I think I'm mostly recovered from my trip to New York with my dear pal Dawn Crowder. It was a quick trip and fast paced so perhaps it was only a dream???
Before I left I made a Heart Strings necklace for both of my dear friends. The Aqua is for Dawn, my beach walking bud........
Terri Takacs, my sweet online friend who I am about to meet for the first time.
Somewhere along the way I inhaled dust that I could not get rid of. You know that pesty microscopic bit that feels like it is in your lung and you can't inhale without coughing? Well, I tried water,gum,mints and coughing my head off all the way to Tinsel Trading until I worked up a sweat and my hair was, well, melted so I had the pleasure of meeting Terri drenched and red faced. It was glorious (not) and not the way I planned our first meeting would be. Naturally Terri was the wonderful woman I had known through the years of online correspondence and she grabbed me and hugged me, sweat and all. We must have hugged 6 or 7 times because we couldn't believe we finally met. I must say she was exactly who I thought she would be only more beautiful and her eyes , well, they are amazingly gorgeous. We walked in Tinsel Trading and Dawn and I gasped and stood in amazement at the offerings before us. We then scattered like mice to explore drawers and examine trims. The staff was the most courteous, helpful ladies we had ever encountered and Gabrielle A, in the black dress, gave us a tour so we wouldn't miss a treasure.
Terri, too tempted by the treasures joins her.
Dawn discovers the flower trims....oh dear!
Terri and I take photos of each other acting like children in a candy shop.
I discover these extraordinary trims in a case and begin to drool. I wish I would have gotten just a piece to frame. They are very old and so gorgeous.
We had the pleasure of meeting Marcia Ceppos, owner of this remarkable emporium of oddities and amazing treasures. Marcia started working at her grandfathers store at age 11. You must read all about the history of Tinsel Trading here.
Marcia was very gracious,welcoming and generous with her time sharing information and laughs with us. I was in awe feeling like I just met a superstar, which she is in the eyes of many crazy quilters. Keeping this "museum" open for us and allowing us to use gems,trims and treasures from the past and present on our crazy quilt items. It truly is a unique shop and a bucket list moment for me.....although I will be returning.
Marcia, Terri and dawn
We were each in our own world as we inspected every corner of the shop. I found myself daydreaming of how it was back then with loads of imports arriving in crates, opening each one and gasping at the beauty within. I would have loved to have been Marcia at age 11 seeing such delights firsthand. What an awesome experience.
We gathered our finds and was checked out by the sweet Kate Wnek who was a bit shy but allowed a photo. Can you tell Terri was enjoying herself? Such a cutie!
site and I know you will find a must have item or more for your work. Thank you MARCIA!
I will continue our outing tomorrow. It is just too much for one posting and besides, I am in dream mode again and I can't concentrate anymore :-)
Have a great day!