Thursday, May 24, 2007

NYC series-1-Window Shopping



Remember me? What a week I had! Good in so many ways that my New York posts will come to you in a series. This may go on for a week or more! And in each series its so hard to narrow down the photos as I was incredibly snap-happy!

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when we think NYC is the shopping and no doubt, we did plenty. The window shopping is like no other, so today I wanted to show you some of my favorite windows.

Most are just what you would expect, an artistic staging of what you see in your malls and catalogs like the JCrew window above. But the oversize wonderfulness of it all just about knocks you over and beckons you to enter even when you've flipped every page of their catalog twice already. I was suddenly mad for madras all over again as I have been for a while.



I desperately tried to think of a reason (and a way) to purchase those red silk ballet slippers that were priced in the several hundreds. But instead I just came home with a picture and the dream that owning them would make perfect sense.



Craftiness has not been lost on designers or window display experts. Everywhere I turned there were either items or displays that evoked the colorful and playful handmade world you and I all love and live in.



The blanket stitches, the paper crafting, the sculpted fabric flowers, the odes to clothing design, the menageries of vintage throw aways given a second chance... I saw them everywhere.



Some where tiny details in shops and on clothing and others where grand like these giant paper flowers. It had me feeling a sense of home-i-ness that one usually doesn't expect when walking these streets. I love it more here every time I come. Really, its a stunning place to be.

More soon! xo~AM

23 comments:

  1. Welcome home, AM! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures. I love Manhattan, too. I look forward to visiting vicariously through your pix and posts.

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  2. beautiful red ballet slippers!! and what fun big paper flowers, I want those in my craft room now... wait, how big were they? oh it doesn't matter, I will make them my own size, very inspiring, it's good to hear of your week!

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  3. Happy to hear you had a good trip and it is fun to see what you saw!! My kids already love NYC but it took me until adulthood to ever go...very inspiring!
    I love madras too...I was just looking online for some because I want to make cushion covers with it... and here you have it!!! Can't wait to see more photos of your trip! (Did mom have fun too??)

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  4. Just goes to show you, Art is everywhere. You just have to be open to seeing it, of course these beautiful displays would be hard to miss, but the point is, we expect art to be in a picture or photograph--but in reality there are so many vignettes of artful beauty in our world if only we would open our eyes more. Thanks for taking us along your fun journey!

    lucy

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  5. blossom11:33 AM

    i love window shopping, that rose bud dress is so original! when i was in nyc couple months ago, i was so overwhelmed by the amount of independent shops they have there!

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  6. I want to go to NYC so much! One day :) Love those paper flowers.

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  7. Welcome Home AM!! Those paper flowers are SO cute! Looks like you had a lot of fun... can't wait to hear more about it!

    -Jess San Diego, Ca

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  8. It looks (and sounds) like you had a wonderful time. Those windows sure are inspiring. Now I'm getting the itch to go shopping!

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  9. Thank You AM. I live in the NYC and take it for granted. Your post reminded me to "stop and view the windows" every now & then.

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  10. courtney4:31 PM

    Oh it is all so beautiful, (and I don't think any of us could blame you if you had brought those shoes home). But what really excites me is the grey (it looks grey on my monitor) tunic/dress. I pulled out a shirt I had been hand beading only to find it had a little bit of wax dripped on it. I had been thinking about making some 3d fabric flowers to cover it and pulling off the beading, and seeing that just reassured me that it would work. Now I must go to the store and find some fabric that matches.

    Thank you!

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  11. Courtney, thats a great idea! I want to see when you do it. Isn't that dress amazing, all weird and wonderful :)
    AM

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  12. Oh what fun! I love "window shopping" and getting inspiration for color, proportion -- all the great stuff. I need to make a trip into Chicago and cruise the windows!

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  13. Oh, crumbs. I meant to email you to see if you had time to meet while you were here. Sorry I missed you, but I'm sure you were also very busy. Next time we'll have to be sure to get together!

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  14. Hi Liesl-that would have been fun! next time, friend :)
    AM

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  15. such beautiful and inspiring pictures - thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. Such beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. sheree10:28 AM

    love all the color--such beautiful pics!

    I am especially fond of those colored adirondack chairs. mine is painted white, but wow does the red one look lovely. might need to update mine. :)

    sheree

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  18. Azalea12:24 PM

    that fruit stand looks like an AM color

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  19. So cool to hear that craftiness is everywhere! Yay! And mmmmm....shoes.... ~A :-)

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  20. Fantastic blog! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the facts are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made.

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