Friday, January 29, 2010

Preparing for Paris...

I am creating a new journal to fill while I am in Paris.
I've been pilfering through piles of paraphernalia in search of miscellaneous papers to combine.

I enjoy drawing, especially people, and airports are a great place for quick gestural style sketches, so sketching paper is a must, water color paper too, just in case I find time.
The rest is whatever I find to work with. Much of it is too light to hold up to the stress of travel so I pick up some paint swatch cards to fold and glue on the ends for durability.
With a few snips with decorative scissors we have pretty and practical.
Of course we need to include pockets for the little odds and ends that need a secure place to be tucked away, such as post cards, hotel stationary, match books and maps.
Most of the papers I prefer to leave blank until I reach my destination and the energy there takes over.
I can already envision using the local Paris newspapers classified ads pasted in as the perfect background for a charcoal or graphite rendering of an ancient architectural design.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Journal Pages

I'm preparing for a trip to Paris next week.

The lists are growing,
what to take, what to wear...

and I promised my self that I would create a new journal, just for Paris

I learned not so long ago (1994)
that a typical bound book was not created for the type of journaling I did.
The binding broke within 2 months and the pages splayed out 5 times the width of the binding.

Thank God it came with a little elastic strap to pull itself together.

Inspired by Katherine Hepburn's quote,

"Go out and have a life that's is full of adventure and fun."

I did just that !

At the time I called it my visual journal.

This is before the days of scrap booking as we know it.
There were no cool papers to purchase or fun scissors for trimming.

Enjoy the snaps, and a glimpse into my past

I'm off to prepare some new pages for my Paris adventure.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Speaking of shoulder weight...

I've had the opportunity to page through most of the paraphernalia collected at the CHA show. My mind filling with ideas, visualizing much more than what is being shown in the pile of collected catalogs and after several hours,

It is time to take a little creative break.

There is a heavy canvas bag calling for my attention....

Unexpectedly, I find myself back in my studio digging through some of my past clients upholstery fabric samples for a swatch with dark blues and white as I was drawn to the heavy cotton canvas bag so generously supplied by the company
named Merchants Overseas.

I was thrilled to come across an Italian cotton paisley swatch from Ralph Lauren that was a perfect match, and considering the company's logo had served its purpose,
being exposed at a trade show, I chose to do a remake of the tote covering
the wording with this fabric.

The new look is simple, chic, fun and a super quick sew.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CHA show overload

Just back from the craft and hobby show in Anaheim, California.

As many of you know the amount of inspiration and information can be mind boggling and almost overwhelming, literally and figuratively.
Fortunately many of the companies are good about handing out totes with their logos to lug all the paraphernalia you find yourself drawn to.
The energy in the booths is charged with stimulating and inspired excitement as you meet other like minded creatives and have the opportunity to share the joy and excitement of their artistic endeavours.

It is late, 10:00 p.m., and my creative mind is still spinning and bursting like a 4Th of July sparkler with ideas spilling out on the paper in my lap, legible scribbles flowing quickly one after another until the page is full.

Here is a visual of some of the shoulder weight spilled out on the floor.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Anthropologie plus...


I believe the artist in each of us,

upon approaching the window and previous to entering the store,

are compelled to stop, enjoy, admire and be inspired by

the amazing talents of this company's team of clever and gifted personnel.


I couldn't seem to let this charming piece just be as it was created,

something inside me causes me to tweak it and make it my own.

Hmmm...possibly it is the possessing of a cache of delicate delights

needing to be seen,

and not tucked out of sight any longer.

I am especially pleased with the addition of vintage lace cuffs

added with the mismatched buttons.

I can assure you this piece is much better looking draped on a form

than the floor, but unfortunately there is no model available today.


Fifty plus buttons later...

Simple and sweet little ruffled t-shirt found at the Loft

along with a camel colored cardigan,

and my vintage fabric covered button box full of gems

becomes my creative amusement

as I curl up into the cozy sofa and watch the latest Hallmark movie.

Fifty plus buttons later et Voila !

This may be called having your cake and eating it too.

It's so fun to find a new home for the tiny treasures,

where they are allowed to come out and be enjoyed by others.

Grateful to share it in Belle Armoire Magazine !

