Have It Made

Cherry Necklace

Matrushka Construction has already been mentioned on this here site as a place to find very cool, very handmade apparel at very reasonable prices. But the handmade revolution extends beyond Sunset Boulevard in our fair city, so I thought I’d share a few links I found for L.A.-based, DIY designers.

Pashupatina features one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces that look good enough to eat. Maybe the site should carry a warning.

If you’re in the market for a boy beater (in the parlance of our times) that says “OUTLAW,” I guess you could do worse than Bad Kitty Clothing.

Made by Mordecai: The thinking man’s trucker hat emporium.

Goth wedding? Fetish ball? RenFaire? Stand out (because in one of these, sitting down is really hard, and driving is even harder) in a made-to-order corset from Exquisite Restraint.

Mmmm….baked glaaaaaass.

Make no bones about it…

Lot #195: Extremely rare sabre-tooth tiger skull
Once or twice a month, I can be found at the I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers in Beverly Hills (Job #1.5, formerly known as Job #3) running their eBayLiveAuctions.

I’m sitting here preparing for an exciting sale of Natural History items. We’ve had these special sales before… fossils, meteorites, skeletons, dinosaur eggs, gems/minerals, etc… but this time there’s a bit of controversy.

The highight of the auction is expected to be the sale of an extremely rare sabre-tooth tiger skull extracted just outside the boundaries of the county (La Brea) tar pit boundaries. The media is all over this because evidently many paleontologists & members of the scientific community are upset that such items are being put up for sale to the public. The L.A. Times Calendar had a front page story about it yesterday (seen here at the Baltimore Sun).

What do you think about rare fossils being put up for sale to the public? Should they be “preserved” by an institution for study?

Other interesting items also up for sale is the “Golden Fan” which is thought to be the largest gold nugget to be offered up in public sale, and a full-sized replica of a wooly mammoth.

If you’re in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, swing by to watch the jozjozjoz action (or bid for something yourself) in the room. Or you can watch the auction action live at eBayLiveAuctions.com (direct link found at chait.com)

UPDATE: The sabre-tooth tiger skull sold for $190,000, evidently to a private collector.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to Will Campbell for catching the blurb in the Times. The $223,250 price is the final price including the 17.5% buyer’s premium. The $190K amount was the hammer price in the room.

The buyer, Stuart Pivar, is not just your average NY businessman. He is an avid art collector, one of the co-founders of the New York Academy of Art & friend of Andy Warhol. Aside from buying rare sabre-tooth tiger skulls, he’s also in the news for revealing some financial shenanigans (fraud) of the bookeeper for the Academy. (Pivar has not been on the Board of the Academy since the mid-90s.) Links below:
Continue reading Make no bones about it…

Off the ‘sinking ship,’ Bradley rips into Indians

From ESPN:

Off the ‘sinking ship,’ Bradley rips into Indians
Former Cleveland outfielder Milton Bradley is taking a few final swings at his old team, reserving his best cuts for manager Eric Wedge. The temperamental Bradley was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last month after a series of run-ins with Wedge. He’s harshly critical of his former manager and team in this week’s Sports Illustrated. “It was like a sinking ship,” Bradley tells SI, “and I was glad to get my life raft and get my second chance over here….”

Good Night!

Some bloggers came over last night and we enjoyed some fireworks courtesy of the Dodgers and Farmer John. It was an awesome show as usual. It helps that it was a clear night and had cooled off nicely.

The photo is from last fall (click for a larger version), but that’s really what they look like from my roof. The next display will be on July 1 – the last home game before Independence Day. The last one of the season is September 10th – fan appreciation day. So, if you wanna see some, get on my good side now and maybe we’ll have you over. (We also expect some for the Lotus Festival on July 10th – they’re much closer but not quite as big of a show.)

Oh, the Dodgers won – 5 to 4 over the Montreal Expos, in case you care about such things.

B.la Mystery Photo Contest / Vol. 1, No. 4

0502mp.jpgI’m guessing that since our winning contestant Chris so cooly and quickly pinpointed the location of last week’s mystery photo subject, other potential entrants just said “pfffft,” and rightly so after reading his response, which was: “It’s the rose fountain at the Disney Concert Hall. It’s inscribed with ‘A Rose for Lilly. Frank Gehry’s Tribute to Lillian Disney. A gift of her grand children and great-grandchildren.’ It also seconds as a fancy urinal after the symphony, but they don’t like that.” Britta then followed up with: “For the fountain, they crushed up real Delft pottery and stuck it on by hand. Or so I read in some article.” So stickers for each ‘o ya, you’re both winners in my book.

Clue: Now that’s a tasty burger! This long-standing and ever-popular eatery pictured above has been situated since 1968 in its corner location in my neck of the woods within that nether region between Sunset Junction and Virgil Village. It was in grave danger of disappearing in 2000 when the property owner suddenly jacked the rent up 150 percent to a reported $5,000 a month (Yikes, that’s a lotta burgers!). Fortunately the then 82-year-old owner (who learned his craft from Tommy Koulax of The Original Tommy’s), found a buyer and on the place lives.

tinytush.jpgRules: First one to post a comment most correctly and directly listing the name and location of the photo subject above wins the admiration of the blogging.la readership (or me, whichever’s greater at the time) and a collector’s edition Tush sticker printed with real ink and made with real adhesive. In the event of no one getting it right, the creator of the most entertaining guess will be hailed victorious.

Bulldog. No Bullshit!

So, I was sending my sweetie text messages this morning; she’s stuck at LAX waiting for a flight to North Carolina via Atlanta, Georgia. She up and sends me a picture of some random bulletin board image that has a dog in it. For a few weeks now, we’ve talked about getting a cat – but she won’t take anything less than an extreme shedder. A few seconds later, she calls. She wants an English Bulldog (and not the wrestling kind). Now, I’ve been waiting for her to say something like that ever since we met. I miss Sprocket every day, and wish he was still with me. Well, she wants to find a breeder and get papers – don’t ask me why. I found Arneson’s Bullies, but can’t help but wonder if I should be looking elsewhere. I’d even be up for rescuing one from a shelter, or at least speaking with someone who can make a personal adoption recommendation. It’s pretty much THIS breed she wants… I’m not going to argue. I want a four-legged companion in my life again.

Nobody walks in L.A. (but maybe they would if they had a kickass pair of new walking shoes)

The Reebok “Wear Your Heart on your Feet” campaign starts today.

For a minimum $25 donation to the AHA, you will receive a FREE pair of Reebok VersaSport DMX Max walking shoes.

Simply log on to www.reebok.com/walking to make your donation. Reebok will be giving away $1 million worth of shoes and will raise over $350,000 in this promotion with 100% of your donation going to the AHA.