Mingei Museum @ Balboa Park, San Diego
Phew! My holiday vacation was a whirlwind. There were parties, field trips, shopping trips and more. Here's what happened during the last few days:
Last Wednesday, Larry and I drove to Balboa Park in San Diego to see the last few days of the Ackerman exhibit at the Mingei Museum. It was spectacular. I loved every bit of it. The artwork, wall-hangings, mosaics, pottery...all were sublime. It was also fun to see the huge Spreckels Organ Pavilion!
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego
Evelyn Ackerman designed Mosaic, "Rain" 1955
To see more of the Ackerman's work, check out their blog.
We had a nice little lunch at Mama Testa Taqueria in San Diego before heading back to Los Angeles on that cold and rainy day.
On New Year's Day, our friends Lori and Rick had a great party at their home. It was a potluck, but Lori and Rick prepared tons of food too. They have a newly remodeled kitchen and everything worked beautifully for a crowd of people. Here's a little slide show with more photos of the party.
Rick & Lori in their beautiful new kitchen
Yesterday I attended the most fun party of all! My Knitster Grrrlz got together at Mary Jo's house in Pasadena for our annual gift exchange. We enjoyed 80 degree California sunshine on Mary Jo's new backyard deck. My gifts of sock-yarn shawls were well-received.
The Shawl-Tastic Natalie, Lori, Brit, Mary Jo, Carla, Darcy
I got all kinds of wonderful gifts from the Grrrlz too. The very BEST part of this get-together was that CARLA surprised us by showing up....all the way from Houston!! She wasn't at our get-together last Christmas, although she did make it to town for my birthday last year.
It was soooo great to see Carla. She's so sneaky. None of us knew that she was coming to town. We even called her during our little party to say Happy New Year and put her on speaker-phone. She didn't let on that she'd be in Mary Jo's backyard in about an hour. She'll be here until NEXT Tuesday, so be sure to come by the WeHo SnB at the Original Farmers Market on Thursday night so you can say hello!!!
OMG! Carla's here!!!
photo by Sabrina Pozzi