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Z Gallerie Embellished Wreath


This little number was an after Christmas 1/2 off purchase,

the original price was $12.95.

The 10" wreaths were available in gold and silver

but I was drawn to the silver as there were other components also on sale,

such as the stem with tiny mirrors attached and one with glass globes

that I was able to wire together and add to the wreath

to give it additional fullness.

Then the fun begins,

finding bits and bobs around the cluttered studio

to complete the mini masterpiece and make it an original.

The silver charm bracelet with sea shells and fish

was extricated and dismantled charm by charm

and wired in along with ceramic sea shells

I had made during the summer months

and glazed with luster and platinum glazes.

They became the perfect accouterments to complete the look.

Red Berries and Gold Buttons

Still playing with buttons...

this simple little berry wreath was just begging for embellishment

I especially like the Channel buttons finding a new home

and creating a statement of their own.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

On the 12th day of Christmas

A welcome gift...
time to play and create, even paint, in my sun filled studio!

But before wrapping and storing away Holiday decorations I'd like to share a few of my favorite creations...

The first is a before and after snapshot of my latest bejeweled design.
The cone shaped, mirrored with glitter decoration was purchased at Marshall's for $9.00 on sale as it was missing it's top piece.
I couldn't resist the merry and bright possibilities it held, though at the time I wasn't clear on how I would be embellishing it.

It was probably the beauties of Margaret Larkin showcased at Rodgers Gardens that gave me the inspiration a few days later.
Not owning much costume jewelry I chose to pull out my button box and pilfer thru looking for all the silver toned buttons I could find, and anything else that wanted to be included in the same genre. Using straight pins with pearl heads I was able to attach a plethora of pretties, and amazingly I just happened to have a vintage footed silver tray that fit perfectly as a pedestal.

I love that it can evolve and other colors can be added as one wishes
and favorites can be removed easily and still worn.

view more creative decorating tips here

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Things to do in Laguna Beach

1. Take a Hike through Heisler Park - Located just north of Main Beach, Heisler Park offers spectacular views of the Laguna Beach coastline. Take a half-mile stroll along the paved path or enjoy a picnic on the grass or barbecue with friends. Heisler Park is a must see for all!

2. Take a Self-guided Public Art Tour - The City of Laguna Beach has more than 70 unique works of public art. These pieces were designed and created specifically for Laguna Beach and contribute to the life of the city. Explore the many murals, statues, benches and other pieces as you stroll through town. Maps can be picked up at the Visitors Center.

3. Ride a Local Bus or Summer Trolley and Explore the Town - During the summer months (July-August), the City of Laguna Beach provides free trolley service throughout the town. In September-June you can ride the local bus for just 75 cents. Hop on one of the three routes in Laguna Beach and catch a glimpse of much of the Laguna Beach lifestyle. Download the Laguna Beach Travel Info app and get real-time local transit information via GPS while you wait.

4. Monthly Art Walk - Established in 1998, 1st Thursday's Art Walk is a festive, cultural evening on the first Thursday of every month. The event is free and runs from 6:15-9:00pm. Free trolley service runs throughout the evening until 8:45 p.m. linking member gallery locations. Over 40 galleries participate, offering artist receptions, demonstrations, refreshments and live music.

5. Explore the Tide Pools -View amazing marine life hidden just below the waves. Laguna Beach boasts impressive tide pooling opportunities, giving you an up-close look at various sea life. Drop by the Visitors Center to pick up a complimentary Emmy-Award winning DVD on the tide pools of Laguna Beach.

6. Wine Tasting in the Canyon and Downtown - The Laguna Canyon Winery offers award-winning wines that have been specially handcrafted on-site. Premium grapes are selected from small, low-yield vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, ensuring taste, quality and flavor. Tasting fees are waived with purchase. 2133 Laguna Canyon Road and 380 Glenneyre Street. (949) 715-9463

7. Skimboard one of Laguna's Coves - Skimboarding began in Laguna Beach during the early 1920s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used to skimboard on flat pieces of wood. Since then, the sport has only gotten bigger and bolder. Head to Victoria Beach to see where it all began. Equipment rentals are available from several surf retailers around town.

