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Group One
In & Out of Studio 3D
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Leftovers
Topic: Field Trip

From some of the left-overs of the first card, I made a second front that I will just add to a white card front:


We did have access to some foam tape so I was able to add some dimension to this one.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 2 May 2016
Art on the High Seas
Topic: Field Trip

On the cruise there were some sessions for making art projects.

We got a packet of supplies that contained white cardstock, printed cardstock, some printed diecuts, ribbon, an envelope and a luggage tag.

I made three projects from my kit.

Today's project is the first of two cards:


These types of crafts are not my favorite (cut and paste with limited pre-selected supplies) but I understand that they are catering to a clientele that (if my table-mates are any indication) know nothing about paper crafting.

In every session I ended up showing people how to use a brad, how to use a 'snail' glue runner, etc.

A nice break in the day, though.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Down Mexico Way
Topic: Field Trip

For its one required 'foreign port' our cruise ship docked in Ensenada for a day. We've seen enough Mexican ports to last us our lifetime so we only stepped on the dock long enough to take pictures of ourselves and the ship and then got back aboard.

This was our view leaving port:


It's always fun to see the seals/sea lions perched on the buoys:


They also cover docks, rocks and play in the bay:


I guess these mammals are increasing in numbers everywhere and causing much distress to fishermen. But they are still a novelty to us and fun to watch.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:22 AM PDT
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Chuff-Chuff
Topic: Field Trip

We only had time for one more museum and chose the Model Railroads.


They had several rooms (28.000 square feet) with vast landscapes and featured O, HO and N scale trains.






We didn't get to see it all as we had to make a run back to catch our ride back to the port.

In fact, we didn't even get to use our fourth museum pass at all, due to time constraints.

I can't imagine trying to see all 15 museums, let alone participating in many of the other activities at Balboa Park.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:20 AM PDT
Friday, 29 April 2016
To Infinity and Beyond
Topic: Field Trip

For our second museum pass at Balboa Park we selected the Aviation and Space Museum.

There was an amazing number of things to see here but we did't take many photos!

There is an atrium where aircraft hang overhead and they were neat to view:



This museum covered everything from the start of aviation through the plans for privitazation of space travel.

This actual suit from the early days of space travel was fun to see:


We chose to NOT ride the simulator that enclosed you in a capsule and gyrated you every way from Sunday. I'll KEEP my lunch, thank you!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:19 AM PDT
Thursday, 28 April 2016
San Diego Museum of Art
Topic: Field Trip

The first museum we toured with our pass was the San Diego Museum of Art.

Their main floor had a focus on Asian and Middle Eastern art. There was a lot of pottery, sculpture and religious objects.


The upper floor was featuring an exhibit called Brueghel to Canaletto. Like our time in the Getty in LA, we were content to stand so close to works by famous painters.

There was one I don't have the identity of the artist:


There were a couple by El Greco:



a Brueghel:


a Canaletto:


a Rubens:


and a Tintoretto:


even the frames are astounding!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:18 AM PDT
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
A Walk In the Park
Topic: Field Trip

The largest urban park at 1,200 acres featuring 9 performing arts and international culture organizations, 15 museums, 14 restaurants, 19 gardens, 13 recreational activities including hiking and biking trails, a dog park and 9 other attractions - including the San Diego Zoo.

Our ticket included transportation to and from the park, a quick driving (orientation)  tour and entry into four museums of our choice.

I thought I'd include pictures from the quick orientation drive:






The buildings, as you can see, are beautiful.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:18 AM PDT
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Twas a Drippy Day
Topic: Field Trip

The day we spent in San Diego was a rainy one but, being Oregon people, we don't mind a little rain. We started with an open-sided trolly tour through old town.

Along the waterfront were some nice views:


Of course, someone will alwaysdrive into your perfect shot!

The old historic houses were neat to see:



On the way back to the port we enjoyed seeing several tall ships:



Hard to get nicely composed shots when you're whizzing by in a bus, but the photos are a personal reminder of what we saw.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 8:16 AM PDT
Monday, 25 April 2016
Down the Coast
Topic: Field Trip

Our next port of call was Santa Barbara. We arrived at dawn:


A trolley tour through the hillsides took us 'near' where some famous people 'sometimes stayed', 'used to live', or 'once built'. I would be quite happy to never hear the name Ty Warner (the creaator of beanie babies) ever again.

