Live from New York! It’s Saturday Night!

Before I start this post, I want all our art customers to know all the last of our recent orders have been mailed out as off yesterday! OK, now I’ll go on with my regularly scheduled ramblings:

I’m here in the Big Apple for a few days, soaking up inspirations, getting ready for Monday meetings, and just having fun. Theresa, Maya and myself arrived this morning and we’ve had a kalidescope of a day. I’m bummed because I wanted for Patrick and Deangelo to come, but DeAngelo starts his new job on Sunday (his first gig ever, yay – bag boy at the grocery store!!).

We’re staying at a cute new hipster pad called The Pod Hotel
. It’s super bright and cheery and has all these cool videos playing everywhere of silouette people dancing against animated illustrations of the city.

(Here is Maya hanging out in the lounge area.)

The rooms are a tad squishy and tight, otherwise, it’s a cool, affordable place to stay. The only weird thing is that the bathroom consists of only a toilet and a shower, with the sink outside of the room. So basically, you wash your hands and brush your teeth next to your bed.

Today we hit up the farmers market in Union Square and then checked out a show I’ve been wanting to see since January at The Museum of Arts & Design. If you are crafty, you’ll dig this, otherwise you will roll your eyes, big time. OK, the show I wanted to see and finally got to – and LOVED was Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting! The pictures on that page do not do it justice! The exhibition ends next month, so try to make it if you can!

After that we went to MoMA so Maya could see original works by Picasso, Monet, Frida, Van Gogh and so on. She didn’t seem too impressed (jetlag), but I think a few years down the road, she’ll appreciate it.

Oh!! right next door to MoMA is the American Folk Art Museum and it’s shop, where I bought a huge door mat for our house made from recycled flip flops!

This is a big deal for me because I’ve been meaning to buy a new doormat since forever. We actually have a Christmas doormat that we flip over on it’s backside for 11 months out of the year. I guess I was waiting for just the right doormat, and this was it! Good thing I came on this trip, huh?

Later on we hit up Virgin Megastore (Theresa’s favorite). I usually don’t get excited about VMS, but today I did because I found this Jimi Hendrix tee tricked out with glitter, sequins, crystals and tiny beads. I was so impressed by it that I pulled a tacky move and took a picture of it….

Last, we topped off the day at the Brooklyn Diner! A must-do/must-see/must eat if you ever come to NYC!

I’ve been coming out here twice a year for the past six years, and everytime I try to go to new places. It’s so easy to fall into the comfort of your favorites, but New York is so big, I want to soak up as much as possible. Tomorrow we are headed to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I can hardly wait!

Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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