Monday, October 20, 2014

New York City day five

Today we caught the subway to Brooklyn and walked the Brooklyn Bridge- it was jammed packed with people mainly because of the Breast Cancer Walk. Beautiful day and fabulous views of Manhattan and beyond. My geographical knowledge of NYC and New Jersey etc was pretty limited so all those places you see and read about start to pop into place

All those people coming at you and cyclists on the right imagining they are cycling in the Tour de France

Ian got a really great photo very symmetrical - he is a far better photographer than me - I just push the button. These structures are amazing when you think of how and when they were created.

Next we went to check out the World Trade Centre and Ground Zero area - didn't take any photos but we thought it all very low key and thoughtfully created and spent quite some time there.

My new discovery- the sewage covers - I must have taken about 50 photos with a busy brain of ideas.

We spent ages wandering around Battery Park City - they have done a fabulous job around the water's edge- this was a water garden

Wandering through the Nelson Rockefeller Park we came across this wonderful little sculpture area - I will do a special post later because there were so many different ones

Loved this of the One Cent and all the little guys

Just gorgeous

Fabulous park so many people enjoying it all

On the sidewalk

Looking back to Freedom Tower

We sure have done lots of walking but after that we got the subway home and put our feet up with a glass of wine and nibbles

And we went here for dinner - lovely pizza but we did feel like we were in a food factory - stuck in a draughty corner with a real automated atmosphere - they could just use robots really!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York City Day Four

Did much better today - we caught the subway to 42nd Street - boy it is hot down underground - and did the obligatory wander around Times Square - full of touts and people

Photographed this wall - certainly lots of visuals everywhere

Took several photos at the Hard Rock Cafe but the image kept changing so I went for Kiss

We spent two and half hours on the Circle Line around Manhattan Island which was superb - the commentator guy was terrific and it put lots of things into place - I only took one photo and here she is - I wonder if her arm is tired like my feet

Afterwards Ian went to see the space shuttle and I walked a long way and took a pic of the Chrysler building because I think it is the best building here - must look for some close ups of it

I visited M and J Trimmings and bought a braid but actually didn't get excited at all - I just needed a plastic bag to put my money in
Went to a few shops in the garment and fabric area but only spent my money at City Quilter buying some of their NY fabrics - not at all sure what I will do with them though.

One bonus was the exhibition of Velda Newman work there - only a few - this one - Zinnia - really jumped out at me - such strong colours and all hand stitched.

I took one close up but no detail - I loved her circles and circle stitching because as you will know I love creating circles myself. It is for sale at $70,000 but a lot of work.

Then I found a tea shop and had a ginger peach tea whilst waiting for Ian. We were on 26th Street and decided to walk back to 9th street - easy does it. Came across a Michaels on the way and dragged Ian in but wasnt overly impressed - then I saw a dick blicks but Ian refused and on we wandered.

No wonder we slept well but woke up early as to follow the All Black vs Wallaby game - think it would have been great to watch - that try in the last two seconds - wow! Houdini stuff.

New York day three

A relatively frustrating day in that we caught the subway to 42nd Street - very wet morning so thought it a good day to visit the MOMA - however when we got there we met the many other hundreds or more with the same idea so we decided to change our plans. We did a lot of walking (sure means you sleep well) and went up to Tinsel Trading in Lexington Avenue - I have always wanted to visit having bought stuff by mail order in the past - they have moved from Broadway into quite a small shop

I bought some vintage metallic thread from the 30s and some vintage sequins and a few other little goodies- have to be an experimental metallic piece or two coming on.

Then we went to the Guggenheim Museum only to find it was closed on Thursdays so we moved onto the MET - feet getting sore by now!

These pics were in the New Guinea section

Great costumes and loved some of the close work on them
After that we got a taxi back and relaxed with a glass of red before venturing out to dinner

This restaurant - Alta - in the next street - you would never know it was there - what a gem - this the entrance

And there was a little table and a couple eating just down there
The restaurant is Tapas/Mediterranean and there is an upstairs where we were and a myriad of rooms for eating - packed and excellent - would recommend

This was my desert - actually it was Ian's but he got mine and had half eaten it when I discovered this was not the flavours I fancied - however it was lovely as apparently was mine

We slept well

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walking Eating Exploring

Day two we visited the Chelsa Markets - lots of interesting things to see - spent some time roaming Anthropologie - interesting shop but full of bored male partners sitting on the sofas and bored sales assistants

