Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bye Bye NYC!!!

Yes...today is the day that we are flying home...but I wouldn't live with myself if I didn't go out with a bang! So...yep, SHOPPING!!! My mom and I headed out early again, hitting up a fabulous find called Laila Rowe.
They had accessories for every color outfit you could possibly own at cheap, cheap prices!!! Think Claire's accessories but not made for kids...totally amazing! After spending an hour and a half in there we went over to get our daily Starbucks...then to keep on truckin'...

Time Square was going to be our last stop before we had to check out of the hotel...but I got caught up being a kid again at Toys R Us! The photo on the left is the Farris Wheel inside of the store! OH MY...LOVE IT! What kid wouldn't want to hang out here all day! On our way back up 7th we still had some time before checking out and there is this place I read about called Alcone Company...which sells make up to theater/broadway, TV and movie stars. They are so helpful and I had such a fun time in there!!! The staff was super knowledgeable plus they didn't push their products on you...plus the prices were reasonable!

Now it's check out time...so sad to leave NYC...but I miss home!! Can't wait to see my husband tonight!!! Plus get back to work (sounds crazy I know but I love my job)!!!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Monday, March 19, 2007

Top of the ROCK!

Monday morning my mom and I were out of the hotel by 7am! (that's 4am Cali time!) We took the subway down to Chelsea Market and walked around there...then had a yummy breakfast at The City Cafe! Now that we had a full tummy we were ready to tackle a day of shopping & sightseeing! We hit up H & M (yes, I am addicted!), Maolo Blahnik, Tiffany & Co., plus other delightful stores!

The photo on the top is my mom and I "On Top of the Rock". Absolutely breathtaking...then we went down to the Ice Skating Rink in front of Rockefeller Center!

We had a great day shopping and enjoying spending time together! So...to end a wonderful full day of shopping we hit up "Chat n Chew" for dinner! What a fun atmosphere and cute place! If you like diner-ish food check it out!!! After dinner we hit up some more shops plus checked out a "Chocolate Bar" called "Chocolate by the bald man Max Brenner"...it was something that I had seen on Food Network, so I HAD to go there!!! I ended up getting some yummy gifts for people at home!

Tomorrow we leave to go home...I can't believe it's been about a week that I have been here!!!

I love NYC!!!!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Soaking up the city!

It's Sunday and a beautiful day here in New York City! Today my mom got up early and headed out for our shopping extravaganza in "Soho" (slang for South of Houston Street)...there were so many stores we didn't know which to hit up first!!! MoMA, Sur La Table, H & M, MAC, and tons of other boutique stores!!! After all that shopping we headed to Lombardi's for some classic NY Pizza...oh my...it was AMAZING! If you are in NY you MUST hit this place up for lunch or dinner!!! After lunch we hit up a couple more shops...then took the subway back uptown to our hotel to get ready for the show tonight! My mom and I went to see The Color Purple, the musical...it was FANTASTIC! Such a great story and message...I am going to read the book now for sure! Since we had a late lunch we went out for dessert at Serendipity 3...we were totally SICK after eating that much but it was so totally worth it!!!

Tomorrow is going to be full of sightseeing, and of course shopping!!!

Artfully Yours,
Ceramic Diva

(On the left is the Frozen Hot Chocolate my mom ordered and on the right is my Hot Fudge Sundae!)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

It's Over!!!

NAEA is over! Although I am sad about today being the last day...it was a great experience meeting educators from around the world! Here is the final photo of our booth...isn't it totally awesome! It's so sad that we had to pack up and go home! Next year NAEA is going to be held in New Orleans! I can't wait to talk about our fabulous Duncan products again!

After a long day of work on Saturday we went out for a yummy dinner at Ruby Foo's...what a delicious dinner!! Plus keep in mind that today is St. Patricks Day...so it was WILD in the streets of NY! I love this city!

Check back for the shopping 411 on Sunday!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Friday, March 16, 2007

A Room With A View

Day 2 was another success for Duncan Enterprises! I had several teachers say that all they use are Duncan Glazes!!!
So today I am a little tired...mainly my feet hurt...plus with the change in weather it doesn't help. Talk about a challenge trying to walk in the snow without falling on your bum! The photo on the left is the balcony off my room. Totally amazing...but really cold!!!

Tomorrow is the last day of our event...which makes me sad! I love to share all of the wonderful products that Duncan has to offer...plus I love to talk about the techniques and project ideas available on our web!

Well..it's almost dinner time here! Talk to you tomorrow...hope I don't fly away from the 30 mph winds!!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Day 1 of NAEA

Doesn't our booth rock?!! Today was the first day of NAEA! What a great event...there were so many people today. Attendance is said to be anywhere from 5000 to 8000 educators! Everyone was so enthusiastic...plus the majority of them use DUNCAN products which is awesome!

The photo to the left is myself and my boss before the show started...below that photo is a picture of our booth! Don't you want to jump in the Ocean Habitat?!

Today in NY the weather has totally changed! Tonight the weather channel said that its going to rain, then snow!!! Oh my this Cali girl might turn into a popsicle!!!

