Peg's Crayon Box

Join me in my journey to live a more artful and colorful life every day. Come read about my projects, things I've discovered or learned from others, and ponderings on what it means to listen to the inner muse.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Postcards from New York

I've just finished making these postcard journals for a friend - a great project to use all those postcards from trips and collected at art fairs. These pocket-sized journals make terrific gifts. I reinforced the spine edges with cardstock, then bound the covers and page sections together using a coptic style stitch. I love the look of chain stitches across the spine.
I couldn't resist snapping a photo of these fun sock toys at FAO Scwartz in NYC. They were the best thing I saw there. To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the displays- too much of the same style of media-driven toys from movies, games, or TV. Even the books all looked the same- same style illustrations, binding, size, content. I didn't see much to inspire imagination in children.
I just had to take this photo in Central Park! The pidgeons were quite at ease eating out the feedbucket with the carriage horse.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Back from NYC-what a time!

I'm back from my NYC adventure and just getting back into online connections. I have to admit it was nice to be away from email, blogging, and other electronic demands. But I thought often of what I'd like to share here.
Each day I started out with "What part of Manhattan shall I visit today?" as my non-plan. I gorged myself on art every day! I decided to take out memberships to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MOMA so I could visit each at my leisure- took the stress out of my multiple days in each. Twice I had lunch on the 5th floor of the MET overlooking Central Park.
The incredible metal tree and roots sculpture was fun to walk around and through, but as the afternoon lightening storm approached we scooted down below to safety!
One day I took the subway to Battery Park to ride the free Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (too crowded to visit). Afterwards I enjoyed some very talented street performers. There's much to do in NYC for little or no $$$.