Who’s got the treats?
Who’s got the treats?
After spending a solid twelve hours inside my hotel room re-charging, I was ready to get back out into the great city! Here’s a link to part 1 if you missed my first day of adventuring.
This city was made for the solo visitor. Don’t get me wrong a group is great – but every place I went I did not feel odd or at all out of place. I was a bit… bright and sparkly and more on the Buddy the Elf meets Gisele from Enchanted side though. I seriously just LOVE exploring a place, and a place with so much history, art, texture, color, and detail? My brain was exploding with inspiration and ideas!
My #1 favorite thing (and it is absolutely free!) is to get up and go walking around Central Park early in the morning. Before the stroller brigade. Before the tourists and horses. Before the hoards. Most importantly: before the heat of the day strikes you down! Afterwards I wanted to seek out a coffee shop or café but instead went for my go-to, my #1 favorite thing to start a day with.
Something tells me you can’t go wrong in the tiny bakery, but I’m not budging from my pick. This crusty roll has rich melted chocolate goodness inside. You can try to put some chocolate and bread under a broiler at home to get the general idea… but nothing matches this. It is the stuff of dreams and I knew getting one on this trip was non-negotiable!
Thinking logistics especially when traveling solo is super important. In my case I had to carry around my nice shoes (for lunch) and some “touch myself up” supplies as I wandered around the city this quickly heating up day. I also had to get my suitcases all packed up in the way I wanted them for my business meetings the next day as I wouldn’t be getting to my hotel in New Jersey until after 10pm. A little planning can go a LONG way, is what I’m trying to say!
Last week I had a work trip to New Jersey (more on that another day…) and I did that thing I do when heading somewhere: is there anything interesting nearby/can I pull off an extra day to make it happen? As it so happened, the timing worked out and within an hour of landing in Newark, NJ a day ahead I was pulling into Penn Station in the middle of Manhattan. I highly recommend taking the train from Newark into NYC – it’s $12.50 and it is pretty much a non-stop ride in.
Alone? All alone in the big city? You bet. Fun fact – I played a game with myself and any time I thought of it I would look up and around and try to find a cop. EVERY time, under a minute, I could find a uniformed officer. In other words – hanging out in midtown Manhattan might be one of the safest areas I’ve ever traveled to alone! Today I will share with you my thoughts on traveling solo (and why it is AWESOME), as well as my favorites/highlights from the trip. I never really felt lonely or the need to speak to people. Quite honestly being able to NOT talk to anyone while being in this huge bustling city was quite fun.
Exploring by myself means I get to pick and do anything I want, and always on my own schedule. I don’t have to consider anyone else. If I want to take a taxi to get ice cream then walk to a fantastic craft supply store and take 2 hours lingering? I can. Speaking of cabs – I used Uber twice and was very impressed with the drivers and ease of service. It really was more that it helped set my mind at ease that I would not get stuck somewhere or have to walk miles. I also was able to hail a cab which delighted me to NO end. I really do love this city…
A cattle dog should have a bandana, don’t you think?
I used this Tim Holtz fabric to craft Ranger a bandana – and I even cut a slit/stitched it so that his leash can go right in and his fashionable look go on walks with us.
As you can see, he looks beautiful in my studio! As my husband told him – “hey buddy if you sit still in her studio long enough she’s gonna decorate you!”
Above you can see where he’s most often found – near the studio door. He’s a wanderer (and still pretty new here) so I tend to keep the baby turned doggie gate up when I’m working. In addition to his new bandana he had a check-up at our vet and is totally healthy- something I had assumed but it was great to hear it confirmed.
So we walk on. Entering week #2 being a 2-dog family and celebrating with some long ago planned camping… hope you’re having a great weekend as well!
I’m back from Ohio, where I spent far more time traveling then being there. (ha!) But for good reason! Above you see my “green room” table where I’m setting up my projects for filming.
Here’s the set…
It is *hot* on the set with all those lights! Oh and there is a ton to remember to do (and not do)… but it is really a lot of fun and the crew was FANTASTIC! I’ve got 5 segments coming this year on Scrapbook Soup – I will do a post + share the project each time a new episode is up online.
All of my projects feature the ScanNCut (seen on table above) – and I found so many ways of making this great machine work for my craft projects! I hope you love these episodes and projects as much as I do!
One of the best parts? I love working with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! She’s one of my favorite people anyhow, and absolutely fantastic to work with too. Not to mention tremendously talented and inspiring! Always happy when I can spend time with her.
Oh, and yeah when waiting on stuff to be set and ready to film sometimes it gets real silly…
It was a great trip and experience – but I am definitely glad to be home in time for my birthday weekend!!