The High Road to Eagle Rock

Monday, March 31, 2008


Wishing to alter my route to and fro the Genevieve listing (see below), I forsook Figueroa for Avenue 64, into Pasadena, where a pair of marvelous buildings, quite nearly neighbors, rest.

Above, Church of the Angels (1889), a mouth gaping example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, largely authored by architect Ernest Coxhead, best known for his visionary work in San Francisco. Coxhead, an Englishman, lived in Los Angeles for about three years, contributing to 25 or so projects, few of which survive.

Romantic eclectic! Were it a mansard roof, I'd call it Second Empire. Otherwise a Queen Anne-Italianate is probably the most accurate description.

Astonishingly the cornices are bare, particularly given the elaborated side brackets on the porch support columns. My guess, something's gone missing.

Stark and severe, forbidding, rivaled only by works of the Folk-Gothic or Neo-Brutal. Alienation, coolness, sangfroid, the ideological viscera dominating modernism isn't only a modernist conception beholden to the techno rapture, it's 19th century representin' on Avenue 64.

Wait, what is that on the hill? Check out the shaped parapet. Gotta go!

About the Genevieve listing, I've dropped the price to $449,000, which makes it a short sale. If one is interested, please saddle up your patience, as lenders don't always respond quickly. Still, it'd be a challenge to find a better condition house in the area for less.

Shown often by appointment, see earlier entries more more photos and description.

Button challenge, little lambs & white Easter 2008


Easter has come and gone so fast, but I still have a few photos to show you anyway, but first of all I'd like to show you the beautiful mail I got from Andrea's web boutique on Saturday :

It is so hard to resist all the wonderful goodies from her Onehundred wishes web boutique, don't you think so too? Got these beautiful satin ribbons, foil keys, flash cards as well as the 2 gorgeous velvet bunnies and the wonderful big Nicol Sayre collection eggs!

I made this two sided egg for my mum, the other side is turqouise:

More filled Easter eggs:

Easter Sunday we spent at my sister's cottage where she had these cute 2 weeks old Easter lambs in her cottage garden:

We could enjoy seeing them play outside in the sun through the window of her conservatory and my daughter took lots of photos too from which she also made this little animation:

See the beautiful blue sky on Easter Sunday? You'd think it would have been a warm day wouldn't you? But it was actually freezing!

The next day we got the first snow of the year, we didn't have any snow all winter, but got a white Easter Monday:

View through my kitchen window, click picture to enlarge:

But as if this wasn't enough for spring, the next day we woke up to even more snow, can you see it falling?

Quickly my garden lay under a white blanket:

Well now to change the subject I took photos of some of my buttons for Analise's button challenge show and tell over at flickr, go have a look if you'd like to see more beautiful button collections:

Above are my mother of pearl buttons and below is my button treasure box filled with vintage buttons:

These were flea market finds, I took this photo last summer but think it fits so well in Analise's challenge:

That's it for today, happy 1st of April everyone!
Carol(a) xox



Ok.... I just haven't found the time to post this... mainly working but also beading... so I decided to stop beading (temporarily of course) and write about the new book by Nicole Campanella of Beadwright that is about to come out and is already flying off... well not off the shelves, as it hasn't even reached there yet!!! ... but the pre-orders are flying in!!!
"Flatwork" is a beading project book with a gallery of flatwork created by artists from all over the world... and yes.... Nicole was kind enough to include some of my pieces in her book!!!! Isn't it amazing?!?! :-D I'm so exited.... I cannot wait for the book to come out!!! it's definitely one for my forever-growing beading library!!! For more details on the book and the author, go to:
Thank you so much Nicole for including my work in your book!!!! :-) I really can't wait to see it and to try out all your wonderful techniques.... this book is G-d sent to me and just at the right time as I'm getting more and more into bead embroidery and am itching to learn so much more!!!!
Go order your copy, before it's too late :-)

The Devil's in the Thingee Part 2

Sunday, March 30, 2008


More criss-cross fascia boards, and you thunk it an obscure builder's folly. Not so, an obscure blog writer's folly perhaps.....

We gotcha long tips.

We gotcha teensy-weensy tips, or ends.

We gotcha walk-outs and bays, Tudor details and extra stickwork, the panoply of Craftsman expression.

Does this qualify as another example of faux joinery*? Arguably, since one piece is merely butt jointed (a technique whereby two pieces are joined simply by butting together), rather than cross-keyed, a more exacting technique exhibited in some mission furniture of the time.

*see the archive for postings on beam ends, etc.

Don't make me drop a part 3 on you fools.

What if?


Eye was thinking...

When is a doll just a cigar, I mean doll? ( I know my attempts at humor are awful!) Le petite french poupee sitting quietly on a shelf,

countless books have been written of their wide eyed far away stare, apple cheeks and painted titled smiles.

Are the little mannequins just the sum of their parts,

graceful elongated china arms,

to gently hold you,

delicate sloping legs ending in two tone button down boots,

or even sweet little woolen knee highs and bow tied mary janes.

Perhaps a fully jointed composition body ready for restorations and repairs?

Maybe she is but a mere silent treasured novelty

with cork pate and curly wig and

the teeniest tiniest pair of chestnut brown sleep eyes, all the better

to see you with my dears! Or is she a wealth of information waiting to be tapped? Does her mood change when her wardrobe does?

A lacey Edwardian fit neatly around

a gusseted kid leather body.

Maybe a playful "A" line made from Great Grandmama's cast offs.

Does she feel happy or sad or silly or mad?

Does she yearn to taste a cookie or two or three and a sip of warm chamomile tea with just a touch of honey, no lemon, yes milk. Thank you.

Will she become a spoiled naughty girl when I put her bits together or what if,

what if, I indulge in my more playful desires and turn her into an art doll,

a piece only to be studied and evaluated, never to be held in the arms of a young confidante?

Will the others laugh at her, call her names because she is different?

Will she care and what if, what if, she can never, ever become a girl at all? These thoughts cross my mind, do you wonder if they whisper when we walk away, "Silly humans, so complicated, they should try to be happy just dressed up and pretty"! "It's easy, it is, it is! A doll is a constant faithful companion a friend not a foe, she will happily cheer you up and chase away your woes.

Countless secrets have been shared and tears have been shed and sweet little prayers said just before bed.

Is her worth in dollars and cents, rare and valuable or just that she sees your point of view? I think that I vote for the latter of the two. All in all be a kind curator to your trusted friend, tend to her needs, keep her lovely and dusted and dry, for you never know... I could swear I have walked into my room and out of the corner of my eye just caught the slightest glimpse of, well, I'm not quite sure, but I know I saw something!

You see, I've been thinking. Adieu, see you later!

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