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With Patience & Perseverance, Dreams Do Come True!

In NYC History, NYC Today on April 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Marisha, the absolute Professional you want to help design your wedding invitations!

I have the pleasure to announce a very exciting  partnership.  On April 1, 2010 I met with Jessica Paulen of Judy Paulen Designs.  She is the buyer as well as owner of the stationery shop at the 59th street bloomingdale’s.  I shared with her “aTouchofYellowinNYC”.  She loved the note-cards!  So much so that they are now part of the assortment in her shop.

This is a dream come true!

Here are images of the cards and the shop.  When you are in town, please visit the 6th floor and tell them you are a friend of 51art.


Until next time!

teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

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An Eye-Opening Spring Day

In NYC Today on April 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I began this blog as an extension to my stationery line “aTouchofYellowinNYC”. The note-cards are designed to share a bit of what it’s like to live here, a slice of New York City life.  So much happens that if you stand still on a street corner for a minute you will experience something unique, unexpected.  With my designs, the everyday/mundane has a bit of character and a bit of history to give perspective as to why the city is what it is today.  This entry shares what I experienced yesterday while walking my dog.

Our neighborhood is very nice by New York City standards.  The buildings that surround us are quite grand each with their own doormen;  the streets that grid the neighborhood are lined with very regal and very old trees.  We are right on the East River and stroll the promenade each time we take our walks.  Amidst all the landscaped beauty and the well coiffed people that live in this neighborhood, there are some folks that take temporary residence in this part of town.  They are transient folks, nomads that carry their goods on their backs.  These folks most of us refer to as the “homeless”.  They find sanctuary under foot bridges along the rivers’ edge, on stairs at churches and schools, in concealed doorways of darkened buildings.  During the late night hours these folks are sleeping in these places, but during the day what do they do?  Where do they go?  Since most of us are working, that question is not readily answered.  (Unless you ride the subway where entertainment abounds-sing for your supper I suppose…)

Yesterday, my dog Kodi and I had a glorious spring morning greet us.  On our walk, we passed the doormen and maintenance men & women washing their sidewalks.  This daily routine begins on the first warm day in spring and ends on the last warm day in fall.  With so many 2 and 4 legged friends sharing this space, the cleaning is a necessary task.

As we were watching the hose spray in the sun light, trying to avoid getting wet ourselves, I noticed a man walking down toward the river.  He was in the street and had a black suitcase in tow.  This gentleman was graying and I could only guess his age to be mid 50’s to early 60’s.  He stopped at the corner where a puddle of water was gathering from the side walk run off.  Letting go of his bag, he bent down to the street and began scooping the water with his hands, washing them.  It took a moment to realize what he was doing.  Kodi and I kept walking so as not to distract him.  We made the corner and when I turned back, he was gone.  For some reason, this act made me stop and I began to cry.  (Thank goodness for sunglasses!)  I bent down and hugged Kodi trying to shake off my emotion.  Once I was composed, the photographer kicked in.  I wish I had taken the shot of him washing, but in hind site I prefer to keep this man’s dignity.

We take so many things for granted.  This moment helps put things back in to perspective.  Such a basic need as having water to wash your hands becomes a challenge for a street person.  The expression “out of necessity comes invention” was demonstrated at a very rudimentary level.

There is an organization on the Upper East Side that allows individuals who want to improve their circumstances to do just that.  “Ready, Willing & Able” takes folks with the desire to enter back in to society and teaches them the necessary skills to succeed.  The progress is monitored ensuring each individual adheres to the program.  They have a very high success rate.  Please take the time to learn more about this group and do what you can to help.

All our life choices have brought us to this current place in time.  Most of us can navigate through the tough times.  Those that cannot, need to know there are groups that can help.  Empower each individual and watch what happens!

until next time!

teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

Inspiration in the most Unexpected Places

In NYC Today on April 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

On February 13th as I was walking to the subway, I noticed a message written on a discarded futon mattress:  “become your dream”.  (It was trash day…)  My first thought was that a college student was creative and upon moving left a final thought.

Crossing over First Avenue in another pile of trash I saw the same message written on a discarded box:  “become your dream”.  The message began to resonate-it was powerful.

As I crossed Second Avenue I wondered where the message would surface on this block.  I was not disappointed.

Today on April 13, (uncanny that it’s the same date 2 months later) walking by my local ice cream shop Sedutto, I saw the words “become your dream” on the base of their front counter.  I had to go in.  The manager stated the artist was “James De La Vega,  a well known street artist“.  A very simple message that has created a movement throughout the world.

You just never know where inspiration will be found!

Until next time!

Teresa, 51art

adventure is life, live it! ®