Crocheted Tree Blankets on Christopher Street

When we arrived in the city Tuesday evening after the long train ride from Pittsburgh we walked down to the Hudson River after supper. It was dark so I didn’t see the colorful crocheted blankets on the trees.
Then yesterday we were on Hudson Street and WHOA- there they were brightening up the landscape.
Here’s an article about the creator of the project – Holly Boardman owner of Musée Lingerie on Christopher says ” It takes about one hour to crochet a single square, and we have over 1,880 squares on our Christopher Street block. That took about 80 days!”

A total transformation of ordinary tree trunks into colorful street art

Here’s the first one I spotted on Hudson Street and then we rounded the corner on Christopher…

Transformation in 20 minutes-THANKSGIVING WEEK in NYC

57E41E99-A163-4003-A192-6A6D85A3EB46BE9DA426-737C-4018-9D3A-33B68BA853D8Round trip transformation of the weather on the Staten Island Ferry.

We’re visiting my sister in the city.

Freedom Tower’s appearance transformed significantly when the rain stopped and the sun came out on the return trip to Manhattan.

Jen H. at WordPress created this Weekly Photo Challenge Transformation

A Peek at Iceland on the Way Home

An aisle seat on both legs of my trip from Berlin to Pittsburgh via Reykjavik, meant no window pics-  by me.  Fortunately I had great seatmates.  One guy used my phone to shoot the scene for me and then Maíra captured the view on her phone and texted them to me. I wanted to see what Iceland looked like by day.

Berlin to Iceland- Canadian man who lives in Berlin and works in finance took these

 

Reykjavik to Pittsburgh photographed  by Maíra B. Software Trainer

 

Iceland and Pittsburgh Aitports  by me

HANDYED Yarn in BERLIN at Die Wollnerin

Meet Sabine Bornemann.

Hand Dyer of gorgeous yarn and yarn shop owner in the Schoenberg Neighborhood –Die Wollnerin .Very close to Winterfeld Platz.

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Handcrafted little zipper bags for notions,  stitched by another woman (whose name I will add when I get it)

42608A5F-9241-40DE-B9A0-B509734CD410AB43D938-8889-4D52-8CA1-64969D125B6BMy first trip I bought a single skein of this lucious Alpaca Silk Cashmere and then made a second trip to buy another skein.  My last day in Berlin I bought the hand dyed sock yarn of the loveliest merino and a bit of nylon for endurance.  On my final day, I took Sabine’s photo as I said I would for the People at Work Series. Thank you Sabine. Your shop is wonderfully inspiring to me.

Looking  forward to my return visit in the Spring.

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If YOU leave a camera or cell phone unattended-

  1. ….and there is an almost nine year old in the vicinity.   Be AWARE.

Happy Ninth Birthday Maura Clare.

October weekend in North Carolina, went to pick up pizza….uh-oh  Found an unauthorized selfie on my goid camera,  shot in the hotel mirror.

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And how did someone get my cell phone on the same trip?  Who needs grandma to take your picture?   Not Maura!

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Selfie in the car!

And on the beach Maura looked up into my Lens and pushed the shutter for this next shot

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So three selfies by Maura on her birthday

and a little memory collage with love from your Grandma

 

 

Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

C70943ED-8D41-4723-A0C6-627DC2F2E2C4You met Dagmar Bruckner and her husband Gunnar yesterday at  Kiez Eis blogpost.

Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.

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Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.

She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.

She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.

 

Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.

 

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Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead

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Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts. 9A411027-2EEB-4E56-95E6-B359948DF6A9

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Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.

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Ice Cream in de Hood- in Berlin

Kiez Eis  

neighborhood Ice cream.  That’s what the translation is! Celebrating a year in business.

The neighborhood of Schoenberg in Berlin Germany.  All the other ic shops are shuttered for winter break.

Worth a trip to Berlin.

You might have seen my recent post about the unique and delicious Lebkuchen IceCream.

Meet Herr Gunnar Bruckner. Owner and creator of all the wonderfully flavorful ice cream. I asked if he would be in my People at Work Series and he graciously agreed. After twenty five years in United Nations and International Affairs Work, he has found his home.  And close to home. Right in the neighborhood.

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He showed me how he mixes the ice cream and has several freezers with different temperatures.

 

Using the finest ingredients from trusted sources is key to success.  Saffron threads. German Mustard Seed Pickles, and Vanilla beans which he scrapes out the interior. He’s made cilantro ice cream and I had the fresh plum. There was grapefruit and elderberry and mango, too. I asked if there were any flavors which didn’t work out and he told me about a goat cheese one with way too much goat cheese- a tiny dollop okay for a small canapé but not acceptable to sell as ice cream. An expensive experiment but people enjoy the German mustard seeds/ pickles ice cream.

 

Did I mention he can make a fancy coffee or espresso for you, too?

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Scooping out small scoops so the chocolate shake I ordered for my DIL will mix perfectly.

 

Stay tuned for  tomorrow’s post featuring Dagmar Bruckner,  glass bead Artist with a shop and gallery just around the corner.

She created this glass pin for her husband’s lapel. A good conversation starter.