After Day 1 at NAEA I am so excited to go back tomorrow to meet more people and share all of the wonderful products that Duncan has to offer!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It's here!!!

Today our Duncan Team met downstairs for breakfast before tackling setting up our booth! I decided that today was going to be a fabulous day...3 things were going to happen:

1. Booth set up was going to be a breeze!
2. Our new Duncan 2007 Creativity Guide will be delivered to us no problems!
3. My luggage will arrive!!!

So...it was time to head for the Hilton Towers to set up for NAEA and get started on my 3 fabulous things for the day!
We got to our booth area and sure enough, other exhibitors were busy getting all of their stuff set up! It was crazy...but good crazy! When we were about half way finished setting up our booth...the 2007 Creativity Guides had arrived!!! Yes! That is one off my list! It didn't take long to set up our booth...the hardest part was the lining up the wallpaper (check back for pictures tomorrow)!!! So sweet, another one off the list...that's 2 out of 3! Back to the hotel to check on my luggage...guess what...IT ARRIVED!!!!!! I was so excited I could have done cartwheels in the lobby! Yes...it's an absolutely fabulous day today!

After a great day, our Duncan Team set out to hit the town..."Uptown...Downtown...all the way around town"...we took the Subway down to catch the ferry to Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty, but we were about 5 minutes late for the last ferry! AHH! Then we headed up to check out some other "tourist" attractions...we past by Trinity Church, which the architecture is amazing there! We went through the tribute to 9-11 which was so moving...but very very sad. I attached a photo of Firehouse 10 which is right across from Ground Zero, next to the tribute. To pick up the mood after that we headed back on the Subway to 34th Street...to check out The Empire State Building, all the way to the top! 86 floors!!! The view was absolutely breathtaking...I took a photo from looking up and then several from looking out. (I am attaching my favorites!) After soaking up the views, lights, and plenty of wind we headed back to the area of our hotel to grab a bite to eat!

What a day today! Check back tomorrow for photos from our AMAZING booth!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Finally NYC!

Yes...we have finally arrived in NYC!!! It was the longest flight today...before we landed at the LaGuardia Airport we flew right over the Statue of Liberty. What an absolutely amazing sight! I couldn't wait to get off the plane and start soaking up the city!

Unfortunately I had a slight issue...my luggage was LOST!!! I still am going to remain positive...I am in NY, the fashion capital of the world...so I could definitely shop for a new mini wardrobe!!!

Tomorrow we are going to be setting up our booth for the NAEA event here! I can't wait!!! Check back for tomorrows stories!

Artfully Yours,

Ceramic Diva

Monday, March 12, 2007

Week Ahead!

Yes, it's Monday and of course I could use at least one more day off! Saturday and Sunday were absolutely beautiful here in Fresno!!

On Saturday my friends and I went for our fabulous pedicures at Aqua Nails Bar then we headed to lunch. We were planning on going to Rhema but unfortunately they aren't open at lunch...dinner only! Rhema will defiantly be put on hold for "date night" with my honey! So we ended up going to California Pizza Kitchen to have a yummy salad...plus we sat outside which was wonderful! Sunday I spent the day with my husband and packing for my trip!

Be sure to check my blog everyday this week as I will be updating you from the big apple!!!

Artfully yours,
Ceramic Diva

Friday, March 09, 2007

Its all about being CREATIVE!

Yes...just as I promised...a little sneak peak!
Ok, so I can't show you the entire Duncan Creativity Guide but you can at least check out the cover to see how absolutely AWESOME it looks! I am so excited for everyone to take a peek at our new bisque designs! Be sure to contact your local Duncan Distributor at the end of the month to get your copy!!!

The next exciting thing on my plate is...A pedicure this weekend at my favorite spa Aqua Nails Bar!!! Plus we are going to try this fabulous new French Restaurant here in Fresno called Rhema! I will keep you in the loop on how yummy and relaxed we are after Saturday!!!! Aside from the wonderful things that I am doing this weekend, next week our Ceramics Team is going to be attending the National Art Education Association (NAEA) which will be held in NEW YORK! Keep checking my blog...I am going to blog about the events for each day!!

Check back on Monday for the info on Rhema!
Artfully yours,
Ceramic Diva

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sunny Days!!!

Last weekend was full for me...From testing some new products to helping out by painting our Contempo Pitchers for an upcoming show...which is the NAEA held in New York! So this weekend I was determined to get outside and enjoy our fabulous weather!! Which was an amazing 70 degrees all weekend!! So on Saturday I went for a walk with my sister and her friend Emily...(check out our picture)...we had such a great time! Then we hit up Starbucks after that, for a much needed refresher! On Sunday, it was another amazing day to enjoy outdoors!! My husband and I enjoyed our day off together by reading the paper...savoring coffee and the awesome sunshine...then it was time for a little yard work! After enjoying the great outdoors we dropped by over at my sister-in-laws house to see our little niece who is 7 months old! Every time we see her she changes! What a doll!! This next weekend I am hoping for a little outdoor time again...although I am going for a pedicure with friends on Saturday at Aqua Nails Bar. Check back later this week for a sneak peek on our Duncan Creativity Guide!!
Artfully Yours,
Ceramic Diva