8. Explore California's Oldest Museum - The Laguna Art Museum focuses on the cultural heritage of California and the unique history of Laguna Beach. It is dedicated to promoting an understanding of art and artists in American culture through collection, exhibition, research and instruction. Open Mon-Tues & Fri-Sun, 11:00am-5:00pm; Thurs, 11:00am-9:00pm; Closed Wed. Admission: $7 general; $5 students, seniors and active military; Free for children under 12 and museum members. 307 Cliff Drive. (949) 494-8971

9. International Art Festival - Featuring 120 international, jury-selected artists and master craftsmen, Art-A-Fair is a must. Art-A-Fair offers visitors a chance to browse through booths of original watercolors, oils, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass and more. Meet the artists, get hands on demos and enjoy fine dining. Open every summer. 777 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 494-4514

10. One-of-a-Kind Shops and Galleries - Laguna Beach is home to more than 100 galleries and one-of-a-kind shops. The artists' village offers the complete spectrum of fine art in a casual walking environment. Whether you're in the mood to shop for home furnishings, jewelry, surf wear, gifts or just window shop. There are many options including ready-to-wear art and unique designer accessories.

11. Treasure Island Park - Located on the grounds of the Montage Laguna Beach, this park overlooks Laguna's beautiful coast. Enjoy an art lesson on the cliffs, a picnic on the grass, or just stroll and enjoy the sun as you watch the waves below.

12. The Festival of Arts - This juried fine art show features original artwork by over 140 of Southern California's most accomplished artists. Find affordable and unique works of art, perfect for your home or business. Enjoy art workshops, tours, entertainment and a variety of special events for one admission price. Open July and August. 650 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 494-1145,

13. Jazz Wednesdays - Enjoy an outdoor concert in the Hotel Laguna's Rose Garden. Jazz concerts are held every other Wednesday from June to early-September and feature world-class musicians. Doors open at 5:00pm; Show is from 6:00-8:00pm and admission is $12 admission. 425 South Coast Hwy.

14. Laguna Craft Guild - The Laguna Craft Guild sponsors bi-monthly Sunday shows in the downtown area on the Main Beach cobblestones. This outdoor event features arts and crafts by local Laguna artists from 9:00am-sundown. Art shows are held February -June and September-December.

15. Walk the Streets of Laguna on a Historic Bungalow Tour - Pick up a map from the Visitors Center and take a self-guided tour of Laguna's historic homes. These bungalows and cottages date as far back as 1884 and contribute to Laguna Beach's rich past and history.

16. Hortense Miller Garden - Covering two and a half acres of the upper slopes of Boat Canyon, this beautiful garden demonstrates the range of plants which can be grown in Southern California's coastal zones. Visit the garden and enjoy a tour from one of the volunteer docents. Reservations are required. (949) 497-0716 x3.

17. Laughter Yoga - Everyday the Laughter Yoga Institute meets at the northernmost end of Main Beach and practices the art of laughter yoga. Participate in this joyful experience that uses the practice of laughter as a form of exercise. Free sessions are conducted by a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and are held Sunday-Friday at 8am, Saturday at 10am. (949) 376-1939.

18. Sawdust Art Festival - Selected "Best Art Festival" by OC Weekly Magazine, the Sawdust Art Festival features 200 local Laguna Beach artists. Browse paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, art glass and textiles native to the area. Demonstrations, workshops, entertainment and refreshments await you. The festival runs every summer, with seasonal events held throughout the year. 935 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 494-3030

19. Fiori - Stop by this beautiful boutique for a look at some of the finest Italian and Greek Majolica. Their vast collection of hand-painted ceramics includes dinnerware, urns, clocks, decorative pieces and much more. Each piece is completely handmade and hand painted by the finest artisans using techniques handed down from the 15th century. 214 South Coast Highway. (949) 494-9954.

20. Whaling Wall - Marine life artist Wyland has created close to 100 Whaling Walls, large outdoor murals of whales and other sea life, throughout the world. Visit his Whaling Wall and find his exciting gallery at 509 S. Coast

21. Live! at the Museum - Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum present evenings of art and music on the second Thursday of each month. Talented musicians perform classical and contemporary chamber music from 7:00pm- 8:00pm. Concerts are free with Museum admission. Reservations are recommended.

