Monday, December 31, 2012


Here we are....the last day of 2012. I can not believe it. Time sure has a way of zipping by. 
My day started out with a bang with me tripping on the sidewalk and landing with the left side of my face flush against the pavement. Joe was there to grab the dogs and pull me up but I was pretty banged up.  Oh well, I have one half of an Angelina Jolie lip...too bad I didn't land face down for some beautiful full lips.  But what an exciting and fun filled day we had and are still having.  Going out tonight with some friends and hope to bring in the new year with a bang...hopefully it will be a bigger, better bang and less painless than the one earlier today!  
2012 has been an amazing year and I hope 2013 hold new wonders and possibilities for all of us.  HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIENDS.

Taking the Metro to LA was part of the adventure and I'd take the Metro any day than drive, even if Joe is the driver.  We got off at the end of the Blue Line and walked a few blocks to one of my favorite restaurants, Bottega Louie.  I had a toasted bagel, with lox, cream cheese and all the fixings.  Joe had poached eggs, turkey bacon and accompaniments.  Didn't buy any macaroons this time but they make the best around and the cookie case is just gorgeous, like gems shining in the sun.   

After breakfast, we walked back to the 7th Street Metro Station and took the new Expo line to the California Science Center.  Yesterday I was able to score tickets for both Endeavor and the Cleopatra exhibit even though one was completely sold out.  I just wouldn't take no for an answer and the gal on the phone finally let us have tickets for today at 12:45 for Cleopatra and the shuttle at 2:45...perfect.  That's us in the Rose Garden at Exposition Park all bundled up for an exceptionally cold day in LA.  

Jewelry from the amazing Cleopatra exhibit.

Awesome, awesome, awesome and how proud I feel to be an American and to work at Boeing.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Open for Coffee

I love playing around in Photoshop.  Here's another Before and After of the open sign in our local coffee shop Viento y Agua on 4th and Termino in Long Beach, CA.  

I duplicated the image, changed the blend mode, added a few layers of different textures changing the blend mode on each.  Added a solid color adjustment layer and changed the blend mode on that too. Used the crop tool to extend the image, filled it with a white border and used the dissolve blend mode. Too much fun!!

Right out of the camera.  My BEFORE image.

My AFTER image

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve Morning

Christmas Eve morning was a perfect day, warm and toasty inside and cool and rainy outside.  We walked to the local coffee shop, Viento y Agua on 4th near Termino where we sat outside with our lattes and a shared bagel with peanut butter.  We almost ended our dog walk there since the rain just wasn't letting up but we decided to keep on treking.  My the time we got to the Colorado Lagoon, the rain had stopped, the sun was peaking out and the dogs got their chance to run and play off leash.

Monday, December 24, 2012

More Before and Afters

 Had some time today to play around in Photoshop with some images that I shot on our dog walk this Christmas Eve morning.  It rained all night long and even sprinkled a bit on the dog walk but it was a beautiful and mostly clear morning as the dogs, Joe and I ventured out to the park, the lagoon and the much needed coffee shop.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
BEFORE - Ducks in the Colorado Lagoon 
AFTER - Photoshop version of Ducks in the Colorado Lagoon


BEFORE - House reflection in the Colorado Lagoon
AFTER - Photoshop version of House reflection in the Colorado Lagoon

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My New Etsy Shop

I am happy to announce the grand opening of my Etsy shop where you can view and purchase my one-of-a-kind, hand made creations.  Click HERE to take a look.  Thanks for taking the time for me.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Multitude of Ways

Shibori dyed silks, super fine merino wool, prefelt cutouts, holes and cords make for a fun scarf that can be worn in a multitude of ways.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Felting Workshop at Grau Haus

Nuno Felting Workshop 
Beth Marx
at Grau Haus in Hollywood

Fun, fun, fun and really rewarding for all!!

To find out about more Crossroads of the World Arts Collective workshops, go to our Facebook page.  Be sure to 'Like' us once you're there.

Beth demonstrating how to lay out wool roving

Covering up the work

Get the work wet using and a bit soapy

Beth demonstrating rolling by hand and then by feet.  

Beth demonstrating using a sander to agitate the felt

Barbara laying out her three samples
Kate designing her samples

Keep on rolling Kathy

Attagirl, Nohline, roll it with your feet.

Kate rolling 

Barabara laying out her scarf design

Kathy's scarf in process
Kate's gorgeous finished scarf

Beautiful scarf by Nohline

Gorgeous scarf by Barbara.  The yellow portion had previously been a hand knit open weave light weight scarf.