Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Bonnet Blahs

From this

to this!

Yep, it's an Easter Bonnet. I had planned on wearing it to the Easter Parade and snapping shots of others wearing more elaborate hats.

But, I seem to have a bug. You really don't want to know the icky details. Feeling better now, but not up to it. I'm hiding my face in the photo not because I'm shy, but because I'm an unlovely shade of gray-green today.

How sick am I? I haven't even felt like taking a nibble out of this yummy chocolate!

Meanwhile, I'm keeping the hat around this week. Luann asked if I might be going to the Royal Wedding when I posted the photo of the hat fixings. Yes, I am going--via the TV. LOL So I think I'll wear this hat in the middle of the night aka Friday morning as I toast the couple with many cups of coffee.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More than a Purse

My usual summer uniform is black slacks with a black tee shirt. Black sandals. Black purse. Today, however, I did something wild and crazy!

A new summer bag.

As I was buying it, I had a flashback to the last time I bought a blue purse. Early 1960s--I was 12 or 13 years old and, like today, it was a few days before Easter.

My family lived in Albany, NY. But, for some reason, I was shipped down to Brooklyn to spend Easter with my Aunt Marie, Uncle Mike and cousins.

That spring, I had read in Seventeen Magazine that “neutral colors with flashes of blue accessories” was what all the girls were wearing. OK, my Easter outfit was neutral--gray coat, a white hat with a gray ribbon, black patent leather shoes, black patent bag. However, being the spoiled brat I was, I just had to carry a blue purse that Easter or I would simply die!

Couldn't find a blue purse in downtown Albany. So helping me find one when I arrived in Brooklyn, then fell to my Aunt Marie. She took my cousin Margaret and me into "the city" -- Manhattan! Macy's Herald Square! Macy's--a store bigger than all of downtown Albany!

It's funny how I have no memory of why I spent Easter in Brooklyn that year or how I got to and from Albany and Brooklyn--but, I can still remember walking around and around and around the purse department of Macy's with Aunt Marie and Margaret. Aunt Marie was one of the kindest, sweetest people I've ever known and I just hate to think how I must have tried her patience that day.

That bag wasn't blue enough, this one is the wrong blue, the clasp is ugly, clunky, glittery, the straps were too long, too short. On and on I complained.

But I found one. A baby blue shoulder bag. And I thought myself to be oh-so-sophisticated and fashionable that Easter.

Today, I once again found myself in Macy's purse department a few days before Easter. Did I buy this blue purse to break up the black monotony of my summer clothes? Or were the past memories tugging at my subconscious?

Something Festive?

A straw hat? Ribbons? Fake flowers? What in the name of arts and craft am I up to now?!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Seen in NYC

At long last, we're able to shed heavy coats and hats and gloves. Just a sweater was enough for today.

Saw this lovely lady waiting for a bus. She's wearing a cheery crocheted sweater that her daughter made.

I like the solid green with the variegated pinks---perfect color combination for Spring.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

The State of NYC Spring

and an experiment with blogging from the iphone.

Some buds.

Some green.

Some flowers.

And a bunny! OK--it's a decorative bunny. But our rats would eat real bunnies.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Match!

Playing around this afternoon with some yarn, needles, stitches, patterns for a spring scarf. But what struck me is how well my nail polish goes with the yarn.

Now to find a good pattern match for this yarn, this ribbon yarn, that is so far out of my comfort zone!