Wednesday, November 24, 2010

happy thanksgiving to you

At Rachel Ashwell's NYC Shabby Chic Couture

Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

streets of new york city, part two

Posing in silver for silver (and green)

Debby Schuh, me, Michelle White at Balthazar's

streets of new york city, part one

The weather in New York City this past weekend was just beautiful for walking. The unveiling of holiday window decorations had begun, and shoppers (including this window shopper) thronged the streets, stood in lines, paused for photographs, and did it graciously. I was in the city to join Debby Schuh for her class at Tinsel Trading Saturday evening. Meanwhile, along with lunching at The Plaza on Saturday, breakfasting at Balthazar's on Sunday, and checking out the Apple store for my youngest son who now works for Apple, I took a few photos of my own.

Kenneth Cole doorway needs no gift wrap

Saks Fifth Avenue windows still under wrap

"I believe in the . . . right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,
that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty;
in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand,
that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living;
that thrift is essential to well-ordered living,
and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure,
whether in government, business or personal affairs . . ."
do we each still believe these things,
or just take it for granted that someone else will shoulder the responsibility?

Men in uniform (above & below)

Replica of this year's 9+1/2-foot tall Swarovski Star,
on ground-level view while the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was still in scaffolding.
The real star is made of 25,000 crystals and 720 twinkling LED bulbs.
Rockefeller Center's first tree in 1933 was also covered with 700 lights.

Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center

more coming . . .

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

i heart silver bella


I should be packing, but the paint needs to dry on one more Silver Bella swap. :)
This painted collage is for Kerry, my partner in the Custom Canvas Art Swap,
who likes black and cream, red and turquoise,
birds and trees, hearts, and vintage papers.
Just for fun, I tore old bird prints
into leaf shapes to collage around the painted birds and heart
and then added her favorite quote:
"Follow your heart
and let your dreams come true."

Sunday, November 07, 2010

silver bella bagged and bound


In a couple days I'm westward-bound again, off to Silver Bella in Omaha with my tools and swaps and talented roommate Sue. It will be a swell time of meeting old friends and making new ones, too. One new friend will be my swap partner in the round-robin Bella Bag Swap. As my luck would have it, she has spent years (!) making and selling all sorts of totes and bags. Nonetheless, I persevered in my quest to make her the vintage-type bag I hope she'll enjoy.

My pink mini sewing machine is so cute, but it was totally inadequate to the job of sewing through thick feed bag and heavy lining material. So I settled for sewing most of the the bag by hand with crochet thread. Notice the vintage dishcloth that I tucked inside for a pocket? And see those yo-yo flowers up there on the front of the bag? I just learned how to make those when sweet friend Amy asked me to make an extra yo-yo tree (the pink one, of course) for her Inspired Ideas magazine article.

Ok, there's still one more swap to finish, tools and supplies to corral, and bags to pack before I meet that early morning plane. Hope to see you in Omaha!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

jingle jingle on over to amy's inspired ideas


It's holiday gift time over at sweet Amy Powers' blog. She has just released the new free issue of her spectacular ezine: Inspired Ideas, the Christmas issue. There are so many great crafting ideas from so many talented guests that you will not want to miss this issue. From my lucky insider's perspective, I can tell you how hard Amy has worked to bring you this amazing and generous gift.

Go be Inspired for the holidays!!