15th Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER15mini2000–2001. Debbies Book officially got its trademark (no apostrophe, please), and we removed all the tabs and the comb binding cover that users told me they hated. We didn’t know it yet, but this would be the last small-format book.

Meanwhile, Survivor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Boston Public debut; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gladiator and Mission Impossible 2 hit the big screen; and American Beauty wins the Oscar. AOL buys Time Warner; President George W. Bush is elected; Charles Schultz (‘Peanuts’) dies; and the Yankees win the World Series for the 3rd year in a row.

Carriage “Hope” Children’s Charity

shapeimage_1If you are looking for a thrift shop, then stop by Carriage Hope. If you are looking for a thrift sho that supports a great charity, then you should definitely stop by Carriage Hope.

Located on Vanowen St in North Hollywood, they are open daily and have a wide variety of items to browse through. They also take donated items as well. The proceeds are used to fund Carriage Hope Children’s Charity, which provides support to families and children in need.

Website: www.carriagehope.org

Graphic Space Online

gs-logo4Unable to travel around to locate graphics and artwork, and need something in a hurry? Maybe you already have stuff, but still need a couple of last minute art to complete a set. At Graphic Space Online you can search for what you need without having to go anywhere.

Isn’t the internet wonderful?

They have a wide selection of licensed graphics and artwork available 24/7 on their website, ready to use upon payment. Quite handy if you are in a remote area, or realize you have missed a wall on your set, or simply need those last couple of fake labels, cd covers, and fake movie posters.

Website: www.graphicspaceonline.com

Estrada Dental Supply

361-thickbox_defaultGoing to the dentist doesn’t rank high on the list of enjoyable activities, unless you really like the feel of metal scraping across your teeth. It can be though, if you are just recreating a dental exam room and don’t plan on having any actual dental work done.

For all things dental needed to create a realistic set, minus the painful drilling, visit Estrada Dental Supply. They have many years of experience in the dental industry, and a wide selection of items to choose from.

Website: www.estradadental.com

Student Presentation and Tour @ ZG04 & More

DSC05221Just last Thursday Dec. 11, 2014 Philip and Laura’s separate classes of students came to the valley prop houses for a tour. Afterwards there was an hour demonstration by yours truly on the in and outs of prop houses as well as a breakdown of some of the tools available on our app!

DSC05220The students had a chance to visit three very unique prop houses; History For Hire (great for period and historically accurate reproductions), Alley Cats Studio Rentals (perfect for outdoor street dressing, playgrounds and more), and ZG04 Décor (a quickly expanding prop house of decorative accessories, hand props, and general set dressing).DSC05219

Klaus (owner of ZG04 Décor) gave great information and insight on how designers have limited time shopping, emphasizing how he has combined his skills of design and working on a tight schedule to expedite everything they offer at his new prop house.

A good time was had by all and it’s always nice to see new blood entering the entertainment business that are driven and creative!

The Auditorium

show_photo-1If you find yourself in need of a wide range of musical props, then stop by The Auditorium.

Not just any auditorium, The Auditorium is located in Sun Valley they have items that can cover many different music themes and styles. So instead of playing air guitar, keyboard and drums, you can get real ones for your next project. Even if the people using them can’t play an instrument, they can at least look the part!

Website: www.auditoriumprops.com

Amazing Balloons by Gee

PrintCreating a beautiful, eye-catching balloon sculpture is not as simple as it looks. That’s why there are balloon specialists out there that make sure your event has the right design that is sure to impress.

At Amazing Balloons by Gee, they have years of experience designing and creating balloon art. From small parties to big corporate events, you can get can get all your balloon needs covered.

Website: www.amazingballoonsbygee.com

Holiday Sale @ Sword & Stone – Also Tony Got Married!

Sword Stone Sale 2014From buckles to swords, unique weapons to armor and chainmail, Sword & Stone‘s inventory is always fun to peruse. What would make it even more fun though? What if there was a holiday sale?

Sword Stone # 1If you can make it over to their shop on Saturday, December 13th, then you will have a chance to do just that, take advantage of their holiday sale! It’s a perfect time to get your holiday gifts, including for yourself.

Tony & Karen Sword StoneAs a quick aside, guess who got married!

Why Tony [middle] of course! He is now happily married to Karen Cope [left], a sculptor who owns Cope Studios. I stopped by his smithy to give him a congratulatory hug, but I also wanted to check out what he has been working on lately. Plus it gave me a chance to share some photos with you guys!

Website: www.swordandstone.com

Newfornia Event Center

NewForniaEventsLogoWhat space has a full banquet hall and catering services, big screen tvs in the bar, stage for live music or entertainment, and is also a great space for Zumba classes? Newfornia Event Center, an up and coming event hall in Los Angeles.

Newfornia has been a great place for filming, sporting events and weddings and is located right in the heart of South Los Angeles. They are

Check out their website for photos of the interior and then get your book on!

Website: www.newfornia-events.com