22. Browse North Gallery Row - Within just a short walking distance from town, North Gallery row exhibits several fine and contemporary arts galleries. Heisler Park provides a picturesque backdrop while you browse.

23. Hotel Laguna - Originally a wooden structure built in 1888, Hotel Laguna was reconstructed in 1930 in its current Mission Revival style. The hotel has an attractive rose garden with a gazebo. Walk through the lobby and view historical photographs or enjoy a beverage at Ocean View Bar & Grill, 425 South Coast Hwy. (949)

24. Art at City Hall - Coordinated by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, this free exhibition showcases art by local artists. On exhibit Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitions rotate several times throughout the year. City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave.

25. Kristalle - Located in a landmark Laguna cottage, Kristalle is considered the finest gallery of its kind in the world. Thousands of specimens are on display, including fine minerals and gold. Stop by and view some of these amazing gems. 875 North Coast Hwy. (949) 494-7695.

26. Enjoy Live Music at one of our Unique Restaurants - Many of Laguna Beach's restaurants offer live music in the evenings. Stop by the White House, Brussels Bistro, K'ya Bistro Bar, or Mozambique for some great food and good music.

27. Sculpture Garden - Visit the stunning sculpture garden at the Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery. View 21st century figurative sculptures by Richard MacDonald, as well as other works inside their gallery by artists such as Matisse, Chuck Close and Picasso. 326 Glenneyre St. (949) 497-4988.

28. Need Visitor Information? - The Laguna Beach Visitors Center offers complimentary collateral on the Laguna Beach area, as well as surrounding areas, information on accommodations, dining, art events, city maps, bus schedules and outdoor activities in Laguna Beach. The Visitors Center is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm. 381 Forest Avenue (949) 497-9229. For instant information at your fingertips, download the free Laguna Beach Travel Info app to view the current weather, tide tables, maps, and real-time local transit information via GPS while in town. App users also have the ability to search hotel, restaurant, shopping and activities in addition to viewing a local events calendar.

29. Explore the "Museum of the First People" - Len Wood's Indian Territory features an extensive collection of antique American Indian art including 19th and 20th century Navajo blankets and rugs. View pre-1930 Indian basketry from 75 tribes of the Western U.S., Pueblo pottery, Hopi Kachinas, Zuni Fetishes and Navajo and Pueblo "Old Pawn" and modern jewelry. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. 305 North Coast Hwy. (949) 497-5747

30. Visit one of the Smallest Churches in the World - St. Francis by the Sea was once acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest church in the world. It is now the second smallest Catholic Church in the World at 1,008 square feet. This 42-seat cathedral was built in 1933 at 430 Park Ave.

31. Sunset Serenades - Enjoy a free concert in the Heisler Park Rockpile Amphitheater every Friday evening during the months of May and September. Listen to some great performers as you watch the sun set over the Pacific. Look for the "Breaching Whale" public art piece and you will find the amphitheater. 6:30pm-sunset, Free or (949) 497-0722.

32. Certified Farmer's Market - Every Saturday morning from 8:00am-12noon, local farmers and purveyors set up shop downtown and sell their fresh goods. Purchase everything from locally grown vegetables, delicious fruits, beautiful flowers, freshly baked breads and much more. Located at the Lumberyard Parking Lot near City Hall at the corner of Ocean & Forest Avenues. Rain or shine.

33. Play Volleyball & Basketball at Main Beach - Main Beach Park is located in the heart of downtown. Two half-court basketball courts and sand volleyball courts are available to the public. Put on some sunscreen and enjoy a pickup game!

34. Explore Sea Life in Diver's Cove - Located next to Picnic Beach, just North of Main Beach, Diver's Cove is a great spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Rent a snorkel, mask and fins from a local surf shop, or bring your own and jump in to see the creatures below.

35. View a Sunset from Crescent Bay Park - Laguna's northernmost stop, Crescent Bay is located where Cliff Drive and Viejo converge off North Coast Highway. Enjoy a day at the beach skim boarding, body surfing and tide pooling then relax as you watch the sunset over the blue waters.

36. Check out Seal Rock - Located about 120 yards off the shore of Crescent Bay sits Seal Rock, named after the seals and sea lions that often congregate there. Check out the barking seals from the shore or kayak out for a closer look.

