Sunday, June 26, 2011

Estate sale find of the weekend

This Saturday my hubby, daughter and her bf headed out to hit a bunch of estate sales. We like going antique shopping but we thought it might be fun to try out some estate sales.

We did have fun! Sometimes it was a bit weird, walking into a home that literally looked like the people in it had disappeared in the middle of their day and some of them were people downsizing and moving. A couple seemed like a last ditch effort to get rid of stuff before having to pay someone to come haul it all away to the dump.

I did have a great sewing find :) my very first Antique Toy Sewing machine. It is only 6 or 7 inches high. I put a 1 cup measuring cup next to it in one of the photos below for scale.
It is an American Girl machine that was made in the 1920's and 1930's in Milwaukee, WI.

It is a bit dirty but the wheel turns quite nicely. I am looking forward to cleaning it up and displaying it in my sewing room.

- Steph... From my iPad


Thursday, June 23, 2011

McQueen Exhibit at the MET

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of visiting the Alexander McQueen exhibit, Savage Beauty, at the MET in NYC.

Oh My!! I was drooling, it was amazing! Here is a link that gives a great overview of the exhibit.

Seeing it in person was such a treat and the pleasure was doubled because I had my brother Willie with me to share in the fun. My creative juices were on overflow. McQueen was truly an amazing designer and artist, it is unfathomable to me that he committed suicide at the age of 40.

I had to purchase the exhibit book for my sewing room library, it is just packed full of great photo raps of his amazing works and is sure to inspire my creativity when I feel it lacking.

The evening was such a pleasant one :) the MET with my brother, dinner and drinks with him and his lovely girlfriend at a French bistro and than a nice walk by Gracie mansion and along the East river to see the lights of governors island, the triborough bridge and queens.

Now I am stuck in queens at the LaGuardia airport Marriott... Between the weather and the air traffic my flight was canceled and I am on the first flight out in the morning at 6am. Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds.

- Steph... From my iPad

Location:NY, NY