Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Camera, birthday cake, angels and other things

I have lots of things to share with you today.
First, my camera story. Canon Camera has a policy where you can return your camera to them for repair at a flat rate of $97. So, off went my three year old S1IS Canon Powershot. I did not hear anything for two weeks and finally last Thursday I received a package in the mail. I was expecting my repaired camera, so you can imagine my shock, disbelief and utter joy at finding a brand new S1 I5 Canon Powershot and all it's accessories in the box. Along with the camera was a note that stated that my old camera was defective, they were not able to repair it and therefore AT NO CHARGE they have replaced my camera. My note to you BUY CANON!!!! That is incredible customer service.
Next up, I spent some time working on the collage you see below. My youngest son was treated to a Panda Bear birthday cake made by Mommy for his first birthday in 1977. His oldest son, Jackson received the same cake made by Gramma for his first birthday in 2006 and his youngest son, Hunter received the same cake in 2007 for his first birthday. I stumbled across photos of my son with his cake and the end result is the following collage. I hope my son likes it. The cake pan and design are the same. No, it is not the same 31 year old cake. LOL
A little quilting is up next. With the help of my teacher, I put together this stain glass angel on the weekend. It is going to be a wallhanging. It was great fun and not as difficult as I had expected.My stitching these days are secret stitches for exchanges and other things so I am afraid I cannot show you anything. I will as they are sent and received.
I promised a few pictures of the visit to L.A.
The first is along the coastline from San Diego to L.A. - the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom on the hillsides.

What trip to L.A. is complete without a visit to the Hollywood sign. Our tour guide tells us we were lucky to be able to see and photograph the sign because the smog is normally so bad.
Next up, where else but in Hollywood would you see Charlie Chaplin and Catwoman having a chat. This was in front of Mann's Chinese Theater - the footprints of the stars and the stars on the Walk of Fame.
And for all us ladies, some eye candy on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Hope you enjoyed the sights. It was difficult to only pick a couple of photos but I hope I gave you a broad view of the craziness known as L.A. and Hollywood.


Anonymous said...

What a great deal with your camera, how fortunate!

Those photos of your babies with the panda cake are adorable, what a great idea.

Your quilting is really nice. I tried applique once and it wasn't for me. I just didn't have the patience for it.

Did I tell you that I grew up in L.A. I used to rollerskate at Venice Beach growing up. Once I rollerskated down one of the hills near the beach in L.A. (the streets right by the beach are these very steep roads). Well, I wiped out and couldn't rollerskate for a while after that but I eventually got back on my wheels. That was the same year as the 1984 olympics and the torch was supposed to go by there that day, I ended up missing it after the wipe out. I used to love rollerskating so much. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to my old stomping grounds.

Rowyn said...

Wow, great story about the new camera. Now that's customer service!

Love the photo collage and your angel quilt.

Ranae said...

Nice photo's with that brand new spanking Canon. Good for you it was at no charge. Doesnt that just make the day.
The stain glass angel is adorable.
The collage is awesome and will make a great conversational piece, I am sure.

Beatrice said...

I'm so happy about the camera and knowing you, you will have it all figured out very quickly. I know how you love new toys.
The pictures were great nice eye candy...lol
It looks like a pretty interesting city. What an amazing coast line.

Your stain glass quilt is pretty. I can see why you got hooked on the quilting thing.

The Panda cake is cute!
Love ya..Beatrice

Itching To Stitch said...

I love your stained glass angel ;)

Wendy said...

Great news about the camera! And I'm very happy to say we have a Canon also.

Your photo collage and quilting piece are great!

tkdchick said...

Sounds like you had a great time in LA! Your angel turned out lovely. Gosh I didn't realize I'm just slightly odler than your youngest (born 1976)

Carolien said...

I love your blue angel!

Happy Easter & greetings, Carolien

Annemarie said...

Wowie, great newa about the camera! You made some gorgeous pics with it ;o) Glad you had such a good time!