Christmas in NYC

Originally posted December 27, 2016.

This holiday season I have a lot to be thankful for.

First of all I am living in NYC with a guy that I just love and is supporting me as I try to make it as an artist.  And for that reason I am so excited that I have an art residency starting in January with Brooklyn Art Space.

For the Christmas season I got a couple custom projects, which I now get to share with you all now that I know everyone has their items. No spoilers!

Jeff’s mother asked me if I could make Christmas cards for her four grandchildren. I had a few Christmas images in stock that she really liked and she told me to go for it.  I love it when customers tell me that! That made this project so much fun and I went to work right away.   I had so much fun making them and was so pleased with how they turned out,  I only hoped Carol and the children loved them too.

Another custom project I received was to customize one of my collages for a newborn.  The customer after she received it told me she thought it was precious so I hope it was a hit on Christmas day.

Jeff and I, during our first Christmas together, went to go see the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and we did that again this year starting a new tradition!

After that we fixed up the guest bedroom for my family who was coming to spend an early Christmas with us.  My mother had never been to NYC before and we wanted to show her, my aunt and my uncle all NYC’s Christmas sights!

The first night we started out at Dyker Heights, a residential neighborhood in Brooklyn known for their extravagant Christmas displays.  Jeff had been once before but I had not.  This will probably become a new Christmas tradition also.  These people spend up to $20,000 a year on their Christmas lights.  I wouldn’t feel comfortable shelling out $20,000 for Christmas lights but I certainly enjoyed looking at them.

Friday we spent the day in Manhattan.  We spent some time touring the Christmas display windows at Macy’s and Sak’s.

We went to Time Square, Bryant Park’s winter village, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central station, and Rockefeller Center.  We even got tickets to see the Rockettes!  Seeing the Rockettes was something Jeff and I had never done before, so it was a new experience for all of us.

So at this point my family is exhausted and they still have two days left of their trip. We decided to slow things down a bit.  We went to the American Museum of Natural History and took a walk in Central Park.  Sunday morning we took them to Battery Park so my mom could see the Statue of Liberty. Then we said our goodbyes.

To ring in the new year Jeff and I are leaving for Montreal and Quebec City.  We will both be doing work while we are there, as well as play.  I am going to be working on some collages and trying out ideas for  some new materials.  It’s going to be a fun trip. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

I can’t wait to chow down on some poutine, and a Beaver Tail. If you don’t know what that is read next week’s post!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays!