Way back in June (I know, I’m a blog slacker), I headed east on I64 towards Indianapolis for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Music and Art Festival. I made a couple of detours through Louisville and Cincinnati to visit old friends, and it made me realize how gorgeous the great midwest is. Hence the title “Midwest is Best”. For those of you who shop at the store, I’m sure you’re familiar with our Megan Lee t-shirts donning those very same words. So. True. Which, by the way, the adorable Megan and Erik of said designs were among the amazing artists at Handicraft Exchange; but it was so busy I wasn’t able to snap any pics. You’ll just have to wait to see their smiling faces in next week’s Lollapalooza post!
I had a blast hanging out with my good friend Keli of Colette Paperie. You’ll know her by her clever greeting cards. She’ll even be at this year’s LouFest and Strange Folk Festival! We like to crash on each other’s couches during craft show season. Cincinnati is close enough to Indianapolis, so to her couch I went! Thank goodness, too, because Cincinnati is an amazing city that I’ve never had the pleasure to visit. Gorgeous landscapes and trendy neighborhoods. I was in heaven. If you ever get the chance, be sure to check out Over-the-Rhine and Clifton Heights. We even caught a movie at the Esquire theater. ”Frances Ha”. It’s a must see.
Keli and I headed out early Saturday morning, making our way to Indianapolis for Handicraft Exchange. Another fantastic midwestern city that I’ve never been to. Well, I did stay at a hotel there once when my husband and I were living in separate cities. It was our halfway point meeting place, but we never ventured out to see the sites. (I realize that this sentence sounds way sexier than I intended, but I’m gonna go ahead and leave it.)
Anyways, I was completely delighted by my whole experience with the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. Amanda does a fantastic job running the show, and my Just Liv line is now available in her store, Homespun. Be sure to check it out if you’re ever in town! The people of Indy are so friendly and welcoming. And the independent music festival had some amazing bands. My favorite was Shivering Timbers. Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for a stand up bass.
That night, after we packed up our wares, like the gypsies that we are, Keli and a couple of our crafty friends shared cat pictures over a few beers and bites at Black Market. The best service, mozzarella, and tomatoes I’ve ever had. Go there. Our crafty friends in this scenario are Nick, of Stonesters fame, and my new Lola Made monster making friend, Laura. You’ll see their adorable smiling faces at the above mentioned Strange Folk Festival. Oh, and Nick and I even learned how to bump our phones. It was quite remarkable. Now I have random pictures of his cat. I’m okay with that.
The Indy love didn’t stop there, though. The next day Keli, Laura, and I set out to see the Indianapolis sites. Burgers at BRU Burger Bar, souvenirs from Silver in the City, cupcakes at The Flying Cupcake, and the motherload of fabrics at Crimson Tate! Keli and I found a new best friend in David, our fabric cutter extraordinaire. Hi Dave!
And, of course, I had to swing on in to Louisville, KY for lunch with my college friend, Katie, on my way back to Illinois. It had been a couple of years since we’d seen each other, so that was a real treat. I always love seeing her smiling face and hearing her infectious laughter!
Man, no wonder it took me two months to post this blog! I’m exhausted just thinking about all the fun I had! Whoever said you shouldn’t mix business and pleasure was sadly mistaken.
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Until next time my friends!