37. MTV's Laguna Beach - ‘The Real OC' - Laguna Beach came into the spotlight when MTV produced a reality show based on our City. Check out the high school, restaurants, beaches and stores that LC, Kristen and Stephen once frequented. Stop by the Visitors Center for a handout on the featured places.

38. Take a Photo with Laguna's Official Greeter - Eiler Larsen was the Official Greeter of Laguna Beach. In 1963, the City of Laguna Beach rewarded Larsen by proclaiming him the Official Greeter of Laguna Beach, and recording it on public record. Today, two statues of Larsen can be found in town. One at 329 S. Coast Hwy and at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. If you're a history buff, stop by the Visitors Center for an informational handout on Larsen.

39. Stand on Top of the World - Top of the World/Alta Laguna Park is the perfect place to view Laguna Beach's coastline. Set above the village area, take in endless views of both the coast and the canyon. Enjoy a picnic or take a short hike.

40. Explore Laguna's Outdoors - Access over 20,000 acres of wilderness in Laguna Beach. Hike or bike on your own or take a guided tour and enjoy Laguna Beach's beautiful outdoors. Parking at the wilderness parks is $3 for the entire

41. Gather Around the Fire Pits - Aliso Beach Park, located in South Laguna, is the only beach that provides fire pits within town. Aliso Beach Park is a great spot for an evening bonfire. Bring your friends, something to throw on the grill and make some s'mores. Fire pits are first-come, first serve.

42. Nix Nature Center - Standing as the entryway to the 20,000-acre South Coast Regional Wilderness, Nix Nature Center is the headquarters of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the center of five different trails. Many activities are available including mountain biking, birding, fitness hikes, Junior Rangers and other children's programs. Open everyday 9am-4pm. (949) 923-2235. Entrance is free, parking $3 per day.

43. Barbara's Lake - Located in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Barbara's Lake is Orange County's only natural lake. Enjoy a scenic hike to Barbara's Lake from the James Dilley Preserve or Nix Nature Center, located just north of the 73 Toll Road.

44. Visit a Marine Mammal Center - Pacific Marine Mammal Center is the only marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in Orange County. Stop in to see the animals up may even catch a feeding! Free admission. Donations accepted. Open every day from 10:00am-4:00pm. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. (949)

45. Tower at Victoria Beach - A Laguna Beach landmark, this medieval-looking tower is located just north of Victoria Beach. Built in 1926, it was designed as a private spiraling staircase for beach access from above. Today the tower is closed but can still be viewed from the outside at low tide.

46. Spring Fever Surfabout - The Spring Fever Surfabout is held over Memorial Day weekend at Thalia Street. This one-day surf contest is a great event for the whole family. Catch some sun as you watch surfers duke it out in the water.

47. Plein Air Painting Invitational - Each October, fifty of the best plein air painters in the country are invited to compete in the Plein Air Painting Invitational hosted by the Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Watch the creative process unfold in front of your eyes as you stroll along the bluffs or in the parks. Later enjoy the opportunity to view or purchase works at the museum.

48. Watch a Professional Skimboard Contest - Held every summer at Aliso County Beach, the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding is the sport's most prestigious event. Watch the world's best skimboarders catch big waves and pull tricks as they compete for the title.

49. Thousand Steps Beach - Located between 9th and 10th streets on South Coast Highway, Thousand Steps Beach is an intimate cove featuring views of some of the area's most magnificent private homes. It's one of Laguna's hot surf spots and is also known for sand volleyball. (Only 227 steps, it just ‘feels' like a thousand steps!)

50. Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy - From mid-November to mid- December, the Sawdust Art Festival holds their annual Winter Fantasy festival. Check out this unique holiday event every weekend, featuring fine art and crafts from over one hundred exhibitors. Purchase unique holiday gifts for your loved ones. 935 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 494-3030

51. Reggae Night at Sandpiper - Thursday nights always bring out a crowd at the Sandpiper, or the Dirty Bird as locals call it. Here you will find people of all ages grooving to the beats of live reggae music. 1183 South Coast Highway. (949) 494-4694

52. Drum Circle at Aliso Beach - If you're lucky enough to be in Laguna Beach on a full moon, head down to Aliso County Beach for a free community drum circle. If you have a drum, great! If not, don't worry. Just bring yourself and enjoy the beats. Drumming from 7-10pm.