Halloween is in full flight here at present with houses decorated and loads of pumpkins everywhere

Spent ages wandering around the fish market - these were the lobsters

Then we walked the High Line - what a fabulous open space where the rail line was. It started to pour with rain at the end - thank goodness for all the yellow cabs

Seen on the High Line walk - I didn't take photos but if you go to New York this has to be a must do

We have done a lot of walking but fortunately there are lots of fabbo restaurants in our neighbourhood. This one just around the corner. You go downstairs. You wouldn't know it was there if the sign wasn't there. They left the door open because I think it would have felt claustrophobic otherwise. It was pouring down outside. lovely.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Holiday time

Yes finally on holiday and this year a slightly further afield spot - New York- we flew over on Tuesday - good flight apart from the many annoying people dressed in black on the plane who spent the entire trip cluttering the aisles. We have rented an apartment in Greenwich Village on W9th Street. Celebrated our arrival with a red and a pizza

Olio e Piu just up from our apartment - open until 4am - eat your heart out Perth. It's a lively area and so many yellow cabs

Next morning went for a walk in our environs - Halloween coming up - lots of pumpkins every where

Checked out the local shops for breakfast supplies - Indian Corn

Flowers abound in the surrounds of trees

We walked to Washington Square and looked back to the Empire
State Building

Spotted this when we were checking out the fish

All very exciting and not a stitch seen - too much to see

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Little more Ally Pally

I think we had the best stand covers at Ally Pally this year - hand dyed Flimsies (pre felts) arrived about an hour before we left Perth and I popped them on the top of the suitcase to cut up at the show

They did look good and on Sunday I actually cut them in half and then into size - someone bought the other half - we took many loads of Flimsies to the show and sold all bar about 5 - they were our biggest sellers although we also sold plenty of everything else especially silk laps and Slushies (wool/silk mix) and all the hand dyed sari ribbon on day one - and loads of other stuff - sold out of my books and flower stitchers - it's good when that happens as it means I packed boxes wisely

So not a lot to send back - in fact the boxes to return were halved and into them went my many purchases. I didn't see anything new but I loved, as always, all the exhibitions. Also it was great catching up with friends - Patricia - Maggie(we got a free lesson from Jan Beaney) - and of course Shelagh - we went a roaming on Sunday

So here we are all packed up ready to leave on Sunday night - we have had a wonderful 17 years of trading and met lots of wonderful people. This was our last year although we will be back to buy and visit and holiday and I am interested in running workshops if there is interest.

If you live in Europe - you can always buy 500gr - that's a fair amount of Flimsie - for £9 postage which is pretty good

After the show we spent most of Monday moving to a very nice hotel and doing the washing - we went to a fab restaurant again - Roti Chai - with Annette and Terry and two of Ian's friends from Reefton not seen for a long time

Then on for our holiday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ally Pally

Last week we were at Ally Pally - arrived on Tuesday morning and set up pretty fast

Our stand all ready to roll

I am amazed that Blogspot has loaded these two pics after so long of being annoying - I shall carry on.

Monday, October 06, 2014

off we go

Today we are off to London for Ally Pally which starts on Wednesday - we are all out of kilter having to leave a day early - arrive at 7.30 a little later than usual but we are flying with Singapore Air - are you all aware that the Australian National airline - aka QANTAS - does not fly internationally from Perth? Just as well we have found other better airlines to fly with. Then on the blue line to Wood Green and on the W3 to Ally Pally - set up tomorrow - eat sleep and back to work on Wed.

I am working on my Kimberley Dreaming piece - still got lots of my background stitch to do but I added a few spirals of merino so I could stitch into them. It will be on our stand as a work in progress. See you there if you are coming. TGC9 is our spot.

I spent a lot of the weekend making more screens - eucalyptus from our garden and some WA towns. Then I ran out of mesh so that was that until we get back.

I found this leaf outside the back door this morning. Ready made holes and they go wonderful colours.

This is my new toy - a vintage typewriter - 1957 - so I am not sure what that makes me. I have been typing poetry on deli paper - let's see what happens to it.

Not that I am ready to go really as I have a heap of projects etc to finish. Never mind - I have taken my roller skates off and put the head back on the chook and once I am on that plane with my glass of wine - who cares. See you all on the dark side - or the up side or.....

Not sure if I will be able to blog while we are away with pics anyway - I cannot get blogspot to load nay piccies. But I will be updating Facebook if you want to pop over and see.


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