Going shopping in your closet: it is a thing. I have not had to buy a gift for anyone since the beginning of Covid life since I keep finding new shit I forgot I owned hiding inside bags in my closet. Just being serious.
Case in point: I was looking for something to re-gift for a friend’s upcoming Birthday when I discovered these awesome Flying Pig String Lights hiding at the bottom of a bag of old tights, of all places. I have a vague memory of receiving them from my sister for Christmas several years ago, and I can guess that the only reason they were not put up in the Chickpad immediately is that I already had a set of Pig String Lights (recently retired to storage) hanging over the exact book shelf where these now reside.
In the first week of December, I was invited to a fantastically fun Tree Trimming Party at The Norwood House, a private Arts and Culture club located in a multi-story townhouse on West 14th Street in Manhattan. The club is filled with beautiful contemporary artworks, rare collectibles and antiques, and eye-catching oddities throughout its many rooms. While I was exploring, I spotted this string of large, irregularly-shaped colored lights, which were draped around a bust nestled on a stairway landing, and they grabbed my attention right away. Because, colored lights.
A close examination revealed that the lights are made from a variety of empty plastic bottles, which have been dyed a spectrum of colors and fitted through the bottom with a single light in each. Crafty!
Is this a likeness of Rasputin? Who knows!
I did some Googling to see if I could find instructions on how to make this specific style of upcycled plastic bottle lights, but I was unsuccessful in my quest. Perhaps you can scrutinize these pictures to figure it out for yourself! Good luck!
Are Unicorns still trending? Who cares! Are you perhaps even a grown adult women who needs to own Pink Unicorn String Lights for her bedroom or bathroom? Well, here you go! And at only $8.00, what a bargain!
Spotted in the Flying Tiger Store on Third Avenue at 73rd Street in NYC.
On the Saturday that fell over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Geoffrey and I had the bright idea that it would be a fine time to visit the Museum of Modern Art. By 2 or 3 in the afternoon, we felt sure that the crowds would have thinned out and we could just slip through the line and see some rad art. HAHA, how funny to have thought that, as we quickly discovered that the place was ridiculously mobbed and the lines were so endlessly long, that we had no choice but to bail on the idea of seeing any art that day. However, we decided to at least “take advantage” of the fact that we were actually in midtown, and perhaps do some window shopping and a bit of sightseeing.
Salvatore Ferragamo Store Front, Fifth Avenue
You may know that in a recent post that I admonished anyone who wants to maintain their sanity against even trying to be in the vicinity of midtown Manhattan during the Christmas season, because it will make you hate your life. But what made the trip worthwhile was getting to see all of the fantastic Christmas holiday decorations that make for some terrific photographs.
The photos in this post were all taken between Radio City, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 5oth Street, on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks downtown, and then west through the 40s towards Times Square. I didn’t always take note of an exact addresses, but if you walk around that general area, you should be able to spot most of these. Because, they are kind of big and, well, lit up.
Uniqlo clothing store, window displays. 53rd St. on the Southwest Corner of 5th Ave.
This is what the Window Displays looks like from inside the store.
These oversized Red Christmas Balls are an annual fixture in the fountain at Chase Plaza, 1251 Avenue of the Americas.
Night had not quite fallen, so I’m not sure if they are illuminated in the darkness, but I would guess that perhaps they are.
I really love these reindeer sculptures, and the bare trees wrapped in tiny red lights. I believe this is just down the street from Chase Plaza, but don’t hold me to that.
This colorful String of Over-Sized Christmas Lights is in front of the McGraw-Hill Building, Located at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.
I am pretty sure this Holiday Tree of Golden Lights is inside a building that’s just one block further downtown than the Giant String of Christmas Lights. I love the fact that I captured a man working on this display.
These assorted sized Silver Balls were inside a clothing store window. I didn’t notice which one.
These Giant Christmas Balls sitting atop a pair of revolving doors were possibly on W. 49th St. as we walked towards Times Square.
I hope you enjoyed my photos! Merry Christmas, everyone!
Christmas is awesome and so are The Beatles, so when you combine the two your head could just explode with awesomeness. How about decorating your tree this year with a garland of tiny glowing Yellow Submarines? So Awesome.
The Beatles Yellow Submarine Christmas Light Set Features:
String of 10 light covers shaped like The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine
Light covers crafted out of injection molded plastic
For indoor and outdoor use
Uses standard Christmas mini-light (replaceable)
Cord length: 138 inches (3.5 m) with 12″ gap (30 cm) between lights and 30″ (76 cm) lead from plug to the first bulb