Monday, March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The new kitten- Ivan

 I sure didn't need another cat. They have a way of finding the way to my door.

 Then they give me this look!

 Pretty soon they're wearing my slippers.

And sitting in their own little chair.

He got the name Ivan because he looked like a Russian Blue. He sure does in this photo.
He also lives up to the name "Ivan the terrible"!

They almost made friends but then Ivan picked a fight.
They look alike but aren't related. He's the only one of all the cats that is slightly nice to Ivan.
But only up to a point. 
Ivan sure needs a playmate. I'm not getting another kitten but maybe I'll be able to find him a home with a built-in kitten. I might have trouble letting him go, though.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The history of Banar Designs- Sepia Saturday

The theme this week comes from this old photograph. As usual, we're encouraged to use it as we like.
Of course, Nancy and I immediately thought of our family business- Banar Designs, a needlework and crafts company. 
We started it more than 30 years ago and Nancy and I just recently retired. Our mother died about 16 years ago but worked pretty much right up til her end.

 Several years later, shipping our biggest order ever- to Walmart. With all our employees:
I made tee shirts for everyone that said " at Banar, the impossible is possible."

We produced all kinds of needlecraft kits and later published how-to-do-it books on all types of crafts.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Another "Identify the L.A. sight" challenge.

Can you identify where Emil Kosa was sitting when he painted this in L.A. in the 1940's?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A challenge to Identify some L.A. sights in Retta Scott's painting

On Robert Sommer's blog on Jan. 20th ( )
he showed some paintings he had recently acquired by Retta Scott. She's a very interesting water color artist who had worked at Disney Studios in the 40's. She was one of the first women to work on animation instead of the more routine tasks like coloring backgrounds, etc. Robert asked if any Angelenos could identify the scene above.

Nancy and I spent a whole morning trying to figure it out. We were pretty sure it was somewhere along Wilshire Blvd. or in the vicinity.  The next morning I was at it again. I knew it had to be somewhere near a park with a lake. So that had to be Mac Arthur Park or Lafayette Park. The little bridge was also a clue.

I looked up "Mac Arthur Park bridge" and there it was in a Rolling Stones article (photo above)
about a Red Hot Chilli Peppers song which also made people wonder where the bridge in the song
"But what bridge is Kiedis singing about? In a 1992 Rolling Stone interview with David Fricke, the singer refuses to divulge the location. "It's downtown ... but it's unimportant. I don't want people looking for it," he said, perhaps uneager to have a new pop-music landmark emerge from one of his life’s lowest moments. When contacted recently, the band's management refused to comment about the possible location of the bridge."

 We decided the building in the painting was the Park Plaza Hotel.

This is one of the other Retta Scott paintings:

I knew right away where this scene was. Retta attended Chouinard Art Institute and so did I.
This is the patio of the school. I met my ex-husband here. Oh yes, I knew it well.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Zentangle party at Marci's

 Mary Anne, Barbara Young, Barbara Sharou, Anne Ondraka, Betty Osborne

Anne,  Lita O'Day, Eileen, Betty, Marci Eisenstadt

 Paula Manning and all the girls.

Hard at work.

 Marci had made name tags. Mine said "Zentangle Guru"

 Such good students!

 Someone commented that they had never seen this group so quiet.

 Marci, Betty, and Eileen having fun.
 A lamp in Marci's house that is full of Zentangle designs.

Los Angeles with Megan

Somewhere around the end of December:
Nancy and I drove Megan to L.A. to visit her friends and to get some "before marriage" papers from the County Hall of Records.  This is also where we were going to say good-by before her move to France. We had a good time but we were sad.

In the Bradbury Building with Charlie Chaplin.

The Bradbury Building is one of my favorite places in L.A.

 An odd little boy in front of the Farmacia across from the Bradbury. Full of all kinds of magical cures for everything from impotence to death.

 Some things to help in the cures.

When you light the votive candle put out the "math" here.

Grand Central Market has changed a lot since I used to shop here. Now it's the "in" place to have breakfast, lunch or snacks. They still sell fruits and vegetables.

Some of the pillars in the Market were covered with crocheted doilies.

The Million Dollar Theater. They don't make 'em like they used to! No movie was showing on the marquee - just an ad for renting it for a film location.

 The Hall of Records

The parking lot outside of the Hall Of Records.

 Our final lunch with Megan at a Thai restaurant.

Saying good-by outside of her friend's house.


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