Thursday, March 29, 2007

A woman purchased a pack of Paradise notes and purple ribbon so that she could gift wrap a set of Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum roll-on set from Sephora. She loves to find unique ways of gift wrapping so I photographed her process.


Beginning from upper left corner (and then going clockwise)
1. A woman living in Moscow was wearing this necklace - a silver figurine, whose joints all moved, wearing a knit coat and matching hat and carrying a silver bag that is used as a locket.
2. Blue hair lengtheners woven into this woman's hair
3. A snapshot of a woman, who just bought our small orange leather zipper pouch, swapping out her stuff from her old white pouch.
4. Pink rosettes lining the rim of a shoulder bag.
5. Black & White line drawing on the handbag of the woman who bought the orange zipper pouch.
5. Love this boiled wool bag bought in Switzerland.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A favorite thing...

Here's my new Jeanine Payer necklace combination. I love wearing the Taylor necklace every day so I made the decision to add the hollow square and rectangle to the Belvini necklace. It looks great together.

The Belvini says "A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself that's how I hold your voice". - Rumi

The Taylor begins with "This time I shall be written. I am the impression that will transform itself. Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language". I have yet to memorize the rest of the poem by Rilke.

Banish winter... bring out Spring!

This fuzzy brown & orange scarf tied on a customer's handbag hopefully signifies the end of winter... Green, green, green!! Scarf knitted by the customer matched her jacket and Jack & Lulu's new fine line collection that triggered another photo op. Spring is coming soon!!

Mother and daughter pose with newly purchased handbag from Canal Street. This bag with its vintage detailing on the handle, brown velvet trim at the top, had just enough flowers and sparkles to catch my eye.


(upper left and then clockwise): Bright and fun enclosure cards just small enough to give that gift a dash of color; "Bulb" and "raindrop" vases arrived from Portland, Oregon; Pomellato rings, coveted by the woman wearing them, finally caved in to the brillant faceted stones;
Bold, textured and very large ring worn by a customer looking at Jeanine Payer jewelry.


John Derian's Feather tray was featured on Grace Bonney's "Under $100" category on the H&G blog:

Friday, March 23, 2007

organic textures

An ocean style scene

A vintage style, brillant turquoise with coral color pin,
worn by a packaging designer at Cursive this evening

A notecard with a moss green watercolor wash & gold foil coral stamp

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Today we did some spring cleaning at Cursive. The shop looks rejuvenated and new once again. Please stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

graphite objects galore!

We have a wonderful selection of the graphite objects that have just arrived. Here are some of my favorites:

coral which reminds me of a ginger root

twisted leaf

wing - one of my favorites

left hand

spindle shell

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Tuesday, March 20th
1. I met Sebastian, a long-haired Jack Russell. His name seemed to fit his personality perfectly and his orange collar was the right color for him. His owner, whom I've seen before in Cursive, wore a pair of teal blue, angular style glasses.

2. A woman thought our porcelain horse chestnuts were actually the smelly fruit Durian which looks like this:

The prickly skin of the Durian is similar to the prickled skin of the horse chestnut but that is where the simlarities end. We had a lively conversation about the smelly Durian. She is passionate about eating the fruit. My one and only experience with Durian fruit was back in Hong Kong while watching Pretty Woman in a movie theatre, that held up to 500 people, and someone proceeded to cut open a Durian and eat it throughout the rest of the film...ugh!


Saturday, March 17th
It started out quiet but got busy after lunch. The snow has since melted off of sidewalks but has created large slush pools at various street corners.

1. Michelle and Misty (her dog) was in yesterday afternoon. Michelle bought one of our pewter whale "paperweight" for her husband and we found the perfect size box for it to be gift-wrapped.

2. A woman, who collects "non-kitschy" things with cats, was deciding between a John Derian 7" square dish with a cat sitting on a cusion or a seaweed tray. As much as she loved the dish with the cat, she opted for the seaweed tray.

3. One of my favorite "kid" customers, Benjamin, came in with his mom and sister (sleeping) and his grandparents visiting from California. I have one of Benjamin's drawing of a train in my work notebook that was drawn with the graphite shell object. Yesterday he drew me a rocket and folded it for me so I could pull it out of my notebook easily.

4. The wallace necklace with peridot was bought as a birthday gift for a woman celebrating her 40th birthday.

5. The bird & horse tiles were popular yesterday and we are expecting the new Spring '07 tiles in 3 weeks or so...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring merchandise arriving every few weeks...

Happy Spring, maybe?


Horse Chestnuts & Rectangular paperweight


Seafoam green vases matches the vintage African fabric pocket on a shoulder bag


"Too much to do" notepad


Spring color note cards


Puzzle erasers


"Raven" graphite object


A detail of a snail box


Start thinking about outdoor parties or picnics with a pad of disposable placemats: photographs of roadside signs & interior shots of diners.


"Yellow Lattice" fold-over cards


Black & White glass vases still life


Gold colored twisted string wrapped around Indian fabric covered journals


Nancy & Cathe, long-time best friends, chatted with me this weekend.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

March '07 snapshots

A new layout for Cursive during a month-long India Event at ABC.


Alicia, wearing this fabulous sweater coat and pants by aimee g, was also wearing a pair of Jeanine Payer's 18K earrings with diamonds and had recently given her boyfriend the Infinity ring.

I loved all the different textured fabric and colors that were sewn together to make this sweater coat.

18K earrings with diamonds


Fingerless gloves in wonderful Fall colors bought on the street


leather tri-fold wallets with an elastic


plaster letters


a very colorful handbag caught my eye


a very cool earring by little seven


tiny feet


this scarf looked so warm & cozy


a red collage (from left to right): tied leather journal with unlined pages, glass vase from North Carolina, Duplex red/pink notepaper, lined journal, striped beach book journal and tomato notecards from Seattle


A gentleman, wearing a long seersucker coat, was attempting to coax Spring weather early in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, today, we are experiencing very cold weather and howling winds.


I am seeing more vintage coats being worn by women walking through ABC.


M., one of the owners of Cursive, wearing his cold weather gear to combat
a cold weather front, stopped by to bring in some inventory.