Thursday, February 16, 2017

Empire State of Mind 2.0

Okay, so I never wrote a 1.0 version of Empire State of Mind because my first trip to the Big Apple happened in October 2015 and I wasn't really doing a whole lot of blogging then. Let me just say this, my first trip there was pretty wonderful. I had the opportunity to visit several churches, including St. Patrick's Cathedral where my husband and I attended Mass on the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul II, see the new World Trade Center, ride the subway for the first time, do some shopping at Century 21 Department Store and visit The Museum of Modern Art. Oh, and eat some really delicious food.

The day after my previous post I was on a jet plane back to that magnificent city with my husband for yet another tag-a-long business trip. When we arrived it was snowing! It was nice to see a little snow actually, it gave me a valid reason for wearing my oh-so-cute boots and the opportunity to wear some of my other favorite winter pieces. I have a conundrum where fashion is concerned; I'm a hot blooded summer girl who loves winter fashion and I live in Florida. Yeah, not many opportunities to wear wool around here in the Sunshine State.

Fashion conundrums aside, New York didn't fail to entertain and inspire once again. Our hotel was located in the heart of the Garment District and I had a splendid time wandering around, taking in the sights and spending my husband's hard earned money while he was at his meetings. I know, I said I wasn't going to purchase anymore "unnecessary" fabric and so I'm just gonna be honest, I bought some fabric. Some of it was necessary and some not. Hey, sometimes a girl just has to do what a girl has to do.

One does not simply walk into Mood Fabrics in New York City and not buy at least one cut of fabric, especially if that fabric was what you'd been looking for, for like forever! Am I right? I think so. Anyway, I had been looking for a graffiti print for a purple quilt that coincidentally had just been finished by one of my longarm quilter friends while I was on this trip! So, this cut of fabric was retro-necessary! And, it was an Alexander Henry print that was newly released, no wonder I hadn't found it before! And, and, I didn't even touch the Liberty fabric with my hands! I just took a pic, smiled and waved goodbye.

Next, I visited Sposabella Lace, because lace is just so pretty and I've got ideas swimming in my head for using some. Well, wouldn't ya know there was a scrap basket on the floor next to the checkout counter and I managed to rescue a few pieces. I had a wonderful conversation with the lovely sales woman who helped me sort through the scraps and she generously shared with me some of her ideas for the pieces I chose. Totally unnecessary at the moment but they were very affordable and pretty! I mentioned they were pretty, right?

For entertainment, the next day my husband took me up to the top of the Empire State Building! It was a beautiful day, a bit windy and cold but not unbearable. It's the tallest building we've both been up in and the view, um yeah, breathtaking. Isn't he just adorable?

After our tall building adventure my adorable honey was off to a meeting, to do his thang, and I had time to do a bit more exploring. I easily found a few more fabric stores, thanks to my iPhone, and one that had huge bins of scraps! I'm not talking about little scraps here, I'm talking about yardage scraps! I was well behaved and found a scrap that the owner let me have for three bucks a yard, the scrap turned out to be a little more than five yards! Plus, he let me have another weird looking piece that I thought had potential. Total score! Sadly, I don't remember the name of the store and I didn't get a receipt, the guy just squished the fabric into a plastic bag that says "I <3 NY", took my cash, gave me an air kiss before dragging on his smoke and I walked out with my beautiful unnecessary purchase. 

A few doors down was Spandex World. I could totally get into some spandex but I must say no for now. It was tempting though, all those pretty colors that stretch.

After my husband's final meeting for the day we were able to make it uptown to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a quick visit. We saw many favorites and met an amazing local artist named Dwight. He was sketching in the Degas exhibit and we had a wonderful conversation about art. 

Since I've been home I have been working on a new fabric project that I'll share in a future post. Plus, lest I forget, I started a painting! As I said before, New York didn't fail to inspire and entertain. It's that concrete jungle where dreams are made of...let's hear it for New York, New York, New York! Oh how I love thee! 

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