Friday, November 29, 2013

Wonderful Renaissance Treasury

It's not often that someone chooses a theme like this one, and the costume designer in me rejoices to see
such carefully chosen pieces that illustrate a place and time so well. Thanks to Maria from Portrait Handbags for curating this evocative Etsy Treasury!

And check out her beautifully embroidered handbags adorned with beautiful Renaissance ladies...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween, Greenwich Village-Style

I happened to be in the West Village in New York City the day before Halloween, and had to take some pictures of the decorations that were carried out so brilliantly by home and business owners alike. I love that the neighborhood got into the spirit (heh) and that some home owners really went for it in a big way. You can find elaborate displays anywhere, sometimes in surprising places, like one lone townhouse on a side street on the Upper East Side. 

Fabulous entrance to a house on Bank Street. I met the owner and she was happy that I got such a kick out of what she and her family had done.

Bat above lovely greenery and metallic decor on West 11th

                                    West 11th Street corner house
                                                 Perry Street skelly
                                      More West 11th, I think, heading toward 6th Avenue
                                                     Fun on West 11th Street
                                                                       Perry Street
Heads up on West 4th Street

                             Spooky red window and door at Marc Jacob's boutique on Bleecker Street
Pumpkin vendor at Union Square Greenmarket

Window of Mexican Restaurant on Hudson Street

                                                               Perry Street
The Reaper on Bank Street

                    West 11th again, quite the display with orange lights wrapped around tree and gate
                                           Ralph Lauren on Bleecker - a nice autumn display
                                                             Bank Street pumpkins
               This evil little pumpkin was in the doorway with the hanging heads on West 4th Street
                                                                       Bank street
                                                        Awesome spider on Bank Street
                                                      Carved pumpkins on Bank Street
                                                           Corner house on West 11th
                                      West 11th off Bleecker. Fall foliage has finally arrived.
                              elaborate tombstone on West 11th further East (an oxymoron)
 I have seen a few of these figures in displays. This was in the "yard" of the house on West 11th with the orange tree lights
                                    Great rope spiderweb - and spider upper left! Bank street
                                           Very pretty window boxes on Perry or West 11th