Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Special Day in NYC


So, the day before yesterday...Thursday, me and Aaron celebrated our 20 year anniversary. Yeah, I know, we're only in our late twenties and yet...bwahahaha! Ok, stop trying to do the math and just trust me.
So yeah, 20 years! And for more than 18 of those we've been pretty much doing exactly what we're doing now...making art and finding our own way. Nary a proper job between us in all that while really. And the rollercoaster life of the self employed artist isn't just one that's self administered. The world at large also plays a big role. And I'd say the latest version is one that has us the most physically isolated. Pretty much 99% of our current artistic career requires us to be at home. So we thought the biggest and best thing we could do for our anniversary was to get out and completely shock our hermetic selves. Yes, a trip into NYC was needed. We used to go into the city on a weekly basis pretty much and now it's been who knows how long. We barely even go to the grocery store.
So we jumped a morning bus and next thing ya know...we've spent 8 plus hours on foot, maybe a hundred and fifty blocks of walking, and our minds absolutely reeling from sensory overload. We revisited some old haunts and established some new ones for future trips. 
One of our very first stops was Fishs Eddy, pictured above and directly below. It's one of my favorite places to shop. Vintage plates, cups, china, kitchen implements, glasses, cake stands, just everything you'd ever dream of for your kitcheny obsessions. There was so so much that I wanted but it was very early in the day and we did not want to lug all that dead weight for the remainder of our trip. So we agreed that a future trip in a car would be necessary to do our real shopping.



Forever ago we used to go to ABC Carpet and Home and we would stuff ourselves on the visual feast of decor offered up. Well, ABC still has 6 huge floors of retail space, but the endless corridors of authentic peely paint furniture are gone. The giant pieces that looked like they were hoisted by crane out of either crumbling appalachian farmhouses or sprawling hillside victorian manses are only sweet memories now. And we count ourselves lucky to have had the chance to stroll those aisles of antiquity for a few years. But ABC is still impressive. You can still get a pretty accurate pulse read of current decor trends and the spectrum is wide. Above you'll see Aaron on a sofa that could have only been built for giants. This thing was sorta in the real manly section...everything very hunting lodge-y and gentleman's club-y and Swiss hotel-y. And of course there were lots of books serving as decor. Including some giant columns that could support a roof. Below I snapped a pic of our resident bibliophile sneaking a glance around to see if he could slide a few volumes out without the ceiling caving in. But if he were crushed under a pile of books I do believe this would be a happy end for him.



We also had some actual shopping to do on this outing of ours. My little bro Walt's b-day was the following day and of course, Mother's Day. So we hit up the big Crate and Barrel that's right on Houston. And besides getting Walt like the ultimate smoothie maker, we also grabbed some stuff for us that would make kitchen life a bit easier, including these chunky little wood salad servers above. We then customized them at home with some aqua paint color blocking. And yeah, we left Crate and Barrel with about 40 pounds worth of stuff which Aaron could feel in his trapezii the following day! 



Our travels then took us to one of our predetermined destinations for the day. The Ink Pad...which we can't believe we've never visited before. It's in a great neighborhood in the West Village and despite it's size they've got so so much product. We were lucky enough to visit on a day when both the owner Anna, seen above, and the manager Barbara were there. Barbara recognized us from the blog and we all got to talking. And me especially because just prior I had revived my soul with an amazeballs iced coffee from La Colombe and me and caffeine are a tricky combo. I will tell you my life story in under 7 minutes with footnotes, glossary, index, and acknowledgements. Anyway, we tentatively planned for us to teach a class or two at The Ink Pad! How cool is that?! I will let you all know when dates are firmed up...I hope some of you local yokels can attend!


Any direction you turn this is what you'll see. 


Copic heaven


Stamp and ink pad heaven.


Washi tape galore...stencils, tools and whatnot.


Directly above and below are some things we took home for ourselves!



And lastly, after torturing our heels for hours and hours we finally cooled them at a restaurant we had been dying to try. Rockin Raw, which is down between Bleecker and Houston, is so so good. It's a raw food vegan place with a Peruvian / Creole bent. The food was unbelievably delicious. I apologize for the lack of food pics...the lighting was so dim. After stuffing ourselves for like two hours the waiter brought a candle over and then I was at least able to snap a pic of dessert. Chocolate Lucuma Cheesecake...and being raw and vegan only makes stuff taste like 1000 times better. So take a glance at it and then add 999 points to your imagined taste scale...surriously. 

Ok, we've officially reanimated the city stalking monsters in both of us and I think there will be many more visits in the near future. I'm still reeling and loving the energy we brought home with us. Thanks for revisiting the trip with me! 

20 Freakin Years! whaaaaat??!

xo, Jenny & Aaron




31 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary!!! And loving the photos from home :)

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  2. Happy happy anniversary! Thanks for MORE places for me to visit during my trips to NYC. xx

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  3. @Julie Tucker-Wolek...Thanks so much!

