A Few of My Favorite Things plus NYC Trip

When I get a new catalog I pour over the pages and mark the product that I love with a sticky note. I try to limit how much love I find because I can’t buy it all. But you know what happens. You see someones post of a card using a stamp set you didn’t think you liked and all of a sudden you have to have it! Here are some of my favorite things from the new January – June Mini Catalog.

Hello Ladybug Bundle.  #157699   $32.25

Cactus Cuties Bundle   #158058   $31.50

Happy Hedgehogs Bundle   #157985    $32.25

Cloud Punch   #157749  $18.00

Bough Punch  #157711  $18.00

Have you noticed a pattern in what are my favorites? I love punches!                                                        But there are other products on my favorite list.

Kite Delight  #157748   $18.00

How cute is this card using the Kite Delight stamp set and the Cloud Punch!


On the Horizon Bundle  #157779   $50.25

Best Delivery   #158026   $17.00

Daffodil Daydream   #157795   $54.75

Mischievous Mice   #158070   $12.00 (Host Set only available when earning Host Rewards)

What are your favorites?  If you don’t have a catalog and would like one please let me know. And remember with Sale-a-bration you can earn free product with qualifying orders. 

The week before Christmas I went to New York City for 3 days with my friend and Stamin’ Up upline Catherine Harwood. Up to this point I had only spent one day there many years ago. I went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island so really didn’t see a lot of the city. It has always been a dream of mine to go to a Broadway show there and to see the city all decorated and lit up at Christmas.  So I have to backtrack to last year when To Kill a Mockingbird was canceled from the season of Broadway in Orlando due to Covid. Catherine and I both have season tickets with our daughters and we were so disappointed. Then in June of last year I saw an ad about Broadway in New York opening back up and Jeff Daniels was going to come back and do 3 months only of his role in To Kill a Mockingbird. October – December. I asked Catherine if she had any interest in going and within a half an hour we bought tickets to the play, reserved a hotel, and both had enough points to get a free Southwest flight. I was so excited. Checking items off my bucket list. Covid was getting worse again and a few days before we were scheduled to leave on Dec. 17th many Broadway shows were being cancelled. We even talked about not going if our play wound up being canceled. But we had also bought tickets to the 9/11 museum and of course there were all of the Christmas decorations to see so with our supply of masks and hand sanitizer off we went. It was even more than I dreamed it would be. 

The tree with all the lights was even more beautiful than any picture can capture. The ice skaters were on a lower level and without a ticket to skate you could not go down to that level. And with so many people you couldn’t stand and watch them. Staff members were telling you to take your photo and move on. That was a little disappointing as I would have liked to watch them skate. We were very careful about wearing our masks but occasionally would quickly take them off for a photo if we weren’t in a crowd of people.

We did so much walking. The bottom left photo is of course in Times Square. The bottom right photo is eating a giant corn dog which was half hot dog and half mozzarella cheese. We were at an outdoor Christmas market in Central Park. 

Macy’s in NYC is nothing like our local Macy stores. It rained on and off this day but we trudged on. So much to see, so little time. The decorations in the store were stunningly beautiful. There were trees with owls and squirrels that moved. I was amazed at the escalators. Most were the old wooden ones.  

I didn’t take a lot of photos at the 9/11 museum.  Photos were prohibited in many of the areas and I just didn’t think appropriate at times.  We were a little early for our ticket admission time of 10:00 AM and had to stand outside in line for a half hour in 39 degree weather. It really was the only time I felt cold. The bottom right photo is the piece of steel support between the 93rd and 99th floor of the tower and where one of the planes hit. It was later identified by a serial number on the metal. 

I have always thought Jeff Daniels an amazing actor and he didn’t disappoint. The play was 3 hours of brilliant and thought provoking entertainment.  Celia Keenen Bolger who played the daughter, Scout, won the Tony award for best actor in 2019.  (Jeff Daniels was nominated but didn’t win. I think he should have.)  At the end of both acts Scout says, “All rise.” What she is really saying is that we are our own judge and what we do and how we behave matters in this world.

Have a great day!

4 Responses to “A Few of My Favorite Things plus NYC Trip”

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  1. Mary Morel says:

    Great pictures of a wonderful city at the prettiest time to see it! You are so lucky you got to see Daniels in TKAM…perfect casting! The 9/11 Memorial is so powerful and I understand how taking pictures just doesn’t seem appropriate 💔. Thanks for sharing your Faves, too…love that horizons bundle!

  2. Debi Stonewall says:

    Fun seeing your NYC pictures again. Glad you got to see it AND the play. Decorations are always wonderful and Macy’s is amazing. The wooden escalators are something else. I hope they never replace them!!

  3. Kaye Teronde says:

    What a fabulous trip. So glad you and Catherine went. We seem to like the same items in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Thank you for introducing me to SU 10 years ago.

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