Saturday, June 14, 2014

Business and pleasure

Now that the week is almost over, I am finally on west coast time.Sigh...next week, I work the time warp backwards.

It's been a wonderful week in San Diego county; I arrived a few days early so I could visit with my cousins here, whom I have not seen in three years, an aunt I haven't seen in six years, and other cousins from L.A., one of whom I have not seen in a decade.  What joy! Tuesday, we headed for Del Mar -- a favorite place for me with very happy memories.

 This is the view from the deck at Pacifica restaurant where my cousins and I had lunch. Ahhh....peace.
 After lunch, we walked along the path in the park near the ocean and came across this strange looking squirrel.  You can't tell from the picture (I couldn't get too close) but he was spotted.
Very different from the NJ squirrels, and apparently somewhat tame.
On Wednesday, some time in Solana Beach, wandering in the design district.  In one place I fell in love with this wonderful sideboard but I neither had room for it nor could ship it home even if I had needed it.  It reminded me of the photos in Sean Scully's book, The Color of Time.
And looking more closely at the surface, I realize how much my own work has been influenced by those photos.  It is a book I treasure and which is out of print.  I brought it home from my studio and am reminded now that I need to look at it again.

Thursday morning I spoke at the guild meeting and in the afternoon, my hostess and I took a trip to the Visions Art Museum.  Since I rarely get to Southern California, I had never been there -- but oh, my goodness, what a wonderful place.  I used to be a member years ago and knew I just had to become a member again.  I wish I could get there more often.  Those of you who live within driving distance are so lucky to have this beautiful resource nearby.

Today was day #1 of my class, Strips and Squares: Infinite Variations, and tomorrow I'll post pictures of what magic is being made there.  The class is being held in the room at Quilt in a Day, Eleanor Burns' shop.  She was teaching another class so I didn't have a chance to meet her, but I did have a chance to spend more $$ than I meant to on some amazing fabrics that were $6/yd and batik pieces that were $12/lb.  There is a lot of fabric in a pound, so I'm hoping my suitcase won't be overweight with the 5.5 lbs I bought.  Good grief -- am I crazy?? (rhetorical question).

One more day of teaching and then the red eye home tomorrow night.  Stay tuned.

2 comments:

Dianne Koppisch Hricko said...

Sounds like a lovely trip! Today (Sat.) we are having California weather... sunny, breezy and now humidity. Del Mar looks marvelous. thanks for sharing.

Dianne

Collette McManus said...

Yes, the second I saw the sideboard, I thought it looked like your work. We talked about you and your "what if?" Lecture at the American Sewing Guild meeting that many of us also attend. Thank you!