It seems just as soon as we took off for NYC, we were turning around and coming home again. C’est la vie. Before life picks back up to full speed I thought I’d spend a little time recording the past couple of days (much more appealing than the needed trips to the grocery store, laundry,etc)
Day 2 — Friday Part I
According to the folks in the shops this was the coldest day of the year so far. midteens with a windchill of something awful, but I didn’t let that deter me from the missions of the day, I put on nearly everything in my suitcase and headed out the door looking like the Marshmallow man’s girl friend(and since I don’t really need help in that area you can imagine what a fun site I was). First off to midtown with a visit to Mood Fabrics and a couple of crafty stops a couple of SC girls recommended.
As if the subway ride wasn’t enough to remind you are in New York, coming up from the trains at Penn Station you come upon this…
the Empire State Building and the Macy’s mother ship. First stop Macy’s for a hat that completely covers my ears (I came home to find my hat and gloves in between the seat and door of my sister’s car, I bought cheapy gloves and a cute but not as warm as needed hat at H&M on the first night) and they were completely sold out. Yes friends —sold out— that’s how cold it was. So I pulled down the hat I had as far as it would go, put up my collar on my trench coat and wrapped my scarf around. I may be the one person who leave New York less fashionable than when I arrived. If only Clinton and Stacy were there to catch that look, surely they would have handed me the Visa Card and whisked me right back in to Macy’s to find a better choice. Alas they were no where to be found so I carried on with my plans for the day.
Then it was up 6th Ave to Tinsel Trading (5th ave & 37th), oh my! You know how the Bible talks about how God has prepared rooms for each of us, well Tinsel Trading comes pretty close to what mine might look like.
walls of ribbons and trims of all sizes and textures…silk, brocade, velvet…lace, pompom, ropes, you name it they probably have it. Along the other wall — flowers of various textiles: silk, satin, twill, beads sorted and organized by color.
even at *gasp* $26/yard I had to have it. I have no clue what I’m going to do with it other than put it on display in my craft room some way. These are ribbon and trim lovers so when I nearly cried over the ribbon they got me and when I nearly cried as I handed over my credit card for much more than I planned — well they got that too.
I stopped in a few more trim stores along the route, but they weren’t quite the same, even though one might possibly have had even more stuff, the vibe was off and well my pocket book was empty. I still never found Mood fabrics, even though I walked along 37th Ave from 5th to 9th Ave. The jaunt was rewarded in a different way when I turned the corner and remembered that B&H Photo was just another couple of blocks down.
BONUS! B&H was a must see place on my trip last year than never happened, they closed for an assortment of Jewish Holidays during that trip. This place is really something to see — if you’ve ever visited their website or looked through the catalog or even the pages and pages of the adverts in the back of photography mags you can kind of imagine, but even those don’t do the real life version justice. It was crazy and overwhelming and sadly the lens I was hoping might work for my cam does not autofocus. So the next version is $4o0. Something else to save for…
And this was just the morning and you’ve probably wasted part of your morning or afternoon reading this, so I’ll save the afternoon for the next entry.