Hello my friends and happy Monday morning to you! I'm sorry that I have been a bit absent over the last few days/weeks, but things have been crazy busy in my life and I'm now finally starting to slow things down with my long overdue summer vacation beginning in two days. Oh, I cannot wait! What do I have planned you ask? Not one single thing, but tons of R&R! Sounds like heaven, right? Oh, but the best part is, I'll be doing it all at our lake house in Maine. I've got a stack of magazines waiting to be read, Netflix shows to catch up on, cards to make and a fabulous new pillow begging to be slept on! I never thought I'd be saying this, but bring on the rain! If it rains, I'll be forced to stay inside and accomplish all the things on my vacation relaxation list!
Today I'm going to be sharing a lot of photos from our fun girls crafting road trip this past weekend! My two BSF's (Best Stamping Friends) Donna (from Papyrus Amuse) and Laurie, along with Laurie's daughter Charlotte (a.k.a "Mini Super Stamp Girl) visited 3 stamp stores and 3 states in the last 2 days! It has been a whirlwind 48 hours of stamp shopping, never ending traffic, intense heat, lots of walking, more stamp shopping, more traffic (ask me about the endless u-turns one day after I finish therapy), Starbucks visits, and, oh, did I mention the traffic? Really, it was baaaaaaaaad!
Our first stop on Saturday morning was The Great American Stamp Store in Westport, CT. Out of all three stores we visited this weekend, we found this store the largest and really offered the most products.
After The Great American Stamp Store, we continued (the VERY l-o-n-g trip in traffic) to Long Island, NY, to Scrap-a-Latte and the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where my friend Justin Krieger works. Check out Justin's blog here. It's always really neat to meet some of the bloggers that I follow regularly in person and Justin is one of those people. He is also so fun and energetic and genuinely happy to meet some of his followers. Justin and Renee (the owner of Scrap-a-Latte) both spent a lot of time engaging with us and chatting. We also love Justin even more now because he gave us a discount of 20% off of anything from Lawn Fawn for the day!! And, we bought a LOT! Thanks, Justin!
After we drove in endless circles and never ending u-turns around the vortex that is Long Island in attempt to see Jones Beach and Fire Island, we finally made it into Manhattan to our hotel in the East Village.
*Note to self NEVER go to Long Island in the summer. Actually, NEVER go to Long Island. Period.
You will never return.
Even though it was getting late (and we had a 7-year old with us) we ventured out for dessert at Spot Dessert Bar. AH-mazing yummy Asian fusion goodness! A must-do if you are ever near Bowery and East 2nd Street.
After some NYC sleep (which means none), we awoke on Sunday morning and headed out to see the
High Line (as recommended by Justin). This is another must-do if you are ever on the lower west side of Manhattan. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. It's truly a unique garden work of art with some amazing views of the iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
Justin had also suggested that we check out Chelsea Market which was essentially located below the High Line, and considering it was indoors and we had walked over 6 miles already in 93 degree heat, we were more than happy for a reprieve! Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. Attracting 6 million national and international visitors annually, it is one of the most trafficked, and written-about, destinations of any kind in New York City. If you are a foodie of any kind, you can eat your way from Fatwich Bakery to the Donuttery.
Our last stop in NYC on Sunday was The Ink Pad on 7th Avenue. There is so much fun jam-packed into this little shop, you have to look high and low to see it all! I can only imagine real estate in NY is at a huge premium. You've got to make great use of the space you have.
It was a wonderful weekend crafting road trip with the best of company! Despite the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad traffic, I came home feeling SO inspired. Thank you Justin and Renee (at Scrap-a-Latte), Anna (at The Ink Pad) and my dear friends Donna, Laurie and Charlotte for this very memorable trip!