53. Saturday Morning Jazz Jam - Visit Laguna Coffee Company on Saturday mornings for great coffee and jazz. From 10:30am-12:30pm hear tunes by The Swinging Quartet Laguna and from 12:30pm-4:30pm enjoy Open Mic: Acoustic Rock. No cover charge, seating is limited to cafe tables. 1050 South Coast Highway. (949)

54. Bark Park - Let your dog off the leash to run free at Laguna Beach's Dog Park. Over two acres of grassy area is tucked into the Laguna Canyon. Open every day (except Wednesdays) from dawn to dusk. 20672 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 910-9947

55. Sample Gourmet Cheese and Wine - Laguna Culinary Arts Gourmet Cheese and Wine Shop features a wide selection of cheeses, delicacies, olive oils, vinegars and food-friendly wines. Open Monday through Saturday from 12noon-6:00pm. Stop by for Saturday afternoon wine tastings from 11:00am-4:00pm. $5 buys you a taste of 8 wines chosen from a wide selection of domestic and international wines. 845 Laguna Canyon Road. (949)

56. Dolphin & Whale Whale Watching - Go on a dolphin and whale watching excursion with Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari, Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sportfishing or Newport Landing. The dolphin population off Laguna's coastline exceeds more than that of Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined!

57. Fete de la Musique - Enjoy this mid-June afternoon of free music throughout the downtown area, celebrating the sounds of the summer with Laguna Beach's first Sister City, Menton, France.

58. "Green" Your Trip! - For those individuals interested in resources, tips for travelers and sustainable practices, is a great resource for you. Find restaurants serving organic dishes, hotels that offer eco-friendly accommodations, green activities to enjoy, and much more.

59. Grab a Picnic Lunch - Pick up a fresh picnic lunch and enjoy it while you relax at one of Laguna's 20 coves, beaches or parks. Try a delicious meal to-go or a tasty sandwich from a local deli. There will be no need to dress up for this gourmet meal.

60. Are you a History Buff? - Built in 1923, the Murphy-Smith Bungalow is one of the few original beach houses remaining in the downtown area of Laguna Beach. It is currently the home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society. Stop by to view a glimpse of Laguna's past. Open Fri-Sun 1:00-4:00pm. 278 Ocean Avenue. (949)

61. Snorkeling - Take a dip in Laguna's beautiful waters and explore the sea life below. There are several great beaches for snorkeling, including Shaw's Cove, Diver's Cove and Treasure Island. Bring your own gear or rent from a local shop.

62. Laguna Beach...A College Town - Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art + Design educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Art and Feature Animation, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. View a variety of art exhibitions throughout the year showcasing the exceptional works of both graduate and undergraduate students. Admission is free. Open Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm; Sat 9:00am-4:00pm. 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.

63. Visit Laguna's Oldest House - This piece of Laguna history is located at 154 Pearl Street. The home was built in 1883 with wood floated in from boats, wood from shipwrecks, as well as driftwood.

64. People-Watch at Main Beach - Laguna's "Window to the Sea," this beachfront park is located in the heart of downtown Laguna. There is always plenty to see and do here at Laguna's most bustling scene.

65. Bette Davis House - This English Tudor home, built in 1929, overlooks beautiful Wood's Cove. See where Bette Davis lived during the early ‘40s, located at 1881 Ocean Way.

66. Bird Watching - Laguna Beach is a bird sanctuary, home to several unique and endangered species. Learn more about how to spot them in their natural habitat by visiting the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 923-2235

67. Historic Lifeguard Tower - See a piece of Laguna's history. Located at Main Beach this historic tower was originally part of a gas station built across the street in 1929. When the station was demolished, the tower was moved to its present location and converted for lifeguard purposes. The current Lifeguard Headquarters is located at the north end of Main Beach.

68. Peppertree Lane - When passing through the arched brick entry of this Laguna Beach landmark, you can experience history in Laguna's oldest shopping district. The shops enclosed offer fine dining, a saloon, clothing, gifts, and much more. 448 South Coast Highway.

