Thursday, December 27, 2007

Culture Trip

Today Dan and I went to the Pasadena Museum of California Art. They have some interesting exhibitions that are showing until January 6, 2008.

In the Main Gallery was Beyond Ultraman: Seven artists explore the vinyl frontier. This was a collaboration with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll, and Amusements Museum and featured the works of seven contemporary artists. The collection consisted of vinyl and plush toys as well as drawings, paintings, and photographs. There was even a small section on vintage vinyl toys.

In the Side Gallery was California Colors: Benjamin Chambers Brown. There was a lovely collection of California landscapes painted in an impressionist style.

In the Project Room was an installation by Susan Silton titled Inside Out. It was set up like a store with various striped items for sale. It was very colorful!

The Back Gallery had an exhibit on an artist named Jess. The collection consisted mainly of collages with drawings and paintings in various mediums. We didn't spend much time in there as the light was dim so it was hard to read the descriptions of the artworks.

We purchased the books for the Beyond Ultraman and the California Colors exhibits, a LATDA t-shirt, and Spider Baby Boom figure. The figures are in boxes so you don't know which figure is in the box until you open it. The one we got is in the second photo at the top. His name is Softyboom.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone has a good Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007


We made cookies this weekend, sugar and ginger. The sugar cookies have been decorated with red and green sugar sprinkles. Dan got a little artsy with the candle cookies! The ginger cookies have been decorated with brightly colored butter cream frosting and a variety of sprinkles and candies.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Holiday Cookies First Day Covers, Part 2

Here are two more FDCs I made for the 2005 Holiday Cookies postage stamps. I could have kept making the stars but decided six different designs were enough. This is also the first appearance of Walf on a first day cover.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Holiday Cookies First Day Covers

Here are some FDCs I made for the 2005 Holiday Cookies postage stamps. They were created with Illustrator. I had fun designing these from memories of the cookies we used to make for Christmas. There are two more stamps in this series that I made FDCs for and I will post those later as well.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Santa Trolls

These were given to me by Dan in 1991. I don't have many opportunities to wear them but they sure are fun to look at!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Tree

This is our tree with most of our ornaments on it. It's been eight years since we last had a tree so it was a lot of fun taking the ornaments out of the storage boxes. We hadn't seen most of them for years. A lot of them were given to us by others over the years. We have some that have been given to us by our parents that are quite old and bring back memories of Christmases past. We have managed to accumulate so many ornaments that we have enough to decorate another tree. Maybe next year we'll get two!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Vintage Tree Topper

This is a recent eBay purchase. We will get a tree this weekend so we can display the topper and all of the decorations that have been in storage.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Shepherds Christmas Card

This is card that was sent to my family around 1974 or 1975. It's from an original painting by P. Bassett Chaarir. The inside message is:

Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmasand a Happy New Year.

The card is printed on a textured card stock to simulate brush strokes.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

It's December

Time to start thinking about Christmas.

This is a card I received in 1969 or 1970. Very cute!

Here is the inside of the card. I love the activity (even though I never got around to doing it).

I will be posting more holiday items through December. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


We spent Thanksgiving with Dan's mom, who lives in a very nice retirement community. We discovered this koi pond while taking a walk around the grounds. There was a koi food dispenser so the fish were very happy.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

First Day Covers

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since August. Where did the time go?

Going through some boxes I found some of my First Day Covers. The first one dates back to 1996, for the Comic Strip Classics commemorative stamps. I used a rubber stamp of Krazy Kat and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

The next one was made in 2003 for the Reptiles & Amphibians commemorative stamps. It was decorated it the same way as the Krazy Kat envelope.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A visit to the zoo.

Earlier today Dan and I visited the Los Angeles Zoo. They have these cool molding machines, Mold-A-Rama, that make neat little plastic sculptures. I got the Three Chimpanzees model. They have twelve other designs so I will go back and try to collect the others. Oh yeah, we saw lots of animals too!

Welcome to Acornucopia Project!

I will be posting images of various things. Pictures from trips, amusing items that I have accumulated over the years, and some of my own art work.