I love snowmen, particularly ones who get into the spirit of the holidays, and this one's complete with his very own party hat!
Isn't he cute? Sue Pelletier, a local Massachusetts artist dropped him off at Quilting Arts last week as a gift. Sue outfitted this little guy with a vintage tin pastry tip (the kind that
decorates cakes) for his hat. His body consists of a glass jar lightly dusted with glitter spray and filled with baubles, his neck adorned with vintage letters
(CPS) and a lei made of tinsel. We found out about Sue when she emailed us a submission earlier this fall for whimsical houses assemblages (which will be featured in the January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors––a peak at her opening spread is below). Sue is what we call in editorial land, a Great Find.
Speaking of great finds, I purchased something a couple of weeks ago on eBay for my renovated studio and I needed to pick the item up personally––near New York City. Since I had to make the three-hour trek to NYC, why not make a night of it? (As they say, when in Rome...)
First stop was Rockefeller Plaza to see the improved, eco-friendly Christmas tree.
Where we took a geeky picture...
And then I left John at the ESPN Zone to watch the B.C./ Virginia Tech game so I could hightail it to... you guessed it...Tinsel Trading.
Oh my Gosh...
I mean...oh my Gosh!
Card catalogs filled with buttons and beads in every drawer,
towering walls jammed with trims, cords, fringes, and velvet leaves,
every nook and cranny adorned with trinkets of art, tea-dyed tags,
packages of vintage metallic threads from France, among other finds. I
had less than 45 minutes before closing time, and with a racing pulse,
I tried to make sensible purchases, but it was tough going. (I can't
imagine what would have happened if I actually had an entire afternoon
to explore this place.)
Later, we strolled through the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park,
where handmade gifts from around the world were on display. (Being this
was Bryant Park I had my eyes peeled for a Tim Gunn sighting, but no
such luck.) The place was packed with mosaic glass furniture, hand-dyed
silk scarves, knitted gloves of alpaca fibers, blown glass and soldered
jewelry, hand-stitched leather satchels...you name it.
This was what I went to New York for in the first place:
I can't wait to get her all dolled up for my studio. Speaking of
which, I'm in pitching mode and have a number of fabrics and books I'll
be giving away. If interested in a holiday treat, check back soon as
I'll be running a little holiday contest on the blog. (Hint: I'll be
interested in seeing any handmade gifts you've been making this season.)