We drove past the famous 'most beautiful courthouse ever':

and stopped at the mission to admire even more of the Santa Barbara signature architecture:


Most welcome view? Our cruise ship at anchor:


In spite of it being touted for the history, architecture and the famous residents of the past - most of the tour got out to shop at the mall. Nothing special, just another American mall. Sigh.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 24 April 2016
We Escaped
Topic: Field Trip

Did you know that visiting Alcatraz is the #1 reason tourists come to San Francisco?

The tour boats take a limited number of people each day.

Once there, you can visit many of the original building including the cell block where you get a free audio tour with your own headset and player.

you are toured to various cells where infamous prisoner were incarcerated, view the implements and routes of attempted escapes, and hear the voices of former prisoners, wardens and guards.


You get to step into some of the cells, too.


Creepy!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 23 April 2016
I Left My Heart...
Topic: Field Trip

Our trip included only one day in San Francisco so we decided to focus on the Golden Gate Bridge, riding the cable cars and visiting Alcatraz.

We arrived by boat so our first views of the Golden Gate were before dawn, by boat in heavy fog. Fortunately, they light it well so the photography turns hour phenomenal:



After the fog started to lift there was a nice view from across the harbor


Then we took a tour over to the far side to a viewpoint wayside


We watched a street artist create amazing skylines with spray paint:


We got a nice view of Coit Tower from our ship:


We caught a cable car by the waterfront and rode it up to the end of the line and back.


View along the way:


A view from the cable car at the top of Lombard street. In the distance you can see Coit Tower and our cruise ship in the harbor:

Alcatraz deserves its own posting so wel'l tackle that tomorrow.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 22 April 2016
Art Lover's Dream
Topic: Field Trip

Before planning our trip to California, I had never heard of the Getty Center. Hubby was the one who added it to our itinerary. SO glad he did!

Many years ago I took college courses called Survey of Art 101 and 102. Through the photos in the textbook and the slide shows (in a darkened room, just after lunch - zzzzzz) I was exposed to the great artists and their works thoughout history. I have since always desired to tour the Louvre, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, or the National Gallery in London. I just wanted to see the brushstrokes for myself.

What I did not know was that the Getty Center is considered to be among the top 25 museums in the world... and I got to go there!

Not knowing the scope of the collection we did not leave ourselves nearly enough time so we only saw about 1/4 of the permanent collection and none of the special collections, sculpture gardens, or botanical gardens.

In the galleries, nothing was roped off, so you could stand with your face literally inches from the surface of a noted artist's work and see every dot of color and every brushstroke. Here are some of those I photographed (a couple I have lost the artist info).

There was one room of just illuminated manuscripts.

Sculptures included a Rodin:


...and several by Degas:

I don't have info on the scultors of these figures:


Among my favorite paintings are these by

Goya:


Camut:


Monet:


2 by Renoir:



Sargent:


and my dream viewing - Van Gogh:

 

Standing in front of these magnificent works (and many more) was a thrill and we have promised ourselves we will be back to spend more than one day exploring this place in detail.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 21 April 2016
26 Miles Across the Sea...
Topic: Field Trip

Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina.  The island is 22 miles long and 8 miles across at its greatest width. Despite the song lyrics, the island is located about 22 miles off shore south-southwest of Los Angeles. A ferry travels several times a day from Long Beach.


Coming into the harbor at Avalon we were struck by how mountainous it was and how small the town was, despite its popularity.


Many tours will take you up into the hills for hiking, zip-lining, and other adventures. Other tours included parasailing, mini-sub, and glass-bottom-boats.

We chose to rent a golf cart and toured ourselves over the roads up in the hills overlooking the town.


Ice cream, walking the streets, and a late-afternoon ferry completed our full-day trip to Catalina.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Worse Than a Stick In the Mud
Topic: Field Trip

Not actioned packed, but educational. Our next stop was a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits. This was something I was fascinated with.

