Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Craft Weekend: Back from Kansy-Pants

Alright, so Jessica and I made it to Wichita.
In one piece.

And the lovely Kimberlee picked us up at the airport.
At 11pm.
Like a saint.

We headed to Meg's house, where we were greeted with what seemed like 534 smiling faces and big giant hugs. The girls there empathized with our airline dramz, and welcomed us west coast girls to the giant craft party!

It was time to get our craft on.

First order of business?
Ruffled apron.

First instruction - pick out your fabric.
The options were lovely.

Second instruction - iron said fabric.

I just about fell over at iron.

I. Dont. Iron.

Last time I ironed was several years ago, it was a church tablecloth that I took home to wash.
And melted onto my iron.
I was mortified to let the church ladies know what had happened.

I bought a new iron, and it is still in its shrink wrapped box to this day.
I was traumatized.
I feel like I'm good with housie things. And I melted a tablecloth.
Onto an iron.

But, I was here to craft.
So iron I did.

And then I sewed.
I actually did better at the sewing machine than I thought.
My stitches aren't exactly straight.
But I got the pedal to the metal.
I also was able to rethread the machine and the bobbin.
Yeah, I know. Mad skills.

Meg's home is beautiful.
Thank you for welcoming us into it.
Each bed had an antique quilt.
I am pretty sure we all were tempted to smuggle them home in our suitcases.
Unfortunately it was bigger than a breadbox.
So it wasn't gonna fit it in my suitcase.

Saturday morning I crept down the servant's stairs, and joined Kimberlee for a cuppa coffee.
We caught up on a little bit of life, and it was so fun to just hang out with my Kansas friend.

After the rest of the house was up and dressed, we piled into the vans and headed antiquing.

Kansas, you do antiques right.
Rock....chalk....vintage stock...
I wanted it all.

In fact, I wanted to ship the entire Bearly Makin' It Antiques shop home in a big giant crate.
Sadly, stamp rates went up last week, so it wasn't gonna happen.

I came home with a few treasures from the shop - a metal bird, a couple small items for my sister, and a gorgeous tin cake tray.

And back to the vans and down the road to the Barn.

The entire front field is rows of "junk piles".
But all organized.
Porcelain sinks.
Old fashioned Singer sewing machines.
Radio Flyer wagons. 
Piles and piles of rusty, tetanus-y goodness. 

You gotta bring your vaccination card to craft weekend.

Inside the barn were lots of wooden treasures. 
And chairs. 
Street signs. 

I found a peachy/pinky/tan colored breadbox. 
And an old sewing machine drawer.

I tried to decide what color the breadbox really was.
One of the ladies declared it "band-aid". 

I'm pretty sure that is the exact color.
I already know it's going to be Pantone's color of 2013. 
You watch out.
I'm a trendsetter like that.

A quick stop at Sonic and you had one happy cuppa.
Not having Sonic on a road trip meant I could get a Route 44 size DCL without having to worry about the proximity of the next pit stop.

And then it was back to crafting.
I had some serious catching up to do.
Ruffles to be made.
Bunting to be cut.

My master of disaster skills were in full effect.
My bunting looked like it was cut by edward scissor hands.
But after a little encouragement from the girls, I used the granny handle and trimmed up those rough edges.

Ashley Ann's craft for us was a free for all canvas. We had fabric, paper, ribbon, mod podge, and she whipped up stencils and fun letters as well on her Silhouette. I think this was my favorite project...
Although at one point, my canvas looked like the flag for an obscure Eastern European country.
Thankfully, I added a few more embellishments and I was no longer the national flag bearer for the 2012 Olympics.

Kimberlee cooked us a feast, including the most delicious chicken enchiladas.
Who knew you could get such great mexican food in Kansas?
They even had a little kick to them.
And by a little, I mean a lot.
I think Kimberlee brought the spice to the party.
Because the rest of the night was hilarious.

We had some InstaGram lessons.
A dance party with Waffle.
And hysterical tears of laughter on the couch.
Before we knew it, 2am had rolled around, and it was time to head to bed.
Where, the Read-Roomies and I were up giggling for another hour.
I mean, with California, Texas and New York in one room - we were gonna save the world.
It was an electoral college powerhouse in there.

Sunday morning was more coffee and delicious breakfast.
Peach bread from Georgia.
Uh, yeah.

Super sweet gifts from Washington...

Our crafts had a little photoshoot of their own.
Followed by a ruffly apron photoshoot as well.

I wore my plaid flannel, I like to call it Country Chic.
City Girl meets Farm Girl.

I packed up my breadbox...

and I said my goodbyes to Waffle.
It's my secret hope that maybe he'd be interested in being Mylie's long distant boo.
I'm gonna see if I could set them up on a Skype date.

And sadly after that, it was time for the Delegates of Crafts to head back to their constituents in Texas, Tennessee, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alabama, Washington, and New Hampshire.

