Pittsburgh PA

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My whirlwind trip to Pittsburgh this weekend was a lot of fun. My most favorite thing in Pittsburgh has to be our friends Tracey & Greg (Tracey is one half of the amazing Friend Or Foe plush monster makers)

I made the drive out to Pittsburgh the day of the show, which meant leaving my house at 4am. My craft-show friend extraordinaire Katie was going to come with me for a road trip, but her and her son were sick. Being sick isn’t fun in the first place, but being sick and on a road trip away from pajamas and hot tea? would be no fun at all. I kept myself company by listening to a book on cd by Miranda July that I have had for awhile. I read the book before but couldn’t pass it up when I found the cd set for $1. It made the time go by quickly.

I had some pretty sleepy moments during the show, so if you came by and said hello while I was mid-yawn I’m really sorry about that! At the end of the night I checked into my hotel which was Shadyside Inn and Suites. I got it for a really great price, and it turned out to be a renovated apartment building so my “room” including a living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom! It was pretty much wasted on me since Tracey took me out to dinner for some amazing vegetarian mexican food. Then I came back to my one night apartment rental and crashed. But it is good to know for future stays.

The next morning Tracey picked me up and took me out for breakfast and then to the Phipp’s Conservatory. It was beautiful there, I wanted to take a photo of every plant, flower, and tree. They have a room with orchids, one full of chrysanthemums, another with cacti. I imagine it would be an amazing place to visit in February when the Pennsylvania winter just won’t seem to ever end. They were still in the middle of decorating for holidays. I really loved the plant in the bottom photo (but of course cannot remember the name) it had beautiful green leaves and a back stem. We also saw bananas, lemons, coffee beans, cocoa beans, and kumquats growing. A perfect way to spend the morning.

Then I started the drive home, picked up B from his cousins and got back in the early evening. I cannot wait to see Tom tonight. He had his own trip to Chicago this week/weekend and just landed at the Dulles airport around the same time I was arriving in Pittsburgh on Saturday–so I miss him so much. Lucky for us the next trip we are taking will be together!

***Shop update news I have lots of goodies to photograph and add to the shop, and something extra special for all orders over $50 (cant wait to share that) but it is going to take a little while to photograph and edit everything. So I am planning the update for Monday Nov 21st so I won’t be rushed and miss anything. I’ll make another announcement the day before to remind everyone.

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11 Responses to Pittsburgh PA

  1. Hodzer says:

    But at least we got some great tattoos from Thomas. :-)

  2. robyn says:

    I’d love to reserve one of your terrariums if I could? :D :D :D

  3. rae says:

    i love your santas! and the stockings!

  4. Yadira says:

    I LOVE all the things you make. They always make me think of magical woodlands, complete with creatures, mushrooms and everything. Your aesthetic is impressive.

  5. Gretta says:

    I love the idea of going to visit a conservatory during wintertime! It’s so nice to see a peek of spring before it rolls around. Sounds like you had a really wonderful time in Pittsburgh. I’ve always wanted to visit there, but will have to stick to indoor gardens in Seattle. Also: your new cabinet is fabulous!

  6. becky farley says:

    ahhhh 4am!! Brave gal! :)
    I’m of course stoked about the shop update!
    All the plant photos are so wonderful!!

  7. Hollie H says:

    Love to see posts about my city on your blog! Isn’t Phipp’s the best!? I try to get there a few times a year. Was really hoping I could have made it to Handmade Arcade but missed it :( Hope you come to another one!!

  8. Carrie says:

    Would you not love to live in a house like the conservatory?! I love odd buildings. I wish we had a conservatory around here, that would be so cool. Ah, well. Glad the trip went well and can’t wait to see the update. :-)

  9. olivia says:

    yes! i need to get some stuff from you, I’ve been eyeballing all of Becky’s mypapercrane goodies

  10. Nancy says:

    I love the mushrooms in the suitcase display, I want the whole thing.

  11. lauren says:

    oooh, that chihuly glass piece is lovely! in 2004 we visited the atlanta botanical gardens, and they had tons of huge beautiful dale chihuly pieces all throughout the property, as part of a special exhibit. it was all so amazing! that conservatory in PA looks wonderful too.

    i am also excited to see what you have to add to the shop! yay!