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Glimpses of New York City- handmade flowers

9:17:00 PM

One of the favorite tours we went on was to a place that is full of handmade flowers. There is a man who makes beautiful flowers by hand. These flowers are sold to designers. They use them for whole haute couture dresses as well as just little flower pins or hair pieces. It was really interesting. It was just a little shop and this man does all the detail work for millions of flowers. Apparently, he is the only one in the U.S. left who makes them. He said he has had I think twelve surgeries on his hands from twisting and pulling all those petals! OUCH.

Here he is- showing us how he made a flower for Louis Vitton

These are some of the little stamps used for all the different flowers.

Here are some of the tools used to cut the fabric with the stamps.

Here are some of the pieces already cut out. I think the red petals are made of wool. They use any natural fiber from silk to cotton to make these flowers. They are starched, then stretch and/or curled. They are carefully placed together and somehow they stay together (didn't catch that part). Then we have beautiful flowers!

Here are just a few examples of some of the ones he made.

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Glimpses of New York City- nice views and favorite places

5:04:00 PM

I thought I would add a few more photos from my trip to New York. I really only have one other REALLY cool thing to show you other than these favorite places and views. I should probably do it quick though, because it's getting a little late to be posting these as current news or something.

I felt the very safest here. New York is such a busy town! I was independent before I got pregnant, but it took a lot of getting used to to have to keep my purse close and be on the lookout for anything out of the usual (like I knew). Not to mention getting lost! I didn't learn my way about the subways until the last day we were there, so it wouldn't have been to good. Anyway, on Sunday, we went to church in this pretty little brownstone. Very nice and lovely. The ward was so fun and the building had the cleanest bathrooms in New York City.

This view of New York City is from the ferry we took to see Ellis Island. I loved the ride. It was nice and cool and the views were beautiful.

This picture was taken from the top of the Empire State Building. If you ever go, don't be fooled by the movies thinking you'll be to the top in twenty minutes or less. It took us almost 2 hours! As cool as the view was, I would have liked it much better if I wasn't pregnant and sore. Good thing I talked the girls into letting me stay at Macy's so I could get another pair of comfy shoes for my swelling feet.

Central Park was by far my favorite place. When we went, it was kind of rainy and wet. I'm sure some didn't like it, but I was just happy it wasn't blazing hot.

Look at these beautiful cobblestone streets! I loved them so much. They have such unique character and charm.

The tulips were in full bloom all over. So lovely!


Glimpses of New York City- costumes

9:14:00 PM

We got our new external hard drive, so now I can load pictures onto the computer! Yay!

I thought I'd start with one of my favorite visits in NYC. We went to a costume making shop who does specialty costumes for Broadway shows. We got to look at a whole bunch of finished costumes and costumes in the making.

Here is a Little Mermaid costume in the making. Isn't it beautiful?

This is a costume for Mary Poppins. Pretty skirt huh? I want one like that.

Although this picture doesn't seem like much, it was one of my favorite parts. This was the area where they hand paint fabric for the costumes. We got to see some costumes they were working on and we got to watch them work a little! So cool! I definitely want to give fabric painting a try.

This is one of Ursula's (from Little Mermaid) tenticles close up. So COOL!

Apparently, the woman who plays Ursula is very small, so they had to add hips to make her a little more curvaceous. I would have never thought of having such rounded padding!

One of my favorite pieces! I can't remember exactly what it was used for- I think it was a show in Las Vegas. Can you believe all of that was hand painted and sequined?

This was another wonderful mermaid costume. Again, hand painted and sequined!

This is a really cool costume from The Lion King! I can't believe all the detail and work that goes into these costumes!

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