69. Crystal Cove State Park - Immerse yourself in its three miles of coastline, wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designed as an underwater park. Swim surf, scuba, fish, mountain bike, or hike - this park truly has something for everyone. Explore on your own, or take part in a public tour of the Historic District on the second Saturday of each month.

70. Surf's up! - Visit one of Laguna's local surf shops. Costa Azul, Hobie, La Vida Laguna, Laguna Surf & Sport, and Thalia Street Surf Shop offer all the expert equipment, advice, and local surf-style that will have you hanging-ten in no time.

71. Jogger's Paradise - Enjoy relaxing scenery, cool breezes, and wonderful look-outs to stop, stretch, and refuel. Laguna's scattered hills, ramps to the sand, and beach stairs offer variety for those seeking a vigorous challenge.

72. Walk with a Naturalist - Each Saturday a Naturalist from the Laguna Canyon Foundation meets at Willow Canyon to share Laguna's unique flora, fauna, and natural habitat. Willow Canyon & Laguna Canyon Road intersection. 9:00am departure. (949) 923-2235

73. HIP District - This historic place is a thriving and exciting business district. "HIP" for Historic Places offers 26 art galleries, 17 restaurants, and several unique coffee shops, apparel stores, a bookstore, florists, a nursery and much more from Anita to Bluebird Canyon Road. Pamper yourself with a day at one of the many spas or enjoy a day at the beach.

74. Sweet tooth? - Get your fix and indulge yourself at The Chocolate Soldier or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Both feature local handmade chocolate and other specialty treats and gift items.

75. Beverages on the Rooftop - Atop the historic Hotel La Casa del Camino, enjoy Laguna Beach's only Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Wonderful for a meal or their signature mojito while enjoying a breathtaking sunset. 1289 South Coast Hwy. (949) 497-2446

76. Make Your Own Bath Salts - Not only will you find one-of-a-kind bath products from around the world, you can also make your own bath salts and perfume...just decide which fragrance suits you best. 445 South Coast Highway. (949) 494-1417.

77. Experience a Taste of Italy - Dolce Gelato creates delicious fresh Italian gelato that is handmade daily. New flavors are released every Friday. Dolce Gelato, 247 Broadway. (949) 715-9249

78. Late Night Happy Hour - Happy hour comes twice a day at House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, Avila's El Ranchito, Rock'N Fish, Romeo Cucina, Asada, The Cliff Restaurant, Lumberyard, OceanView Bar & Grill, Starfish Laguna and Watermarc. Call restaurants for specific offers.

79. Kayaking - Kayak Southern California's most magnificent coastline and see Laguna Beach the way it was meant - from the Pacific, where nature performs daily. Explore hidden coves, rugged cliffs, reefs, beaches and playful sea lions. Take a guided tour or paddle out yourself.

80. Pick up a Beach Read - Check out one of Laguna's boutique book stores housing a wide variety of everything literary! Barnaby Rudge Booksellers or Laguna Beach Books are happy to help you find a perfect page-turner.

81. Grazing Goats - Laguna's own four-legged firefighters feast on native plants and effectively clear firebreaks, protecting homes and businesses. There are currently 600 on the force! Check in with the Laguna Beach Fire Department at (949) 407-0700 non-emergency line) to obtain their current whereabouts for fantastic photo opportunities.

82. Las Brisas - Las Brisas has been a Southern California landmark since its inception in 1938 as the Victor Hugo Inn. Centrally located and overlooking the Pacific, Las Brisas is the perfect stop for a spectacular coastline view. 361 Cliff Drive. (949) 497-5434

83. Art Lovers Deal - Receive unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals: Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival...for only $21.50. Each passport includes a one-time free parking pass at Act V parking lot on Laguna Canyon Road. Buy your pass online at

84. Shipwreck! - Two hundred yards offshore lies a shipwreck, the Foss 125 better known as the "Cleo Street Barge." This ship met its rocky resting place in 1958, and is now home to an abundance of underwater sea life. A perfect destination for experienced divers and snorkelers.

