NYC Streets in December…

That is either Patience or Fortitude in front of the NYC Public library, decked out with greenery.

Patience or Fortitude

These are some of the many shop windows I saw. It could be I only noticed the ones with lots of aqua OR aqua was the color this year. it could also be that I kept taking pictures of the windows at Anthropologie.

Decorations were not limited to windows…

And, of course, there are the angels, the tree, and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center that are festive and a little crowded, both in the daytime and at night…

Times Square is always bright and festive and I can’t help but love it :-).

Photo taken quickly from the crosswalk

I hope these made you smile!

Seen in NYC, December 2021…

I went to NYC to visit our son, Jeff, and Ted! Ted-the-cat pre-dates the pandemic, but I didn’t get to meet him then. It takes Ted awhile to get used to people so when he got that close to me I felt special!

I went to The Met and The MoMa and had a great time. I love portraits and statues because the expressions on the faces show that people then and people now must be feeling the same kinds of feelings. These from The Met:

And then there are those times when art makes you giggle. Like these two Medieval busts… they are the mean girls from high school:

Medieval wing at the Met

Or here, I can hear them saying to each other: Here, look over here! No. I say look over here! It’s over HERE!!!

There are more female artists on display at both museums and one has to wonder why it has taken so long!!! There was a large exhibit of pieces (furniture, paintings, prints, and more) by Sophie Taeuber-Arp that was amazing. Here is just one painting from the exhibit…

by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

She died at the age of 53 in 1942 from accidental carbon-monoxide poisoning in her sleep.

Also at the MoMa you will find a wonderful exhibit of Alexander Calder‘s work. The shadows are integral to the beauty of the forms and the museum has them spaced and lit very well.

That’s probably enough for today. I’ll post more in the next few days :-).

Wednesday Giveaway – Last Minute Christmas Gift!

eeBoo’s Space Adventure Scratch Paper Stickers go to Kathy Harris! She will receive the pad with 6 pages of stickers and the bamboo stick used to scratch cosmic designs into the shaped stickers. Just one of the toys from our special toys and stocking stuffers page.

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Gifts for the Guys

Let’s not forget that men need moisturizing too! LoLo body bars are perfect for dry hands and more. I have two new scents in the store, Mr. Darcy and Edmund along with Plain Jane (unscented) are very nice for men as are the other scents. They all do the same fantastic job we are used to from LoLo—keeping our skin looking and feeling great.

My guys, young and old, all love good pencils as much as I do, and Blackwing pencils by Palomino are my #1 pick every time.

Grandson Jack loves to sketch. Son Chris writes notes in the margins of books while reading, and he keeps logs of various projects and recipes in notebooks.

Blackwing also makes notebooks, extra-special pencil sharpeners, point guards, and they all make wonderful gifts.

I highly recommend their One-Step Sharpener in the video above. It’s a good idea to order extra blades to have on hand. For the pencils, I gravitate toward the firm and extra firm graphites, especially. The medium and soft are different, giving a darker line with less pressure.

When it comes to notebooks, the sets of Clutch Notebooks or the Slate Notebooks are a joy to write in. The paper feels good under both pen and pencil. I like blank notebooks, but the ones with lines are just as nice.

Lastly, a Lap Apps is a lovely gift good for anyone to use with tablets, books, or hand sewing. Click here to see a video that shows oh-so-many ways to use it.

For Your College Student

My oldest grandchild is a sophomore in college this year. Like so many, last year she went to school remotely from her bedroom. She’s still nearby, but living away from home for the first time—very exciting!

Me, Elanor, Lorna

If there is a young adult newly living on their own in your life, here are a few gift ideas that they might really appreciate :-).

Everyone should have sewing needles on hand. The Pebbles Household Needle Assortment from John James is perfect, and you can pair it with this Set of 5 Neutral Bobbins. I would add a pair of 4 3/4˝ KAI scissors because they cut well, are a good size for many jobs, and come with their own sheath.

If your college student is anything like ours, organization is VERY important! Take a look at Yazziis. I especially like the smaller pouches. It’s easy to see what’s inside and they are easy to tuck into backpacks and bags.

A LoLo Cuticle Intensive and a LoLo Moisture Bar are skin savers, especially this time of year. This gift is a reminder for self-care.

And then there is the Lap App! This wonderful tool can be used with books, a laptop, and more. Watch the video below to see it in action. Elanor loves her Lap App with the Dark Feathers fabric cover, and uses it with her laptop.

Happy gifting!

Wednesday Giveaway – Frida goes to Linda Burger!

This lovely embroidered dishtowel from Danica is 60% cotton, 40% linen mix, 18 X 28 inch in size. Linda Burger is our extra lucky winner as the random number generator has chosen her twice!

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!