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Photography Monday: Utility Box #10

 

Utility Box Art #10

The last utility box in the first phase of this series.  Beautifully executed and filled with images of daily life in South Pasadena.  This box depicts the busy intersection where the light rail meets cars and pedestrians.

Utility Box Art #10

This rail line was originally used for freight and Amtrak. It is close to the South Pasadena Historical Museum housed in the former Meridian Iron Works building. Close to this intersection is the weekly farmers market that is depicted in Utility Box #1.
Utility Box Art #10

Since the tracks cross the intersection at a forty-five degree angle, the crossing gates are very long and an integral part of this junction’s symphony.  Next to the museum and the tracks is a small park, where you will find many children playing and watching the trains.
Utility Box Art #10This box beautifully depicts a typical day at this train stop.  Stay tuned for the next phase of ten boxes!

*Tina

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Utility Box Art #9

Utility Box Art #9

This utility box pays homage to South Pasadena’s designation as a Tree City USA community.  Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, the community must achieve four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.Utility Box Art #9

South Pasadena has had this designation for 17 consecutive years.
Utility Box Art #9

A few benefits of having a mature urban canopy: trees increase property values, trees reduce energy consumption, trees reduce crime, trees unite neighborhoods, trees benefit wildlife, trees reduce the effects of climate change and trees clear our air.

Utility Box Art #9

This box is one of my favorites because of the theme, use of color as well as its painterly quality.  It echoes its surroundings and the purple pops against the saturated greens of this piece.

Utility Box Art #9

I think trees bring much charm and character to the landscape.  I consider myself fortunate to have grown up and still live in this idyllic town filled with these beauties. Stay tuned for box #10!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Vintage Curly Paper Wreath

Vintage curly paper wreath

I made this wreath for my mother’s birthday last year.  Since my parents live in a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow, I choose muted, vintage looking papers that were more in keeping with the aesthetic of the house.  I thought it would grace the front door, but my mother loved it so much that she hung it in the dining room so she could see it every day.  Thanks Mom!

Vintage curly paper wreath

Above is a detail of the wreath so you can see the mixture of colors and patterns.  The original tutorial can be found here.  I hope it inspires you to make one as they are a blast to create.  Each and every one is unique.  Happy crafting!

*Tina

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