But I'm entitled to that reference based on the fact that The Wizard of Oz plays in our house every single day.
Kansas was aMAZing. The trip of a lifetime.
Julie (and Janey), Sarah, and I met in Dallas Friday afternoon and together we flew in to Wichita. Megan was waiting for us!
How lucky did we get to be in town the same weekend of the famous Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair?! Our first stop was Megan's friend, Carolyn's. She lives right by the craft fair location, and we wanted to be up bright & early, so we stayed the night there.
The scenery was incredible. My blog friends even got to experience a touch of my travelling-induced anxiety on the drive to Hillsboro. Not embarrassing at all.
Carolyn was so welcoming. Megan's mom and sister were there to greet us, too! We stayed in the cool bunkhouse (a big basket of goodies awaited us!), which is actually bigger than my whole house. I stood just outside the bunkhouse and rotated all the way around while snapping pictures:
Can you imagine waking up to these views each morning? Well, if you live in the mid-west, I guess you can. It was culture shock for a California girl.
Saturday the real fun began. Craft fair shopping with your husband and kids is a nightmare. But with your fellow crafty bloggers? That's a different story.
Over just 3 days I got to meet in person:
and many more,
This was as close as I got.
In addition to the craft fair we hit up antique shops, barn sales,
and even a vintage soiree!
Let's just say we wished we'd driven a U-Haul! SO many treasures!
This one's for Chayse, who told me to say hi to the Tin Man.
We antiqued literally until sunset.
For dinner, we headed to Megan's where we met back up with Jess, her sister, Ann, and mom, Kathy. We had so much fun making enchiladas, getting to know each other, and talking fabric & sewing machines that we didn't eat til almost 10! Nobody minded.
Megan's house is even more beautiful than we expected.
And this was probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! I am not a good sleeper, but two nights in this bed did wonders for insomnia.
Sunday was so bittersweet, with Cora's Playground dedication.
We loved Grace Community Church.
We were invited the Macs' big family dinner at Jess' parents house, following the dedication. Everybody was SO nice! The food was great. The men watched football while the ladies invaded Kathy's sewing room, aka the Cora's workshop. We ooh'd and ahh'd over all of their great dresses, and Kathy even sent us home with some for our girls... after demonstrating her serger skills, that is!
(PS- I need a serger.)
It was an unforgettable night, remembering Cora.
God brought us together, and I am so thankful for new friends.
Now take a look at what's peeking up from behind the apron in that sign, and don't say you weren't warned once you step inside.
A quick stop for cupcakes, quiche, and coffee. We even had some yummy cupcakes boxed to go! Mine barely survived the journey home. They were squished, but DELICIOUS!
Oh, can you see it? That's right, zero in on the salted caramel cupcakes. Yep, right behind them. Click to enlarge if you have to. That Sugar Sister had no shame! But what a baker.
Megan, I can't thank you enough. Craig and the kids were awesome for putting up with our invasion. I already want to come back. Here I come...
And speaking of Megan, go give her some birthday love. And see even more of our fun weekend while you're there. Just don't compare our photos. She is amazing!