Out in front is one of the tar pits complete with bubbling gasses, oil slicks and the stinky smell of fresh asphalt.

Inside the large museum are the massive skeletons of (many extinct) animals large and small that have been excavated from the tar over the years. These include mastadons, saber-tooth cats, camels, dire wolf, horses, bison. Other smaller animals like rabbits, skunks, and various birds still live today.





As you tour the grounds you can see crates and containers of animals and materials from the excavations that have not been processed yet, more open tar pits, and go in the building where the current excavation is taking place.

In this pit they are at about 16 feet down and you can see the string grid that they use to keep track of exactly where everything was found.

Totally fascinating!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Universal Universe
Topic: Field Trip

One of our adventures while in LA was to visit Universal Studios.

We're neither one much for 'rides' so we stuck to the tour. It did include three 4D experiences that were pretty awesome, but don't lend themselves to photography.

The tour of the lot takes you through a western set, a lakefront town, a city, and different time period residential. All of them are 2-dimensional - just fronts.

This area was being used for filming of a TV series thile we drove past.

At one point they let loose water to flood a street (yes you can get wet).

Back from the tour we walked around the grounds where they have lots of shops and restaurants whose facades mimiced those seen in various Universal movies and TV productions. This Lucy look-a-like danced in the street.


There were characters and set pieces for posing, too.


We saw everything we wanted to see here.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 18 April 2016
By the Sea
Topic: Field Trip

We're off on an adventure! We didn't go far, just one state south of home but what a change it was.

Did you know that the Queen Mary had been changed into a hotel? It is moored at Long Beach, California and the nightly rate is very reasonable.


 

 

The ship has been preserved in its historic elegance so, if you're looking for all the conveniences of modern hotels, you won't find them here. Just look at these views from around the ship:






No, this isn't the wave of the future - in fact it is no longer working. But it is neat to see how the elegant and monied used to sail.


A llittle chart on the 'welvome aboard' brochure allows one to 'read' the flags.


Unlike modern cruise ships, there are no balcony cabins. But, the cabins are easily twice as large and an outside cabin sports two portholes with a view of downtown Long Beach and the marina.


We enjoyed a four day stay while we explored the Los Angeles area.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 17 April 2016
These Pants Flow
Topic: Sewing

One more pair of pants for travel.

I got a fabric that has a crinkle to it in a light taupe. I stitched these up with the same new pattern as the blue and black.


Yep - the same elastic waistband:


These got a simple hem, serged and then turned under twice and top-stitched.


All ready to fly away with a wardrobe of new pants!

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Black Pants
Topic: Sewing

The next pair of slacks I made were black.


These also have the elastic waistband:


These pants got a blind hem.


Two pair down.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 15 April 2016
Blue Trousers
Topic: Sewing

I put that new serger and my new custom pants pattern to work immediately.

I bought three pieces of 100% polyester yardage to make trousers for travel.

The first pair I made was navy blue. Yes, they DO hang strangely on the hanger - but the important thing is that they hang right on my body!


The waist is elastic and there are no pockets in this pattern.


I gave this pair a one-inch cuff and pressed in a sharp crease.


Nice!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 14 April 2016
New Workhorse In the Stable
Topic: Sewing

I recently had the opportunity to buy a gently used Baby Lock Imagine serger at a very good price. It had belonged to the cousin of a friend and she had only used it a few times fefore she passed away.

I took it straight to the shop for an overhaul and then set it aside hoping to learn to use it at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Unfortunately, the class I wanted was full so I just took one that gave tips for advanced use. I did buy that book/dvd on using a serger.

None of this had any effect on my being freaked out by the thought of threading a serger and knowing that sharp blade was lurking near the presser foot.

So, I took the machine with me to quilting group on my recent visit where I knew there were some serger users who could help me out.

Much to my delight, I found that my machine has air-treading of the two looper threads! With the help of Ruth and three sets of printed directions I was soon threaded up with 4 cones and serging samples.







Now it's time to take on some 'real' projects.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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