cook so we've been going out a lot. We tried a local Lazy Dog Cafe - yum.
Now I'm going to have my breakfast. At one in the afternoon. Yuck.