A quick bite to eat with Miss Alabama, Miss Tennessee, Miss Georgia, Miss Texas, Miss Kentucky, and Miss California at Wichita Airport's hottest spot, The Landing Bar, and we were on our way.

A much quicker stop in Texas on the way home, Dallas this time.
My first words off the plane were, "I need to find a Starbucks. And a power outlet. Pronto."
Thankfully, Gate 29 had two Starbucks, a Dunkin' Donuts, and plenty of charging stations.
Dallas, you speak my love language.
We charged up, literally and figuratively, and before we knew it, were back in the Golden State.
There really is no place like home.

Craft Weekend was fantastic,
I made some hilarious new friends,
Tried to convert a few to the iPhone cult,
Encouraged some new blog endeavors,
Refined InstaGram skills,
and have some killer bunting to show for it.

Thank you for a fantastic weekend Meg and Kimberlee.
You sure know how to throw a craftastic adventure!

PS I also want to give a super shout out (holler, you may now collect your prize) to one of my new favorite people JupeMom aka Amy Jupin - she had the giant honor of being my 100th follower!!!! Now, carry on! As you were!!!


  1. :) i am so glad you guys had fun! "i packed up my breadbox"... awesome. you need to grab your breadbox and you girls need to see antiquing nebraska style. i'll even make you iron. ;) craft weekend looked fantastic!!! :)

  2. I seriously loved seeing all your intagram fun throughout the weekend!!! Cant wait to see your photoshoot...that shirt is so colorful and fun, I bet they will look great! xoxo

  3. Super jealous. But super excited to read about the fun and friendships! And I don't iron either. Unless it involves my crafty skillz. But I do it under duress. I would've totally bought a new tablecloth for the church. Just sayin'. No one has to know. ;-)

  4. Hey :) I just stumbled about your blog and had to stop for some reading. I really like it :)
    Btw This breadbox nearly meets your blog-side-area-(whatever) colour :)
    looks even more fun after you declared it the colour 2012
    greetings :)

  5. cuppaf a n c y.

    what a blast! and i love your farm shirt.

  6. That is just charming and so fun. All of it! :) Your apron came out super cute!! I can teach you how to iron if you'd like! :)

    Love here leaded glass window. Swoon. :)

  7. Love it!! This reminds me that I need a farm girl shirt too!

    Score big on the cake tin, not an easy find in the ca. And now we are real bread box twins :)

    Also thinking about doing some sewing tutorials at mi casa soon

  8. that looks like such a blast! finally *following* your blog instead of just following on instagram. :) (@anightowlblog). great to see a story to the IG pics!

  9. "You gotta bring your vaccination card to craft weekend." Hilarious!

    1. So.much.FUN. LOVE your recap!!!! So glad you got to go! I need to go one of these years....must make it happen!

  10. Love love LOVE that California plate!

  11. what a fun weekend! So many adventures in just two three days! My favorite part about this post..."an electoral college powerhouse up in there" -- I nearly fell out of my chair, kim!! You know how to get to a political science nerds heart! :)

  12. Ditto. I am dying of laughter over here.
    "Rock chalk vintage stock". How do you come up with it?
    Next time a trip to Lawrence is order!!!!!!!

  13. first, happy 100 follower! :-)

    you are the funniest.

    noah can show you how to iron. he has mad ironing skills. inherited them from his daddy, whose married to the "must iron everything" queen. it's and illness. i even ironed the kids clothes for camp! sick i tell ya, SICK!

    apparently it is okay to be crafting impaired at craft weekend? i am, which is why i'd never considered going.

  14. Love! Super jealous but love!
    I so want to do something fun to meet some of you girls I love reading about :)

  15. I love the whole post!! You're so cute! You need to blog the actual crafts you made so we can all see.

    I feel the need to be on Instagram. I know what you're going to say. I'm just nervous.

  16. love it! great, colorful photos!
    looks like an amazing weekend, i'm glad you made up for lost time by giving your geriatric ways a break:)

  17. so sad i can't be on instragram with you.
    no iPhone for me.
    i LOVED having you here kim!
    you are so silly and fun.....you had all those girls laughing like crazy!
    so sorry about all the delays to get here.
    but once you were here you ROCKED the ruffles, bunting and everything!
    thank you for coming!!!!

  18. I MEAN...could you do cooler stuff???
    looks like you all had a blast.

  19. Kim,

    Great post, roomie! It was a great weekend!

    Karen K.

  20. You already know how I feel about all this but I have to officially say - I LOVE THIS POST! It looks like such a fun weekend! I'm so glad you got to go!
    The pictures of The Barn make my heart go pitter patter! I could've spent HOURS there!

  21. Amazing! I still cannot believe you were actually a part of this! My friend and I are seriously contemplating flying to Kansas for the next one, for a long weekend away from England! Well, maybe not really serioulsy, but Craft Weekend looks like so much fun!!! :o)

  22. i can't believe you got to go to this. lucky duck. you are the most famous person i hope to know in real life but for now only know over the internets. for realz.