85. The Laguna Playhouse - The West Coast's oldest continuously operating theater, offers an intimate atmosphere with five mainstage theatrical productions each year, award-winning youth theater, and several community performing arts events. 606 Laguna Canyon Road,

86. Go Veggie - Meat lovers and vegetarians alike can all agree on the delicious items from these restaurants and eateries. Nirvana Grille, The Stand, Zinc Café & Market, and Thalia Beach Cafe all showcase gourmet meat-free cuisine to comply with any of your diet restrictions.

87. Laguna Koi Ponds - Visit Laguna Koi Ponds to view the different bloodlines, body shape, luster, and color patterns. You can even pet the fish! See their fancy show quality Koi that sell for as much as $30,000! 20452 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 494-5107

88. Late Night Loco - Taco Loco, open until 2:00am on Friday and Saturday nights, is the perfect end to an evening of dancing and fun. Their affordable prices combined with fresh and eclectic Mexican cuisine are a winning combination. 640 South Coast Hwy, (949) 497-1635

89. Karaoke - Bring out your inner rock star and come sing along to your favorite guilty pleasure. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, Hennessey's Tavern offers Karaoke upstairs starting at 9 pm. Starting at 9:30 pm on Wednesday nights, sing a tune on a 120" HD Karaoke projector at Ocean Avenue Restaurant and Brewery.

90. Beachfront Dance Class - Every Fall, the Laguna Dance Festival offers a free, interactive dance class on Main Beach. Watch the waves while moving to the beat. Performances also take place at The Laguna

91. Celebrate Heritage Month - May is Heritage Month, sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and the Heritage Committee. This celebration features fun events, guided historic downtown walking tours, and several seminars on the unique history of our town.

92. Head South - South Laguna is a local's favorite. Away from the hustle-and-bustle, the southernmost part of the city has a special vibe of its own. Relax in one of its parks, sunbathe in a serene cove, or stop for a margarita at a local hangout: Coyote Grill. Don't forget your clubs - Aliso Creek Inn Golf Course has one of the most affordable rates in Orange County!

93. Take in a Local Film - Laguna Beach Film Society offers film screenings on the third Thursday of every month. Tickets can be purchased by non-members at the South Coast Cinemas box office on Pacific Coast Hwy. on the evening of the event.

94. Tour Laguna by Bike - La Vida Laguna's new bike tour highlights various points of interest throughout town. The standard two-hour tour covers the canyons, north and south Laguna neighborhoods, the downtown village, Pyne Castle, Dartmoor and Crescent Bay Lookouts, Heisler Park, public art, and much more. Daily rides at 10:00am or by appointment. Click here to view the bike map. Call (949) 275-7544 for reservations.

95. Become a Laguna Beach Foodie - Sign up to be an official Laguna Beach Foodie and receive exclusive offers to restaurants in town.

96. Get an Evening Tee Time - Play nine holes of golf at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course any weekday from 3:30pm on for only $22. (949)499-1919,

97. Paddle Boarding - Experience standing on the water with a guided solo, semi-solo or group lesson from SUP (Stand-Up Paddle). 1103 S Coast Hwy, (949) 715-4530,

98. Let your Inner Creativity Out! Take a Sawdust Studio Art Class and create your own unique art piece in just one, two-hour session. Ceramics, jewelry, glass and other mediums are available. Lessons are taught by professional artists who live locally. Classes are $95 and offered every Friday and Saturday at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Group classes are available midweek with advanced notice. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-3030

Southern California Art Museums

American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona)
Anaheim Museum (Anaheim)
The Autry - Museum of the American West (Los Angeles)
Bowers Museum (Santa Ana)
California African American Museum (Los Angeles)
California Heritage Museum (Santa Monica)
California Museum of Photography (Riverside)
Carnegie Art Museum (Oxnard)
The Huntington - Library, Art Collection & Botanical Gardens (San Marino)
The Irvine Museum (Irvine)
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles)
The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
Latino Art Museum (Pomona)
Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)
Mingei International Museum (San Diego)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego)
Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)
Museum of Neon Art (Los Angeles)
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
MuzeO (Anaheim)
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Pacific Asian Museum (Pasadena)
Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs)
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
Riverside Art Museum (Riverside)
The Riverside Municipal Museum (Riverside)
San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego)
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
Torrance Art Museum (Torrance)