We're just FINE!
Ok, as I'm sure you know the news tends to sensationalize a bit. I don't think that I was in the strongest part of, but I DID feel it. And this being my third earthquake, I have to say it was rather exciting. Really, you'd almost have no idea an earthquake had happened as I continued my errands out in Los Angeles today. I kept having to ask people "did you feel the earthquake?" and most did and some people didn't feel a thing, and some people looked at me like maybe I was just a tad too "enthusiastic" about the experience. If you're not a Californian, I think that you have to realize that people here are used to them, and those who've been through them before, especially the big Northridge quake in 1994 (which I was not here for), don't panic over these kinds of smaller quakes.
The funny thing is that I was at lunch with my new friend, Amber. I had planned on introducing you to Amber here on my blog, just not in conjunction with an earthquake. But ten minutes into meeting each other for the first time, we shared a salad and an earthquake outside at The Grove. By the time we realized what was happening, it was over, as is common for earthquakes, usually just lasting a few seconds. We did both look up at the huge two-story glass windows we were sitting by ~ wondering when and if we should move away from the glass that might break above us. But it turned out not to be a concern, and we calmly went on with our lunch, after our adrenalin rush settled down.
And it turned out to be such a great lunch and visit. This is yet another story of a friend I've met via the internet. I "met" Amber through Etsy when I bought some of her beautiful wood creations, the sweet little houses in the photo above. Amber's other identity is Woodmouse. She makes the most charming wood toys and sculptures. I instantly fell in love with her house series and could literally line them up endlessly in my home.
When I bought the houses, Amber asked if she could sculpt some of my characters for me in wood. She often takes on commission pieces. And these are what she came up with. Aren't they fantastic?!!! I LOVE them. I think she did a perfect job capturing the spirit of lewis, olive and oscar. I brought them home with me today where they now happily reside in my studio.
All I can say is Amber is as sweet as her creations. An entrepreneur, (she has quite a few accomplishments under her belt that she is incredibly humble about), a stay at home mom, a talented artist and another thoughtful, lovely creative spirit who I am excited to say shares the same city as me ~ as this way we can have more in person visits, hopefully minus the earthquakes. You can learn more about Amber over at her blog, and purchase her creations here at her Etsy shop. And...psst...she let me in on an exciting secret today, and all I will say is if you fall in love with something at her shop, I'd probably buy it right away!
so great to meet you Amber!!!
(and those of you in internet land, thanks for checking in on me ;))