Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dress Form Pincushion

I had a few minutes to myself this morning and I thought I would try this. I have two other dress form pincushions that were given to me in swaps, but I have never tried one myself. I must admit that I cheated with this one and used an embroidery design that made getting this done super easy. Instead of just using fabric to make the dress form, I also added some cotton batting to make it firmer before I stuffed it with wool roving. I did a little bit of embellishing and now I can add this to my collection of Mickey Mouse stuff. This was really fun to make and my friend Susanne in Australia, basically challenged me to make one using Micky fabric....thanks Susanne!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Memory Quilt

My boss, who is also one of my best friends gave me a great idea before I left on the NYC trip. She told me I should make a memory quilt out of photos and fabrics from NYC. The above fabrics are some that I am going to incorporate into the quilt I am going to make. I am also going to incorporate the wall hanging pattern that you can see in the picture on the left. I know the Eiffel Tower fabric has nothing to do with NYC, but it is also on my bucket list of places to see, so I figured it belonged in the quilt also. I took picture of all the places that I saw, so I am going to put them on fabric and try to tell a story with the quilt. I have tons of ideas floating around in my we just have to see if I can make them come out of my fingers. Stay tuned!


Monday, January 26, 2009

A New York... State of Mind

The above picture is the M&M Store in Times Square

I spent the weekend in New York City and believe me I will never forget this trip. I arrived Thursday night about 9:00pm, dropped everything in the room and hit the streets in search of a good piece of New York Pizza. It took me nearly 2 1/2 hours, but I finally found a wonderful little hole in the wall place to get pizza. Now it was not that it was hard to find pizza, it was hard for me to stop looking at everything and ev eryone I came across. My hotel was in Times Square and not for one minute was I afraid to be out in the street so late at night. There were thousands of people out and about. I heard numerous different languages being spoken, saw street hawkers for just about everything imaginable, more New York Souveiners than I ever thought I would see and had more fun than I have had in a very long time. The people of New York are not rude and grumpy, I found quite the opposite.

On Friday, I was up and hitting the streets for my day of shopping. I was going to take a cab, but started walking and found myself right where I wanted to be. Along the way, I saw St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center...ABC...CBS and NBC studios. I accidentally found the Ziegfeld Theater, where so many vaudeville performers such as Fanny Brice, Burns and Allen...and so many others performed.
I perused Tiffany's...which has 6 floors to peruse, Bergdorf Goodman's and of course The Disney Store....numerous dollars left my wallet here. I tried to see Sak's, Bloomingdale's and Macy's, but they were having a make-up give away at all of these stores and there were lines of people for miles trying to get into the stores and I was not about to spend my time trying to get in. I walked around Central Park, said a rosary at St. John's Cathedral and throughly enjoyed my time shopping.

As I am still having trouble with my left leg, I hobbled back to my hotel and took a long nap with my feet up. In the early afternoon, I decided to hit the Garment District in search of a quilt store that I had found on the internet. I took my first cab ride and believe me it was memorable. I can't say I was impressed with the Garment District, but the quilt shop was wonderful and again..many dollars left my wallet into their cash register. My cab ride back was just a memorable and what you see on television happening with the cabs, it what really happens while you are in them. I tried to add a new set of brakes in the back of the cab ....I don't think the driver appreciated my attempt to alter his cab!

I could live in New York...I absolutely loved it. There are so many things to do and see and for the most part you can do and see things 24 hours a day. It is very expensive and the taxes are unreal. The food is to die for and the availabilty of so many different types of food, desserts, healthy, non-healthy etc is amazing. I had cheese cake from Junior's (which was right across the street from my hotel)....a chocolate eclair at Lindy's...also known for their cheese cake and fabulous pizza. I had a scrumtious bagel at the Carnegie Deli and tasted some Peanut Butter/drizzled with white chocolate popcorn from Dale's popcorn house. I hit the Hershey Store, the M&M store and found a Lindt Chocolate store accidentally.
I am sure I am a few pounds heavier, but it was worth it! I walked by Sardi's (well known from many old movies).

I didn't get to see a Broadway was way to expensive, but I saw all of the theaters and that was great for me.

It was a trip of a life time and I know I will never forget it.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Great Bag give away


Great give away and time to pay it forward

This is going to be an opportunity to sign up for a bunch of give away's and the opportunity to possible participate in a Pay it Forward Project....I have signed up for both.

Great Blog also.