I had a great weekend getaway in Galena, IL. I did a trunk show at Rustic River Finds hosted by Trish Italia. My table was stocked full of fall beads and old favorites. I also did a mini-demo at the Vintaj workshop. It was so nice to meet some new people and some that I've known online for a while and then seeing old friends is always so sweet. I was also able to meet a few people who will be joining me for my retreat and on the Bead Cruise. Fun! And such lovely souls, they made me wish the retreat was next weekend!
Rustic River Finds is a beautiful store! Every little corner was perfect. It was a fun mix of inspiration and supplies with Vintaj products taking center stage. It was so earthy and nature inspired. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.
My partners in crime for this weekend were my two aunties - Susie and Rosanne. My dear friend Erin Prais-Hintz traveled down to visit with me for the day. Erin is teaching a workshop at my retreat next month. She is my best-est beady friend and we need to live closer!!!
The day after the trunk show was my day off and so we were tourists, starting with visiting this crazy place near our hotel in Dubuque, IA - which is only 15 minutes from Galena. There was this trolley/elevator thing that had captured our attention all weekend.
So we took the short and slightly terrifying ride up the hill. This was a private elevator at one time for a businessman who wanted to get home in time to take a nap each day for lunch. Quite funny if you ask me, but I like his can-do spirit! He had his priorities.
At the top of the hill you could see three states - Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. I love this part of the country, so down-home, slightly old-west and completely surrounded by the beauty of nature.
We headed back over the Mississippi River to enjoy an afternoon in Galena. The boutiques are so much fun. Our first stop was Ink & Stamp with Sue. If you are into any mixed media, scrapbooking, stamping, art supplies - this is the place for you. We picked up some supplies for future creative sessions and some yummy autumn ribbons for my retreat. Next up...
What can I say? Beads, friends, family and chocolate - seems like a no-brainer to me.
I picked up some treats for the girls. And some treats for the long drive home.
My aunt Sue spotted a tree growing out of the building. Galena is filled with surprises if you take a few moments to stop and look around. If I were a free bird this would be the place I would pick to settle down for a while. I love this town and they must put some kind of creative sprinkles in the water because the whole place is filled with talent. It reminds me a bit of Stars Hollow - remember Gilmore Girls?
So that was the weekend, it's now back to business in the Humblebeads Studio. Beads to make, shows to prep for and people to inspire!