Thursday, July 28, 2011

adventures in madison

Capital Building

Madison, WI has such a wonderful vibe. It's so full of life and a great place for artists. My mom and I arrived Saturday afternoon and quickly headed to Paisans for some yummy food and atmosphere. There was a great view of the lake and the weather was so lovely! Ok, it was super hot and muggy but I love it! haha

The view outside Paisans
After our super delicious meal we headed for a stroll down State St and a quick visit to the University. My mother went to school there for a few semesters so it was fun to hear about her days as a student. We stumbled upon an outdoor concert on the lake which brought me back to my Key West days! Sail boats in the distance, people laughing and bustling about and music to bring it all together. I could have stayed there all night but there were more adventures to be discovered. 

We walked and sweated our way through shops and crowds, eventually finding our way back to our car. I was dreaming of crafting and having a glass of wine when I noticed smoke coming out of the back of our car and a strong burning rubber smell!!! AHHHH! Our thoughts turned quickly to visions of the car exploding. Only to realize that we had left the parking break on and had been driving while it was scraping and burning!!! Holy wow! 

Soon, back at the hotel we opened a bottle of Pinot Noir and I began crafting a few more leather earrings to sell at the Craftacular show! 

Early Sunday morning we headed to the East Side Club for the 7th annual summer craftacular! The day was warm and I was so excited to meet a few of the Etsy peeps I've been talking to via twitter. I should have taken some photos that day but it was a busy time and I was having too much fun chatting. Sally and Mike from NightOwlCraftWorks are just too amazing for words. They were so welcoming and I felt as if I had known them for years. Make sure you check out their Etsy site and buy some of their pottery because it's beyond beautiful!! << NightOwlCraftWorks >> My mother brought home one of their mugs and I swear she's used it everyday since!!

I'm home now and I have new items to list and new ideas are flowing!
Thanks everyone who attended the show!


  1. Awe <3 You are too sweet! We'll have to do a weekend sometime! Maybe camping :D

  2. Wish I could have gone to the show! I think it's great that you went with your mom. I'm actually moving states in 2 months to be nearer to my family. My mom and I are so excited to get to do things like thrifting, garage sales, craft shows, saturday morning lattes, etc together. I miss her. :)



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