Right now I am content.
Right now I am counting down until warmer days.
Right now I am planning a double birthday party.
Right now I am trying tons of gluten free recipes.
Right now I am trying 1,2,3 Magic.
Right now I am loving Country Living magazine.
Right now I am watching American Idol, Parenthood, Law and Order SVU.
Right now I am trying to simplify, clean out, donate.
Right now I am trying to make this house a home.
Right now I am trying to encourage.
Right now I am trying to be more patient.
Right now I am listening to "Dixie Chicks channel" on Pandora.
Right now I am obsessed with Trader Joe's White Pomograntate Tea.
Right now I am working on NOT making excuses.
Right now I am trying to be a better mom.
Right now I am trying to be a better wife.
Right now I am living.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
During each Whatever Craft Weekend, Meg and Kimberlee take all the ladies on a shopping trip on Saturday. First we woke up and could craft a little if we wanted to. Some people had to finish their aprons. I had finished mine the night before so I helped some of the girls in the morning. We all ate a super yummy breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls then we got dressed and headed out.
Our first stop was Bearly Makin-It Antiques in Marion, Kansas. The store is quite deceiving. The town is quite deceiving. We drove on a back road for about 45 minutes. I didn't see one other car on this back road.
I saw more windmills than I ever have before in my life.And tons of cows. And some cool barns.
When we pulled into the town, it was a little strip of buildings along the main street. Bearly Makin-It was inviting us right in with a lovely display of globes in the window.
We jumped out of the van and ran in. Everyone was laughing at me because I brought along my big LL Bean tote. I was so glad I thought to bring it because I was throwing stuff in. I get very excited when I shop good deals, I tend to push and be "that" shopper. I know it, so it's ok.
The shop had a little bit of everything. The prices were very reasonable. The quilts were the only items that were priced high. I wish I could have brought them all home with me. Sadly I picked only one and then preceded to stand at the counter for 20 minutes talking myself into buying it. My quilt was my big purchase. I knew I wanted one before I even got there. I picked a red and white one. It was marked $85. I talked the owner down to $70. A little better. Some of the quilts were priced $165-185. Insane. And remember they are vintage so many of them had stains and were literally falling apart. But still so beautiful.
Next we ran across the street to a thrift store. I found a few things there too. A few vintage sheets for $1, and a bunch of embroidery hoops for 25-40 cents. Crazy cheap.
Our last stop was what is affectionately called "The Barn". It is owned by the same owners as Bearly Makin-It and it was it's own kind of fabulous. One of the girls later said it reminded her of The Room of Requirement from Harry Potter and that totally describes it. Look at this pile of chairs.
It KILLED me to not look at the furniture. I was so wishing I had a huge truck.
I loved this vintage map chest. Would be awesome in my studio.
This is the outside section of The Barn. Every color of the rainbow…all junk.
Kim and I braved the freezing wind and snow in our faces for a quick picture.
Love it! And thank God for her idea to bring hand warmer packs. BEST IDEA EVER!
After The Barn, we went to a little coffee shop for lunch. This was the town. Totally what I think of when I think of a small mid-west town. I would really like to go back to Kansas in the summer. I bet the fields of flowers are amazing.
Here is my haul. I found some great stuff! I was excited I found a crate that said Kansas.
After we all drooled over each others finds back at the house, we had an hour to spare before the days crafts began. We had passed another antique shop back in Newton, right around the block from the Craft House, so a bunch of us decided to go check it out.
It was booth style, so everything was all mixed up. I found a few more things so it was worth it for me.
Super fantastic shopping day! I am already dreaming about driving out to Kansas one day and going to The Barn with a huge trailer :)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Last weekend I went to Kansas for the Whatever Craft Weekend.
Really there are no words for how AMAZING it was. But I will try.
It was the most inspiring, creative, relaxing, fun, JUST PLAIN AWESOME weekend…probably ever.
I was totally in my element. I took A TON of pictures. I am going to do a few posts as to not overwhelm you with all the crafty goodness. You might get jealous. Actually…I know you will.
Whatever Craft Weekend takes place in Newton, Kansas. It is pretty much what you imagine a small town in the middle of America looking like. I stood in the middle of the downtown, turned around in a circle, and saw the whole town. But let me tell you, these small towns pack a punch. But more on the town next time.
Let's look at the pretty Craft House. Meg, the owner of the house and co-host of the weekend thought up this idea two years ago and has been infusing creativeness in every corner of this house since.
The Craft Room
When we got there Friday night, I ran around like a crazy person and took a crazy amount of pictures before the house got recked. I'm so glad I did! This was the main room where we did all of our projects. All those goodies you see on the table was the swag we got. The sponsors for Craft Weekend our very generous and much loved!
I loved the wood above the mantel. Everything in the house is repurposed, old, chippy, vintage, and cheerful. All the colors were spectacular. Everything made me happy.
There was a snack bar. I didn't get a good look at it until Saturday and then I was upset no one told me about the cookies.
Buckets of fabric. One for each color of the rainbow. We were like kids who flock to a fallen piñata. We ran, we searched, we gathered.
This table. I'm obsessed. I now want to white wash my table, let the kids hit it with hammers, and paint all my chairs happy colors. My husband thinks I'm crazy. It's actually two long tables pushed together. Meg had them made from reclaimed barn wood. The legs are posts from a front porch and were that color when she found them.
Meg is an incredible photographer. The above photo of the paints is hers, as well as the cow print, and the gum ball print you will see in some other photos. I bought the cow print while in Kansas and I am so in love with it. I wish I bought a bigger one. You can find these prints and more in her shop.
OH THE CHAIRS!
This was the beginning of the yummy food that we had at the house. Meg's bestie Kimberlee cooks all the meals and she is FABULOUS. She is the co-host and they run the Craft Weekends together.
The Living Room
I don't think anyone even sat in this room the whole weekend. We all either were crafting, eating, or sleeping (which wasn't much).
This was a gift given to Meg and Kim from a guest. She cut the states out of fabric on a Silhouette. They are modpodged on a cork board which was spray painted white. I decided I need to try to make this. I think it's pretty fabulous. I don't have a cutting machine, so it might get tricky. I have to try it.
Meg has a little hallway off the living room/kitchen area that she uses as her office. There are all her prints. Love that aqua door.
I loved this frame so much I promptly came home and wrapped a frame in a vintage sheet. I hung it up today in the studio. That's her cow print. It's awesome.
That's another Meg print, the sunflower. I want that one. The one on the right is by Katie Daisy.
Striped floors! I always wonder how people keep white floors so clean. I think I might need to paint some of my floor.
I stayed in this room. It was so bright and dreamy. The quilts were to die for.
Mason jar banner by Raising Up Rubies.
Ok, that's it for now. I'm off to bed to dream about returning to the Craft House again.