Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Beach in San Francisco

Can you guess where this is?
My parents use to take us here all the time. Where the row of homes are, stood a large roller coaster and a laughing Sal. Yep, Playland At The Beach - did you go there too? This is an old rendition of what it use to look like.

We went to Ocean beach this past weekend. It takes you back memory lane driving down this area, pass the famous Cliff House. The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. However, that doesn't mean it's going to be warm in San Francisco. It was cold and the water freezing.

This weekend ,was also our company (Williams Sonoma/Pottery Barn) sample sale. One of my favorite events of the year. I was in the parking lot at 7am, even though they don't let you in until 9am. But getting there early means you can park close and that's well worth waiting 2 hours. You enter the sale by lottery number - I didn't have a good one this time, I was 721 out of 900. I did okay, but no spectacular find. I was disappointed that I missed a purchase of a 4 foot Santos that someone had bought before me - darn! I did pick up this nice bookcase and some cute wire baskets (love the one shaped like a shopping bag). My other favorite is the picture of the perfume bottles. So, I didn't do too bad.

Look at this smile...
Now you see them....
Now you don't. After two years, my daughter got her braces off. It's so funny, the dentist office hands them a goodie bag when they leave (candy, corn nuts, gum, etc.).

This is something I made last night. I was inspired by artist, Laurie Mika who works a lot with polymer clay. I stamped on the clay and then rubbed it with paint. The piece is about 1 1/2 inches long. I'm going to play more with this was fun.


  1. It's so sad to see the condos where Playland at the Beach used to be - great memories of going there as a kid. I love your sample finds and Rachel looks so pretty without her braces. Your polymier clay creation is just adorable!

  2. Connie
    We loved Playland and went often...I have very fond memories and some of terror! I was always so afraid to enter the Playhouse where you had to squeeze through the giant bolster things that turned~~~ and where the air came up from the floor and blew ladies dresses up~~~~However loved screaming down the slide on a burlap bag!
    Ahhhh memories....Love polymier clay piece....and Rachel looks adorable..
    Laura H

  3. omg..playland at the beach. i remember dad playing the game where the airplane circled around a wheel and if it landed on a special no. the board would light up and he would often win scads of tickets...remember the chicken pot pies and it's it ice cream sandwiches.. thanks for reminding us of one of the highlights of our childhood.

    you are so funny: now u see it; now you don't...rachel is so beautiful...even more so now. rachel is a treasure with so many, many talents..xoxo

    thanks for sharing your new creation. it is so beautiful. have to look up the artist laurie mika. how do you come up with such wonderful ideas. so awesome

  4. Love the Laurie Mika creation! This looks like a great art project for a class.

    Rachel, you look beautiful!