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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!