As I mentioned in my last post, my mom, sister, and I took a road trip to New York City over the second half of last week. Mom hadn't been to NYC since the 60's, and I hadn't been at Christmas time in several years, so just seeing the city all decked out her holiday brightness was a treat.
After the show let out, we hoofed it across town to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, we joined several other women who are taking Trish's Cabinet of Curiosity online course. They had generously allowed Mom and I to join them even though we don't live in the area. Once inside the Ratti Textile Center (located inside the Met), we saw about 20 exquisite antique needlework and beadwork pieces from the museum's collection laid out before us. No glass between us and those lovely ladies. We could photograph to our heart's content. They would turn things around for us. In a word, heaven. There were two caskets available for observation, although we weren't able to see either opened up and pulled apart. I wish I could show you all the pretty, pretty photos I took. Sadly, this craptastic photo is all I can share:
Catch me in person in a few weeks and I might have some more interesting photos to share. ; )
We finished our day with a stroll through Times Square, and dinner at Bubba Gump's. I know, I know, chain restaurant in NYC. But we don't have such things here in North Carolina. And Mom really likes the food there. We made friends with some funny British guys while waiting for our table, much to the amusement of the restaurant employees. They kept asking Mom if she had a Dolly Parton cd. Made me wonder if there is some sort of joke about the lady that we're just not aware of.
The next morning, we visited the 9/11 Memorial. Beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. I visited NYC for the first time in 2010, and spent time in one of the towers. The next time I came, there was nothing but a big hole in the ground, and some damage to surrounding buildings was still visible. Now, there is still lots of construction going on. And the memorial:
We wandered around the financial area, saw the Statue of Liberty, shopped at Macy's, and finally, ended the day at Tinsel Trading. Wow. What an amazing place to shop. Here's a few photos to give you the general idea.
Although it isn't exactly the kind of cabinet our course is covering, we still got a laugh out of this window decoration.
I bought some glass glitter and vintage ephemera for scrapbooking, and some gorgeous trims for edging some of my stitched ornaments and pillows. Mom went nuts over the giant wall of trims. Can you tell how much fun she's having?
And there you have our whirlwind trip to New York City. Throw in one night at Foxwoods Casino, followed by an all night drive back to North Carolina, and I've covered it all. We had a blast, but we were completely worn out.
I hope to post again with my final WIPocalypse update over the weekend. But just in case that doesn't happen, Merry Christmas to my fellow Christians, and Happy Holidays to everyone else. May the final days of 2012 find you safe and warm with someone you love.