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  4. @carlanda brown williamson...Thanks bunches!

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  5. @Sara...Thank you so much!! glad to provide!

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  6. Happy anniversary! And many more happy years for you two!
    NY sounds amazing, and the shops look awesome. Too bad I live too far away :) Maybe someday!

    xx Susie

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  7. Happy Anniversary! That sounds like such a fun, spontaneous day. Discovering new spots in a city is one of my favorite ways to spend the day :) I love what you did with the C&B salad spoons!

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  8. @Susie, Thanks so much! Yeah, it's so so worth a visit.

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  9. @Midnight And Dawn, Thanks so much! That's what we like to do...no plans really, just go and have fun. And even though the salad servers were already really great, the pop of color made them ours.

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  10. well happy 20 years.....that's so sweet....happy you were able to get away for the day and what better place then NYC.....I love to do exactly what you did....just go and find new and exciting places right there in the city...I have been to the Ink Pad and it is such an amazing shop......
    well enjoy the rest of your weekend...
    xoxo

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  11. A very happy anniversary to you two, it looks like you had a perfect day! :)

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  12. Happy anniversary! what a perfect way to spend a day... bet it was the best kind i of tired when you flopped into bed that night :D yuou now the kind when you fall asleep with a big stupid grin! hazel xxx

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  13. @Laura, thanks so much! Yes, it was a great time. Can't believe we haven't been there in so long. Well over last year I went a bunch of times but it was to accompany my brother to doctor visits...and that's just not the same of course.

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  14. @Ms. Dee, thanks so so much! Yes we did. Exhausting but great.

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  15. @Cupcakery, Yes you hit the nail on the head. We both fell asleep flat on our backs and we are usually side sleepers. We woke up feeling like we were hung over...not like I actually know what that feels like though...but ya know, from what I gather from movies.

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  16. Happy Anniversary you 2!! What a fun day you had. I love the aqua blue paint on the salad forks! cute cute cute.. I can't wait for you to teach someplace I can come to lol xoox Miss you guys Grace xoox

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  17. Yay! A great day, documented. We just adore you guys. Our new BFF's! Thanks for coming in and for the shout out. Can't wait til you guys come for classes and get your craft on!

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  18. Happy freaking 20th anniversary Jenny & Aaron!!! I just love it when you share shopping and restaurant tips of NYC, always in hope to come over one time soon and see it all by myself.
    Since raw vegan is my choice of food when ever available that Rockin Raw is a Must on my NYC list now. The cake looks delicious!
    I wish you both the very best of luck and happiness for the next 20 years to come!
    xoxo~ Carola

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  19. Happy Anniversary guys! 20 years is amazing! That's love right there. <3 I looove Fishs Eddy! It's a Kitchen Fairy's dreamland! I don't get to explore Manhattan all that much but every two weeks my doctor's visits allow me to explore Atlantic Ave in Downtown Brooklyn. There's a store called A Cook's Companion that my mother and I love to shop from. There's also Betty Bakery, it's tiny inside but they own a vintage green wood stove that I squealed when I saw it! I'll add it to my pinterest so others can see.

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  20. Happy Anniversary! 20 years is quite a milestone! Congrats, and best wishes for the future.
    I can't believe you guys had never visited the Ink Pad. I have shopped there every time I have been to NYC. Love it.
    Cerri xo

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  21. Happy anniversary to you both! Loved reading your adventure, so much fun! I'm coming over the pond in less than two weeks to NYC and hope to get to the ink pad I have warned my credit card that it may get hot in there! Lol thanks again Jenny xx

    Kaz xx

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  22. @Grace, thanks so much! Maybe when we teach at The Ink Pad in NYC you can make it there. That would be great!

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  23. @ Carola, thanks so much! We know!...whenever we get the chance, raw vegan is the most delicious way to go for dinner. We can't wait to blog more great spots in NYC!

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  24. @ Tamara, thanks so much!! We could probably shop at nothing but kitcheny stores. They've always been our fave! We need to get into BK one of these trips.

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  25. @ Cerri, Thank you!! I know...we can't believe it either. Besides our spot for dinner, The Ink Pad was our only other written down destination for that day.

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  26. @ Kaz, thank you!! That's great! Ha! let's hope the card can handle it!

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  27. Next time you're in the city we should try to meet up, at least for some coffee! I never heard of The Ink Pad before so I must must must check this out next time I'm in the West Village. Congratulations on your milestone anniversary!

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  28. happy anniversary, jenny! i luurrve ficsh's eddy!! i used to go there all the time... they have such cute stuff! xoxo

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  29. I get it. You two started dating at age 9! May you have many many more years together!

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  30. Congratulations! Your trip looked so fun, I loved following along on Instagram :)

    Also, I think getting buried under books would be the right end for me too!

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